The Weekly Weasel — Week of Nov. 30

We’re back after a brief hiatus for Thanksgiving. (Hope yours was a good one.) Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Chicago in a Landslide
We got the word last week that our bid to combine the 2016 North American Diplomacy Championship with the World Championship was successful. Woot! (It’s a good thing, too, as ours was the only bid…)

The two events will be June 24-26 at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. In 2012, we had separate victory conditions for the two titles, just as Vancouver did in 2007, but as with Vancouver, the same player won both titles anyway. Therefore, we’re not inclined to split them this time around. The winner of the top board in the final round will be the champion of the world and North America. Which is fitting.

Preregistration for the event is now open and will save you $10. Housing registration is open as well. You can find both links at the event page.

One Brawl to Rule Them All
The 2015 Bar Room Brawl Championship Game will be held December 9 at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The seven combatants, in seed order, will be Ali Adib, Matt Sundstrom, Christian Kline, Jim O’Kelley, Brian Beck, David St. John (alternate) and Chris Kelly (alternate). Kelly won the championship last year, and O’Kelley took the inaugural title in 2013.

We’re also hoping to field an undercard game for the same night. We currently have three signed up. We’ll need four more to make it happen. Anyone want to play? Like the the Undercard game, this will be a great opportunity to be the shark.

Hosts Still Needed
We’d love to line up some winter house games. If you can host in December, January or February, please email me so we can get your game on the schedule. We’re having trouble finding hosts at the moment, so if you’re itching to play a house game, perhaps you’d like to host it?

We weren’t able to field a board at the game day at Harold Washington Library on the 21st, but Jorge Zhang and a buddy of his attended anyway. Afterward, he suggested that the library would be a good venue for a game featuring a mix of Weasels and some of his friends from the Diplomacy club he started at Walter Payton High School. If you’d be interested in that, let me know, and I’ll try to set something up.

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 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


  • Dec. 9 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, beginning at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11. Have three; need four more.

Sign up for games here, on Meetup, or by emailing War Weasel Dan Burgess (

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 if you can help or have questions. (Ben DiPaola has nibbled on this one…)

That’s all for this week.


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