diplomacy [Updated Nov. 29, 2006]  

2006 WBC Report    

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Nick Benedict, CA

2006 Champion

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Event History

1991  Bruce Reiff       56
1992  Tom Kobrin        65
1993  Stephen Koehler   71
1994  Will Wible        57
1995  Sylvain LaRose    73
1996  Will Wible        50
1997  Steve Cooley      46
1998  David Hood        65
1999  Tom Pasko         55
2000  Simon Bouton     141
2001  Nick Benedict     44
2002  Andy Marshall     49
2003  Rick Desper       28
2004  Andy Bartalone    54
2006  Nick Benedict     26


Rank  Name            From  Last Total
  1.  Nick Benedict    CA    06   115
  2.  Andy Marshall    MD    02    96
  3.  Tom Pasko        CT    03    76
  4.  Andy Bartalone   MD    04    60
  5.  Alvaro Ugaz      VA    01    60
  6.  Simon Bouton     UK    00    60
  7.  Rick Desper      MD    04    56
  8.  Tom Kobrin       NC    04    48
  9.  Ric Manns        IN    03    48
 10.  David Hood       NC    02    42
 11.  Melissa Nichlson MA    02    36
 12.  Brian Dennehy  Ireland 00    36
 13.  Mike Czajhowski  NJ    02    29
 14.  Dennis Mishler   CT    06    24
 15.  Nathan Barnes    WA    04    24
 16.  Doug Faust       MD    02    24
 17.  Matt Shields     OR    00    24
 18.  Conrad Woodring  NY    03    20
 19.  Eric Mead        WA    04    18
 20.  Sean Cable       VA    00    18
 21.  Scott Bowling    IN    06    16
 22.  Olin Hentz       CT    06    12
 23.  Corey Mason      MD    04    12
 24.  Mike Hall        DC    02    12
 25.  Simon Szykman    MD    01    12
 26.  Jon Evers        MD    00    12
 27.  Robert Vollman   AB    06     8
 28.  Yarden Livnat    UT    00     6
 29.  Edi Birsan       CA    99     6
 30.  Dan Mathias      MD    06     4

2006 Laurelists

Dennis Mishler, CT

Scott Bowling, IN

Olin Hentz, CT

Robert Vollman, AB

Dan Mathias, MD

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH

Tom Kobrin, NC

Stephen Koehler, NC

Will Wible, VA
1994, 1996

1995: Sylvain LaRose, QC
1997: Steve Cooley, CA

David Hood, NC

Tom Pasko, CT

Simon Bouton, UK

Nick Benedict, CA
2001, 2006

Andy Marshall, MD

Rick Desper, MD

Andy Bartalone, MD

 It was the smallest WBC Diplomacy event ever with only
eight players playing in more than one round and only one
(Scott Bowling) playing in all three.

 Amelia Engelmann (lower left) proved a surprise convert when the 13-year old played her first game of Dip ever and loved it despite being tossed in with the sharks. Those Engelmann girls are tough!

the prodigal son returns

After a one-year absence from WBC because of a conflict with the World Diplomacy Championship in Washington (and a conflict caused by players planning vacations in Washington and Baltimore around the event, which in part led to it not being held in Lancaster), and a longer absence from the main convention, Diplomacy made its return to WBC in 2006.High hopes were expected for the game's return, but things did not start out well when only 14 players appeared for the first round on Wednesday morning. Perhaps a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday schedule was not in the players' best interests, but as the GM was in the B-17 tournament all day on Thursday, there wasn't much choice. Still, two solid games were played, capped off by former champion Nick Benedict as England breaking out of a three-way battle with RobVollman as Austria and Angela Farrington as Germany to score a solo win.Wednesday's poor showing was written off with, "Well, not many people are here on Wednesday." Unfortunately, I still can't find an excuse for only seven players showing up on Friday. (In a way, it was a good thing that there was only one table that day, as none of the players brought a copy of the game - in fact, nobody brought a copy of the Hasbro version during the entire event - but the GM did have one on hand for just such an emergency.) Round 2's one game ended with Dennis Mishler leading a five-way time-limit draw with 13 supply centers as England.

There was a marked improvement on Saturday, as 14 people appeared for the finale. (Well, 15, but one was turned away for having a "Friday" badge. Yes, some of us do badge checks.) Both of the boards played on Saturday were led by strong England players (in fact, four of the five games were led by England, which is strange as Diplomacy is usually more balanced than that), with Olin Hentz's 13 supply centers leading a four-way finish in one game while Robert Vollman got to10 as all seven players were still hanging on at the time limit in the other.

When all was said and done, Nick Benedict's game win was far more than enough to give him the event win, his second in the tournament's history. Dennis Mishler's 13 as England on Friday, along with 9 as Italy to Olin Hentz's 13, got him into second, while Scott Bowling's 12 as Turkey on Wednesday and 6 as France on Friday, placed him third. Scott's Wednesday performance also won him the Best Turkey award, and unlike some tournaments where they change the name to "Best Sultan of Turkey" or "Outstanding Play of Turkey," I call it "Best Turkey", and tell the winner that if anybody has a problem, he can say that it was for a deli sandwich competition - he had the best turkey, but finished third in roast beef, and the less said about his meatball sub, the better.

Golden Blade - there was no real stab that stood out from the rest, so I gave it to Dan Mathias for his part in eliminating an Austria player in 1902
Hammered - Tom Pasko, for the incident that won Dan the Golden Blade

Best Country Awards:

The WBC 2006 Best Country Awards went to:                                   

Rob Vollman

Nick Benedict

Scott Bowling

Justin Nordstrom

Dan Mathias

David Sidelinger

Scott Bowling








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