The Weekly Weasel — Week of Feb. 4

Here’s the latest news from the Weasels.

Writer Blocked
He had plenty of material to work with. His game featured two female players, two new Weasels, two more returning for their second games, plus friendly rivals and Royale co-conspirators Nate Cockerill and Peter Lokken. Even with that cast of characters, host and author Ted McClelland couldn’t get a story going. His guests closed the book on him in 1904. Click here to learn how last Saturday’s Game No. 204 ended.

CODCon Cometh
Our seventh annual CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament is just about 2 1/2 months away. We hope you’ll join us April 20-21 at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn for the good Dip and better times that have defined our minor tournament.

Aashes to Aashes
Ex-pat Aash Anand will be back in town later this week, and he’d love to play Diplomacy with us. We’ve scheduled a game for noon on Saturday at the Red Lion, but we need more players. To fill the game, we’re willing to start later (around 1) and/or relocate to Little Italy or Old Town. If either change would motivate you to sign up, let us know.

Diplomacy Is for Lovers
They say the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his back. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Diplomacy game at the home of Prime Weasel and Resident Cupid Dan Burgess, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.

Berey Takes Third at WACCon
Ex-Pat Adam Berey placed third at last weekend’s penultimate WACCon in Seattle. The other Andy Hull — the Diplomacy player from the Bay Area, not our awards vendor from the western suburbs — won the tournament, which fielded 10 boards over the three rounds. Chris Brand of Vancouver finished second.

Organizer Jim Burgess hasn’t yet published the results from TempleCon, which took place in Providence, R.I., over the weekend. I did hear that Masters champion Adam Sigal, annoyed at being dotted while holding a stalemate line, threw a solo to Randy Lawrence-Hurt. I’m not sure whether Randy, who attended Weasel Moot III, held on to win the tournament.

Beware! March Madness is Coming
March once was known for the backstab, not basketball. This March, we’re renewing our six-year-old fight to restore the month to its original pastime. We’ve scheduled bar games in Chicago and Skokie, and house games in Chicago, Des Plaines and Downers Grove. Check out the schedule, consult your calendar, and sign up. And consider bringing a friend along. Over the years, March Madness has been one of our best recruiting activities.

Dues Are Due
Your 2013 membership dues are now due. Once again, we’re charging $25 for the calendar year, $10 for students. Paid-up members receive a discount at CODCon and Weasel Moot, get first crack at all our game openings, and are eligible for our annual Weasels club awards and to compete in the Weasel Royale club championship game. Your dues help pay for our awards, the Meetup site, our website, and other club activities. Help us out by paying your dues today.

Upcoming Games

  • Feb. 9 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at Noon until no later than 8 p.m. Have two.
  • Feb. 16 at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove, beginning at 11 a.m. Have two.
  • Feb. 20 at Guthrie’s Tavern in Wrigleyville, beginning at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11. Have three.
  • March 6 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Have two.
  • March 10 at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove, beginning at 11 a.m. Have one.
  • March 16 at Tony Prokes’ home in Des Plaines, beginning at 11 a.m. Have one.
  • March 19 at the Village Inn in Skokie, beginning at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11. Have two.
  • March 23 at Jim O’Kelley’s home in Little Italy, beginning at 11 a.m. Have one.
  • March 27 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Have four.
Sign up for games at the website, on Meetup, or by emailing your faithful War Weasel (which is now Nate Cockerill,

Important Dates

  • Feb. 9: Aash’s Homecoming at the Red Lion.
  • April 20-21: The seventh annual CODCon Open.

That’s all for this week. See you next week.

PS The Sneak expects to select the dates and venue for Weasel Moot VII on Friday. Please stay tuned.

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