Nominees | Past
The third leg in the BPA Triple Crown of year end honors is
the Sportsmanship Award. Coupled with Caesar honors for prowess
on the gameboard and our GM of the Year Award which honors those
who sacrifice their time to make WBC the memorable event that
it is, the Sportsmanship winner completes our annual virtual Hall
of Fame by reminding us that there is no fun to be had with these
games without an affable and enjoyable opponent with which to
cross vicarious swords.
Doubtless there are many more good sports at WBC than those
we acknowledge here. But we limit the nominees to those endorsed
by WBC GMs or other observers for outstanding sportsmanship and
further reduce their number by selecting only the most fervent
endorsements. This year, for the first time, we've also included
nominees from our numerous email tournaments.
While some admittedly
get caught up in the quest for "wood," the folks listed
below subscribe to a higher standard. These are the sportsmen
and women of the WBC…the shining example of sportsmanship
that we should all aspire to. These folks are the ones that make
it bearable for our GMs and attractive to our members by contributeing
most to the friendly atmosphere of the conference. Their shining
examples contribute to the remarkable esprit de corps and camaraderie
for which the WBC has always been noted by those in the know.
are not accepted for individuals who conceded a victory to allow
a beaten opponent to continue in an event in their place. While
a player who allows another to play on in "his" place
may well have good intentions, doing so is contrary to the purpose
of a tournament. A player who concedes a won game is circumventing
the rules of the event by dispensing byes in a non-random, unearned
manner and is actually committing an unsportsmanlike act in the eyes
of some. Such a kindness bestowed upon one player is actually grossly
unfair to the other participants who had to win their right to advance
and tarnishes the event as a true test of skill.
So without any further ado, let's present the class of 2014—and as always, it is a deserving group. The following individuals
were just some of many nominated for the reasons indicated below and owe their appearance here to both their own actions and the
fervency of their sponsors in relating it to BPA. As is our practice,
all BPA members are urged to vote for one of the following when
submitting their 2015 membership form and voting for Continuing
Trial games before Jan. 1, 2015. Those who have already joined
for the 2015 season are encouraged to submit their votes separately. Reward a good sport with our biggest prize…free lodging at
the next WBC.
1775: Ron Glass helped an opponent throughout his game and pointed out good strategic
options at cost to his own chances while teaching the game.
B17: Michael Coomes was on the last straggling plane to finish this year, in part
because he helps teach the game to rookies. He has also built
several perennial squadron trophies that contibute to the esprit
de corps of the and traditions of the group.
Bitter Woods: Tom
Gregorio noticed his opponent had left a potential hole in
his defensive line with crippling consequences. He pointed out
the possibility and allowed his well-versed opponent to correct
the error before playing on. He ultimately would lose the game,
the tournament, and team points as a result.
Breakout Normandy: Steve
Worrel was in a tight game when he noticed his opponent had
left a hole in his defenses. He pointed out the omission and offered
his opponent an opportunity to correct his lines which was gratefully
accepted. He proceded to lose a close contest. When his opponent
offered to concede the match to him in light of his earlier sportsmanship
so that he could advance instead, he would have none of it. I
come by this infrmation first hand.
Cinque Terre: Katharine
McCorry endured the whining of a disruptive player who attributed
her victory to his own poor play. Katharine remained good natured
throughout, ignoring the poor sportsmanship and not letting it
ruin her good mood.
Conflict of Heroes: Eric
Tolentino exhibited patience in the face of outrageous dice
misfortune and continued to coach a new player—evetually costing
himself the game.
Sigal taught a new player the game, then sat out other gaming
opportunities to assist him in playing his first game.
Here I Stand: Nick Benedict had drawn an exceedingly good hand for his semifinal and was off
to a good start when it was discovered that the deal was faulty.
He took the decision to restart with a fresh hand in good humor—and with his karma thus reinforced win the restarted game anyway.
Von Knorring was attending his first WBC while making the
trip all the way from his native Sweden. Rather than rush off
to experience more of WBC, he spent much of his time aiding the
GM in teaching the game and helping to ensure an enjoyable tournament
Merchant of Venus: Gary
Dickson, himself an air traveller with limited luggage space,
retrived his copy of the game to enable another group to play.
Monsters Menace America: Mark
Giddings wasn't even in the tournament but when the semifinals
were short a player, he sacrificed several hours of his time to
act as a non-advancing eliminator—even though he won.
Open Gaming: Yes, Open Gaming. See what happens when
you share your experiences. Tim
Horne noticed some strangers struggling with the rules to
a game and decided to introduce himself and ask if they needed
some help. He sat down, patiently explained everything, and played
for about two hours. The next day he was flagged down by the same
father/son duo who asked his help with another game. Tim, who
was between events, happily came over, explained the rules and
saw them through another new game. Sportsmanship, maybe not -
but he made one family's first WBC experience a memorable one.
Pirate's Cove: Jason
Fisher constanty helped players improve their game situation
at the risk of his own position. Making the event fun for everyone
was his #1 priority.
Princes of Florence: Doug
Smith was in the right place at the right time when a player
with misplaced priorities abandoned a game at the midway point.
The GM, desperate to find a replacement player so that the game
could be salvaged for the other players, convinced Doug to abandon
his plans and sit in to finish the game.
Robo Rally: Matthew
Kucic was involved in a game that had to be adjudicated and
although in a strong position, he conceded rather than subject
everyone to a delay in a protracted adjudication process.
Settlers of Catan jr: Julia Carrigan (age 11) was one
of seven opening round winners in this event which was one more
than could be accomodated in a two round tournament Final. So,
one player was randomly eliminated by lottery and that fate befell
Julia who was extraordinarily gracious in accepting the outcome.
Indeed, she took it better than the GM who was having pangs of
remorse and certainly well for someone of such tender years.
Thurn & Taxis: Keith
Dent was the last qualifier for the 16-seat semifinals when
a 17th player appeared claiming a higher standing. It seems he
had never turned in his scoresheet of his second win and therefore
was technically ineligible. Keith, not wishing to qualify in this
manner, voluntarily gave up his seat. Romain
Jacques, higher on the qualifying list than either, and moved
by Mr. Dent's sportsmanship, than voluntarily withdrew to make
room for them both.
Trans America: Kevin
Lewis volunteered to drop out of the semifinals, thereby eliminating
the need for a third round as the tournament progressed immediatey
to a 6-player Final, rather than making people play through a
7-player semifinal with an odd number of players.
Twilight Struggle: Randall
MacInnis volunteered to keep playing another round so as to
teach a relatively inexperienced newcomer.
Henning, who set a WBC record by wiining five events in 2014,
was one of the three other players in a semifinal who allowed
the fourth player to redo his last move because he forgot to take
a permitted action. This resulted in Nick finishing second and
failing to advance. Yes, he could have won six!
World At War: Jeff
Mathis took most of the week to mentor three new players at
great sacrifice to his won playing time.
Murray and his table mates in a preliminary game allowed a
newcomer who misunderstood the rules to count his unplayed gold
for points—costing Robert his qualifying win.
HONORABLE MENTION: Others recommended include: Greg
Crowe, Mark Smith, Richard Borg, Yoel
Weiss, Mark Yoshikawa, Winton LeMoine, Roberto
Straub, John Riston, George Miksad, Robert Hammond, Dave Blisard, Tim
Sinigaglio, Barry Shutt, Akihisa Tabei, Rob Olsson, Jim
Kramer, Tom DeMarco.
Honorable mentions are eligible for the vote on a write-in
only basis due to the nature of their nominations usually having
more to do with simply being courteous or helpful as opposed to
conduct more often associated with great sportsmanship.
Past Sportsmanship Winners
1992 - NJ
Tiger Von Pagel
1993 - FL
1994 - PA
1995 - AE
1996 - MI
1997 - NJ
2001 - OH
2002, 2008 - VA
2003 - MD
2004 - MD
2005 - AK
2006 - PA
2009 - CA
2010 - SC
2011 - PA
2012 - uk
2013 - NY