The Boardgame Players Association proudly presents
the Sixth Annual
A Dedicated Mini-Con for play of The Napoleonic Wars with
a novel new and improved format
WHEN: Starting 2 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 24, 2008; ending
at 3 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 26, 2008. For those wishing to stay longer,
open gaming space will be available until 10p.m. on Sunday. NOTE THAT THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED, BUT EVERYTHING ELSE STAYS THE SAME!
WHAT: Play will begin Friday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. Those
present will be divided into three player games. New games may
commence whenever a threesome is available until midnight. Play
will resume Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and continue until midnight. Three finalists will commence play Sunday morning at
9 a.m. while the remainder of the field may enjoy some four- and
SECOND EDITON: Although the long awaited 2nd edition of the
game is expected out before the 2008 Waterloo, we will adopt the
WBC standard of using the former version of the game as the default
version until the year after its introduction. This means that
players may agree to play the new version by mutual consent, but
if anyone declines, the original version will be played. If all
goes well, 2009 should see the 2nd edition adopted as the standard
WHY 3-PLAYER: In the opinion of your hosts, the three-player
game is the best balanced of all the versions. Waterloo will provide
a competitive forum for repeated play of this popular card-driven
wargame with the "buckets of dice" combat resolution
system without distraction from other events.
CHOICE OF SIDE: A
player's first Power assignment is random. Thereafter, player's choose sides
in reverse order of the standings. For example, if player A won his game,
B finished second, and C was last, they select sides for their next
game in reverse order. If tied, they dice off to determine who selects first.
Choice of sides in the Final will be random.
are no “Rounds.” When
you complete a game, you merely wait until
two NEW opponents are available and play
Game Master will assist in making tables,
with the emphasis on each person getting to play each other player once,
and maximizing the variety of opponents. You can play as many games
as you can get in during the tournament time. You can take breaks
between games as needed and breaks during games as agreed.
determine which players advance to the
Sunday Final, tournament VPs will be
awarded for each game played as follows:
To prevent a player with a big lead from nursing a game along
without actually winning it so as to keep gaining points for being in the Lead at the End of a Turn, players are allowed to concede if both TRAILING players
agree. The leading player should have no say in this decision.
If one player wanted to concede, but another doesn't, the penalty
point for losing will be doubled for the player who concedes.
(This usually happens when France is battered beyond reasonable
hope of recovery. However, until the VCs are actually achieved,
it can be very unfair to the third player when the French concede
the game prematurely, since the lead could well change hands if
played to conclusion. Consequnetly, an extra penalty point will
be inflicted on any game conceded against the wishes of one of
the trailing players to lessen the incentive to rush off to play
in another game rather than play out the current one to its conclusion.)
Strength of Schedule points can be controversial to some, but
I am firmly convinced that any format that has some players playing
more than twice as many games than others due to their wide duration
disparity and which allows players to more or less select their
own opponents based on availability at the time must provide
an incentive not to dodge the better players. Going 3-0 against
winless opponents is not better than going 2-1 against the creme
of the field. The current system reflects that well and has been
battle tested as a qualifying device at both D-Day and all the
Grognard WBC Free Form events. Waterloo essentially uses Free
Form scheduling of preliminary games to qualify finalists for
TIE-BREAKER: In the event of ties, the player advancing
first will be the player who has won the most games with the Power
with the least wins in the overall tournament, and then the next
lowest Power, etc.
Any ties remaining will be determined by Waterloo Randomly
assign Allied or French side. One side gets Napoleon + 8 and Ney +4 in Picardy. The other side gets Wellington + 6 in Brussels and Blucher
+ 6 and Bulow + 4 in Munster. Each side draws one random card from the deck. The French have
the Guard. Nappy must attack Wellington in Brussels. Wellington can evade
to Munster or bring up Blucher/Bulow to fight in Brussels. If
Wellington falls back to Munster, Nappy must follow but the French
get to draw another card. The To The Death event is active. Neither side will
withdraw after the first battle. Thus, there will be between two
and four battle rounds. Either side may play the card(s) they
have. The winner of the battle wins the tie.
plaques will be awarded to the winner,
plus best overall performance plaques for each
nation determined by average performance with
that nation, providing
plenty of wood opportunities, as well as a
chance to improve your standing in BPA's annual Caesar competition.
REGISTRATION: Admission for Waterloo will be $40 at
the door. However, current BPA members are eligible for
a $10 discount if they pre-register by Oct. 1, 2008.
To pre-register, go to our Waterloo Registration Page, print the form, complete it, and send
it wih your check made payable to BPA to 1541 Redfield Rd,
Bel Air, MD 21015. The Waterloo pre-registration fee is a discounted
rate extended in exchange for a guarantee to attend. As such,
no refunds or substitutions are allowed. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
WHERE (THIS IS A NEW LOCATION): The convention will take
place at the Comfort Inn,
8801 Loch Raven Blvd,
Towson, MD 21286. Phone
800-235-3297 or 410-882-0900. General website: http://www.comfortinn.com/. The hotel is located off 695, exit 29B, near the intersection of Joppa Rd.
LODGING: BPA has received a very favorable group rate
of $79 per night, plus
applicable state and local taxes of about 13%. It is only available if
you identify your affiliation with the BPA's Waterloo gaming
conference and make your reservation before Oct. 1, 2008 (or
when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first). Call 410-882-0900 on weekdays
between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Eastern Time, for a reservation.
The reduced rate will NOT be honored if rooms are booked on the website. After Oct. 1, reservations
will be accepted on a space- or rate-available basis. Please
identify your affiliation with our group, both to get the best rate
for yourself and to credit our group with your stay. Regular weekend rates are $99 per night plus applicable taxes.
Reservations should include arrival and departure dates, estimated time of arrival, room preference (single or double, smoking or non-smoking), cedit card type to be used for payment including number
and expiration date.