Results from the WBC's as posted at BGG by Tom Haver: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/211627/wbc-tournament-winners-2016/page/1?
This year, the Diplomacy Tournament was the best two of three rounds with a central clock and scored using C-Diplo. This event was special for us because it's the first event sponsored by WotC and the first event ran as the Diplomacy Events Coordinator. We had ten new players compete in this years tournament -- three of them women. We kicked off Diplomacy with a Friday afternoon Demo. We gave a away a free copy of Diplomacy to our best new player, Constance Carroll. She played the entire Intro Round while babysitting her one-month old niece. The child was better behaved than most Diplomacy players I know. ;-)
The first round was dominated by Uffe Christensen of Denmark, who had not competed in a tournament since the 2002 EuroDipCon. He topped the board with a huge France. Meanwhile, the other board had a disgusting three-way tie for the top spot, thereby splitting all the bonus points. The finish also made it difficult to give away our Avalon Hill games, as we originally planned on giving each board top a game. Instead, we instead provided them with the consolation prizes intended for the first out: Codenames.
The second round on Saturday was all about Russia. Constance Carroll returned to play after her teaching round, and ran amok on the board. She teamed up with Michael Sullivan's Italy & David Sander's Turkey to knock out Austria. After Austria was eliminated, Michael and Constance went to work on Turkey and Germany together. The west stagnated early in the game and did not recover in time to stop the IR from rolling. Constance finished with an 11-center board top with Russia. On the other board, an AIR eliminated Turkey in 1904 then pushed west. Ron Fisher led the way with a 12-center Russia, followed by John Stevens' Austria and Geoff Mize's Italy with 8-centers each.
We picked up more players than we could seat in our final round, and so multiple veterans elected to sit out and coach our new players, including 2x champion David Rynkowski. Given the cost and competitive nature of tournaments at WBC, this was a generous sacrifice indeed.
John Tammes, one of our players coaching, explained his decision was to grow the game. "There are too many gray hairs playing these games. We need new blood," Tammes said. I've found this attitude common among many WBC players -- they want to keep an original title like Diplomacy alive, and so they're gracious & supportive of new players.
The third round had two 11-center England board tops by Harald Henning and Paul Konka, and a three-way board top between France, Austria, and Russia. While Paul Konka's two combined scores were great, he could not stop Uffe Christensen on the other board from earning the 2nd place bonus points as Germany. Two of the boards started with a western triple: Paul's England stabbed France AND Germany, whereas Uffe was content with a stab of Geoff Mize's France in coordination with Harald Henning's England. Uffe, who like our past champions only played two of three rounds (leaving no room for error), claimed the championships and two Best Country awards for his efforts. Congratulations Uffe!
Our tournament had 26 competitors play on 7 boards. Compared to last year's WBC, these numbers are down from 34 players and 9 boards. The decrease in attendance was across the board at WBC this year, as fewer people attended after the location switch. On the bright side, with the new location renewed for 2017, we'll focus on sending more folks from the Midwest (only one other from COGS attended this year). We added 10 players who never played in a Diplomacy tournament before, including six who learned at WBC this year. The drive is reasonable and the venue is beautiful. We'll be back next year, bigger and better.
1st -- Uffe Gram Christensen
2nd -- Paul Konka
3rd -- Ron Fisher
4th -- Constance Carroll
5th -- Harald Henning
6th -- Michael Sullivan
7th -- Geoff Mize
Best Austria -- Angela McGavisk
Best England -- Harald Henning & Paul Konka
Best France -- Uffe Christensen
Best Germany -- Uffe Christensen
Best Italy -- Michael Sullivan
Best Russia -- Ron Fisher
Best Turkey -- Geoff Mize
Best New Player -- Constance Carroll
I did not play Diplomacy nor did I find success in Speed Circuit. I did fare well in some other games, learned a few more, and the kids loved the juniors room. I highly recommend this event and hope to be back next year.