Over the years, two boards’ worth of dedicated, active players have stabbed the club by leaving town. Some are now playing with other clubs, others show up on the tournament circuit now and again. None of them are former Weasels. No, we call them ex-pats, because our club will always be their home.
Last night, we welcomed back Christian MacDonald, who now lives in Vancouver. MacDonald joined the Weasels late in our third season and quickly took the club by storm. In our fourth season, the first one that featured a league with running standings, he finished third. He also ran for and was elected to the charter Sneak that year, tied for second in games played, and won the first tournament he ever attended (the Buckeye Game Fest).
MacDonald is a good guy, a great player, and a visionary. While serving on the Sneak, he drafted a statement that still serves as an excellent guide for what the North American hobby could and should be. So when he moved away in 2011, it stung.
Game No. 346, played last night in MacDonald’s honor at Diversey River Bowl during a Top Chef viewing party, started after 7 p.m. The late start gave us a chance to catch up, which was nice. (His son, Beckett, whose arrival forced him to curtail his Dipping, is 7 now, believe it or not. We’re getting old.)
Anyway, once the game started, the reality of being an ex-pat hit home. MacDonald was Sundstromed and finished with two centers.
The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Brandon Fogel): 6; 13.846 points
England (Christian Kline): 2; 1.538 points
France (Brian Shelden): 2; 1.538 points
Germany (Jim O’Kelley): 12; 55.385 points
Italy (Ted McClelland): 8; 24.615 points
Russia (Christian MacDonald): 2; 1.538 points
Turkey (Chris Kelly): 2; 1.538 points
For O’Kelley, the game was the white whale he had been chasing all season–the big result he needed to contend for a record 10th straight Royale appearance. He started the evening in 10th place but now sits comfortably in third with two scheduled events remaining.
The supply center chart is here. Players, how about your thoughts?