WorldDipCon V - Paris
(1st-3rd December 1995)
as I was looking forward to this convention, I was also in the grip of a
dilemma, my grandmother was seriously ill and likely to pass away at any time,
but I decided to go anyway and hope for the best. Unfortunately on returning to
the hotel on the Friday - the day I arrived - I rang Jan who was very upset
saying that my grandmother was not likely to last the right. I knew that there
wasn't much I could do, but I decided to rearrange my flight for the next day to
fly back home. On arrival back home I was informed that she had passed away that
morning. I will always remember her as spirited woman who lived to 90 years of
age. I will also, unfortunately remember that it was myself and Jan who took her
into the hospital from where she never returned, but she was having awful
difficulty swallowing and it was urgent, though a small element of guilt does
I am sure that there will be more comprehensive reviews in SNOT as James was one
of four Brits who travelled to Paris, the fifth was Pete Berlin who is already
living there. The others were Jeremy Tullet and Steve Cox. My one day of action
was confirmed to a quick game of Gunboat and the 'Nations Cup', a sort of team
tournament for national teams of three. Myself, James and Steve comprised the
British team and drew Italy, Russia and Turkey respectively. I was on a very
strong board with Bjom von Knornng (E), Matthias Jerrewing (F), Xavier Blanchot
(G), Bruno Berken (R), Thomas Sebeyran (A) and Borger Borgersen (T). Without
boring you with the details Matthias forced his way into a winning position by
taking advantage of the Anglo-German battle, England went out fairly quickly
followed by Germany who was attacked by both France and Russia, in the meantime
I had established an early alliance with Austria, but seeing my possibilities of
quick builds diminishing, I had to stab Austria, this let Turkey off the hook
who allied with me to eliminate Austria and hold up the French who were in the
Med. France finished on 17 with Turkey on 9 and me(I) on 7, Russia also had 1
left. James was left on 1 centre at the end in his game and Steve got 7 in his.
Needless to say we didn't win the Nations Cup, one of the Swedish teams did.
convention was being held in the same building that was used for EuroDipCon I, a
palatial place with plenty of room to manoeuvre. The organization was not too
good, though infinitely better than the pre-convention advertising (virtually
non existent). There was no Convention booklet and most players were unaware of
the scoring system. Start times were delayed by lack of players. WDCV was
certainly not as good as EDCI which had nearly 200 players - here I think they
were struggling to get 60 or so - maybe it got better when I left'. The strikes
in Paris didn't help I'm sure.
convention was being videoed and I was the British spokesman who gave an
interview on the Friday - a novel idea for the record.
have no idea what the results of the convention were, not do I know if there was
a meeting to discuss the future of WorldDipCon, I think it was scheduled for
Saturday night with the USA putting in a bid for WDCVI in 1996. The venue is
almost certainly going to be Columbus, Ohio a week after EuroDipCon IV in Oslo.
This situation is ludicrous, the two biggest events of the Diplomacy year within
a week of each other!!! There was going to be a few harsh words said about this
at the meeting, I believe, and gives ammunition to those who believe that there
should be a forum of people who have the power to prevent this happening again.
night was spent searching for a meal and drinks with Pete, James, Jeremy and
Steve, but with a raging sore throat and a bereavement to cope with this is not
one of the conventions I will remember with enthusiasm.
Reprinted from Spring Offensive 40