May BPA News
From: Donald greenwood (doncon99toad.net)
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 11:16:01 -0700 (PDT)
WBC EVENT PREVIEWS: WBC 2007 is now on line with a "host" of new features and attractions. In depth previews of each of the 2007 WBC tournaments - all 147 of them - are now on line in a new upgraded format as only WBC does them at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/

GUTERMUTH CLAIMS ENLIGHTENMENT X: GM and longtime BPA honcho in charge of the annual BPA Age of Renaissance weekend, Ken Gutermuth, finally claimed top laurels at his own tournament. He did it with a come-from-behind performance that was noteworthy for the failure of past champions as parity appears to have overtaken the AOR regulars. Reigning Caesar and defending champion Jeff Mullet was the only player to chaos out of a game while top laurelist Bill Crenshaw finished well behind the leaders. Chris Byrd took second laurels followed in order by Arthur Field, Carl Damcke, Tedd Mullally and Rodd Polsky. Complete details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/aor07.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 July 31st. Items must be delivered in person on Monday night, July 30th 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. Download your Lot Forms now. Don't procrastinate! An updated list of items made available for sale will be posted in the weeks preceding the convention.

WBC AUCTION STORE EXPANDED: We've expanded last year's highly successful Auction 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 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 cannot be pre-registered. Procrastinate too long to pre-regsiter your items for the Auction ... never fear, you can now bring items to the Auction Store without a reservation. But come prepared with your Auction Store Item forms pre-completed. See http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auctionstore.htm for details and to download your Auction Store forms. Sellers are encouraged to read both the Auction and Auction Store details carefully to determine which venue is the best choice for their sales items.

WBC PROGRAMS: Our Annual mailing will occur on or about June 1st. All members of record residing in the US (one per household) will be mailed the convention program/yearbook at that time. PLEASE remember to bring it with you to WBC as we do NOT have enough to give out duplicates. If your mailing address has changed since you joined, please advise us immediately of the correct postal address. We will not replace books lost in the mail. Those joining after June 1st must pick up their copies at WBC. 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 can be downloaded at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/print/

WBC PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS: The current Pre-Reg form can be downloaded from http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm. You can also check this page to find your current registration status or to advertise for rides, roommates, or Open gaming opportunities.

WBC SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS: Lost Battalion Games will once again be offering official WBC 2007 t-shirts featuring the art of Kurt Miller and your choice of game images. Using improved technology, the shirts will be available in an assortment of sizes and colors and made to order right there at the show. Team and club shirts are also available with your own motto. To avoid a wait and be assured of the color and size you want, order yours today to be pre-made and available for pickup at the show. See http://www.lostbattalion.com/t-shirts/ for details.

BPA MAILING LIST: If you want to be added to our mailing list for our Annual mailing of the WBC Pre-Reg form, send your postal address to doncon99 [at] toad.net. Conversely, if you're already on our list and want to "go green" to save the planet and want off the list either because you'll never attend WBC or can get all the relevant info you need on line, opt off the list by dropping us a note at the same address with the Subject "REMOVE" and your real (not on-line) name.

WBC 2007 POSTER: Help spread the word. Download the current WBC poster featuring the artwork of Kurt Miller at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/publicity.htm and post it at your next club meeting or ask your local gamestore to post it.

OPEN GAMING: To aid you in co-ordinating your off-the-beaten track gaming requests we've set up a page especially for WBC open gaming at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/opengaming.htm

SEMINARS: For the first time, WBC will take advantage of the fine lecture facilities at the Host to offer a full series of speaking engagements featuring many hobby luminaries and spousal support plans. Check out the schedule at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/seminars.htm

CSR AWARDS: The Charles S. Roberts Awards have been presented annually at WBC for several years during our Sunday morning Armistice meeting. This year the Awards move to Saturday evening at 9 PM in the Hopewell Room where John Kranz of Consimworld will do the honors as part of his seminar on the Consimworld Wargaming Report. John's site, Consimworld, has long been "the" place for wargamers on the net and is instrumental in the support and implementation of the awards.

HMGS MINIATURES: In the "Year of Confluence" with Historicon the preceding weekend at the Host, we are pleased to present a taste of historical miniatures courtesy of HMGS President Pete Panzeri on Tuesday. See page 81 of the program for a full description.

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 at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sviewer/, an All-in-One schedule, or several downloadable pdf pocket schedules. They can all be reached from: http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/schedule.htm

HOST SELL OUT: The Lancaster Host is currently sold out during WBC. While there may be isolated incidents of a request being filled on certain nights or due to a cancellation, the majority of callers will meet with no success. We suggest you instead call The Continental Inn (717-299-0421) which is located across the street and request a room in the World Boardgaming Championships overflow block to get our rate. A second option is The Red Roof Inn (717-299-9700) located a half mile down the street. For a list of other local lodging, call 1-866-220-8985. There is a wide assortment of lodging alternatives nearby in all price ranges.

WBC PRE-REGISTRATION/RIDE/CARPOOL/ROOMMATE/TEAMMATE/CHILD CARE 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 Pre-Reg 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 a pdf version at the same page.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2007 ELECTION: The E-Ballot for the 2007 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. This year the technology has been updated to facilitate true on-line voting for the ultimate in convenience at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml.


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PBeM NEWS

AGE OF RENAISSANCE START: This annual multi-player PBeM tournament has passed to its third GM as John Coussis passes the reins to Greg Stripes. See the details at http://www.gregstripes.com/aor/ All games will be played using the Automated Card Tracking System (ACTS) website.  It is necessary for all players to have an account on ACTS. To take part in the tournament, please send an email to Greg Stripes at aor [at] gregstripes.com by June 1st 2007.  The games will begin on June 15th, 2007. 

GETTYSBURG THIRD ROUND: The 28 players in this elimination event are now down to eight as the Quarter-Finals commence. The top five seeds are still at it with #1 Barry Shoults paired vs #8 Bill Place, #2 Allen Kaplan vs #23 Doug Pratto, #3 Ed Menzel vs #22 Robin Chiang and #4 Vince Meconi taking on #5 Ted Drozd. To join the tournament newsletter list, contact vmeconi [at] verizon.net.
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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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