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COLEMAN & SUDY CLOSE DOWN ENLIGHTENMENT: Enlightenment XIII marked the end of the longest running BPA mini-con. 25 players made an appearance for at least one game of Age of Renaissance. The players are to be congratulated for their support of this fading favorite. Even in its final year in a terrible economy, they managed to draw the requisite minimum 25 players for a quality tournament. Rising costs and the lack of sufficient pre-registration commitment brought about the decision to pull the plug on this dedicated play weekend. Although we did manage sufficient participation to keep the conference going another year, it was decided that the event had been "on the bubble" too long and that it was better to go out on a good note rather than risk disappointing anyone by a subpar turnout.
Terry Coleman, who ranked just 44th in AOR laurels going into the weekend, pulled off a big upset by winning his third straight game in Round 3—the latter two at the leader's table—to pull away from the field in what proved to be one of the most lop-sided victories in the history of this tournament. So great was his lead that the nearest challenger, defending champ Ken Gutermuth, opted out of Round 4 to play ManifestDestiny and abandoned the title to Terry. Enlightenment fans canrejoice that the format still lives on as a Pre-Con at WBC this summer.
Meanwhile, Kevin Sudy won the Manifest Destiny tournament, coming on strong by winning his last two games to track down early leader Eric Wrobel, who had won his first two contests and finished third
overall. Jeff Mullet won his first and last game, beating Eric and
thereby overtaking him for second place. Game developer Ken Gutermuth—with a win and a tie—finished 4th, while Greg Stripes parlayed his
first ever MFD win and a close second to finish 5th overall. Game
designer/defending champ Bill Crenshaw narrowly grabbed the 6th-place
plaque over Rob Kircher. Details on both tournaments are at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/aor10.htm.
DUNNING MOURNED: WBC lost another valued member of its extended
family recently. Tom Dunning, a longtime GM and rail game aficionado,
died of complications from esophageal cancer. Tom was an exceptional
Euro gamer and held a special place in his heart for all train games
and auction style games. He loved competitive tournaments and yearly
traveled to participate in Euroquest and the WBC along with playing in
many of the BPA PBEM tournaments. At the time of his passing, Tom was
ranked 17th among BPA's top competitors, having won ten tournaments.
Tom has been memorialized on the Memorial page of our website and will
be remembered this summer in a special tribute to recently departed
members in the Lancaster Showroom.
WBC EVENT PREVIEWS: WBC 2010 is now on line with a "host" of new
features and attractions. In depth previews of each of the 2010 WBC
tournaments—including a record nine Pre-Cons, many with new
formats, are now on line as only WBC does them at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/.
WBC AUCTION PRE-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: BPA is now accepting pre-registration of lots for its annual WBC game auction in Lancaster, PA,
on Tues., Aug. 3. Items must be delivered in person on Monday night or the following Tuesday morning before noon by registered
members. Since the auction is very popular and lots are limited to
550, pre-registration of items for the auction is highly recommended.
Our previous auctions have sold out via pre-registration so don't
expect to bring items unregistered to the door. Check out the
details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auction.htm. Download your Lot Forms now. Don't procrastinate! NEW this year: upon receipt of your submission, you
will receive confirmation that your list was received. However,
decisions on acceptance of lots will not be sent until July 1. All
submissions should be sent to email@example.com. An updated list of
items made available for sale will be posted in the weeks preceding
AUCTION STORE PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Located in
the same showroom with the Auction, buyers will be able to peruse
items with a set price within view and earshot of the auction. The
Auction Store allows us to increase the number of items handled in
less time while offering sellers a more efficient way to offer lower
priced items at a reduced commission. Items in the Auction Store have
a top price of $30 AND MUST be pre-registered by July 26. Don't be
turned away for failure to pre-register items as a few scofflaws were
last year. Sellers are
encouraged to read both the Auction and Auction Store details
carefully to determine which venue is the best choice for their items.
Remember: Unregistered items will not be accepted. After processing the submission, the Auction
Store Administrator will provide Lot Numbers for the items. See http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auctionstore.htm for details and to download your Auction Store forms. You need not
prepay any fees until you deliver your items to the Auction Store but
the items MUST BE preregistered. Come prepared with your Auction Store
Item forms already completed. NEW: Pre-registered Items
with lot slips are to be delivered between 6 and 10 PM Monday. Auction
Store items will NOT be accepted on Tues., Aug. 3.
WBC 2010 PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS: We no longer mail pre-registration
forms. The combined annual registration/ballot mailing has been
replaced by a reminder postcard referring past members to the website
to register. The Pre-Reg form should be of interest even to current members for its
information on the popular WBC game duffel bags and souvenir t-shirts. Check our Prereg page for your current registration status or to advertise for or find rides,
roommates, or open gaming opportunities. It will be updated weekly as
information is received. If you'd like help with any of the above,
just email your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org to be listed on the
page. All we ask is that you notify us to remove your listing once
your need is fulfilled.
WBC YEARBOOK: Our Annual
mailing will occur soon and include a copy of the 2009/2010 Yearbook
for qualifying members of record residing in the US (one per
household). If you have moved during the past year, please advise us
of any change of address immediately at email@example.com. Yearbooks
lost in the mail will not be replaced. A smaller program containing a
detailed schedule will be available to all members at WBC registration
and will also be posted online in June. For our friends residing
outside the US and those who are just curious to see what they are
missing, an on-line version of the yearbook is available. A limited number of 2009/2010 Yearbooks will be available for $10 each
while supplies last. See the Pre-Reg form for ordering
information. Late joining Tribune members may also pick up a free copy
at registration while supplies last.
WBC SOUVENIR DUFFEL BAGS & T-SHIRTS: Last year we ordered a
few duffle bags with an embroidered BPA logo
to pack and transport games for the BPA Game
Library. They got so many admiring comments
and inquiries, that we put them in the Auction
just to gauge the interest and were astounded
to see them sell for between $60 and $100. We have safely and comfortably transported as
many as 15 typical boxed games in one of these
bags. Your results will vary depending on boxsize,
but it is safe to say that these bags can
transport 10 AH-style bookcase boxes without
using the end or side pouches which can be used
for smaller games, clothes or toiletries. This
year you get a bargain AND a chance to support
your favorite gaming convention as we are selling
them for just $40 in your choice of two attractive
colors—red or hunter green—while the supply lasts. In addition, WBC again features the original high quality,
silk-screened shirts featuring the BPA logo. If you'd
like a souvenir shirt, you need to pre-order it for pickup at the
show. This year's color is
sand. See the Pre-Reg form or our Souvenir page for details on both items.
JUNIORS: In keeping with the family-friendly atmosphere of Lancaster
Host (which is adjacent to an amusement park), WBC again offers a full slate of Junior events. Registration is FREE for Juniors accompanied by an adult member of BPA and who participate only in Juniors events. Event winners receive a plaque.
WBC SCHEDULING AIDS: Steve Okonski presents a host of convenient
programming tools to help you plan your WBC week. Choose from among
the Custom Scheduler, an
All-in-One schedule, a spreadsheet schedule, or
several downloadable pdf pocket schedules in color or black and white. All
of these and other soon-to-be-posted aids can be found on our Schedule page.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2010 ELECTION: The E-Ballot for the 2010 election is now available. This
year's election promises some new faces as two incumbents are stepping
down and will be replaced. Our thanks to Keith Levy and Bruno
Passacantando for their years of service. Please take a moment to cast
your vote sometime before the July 15 deadline. Even if you're
indifferent to the results, by law a required percentage of the membership must
vote for a valid election. Failure to do so, will require an
additional election at more expense which will ultimately be passed on
to the membership. While ballots can be caste by mail or email also,
true on-line voting for the ultimate in convenience is available at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml
LANCASTER HOST SELLOUT: Many WBC regulars will be disappointed to
discover that Lancaster Host is already sold out for Wednesday through
Saturday of the upcoming WBC. While you can still reserve rooms at the
Host for Pre-Cons, you will need to check out in mid-week. Not to
worry—BPA also has group rates at the nearby Continental Inn across
the street. The Continental offers bargain rates and free hot
breakfasts when you ask for the World Boardgaming Championships group
rate. However, do not delay. Our group rates and room block expires
soon and when they're gone, they're gone. Lancaster area hotels often
sellout during the tourist season. Reserve your room now. Get the
details at http://www.boardgamers.org/hotellan.htm.
WBC 2010 POSTER/FLYER: Help spread the word. Download the current WBC
poster or flyer featuring the artwork of Kurt Miller from our Publicity page and post it at your next club meeting or ask your local gamestore
to display it.
BPA MAILING LIST: If you want to correct an address if you've moved
in the past year, send your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yearbooks lost in the mail cannot be replaced. Conversely, if you want
off the list to "go green" to save the planet either because you'll
never attend WBC or can get all the relevant info you need on line,
drop us a note at the same address with the Subject "REMOVE" and your
real (not on-line) name.
CHARLES ROBERTS AWARDS: The annual Game Design awards announced and
presented at WBC every year are now conducting their online voting
through Sun., July 18. You are encouraged to support your
favorites at http://charlesrobertsawards.com/voting.php.
REVAMPED SAMPLER SHOWCASE: Thanks to the globe trotting efforts of Tom
McCorry, the Sampler Showcase is back as an introduction (not a pre-con) of the new full week of WBC. Sampler Showcase is an Open Gaming
festival free to all paid WBC attendees featuring scheduled hands-on
sessions for learning new games under the direction of volunteer game
mentors who will be on hand to teach 12 exciting new games. See the
GETTYSBURG ENTERS QUARTER-FINALS: After three rounds, the elite eight
moving on to Round 4 are Tom Gregorio, Ed Menzel, Dennis Nicholson,
Dan Overland, Mike Pacheco, Greg Smith, Bill Thomson, and Jim Tracy.
After the higher-seeded player won every game in Round 1, and five of
16 games in Round 2, the upsets took place in the top ranks this
round, with seeds 1, 3, and 4 (your Gamemaster, Allen Kaplan, and
Barry Shoults, respectively) all going down. One might put a slight
asterisk on this trio of upsets, though, as the winners, Nicholson,
Gregorio, and Overland, are longtime gamers, if new to Gettysburg ‘88. One thing is now guaranteed: a new PBeM Champion, as the winners
of the two previous e-mail tourneys have both been eliminated. Fortune
continues to favor the Rebels, with the South taking 18 contests to
only eight for the Union. 22 of 26 games have featured a Confederate
bid averaging 2.95, and four games had no bid. No one has been
adventuresome enough to bid for the Union.
NICHOLSON WINS MARCH MADNESS: Champion Dennis Nicholson’s 5th seeded
1998 North Carolina team reached the Sweet 16 with nine-point wins
over Bob Jamelli’s St. Johns 1995, Thomas Browne’s Michigan 1976 and
Tom Dunning’s Oklahoma 2002 squad. He then defeated Mark Yoshikawa’s
Pittsburgh 2009, Terry Coleman’s Michigan 1989 and Harry Flawd’s
Memphis 2006 teams to reach the championship where he bested Daniel
Leader's 8th seeded Duke 2004 squad handily 96-75. Other laurelists
included Harry Flawd, Mark Yoshikawa, Terry Coleman and Don Greenwood.
More details and updated laurels are available at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/mmspge.htm. Get a complete tour of the brackets at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2010.htm.
WASHINGTON'S WAR TO BEGIN: Keith Wixson always runs a great
tournament, be it PBeM or live so it's always good news when he starts
another one. The inaugural contest for the newly released Washington's
War scheduled to start May 17th promises to be no different. Each
swiss round will have a maximum duration of 10 weeks. A new round will
begin a few days after the last game of the previous round has been
completed. If a game is not completed in 10 weeks it will be
adjudicated so players are advised to enter only if they can maintain
the required rate of play. See http://mysite.verizon.net/vze4bc94/waw/index.html.
PRO GOLF: Yes, the craziness known as Midnight Madness at WBC has
reached the email ranks. Pro Golf began its inaugural BPA PBeM
rendition on April 12, 2010, the day after the Masters tournament
ended. However, YOUR tee time has been extended until a week after
this newsletter for late arrivals due to our failure to produce an
April newsletter. Yes, you can still yell Go for The Green. At the
start of the first round at the 2002 Augusta National course used at
the WBC each year, the GM (Bruce Monnin) set up the ACTS module for
the player to use for their round (rounds involving the GM will be
handled by assistant GM's Keith Hunsinger or Mark Yoshikawa). At the
start of the first round, the GM will also roll a die to determine
which of the five golfers the player will use for the duration of the
tournament. A time limit of 3 weeks will be set for each round. A
round not finished in that time frame will result in the player being
disqualified from the competition. No scores for any round are
considered final until the round has been checked by the GM. The top
half of the field (rounded up) after the first round will make the cut
and play a second round on the Lancaster Host course used in the WBC
Skins game. The combined score of the two rounds will be used to
determine the Champion and other Laurelists. Any ties will be
resolved using a 3-hole playoff on the Muirfield Village course. If
still tied, another three holes will be played. For details, see the
event webpage at: http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_PBeM_2010.html.
For the scorecard for this year, see: http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/Pro_Golf_Scores.htm
SHIFTING SANDS: The 4th and last round of the Swiss play has begun.
Most games went the distance to the last two turns, making for
exciting close games. Still many games ended in an Allied victory,
with the Allies holding a 9:4 superiority in wins this round. Out of
13 games we also had three successful Herkules Invasions of Malta and
no Malta Victorious plays, but in all three cases of Malta falling the
German still failed to win. Bidding for the allied side has continued
to hover between 1 and 2 victory points with an average of 1.77. At
this stage only three players have a record with two German victories,
including Andy Friedmann who only has German victories. Following
this 4th swiss round, the four-player single elimination playoffs begin.
MANIFEST DESTINY: Enlightenment format still lives. The 2010-11
Manifest Destiny PBeM tournament will start June 1, 2010. The format
has been changed to a four-round, Enlightenment style tournament, with
pairings in later rounds based on players' finishes in the prior
round. Please contact Bill Crenshaw at email@example.com no
later than May 25, 2010, if you are interested in playing. See http://www.markneale.com/bpa/pbem/md/2010/.
LOCKWOOD WINS WAR AT SEA: Jonathan Lockwood earned his third BPA War
At Sea plaque, besting the field of 42 players in the seventh BPA War
At Sea PBeM Championship. Jonathan had previously emerged victorious
from the 2001 PBeM event and the 2008 WBC tournament. Jonathan went
5-0 to win the single elimination event. He began with a win over
Daniel Blumentritt, then continued to defeat Don Greenwood, Robert
Drozd, Bruce Reiff and Alan Applebaum. Jonathan outbid his opposition
to play the Allied side in all five games, giving his Axis opponents
2.5 POC in three of the games. Alan, meanwhile, had played the Axis
in his first four games, usually receiving 1.5 POC in the bidding.
Also earning laurels were Alan Applebaum, Bruce Reiff, Karl
Bodenheimer, Robert Drozd, and Phil Watkins. Complete details and
updated laurel totals are available at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/waspge.htm#pbem
HOCHBOIM WINS AMUN RE: In a close, low scoring game, Haim Hochboim
managed to keep just a few points ahead of everyone to grab the 2009
Amun-Re online tournament Wood! At the half way point everyone was
within three points but Haim managed to have the top money going into
the 2nd half. The provinces popped up in a non-optimal order,
nullifying many of the scoring cards and resulting in a couple rounds
of haves and have nots in the bidding. Bidding first in a round
proved to be critical throughout with the money being tight for
everyone. Still managing to score two power cards, Aran almost
managed to pass Haim in final scoring, but fell short by just two
points when Haim did get to score a bank of the nile card. For all
the details see http://www.spielbyweb.com/game.php?games_id=79240.
Also earning laurels were Aran Warszawski, Curt Collins II, Kevin
Wojtaszczyk, Chris Trimmer and Grant Ladue. Complete details and
updated laurel totals are available at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/amrpge.htm#pbem.
All BPA PBeM tournaments require current BPA membership when the event starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for the balance of that calendar year. Associate Calendar year memberships enabling play in all PBeM events starting in that yearcost only $10 and earn discounts for pre-registered admission to all BPA gaming conferences. You need not keep your membership current in order to finish a PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year. Members are reminded they can upgrade their current memberships at any time by remitting the additional funds. See http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm for details.
BPA members who would like to see an email tournament for theirfavorite game are encouraged to step forward as the GM of such anevent. BPA does not run tournaments. Rather, we are an organization ofgamers lending support to one another so such events can happen. Noone cares as much about your hobby as you do. Get involved. See the requirements to host a BPA email tournament at http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/
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