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Tempest in a Teapot


October 2012

Silver Spring, MD


  1. Chris Martin (14026)
  2. Phil Weissert (12020)
  3. Brent Waddington (12018)
  4. Mike Binder (11015)
  5. Jeff Ladd (9013)
  6. Dave Maletsky (9011)
  7. David Johnson (9008)
Upcoming Grand Prix Events

Carnage Noir


November 2-4, 2012

Lake Morey Resort, VT


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NADF Masters Invitational


January 18-20, 2013

Hilton New Orleans- St. Charles Ave

New Orleans, LA


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Tempest Bid for Dipcon 2013

The Potomac Tea and Knife Society is the only bidder for DipCon 2013, which they'd hold at their premier tournament, Tempest in a Teapot.

The polls are now open. Any player who attended a Grand Prix event in the 12 months ending with this year's DipCon, Aug. 12, 2012, is eligible to cast a vote. Players may vote for Tempest or None of the Above. Votes may be sent to NADF President Chris Martin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


To help you cast an informed vote, here are the details of the Tempest bid. The polls close at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.


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What's up, Doc?

A urologist from Florida, Michael "Doc" Binder (left) knows how to grab a guy by the balls. Turns out he can cut them off, too.

Binder won the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot VI in Chicago last weekend with a solo on the top board. He also soloed in the third round. Both were as France.

Binder was the third seed in the World Championship Game. Joining him on that board were Don Scheifler of Houston (1); Matt Shields of Portland, Ore. (2); Adam Sigal of State College, Penn. (4); Robert Rousse of Vermont (5); Peter Yeargin of Herndon, Va. (6); and Peter Lokken of Chicago (7).

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of August 1

One week from tonight will be Hat Night at the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot VI. Best lid wins a prize, so wear a good one. We have lots more about WDC, so read on.


ABC, Easy as 1-2-3

Earlier this week, the Weasels announced that Allan B. Calhamer, Diplomacy’s creator, will make a special visit to World Dip Con during the third round on Aug. 11.

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of July 18

Sorry I’m so late this week. I didn’t have much news to report, other than a recap of last week’s Weasel Pyle season finale, so I decided to wait until I had some new WDC news to report.


Also, a quick update on my life. For those of you who haven’t heard, in an extremely unfortunate (but also welcome!) case of bad timing, my wife, Meghan, and I are expecting our first child on Aug. 6, four days before WDC tips off. Now, as long as the baby arrives on time or early and everything goes smoothly, I’ve been cleared for the weekend.

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of July 11

I’m back, and I’ll be honest: After a two-week hiatus, it was tough to get back into the swing of This Week. Still, I think I managed a decent issue. I hope you’ll agree. So, here’s the latest news from the North American hobby.


Dip in Unexpected Places

There’s an old joke about a guy with significant financial problems who’s considering suicide. Before he can do the deed, God comes to him in burning-bush form and tells him he’s going to win the lottery.


Every day for a week, the guy checks the paper and is disappointed to learn that he didn’t win. Finally, he confronts the bush.

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of June 20

I remember watching the Alamo as a kid. It was on TV over two nights. The second night, I had to fight the babysitter to let me stay up to watch it. When it ended, I couldn’t believe I had invested all that time only to see the good guys lose and John Wayne die. That’s sort of how I feel about this year’s NBA finals. Oh well, at least this time around, I didn’t care enough to cry.


So, here’s the latest news from the North American hobby.


You’ll Wish You Were at Dixie

Organizer David Hood’s DixieCon report is up at the website. Check it out here. If you haven’t been to a tournament, Hood gives a great account of what you’re missing.  

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of June 13

It’s a slow news week, it’s Friday night, and I have a nursery to work on, so I’ll keep it brief.


Getting to the Congress for World Dip Con

We’ve posted some info on taking the L downtown for World DipCon. It’s really easy to do from either airport, Midway (slightly preferred) or O’Hare. If you’re flying in, be sure to mail your itinerary to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Once we work out the logistics, we’ll let you know whether we’ll meet you at the airport or want you to take the train.


The 2012 World Diplomacy Championship tips off in just 56 days. The attendee list is now up to 78. Let’s fill that 12th board! See who’s coming here, and then make your plans to attend.

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of June 6

I’m out on the patio, enjoying a cigar after a long evening of organizing the hall closet in preparation for our new arrival—which is coming like a freight train, by the way—and to be honest, I’d be a lot happier if I had a can of Raid by my side. On this evening in the city, the bugs are a little too comfortable for my liking. Anyway, read on for the latest news from the North American hobby.


Must Hear Air

It’s difficult to recall life without the DiplomacyCast. Eric Mead and Nathan Barnes released their 17th episode on Wednesday, and they’ve delivered another fantastic show.


This time around, recurring guest Matt Shields joins our intrepid hosts in the studio for an episode devoted entirely to tournament scoring systems. Let’s face it, though many of us like to claim otherwise, we love talking about scoring systems. And guess what? Listening to these guys talk about them is just as fun.

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of May 30

We’re back with all the latest news from the North American hobby.


Third Time the Charm for Yeargin

Peter Yeargin wore the bridesmaid’s dress better than any Southern belle. In his first DixieCon back in 2010, the South Carolina native dominated play. He racked up more centers than anyone else, a whopping 41 in three rounds, but he finished second to Graham Woodring in Dixie’s draw-based scoring system.


He returned to Chapel Hill the next year in a shorter dress. This time he managed just 31 centers, but with a year of DixieCon experience under his garter belt, he finagled a two-way draw and improved his score by 16 points. That wasn’t good enough. Doug Moore added another DixieCon solo to his collection and ran away with the tournament. Yeargin finished second again.

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of May 16

It’s been beautiful the past few days in Chicago. Each night, I’ve enjoyed a cigar on my patio while doing Diplomacy work. Let’s hope it’s this pleasant in August, when you join us for World DipCon. In the meantime, here’s the latest news from the North American hobby.


Batter Up?

So, as I just mentioned, we—and by we, I mean the North American hobby, not just Chicago—have the honor of hosting this year’s World DipCon. Hopefully by now you’re aware that the event will be Aug. 10-12 at Chicago’s historic Congress Plaza Hotel. For those of you who appreciate history, the hotel sits on the very park where Obama gave his acceptance speech four years ago.

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This Week in North American Diplomacy -- Week of May 9

This summer’s World Diplomacy Championship is just three months out. August 10 will be here before we know it, so now’s the time to make your plans to attend. Negotiate with your loved ones, promise them the moon, do whatever it takes to punch your ticket to Chicago. It’s going to be a great event.


In the meantime, here’s the latest news from the North American hobby.


Episode 16 is Out

I’m an hour and 20 minutes into the 16th episode of the DiplomacyCast podcast, and while Nathan Barnes and Eric Mead can’t hold a candle to the twin Seans, episode 15’s guest hosts, they haven’t disappointed in their return to the airwaves. The focus of this episode’s Power Play is recovering from a bad start, and Eric and Nathan have lots of good advice to offer. Their special guest is the loquacious Dave Maletsky.

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This Fortnight in North American Diplomacy -- Week of May 2

I was traveling last week and also battling the mother of all colds, so for this issue at least, This Week covers a fortnight.


Sundstrom Wins His Second CODCon Open

They say the best baseball players fail two-thirds of the time. That same math applied at this year’ CODCon Open, played April 21-22 at the College of DuPage in the west Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn.


The tourney field did a fair job of containing Matt Sundstrom, the 2009 champion and two-time Weasel of the Year. In Round 1 on Saturday morning, we held his Italy under 6 points in the Sum of Squares scoring system. And in Round 3 on Sunday, we sent his France to an early shower. But in Round 2 Saturday night, Sundstrom drew Turkey, got a pitch he could hit, and for the third time with the Weasels, knocked it out of the park. Sundstrom also soloed as Turkey at Weasel Moot III in 2009 and at a game at his home in 2010.

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2012 Grand Prix Top 10


Adam Sigal (6*) - 440.61

Peter Yeargin (5*) - 422.36
Michael Binder (3) - 408.45

Robert Rousse (4) - 302.36

Don Scheifler (1) - 270.00

Edi Birsan (2) - 262.18

Matt Shields (1) - 243.00

Doug Moore (3) - 230.99

Andy Bartalone (4) - 218.18
Nate Cockerill (4) - 197.45

(Parenthetical indicates the number of events the player has played to date. *=Player has already played in more than 4 events; score reflects total of best 4 results.)

Counts the following events of 2012: Diplomacy at the WAC, TempleCon, Whipping, COD Con, DixieCon, Boston Massacre, World Boardgaming Championships, the World Diplomacy Championships/DipCon, HuskyCon, and Tempest in a Teapot.

Click here for complete standings of the 2012 Grand Prix. (or check the World Diplomacy Database)

2012 schedule available here.