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The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Sept. 1

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:01)


Pawns in the game of Diplomacy

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If you've been thinking that the only thing missing from your life is the chance to play Diplomacy outdoors, then today is your lucky day! We're fielding a game in the Chess Pavilion at North Avenue Beach on Sept. 21, beginning at 11 a.m. Bring your picnic basket and your wits.

And you thought Diplomacy couldn't be just another day at the beach.

Pawns in the Game of Diplomacy
When: Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. until no later than 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Chess Pavilion at North Avenue Beach, North Avenue and the Lake.

Last Updated (Monday, 01 September 2014 11:36)

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Dip at Conception

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Tony Prokes will once again try to evangelize at the Conception gaming convention at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

He plans to hold an intro round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 27. He will then run a standard game at 2 p.m. with a hard ending of midnight. If there's sufficient interest, he may run a game of Colonial Dip as well.

The standard game at 2 p.m. will count as a regular Weasels league game. The into game and any variants will be treated as exhibition games, meaning they won't count in the Season 10 standings.

Conception charges $15 for a one-day pass, $13 if you preregister at http://concentricgamecons.com/.

Last Updated (Monday, 25 August 2014 13:06)

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Join us for Opening Night!

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The 10th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy will open Sept. 10 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The game, which will start at 6:30 p.m. and end no later than 11, will also mark the start of the 2015 Bar Room Brawl Series.

In addition, the event will serve as our Prime Weasel's homecoming. As you may know, Nate Cockerill has been battling a serious illness. How serious? Well, Nate missed Moot and the Pyle. He never misses anything, and these were our two biggest events of the year. He is currently recovering from surgery and other procedures at his family's farm in Ohio. Let's give him the homecoming he deserves. (Open to interpretation.)

We're also hoping to see some new faces at this event, recruits from this weekend's Diplomacy tournament at GenCon. To give them a warm welcome, we'd like to field two boards.

But wait, there's more. Our club played its first game on Sept. 10 in 2005, so we'll also be celebrating the Weasels' ninth birthday.

Lots of reasons to join us for the opener. Pick one that works for you! Hope to see you there.

The Season Opener
When: Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: The Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 N. Rockwell.

Last Updated (Monday, 01 September 2014 19:59)

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The Undercard at the Weasel Royale

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For the sixth straight year, we'll field an Undercard Game at our club championship, the Weasel Royale. While the varsity slugs it out upstairs, come play a casual game with the jv in Dan's spacious basement, complete with three beers on tap, or on his deck if weather permits! In four of the first five Undercards, the board-topper went on to qualify for the next Royale. So, added incentive.

The Undercard Game
When: Nov. 1 at 11 a.m.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:39)

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A sneak peek at Season 10

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Season Nine was another great year for the Weasels. We fielded 31 boards, including our 250th game. A total of 59 people played in our games. That number includes 21 new Weasels, six of whom were women and two who were British nationals.

In addition, the CODCon Open bounced back from a down year with seven boards and 22 players, 20 of whom were local. That was our best local turnout since WDC in 2012. And Weasel Moot weathered a drop in traveler attendance to field nine boards. The Moot numbers included four first-time travelers and five first-time locals.

The months ahead will feature two big games. Our seventh Weasel Royale club championship game has been scheduled for Nov. 1 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, and soon we will set a date for our second Bar Room Brawl championship game.

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Four elected in dramatic if bloodless campaign

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For a seventh straight year, the Weasels managed to conduct a violence-free election, but this one was filled with plenty of drama nonetheless.

Start with a former officer's candidacy being rejected on the grounds that he wasn't a paid-up member. John Gramila was elected to a one-year term in 2011 to serve on the Fourth Sneak. The club's governing board had expanded that year to seven officers from five in anticipation of the 2012 WDC.

Gramila served with distinction as the Chief of Public Information, launching the @WindyCityWeasel Twitter account and helping with WDC planning and logistics. After the big event, he declined to seek reelection.

But early last week, Gramila announced his intention to run on Saturday. His campaign, though, was star-crossed from the start. Gramila was dealt a critical blow last Wednesday when Chief of Public Information Jim O'Kelley, the acting clerk of election, declared Gramila ineligbile on the grounds that he hadn't paid his dues. Early voting proceeded on Thursday with four candidates for four open positions: incumbents Dan Burgess, Ben DiPaola and Peter Lokken, along with Matt Sundstrom, one of the most decorated players in club history. Five paid-up members submitted early ballots.

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From seven, a Bull Weasel will rise

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There can be only one Bull Weasel. The 2014 Weasel Royale club championship game will be held November 1 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. In seed order, the seven players vying for the title will be:

Last Updated (Sunday, 10 August 2014 19:46)

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A Brawl to end all Brawls

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This year's Bar Room Brawl Series spanned 14 games, with 33 players participating. Nate Cockerill locked up the top spot by soloing in the first game of the Series. But over the next 13 games, we saw lots of jockeying for the final six spots.

And now the field is set. On a date to be determined, these seven players will gather at the Red Lion for one final brawl to end all brawls. The winner will be our 2014 Bar Room Brawl Champion.

The seven contestants, in seed order, are:

Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:29)

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And the Weasel goes to...

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At yesterday's season-ending Weasel Pyle, we presented the annual Weasels club awards, starting with the seven best country awards, each of which was branded with a controversial photo. Per club rules, only paid-up members are eligible for these awards, and none may win more than one. The Weasels for best play of each country went to:

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