Editor's note: This article originally appeared as issue #206 on the North American Diplomacy Federation site on December 29th, 2006
2006 seemed to be one of the better years. The highlight for me was the re-awakening of mid-America. There was the vibrant group of Chicago area players led by Jim O'Kelley but many taking initiative to sustain and grow the activity. Chicago plans include a recruiting effort at a college game con and a Grand Prix tournament in June. A new event was announced for an Indiana suburb of Louisville KY, at the National Block Party Con chaired by Ric Manns, and Diplomacy prompted by Tom Pasko. The Minneapolis MNDip yahoogroup flickered to life after a two year dormancy, and has a game scheduled for early January. Columbus has hosted Origins at least since 1996, and the event has sustained interest in our game. Two of the Chicago players were already in my data base from prior play at Origins.
Elsewhere, Carolina Amateur Diplomats continue their 20+ year steady course. The Potomac Tea and Knife Society continues to organize play and fill cyber space with the most, on and off topic, commentary. New England is presenting a new Temple Con tournament produced and directed by Jim Burgess. Carnage gained more local support and plans to re-establish the Boston Massacre seem to be slowly forming. New England players make up the majority of Husky Con on Long Island.
The Bay Area Diplomacy Association continues to grow in numbers and depth. The Whipping featured an invasion of national players, but a solid non-traveling local player won. (Joshua Shank, it is time to venture out of the shadow of the Golden Gate). The Pacific Northwest is focused on the Vancouver BC WDC in August, and to that end is working together to re-invigorate Portland, Vancouver and to make sure that many northwest players gather to greet the national and international visitors.
Ten of the twelve 2006 have announced a 2007 iteration. Canuck Con and Carnage organizers have not sent information. Boston Massacre is likely to revive next cycle, Temple Con and WDC have been added.
|WAC CON||Seattle||13||Jim O'Kelley|
|PREZCON (DipCon)||Charlottesville||13||Hohn Cho|
|CASCADE SUMMIT||Portland||6||Nathan Barnes|
|KUBLA CON||Burlingame||7||Louis Abronson|
|DIXIECON||Chapel Hill||10||Jim O'Kelley|
|HUSKYCON||Long Island||10||Jonathan Hill|
|CANUCK CON||Surrey||8||Micah Krabill|
|B.A.D. ASS. WHIPPING||Oakland||11||Joshua Shank|
|CARNAGE BY THE LAKE||Fairlee||6||Graham Woodring|
* - Number of boards in 3 largest rounds
The entire 2006 Grand Prix table is at http://www.diplom.org/NADF
This is the first year since 2001 that there has been more than one player elected as an All-Star. The public voting opened July 1 and Doug Moore took the early lead. Doug Moore had to tend to the business of guiding a campaign through early November, and Nathan Barnes entered December with a slight lead. The last month had a flurry of votes the week before the public voting closed December 20. The Elector ballots were emailed to the 14 electors at 12:01 AM Dec 21, and it was quickly determined that a majority favored both Moore and Barnes.
The seven original candidates in the process are selected by having achieved the highest ratings of during the year. Any player achieving the level of the lowest of those is added as a candidate. Jim O'Kelley was added with his two tournament wins and two other good performances. O'Kelley gained enough popular support to finish 4th in the public voting.
|WAC Con — January 18-21||Nathan Barnes (email@example.com)||Seattle|
|TempleCon — February 16-18||Jim Burgess (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Providence|
|Prez Con — February 23-25||Tim Richardson (email@example.com)||Charlottesville|
|Piggyback — April 27-29||Jeff Dwornicki (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Portland|
|DixieCon — May 25-27||David Hood (email@example.com)||Chapel Hill|
|KublaCon — May 25-27||Edi Birsan (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Burlingame|
|Weasel Moot — June 8-10||Jim O'Kelley (email@example.com)||Chicago|
|Origins — July 5-8||Dan Mathias (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Columbus|
|Dragonflight — August 4-5||Buz Eddy (email@example.com)||Seattle|
|WDC/DipCon — August 9-12||Nathan Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Seattle|
|HuskyCon — August 17-19||Woodring family (email@example.com)||Long Island|
|Tempest — October 6-7||Tim Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Woodbridge|
|Whipping — October 13-14||Adam Silverman (email@example.com)||Oakland|
POTOMAC: Recruiting and planning travel to PrezCon.
BAY AREA: Discussions of rule paradox and recruiting for the August WDC "up north"?.
CHICAGO: December 23 game originally set for O'Kelley's was relocated to Greg Duenow's. John Ritz, Jim O'Kelley, Paul Pignotti, and Dan Burgess
NEW ENGLAND: Jim Burgess is running a Diplomacy tournament at the Tempe Con in Providence in February.
|Player Name||12/31/2005||Masterpoints||12/31/2006||Masterpoints||Masterpoints Gained|
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