World Boardgaming Championships Overview
July 14, 2010

locationThe World Boardgaming Championships (WBC) takes place at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa., every year during the first week of August. WBC is truly national—even international—in scope, with most of the union’s 50 states represented, in addition to gamers from Canada and farther afoot. Most of all, it is truly a gamer’s convention—run for boardgamers by boardgamers—with no middleman involvement.

Something that makes WBC stand out is its tournaments. Long an afterthought elsewhere, tournaments are king at WBC. No convention has ever done them better than WBC. Whether applauding the victors or previewing the upcoming events or scheduling your week in advance, no one does it better. Part of the reason is our volunteer Game Masters, who tend to be among the most dedicated in the hobby. Years of experience and feedback from our players have helped them improve, and they all vie for the honor of GM of the Year. In short, these people as a group care about their events and making your gaming experience an enjoyable one.

Our featured tournaments are Century Events—about 100 of them from various publishers—chosen from among the events with the highest attendance during the previous year’s convention. Other tournaments are termed Trials. These include the 25 events receiving the most votes from our members, and additional tournaments sponsored by members or companies. In both categories are events at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Experienced levels. Plus, there are numerous demos to help players with any level of experience get up-to-speed. We also offer a full schedule for Juniors—those 12 and under—to cultivate the next generation of gamers. Participation in the Juniors program is FREE, when a Junior is accompanied by a paying adult. Finally, for those who don’t enjoy competition or organized events, Open Gaming opportunities abound. Regardless, we place a high value on Sportsmanship.

Something we suspect you’ll appreciate about WBC is that you’ll only pay one, inclusive admission. There are no separate event tickets to buy, depending on whether or not you attend the auction or seminars or how many tournaments or other games you play, demos you attend, or Vendors you patronize. Want to stop in just long enough to visit the vendor’s area or get a quick peak at the events? Be our guest. There is no charge for such visits and your non-playing spouse or children are welcome spectators as well.

Plus, everyone who comes to Lancaster can take advantage of the family-friendly destination. It is possible to pass the time using the Lancaster Host Resort’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 18-hole championship golf course, game room, ping pong and pool tables, shuffleboard, driving range, lighted putting green, fitness center, 1.9 walking/jogging trail, volleyball, miniature golf, bike rentals or any number of local attractions, including Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, Strasburg Railroad, Tanger Outlet Center, Rockvale Square Outlets, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Kitchen Kettle Village, Sight & Sound Theatres, American Music Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Amish Farm and House, Hershey Park, Gettysburg Battlefield Park, and Wheatland (the estate of President James Buchanan).

Another thing that makes us stand out is that every WBC attendee is a member of the Boardgame Players Association (BPA). As such, when you attend, you become a part owner with voting rights about how the organization is run, including who serves on our unpaid Board of Directors and which games will be run as Trials at the convention. Remember, though, membership in BPA means more than just entrance to WBC. It also provides discounts at our mini-conventions and play-by-e-mail tournaments throughout the year and delivers a full-color Yearbook and Schedule to you months before WBC takes place.

Take an opportunity to explore this web site. It offers an abundance of gaming resources. If you have questions about the convention, contact the convention director Don Greenwood or the assistant director Kaarin Engelmann. We look forward to introducing you to one of the best weeks of gaming you’ll experience!

Boardgame Players Association Last updated 7/14/10 by kae.
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