DIXIECON 34 - May 2020

2020 Dixiecon Details



  • THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020 - Terradipping and Open Gaming Begin at 6pm
  • FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020
  • Whenever to 6pm - Open Gaming for Early Arrivals
  • 6pm to Whenever - Diplomacy Round One
  • 6pm to Whenever - Iron Man Begins and Terradipping Continues
  • SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020
  • 9:30am to 5pm - Diplomacy Round Two (and Team Tournament)
  • 9:30am to 5pm - Iron Man/Terradipping Tournaments Continue
  • 5pm to 6pm - Barbeque Supper
  • 6pm to Whenever - Terradipping Final Board/Iron Man Continues/Open Gaming

  • SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020
  • 9:30am - Diplomacy Round Three Begins
  • 4pm to 6pm - Diplomacy Round Three Ends
  • 9:30am to 2pm - Final Iron Man Tournament Games
  • After Dip Round - Awards Ceremony
  • After Awards Ceremony - Adjourn to Supper Debriefing
  • After Supper Debrief - Open Gaming until Morning

 
Housing Details

The tournament is held at Granville Towers, a private dorm adjacent to the UNC campus, and directly on the main business street in Chapel Hill, Franklin Street. The rooms can be single or double occupancy. Two rooms share a bathroom in the middle. These are fairly nice dorm rooms, but do not expect hotel amenities. At $35 per night to share a room, and $70 per night for your own room, the premium is on value instead of comfort. We think it important at Dixiecon to have housing options that are very affordable for the many in the Hobby for whom that is critical.
 
If you want hotel amenities, though, there are plenty of nearby options.  The Hampton Inn in Carrboro is a very close drive, or a fairly long walk.  Right across the street from the event is an AC by Marriott, or you can try the pricey but spiffy Carolina Inn right on campus, or The Franklin within a stone's throw of Granville.

Food and Fun

Because of the proximity to Franklin Street, there are many places to get food within walking distance. There are also a number of shops and bars nearby for after-Dip action.
 
Sometimes Dippers want to take a tour of the UNC campus, visit the nearby Morehead Planetarium, or extend their trips to North Carolina by visiting the Outer Banks or other sites.  

How About Youth?

Dixiecon is a good environment for young gamers who want to learn to play The Game, Diplomacy. We typically have several young players, from 14 or so and up, in every round. Many Dixiecon attendees have brought sons and daughters to the tournament to teach them the ropes. For more information about this issue, or just to make sure you as a parent are comfortable with the arrangements, please contact David Hood at davidhood@dixiecon.com or dhood@phd-law.com

How is Dixiecon Different?

Dixiecon has been around for a very long time, as Diplomacy tournaments go. What the event is primarily known for is the unlimited style of play coupled with Draw-Based Scoring. Whereas most tournaments nowadays use some form of place-based or supply-center-spread mechanic to score games, Dixiecon still emphasizes whether a finisher is in the voted "draw" or not, and how many players are in said draw. The game is, therefore, focused on control of the stalemate line rather than just supply center totals at the end.  There are always arguments pro and con about scoring systems - and at Dixiecon we think diversity within the Hobby regarding such matters is a strength.  The important thing is to have fun, so we try to encourage that at Dixie in how we run the event.