a year from the drop-down list for a low-down on the history
of Avaloncon and WBC.
See the champions for each year. Or choose to view the Laurels or Medals totals.
second year, WBC was becoming more than
just another gaming conference—even if it was a unique and
especially good gaming conference. The
fledgling Boardgame Player’s Association
was looking for other ways to support its
membership. It started with email tournaments
for year ’round play of its events and
now hosts dozens of ongoing events—many
of which attract more players than their
namesake at WBC—thus
enabling those unable to attend WBC to
get a taste of its competition. Two dedicated
weekend mini-cons were added for fans of Breakout
Normandy (D-Day) and Age
of Renaissance (Enlightenment)
which allowed repeated swiss round play of
these games without distractions.
also marked the appearance of the WBC
recap of all the events at WBC complete
with winner’s pictures which remains
an ongoing work in progress measuring the
lifeblood of the BPA. The BPA website
broke new ground in coverage of each event both prior to and after
the bar for gaming conference information
under the ever watchful eye of webmaster
Steve Okonski. The conference continued
to grow with the aid of World Dip Con
which drew 141 Diplomacy players.
Five events broke the century attendance
mark led by Settlers
of Catan (which tied the attendance
record at 175) and two others just missed
breaking into triple-digits. Six defending
champs returned home with titles still
intact. Ewan McNay and James Pei proved
the most impressive of four double winners.