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The Weekly Weasel — Week of Dec. 2

Here’s the latest news from the Weasels.
 
Ladies Night at the Lion
The Myth Chaser was at it again a couple of weeks ago at the Red Lion. This time, Nate Cockerill went in search of the fabled board of the Valkyries, and he nearly found it. While he fell short of the all-female board, Cockerill did establish a Weasels record by persuading three members of the fairer sex to play Dip with us. Two of them were playing for the first time, and they finished first and second in the center counts. Check out the game summary and reaction from one of the players.
 
Irish Irony
On Saturday, the Weasels returned to the WolfCon gaming convention for the first time in six years in hopes of recruiting some new players. We had six in the bag, including another teenage son of a prominent Weasel, and the first potential seventh we found was a familiar face who was there to play other games. We held out for new blood and eventually pulled in a rusty player from Milwaukee. We may or may not see him again, but there were other attendees who periodically dropped by to check on the progess of our game. Perhaps we can recruit some of them for future games. And next year, we may return with Peter Lokken’s big board to make a larger splash.
 
This year’s con was at the Irish-American Heritage Center on the city’s north side. We played our game in a long hallway on the second floor, between two statues of St. Patrick. At his feet in each statue was a tangle of snakes, celebrating the legend that he banished them from Ireland. More than a few of them wound up around that Diplomacy board. Read more here.
 
Deck the Halls with Lots of Game Openings
We’ve scheduled a bunch of games.
 
First up is the game this Saturday at Ted McClelland’s home in Rogers Park. It’s set to begin at 11 a.m., but since the theme is Pearl Harbor, I encourage you to show up early and unannounced. We now have six; who wants to round out the board?
 
Next, we’ve got a bar game on Dec. 11 at the Red Lion. Five people have already signed up. If the last two seats go quickly, perhaps we can open a second board. The game(s) will start at 7 and end no later than 11.
 
 
In January, we’ve scheduled two tune-ups for Ultimate WAC, which is in Seattle the weekend of Jan. 24. The first will also be our first foray into Hyde Park. Matt Kade is hosting a game at his apartment on Jan. 11, starting at 11 a.m. Then the following weekend, Dan Burgess will host a Sunday game at his home in Downers Grove. That will be Jan. 19, starting at 11. The AFC and NFC championship games will be on, so you don’t have to miss a play.
 
We hope to see you at one or more of these games.
 
Get the Vote Out
Last week, I reported that you had to have played in two Grand Prix tournaments to vote in the North American Diplomacy Federation’s election for the two at-large positions on the DipCon Society’s Administrative Committee. Turns out one event will do, and both CODCon and Weasel Moot count. You may cast your vote here. You must have a Yahoo, Google or Facebook account to participate.
 
Upcoming Games
Dec. 7 at Ted McClelland’s home in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, starting at 11 a.m. Have six.
Dec. 11 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, starting at 7 p.m. until no later than 11. Have five.
Jan. 11 at Matt Kade’s home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, starting at 11 a.m. Have three.
Jan. 19 at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove, starting at 11 a.m. Need seven.
 
Sign up for games here, on Meetup, or by emailing your faithful War Weasel (which is now Dan Burgess, danburgess67@gmail.com).
 
Dues
We hope to send out our annual e-appeal for 2014 dues in the next month or two. In the meantime, you can use the PayPal link we set up for 2013 to pay your 2014 dues. We’re still charging $25, $10 if you’re a student. Nine people have already paid their dues; thanks.
 
 
That’s all for this week.
 
Jim

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