We had 12 for Diplomacy last night at a great, and aptly named, venue in Lincoln Square: Cinner’s Chili Parlour & Cocktail Lounge. With help from Christian Kline and Nate Cockerill, who played on both, we managed two boards. But first, a few words about the venue.
The space was great, and for most of the night, we had it to ourselves. The drink deals were better than anything any of the players were offering: $1.50 for a can of Hamm’s. I mean, yah, it’s Hamm’s, but after three or four good beers, who cares? Now, get this song in your head: "From the land of sky blue waters, waters…"
On Thursday nights, the bar plays vinyl album sides, so that was cool. We heard a nice variety of music, including some Elvis. And, the bar offers Cincinnatti-style chili mac, which has always been a favorite of mine.
Add to all this street parking right outside the bar and a short walk from a brown line stop, and we have a venue that we’re going to have to work into our bar-night rotation.
The games were good, fairly typical Guthrie’s-style contests. Both ended after 1906 in large, six-way draws. Here are the final center counts:
It was good to have two boards again. It had been a while since we had pulled that off at a bar game.
Brian David and Chris Kelly were playing for the first time with us. Brian actually was playing for the first time ever. His game of choice is Go, but he seemed to like our game of choice as well. Nate Cockerill recruited him at work.
Chris found us on Meetup. He recently moved to Chicago and has been playing online. He played some FTF in the tournament scene out west ages go. According to Laurent Joly’s World Diplomacy Database, Chris was at PeeriCon in 1985 and the WDC in Denver in 2003. We hope to see both of them over a board again.
Here is the link to the supply center charts. Players, let’s hear your thoughts.