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The other six players in Sunday's Weasel Royale club championship game were so close to plahing without Matt Sundstom. He was on the outside looking in at the Weasel Pyle, the traditional final day of league play, after a subpar season by his standards. But he posted a large board top that day, aided somewhat by Christian Kline, and qualified for the Royale with the sixth seed.
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There was an Undercard game yesterday. We bill the Undercard as an opportunity to steal a march on the sharks occupied in the Royale. This Undercard, though, had its share of sharks, headlined by John Gramila, he of the Italian solo at Worlds and near miss of the top board.
But the board-top didn't go to Gramila or any of the other seasoned vets on the board. Instead, it went to Mick Johnson, who was playing his third game ever. The Undercard ended by draw vote in Spring 1910 in the following center counts:
When we were negotiating or sitting alone at the table thinking about our moves, I used to get a kick out of singing Boston's song "Amanda" to Amanda Baumgartner, pictured here playing Pandemic with me and Kevin at this year's Weasel Pyle. I'm sure she hated it--I'm a terrible singer--but she was a good sport.
The 2017 Bar Room Brawl Series is off to a great start with a two-board session last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square to go along with the two boards on Opening Night in September. So far, 22 players have participated in the four games. The complete standings are here. We'll see you on November 9 for the next Red Wednesday!
Last Updated (Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:00)
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Hasbro's 5th edition rules eliminate the Convoy Paradox once and for all. It's right there on page 17:
A Convoyed Attack Doesn’t Cut Certain Supports
A convoyed Army doesn’t cut the support of a unit supporting an attack against one of the Fleets necessary for the Army to convoy.
Of course, a fine bit of good that clear wording will do you if you leave the rulebook in your bag while giving a ruling. Sigh. Perhaps for only the second time in club history, we had a tricky convoy situation crop up last night at the Red Lion. And I got the ruling wrong.
Last Updated (Thursday, 13 October 2016 19:49)
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WEASELS TRY (TEA)POT FOR THE FIRST TIME. DETAILS OF LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE TO FOLLOW.
5 Weasels attended Tempest, including 4 first timers. What began with Cheetos Chicken Fries ended with Brandon Fogel "Steve Harvey"-ing himself out of Best Austria. Your solo-throwing writer also brought home the rusty blade for, as Austria, causing
a grown man England such emotional distress that he vowed to never play a tournament again. In actual results, Prime Weasel Bryan Shelden got 10th, Brian Pravel got 13th, Brandon Fogel got 14th, Jake Trotta got 16th, and Carlos Trevino came in 23rd. Tempest cooldown post coming whenever their brains recover. In the meantime, check out last week's Weekly Weasel for updates. (Also, this.)
RED WEDNESDAY GOES FOR TWO "BECAUSE I COULDN'T GO FOR THREE"
We are at 18 (18!) for Red Wednesday tonight in Lincoln Square. If we get up to 19, we can make 3 boards. Otherwise, we'll do 2 with a tremendous turnout. Sign up here.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 October 2016 14:58)
Five Weasels made the trip to Washington, DC, this past weekend for the 2016 Tempest in a Teapot. The tournament was a big success, with 42 players playing a total of 14 boards over three days. The Weasels had a respectable though not dominant showing, placing four in the top 16 but none higher than 10th (achieved by newly minted Prime Weasel Brian Shelden). The standings can be found here.
Jake Trotta took home the coveted Rusty Blade award for worst stab (for his second round game), while I made some news by failing to win Best Austria (in my third round game). See the after-action reports below for more details (links will be added as the reports are posted).
Last Updated (Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:15)
The 4th annual Bar Room Brawl Championship will take place alongside a regular league game, a chance to make some waves while a bunch of league sharks are hunting each other. The undercard can serve as a launching pad; one last year's participants, Jake Trotta, is on the championship board this year.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:04)
Watch the leaves and your opponents' faces change colors during a game of Diplomacy at David's apartment. The grill on the 3rd floor balcony will be fired up, along with whoever doesn't get Belgium. Bonus points for coming in your Halloween costume.
Dip or Treat
When: Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.
Where: David Spanos's Lakeview apartment, near the Belmont Red Line stop.
Last Updated (Monday, 24 October 2016 11:20)
Weasels near and far, let us gather and share our collective wisdom on the play of individual powers in this great game. All are encouraged to comment with their perspective on playing each power effectively. For newer weasels, this should be a tremendous resource to quickly learn the game. For older weasels, this blog will provide areas to search for improvement and share discoveries. And for the oldest of Weasels, this blog is an outlet for the fruit of their many years in the hobby. This, Weasels, is where we share our wisdom.
Topics of conversation may include openings, negotiation, alliances, how to solo, how to play from behind, anything and everything that feeds into the proper play of the nation. Reminder: this is specific to club German play under the one true scoring system, Sum of Squares.
First up, we have GERMANY, because of Octoberfest and, more importantly, because it is your writer’s favorite country.
Last Updated (Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:37)