to the Omens mini-con which features dedicated play of Hannibal:
Rome vs Carthage in five rounds of Swiss format.
Not actually part of WBC proper, Omens is sort of an opening skirmish
for those who can't get enough of a good thing. Is Centurion status
in your future? Check the Omens for an early start to increase your
odds with the gaming gods.
attendees have long lamented the many conflicts between their favorite
games at WBC. With the growing popularity of the card-driven wargame
it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid conflicts for fans
of the genre. So many games, so little time…
so many of our attendees have large investments in travel costs to
attend WBC, there has always been a certain element which wanted
a longer convention so that they could get more bang for their travel
buck while increasing the number of events they can play. The problem
with this is how to scratch this itch without infringing on those
for whom a longer convention is just out of the question.
solution was to select a few longer-playing events for early play
that could benefit from uninterrupted swiss-style play without outside
distractions. Hannibal will again lead the offerings in the Pre-Con weekend with two rounds on Saturday and conclude the next day with three more rounds.
5-hour rounds of Swiss play are scheduled. The beauty of a dedicated
Swiss tournament is that players do not wander off to other pursuits
so opposing schedule tie-breakers are much more valid.
more event details, see the Hannibal Preview.
Tribune members may freely partake in all of BPA’s Pre-Cons during the two days preceding WBC. Play at Omens for non-Tribune/Sponsor level members requires a separate registration fee of $10 plus $10 per day for those pre-registered by July 25, or $20 plus $10 per day for all others, payable to the BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. This fee can be paid separately or in addition to other WBC fees noted on the WBC pre-registration form and also covers play in any other pre-con events played on those days. If paid at the door, the higher fee will apply.
Example: Al is coming just for the weekend. He can pre-register for Saturday and Sunday only for $30. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $40. Bob is coming just for Sunday. He can pre-register for Sunday only for $20. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $30. Carl is coming for Saturday through Tuesday (four days). He can pre-register for $50. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $60. Don is already a 2011 Sustaining level member entitled to free admission for WBC week. He wants to arrive and play on the preceding Sunday also. He can pre-register for Sunday only for $20. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $30. Earl is a 2011 Tribune level member. He can attend all nine days for free.
special room rates at the Lancaster Host and Continental Inn apply to all days of the
pre-con. See our travel and accommodations
page for details.