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.
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.
- 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.