Jim O'Kelley

Jim O'Kelley

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 19:24

Mayday! Mayday!

Join us for another evening of Dip & Drinks at the Red Lion.

Mayday! Mayday!
When: May 1 at 6:45 p.m. until no later than 11.
Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:16

Hipster to be squared

A late cancellation forced Hipster John Gramila to play on two boards last night at the Red Lion, but we still had 13 folks come out on a Wednesday night to close the curtain on our sixth annual March Madness extravaganza. Both games ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn.

Game No. 209 ended in the following center counts:

Saturday, 23 March 2013 21:01

Stranger Danger!

"Nate is like my Newman." -- Ted McClelland

If nothing else, Game No. 208 taught a practical life lesson to Whitten Davis, Chris' 12-year-old son: It's not always the Newmans of the world who cause you problems.

"Stranger danger," the elder Davis explained, pointing to Ben DiPaola, whose Austria turned the tide on Whitten's Turkey. "Sometimes it's the nice guy you have to worry about."


Friday, 22 March 2013 20:38

Tune in to Game No. 208!

We're planning to maintain our supply center chart online tomorrow, so if you're watching basketball at home, keep an eye on us, too. We may also be able to provide some commentary in the comments section below. No fancy maps, though. This is a rudimentary effort compared with Dan Burgess' usual schtick.

The supply center chart will be here.

Saturday, 16 March 2013 17:39

Nature vs. Nurture

"I don't get it," my wife said, peering over my shoulder. "Wouldn't they both apply?"

"I didn't raise my son to be a backstabber," I replied.

Turns out it didn't matter. It's in his nature.

Thursday, 07 March 2013 20:15

Sympathy for the Don(vil)

Conversation with the Tsar, Spring 1906. My British armies are in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but I'm trailing board leader Don Glass, the Austrian, by two, and he has greater access to the three remaining Russian centers.

Me (playing England): Can you do anything to slow down Austria?
Russia (Josh Heffernan): I don't want to slow down Austria.
Me: But we want to minimize his score.
Russia: I don't know. He's been talking all night about his lousy scores this year.
Me: We can let him top, but a shared board top would be better for us.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 23:38

Hopes, dreams go sweeping down the plains

I've written almost all of our 205 game summaries, so I know what I'm talking about when I say that opportunites to work show tunes into these things are rare. For that reason, I was pulling hard for a board-topping performance by native Oklahoman Sam Bassett. Alas, the only thing swept down the plains in Game No. 205, played last night at Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville, were the aspirations of Sam and his fellow Westerners.

The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Saturday, 02 February 2013 22:56

Writer blocked

We billed Game No. 204 as an opportunity to play your way into host and author Ted McClelland's next memoir. (Ted's fourth book, Nothing but Blue Skies, will hit the stands this spring.) Unfortunately for those seeking notoriety, they didn't leave Ted with anything worth writing about. By the time the game ended by draw vote in Spring 1908, he had been dead long enough to finish a fifth book.

The game was played at Ted's home in Rogers Park. The final center counts were:


Saturday, 26 January 2013 20:22

March Madness 6 Schedule

This March, the Weasels will renew our six-year-old fight to restore the month to its orignal pastime. March once was known for the backstab, not basketball, and all month long, we'll celebrate the stab (probably while watching basketball in many cases) by playing Diplomacy in bars and homes all over the Chicago area. Take a look at the schedule, check your calendars, and sign up. And don't forget to beware.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 16:43

Dip and Drinks at Guthrie's Tavern

Let's head back to the birthplace of the Dip and Drinks event for another evening of, well, Dip and Drinks!

Dip and Drinks at Guthrie's Tavern
When: Feb. 20 from 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.

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