The Spring tournaments are almost upon us, but one more slow news week to get through.
Look Who’s Back!
After a hiatus of a year and a half, the Diplomatic Pouch is back with a new issue. Unfortunately, we may have to wait another 18 months for the next one, as the Pouch still needs a lead editor to replace Charles Roburn. Meanwhile, this long overdue issue contains an article by Chris Burke about last year’s World Diplomacy Championship in Sydney, Australia; a pretty good reprint from Diplomacy World No. 57 about the strategic importance of Greece; and a piece by David Norman about using drop-dead timing to keep tournament games moving. Check it out at diplom.org/Zine/S2012M/.
Slow news week.
Hearing Double: Episode 15 Redefines Stereo
Nathan Barnes and Eric Mead secured a couple of guest hosts for the latest edition of their DiplomacyCast podcast, and with all due respect to them, the result just might be their best episode yet. If you haven’t listened to episode 15 yet, do so now. You can download the episode at iTunes or online at diplomacycast.com.
We’re back with all the latest news from the North American hobby.
He Said, He Said: Diplomacy in the Bay Area
It started with a bounce in Piedmont, this game last Saturday at Mike Holy’s home in Menlo Park, California. Meanwhile, the Brits (Adam Silverman) stole into the Channel, while Germany (Edi Birsan) opened to Tyrolia, Russia (Brendan Hickey) moved Moscow to St. Petersburg, and Turkey (Peter McNamara) opened against Russia. It was your basic clusterf&#k.
Silverman pins the craziness on the Italian, Conrad Minshall.
2012 Grand Prix Schedule
Diplomacy at the WAC
January 27-29 - Seattle, Washington
February 3-5 - Providence, Rhode Island
Contact: Jim Burgess
April 20-22 - Glen Ellyn, Illinois
As you know, any player who finishes in the top 7 of an NADF sanctioned, Grand-Prix-Qualifying Tournament, is eligible for the NADF Masters' Invitational.
Eight events qualified for the 2011 Grand Prix, resulting in 56 available spaces for the 2013 Masters' Invitational.
Forty individuals qualified in 2011. They are:
According to correspondent Dan Burgess, Australian Andrew Goff has won the World Diplomacy Championship in Sydney. Goff also won the 2009 WDC in Columbus.
Burgess, the new Prime Weasel of the Windy City Weasels Diplomacy Club, Tweeted from Sydney all weekend. You can check out his Tweets at http://twitter.com/#!/windycityweasel .
Michael "Doc" Binder (USA) is in first place after the first round of World DipCon 2011 in Sydney Australia. You can follow along with updates at:
You can follow Dan Burgess' live tweeting of the event at:
Top 7 are currently (after one round):
Ladies and Gentleman,
Voting for DipCon2012 is now open. You can cast your votes at by clicking here and filling out the required information. Please remember that votes are only considered valid if you are part of the DipCon Society membership as defined in the DipCon Society Charter:
There is one bid for DipCon submitted by the Windy City Weasels. The weasels have proposed to host DipCon 2012 in tandem with their hosting World DipCon 2012. Information about their bid can be downloaded here, or found on the Windy City Weasels website.
There is one at large position open on the DipCon Society Administrative Committee (Joe Wheeler's term has expired). Brent Waddington is the only person who is running for that position. He is active in the Washington DC hobby.
Votes are due by October 1st, 2011.
The DipCon Society Administrative Committee
Want to know who else is going? Here's the current list of attendees.
Finally, if you want to stay at the Days Inn, you may still be able to get the group rate. Go here for more info.
See you next weekend!
HuskyCon 2011 Results are posted at:
HuskyCon 2011 Results are posted at:
Courtesy of Thomas Haver: