Nominees | Past
The third leg in the BPA Triple Crown is its Sportsmanship Award.
Coupled with the Caesar Award 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 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 can
acknowledge here. But since we do not want to duplicate the cavalry
charge of a California Gubernatorial recall election with a thousand
candidates, we limit the nominees to those endorsed by WBC GMs for
outstanding sportsmanship and further reduce their number by selecting
only the most fervent endorsements. These are supplemented occasionally
by the Board of Directors and/or Convention Director for meritorious
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.
While lots of people 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 all bearable for our GMs and contribute most to the friendly
atmosphere of the convention. Their shining example contributes to the
remarkable esprit de corps and camaraderie for which the WBC has always
any further ado, let’s present the class of 2006—and
a classy group it is, too. The following individuals were just some of
the many nominated for the reasons indicated below and owe their appearance
here to both their own demeanor and the fervancy of their sponsors in relating
it to BPA. As is our practice, all 2006 BPA members are urged to vote for
one of the following when submitting their 2007 membership form and voting
for new Trial Events before Jan. 1, 2007. Reward a good sport with our
biggest prize…free lodging at the next WBC.
Advanced Civilization: It is difficult to sit through a game with
good humor when you are losing. It is doubly so to do it twice and triply
so in a game as long as this one. Add in youth and inexperience, and Woolly
Farrow is to be congratulated for his fortitude.
B-17: Relatively few people at WBC have met Bruce
Peckham. He comes every year but only to play in one event: B-17.
A lover of air shows and B-17's in particular, Bruce attends every year
solely to fly with the 8th Air Force. He has probably been shot down
20 times over the past 15 years, but he keeps coming back for more. This
year he played across from winner Paul Risner who emerged triumphant
again by shooting down Bruce on his third mission—thus, removing
Bruce from contention again. He'll be back.
Bitter Woods: Steve
the most accommodating and helpful player. Always enthusiastic, friendly
and outgoing—a pleasure to play.
Brawling Battleship Steel: David Huss was being mugged as leaders usually are in this game. Ship after
ship went down to the combined fire of his opponents while David faced
the music with good nature and grace.
Breakout Normandy: Dave Wong has
been a valuable asset to this GM year after year. He willingly agrees to
teach the game or adjust his schedule to accoomodate others. Dave is also
the epitome of the anti-whiner…accepting what fate drops thru
the dice roller with enthusiasm. He is quick to congratulate an
opponent for a successful attack. David is an outstanding ambassador for
our hobby—which is not surprising since he also has represented our country
well around the world while serving in our military.
Britannia: Rich Curtin was
on the losing side of a slow-moving game that had to be adjudicated. His
next heat also deposited him in another slow game destined to be adjudicated.
He, nonetheless, exhibited exemplary patience throughout.
Dune: Phil Barcafer directly
cost himself an advance to the Final by not only pointing out to the Guild
player that a move he had made would cause him to lose, but also arguing
(and getting the GM to rule) that because the next player had not started,
the move could be redone.
Empire Builder: As the semi-finalists were being seated, it was
discovered that there had been a miscount in the number of heat winners. Inger Henning surrendered her seat with good humor in a classy display of
Formula Motor Racing: Devin Flawd's
cars were eliminated early in the last two races but he hung in there playing
a largely useless hand without complaint as the other drivers finished
Gangsters: Steve Quade enthusiastically
teaches two demos per year and his teaching doesn't stop there—often
counseling new players during the game to the detriment of his own position.
Steve's enthusiasm carries over to other conventions where he recruits
for the WBC tournament.
Manifest Destiny: In the Semi-Final, Pete Pollard agreed to collaborate to share a breakthrough. His partner
jumped out to a big lead, but Pete stuck to his word and the collaboration,
even though it cost him a shot at the win.
Panzerblitz: Bill Scott is
well known as a great guy and challenging opponent who is a joy to play.
That never changes. This year he was pressed into service as the early
GM replacement at the sacrifice of his own gaming time before handing off
the chore to Chuck Leonard before departing to fulfill his own family obligations.
Princes of Florence: Rob Flowers arrived
for the Semi-Final as the second alternate, but there was only one opening.
As he had brought a copy of the game, and the event was short a copy, he
could have claimed the last seat by the rules, but he graciously lent his
game so that others could play instead.
Princess Ryan's Star Marines: Christina Hancock failed to guess the correct whereabouts of the Princess,
thus costing her the win, because the Black Guard gave her an incorrect
answer to her question. She took it in stride though and ended the game
the same way she played it, with a smile.
Puerto Rico: John Weber had
actually achieved the unthinkable…winning his own massive tournament
despite all the pressures and distractions of GMing a 100+ player event.
It was only afterwards when reviewing their recorded notes of the game
for constructing a replay of the game for his event website that he discovered
that a scoring error had been made. He immediately overturned the result
and awarded the win to the next player.
Queen's Gambit: Vincent Sinigaglio had
actually qualified as one of the 16 players to advance but withdrew rather
than force a recalculation of the qualifiers.
Twilight Struggle: Nathan Hill, a
young player, was nonetheless playing a strong game and holding his own
in a game that had to be adjudicated. He took the decision that went against
him with a grace that belied his tender years.
Up Front: Young Kevin Emery played
the game with considerable skill—not all that surprising considering
his teacher—perennial champion, John Emery. However, in a large group
of great players and sportsmen, he exhibited a level of sportsmanship and
maturity far beyond what one would expect from a 12-year-old.
Victory in the Pacific: Mike Kaye consistently
displays courtesy, sportsmanship and a willingness to help others.
Waterloo: Marty Musella was
the GM of this event, and it was he who was nominated by one of his players
in a bit of role reversal. The player relayed how much he appreciated the
time Marty took after their game to give him pointers on how to improve
We The People: Greg Schmittgens is
a skillful competitor who keeps everything in perspective. He not
only plays a splendid game, he literally cheers when great plays are made
against him. For him, the enjoyment of the game is the main reward,
and seeing a game's "story line" unfold by the twists and turns
of fate causes genuine delight that is, frankly, quite infectious. No
one who plays Greg has a bad time regardless of the final outcome! Greg
also engenders and nurtures WBC's growing sense of camaraderie by making
and distributing buttons featuring various events and widely sharing his
fabulous homemade jerky. The contagious manner in which Greg savors
good play, his ready willingness to help GMs and WBC officials, the sense
of amity that he encourages throughout the tournament, make this nomination
Past Sportsmanship Winners
1992 - NJ
Tiger Von Pagel
1993 - FL
1994 - PA
1995 - AE
1996 - MI
1997 - NJ
2001 - OH
2002 - VA
2003 - MD
2004 - MD
2005 - AK
2006 - PA