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Venue: Chess Pavilion by North Ave Beach

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Venue: Peter Lokken's new home

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The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Sept. 15

The Weekly Weasel

Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Seeing Double on Opening Night
Our Opening Night numbers dropped pretty dramatically in the hours leading up to the games, but we still were able to field two boards with 13 people playing. Special thanks to Alpha Weasel John Gramila for pulling double duty.

We had 12 players sign up from the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup group. I was hoping that half of them would show. We ended up getting five, which isn't bad. And of those five, three now have joined our Meetup group, and one of them has signed up for Sunday's outdoor game at the Chess Pavilion.

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A Brawl new year

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Season 10 opened last night with two games in the Bar Room Brawl Series. Scott Soren, playing in his second game with the club, seized the early lead with his top in Game No. 252. Newcomer John Konwinski, who shared the top in Game No. 253, is second. For the complete standings, click here.

The Series will pick up again next month on Oct. 8 at our first Red Wednesday at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The Lion will welcome us on the second Wednesday of every month for Red Wednesday. Make your plans to join us on Oct. 8 and Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 and, you get the idea. See you there!

 

Seeing double on Opening Night

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Two boards. Two John Gramilas. Two hours into our Opening Night for the 10th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy, and I was seeing double. And by the time play ended at around 10:45 p.m., there were just two of my German pieces left on the board.

Ah well, while the game didn't go so well for me, the night was a great success for the Weasels. We welcomed six new Weasels, four of whom were playing for the first time. We put the two experienced players on a board with five or our vets, and got that game started at around 6:45 while I sat down to explain the rules to the novices.

Once I got through our five-minute teaching guide (which curiously usually takes about 15 minutes) and answered various questions about the rules and the hobby, we started the second game with me, Ben DiPaola and Gramila pulling double duty rounding out the board.

Here's how the boards went down.

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:37)

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Red Wednesdays!

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What are you doing on January 15? How about May 13? Not sure? Well, here's a hint: Starting in October, the second Wednesday of every month will be Red Wednesday at the Red Lion. Join us every month on the second Wednesday for dinner, drinks and Diplomacy at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. Hope to see you there!

Red Wednesday!
When: Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: The Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 N Rockwell.

Last Updated (Friday, 05 September 2014 15:02)

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Loktoberfest!

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Ring in October with a rare Thursday night house game at Peter Lokken's home in Logan Square. House game with bar timing. Check it out!

Loktoberfest!
When: Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: Peter Lokken's home, 2428 N Kimball in Logan Square.

Last Updated (Saturday, 06 September 2014 07:03)

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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 (Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:18)

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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 (Friday, 19 September 2014 12:54)

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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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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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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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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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