Virtual Diplomacy League

Established in 2020, the Virtual Diplomacy League (VDL) is a year-long “virtual face-to-face” league, culminating with the VDL Championship game in January. Games are played using Backstabbr as a virtual table top and Discord for communications. At least one event per month will be scheduled. The winner of the VDL Championship will automatically receive an invitation to the DBN Invitational Tournament. 

To get started, join the VDL Discord Server using the button below!

The Virtual Diplomacy League is designed to bring Diplomacy players together in an organized, competitive setting that enables the thrill of live face-to-face Diplomacy games from any internet connected device. This style of play is referred to as “virtual face-to-face”. Each league game is scored and at the end of each season, the top seven players will compete in a championship game to determine that season’s league champion! 

The Virtual Diplomacy League will hold a minimum of one event each month.  If there is sufficient demand, additional events may be added. Check this page regularly for updates and additional games. To register for a game, visit the VDL Discord Server

Upcoming Games:

  • September  26th- Round 1: 2:30 AM CDT / 7:30 AM GMT
  • September  26th- Round 2: 10:00 AM CDT / 3:00 PM GMT
  • September  26th- Round 3: 4:00 PM CDT / 9:00 PM GMT

DateGameLink
2020-03-28VDL #1 (MNDC 20-03-1)View on Backstabbr
2020-03-28VDL #2 (MNDC 20-03-2)View on Backstabbr
2020-04-25VDL #3 (MNDC 20-04-2)View on Backstabbr
2020-04-25VDL #4 (MNDC 20-04-1)View on Backstabbr
2020-05-16VDL #5 (WCW 406 / MNDC 20-05-1)View on Backstabbr
2020-05-16VDL #6 (WCW 407 / MNDC 20-05-2)View on Backstabbr
2020-06-06VDL #7 (MNDC 20-06-1)View on Backstabbr
2020-06-06VDL #8 (MNDC 20-06-2)View on Backstabbr
2020-06-06VDL #9 (MNDC 20-06-3)View on Backstabbr
2020-07-22VDL #10View on Backstabbr
2020-08-15VDL #11View on Backstabbr
2020-08-15VDL #12View on Backstabbr
2020-08-15VDL #13View on Backstabbr
2020-08-15VDL #14View on Backstabbr
2020-09-26VDL #15View on Backstabbr
2020-09-26VDL #16View on Backstabbr
2020-09-26VDL #17View on Backstabbr
2020-09-26VDL #18View on Backstabbr
2020-09-26VDL #19View on Backstabbr
2020-09-26VDL #20View on Backstabbr
2020-10-24VDL 21View on Backstabbr
2020-10-24VDL 22View on Backstabbr
2020-10-24VDL 23View on Backstabbr
2020-10-24VDL 24View on Backstabbr
2020-10-24VDL 25View on Backstabbr
2020-11-21VDL 26View on Backstabbr
2020-11-21VDL 27View on Backstabbr
2020-11-21VDL 28View on Backstabbr
2020-11-21VDL 29View on Backstabbr
2020-11-21VDL 30View on Backstabbr
2020-11-21VDL 31View on Backstabbr
2020-11-21VDL 32View on Backstabbr

OVERVIEW

Established in 2020, the Virtual Diplomacy League (VLD) is a year-long “virtual face-to-face” league, culminating with the VDL Championship game in January. Games are played using Backstabbr as a virtual table top and Discord for communications. At least one event per month will be scheduled. The winner of the VDL Championship will automatically receive an invitation to the DBN Invitational Tournament. 

LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER

Welcome to the inaugural year of the Virtual Diplomacy League. The purpose of this league is to bring players together in an organized setting for our new form of Diplomacy, which we refer to as “virtual face-to-face”. If it feels hastily thrown together, that’s because it is! Most of the games which you see recorded in the standings were initially planned as games for my local club, but were attended almost exclusively by players outside of that club. I consider the first year of this league to be a “soft opening”, from which we will draw lessons for a more official launch in February 2021. Just because it’s a soft opening doesn’t mean it isn’t competitive. I am planning a championship board to be played in January 2021, the
winner of which will be the inaugural VDL champion. The remainder of the regular season will be played between August-December of 2020. At least one event per month will be scheduled during that time. Some months may add a second event if there is enough demand. Those events may not look identical to one another as we learn more about which procedures best suit our league, and I thank you all for your patience as I iron out the details and forge through an exciting and spontaneous first season. I also owe a huge thanks to the players, GMs and broadcasters who have participated in the first several months of these games.

–Zachary Moore, VDL Commissioner

In order to keep our games accessible to all, the VDL is instituting a Code of Conduct for our events which draws heavily from the North America Diplomacy Federation Code
of Conduct, covering VDL sanctioned games, comments in the VDL Discord server, and conduct at non-VDL Diplomacy events.

Code of Conduct

At all times for the entire duration of Diplomacy functions, whether during games or not,
every participant should:

  1. Treat everyone with respect, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual
    orientation, religion, age, or any other category of personal identity;
  2. Refrain from behavior that disturbs the ability of other participants to enjoy
    themselves or that disrupts activities unrelated to the competition, including but
    not limited to:
    • Verbal abuse
    • Threats of violence
    • Unwanted physical contact
    • Unwelcome sexual attention
  3. Safeguard the integrity of the competition by making good faith efforts to follow
    the rules.
  4. Keep the Discord server peaceful. If conversations get contentious, moderators
    may ask players to continue the conversation privately or cease entirely
Players are encouraged to report any believed violations of the above provisions to the League Commissioner, GM, or a designated representative. All communications will be handled confidentially. The TD or his/her representative will mediate in good faith and take whatever action he or she deems appropriate to resolve the situation, including pausing a game, censuring players, requiring players to leave the event, and suspending players for a specified length of time

Official Standings

The official VDL standings are listed below. Each VDL game is scored using the Tribute scoring system. A player’s total score is the sum of a player’s top three scores, plus the average score for the remainder of their games. 

PlacePlayerCountTop 3Avg of RestTotalT / S / E
1Tanya Gill3126.20.0126.23 / 0 / 0
2John Anderson4121.73.2124.93 / 1 / 0
3Morgante Pell6109.011.1120.12 / 3 / 1
4Dave Roberts490.95.796.62 / 2 / 0
5Jaxon Roberts487.96.694.52 / 2 / 0
6Eber Condrell675.015.590.51 / 5 / 0
7Hal Schild766.516.983.41 / 6 / 0
8Jim Fan480.20.080.22 / 1 / 1
9Liam Stokes476.42.779.11 / 3 / 0
10Steven Hogue671.96.978.81 / 4 / 1
11Peter McNamara377.60.077.61 / 2 / 0
12Ben Kellman570.47.077.41 / 3 / 1
13Ed Sullivan375.80.075.82 / 1 / 0
14David Miller171.90.071.91 / 0 / 0
15Ali Adib268.60.068.61 / 1 / 0
16George Linkert566.70.066.70 / 3 / 2
17Chris Kelly263.90.063.91 / 1 / 0
18Karthik Konath561.60.061.61 / 2 / 2
19Kevin Fu259.60.059.61 / 1 / 0
20Karl Ronneburg258.30.058.31 / 1 / 0
21Jason Mastbaum458.20.058.20 / 3 / 1
22Christian Kline153.00.053.01 / 0 / 0
23Evan Swihart352.90.052.91 / 2 / 0
24JJ Raymond451.90.051.90 / 3 / 1
25Alessandro Tavani150.40.050.41 / 0 / 0
26Michael DeMichellie346.90.046.91 / 2 / 0
27Eric Silverman246.00.046.00 / 2 / 0
28Andrei Gribakov343.40.043.40 / 3 / 0
29Tommy Anderson543.10.043.10 / 3 / 2
30Craig Mayr241.90.041.90 / 2 / 0
31Myles Holcombe241.70.041.71 / 1 / 0
32Ariel Mendez-Pe?ate340.40.040.41 / 2 / 0
33Matt Lynch338.40.038.41 / 2 / 0
34Christian Brown534.60.034.60 / 3 / 2
35Nick Amatangelo433.80.033.80 / 3 / 1
36Riaz Virani133.60.033.60 / 1 / 0
37Kruno Cari?231.70.031.71 / 0 / 1
38Sam Feldman526.60.026.60 / 3 / 2
39Jay Honnold126.50.026.51 / 0 / 0
39Nicolas Sahuguet126.50.026.51 / 0 / 0
41Conrad Woodring125.90.025.91 / 0 / 0
42Seren Kwok325.40.025.40 / 2 / 1
43Dave Smith122.40.022.41 / 0 / 0
44Calvin Coulbury121.50.021.50 / 1 / 0
45Max Gurinas220.90.020.90 / 2 / 0
46Mikah Meyer120.70.020.70 / 1 / 0
47Chris McKinney420.40.020.40 / 2 / 2
48John Jamieson319.80.019.80 / 2 / 1
49Wes Ketchum418.40.018.40 / 3 / 1
50Kevin O'Kelly118.20.018.20 / 1 / 0
51Michael Stover117.50.017.50 / 1 / 0
52Mark Utterback417.40.017.40 / 2 / 2
53Matt Shields117.40.017.40 / 1 / 0
54Randy Lawrence-Hurt116.00.016.00 / 1 / 0
55Dan Perlman215.20.015.20 / 1 / 1
56Graeme Radford114.00.014.00 / 1 / 0
57Claes de Graaff111.50.011.50 / 1 / 0
58Natty Shafer211.40.011.40 / 1 / 1
59Lei Saarlainen111.20.011.20 / 1 / 0
60Advait Arunav311.00.011.00 / 1 / 2
60Ivan Tchesnokov111.00.011.00 / 1 / 0
60Jonathan Frank111.00.011.00 / 1 / 0
63Matt Colburn510.40.010.40 / 1 / 4
64Derek Rocco19.40.09.40 / 1 / 0
65Richard Lowenburg39.20.09.20 / 1 / 2
66Bryan Lu19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
66Clint Kroeker19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
66Nate L19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
66Yaroslav Bartko19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
70Andre Janeco19.00.09.00 / 1 / 0
70Daniel Rovinsky29.00.09.00 / 1 / 1
72Tibor Kordi?28.40.08.40 / 1 / 1
73Jorge Zhang18.40.08.40 / 1 / 0
74Farren Jane27.40.07.40 / 1 / 1
75Steven Caponigri17.00.07.00 / 1 / 0
76Hunter Katcher14.50.04.50 / 1 / 0
77Gavin Atkinson13.40.03.40 / 1 / 0
78Brian Ecton20.40.00.40 / 1 / 1
78Jim (Juho)10.40.00.40 / 1 / 0
80Ben Johnson30.30.00.30 / 1 / 2
80Joseph Amsberry20.30.00.30 / 1 / 1
80Zach Moore10.30.00.30 / 1 / 0
83Bryan Pravel10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Daniel Logan10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Jacob Faber-Rico10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Jake Langenfeld10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Jeff Rosenberg10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Jeff Wyatt10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Jonah Feldman10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Just Stephen10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Karl-Christian Johannessen10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Mike Walsh10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Mitch McConeghey10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
83Pace "Racer""10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1