The Weekly Weasel — Week of Dec. 31

Happy New Year! We closed 2012 with a game on Sunday, so we have that result for you. Plus, last week, we forgot to report on our 200th game. Read on for the latest (and some old) news from the Weasels, and may 2013 be a prosperous one for you and stab-free!

Big, Bad Brad
A gaming friend of Tony Prokes, Brad Harrington joined the club in a novice game last March. He topped that board, but his next two games were stinkers. I like to think that his fortunes changed in Game 199 last month at Dan Burgess’ place. He had the chance to work with a more experienced player who was a kind and nurturing ally. In his very next game on Sunday, in his fifth game ever, all with the club, he guided Austria to a 16-center board-top in a strong field. Check out the game summary.

A 200-Game Event
In seven-plus years and 201 games, our club has established a number of ironclad truisms. But every 200 games or so, some of them prove false. Check out what happened in our 200th game, and prepare to be shocked.

Diplomacy World Cup
Registration for the third Diplomacy World Cup play-by-email tournament opens on Jan. 7, and it’s expected to be the largest tournament of its kind.

"This is going to be a huge tournament," says organizer Chris Babcock of Phoenix. "At least 400 players, possibly many more."

Babcock touts the scoring system as the chief highlight.

"Only solos score," he says. "I figure it has been a while since that’s been done, so it is time to do it again."

The tournament will be hosted by ASCII King Games on the AQMN "Aquaman" Diplomacy Adjudicator. It’s strictly a team event, fashioned after the soccer  World Cup. Teams must consist of at least three players to form and will be organized by country, or region, or even club. A team must have at least seven players to participate. Interested Weasels can learn  more at the event website or its Facebook page or at the Diplomatic Pouch.

Would someone like to organize a team for the Chicago area?

Even More Desperately Seeking a Dip Game
Milwaukee Mafiamen Andrew Bartlein and Mike Sullivan are home for the holidays, and they and Andrew’s twin, Michael, are desperately seeking a game of Dip. Can we accommodate them? Is anyone interested in playing this week? Andrew flies back to Oregon on the 5th. I believe that day would work for Sully and Michael, but a weekday game could net all three. If you’re interested in playing and/or hosting, speak up.

Upcoming Games
  • Jan. 12 at John Gramila’s home in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, beginning at 11 a.m. Have six, Need one more!
  • Feb. 2 at Ted McClelland’s home in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, beginning at 11 a.m. Have two.
Sign up for games at the website, on Meetup, or by emailing your faithful War Weasel (which is now Nate Cockerill,

That’s all for this week.

Join the discussion!

Find out more about an upcoming event or article, talk smack before a game, brag about your board top, or most likely, ask what on earth your fellow Weasels were thinking!

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  1. Éamon Driscoll

    I’m thinking of going to WDC, but we’ll have to see about that. It’ll be a lot easier if I can meet up with some Weasels, at least to stay with some friendly faces even if I’d be put in a different team.

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