Virtual World Diplomacy Classic

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You are cordially invited to participate in the Virtual World Diplomacy Classic (vWDC)!! The vWDC will be a year-end, virtual championship tournament for the board game Diplomacy conducted from December 18-20, 2020.

– 6 rounds with an additional “top board” (top 3 scores count)
– Each game will end after 1910 Fall Retreats and will be scored by the brand-new “World Classic” scoring system
– Draw votes will be unanimous and conducted by TD or GM
– Game play on Backstabbr, player interaction on Discord

Timeline (Tentative):
Early Round: Friday, December 18
3:45 AM EST – Check-in
4:00 AM EST – Board Call

Round 1: Friday, December 18
11:45 AM EST – Check-in
12:00 PM EST – Board Call

Round 2: Friday, December 18
7:45 PM EST – Check-in
8:00 PM EST – Board Call

Round 3: Saturday, December 19
2:45 AM EST – Check-in
3:00 AM EST – Board Call

Round 4: Saturday, December 19
10:45 AM EST – Check-in
11:00 AM EST – Board Call

Round 5: Saturday, December 19
7:45 PM EST – Check-in
8:00 PM EST – Board Call

Top Board: Sunday, December 20
12:00 PM EST

World Classic scoring:
ALL GAMES WILL END after 1910 Build Phase
Participation Points (if eliminated in a non-Solo game): 1 point per year survived (1903 elimination = 2 points).
Survival Points: 30
Supply Center Points: 10 per Supply Center
Board Top Bonus: 48 points (divided by players with the most Supply Centers when game drawn/ended by 1910)
Solo Victory = 420 points. All other players receive participation points, 1 point per year survived (1903 elimination = 2 points).


The virtual World Diplomacy Classic will be a live Diplomacy tournament held from December 18-20, 2020, with game play on and player interactions conducted on Discord.  The organizer, Bill Hackenbracht, will share Tournament Director responsibilities with hobby notables Chris Brand, Peter McNamara, Markus Ziljstra, and Garry Sturley.  This international cast of characters, who have each volunteered to TD a round friendly to their respective time zones, will facilitate maximum world participation.  Also, by sharing TD responsibilities, each of them will be able to participate in the event itself.  (The legendary David Hood has volunteered to serve as a back-up TD, in the event any of them have to drop out.)

The tournament will be held over 5 rounds on Friday and Saturday, with the Classic Championship determined by a Top Board on Sunday, December 20.  Players are welcome to participate in up to 4 rounds, but only their top three scores will count (we’ll be using a custom scoring system, designed specifically for this event).

We will be charging a $12 entry fee, We will be soliciting donations from players, monies from which will fund awards (and shipping).  The remaining funds will be used for the following purposes:
1) to offset any COVID-19 related financial losses sustained by a Diplomacy tournament organizer (i.e. lost deposit money, etc.).*
2) to support Every Mother Counts. Every two minutes, a woman dies from pregnancy or childbirth complications. Let’s get behind one of the organizations working to change this tragic fact. The potential within our Diplomacy community to make real differences is truly amazing.

*The Doubletree in Philadelphia has allowed Liberty Cup to reschedule the 2020 event at no cost to the organizers, so we are fortunate not to fall in this catagory.