On July 24, the club gathered once again at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square over the familiar map of Europe, this time to bid farewell to our Bull Weasel. And after the shellacking he administered in Game No. 391, you wouldn’t blame anyone for a fleeting thought of “Good riddance.”
However, while the Weasel waters may be a bit safer now, we all need to be thinking, “How in the world will we replace Ali Adib?”
Like Peter Lokken before him and James Collins before that, Ali was the kind of player who loved both the game and introducing it to new players. When you show up to play Diplomacy at one of our events, it’s easy to take for granted that six other folks will be there. The reason they’re there, though, is usually because of people like Ali.
He’s off to LA now. It’s up to the rest of us to keep our games filled.
Game No. 391 ended by draw limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Chris Kelly): 6; 13.953 points.
England (Ali Adib): 12; 55.814 points.
France (Ravi Betzig): 7; 18.992 points.
Germany (Brian MacWilliams): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Christian Kline): 3; 3.488 points.
Russia (Dan Perlman): 2; 1.550 points.
Turkey (Cori Neslund): 4; 6.202 points.