Our Diplomacy league is the most active in North America. We average more than two league games per month in addition to Tournament play. We score all of our games using the Sum of Squares scoring system, and each player's best three scores count toward the season standings. We are known for our fierce competition, strong traditions, upstanding character and trustworthiness, and the propensity for Turkey to open to Armenia.
Our 14th season is winding down, which means we've been doing this a long time. And like any old show, we occasionally recycle story lines.
On Wednesday, it was the one about the last-minute cancellation that would have ruined the game if not for a timely text from a friend. Fortunately, rising star Cori Neslund was able to talk Bennett Kalsevic into driving out to the Red Lion in Lincoln Square to learn a game called Diplomacy.
By 7:30 p.m., Game 392 was finally under way. The players quickly made up for lost time. There was a brawl in the Western Mediterranean; an Austrian fleet build in 1901; R/T conflict; a Western Triple; the demise of the league leader; and, eventually, some impressive dot-jockeying in the final year of the game. Time was called after the Fall 1905 turn. The final center counts were:
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?"
It looked like the club's first game at Relo's Board Game and Dessert Cafe in Little Italy was destined to be a six-player variant. But then a bystander who happens to be a student of European military history bailed us out and topped the board for her trouble.
Game No. 390, played at Relo's on Taylor Street in Little Italy on June 24, ended by draw vote during the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
WACCon, the Diplomacy hobby's most sophisticated and, in my opinion, best tournament folded its tents after hosting the North American Diplomacy Championship in 2014. Dubbed Ultimate WAC, the send-off featured a roast complete with an Elvis impersonator. It was an epic weekend, even by the impossibly high standards of the WAC team: Mark Zoffel, whose membership in Seattle's posh downtown Washington Athletic Club grants us access to the venue and whose generosity keeps the cost reasonable for attendees; Nathan Barnes, the hobby's greatest showman; and Matt Shields, a Portland resident whose Tournament Director credentials are so impeccable that the Seattle team drafted him long ago to run their events.
Sadly, Ultimate WAC, as the moniker suggests, was the end of an era. ... Until now.
This article is the closest thing we have to a Hall of Fame, or a Den of Records, to keep with the Weasel theme.