BPA June News
From: Donald greenwood (doncon99toad.net)
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 03:10:41 -0700 (PDT)
WBC TEAM TOURNAMENT TIME: It is nearly time for the 17th running of the Team Tournament and Happy Handicapper Stuart Tucker is sharpening his pencil and checking his odds as the initial entries appear for what will be the first handicapped version of the Team Tournament. This year, a bonus point will be awarded to any player who scores team points in an event they previously have not won. Will this be the year Nest of Spies makes history with a first-ever three-pete or will your team pull an upset? Enter your four-person team today with an email to doncon99 [at] toad.net.

WBC AUCTION PRE-REGISTRATION NEARS 50% LEVEL: The 4th WBC games auction is shaping up as our biggest yet with nearly half of the available slots filled in record time and with a large percentage of multiple-game lots. 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, auction pre-registration 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 the initial registered lots for this year's sale is now on line. Do not mail your Lot forms! Pre-registration of lots for the auction requires only a list of the items and their condition. You will receive your badge number by return email with your confirmation to complete the Lot Forms which you keep with your items.

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, attendees will be able to peruse items with a set price within view and earshot of the ongoing 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-register your items for the Auction? ... never fear, you can now sell via 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.

JULY 15, 2007 ELECTION DEADLINE: Less than 30 days remains to vote for the 2007 Board of Directors. 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. The technology has been updated to facilitate true on-line voting for the ultimate in convenience at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml.

WBC PROGRAMS: Our Annual mailing took place on June 1st. All members of record residing in the US (one per household) were 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. Those joining after June 1st and other household members must pick up their copies at WBC. 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, child care, or Open Gaming opportunities.

EVENT PREVIEWS: Review the Previews at http://www.boardgamers.org/Yearbkex/ for Events you wish to play. Event Previews contain more information than found in the Yearbook, including advancement criteria, details about format, special prizes, answers to rules questions, contact information for the GM, and links to related web sites.

WBC SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS: Lost Battalion Games is again 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.

TEENS: New this year is a special daily evening slot just for teens to combine socializing with peers and boardgame fun. See http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/teenpge.htm

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.

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PBeM NEWS

VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC: After six rounds of single-elimination, Charles Drozd -- commanding the victorious Allied fleets -- has achieved decisive Victory in the Pacific. The event began in 2005 with 35 entrants. Charles started as the third seed. His semi-final victory was a close game against the top seed, Dan Henry, as the Japanese. In the Final, Charles triumphed over Darren Kilfara (originally the sixth seed) who bid 4 POC for the Japanese. The Allies won 14 of 33 games with one draw. 16 used the two most popular PBeM adjustments, I-Boat Raid and CPO Withdrawal (including all but one game during the last three rounds). Nine games used other combinations of the PBeM balancing adjustments. Average bidding was 3.58 for the IJN. Bidding ranged from 2 to 6! No bid was less than 3 from the second round onward. Dan Henry had the best quip of the tournament, "Allies lose Enterprise. Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a repair dock." The top six places in order went to 1) Charles Drozd, 2) Darren Kilfara, 3) Dan Henry, 4) Philip Watkins, 5) Larry Meyers, and 6) Scott Fenn.
Charles had 3 IJN wins, 2 USN wins, and 1 bye (as did each of the top three finishers). For a complete history of the current tournament, see
http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_05.htm.


The next Victory in the Pacific PBeM tournament starts September 15th! For
details see www.gameaholics.com/vitp_format/vitp_bpa_format.htm.


SWORD OF ROME: A new PBeM tournament for Sword of Rome will commence on August 15th under the watchful eye of veteran "Gm of the Year" John Coussis. Check out the details at http://www.geocities.com/jacous/sor2007/SoR_Main.htm

MONTY'S GAMBLE: The Germans won five of seven games in the second round to setup Quarter-Final, Round 3 matches of Rob Mull vs Tod Whitehurst, Mike Brophy vs Jim Eliason, Anthony Daw vs Mike Rinella and Trevor Bender vs Dave Long (serving as Eliminator).

BREAKOUT NORMANDY: The third round of the Fifth Breakout Normandy event has concluded with Harvey Smallman, Tom Dworschak, Steve Andriakos, Jim Eliason, Michael Kaye and Scott Fenn surviving to move into the Laurelist positions for Round 4.

TWILIGHT STRUGGLE: The Soviets won 24 of 39 first round games. All games were won outright with one exception: a narrow 7 VP win to Jean-Louis Dirion over Richard deCastongrene at the end of Final Scoring, with Jean-Louis receiving nine tournament points and Richard getting one instead of the usual 10-0 split. The deadline for announcing your intent to enter Round 2 is 24 June. If you haven't yet entered the tournament but would like to do so, please visit http://www.kilfara.dsl.pipex.com/TShome.htm for more information as soon as possible. Since this event has a long swiss format rather than Single Elimination, it is still accepting late entries.

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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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