The Weekly Weasel — Week of Sept. 17

Here’s the latest news from the Weasels.
Cock and Kelly Take the Openers
Season Eight opened last Thursday with two boards at Guthrie’s Tavern in Wrigleyville. A total of 13 players showed up for Opening Night, with Eamon Driscoll pulling double duty. Nate Cockerill took the early lead in the standings with a big board top, edging Australian Peter McNamara 12-10 to earn 48.6 points. Chris Kelly topped the other board with eight centers, hauling in a more modest 35.6 points. Check out the supply center charts here.
Top 10 Toppers
With his board top on Opening Night, Cockerill picked up where he left off last year, when he led the league with five board tops. He also closed to within half a top of all-time leader Matt Sundstrom.
We’ve published the top 10 all-time board-toppers. The list includes three of our ex-pats. It’s no surprise to see Peter Yeargin and Christian MacDonald in the top 10, but Greg Duenow? In a top 10 that doesn’t involve flatulence? Who knew? Check out the list.
And the Powers…
And we’ve complemented the list of our top toppers with a ranking of the Great Powers by board top in our 145 eligible games. You figure the average to be 20 to 21 board tops, and four of the powers are right there. You also figure that Austria and Italy would lag behind, but check out how far ahead the leader is. That number surprised me.
Retreat to the Red Lion
Ready to move up the list of board-toppers? Your next opportunity will be Sept. 26 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. That’s a Wednesday night. The game will start at 7 p.m. and end no later than 11:30.
Game Openings
  • Sept. 26 at the Red Lion, beginning at 7 p.m. until no later than 11:30. Need four for the first board.
  • Oct. 6 at Conception at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, standard Diplomacy for beginners and vets beginning at Noon. Need at least six more.
  • Oct. 7 at Conception at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, Colonial Diplomacy beginning at Noon. Need at least six more.
  • Oct. 13 at Jim O’Kelley’s home in Little Italy, beginning at 11. Need two.
  • Oct. 27 at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove, the Undercard game, beginnng at 11 a.m. Need five.
Sign up for games at the website, on Meetup, or by emailing your faithful War Weasel (until the Sneak can get together to form its government for the new year, that’s still me). 
Important Dates
  • Oct. 6&7: Recruiting weekend at Conception in Glen Ellyn.
  • Oct. 27: The 2012 Weasel Royale club championship game and Undercard Game at Dan Burgess’ home in Glen Ellyn.
That’s all for this week. See you next week!

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  1. Jim O'Kelley

    As noted in the article on board tops, we started tracking them in Season Four, when we converted to a center-based scoring system from a draw-based system. My thinking is that in a purely draw-based system, the only center counts that should matter are 0 and 18. (Actually, in my opinion, that’s true regardless of the system, but in center-based systems, it makes sense to me to track board tops.) Therefore, I’ve excluded the board tops from the first three seasons. If you feel strongly that the early board tops should be included in the all-time standings and power rankings, then share your thinking below. I can be swayed, and we definitely have the data to report on those first three seasons if we so choose.

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