BPA May Newsletter
From: Donald greenwood (doncon99toad.net)
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 09:14:37 -0700 (PDT)
WBC EVENT PREVIEWS: In depth previews of each of the WBC events - all 172 of them - are now on line as only WBC does them at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/index.htm.

WBC AUCTION PRE-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: BPA is now accepting pre-registration of lots for its annual WBC game auction in Lancaster, PA on August 1st. Items must be delivered in person on Monday night, July 31st or the following Tuesday morning before noon by registered members. Since the auction is very popular and lots are limited to the first 550 registered, 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 now. An updated list of items made available for sale will be posted in the weeks preceding the convention.

WBC AUCTION STORE ADDED: BPA announces the addition of a store for the sale of additional lower priced items during the WBC auction. 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 will allow 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 cannot be pre-registered. See http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auctionstore.htm
for details.


WBC SCHEDULING AIDS: Steve Okonski has once again worked his magic and presented a host of convenient programming tools to help you plan your WBC week. Choose from among the Custom Scheduler, an All-in-One schedule, or several downloadable pdf pocket schedules. They can all be reached from: http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/schedule.htm

WBC LODGING UPDATE: At this time, Lancaster Host is sold out for most of the latter portion of WBC. Fortunately, there are many hotels within easy walking distance. However, cancellations do occur and the Host is acting as our Housing Agent for overflow reservations. Therefore, you should continue to call the Host at 717-299-5500 weekdays between 8 AM and 7 PM EST to book your stay and they will make your reservation in the nearest comparable hotel where we have established a roomblock with matching discounted rates. Not only will this get you the best deal in the most convenient lodging, but it will also credit the BPA with your stay and help keep our expenses (and therefore your future costs) down.

WBC PRE-REGISTRATION/RIDE/CARPOOL/ROOMMATE/TEAMMATE SERVICE: If you want to check your pre-registration status or look for a ride, carpooling from an airport, someone to share a room with, a particular Open Gaming itch you want to setup or just another member for your team, check out the WBC Prep page now on line at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm. It will be updated weekly as information is received. If you'd like help with any of the above, just email your requests to doncon99 [at] toad.net to be listed on the page. All we ask is that you notify us to remove your listing once your need is fulfilled. And if you can't wait for the pre-reg form to arrive in the mail, you can download an abridged pdf version at the same page by clicking on the pre-register link.

NAPPY MOVES SOUTH: The Fourth Annual BPA Waterloo mini-con for players of The Napoleonic Wars is shifting to the Amerisuites Hotel in Greenville, SC on October 13th-15th. Hosted by the Greenville Mafia, Waterloo will also receive a major format makeover with exclusive play of the three-player version in the interest of presenting the most balanced version of the game. Check out the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wat06ann.htm.

WAM FORMAT CHANGE: Faced with declining attendance and rising costs, the WAM meeting for two-player CDWs has also moved - but just a few miles to Days Hotel in Timonium, MD. The weekend before the Super Bowl is still the time frame (Jan 26th-28) with optional opening Mulligans on Thursday, the 25th. The 5th meeting of the Winter Activation Meeting will attempt to revive its fortunes with more affordable lodging and a change in format which both adds and subtracts events. Only three events will receive feature status (Paths of Glory, Twilight Struggle and Wilderness War) but opportunities to play Hannibal, For The People, We The People, Empire of the Sun and Triumph of Chaos will fill the lean hours between rounds. Any such event which draws a minimum of 16 players will earn full tournament status. Check out the plans at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wam07ann.htm

ENLIGHTENMENT X SET FOR TIMONIUM: Also embracing the "less is more" theory is the tenth rendition of Enlightenment which will move down the road to Days Hotel in Timonium on March 23rd-25th, 2007. The format will be pared to the original four rounds of Age of Renaissance play with Open Gaming filling in between rounds. See the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/aor07ann.htm.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2006 ELECTION: The E-Ballot for the 2006 Board of Director's election is now available at http://www.boardgamers.org/election.htm. Please take a moment to cast your vote sometime before the July 15th deadline.

WBC STAFF POSITIONS: A limited number of paid staff positions are available for this summer's WBC convention as Junior room monitors or Security/Room monitors. If finances prevent your attendance, this is your chance to get free room and admission plus wages. Free rooms must be shared with a roommate - so candidates applying as a pair willing to share a room are encouraged. If interested, please email doncon99 [at] toad.net no later than May 1st. Candidates for Juniors Monitor should list relevant experience as teachers, camp counselors, etc.

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PBeM NEWS

GETTYSBURG: Barry Shoults of Attica, MI has won the first Gettysburg '88 BPA PBeM Championship by defeating Mike Pacheco of Oakland, CA for the crown. Barry did it the hard way, starting as seed #23, not receiving a bye in the first round, besting seeds nos. 10, 5, 3, and 2 in the process - and all while playing the Union five straight times without a bid!  There was a weird symmetry between the 2005 WBC and the PBeM tournaments.  The WBC was won by Jim Tracy, who lost his one previous tournament game (in this PBeM tournament) as the Union, then won five games as the Confederates to claim the WBC crown.  The PBeM Championship has now been claimed by Barry, who lost his one previous tournament game (at the WBC) as the Confederates, then won five email games as the Union to claim the PBeM crown.
    
Overall, the Rebels won 16 of the games and the Union 9.  Or, to put it another way, the Confederate record against anybody not named Barry Shoults was 16-4.  The higher seeded player won only 11 of the 25 contests.  One player bid for the Union while eight bid for the Rebels; in 16 games there was no bid.  Curiously, the sides split the 16 no-bid games evenly, but the South won seven of eight in which it gave up a bid. Our champion, Barry Shoults obviously took best Union player honors with his 5-0 log, while Tom Grode copped best Confederate at 3-0. Also winning laurels by finishing 3rd thru 6th respectively were: Ted Drozd, Tom Grode, Vince Meconi and Bill Place.


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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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