Here are the results of the 2009 CODCon Open.
CODCon Open 2009 Player Scores
1. Matt Sundstrom 145 72 168 313
2. Paul Pignotti 212 78.570 7 290.570
3. Peter Yeargin 183 65 85 268
4. Christian MacDonald 0 144 112 256
5. Christian Kline 160 22 95 255
6. Mike Morrison 45 135 3 180
7. Don Glass 4 0 147 151
8. Andrew Bartlein 8 48.570 95 143.570
9. Nathan Cockerill 11 104.570 32 136.570
10. Jim O`Kelley 0 135 0 135
11. Grant Smith 12 72 52 124
12. Christopher M. Davis 0 112 6 118
13. Kevin O`Kelly2 0 48.570 62 110.570
14. Eric Brown 60 18.570 0 78.570
15. Greg Duenow 0 65 0 65
16. Pete McNamara 55 6 0 61
17. Jeremiah Peterson 0 58.570 0 58.570
17. Scott Yahne 0 58.570 0 58.570
19. Mike Halpin 5 5 6 11
19. Don Vana 5 6 5 11
19. Rob Chase 11 0 0 11
22. Ted McClelland 0 8 0 8
23. Kevin O`Kelly 0 6 0 6
CODCon Open 2009 Awards
1st Place: Matt Sundstrom (313 pts.)
2nd Place: Paul Pignotti (290.570 pts.)
3rd Place: Peter Yeargin (268 pts.)
4th Place: Christian MacDonald (256 pts.)
5th Place: Christian Kline (255 pts.)
6th Place: Mike Morrison (180 pts.)
7th Place: Don Glass (151 pts.)
Best Austria: Don Glass (H3G2) (147 pts.)
Best England: Christian Kline (H1G1) (160 pts.)
Best France: Andrew Bartlein (H3G2) (95 pts.)
Best Germany: Christian MacDonald (H2G3) (144 pts.)
Best Italy: Mike Morrison (H2G1) (135 pts.)
Best Russia: Christopher M. Davis (H2G3) (112 pts.)
Best Turkey: Paul Pignotti (H1G1) (212 pts.)
Best result without a solo: Matt Sundstrom (313 pts.)
Best collection of losses: Mike Halpin, Don Vana (11 pts.)
Last place: Mike Halpin, Don Vana (11 pts.)
Thanks to Tournament Director Jeremiah Peterson for running a great event, and for all the players for, well, playing.
Take a look at some of the photos from the event below:
First off, let me say thank you to the Woodrings for hosting 60+ people in their home this weekend. I'm not sure how they managed to do it, and I'm definitely not sure how they managed to feed us, because we were all shoving food down our faces for the better part of the weekend. Don cooked up some burgers and hot dogs on Friday night and there was just about every kind of salad you can imagine...presumably made by his wife and Lori Wheeler and some others. Saturday night was barbecue grilled chicken and some fantastic ribs that basically fell off the bone.
Eric Brown's top Italy only lasted seven days as Christian MacDonald sailed past him by a whopping 4 points to take this season's Best Italy to date. Peter Yeargin finished second with a 10 center France.
Super Bowl Sunday seemed like a great day to host a little Diplomacy prior to the big game, so I decided to throw the idea out to Jim who agreed completely. Judging by the comments post game, it may happen again next year. Game time was 10 am, and by 10:15, our last arriving participant, John Gramila, arrived via bicycle to begin the festivities.
The West looked interesting as I found myself in France with a relative newcomer in John Gramila in England and Mike Morrison in Germany. As per my normal response to newer players, I decided in my head I would be taking it easy to begin with on the newbie and try to play a neutral opening. A British fleet in the English channel in Spring 1901 changed that in a hurry and France spent the next 6 years trying to dig out of an early hole while keeping the sharks at bay.
Side note to self: Rethink this strategy.
Christian's Italy had its own plans which didn't include the West or France would have been early fodder. Indeed, if not for a critical tactical error on the part of Germany, France still would have been in serious jeopardy in 1902. However, Germany failed to support army Burgundy and promptly lost the spearhead into French territory in Spring of 1902, giving France a negotiation ploy with the English and ultimately causing the entire Western side of the board to turn into a six year quagmire.
Meanwhile, in the East, club points leader Adam Berey found himself in Turkey with the unpredictable Greg Duenow in Russia and Sam's Austria trying to maintain a streak of no eliminations and figure out how best not to be eliminated in a game for the 8th time in a row. Sadly, it was not to be, despite Sam's chidings of "I propose a draw" every single season from 1902 through 1907, the year he finally lost his last center. It was a valiant and spirited effort, probably thanks largely to the myriad of stats Jim posted on the club website over the last week or two.
Duenow blew up to seven centers quickly by 1903, but an unlikely and temporal alliance between the Germans and French for exactly one year, spelled his quick downward reversal as Germany armies moved to Prussia and Silesia, followed by Livonia and Prussia with a French army following closely behind to Silesia. Turkey also took the opportunity to grow to 7 during the onslaught.
A critical misorder on Turkey's part gave Christian an opening in 1906 and allowed Italy to gain a slight positional advantage which he used to slowly gobble up Turkish centers. Meanwhile, in the West, France finally made some headway, picking up a couple of critical centers and finally building his 2nd and 3rd fleets in 1907. Yes, France had a single fleet for most of the first six years of the game.
Super Bowl time crunch was upon the players and the game only lasted a few more years as France and Italy solidified their position and slowly trudged forward. Play still existed in the game, but all players seemed ready for the game to end, and so it did with a draw vote in 1910.
Final standings are below and supply center chart can be downloaded here:
Great game, interesting in all areas. As happened the previous week, no stalemate lines ever came close to materializing, and a dynamic and interesting game was the result. Thanks to all who came out for the game and also for the Super Bowl.
Seven of us gathered at Peter Lokken's home in Old Towne to play some Diplomacy. Peter had literally just moved into his new apartment the night before. Luckily it was only two doors down from his last place. Presumably, Peter gave the reason for the move as wanting more space. However, when pressed more, he let on that he just felt like he needed more windows. We all love some light, right? It wasn't until later in the day that he happily pointed out that the apartment directly across the courtyard from his wall full of windows is more than likely a porn studio. We all should have a wall of windows like that!
Apparently hosting a game is still the best way to garner a board top here in the Windy City Weasels. Peter Yeargin not only board topped, but also produced the club's first solo of the 2011 WCW Club season. A big thanks to everyone who came together to play at the last second. As of 5pm on Friday afternoon, we only had four confirmed players. Nate Cockerill was able to play at the last second though and helped round out the board of seven.
Everyone had arrived by 10:45am and the stage was set for a wild and entertaining game marked by solid early play by all players involved and a 1902 season in which the only build came from England picking up a neutral Sweden. All hell broke loose in 1903 and the fun and craziness didn't stop until the solo was completed in 1915.
End of game statements from as many players as have time would be great to hear as the dynamics on the board were in constant flux and at the same time, total stalemate at various points of the game. I'll try to get an EoG statement in there tomorrow sometime.
In the meantime, here are the results and a link to the final center counts.
Hey guys...I've decided to attempt to host a last minute game at my place in Lakeview on Saturday morning at 11am. It's hit or miss and it may not come together, but I'm going to give it a shot! As of this writing, we are up to three and need four more to round the game out.
We will be using shorter deadlines as Kevin has a hard stop at 6pm. The game likely will end before that and should give everyone time to get back to whatever Halloween stuff they would like to attend to back home.
Feel free to either e-mail the alias or add a comment below to indicate you'd like to play.
Hey guys...this just in! Windy City Weasels will be sponsoring two Diplomacy boards at the Conception 2010 Gaming Convention, to be held in Glen Ellyn, IL! If three rounds of bloody tournament diplomacy at this year's Weasel Moot just isn't enough, take the short 30-minute drive up to College of DuPage and jump in on a Sunday afternoon round at Conception.
Club Member Tony Prokes will be your host at the event. We will have a special Introductory game for newbies which will be GM'd by Tony, along with a second game open on a first come, first serve basis to all. The regular game will start up @ 12pm, while the Introductory game is scheduled to kick off @ 1pm.
Note: You'll need to register with the website to add comments.
So I was doing my normal perusal of ESPN.com yesterday and stumbled on Keith Law's latest ESPN Insider article regarding free agents, and primarily, the signing of Troy Tulowitski for an additional six years on top of his current contract that ran through 2013 with an option year for 2014.
For those with Insider access, the article can be found here:
He was in the process of bashing Javier Vazquez as a big gamble by the Marlins for 2011. Being a Braves fan, I found that part interesting and was just finishing up the article when I noticed the last paragraph of his post:
Since it's shopping season, and not just in baseball: For those of you who enjoyed the piece on Settlers of Catan, I updated the list of my favorite board games over on the dish last week, with Settlers, Carcassonne and Dominion all near the top.
Curious, I clicked on the link and discovered Diplomacy was #14 on his list...Settlers of Cataan being number 1. Now clearly, his priorities were a bit off, but I thought it was pretty cool.
The next thing I noticed that was extremely cool was the fact that in his article, he linked to our own Ted McClelland's article on Diplomacy from Chicago Magazine. A nice little shout out (though indirectly) from ESPN for the club's famous author!
Nice job, Ted.
Article can be found here.