third and final leg in the BPA Triple Crown is its Sportsmanship
Award. Coupled with the Caesar for prowess on the gameboard and our
GM of the Year which honors those who sacrifice their time to make
the events possible, the Sportsmanship winner completes our 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. While some get caught up in the quest
for “wood,” our Sportsman of the Year always subscribes
to a higher standard…a shining example of sportsmanship
that we should all aspire to. These folks are the ones that make
it all bearable for our GMs and contribute most to the “club” atmosphere
of the convention. Their shining example contributes to the remarkable
esprit de corps and camaraderie for which the WBC has always been
noted by those in the know.
year’s honoree is a veteran of every WBC/Avaloncon or “Doncon” as
he calls them. A past winner of many tournaments, this “grognard” has
nothing left to prove and stopped pursuing “wood” a long
time ago. The antithesis of the “win at any costs" gamer, he
makes the annual trek all the way from the wilds of Alaska every
year to “game till
he drops” for a solid week. He also foots the bill for various
and sundry assorted relatives to make the pilgrimage for an annual
gaming family reunion.
he is the first to volunteer for any task and would GM the entire
convention if we let him as proven yet again this year when he
took the reins of Grognardcon to
extend WBC to a full nine days for all his fellow wargamers who
can't enough of the old classic hex wargames. As such he will be
performing GM chores in absentia for the early Preliminary rounds
of no less than eight wargames using the Free Form format he invented
and popularized at WBC until their regular GMs arrive on Tuesday.
It is fitting then that Bruno Sinigaglio should be our guest at
WBC 2006 as our Sportsman of the Year.
The 2005 Sportsmanship voting by the membership was the heaviest
ever recorded so Katie McCorry should
be pleased with her second place finish and a vote total that would
have won the award in any prior year. Rounding out the top six finalists—all with double digit
vote totals—were Stuart Tucker, Bob
Jamelli, Keith Hunsinger and
Charles Stucker in that order.