Attika, Die Macher, and
10-Game Open Gaming Event
July 31 thru Tues., Aug. 1, 2006
Lancaster Host, Lancaster, PA
Welcome to the first Pre-Con in WBC Week
featuring play of Euros and other new games. Not actually part of WBC
proper, WBC Sampler Showcase is something entirely different offered
before WBC begins with its traditional tournament fare.
attendees have long lamented the many conflicts between their favorite
WBC events. So many games, so little time…so the compromise solution
has been to offer a few early events in the form of Pre-Cons so that
those who would like to maximize the gaming derived from their travel
expense could do so without seriously detracting from the rest of the
week for those unable to attend earlier. With play in a Pre-Con, those
making the pilgrimmage to WBC can get more bang for their travel buck
while increasing the number of events they can play during a glorious
nine day stint of uninterrupted gaming if they so choose. Valhalla for
gamers…here on Earth and only at WBC. Until this year, those Pre-Con
selections have been only for lengthy games whose events gobble multiple
days at a time. In 2006, fans of shorter duration games will get their
chance in the WBC Sampler Showcase.
Sampler Showcase is a 10-game Open Gaming event with demonstrations and
open play of games new to WBC. On the schedule are
Modern Art. (View the Sampler Games page for information
about each game.) The A formula similar to that used at the popular Euro Quest
Wild Card event will be used to distribute games as prizes. If you ever
wanted to just try new games at WBC, here is your chance. Sampler Showcase
will start on Monday at noon and run until 5 PM Tuesday and the official
start of WBC.
Euro fans itching for a chance at early laurels, Attika will
be run as a tournament with an 11 AM start on Monday. Are you a eurogamer
that laments the fact that all of the WBC Pre-Cons are wargames? Now
is your chance to get laurels before the WBC proper. Attika is
making it’s debut as the first official euro Pre-con event. (View
the preview page for tournament details.) We will start one hour before
the Sampler Showcase so you can warm up for that if you so desire.
Attika has been run its first two years as stictly a four-player game,
with one or two three-player games as needed. But we have had many requests
for the two-player version over the years. So this year, we will give
those players their wish. But since we will be playing two-player games,
we will obviously need twice as many games as before. So if at all
possible, please bring your Attika game this year.
Attika will be run as a Swiss tournament with four one-hour rounds. In
the past, the four-player games were given 90-minute rounds, but the two-player
version is much quicker so a one-hour time limit will be enforced.
After four rounds are completed, all players with at least three wins
will advance to single-elimination play. Players with four wins
will be seeded higher than those with three wins. If any byes
are needed, they will be randomly awarded to players of equal records, starting
with those with four wins first.
There is no obligation to play in all four rounds. Play in as many or
few as you like. But it will take at least three wins to make the single
elimination playoffs. Play until you’re eliminated and then join the
WBC Sampler Showcase Open Gaming sessions or try your hand at Die Macher on
events have been harder hit by the urge to experience more of WBC than Die
Macher—a golden oldie hurt by its length and the
resulting competition from shorter fare at WBC itself. Many are the laments
of those who want to play it but just can’t find the time, so this
decided to put that theory to the test and schedule it early on Tuesday free
of competition from other events. (View
the preview page for tournament details.) Two
rounds will determine a champion without missing a single tournament before
WBC events actually begin. If you lose in the first round, return to the
WBC Sampler Showcase or visit the ongoing WBC Games Auction which begins
Tuesday at 10 AM.
special room rates at the Lancaster Host apply to all days of the pre-con.
See our travel and accommodations page for
NEW FOR 2006: Tribune
level members may freely partake in any and all of BPA’s six Pre-Cons
during the three days preceding WBC. Get the details.