|BPA July News||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Don Greenwood (doncon99toad.net)|
|Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 04:54:50 -0700 (PDT)|
JULY DEADLINES: It's that time of year again! Are you ready to rumble? NOW is the time to finalize your plans To attend the World Boardgaming Championships. You have less than three weeks to register your Team in the free Team Tournament or save $10 each by pre-registering for WBC itself or any of its pre-Cons. Misplace your pre-reg form? Solve both problems by downloading the form in pdf format at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/prpg1.pdf. You have even less time to pre-order your WBC souvenir T's and Jackets. Those not ordered by July 10th will not be ready for pickup at WBC. Check out the cool T-shirt options with multiple backgrounds, event art, and the caption of your choice plus last year's winners list on the back at http://store.yahoo.com/lostbattalion/boplas.html SURVEY: Yes, its survey time again. Because we have only a 30 day window after WBC to pick up the option on the remainder of our six-year contract at Lancaster Host or opt out and go elsehwere we want to know what you think of our new site. We don't want you to tell us until you've actually experienced the Host of course but you might save time and help while away the drive if you complete the rest of the survey on the way to/from the Host. You can download a pdf version at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/survey05.pdf or wait to pick one up at registration. LANCASTER HOST SELLOUT: Due to the overwhelming response for the 2005 World Boardgaming Championships, the Lancaster Host Resort is currently sold-out. Reservations are being referred to the full-service America's Best Inn,located just next door from the Lancaster Host. Please call 717-393-5499 and ask for reservations and be sure to ask for the World Boardgamers group rate of $89 per room, nightly, subject to tax. There are many other nearby hotels with a wide range of rates - many within walking distance. Check out the choices at http://www.padutchlodging.com/ AUCTION 05: Pre-registration of lots for the sequel to last year's very successful auction debut at WBC is nearly sold out. Although we will still take a limited number of true collector's items on site, we discourage bringing items on speculation. Only the failure of already pre-registered items to arrive on time will prevent us from turning away most items that have not been pre-registered. See the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auction.htm ELECTION '05: Less than two weeks remains to vote! This year's election of three members to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors is entering the final stage. The official postal ballot is printed on page 93 of the 2005 Program. Those wishing to vote by email may do so now by consulting the e-ballot at http://www.boardgamers.org/election.htm and e-mailing your votes to doncon99 [at] toad.net prior to July 15th, 2005. The GLORIA MUNDI event at WBC has been cancelled due to production problems, but it has been replaced by JAMBO - an excellent two-player card game that has been nominated for Game of the Year in Europe. Check out the revised Preview event pages at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/index.htm WBC REGISTRATION: Are you registered to attend our inaugural bash in our enlarged new site in Lancaster? Need a roommate? A carpool to/from the airport? Solve all three with a quick visit to our Pre-Reg page at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm WBC SCHEDULE ON LINE: The 2005 version of the WBC schedule is on line in glorious detail as only WBC does it. Start with the full color All-in-one schedule graphic at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/allin1.htm or download it all in pdf. Then move on to the Personal Scheduler to plot your week's schedule at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sviewer/index.htm. And for more detailed information on the events of your choice, check out each event's individual Preview page at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/index.htm ====================== PBeM NEWS THE RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN: The fifth PBeM tournament for this classic wargame is now history with prevailing WBC champ Tom Gregorio triumphant over a field of 40 players in 38 games played to claim his first email title in this event. Three-time champ Gary Dickson finished 2nd while Mike Pacheco broke into the top four for the first time to claim 3rd. GM Pat Flory took 4th, followed by Jim Eliason and Rob McCracken who claimed 5th and 6th place laurels. MARCH MADNESS: Jim Gutt emerged victorious over a 29-player field in the 2nd annual BPA March Madness PBeM Championship. Jim's 1992 Cincinnati squad used defense and strong bench play to defeat Marvin Birnbaum's 2000 Florida squad. It looked like an early runaway, as Jim's Bearcats jumped out to a 41-24 halftime lead. Marvin closed the gap when the Offensive Specialist improved his "F" rated guard to the "AA" bench rating and scored 19 points. The game was tied at 60 with just two positions remaining to be resolved and all timeouts and coaching moves exhausted. But Jim received a two point cushion when Florida coach Billy Donovan received a technical foul, and low scoring rolls allowed him to hold on for a 66-63 victory. Cincinnati's Herb Jones was named the tournament MVP, with over 23 points per game for the Bearcats, including 30 in a quarter-final win over Paul Risner's 1972 Tar Heels. Also named to the all-tournament team was center Marvin Barnes of 1973 Providence, forward Mike Miller of runner-up 2000 Florida, guard Kendall Gill of 1989 Illinois, guard Tyus Edney of 1995 UCLA with special mention to the 1992 Cincinnati bench, who scored 26 points per game with their "B" rating and held the "AA" rated 2000 Florida bench to just 10 in the championship game. Of the 57 games played, the average margin of victory was 11 points, with eight decided by 3 or less. Also claiming laurels were Paul Risner, Terry Coleman, Sean McCulloch and Ric Manns who finished 3rd thru 6th respectively. PANZERGRUPPE GUDERIAN: Now scheduled for a July 15th start is our first email tournament for this SPI classic. Check it out at http://armchair-warrior.tripod.com/ BARBAROSSA TO BERLIN: The newest PBeM tournament on our calendar is scheduled for an August 15th start. Check out all the details at http://www.geocities.com/ww2btb/ ============================== 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 year cost only $10 and earn discounts for 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 their favorite game are encouraged to step forward as the GM of such an event. BPA does not run tournaments. Rather, we are an organization of gamers lending support to one another so such events can happen. No one 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/ If you have not yet subscribed to our new mailing list, please do so as we are unable to add you ourselves. To receive our free monthly newsletters you MUST rejoin the BPA mailing list by visiting http://lists.boardgamers.org/mailman/listinfo/bpamail to confirm your address and your desire to be on this list. Subscribing takes only a moment, ensures your privacy, and increases likelihood of receipt. The newsletter will continue to be posted in the WBC folder in the Conventions section of Consimworld but will otherwise be unavailable to those who do not join the list in this fashion. Visit the BPA website at http://www.boardgamers.org
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