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:

  • December 12th- Round 1: 2:00 AM CST / 8:00 AM GMT
  • December 12th- Round 2: 9:00 AM CST / 3:00 PM GMT
  • December 12th- Round 3: 4:00 PM CST / 10:00 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
2020-12-12VDL 33View on Backstabbr
2020-12-12VDL 34View on Backstabbr
2020-12-12VDL 35View on Backstabbr
2020-12-12VDL 36View on Backstabbr
2020-12-12VDL 37View 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 (the minimum divisor for the average is 2; a player having played exactly 4 games will be scored as if they had scored 0 in a fifth game). 

PlacePlayerCountTop 3Avg of RestTotalT / S / E
1John Anderson5137.220.7157.94 / 1 / 0
2Morgante Pell8122.210.3132.43 / 4 / 1
3Karthik Konath7120.98.1129.03 / 2 / 2
4Tanya Gill3126.20.0126.23 / 0 / 0
5Ed Sullivan590.122.1112.14 / 1 / 0
6Dave Roberts590.910.5101.42 / 3 / 0
7Liam Stokes695.65.1100.72 / 3 / 1
8Ben Kellman786.911.698.62 / 4 / 1
9Jaxon Roberts687.99.997.82 / 3 / 1
10Eber Condrell675.010.485.41 / 5 / 0
11Chris Kelly384.40.084.41 / 2 / 0
12Jim Fan480.20.080.22 / 1 / 1
13Craig Mayr472.45.878.11 / 3 / 0
14Peter McNamara377.60.077.61 / 2 / 0
15Hal Schild866.59.375.71 / 7 / 0
16Steven Hogue771.93.575.41 / 4 / 2
17David Miller271.90.071.91 / 0 / 1
18Ali Adib268.60.068.61 / 1 / 0
19George Linkert566.70.066.70 / 3 / 2
20Jason Mastbaum659.45.064.40 / 4 / 2
21Evan Swihart458.05.763.71 / 3 / 0
22Kevin Fu259.60.059.61 / 1 / 0
23Karl Ronneburg258.30.058.31 / 1 / 0
24Christian Kline153.00.053.01 / 0 / 0
25JJ Raymond551.90.051.90 / 3 / 2
26Alessandro Tavani150.40.050.41 / 0 / 0
27Riaz Virani248.10.048.10 / 2 / 0
28Michael DeMichellie346.90.046.91 / 2 / 0
29Eric Silverman246.00.046.00 / 2 / 0
30Andrei Gribakov343.40.043.40 / 3 / 0
31Tommy Anderson643.10.043.10 / 3 / 3
32Myles Holcombe241.70.041.71 / 1 / 0
33Ariel Mendez-Pe?ate340.40.040.41 / 2 / 0
34Matt Lynch438.40.038.41 / 2 / 1
35Christian Brown534.60.034.60 / 3 / 2
36Nick Amatangelo433.80.033.80 / 3 / 1
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
43Natty Shafer323.60.023.60 / 2 / 1
44Dave Smith122.40.022.41 / 0 / 0
45Calvin Coulbury121.50.021.50 / 1 / 0
46Max Gurinas220.90.020.90 / 2 / 0
47Mikah Meyer120.70.020.70 / 1 / 0
48Chris McKinney420.40.020.40 / 2 / 2
49John Jamieson319.80.019.80 / 2 / 1
50Siobhan Nolen118.50.018.50 / 1 / 0
51Wes Ketchum418.40.018.40 / 3 / 1
52Kevin O'Kelly118.20.018.20 / 1 / 0
53Michael Stover117.50.017.50 / 1 / 0
54Mark Utterback417.40.017.40 / 2 / 2
55Matt Shields117.40.017.40 / 1 / 0
56Randy Lawrence-Hurt116.00.016.00 / 1 / 0
57Dan Perlman215.20.015.20 / 1 / 1
58Graeme Radford114.00.014.00 / 1 / 0
59Claes de Graaff111.50.011.50 / 1 / 0
60Lei Saarlainen111.20.011.20 / 1 / 0
61Advait Arunav311.00.011.00 / 1 / 2
61Ivan Tchesnokov311.00.011.00 / 1 / 2
61Jonathan Frank111.00.011.00 / 1 / 0
64Matt Colburn510.40.010.40 / 1 / 4
65Derek Rocco19.40.09.40 / 1 / 0
66Richard Lowenburg39.20.09.20 / 1 / 2
67Bryan Lu19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
67Clint Kroeker19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
67Nate L19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
67Yaroslav Bartko19.20.09.20 / 1 / 0
71Andre Janeco19.00.09.00 / 1 / 0
71Daniel Rovinsky29.00.09.00 / 1 / 1
73Tibor Kordi?38.40.08.40 / 1 / 2
74Jorge Zhang18.40.08.40 / 1 / 0
75Farren Jane27.40.07.40 / 1 / 1
76Steven Caponigri17.00.07.00 / 1 / 0
77Hunter Katcher14.50.04.50 / 1 / 0
78Gavin Atkinson13.40.03.40 / 1 / 0
79Brian Ecton20.40.00.40 / 1 / 1
79Jim (Juho)10.40.00.40 / 1 / 0
81Ben Johnson30.30.00.30 / 1 / 2
81Joseph Amsberry20.30.00.30 / 1 / 1
81Zach Moore10.30.00.30 / 1 / 0
84Arch10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Bryan Pravel10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Daniel Logan10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Eric Tilberg10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Jacob Faber-Rico10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Jake Langenfeld10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Jeff Rosenberg10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Jeff Wyatt10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Jonah Feldman10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Just Stephen10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Karl-Christian Johannessen10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Mike Walsh10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Mitch McConeghey10.00.00.00 / 0 / 1
84Pace Roedl20.00.00.00 / 0 / 2