GERMAN VERSION
World Diplomacy Convention XVIII
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WDC 2008
from
Thu. Aug. 14th, 2008
until
Sun. Aug. 17th, 2008

WDC 2008 in Lockenhaus Castle/Austria

The Austrian Hobby (aka Tu Felix Austria) is looking forward to host the World Dipcon 2008 at Burg Lockenhaus, a medieval castle 90 minutes south of Vienna. We hope players from all over the world will come and join us in a four day Diplomacy party with a touch of the Middle Ages.

From Thursday, 14th to Sunday, 17th of August 2008, the new World Champion will lay claim to his crown in what we expect to be thrilling four rounds of Diplomacy. More information will follow during the next couple of months, here are the most important details of WDC 2008:

The Venue

We actually are proud to announce that we succeeded in getting Burg Lockenhaus as the venue of WDC 2008. This castle is more than 800 years old and among the most popular tourism sites in Austria. Add to that the mysterious history of the castle itself and some asserted connections to the Knights Templar (well known throughout the world since Dan Browns 'Da Vinci Code') and you will get a sense of the amount of history you are going to breathe in this walls.

Given the fair weather we expect, we are going to play outdoor in one of the two theatres outside the castle. In any other case, we will play indoors in the huge ballroom of the castle.

Accommodation will be available in three categories, depending on the amount of comfort you want to enjoy, and on the amount of money you plan to spend.

More informations on Burg Lockenhaus is available at:
http://www.ritterburg.at/

There and Back again

Lockenhaus Castle is located in Burgenland, which is the easternmost district of Austria, surrounded by tiny villages and a beautiful landscape. It is some 90 minutes from Vienna (by car), but don't you worry: as promised, we stick to the usual "you come to Vienna, we take care of the rest".

On Thursday (14.08.) we'll offer a bus service from Vienna to the venue, and back on Sunday (17.08.) from the venue to Vienna. That means: you only have to come to Vienna (and find us at one of our two meeting points) and we'll do the rest. Getting to a WDC has probably never been easier :o)

Our Bus is going
on Thursday, 14. Aug 2008 from Vienna to Lockenhaus
leaves Westbahnhof (Western Train Station) at 7 p.m.
leaves Vienna Airport: at 8 p.m.

on Sunday, 17. Aug 2008 from Lockenhaus to Vienna
arrives Vienna Airport at 6 p.m.
arrives Westbahnhof (Western Train Station) at 7 p.m.

If you are going by car, you'll find some useful maps here.

Otherwise, Clara and Sebastian are at your service for further questions concerning travelling and accommodation.

The Accommodation

As usual at DipCons in Austria, three categories of accommodation (depending on how much luxury you want) are available:

Category 1: Knappe (Squire)
Up to 4 people sharing one room with a shower in a 3-star hotel. Three nights full board (breakfast, snack, supper) for 99.- Euro.

Category 2: Ritter (Knight)
2 people sharing a (larger) room with a shower for one or two rooms. Three nights full board (breakfast, snack, supper) for 145.- Euro.

Category 3: Fürst (Lord)
2 people sharing a comfortable room inside the castle. Breathing history in rooms where once the inhabitants of Burg Lockenhaus lived themselves. Three nights full board (breakfast, snack, supper) for 215.- Euro.

Please note, that all categories are strictly limited to a certain number of places, and that we only can guarantee your accommodation of choice if you register (and pay) early enough. As always, you can rely on our 'first pay - first serve' policy. :o)

The Tournament

The tournament will start at Friday, so Thursday evening will be free for your program of choice. Exploring the castle, drinking, playing, getting to know your opponents at the 'Players Party'... lots to do.
Friday and Saturday both will witness two rounds of Diplomacy as well as free evenings to once again enjoy the castle and the company of lots of friends from all over the world.
On Sunday there will be the award ceremony.

Registration

You can register here for WDC 2008 in Burg Lockenhaus/Austria. Please note that your registration is confirmed as soon as we receive your payment. Unconfirmed registrations will not guarantee your accommodation of choice.

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact Clara or Sebastian.

See you soon at Burg Lockenhaus,
Your WDC 2008 team

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