The Weekly Weasel — Week of Oct. 13

Read on for all the latest news from the Weasels in this birthday edition of The Weekly Weasel.
New Blood Spills Old at Red Wednesday
Red Wednesday at the Red Lion debuted last week, and we had another new face, our ninth new recruit of the young season. Mike Esposito was playing his first game in more than 20 years, and he had the rust to prove it. Nevertheless, he survived a rough opening and managed to top the board. The other players included two of the new recruits from the September games at the Lion. So, lots of new players have been coming out, and some are even sticking around.

Red Wednesday is the second Wednesday of every month at the Red Lion. Join us for dinner, drinks and Diplomacy. The games, which will start at 6:30 p.m. and end no later than 11, are scheduled through December 2015. Get ’em on your calendar. The first board for Nov. 12 is already full. Let’s fill a second!

Royale Flush
One of the Royale contestants bowed out of the big game on November 1 due to a family commitment. Who’s out, who’s in? Check it out.

The Dots Are Always Greener
A change of scenery (or maybe it’s marriage?) worked wonders for Ted McClelland’s Diplomacy game. Ted, who married and moved to Boston in August, attended the inaugural tournament, The Boroughs, in Marlborough, Massachusetts, over the weekend. Ted played in only two of the three rounds, but he secured two best country awards and third place overall (out of 13) in the five-board event. The tournament used the familiar Sum of Squares, our scoring system of choice, which probably didn’t hurt, but according to organizer Alan Levin, "Ted did great."

You read that right. Our Ted McClelland. Did great.

So, the dots are greener out east, but don’t get any ideas, Weasels. We need you here.

Deja Buffaleaux
Meanwhile, another Weasel ex-pat was serving as the TD for Tempest in a Teapot last weekend. According to Chris Martin, Peter Yeargin ran a great, drama-free, fun-filled tournament. Andy "Buffalo" Bartalone won the 10-board event. It’s at least the fourth Tempest championship for the hometown hero.

Up Next on the Tournament Circuit

  • Carnage: The 13th annual Carnage Accords Diplomacy tournament will be November 7 to 9 at the Killington Grand Resort in Vermont. For more information about the final event on the 2014 Grand Prix circuit, go to or email me.

Upcoming Games

  • November 1, the Undercard Game at the Weasel Royale, beginning at 11 a.m. at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove. Have four. Three more needed.
  • November 12 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Have seven. Let’s fill a second board!
  • December 10 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 until no later than 11. Have one. Six more needed.

Sign up for games here, on Meetup, or by emailing me (

Important Dates

  • November 1: The Weasel Royale and Undercard Game at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove.
  • Remember, the second Wednesday of every month is Red Wednesday at the Red Lion. These games are scheduled through 2015 and will always start at 6:30 p.m. and go until no later than 11, so get ’em on your calendar.

Finally, a big Weasel thank you to the 29 people who paid club dues for 2014. Their support makes so much of what we do possible: The Meetup site, the website, our annual club awards, and the awards for the Royale. Thanks, Guys!

That’s all for this week.


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