Boardgame Players Association Newsletter — February 2014
Feb. 19, 2014

Price Increase | Events | GM Committments | Current Membership Status | BoD Nominations | Patrons | Medals and Laurels Lists | Patrons | Euro Coordination |PBEM

SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP PRICE INCREASE: Less than two weeks remain to purchase Sustaining memberships for all of WBC Week at the bargain price of $70. Rates increase $10 on March 1. Complete the Membership Form.

2014 EVENT LINEUP: The initial lineup of eligible events for the 2014 Century and 25 Continuing Trial events has been updated on the Orphans Page, along with the first of the Vendor/Sponsor supported events and the initial GM claims. It is now closed to all but Vendor and Sponsor supported entries. Event forms for additional events seeking Alternate status to fill any vacancies and/or troll for Sponsor support will still be accepted until March 15. 

LESS THAN ONE MONTH REMAINS FOR GM COMMITMENTS: GMs are reminded to make their memberships current AND submit an event form by March 15th. At that time, events without a satisfactory GM claim will be replaced by those events from the Alternate list for whom we have a satisfactory event form on file with a current GM commitment. You can now claim any qualifying OPEN event by completing the required Event Form, after reading the GM Guidelines linked from the start of that event form. Nothing happens at WBC without a willing GM behind it. But please…do NOT volunteer unless you are going to fulfill the entire obligation. 

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP STATUS: Those wishing to checking their current membership levels may do so on our Prereg page. Note that only Sustaining level members and above will be listed until General memberships become available with the appearance of the Pre-Reg form in May. 

LAST CHANCE FOR 2014 BoD NOMINATIONS: All BPA members are hereby notified of their right to nominate members for the three Board seats whose terms expire at the next WBC. To appear on the ballot, a member must be nominated in writing by at least three members; one of which must be himself/herself. Nominations must be signed and received at BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 no later than February 28th to be eligible for election in that year. NOTE: Email nominations are NOT acceptable, nor can a member nominate more than one member for the Board. When contemplating nominations, members are urged to consider that the BPA conducts most of its business by email and needs Board members who are able and willing to offer their time and skills to the organization in a timely manner. Board members should be considered more for their ability to contribute to the running of a successful company than for their attachment to any particular game or genre. Besides forwarding a signed nomination, each nominee should submit by March 1 a statement not to exceed 100 words summarizing what they can contribute in service to the Board of Directors of the BPA. The nomination form is online.

LAST CHANCE TO APPROVE 2013 PATRONS: BPA's list of Patrons for 2013 is posted. Please report any inaccuracies to cd@boardgamers.org no later than Feb. 28 to ensure an accurate listing in the upcoming Yearbook.

PBeM NEWS:

CUMMINS COMPLETES BKN TRIPLE CROWN: Andrew Cummins won the 8th BPA PBeM Tournament with an ironic nod to history as one of our favorite Limey's guided the Allies over the Wehrmacht of German Peter Brunken in an international final. In winning, Andrew became only the second player to win the WBC title, a PBeM crown, and a D-Day mini-con. Other laurelists in the 30-player field were the reigning WBC champ, Mike Kaye, Scott Fenn, Henry Jones and the defending PBeM champ, Mark Gutfreund. For more details and the latest laurel totals, see the Breakout Normandy page.

ADEL VERPFLICHTET/BY HOOK OR BY CROOK/HOITY TOITY: Whatever you call it, you’ve always wanted to bluff your way into a BPA championship.  Now’s your chance—the thieving, jailing, exhibiting, and bidding begins Feb. 21, 2014.  Everyone plays five games in just 6-9 weeks with the tournament wrapping up a month before WBC! Learn the game and check out the tournament format at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_bpa/adv_format.htm and then contact john@gameaholics.com to enter! 

ADVANCED CIVILIZATION: Advanced Civilization in five minutes a day! Signups are now underway for the 2014/15 Advanced Civilization PBeM tournament. Come rule a nation from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Each entrant will play two concurrent first round games, advancing eight to the final. Full information is available at http://bpa-civ.rol-play.com/. Please contact the GM at kevinyouells@gmail.com prior to Feb. 26 to enter. The games will begin on March 1. Meanwhile, the 2013-14 tournament enters mid-game of the Final at Round 9 with Kevin Worth (Asia) and Kevin Youells (Africa) tied for the lead with Javier de la Fuente (Egypt) a mere two points of the pace. 

PRO GOLF: Appropriately enough, on April 1, 2014, one week before the 2014 Masters, BPA will kick off its Fifth Annual Pro Golf PBeM tournament. For those who just can't get enough dice rolling and giggles in their life, we bring the silliness to you year 'round. See the event details at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_PBeM_2014.html and enter this monumental test of skill by emailing GM Bruce Monnin at bdmonnin@nktelco.net. 

BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Also commencing April 1 with a decidedly different skill set will be the Ninth BPA PBeM tournament for Breakout Normandy in a Single Elimination format. Both the Avalon Hill and L2 versions will be accommodated in 5-month rounds. See https://sites.google.com/site/breakoutnormandytournament/ for details and contact GM Mark Gutfreund at gutfreund15@yahoo.com to enter. 

MARCH MADNESS: Only 27 teams remain in the hunt for this year's title. Five teams have reached the Sweet 16: Derek Landel's 1998 Tarheels, Bruce Reiff's 1998 Utah, Jeremy Billone's 2004 Oklahoma State, Aran Warszawski's Oklahoma State (2005) and Mike Pacheco's St. Johns 1985.  Follow the action at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2013.htm.

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Remember... all of the above PBeM fun is free to current BPA members. Others may qualify with a $10 PBEM membership in the year the event starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for the balance of that calendar year. You need not keep your membership current in order to finish a PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year. See the BPA Terms page for details.

BPA members who would like to see an email tournament for their favorite game are encouraged to step forward as the GM of such an event. BPA does not run tournaments. Rather, we are an organization of gamers lending support to one another so such events can happen. No one cares as much about your hobby as you do. Get involved. See the requirements to host a BPA email tournament at http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/

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