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DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 15 Apr 2020, 20:06
by DQ
From David Hood, via FB:

Unfortunately this year's Dixiecon will have to be cancelled. The restrictions in North Carolina and surrounding states will not be lifted in time for the event to be held as scheduled.

HOWEVER, I am here to announce that we will have VIRTUAL DIXIECON on May 23, 2020. The details are being worked out, but here's what I know so far:

We will have a Dip tournament that Saturday morning, starting with a video meeting for everyone (probably using Webex Teams) in which I will get the ball rolling as usual with announcements and so forth, and then the preliminary games will be set up and played using Backstabbr.

Backstabbr allows for draw votes, of course, but only for DIAS (Draw Includes All Survivors). This is not set in stone, but I believe what will happen is that the top seven finishers (using the Dixiecon scoring system or some variant) will advance to a Top Board for Saturday evening to crown the Virtual Dixiecon Champ.

The Top Board will likely be run differently, with more active GMing, and in a way that will allow folk to keep up with the action if they wish.
What about Iron Man gaming, you asked? Dixiecon usually has as many gamers to play non-dip games as to play Diplomacy. Virtual Dixiecon will be no exception. Again, details being worked on, but we know that we will be playing and scoring tournaments in both Terraforming Mars and in Nations, using the app and free website play, respectively, and other tournaments are also likely. Not sure we will do full-bore Iron Man scoring per se, too complicated to deal with given what I suspect will be a large crowd of online gamers.

We will be regularly updating on Facebook and the Cisco Webex Teams platform we already use, and I'm sure folk will be twittering, etc. The idea is to have one big, fun, awesome day where our community can celebrate playing games together in a virtual fashion.

Last, but not least, we will all take a break at 5pm Eastern time so that everyone can eat together whatever passes as BBQ in your local area. No way we will miss our Dixiecon BBQ time just because we can't do it in the normal way. We'll have a BBQ Webex meeting during that time so that I can update on how the tournament is going and so forth, and so we can watch each other eat (like we usually do) and make judgmental comments about the volume and method of food consumption."

Get updates on FB or at

To help folks who may not have used before, I put together a short-ish video that goes over the basics of the interface. Diplomacy Academy 8 (CoronaVirus edition): Using on youtube, or

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 15 Apr 2020, 20:23
by Malarky
Great idea!

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 16 Apr 2020, 00:03
by Big Gun
That's another great video Chris, very informative and useful. Backstabbr functions very much in a similar way to PlayDip, although PlayDip has a more elegant and appealing look and feel.

Virtual DixieCon sounds great and will give so many non-US based players the opportunity to join, where time and cost restraints of travelling would have been preventive. Applause to David for this initiative.

Looking forward to your next videos, they are always fun to watch and offer new ideas.

Big Gun

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 16 Apr 2020, 01:21
by Don Juan of Austria
This seems like a great idea!

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 16 Apr 2020, 13:35
by Groo
Does this mean we could actually expect a much bigger tournament now? I'm thinking of attending if it's possible.

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 16 Apr 2020, 20:38
by DQ
Groo wrote:Does this mean we could actually expect a much bigger tournament now? I'm thinking of attending if it's possible.

In theory, no size limit to this tournament, right?

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2020, 00:42
by DQ
Groo wrote:Does this mean we could actually expect a much bigger tournament now? I'm thinking of attending if it's possible.

I was chatting with David Hood today, and he's thinking it will be at least ten boards. Which would be a middlin DixieCon, not the biggest nor the smallest.

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 03 May 2020, 21:39
by DQ
First, if you are registered for the event already, you should have received an email from me this afternoon with some updated details and invite to a test run video conference on Webex this week. If you did not receive it, then you either are NOT registered (even if you think you are) or there is a problem with the email address you gave me. Either way, please message me to resolve. to register for the May 23rd event!

Since the last update the numbers now stand at 72 total, including a few non-Dippers. Still on track to have at least 10 boards per round, and probably much more than than given that we are still nearly 3 weeks away from the event.

If you are playing Diplomacy and can ONLY play one round or the other, please let me know that as soon as you can. Zachary Moore, you done did.

If you are not following Chris Martin's new series of Diplomacy Academy videos, get with it. Good stuff.

For my Iron Man gaming folks, here is the way that event will work this year. We will be organizing the games using the chat function in Teams. In order to count, the games must be played from a list we will finalize before vDixie begins, and every player in it must be a vDixie registrant. Here is a partial list of the websites on which you can play your games: ACTS (Titan), (Agricola, Concordia), MabiWeb (Nations, Boardgamearena (7 Wonders, Can't Stop, Sushi Go, Six Nimmt, TTA, PR, Terra Mystica, many others). There will be other sites added and you can propose one to me by private message. And yes, you Dippers out there who get elimed or finish your games early can certainly participate in this, just like at a regular Dixiecon.

Next update I will likely to an attendee list so you can see who's coming to stab you, along with additional updates on process, procedure, awards, etc. In the meantime, practice using Backstabbr, practice using the Iron Man sites listed above, and generally practice being reasonable and sensible folk instead of how you usually act, so you can win this bloody thing.

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 20 May 2020, 14:13
by DQ
Update! vDixie will have 10-11 boards on Saturday morning May 23, beginning at 10 am GMT-4. If you want to participate (you need a backstabbr account, and a webex Teams account), sign up at before Friday!

The second rounds begins at 6pm, and you can play in one or both rounds.

Siobhan, Brandon, and I will be live-streaming the event in two sessions, the first starting at 1pm and the second at 8pm. I'll post the link here, we're planning on using YouTube Live this time, so no one needs a facebook account.

If this event goes well, several others are talking about adopting some aspect of this methodology, so there may be more fast paced online tournaments coming soon!

Re: DixieCon2020 to go virtual

PostPosted: 23 May 2020, 17:40
by DQ