Former World Champ to Host First NADF Championship

I’m posting this at the request of Chris Martin, the 1998 world champion and our first Alpha Weasel.


Chris Martin here, with some exciting news for the North American Diplomacy hobby!

Over MLK weekend some of the best diplomats in North America will meet in Austin, Texas, to compete in an invitation-only Diplomacy event. To date, 67 diplomats have qualified for the 2011 Masters by finishing in the top seven results at an NADF Grand-Prix event in 2009 or 2010.

Currently, I am working with Brian Shelden, Conrad Woodring, and Jeremiah Peterson to make this a premier Diplomacy event. Part of organizing a great event is assembling fabulous talent to get the behind-the-scenes details right,and with this crew, I feel certain that the 2011 Master’s Tournament will be an event to remember.

You may ask why I have am hosting an event that is not open to the general public — a fair question. Over the years that I have been in the hobby, I have often heard (and occasionally voiced) a desire for an event that guaranteed that every participant understood, at the very minimum, the mechanics of the game, and ideally really knew what they were doing on the board. This discussion usually peaks around the times of Dip-con/World Dip-con, and during a recent online discussion of the relative merits of the title, I announced my intention to host an event where everyone involved would know, going in, that the competition would be among those who had proven themselves able to play the game. The North American Diplomacy Federation Master’s Tournament is the result.

There is still time left to qualify!  7 people each will qualify at Massacre, Husky, Conquest, WeaselMoot, Buckeye Game Fest and Tempest — will you be one of them?  I hope you will!

If you have any questions, please drop me a line at

Stab you soon,

Chris Martin

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jim O'Kelley

    Quite a few Weasels have already qualified for this event. I hope we can send a large contingent to Austin for this inaugural championship. The first one could make or break this event–let’s do everything we can to “make” it.


    Jim O’Kelley (2009 WAC, 2009 Origins, 2009 Tempest, 2010 CODCon)
    Matt Sundstrom (2009 CODCon, 2009 Weasel Moot)
    Paul Pignotti (2009 CODCon)
    Peter Yeargin (2009 CODCon, 2009 Weasel Moot, 2010 CODCon, 2010 DixieCon)
    Christian MacDonald (2009 CODCon, 2009 Origins)
    Christian Kline (2009 CODCon, 2009 Weasel Moot)
    Mike Morrison (2009 CODCon)
    Don Glass (2009 CODCon)
    Pete McNamara (2009 Weasel Moot)
    Christopher M. Davis (2010 CODCon)
    Thom Comstock (2010 CODCon)
    Andrew Bartlein (2010 CODCon)
    Grant Smith (2010 CODCon)
    Tony Prokes (2010 CODCon)

  2. Dan Burgess

    This is a great idea. I had a similar thought a few years ago, which I expressed to Jim O’Kelley, that we have some kind of “heavyweights” game. That idea morphed into our invitation-only club championship event, the Weasel Royale, in which the top seven players of the season are invited to play in a championship game.

    Even though I likely won’t make the cut and be invited to play, I will travel to Austin to support the contingent of Weasels, as well as the hobby in general. (My decision to travel has nothing whatsoever to do with the abundance of hot U of Texas coeds that populate the city of Austin.)

  3. Jim O'Kelley

    [quote](My decision to travel has nothing whatsoever to do with the abundance of hot U of Texas coeds that populate the city of Austin.)[/quote]
    …or the glut of tattoo parlors.

  4. Peter Yeargin

    I’m going to call bullshit on both those statements. šŸ˜‰

  5. Kevin O'Kelly

    UT might be in the Pac-10 by that time, so maybe some hotties from LA could be there watching some basketball too.

  6. Thom Comstock

    I received a google invitation which I tried to accept awhile back, but no response.


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