XVIIIth French NDC
On the 22nd & 23rd of November will be held in Paris the XVIIIth French NDC. 18. Magic number for any diplomat. There are very good sign that this should be one of the largest tournament of the year, at least in Europe, and maybe approaching WDC in Denver. We expect more than 100 players (there are currently 67 players pre-registered & 3 weeks to go)
It will be a 4 rounds C-Diplo tournament (played until 1907). Using Drop Dead Deadlines. And with a Top board. The Saturday afternoon round will also include a Team round.
The French NDC will be the last step of the Grand Prix and will close with the GP trophies ceremony. It will be also the 7th step of the Tour de France (one more to go).
As for accomodation, Xavier Blanchot generously offered to make a 50% discount to his hotel (nicely located in the center of Pari s) providing there are rooms available. Local players can also provide not so comfortable but free accom odation.
Some facts about the French Hobby :
* 2100 games launched in 2 years on the Website www.18centres.com (including 1500 in the last year)
* 2001 : 4 tournaments (all in Paris), 49 players in the French NDC
* 2002 : 9 tournaments (all in Paris), 93 players in the French NDC
* 2003 : 15 tournaments (7 of them outside Paris), ??? players in the French NDC
The French NDC is known to be the last Bastille of the European Diplomacy, since no foreigner has won it ... (yet ?) Will you face one of the 5 former WDC or 4 former EDC French winners ? Plus some of the best World FTF players (n. 1, 2 & 3 on the Dip Pouch Tournament Ranking should be there, and also the winner of European & NADF Grand Prix in 2002). Only 2h35 from London with the brand new Eurostar, the tournament will also be part of a larger gaming convention. It w ould be a shame if the country with the longest continuing Diplomacy tradition in Europe (UK) was not to send some of their best players, just some month from WDC in Birmingham !
You can find more details (location, tournament rule, precise schedule, details for accomodation, list of pre-registered, Nathan De Troyes section on pronostics, etc) on the following link :
Any question ?
Do not hesitate to ask : yclouet@...
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