Not unlike the Cubs he loves, every 100 games or so, Dan Burgess will top a board. Last night at Guthrie’s Tavern, in the 100th game of the club he helped found, Dan Burgess had perhaps his best game of Diplomacy ever. And wouldn’t you know he was playing the same country that he ran into the ground in Game No. 1.
Dan’s board-topping performance wasn’t the evening’s only surprise. We also got 10 crisp minutes of standup from Cockerill. This line, about his Polish ex-wife, had me rolling: "Her three favorite things are vodka, payday, and the sound of Russians dying."
We also busted out the Weasels battle hymn, and despite missing co-author and chief baritone Eric Brown, the walls resounded with our lusty cries. I knew I had been carrying around 10 copies of the hymn for a good reason.
Later on, when I broke into song on my own, I attracted the attention of four guys and a girl who were with us on Guthrie’s porch, playing Apples to Apples. Within minutes, Cockerill had them gathered around a table as he explained the rules. Three of them insisted they’d look us up, including the girl, who kept asking, "Now when do you sing like him?"
We had cameos from Christian Kline, Christian MacDonald and Matt Sundstom; lots of toasts to the Weasels; and several renditions of "For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow." Despite all the fun, the evening was not without a controversy worthy of conspiracy theorists everywhere. Game 101 actually started a solid 30 minutes before Game 100. Hmm.
So, the games.
Sam moved into seventh place in the club standings. Competition should be fierce these last three months as players jockey for Royale bids. It will be fun to watch.
Here are the supply center charts. Let’s hear from the players.