Hi, Dan Lester here, signing out as host with huge congratulations to Doug Moore and a massive thank you to all the 84 players and their families who joined me at St John’s College Oxford from July 7th to 9th, 2017.
You were all very patient and gracious with a first-time TD and host!
I especially want to thank all the people who made the event possible and without whom I would have been lost. To David Norman for his advice and constant support. To David Percik for his indefatigable stewardship of distant rooms. To Martin, Iain and Simon for making my 7s when I needed them most. To James Brooks and Alison Ireland for giving their time and energy for this crazy game they barely know.
And of course, to my wife Sinead for her love and support over the past two years of making this happen. After this weekend, more than ever she understands why I have such a passion for Diplomacy – of course for the game – but most of all for the wonderful people who play it.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to have you and I will stab you later.