Boardgame Players Association Newsletter — May 2014
May 13, 2014

Preregistration Form | Auction | Registration Page | Souvenirs | Schedule | WBC Android App | Yearbooks | Previews | Scheduled Open Gaming | Commercial Demos | VOTE! |PBEM

WBC PRE-REGISTRATION FORM: The 2014 WBC Pre-Reg form and accompanying information is now available for download. Current members who have already purchased Sustaining or higher level memberships need not pre-register UNLESS they want to register their team for the Team Tournament (the earlier the better please—especially if you have a new team name), upgrade to Tribune level to attend pre-cons, or order any of the numerous souvenir and apparel items. However, the four-page folder contains much information on WBC so be sure to check it out anywayespecially for the time sensitive purchase of apparel items. Remember that WBC Pre-registration ends earlier this year (June 30). Afterwards, you will pay higher rates, so plan accordingly now. 

AUCTION LOTS: The opening bell has sounded for this year's auction as gamers take to their closets to see what they will part with in the  annual flurry to register items for the WBC Auction and Auction Store. As the former is limited to 550 items and always sells out, it is not wise to procrastinate. You snooze, you lose. Once again, all items must be pre-registered for both the Auction and Auction Store.  The latter is also capping what it will accept this year at 2,200 items, so don't delay. Unregistered items will NOT be accepted.

REGISTRATION PAGE OPENED: On May 10, WBC's Pre-Registration page showed 784 individuals already committed to attend WBC. Use this page to check the status of your registration; troll for teammates, rides, or roommates; or even set-up Open Gaming matches, baby sitting gigs, or excursions. Send your requests to ACD@boardgamers.org.

TIE-DYE SPECIAL ORDERS BACK AGAIN: A wide assortment of WBC Souvenirs and apparel, most with the BPA embroidered logo, is now available to order for pickup at WBC. Be sure to order before the quoted deadlines as the duffle bags are only available if pre-ordered by June 15. 

SCHEDULER UP & RUNNING: View the details of your favorite events and then plan your schedule using Steve Okonski's Personal Scheduler. There are also other scheduling aids available on our Schedule page, with more to follow as we get closer to the convention.

ANDROID WBC APP: A beta version of the new WBC Android App is available. This year's schedule is not yet loaded therein but you can check out its features using the 2013 schedule now. Direct questions to Scott Nerney at Nernman@gmail.com.

YEARBOOKS TO BE MAILED: The 2013-14 WBC Yearbook will be mailed to all qualifying members in the United States shortly. Only one book per household will be mailed. Other qualifying family members and foreign attendees may get their books at WBC check-in. If your postal address has changed since your membership was purchased, please advise the change of address at once to CD@boardgamers.org. We assume no responsibility for books lost in the mail. 

WBC 2014 EVENT PREVIEWS: Each of our 159 tournaments are previewed in detail as only WBC does them at  http://boardgamers.org/yearbkex14/

LAST CHANCE FOR SCHEDULED OPEN GAMING:  If you've ever bemoaned the difficulty of finding players to play what YOU want to play in Open Gaming, this is your chance to put up or shut up. Merely commit to providing the game in question and playing at a specified time in the designated Demo area in Paradise assembly and we will reserve your table plus add your game to the printed, android and rotating schedules for all to see and even provide signage for your "game event". The catch? You must commit to it in a timely fashion; i.e., now. Check out the details on the Scheduled Open Gaming page.

COMMERCIAL DEMOS: In an effort to alleviate crowding in the Open Gaming theatre, exhibit tables will NOT be allowed in the Showroom. Monitors will be tasked with stricter policing of commercial efforts including prospective game designers who set up displays to troll for backers. While you are free to Open Game anything you like, you will NOT be allowed to monopolize tables with displays that are not being actively played. Instead, designers/publishers are urged to register for FREE scheduled demos in the Paradise Assembly demonstration area. To be included in the schedule, you must be a current Sustaining level or higher member and register your demo no later than June 1. Demonstrations are limited to one-hour duration unless longer periods are requested in advance. Multiple or longer demonstrations are allowed on a space available basis. Contact  CD@boardgamers.org for additional information. Include alternate times and type of table desired (either 6' rounds or 8' x  30" rectangulars), as well as boxart files containing the title of the game for display signage. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Submit requests via the WBC Demo Form.

ELECTION TIME: It is once again time to elect three members to three-year terms on the BPA Board of Directors. This year's election features two incumbents and two past Board members vying for three seats. Cast your vote to determine the odd man out. Get all the information at  http://boardgamers.org/election2014.htm. As usual, voting is effortless and takes only a moment thanks to the electronic ballot. Voting will remain open until July 15. All members (any paid attendee of  WBC for more than one day is considered a member) are urged to vote  since validation requires sufficient membership participation. 

PBeM NEWS:

MARCH MADNESS: Robert Kircher's 12th seeded Auburn 1999 team is facing Aran Warszawski's 35th seeded Oklahome State 2005 team for the 2013-14 PBeM championship.  Follow the action at  http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2013.htm.

WAR AT SEA: Andy Maly is the lone survivor to navigate the five swiss rounds undefeated and has earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The current standings can be found at  http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/BPA_WAS_Swiss_2014.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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