The North American Diplomacy Federation is proud to present the 2010 Grand Prix!
This year’s race will feature 12 eligible tournaments. To qualify, each tournament must field a total of at least six boards in the three largest rounds. The 12 eligible tournaments are:
1) Temple Con, Feb. 5-7
Host: Jim Burgess
2) CODCon Open, April 10-11
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Hosts: Jim O’Kelley and Kevin O’Kelly (no relation)
3) DipCon at Whipping, April 16-18
San Francisco, Calif.
Host: Adam Silverman
4) DixieCon, May 28-20
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Host: David Hood
5) Boston Massacre, June 19-20
Host: Alex Amann
6) Origins, June 23-27
Host: Dan Matthias
7) HuskyCon, July (exact dates TBD)
Long Island, N.Y.
Hosts: The Woodring Family
8) PacificCon (Conquest), Sept. 3-6
Santa Clara, Calif.
Host: Edi Birsan
9) Weasel Moot, Sept. 24-26
Host: Jeremiah Peterson
10) Buckeye Game Fest, Oct. 1-3
Host: Thomas Haver
11) Tempest in a Teapot, Oct. 8-10
Falls Church, Va.
Host: Joe Wheeler
12) Carnage Accords, Nov. 5-7
Host: Bob Holt
Gone from this year’s eligible field are WACCon, which will be hosting the European Championship in Paris this summer; PrezCon, which to date does not have a TD; the National Block Party, which is relocating to the PSC Game Fest in Lexington, Ky., in October; and the World Boardgaming Championship, which failed to hold a Diplomacy tournament last year and has not indicated that it will hold one this year. Note that the PSC Game Fest is considered a new tournament and thus will not be eligible for Grand Prix participation until its second year.
The rules for this year’s Grand Prix are largely unchanged and may be found here. You can follow the action at the official Grand Prix website (which should be updated shortly). The official standings will be tracked in Laurent Joly’s remarkable World Diplomacy Database. The Grand Prix site will link to the relevant page.
Once again this year, each player’s cumulative score will be limited to his or her best four events. Players must compete in at least two events to be eligible to win the Grand Prix.
Good luck, and I look forward to seeing you at an event this year!
2010 NADF Grand Prix Administrator
PS Email me if you’d like to take this job over in 2011!