Pictured: A four-peat was in the cards for the Italians early on. Here’s a look at the board in 1904. What went wrong?
One of the great things about the Weasels is that regardless of how frequently you play with us, when you’re ready for a game, you can usually find one. (Especially true during March Madness. Yesterday, we played our third game in three weekends!) Guys like Nate Cockerill and Don Glass and Matt Kade–while he lived here–deserve much of the credit for that.
Cockerill has played in 13 of 20 games this year. Glass has played in 11. Kade played in 10 before defecting to Berkeley.
The more guys we have like them who want to play Dip every chance they can, the easier it is to fill boards when guys like Craig Reges want to play.
Reges was one of my recruits from the old Dip World Yahoo group, where I dabbled prior to diving into the face-to-face hobby back in 2005. I found him there along with Eric Brown, Christian Kline, Kevin O’Kelly and Barry Johnson. Those first three have been core members of the club since our first season. We haven’t seen Johnson in five years, but he was fairly active in the early years, playing in 10 games and hosting three of them.
Reges, however, hasn’t played much with us. He’s a high school referree and umpire, so his weekends typically aren’t his own. He made it to CODCons in 2008 and 2011, but prior to yesterday, his only league game with the club was a bar game at Guthrie’s Tavern in March 2008. But he had an opening in his schedule yesterday, the Ides of March, and there we were with Game No. 240 in Des Plaines, our third offering in this year’s March Madness campaign.
Reges shook the rust off with an eight-center German board top. The game ended by draw vote in Spring 1909 in the following center counts:
Austria (Mike Morrison): 4; 7.547 points.
England (Mike Whitty): 7; 23.113 points.
France (Brad Harrington): 7; 23.113 points.
Germany (Craig Reges): 8; 30.189 points.
Italy (Chris Cantine): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Tony Prokes): 3; 4.245 points.
Turkey (Don Glass): 5; 11.792 points.
The supply center chart is here. Hopefully the players will chime in with their thoughts on the war. In the meantime, here are a couple of noteworthy items from me:
- Cantine ended a three-year run of Italian board tops in our St. Patrick’s Day game. Perhaps Italy was doomed when this year’s edition fell on the Ides of March?
- The game counted for score for six of the seven players. Weasels league scoring is based on each player’s best three results. Host Prokes was the only player who didn’t score. (Well, technically, Cantine didn’t score either, but the game counted for him.)
This week is another big one for the Weasels. We have a bar game scheduled for Thursday night at the Red Lion, and then a game at Peter Lokken’s home in Logan Square on Saturday. Lokken’s game is full, but there are plenty of spots open for Thursday, and we’d love to field two boards. Come on out. Shake the rust off. Maybe even top the board, like Craig Reges.
If you can’t make that one, don’t worry. When you’re ready, you’ll find the light on for you.