Enlightenment IX

March 17 - 19, 2006
Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD

2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999


The Boardgame Players’ Association is pleased to announce the ninth annual meeting of its Age of Renaissance minicon gaming conference.

In addition to the normal Age of Renaissance tournament, an introductory Manifest Destiny tournament will be added to the weekend to accomodate fans of this sequal. The Age of Renaissance action begins Friday night at 8 pm and continues with two more rounds on Saturday at 9 am and 6:30 pm. A fourth round will be played Sunday morning. The winner for the weekend will be that player with the highest total for any three of the four rounds.

The Manifest Destiny tournament will begin Friday afternoon at 4:30 pm and continues with two more rounds on Saturday at 2:30 pm and 7 pm. A fourth round will be played Sunday morning. The winner for the weekend will be that player with the highest total for any three of the four rounds.

Enlightenment uses a unique scoring system that keeps most players in contention for a prize throughout the weekend rather than being eliminated by a poor showing or relegated to the “losers’ table”. Every player scores points as a percentage of the winner’s score. This provides a real incentive to play against the leader to prevent run-away victories. In subsequent rounds, players are grouped according to their finish in the previous game…with all Round 1 winners paired in Round 2, all second-place players together, and so on. The winners compete with each other—earning a bonus point for each other table’s winner in that round they best by posting a wider margin of victory. Slow play is discouraged by penalizing all scores in games that take more than five hours for Age of Renaissance and four hours for Manifest Destiny. This scoring mechanism has resulted in nearly all games finishing in under five hours, with some ending in less than four.

LODGING: BPA has obtained a favorable group room rate of $99 per night plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). To obtain this rate you must identify your affiliation with the BPA’s Enlightenment gaming conference and make your reservation before Feb. 15, 2006 (or when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first) at 410-785-7000 weekdays between 8 am and 7 pm EST. After Feb. 15, reservations will be accepted on a space or rate available basis. Alternately, you may contact Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031-1099. Be sure to identify your affiliation with our group—both to get the best rate for yourself and to credit our group with your stay. For maps and other travel information see our hotel page at http://www.boardgamers.org/hotel.htm.

Reservations should include:

* Arrival & Departure dates

* Estimated Time of Arrival

* Room preference (single or double, smoking or non-smoking)

* Credit card type to be used for payment including number and expiration date

Pre-Registration is $35 (or $25 for BPA 2005 members) if received by March 7. Send your check payable to BPA, to 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. On site registration will be $35 regardless of BPA affiliation.

Refunds: The Enlightenment pre-registration fee is a discounted rate extended in exchange for a guarantee to attend. As such, no refunds are allowed.

Past Winners

 1998, 2001, 2005

Bill Crenshaw, VA


James Pei, TX


Tom Taaffe, VA


John Coussis, IL


Chris Byrd, CT



Jeff Mullet, OH

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