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The Weekly Weasel — Week of Nov. 9

Did you hear the news? I won Carnage. Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Red Wednesday Rescued by a Random
Last night’s Red Wednesday game was rescued by a random walk-up. We had one new player and another who was new to the club, so host Matt Sundstrom was prepared to lead a six-player teaching game when a mysterious stranger named Mike darkened the doorway of the Red Lion. With a full complement of seven players — plus a spectator in Dan Burgess who arrived later — we were able to play a regular league game.
 

Christian Kline topped the board with a nine-center Austria. David Spanos in Germany finished second with eight. Mike the mysterious stranger? Well, he was eliminated for his trouble. Turns out we don’t care for mysteries.
 
I’ll post the game to the website over the weekend.
 
Carpe Carnage
So, yah, I won Carnage. It was my first tournament win in six years, so it was nice to get off the Schneid.
 
 
I’ve had better tournaments. I certainly didn’t dominate by any stretch — second-place finisher Nicolas Sahuguet, the former world champ, tallied one more center than I did, and Buffalo had two outright board tops compared with my one and a half. But I played the rank-based Carnage scoring system well, and my results were good enough to win.
 
 
Carnage was my first travel tournament since the WDC at Dixie in 2014. I don’t travel nearly as much as I used to — two small kids at home will alter your priorities — but I didn’t need to be reminded of how much I miss it. Traveling to tournaments is my favorite part of the hobby. So, my advice to those of you who have been thinking about traveling is to do it while you can, as much as you can.
 
Tor me right now, as much as I can is just once a year, but I’ll get back out there more frequently in a few years.
 
WDC Reminders
Preregistration for the 2016 WDC (June 24-26!) is now open and will save you $10. Housing registration is open as well. You can find both links here.
 
Hosts Still Needed
We’d love to line up some winter house games. If you can host this month or in December or January, please email me so we can get your game on the schedule.
 
Dues Still Due
We’re still working out the kinks on the appeal page, but that doesn’t change the fact that 2016 dues are now due. Once again, we’re charging $25 for members and $10 for students. Dues will get you a combined $15 off of our two tournaments–CODCon in April ($5) and the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X in June ($10)–plus eligibility for our season-ending awards and the Weasel Royale. And you’ll also help us maintain the website and keep our Meetup page.
 
You can PayPal your dues to wcwsneak@gmail.com. Check out the appeal page, too, but the PayPal button isn’t working yet. And please pay up soon. We depleted our treasury when we paid the first installment on the meeting space for WDC, and we have some bills to pay…
 
Upcoming Games
  • None! We need to fix that…
Sign up for games here, on Meetup, or by emailing War Weasel Dan Burgess (danburgess67@gmail.com).
 
Important Dates
  • Dec. 9: Bar Room Brawl Championship Game.
  • June 24-26, 2016: World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X!
Up Next on the Tournament Circuit

Help Needed!

  • Database. We still are looking for someone who can convert Matt’s rating system to a searchable, web-based database. Please email us at wcwsneak@gmail.com if you can help or have questions. (Ben DiPaola has nibbled on this one…)
That’s all for this week.
 
Jim

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