2012 North American Diplomacy Grand Prix Rules
A player must compete in at least two Grand Prix events to be eligible to win.
In order for a tournament to be included in the Grand Prix it must meet the following criteria:
1) The event must take place in North America, and must be open to all players. (Note: This simply means that invitational events do not count.)
2) The event must consist of multiple rounds of 7-player Diplomacy played over multiple, consecutive days. (This means that at a minimum an event must have at least two rounds, and that those rounds must begin on different days.)
3) The event must have some kind of scoring system that permits determination of a winner and of ranking of player results. Tournament rules should be available at the event. Complete results of the event must be reported to the Grand Prix Administrator, or otherwise made publicly available, within 30 days of the event.
4) The tournament director, or the organization hosting the event, must make an announcement or otherwise inform the Grand Prix Administrator no later than December 31, 2011 that the event will take place. Additionally this information should indicate the general location and time of year for the event. (e.g. The tournament will be in the New York area in June or July.) The Grand Prix Administrator will make an attempt to solicit this information prior to the start of the year, but it is the hosting organization’s responsibility to make sure the Administrator is informed.
5) In addition to the above, the specific dates and location of the event must be publicly announced at least 60 days before the event takes place. This should include the time and date when the event will start, and the approximate time and date the event will finish. This information should be specific enough to enable out of town players to make detailed travel plans.
6) While it is assumed that events that were included in the Grand Prix in one year will wish to do so again in a subsequent year, an event will not be included if the tournament director or host organization requests that the event not be included. However, DipCon and World DipCon (when played in North America) will always be included in the Grand Prix.
7) First time tournaments will not be included in the Grand Prix. Tournaments which not been held in the past two years will be included in the Grand Prix if they are run by a tournament director who has previously run a Grand Prix event.
1) An event will be worth 10 times the total number of boards played in the three largest rounds of the tournament, up to a maximum of 300 points.
2) The event winner will earn these points. Each subsequent position will earn 90 percent of the previous position, down to a minimum of 5 points just for showing up. Tied positions will be scored by averaging the points available for two tied positions. (If two players tie for 3rd, they will split the points otherwise available for 3rd and 4th places.)
Note that Tournament Directors who play in their own tournaments will not receive any Grand Prix points for the event.
3) For the North American Diplomacy Championship (DipCon), the minimum score is 10 points; for a World Diplomacy Championship (WDC) in North America, the minimum score will be 15 points. Thus, in 2012, the minimum score at Weasel Moot (which is hosting WDC and DipCon) will be 15 points.
4) Each player’s cumulative score will consist of his or her highest scores from up to four qualifying tournaments.
5) The Grand Prix champion will be the player who earns the greatest cumulative points total from two or more qualifying events. (Thus a player who plays in only one event is not eligible to win the Grand Prix regardless of their point total.)
6) If players tie for the Grand Prix championship, the tie will be broken as follows:
a) The player with the highest single tournament score will win the Grand Prix championship.
b) If players remain tied, then the player whose top two scores are greater will win the Grand Prix championship.
c) If players remain tied, then the player whose top three scores are greater will win the Grand Prix championship.
d) If players remain tied, then they will share the Grand Prix championship.
The Grand Prix champion will receive a plaque. In addition, the champion’s name will be inscribed on the permanent NADF Grand Prix plaque.