World Champion Thomas Haver of Columbus, Ohio, is in town this weekend for a Rummikub tournament at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair at Navy Pier. Tonight, we will honor him with a game of Diplomacy at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. and feature the following combatants:
Last Updated (Saturday, 22 November 2014 10:41)
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Better Red than Dead
Last week's Red Wednesday at the Red Lion had a little bit of everything: Two more new faces, an old face that we don't see nearly enough, a visually impaired observer, a Western with an all-little-person cast, three Weasel cameos, and a thrilling final year that sort of played out like a classic scene from the movie 10. Don't believe me? Check out the game summary. We've also updated the Bar Room Brawl standings.
Last Updated (Monday, 17 November 2014 20:40)
Last night's game at the Red Lion was the fourth in this year's Bar Room Brawl Series, and with their shared board-top, Matt Sundstrom and Jim O'Kelley are back atop the standings. Chasing them, however, are a bunch of new faces. Check out the complete standings here.
A total of 19 players have participated in the four games. Next up is another Red Wednesday event, December 10 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. Make your plans to join us.
Last Updated (Sunday, 16 November 2014 09:35)
The 2014 Bar Room Brawl championship game will take place December 17 at the Red Lion. We'll try to start as close to 6 as we can and wrap up no later than 11. Feel free to come out for some drinks, dinner, and to watch seven of the top finishers in last season's Bar Room Brawl Series duke it out for the 2014 title. Who knows, if there's sufficient interest, maybe we can even field an Undercard game.
The seven combatants, in seed order, are:
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Join us for our third Red Wednesday at the Red Lion, December 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:44)
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No need for a lengthy write-up of last night's game. Instead, just take a moment to watch this video clip on YouTube and picture Matt Sundstrom as Dudley Moore and me as Bo Derek. (Or the other way 'round; whatever strikes your fancy. Either way, the clip sums up the game.)
Our second Red Wednesday, fifth game of the season, and 256th in club history, was another fun one at the Red Lion. It ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Last Updated (Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:22)
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Here's something to be thankful for: New Bull Weasel Matt Sundstrom will host a game at his home in Glenview on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Who's in?
Last Updated (Saturday, 22 November 2014 18:38)
If we established anything at yesterday's Weasel Royale club championship game, it's that there are only three acceptable reasons for missing the event: Cancer, Rugby and Acts of God. All three played a part in shaping the lineup for this year's Royale, as did some pretty lame excuses.
The field featured only four of the top seven, along with three alternates, including one who was an alternate for an alternate. We tapped Brad Harrington (the seventh alternate!) to play at around 10:45 a.m. when second alternate Mike Morrison discovered that a tree had fallen on his car during Friday's storm. Host and War Weasel Dan Burgess calmly diverted fourth alternate Don Glass to the west side of the city to retrieve Harrington. They arrived at Dan's at 12:06, and the selection ceremony started as soon as they took off their jackets.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:12)
Thursday night used to be reserved for must-see TV viewing. Shows like Seinfeld and Friends demanded our attention. But those shows are gone, and other great ones (the Big Bang Theory, Survivor) have moved to different nights. The hole they left was filled last night by a Diplomacy game in Logan Square, and it turns out that it's much more entertaining to watch friends stab each other in the back around a custom board than trade quips around a coffee table.
Last night's game, the one where we introduced two more players to the Weasels, was our first week-night house game, and according to host Peter Lokken, it was a rousing success. It ended by time limit (we used standard bar timing) after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:
We debuted our freshly minted Red Wednesdays last night at the Red Lion, and the new brand was a hit. We had seven for the game, plus onlooker Chris Kelly. The numbers included another new recruit from the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup, and once again, we batted .500 from that site. Two signed up, one showed.
And as the saying goes, showing up is half the battle. Playing his first game in more than 20 years, Mike Esposito was understandably rusty. On the first turn, he held in both Marseilles and Paris. But he recovered, weathered the Platoon-like battle for his soul between me and Ben DiPaola (I was Sgt. Elias), and ultimately fragged us both to top the board.
Great news for all the fashionably minded Weasels out there. We've set up a shop at spreadshirt.com where you can now order club t-shirts. A modest commission from each sale will go to the club.
Currently you can choose from one of two styles: A simple Weasel Moot VIII shirt sporting our new club slogan ("Don't dot me, Bro.") on the back or a "warrior" shirt. Check them out at weasels.spreadshirt.com and order yours today!