BPA November News
From: Donald greenwood (doncon99toad.net)
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 11:29:16 -0800 (PST)
GM OF THE YEAR: Ivan Lawson has won the 2007 GM of the Year Award in a close vote to edge Ed Beach for the honor. Ivan, who finished third in the voting last year, in only his second year as a WBC GM impressed the Board with his preparation and organizational skills that enabled Lost Cities to nearly triple its attendance during his time at the helm. The other Top Six GM nods went to Eric Brosius, Ellen Hoam, Jim Jordan and Kathy Stroh. Complete details are available at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/topgm.htm

KIRCHER WINS SIEGELMAN: Rob Kircher of Rhode Island narrowly defeated a pair of pennsylvanians, Alex Bove and Mike Kaltman, by a single point to win the Harold L Siegelman Award for Top Individual Performance at Euro Quest V. The Euros conference again grew in size with nearly 250 attending over the four-day weekend with 12 tournaments vying for attention with Open Gaming opportunities. The latter was again enhanced by Tom McCorry's gracious demonstration of the newest releases from Essen and several vendors with new products. Individual event winners were: Eric Freeman (Wild Card), Tom Dunning (Ra), Thomas Browne (Saint Petersburg), Brian Reynolds (Settlers), Rob Kircher (Thurn & Taxis), Virginia Colin (Ticket to Ride), Peter Putnam (Caylus), Alex Bove (Goa), Peter Eirich (Imperial), Joe Jaskiewicz (Power Grid), Lyman Moquin (Princes of Florence), and Sam Atabaki (Puerto Rico).

EURO QUEST LAUREL UPDATES: The complete results of the 11 events held at Euro Quest have been posted on their corresponding Yearbook tournament pages with updated Laurel totals. Individual event reports for each of WBCs tournaments are posted at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/ Each page contains the GM's report plus Century status, 2007 laurelist photos, career laurel updates, and candid photos of the summer's event as only BPA does it.

2007 PATRONS: The 2007 BPA Patrons List has been posted for review. Check your standing on the list to advise us of any errors or omissions by Jan 1st to ensure your correct listing in the upcoming Yearbook. The list can be viewed at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/patrons.htm

NEW YEARBOOK POLICY: In 2008, we will be printing the convention schedule separate from the full-color yearbook. This new policy will ensure that everyone who attends the convention will get a printed schedule, while preserving one of the unique traditions that IS WBC--our full color souvenir Yearbook. All Tribune and Sponsor members will receive a copy of the Yearbook as part of their membership dues. In addition, as a bonus for early commitment, any Sustaining member who joins by Jan. 1, 2008, will receive a free copyalso. Additional copies of the Yearbook are available for $10 while supplies last.

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: Prospective BPA members are urged NOT to renew memberships for 2008 until the December membership application is posted with the 2008 Ballot for Trial events and Sportsmanship. That page will be updated on or about December 1st, 2007. In the meantime, check out the nominees for your Sportsmanship vote during the Membership Drive at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sportmanNominees.htm

LAST CALL FOR NEW EVENTS: If you'd like to introduce a new event to WBC 2008 (or return an old one) NOW is the time to submit an event form to GM that event next summer. Only by doing so by November 30, 2007 will that event be added to the ballot for our Annual December Membership Drive. If your favorite game is missing, don't lament it unless you've done something about it! Take a turn running it yourself. See the list of events already eligible to be run and an updated list of those that will be on the ballot at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm and get an event form at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/EventForm.htm

We are also always in need of volunteers to GM or assist Juniors events and to offer Seminars. If you're looking for a way to give something back to your hobby, here it is.

EURO COORDINATION: Eric Freeman is again volunteering to co-ordinate Euro events in an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts. If you'd like to be part of this effort, contact freemaneric [at] comcast.net

WAM VI: The next BPA gaming conference is on Thursday, January 24th through Sunday, January 27th, 2008 in Timonium, MD. The Winter Activation Meeting is again the week before the Super Bowl. The focus of this four-day event is to provide a gaming convention for the two-player historical "card-driven" boardgaming community: players and designers. We offer the following titles as BPA tournaments with expectation of full laurels to be won: Paths of Glory, Wilderness War and Twilight Struggle as featured tournaments. An Open Play and "swiss open" format will allow gamers a chance to play a favorite all weekend, or to enter a number of events, even returning to later rounds of events after failed attempts to win the championship in others. Other CDWs such as Hannibal, For the People, We The People, Empire of the Sun and Trimuph of Chaos will be played in a less formal setting, and should attendance justify it, tournament status will be granted the winners of those games as well after the fact. The Open Play match-up system features GMs matching players of like records as soon as they have an open time slot to play the game (thus allowing players to fit short games in between rounds of longer games).Opening day on Thursday, starting at 2PM will be Open Play First Rounds for all events. Win and you are one round deep into that tournament. Those who arrive on Friday will still be able to join any tournament without missing the First Round. Note: There are no Mulligans in 2008. BPA has obtained a very favorable group room rate of $79 per night plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). To obtain this rate you must identify your affiliation with the BPA's WAM gaming conference and make your reservation before January 11th, 2008 (or when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first) at 410-560-1000 weekdays between 8 AM and 7 PM EST. For more details see http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wam08ann.htm

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PBeM NEWS

GETTYSBURG FINAL: #3 seed Ed Menzel's Confederates, bidding 3.0, defeated #2 seed Allen Kaplan in the first semi-final. Ed forced a Union surrender on turn 14. In the other semi, GM Vince Meconi (a #4 seed) bid 3.5 for the Confederates against #8 seed Bill Place. The Union inflicted good attrition on the Confederates through the first 7 turns, eliminating Pender and flipping two artillery units. However, the South scored a rare flanking maneuver and took Little Round Top to barely eke out a July 1 knockout. These results lead to a Menzel-Meconi final, the 8th time these two have met in Gettysburg. Those wishing to join the Gettysburg email newsletter for more details can contact Vince at vmeconi [at] verizon.net.

BREAKOUT NORMANDY FINAL: Steve Andriakos and Tom Dworschak have advanced to the sixth and final round of the 5th BKN single elimination tournament. Both players have gone 9-0 as the Germans with Dworschak claiming the only Allied win in a semi-final match against Don Greenwood serving as an Eliminator. Andriakos scored his fifth German win over Harvey Smallman - playing only his fifth rated game in tournament play - in the semi-finals.

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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 pre-registered 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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