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Issue Eighty-Four

24th November 2013

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HELLO, good evening and welcome to Octopus's Garden, the subzeen with its very waiting list for a 7 x 7 Gunboat Diplomacy tournament. It is still a subzeen to Jim Burgess' The Abyssinian Prince, which is now a subzeen to Douglas Kent's Eternal Sunshine. Produced by Peter Sullivan peter@burdonvale.co.uk. It's also available on the web at: http://www.burdonvale.co.uk/octopus/.

Convention News

I booked myself a day membership for a flying visit to Midcon on the Saturday of the convention, driving down to Derby in the morning and then home again that night. But, after a rough night, I woke up feeling very off-colour (my drugs can go wonky at times) and decided 2.5 hours drive each way might not be such a good idea. So anyway, I hope that everyone who did actually make it to Midcon had a good time without me (*sniff*).

The next big event on the horizon is the 2014 World Dip Con, back at Dixiecon, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on the traditional Dixiecon dates of Memorial Day Weekend (23rd to 25th May 2014). This will be the third time that Dixiecon has hosted World Dip Con, having previously hosted in 1990 and 1998.

The registration fee is US$30 for the weekend as a whole, with dorm room accommodation available for US$30 a night sharing, or US$60 for a single. There will be four rounds of Diplomacy; Friday evening, Saturday daytime, Saturday evening and Sunday daytime.

One of the things that I like about Dixiecon is the fact that all rounds (except the last) are played without time limits, which means no premature draws, or players being cut off just short of a win. I tried this "bop 'till you drop" principle when I was tournament director at Manorcon one year. I personally thought it made for a much better tournament. And we ended up with an unprecedented 4 outright wins over the weekend. But it was unpopular with the players, so we went back to time limits the year after. Either American players are made of sterner stuff, or David Hood is less of a wimp than me.

For more information on the event, head on over to http://www.dixiecon.com/index.html or contact David Hood on DavidHood@dixiecon.com


7 x 7 Gunboat Diplomacy: Three signed up (4 wanted)

That was Octopus's Garden #84, Startling Press production number 371.

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