BPA July News
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
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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/

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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/
 
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