Enlightenment XII — 25 or Bust!
AGE OF RENAISSANCE and MANIFEST DESTINY
March 20–22, 2009 • Holiday Inn (formerly Days Hotel), Timonium, MD
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The Boardgame Players' Association is pleased to announce the
12th annual meeting of its Age of Renaissance mini-con
gaming conference. Coming off its best attendance in recent years
wherein it actually outdrew the tournament at WBC, Enlightenment
will retain its new dual event format in its effort to draw a
minimum of 25 players or host its farewell performance in 2009. Manifest Destiny will join the program as two four-round
events are held in three full days of gaming. Only one of the
eight rounds will conflict on Sunday moring—giving players a
choice as to which event they want to play the extra round. Note
that it will be possible, but more difficult, to win both events
since each tournament allows players to drop one of four scores.
Manifest Destiny play will begin promptly at 9 AM Friday
with rounds at 2 PM later in the day and Saturday at 2:30 PM.
The "pick-your-poison" choice for the fourth round comes
on Sunday morning when the Age of Renaissance final round
gets underway at 8 AM while Manifest Destiny players can
sleep in till 9 AM. The Age of Renaissance action begins Friday night at
7 PM and continues with two more rounds on Saturday at 9 AM and
6:30 PM. The winner for the weekend will be that player with the
highest total for any three of the four rounds. Only the Sunday morning slot conflicts and forces players to
make a choice which of the two events they'll play for all four
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. This scoring mechanism has resulted in nearly
all Renaissance games finishing in under five hours, with
some ending in less than four.
LODGING: BPA has obtained a very favorable
group room rate at the Holiday Inn Timonium (formerly Days
of $89 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 March 1, 2009 (or when our
roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first) at 1-800-235-3297
or 410-560-1000 weekdays between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time. After March
1, reservations will be accepted on a space or rate available
basis. Alternately, you may contact the Holiday Inn Timonium, 9615 Deereco Rd,
Timonium, MD 21093. 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. Room options include one king or two
queen size beds. Chili's restaurant is attached to the hotel and open for lunch
and dinner. There is a wireless data connection in rooms and public spaces. A business center and fitness center are available. Check-in time is 3 p.m.; check-out time is 11 a.m.
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
Directions to the Holiday Inn Timonium:
Light Rail: Construction on the Light Rail is complete and
travel times should be faster as there are now two tracks in operation
in both directions (North and South). From the Light Rail (MTA)
Light Rail HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 11:00
p.m Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sunday and Holidays: 11:00
a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Direct Access from BWI Light Rail station)
Get off at the Timonium station stop. Upon exiting the station
walk/turn right down Deereco Road (towards Padonia Road). The
hotel is about 1/2 mile ahead on the left.
Driving: From North and South Via interstate I-83: Take
I-83 to Exit #17- Padonia Road. Go East on Padonia Road towards
Timonium. Turn right onto Padonia Road off the Exit Ramp and stay
in the Right Lane. Make a Right at the first traffic light. This
is Deereco Road. The hotel is the first entrance on the right.
There is a large parking lot in back of the hotel, if the front
lot is full. Additional parking is available at next two buildings
past the hotel, if the hotel lot is full.
From North and South Via interstate I-95: Take I-95 to I-695 North
towards Towson. Take Exit #24 to I-83 North. Go North on I-83
approximately 2 miles to Exit 17- Padonia Road. Follow Directions
from I-83 above.
From the West Via Interstate I-70: Take I-70 East towards Baltimore.
Take Exit #89 to I-695 North towards Towson. Take Exit #24 to
I-83 North. Follow Directions from I-83 above.
COST: Pre-Registration is $40 (or $30 for BPA 2009
members) if received by March 14. Send your check payable to
BPA, to 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. On-site registration
will be $40 regardless of BPA affiliation. Print
the Registration Form found here.
REFUNDS: The Enlightenment pre-registration fee is a
discounted rate extended in exchange for a guarantee to attend.
As such, no refunds are allowed.
Bill Crenshaw, VA
James Pei, TX
Tom Taaffe, VA
John Coussis, IL
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Jeff Mullet, OH
Ken Gutermuth, TX
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