BPA December News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 12:29:22 -0800 (PST)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR GAMING FRIENDS ...

BUEHLER WINS SIEGELMAN: Randy Buehler of Bellevue, WA made his first year as a BPA member a memorable one. After attending his first WBC this summer, Randy made a return trip cross country to attend Euro Quest VIII where he made off with the top prize by winning the Harald L. Siegelman Award by virtue of four second place finishes, besting 2007 HLS winner Rob Kircher by four points. Two other newcomers, Mike Turian of Maple Valley, WA and Edward Fear of Rochester, NY finished third and fifth respectively. Veteran Henry Dove of Easton, MD finished fourth. In addition to the aforementioned players, tournament winners included Doug Galullo, Barb Flaxington, Jeremy Oppenheim, Andrew Yao, Rebecca Hebner, Eric Monte and Sceadeau D'Tela.

Euro Quest set a new attendance record in its larger facility at the Pikesville, MD Hilton buoyed by demonstrations of the hot new Essen games by Alliance Distributors. Congratulations to CD John Weber and his GCOM crew for a very successful event. More details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/eq10.htm including links to a complete photo collection by Eric Haas.

2010 AFTER ACTION REPORTS: The latest WBC Event After Action Report pages complete with the latest Laurel counts and photos as only WBC does them are now available at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/ We suggest you peruse them to recall last sumer's fun or see what you missed before deciding what events to support with your votes when renewing your 2011 membership. The initial lineup of eligible events for the 2011 WBC pending membership vote and GM commitments is listed on your membership ballot and again in more detail at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm .

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE UNDERWAY: Renew your Sustaining or Tribune membership for 2011 by December 31st and get a free WBC souvenir T- Shirt or Cap and full-color yearbook. We urge you to renew memberships for 2011 NOW through the end of the year both to save money with our lowest rates and to vote your choice of the 25 Continuing Trial events and the winner of our annual Sportsmanship Award. Vote to retain your favorite events or introduce new ones. Your vote must be postmarked by December 31st to count and be accompanied by payment of 2011 membership dues.

ONLINE PAYMENT AVAILABLE: You may pay for your membership with credit or debit card online using PayPal. You can use PayPal whether or not you have a PayPal account. Simply click on the "Pay Via PayPal" after submitting your membership application online at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml . If you have any questions, contact Kaarin Engelmann at acd [at] boardgamers.org . To make payments with a check by post use the appropriate link to print your application.

2011 MEMBERSHIP POLICY CHANGES: There are minor changes forthcoming in 2011 BPA membership and WBC admission policies. Early commitment to a Sustaining Membership covers all WBC events from Monday thru Sunday for $70 with no annoying event fees to pay. All members joining by the December 31st deadline living in the U. S. will receive both a free full-color Yearbook mailed in May (those outside US will receive theirs on arrival at WBC) and their choice of a WBC Souvenir T-Shirt or embroidered cap upon arrival provided they have indicated their choice on the membership form. Those joining after the New Year will only be able to purchase these items separately until 4/30/2011.

The popular BPA embroidered duffle bags offered last year will only be available in 2010 for those ordering them by April 30, 2011 for delivery at WBC at a cost of $40 each. Given the long lead time required for orders, we will be unable to offer them after that date.

Sustaining memberships purchased after February 28th will increase to $80. The December membership application is posted with the 2010 Ballot for Trial events and Sportsmanship nominees at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml Check the full details on our membership terms page at http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm for payment deadlines and shirt size exceptions.

SPORTSMAN NOMINEES: The WBC list of 2010 Sportsmanship nominees is now on line. Before renewing your BPA membership, please check out all the worthy candidates there and select one to support on your ballot. Let's reward good sportsmanship with free lodging at the 2011 WBC. The list can be found at: http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sportmanNominees.htm

WBC 2011 FORMAT CHANGES: We will again feature a full week of gaming running from Monday morning through Sunday evening with assorted pre- cons during the previous weekend. The Sampler Showcase and WBC Auction and Auction Store will again begin the week before the main tournaments commence in earnest on Tuesday evening. Open Gaming in the popular Showroom setting will commence two days earlier on Monday with expanded use of the BPA Gaming library. A small number of events will continue to be run on Monday to augment the Sampler Showcase, but the bulk of Tuesday will remain dedicated to the Auction and Auction Store without tournament scheduling conflicts. The Auction will move to Lampeter Hall to increase access to Open Gaming and the Library.

WAM IX: The lineup for the ninth pre-Super Bowl weekend Winter Activation Meeting is complete with the selection of the four tournaments to be offered in 2011. The new Washington's War headlines a quartet of CDWs including Hannibal, Combat Commander and Twilight Struggle. For more information on the January 27th-30th convention to be held in the Timonium, MD Holiday Inn, see http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wam11ann.htm .

GM RESERVATIONS: All WBC 2009 GMs are reminded that their event "reservations" for the events they ran in 2010 expire on January 1st. To retain GM status of your event, you must submit a new event form at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php and renew your membership by the end of the year. Otherwise, those events will be listed as OPEN on the Orphan's List in an attempt to attract a GM.

BoD NOMINATIONS: All BPA members are hereby notified of their right to nominate members for the three Board seats whose terms expire at the next WBC. To appear on the ballot, a member must be nominated in writing by at least three members; one of which must be himself/ herself. Nominations must be signed and received at BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 no later than February 28th to be eligible for election in that year. NOTE: Email nominations are NOT acceptable, nor can a member nominate more than one member for the Board. When contemplating nominations, members are urged to consider that the BPA conducts most of its business by email and needs Board members who are able and willing to offer their time and skills to the organization in a timely manner. Board members should be considered more for their ability to contribute to the running of a successful company than for their attachment to any particular game or genre. Besides forwarding a signed nomination, each nominee should submit by March 1st a statement not to exceed 100 words summarizing what they can contribute in service to the Board of Directors of the BPA. The nomination form is on line at http://www.boardgamers.org/bpanom.htm

BOARD ACTIONS: In order to provide backup support to our Treasurer, Ken Gutermuth, the BPA Board has appointed Pete Stein to serve as Controller.

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

PBeM NEWS

ADVANCED CIVILIZATION: The latest PBeM tournament to be undertaken is to begin in January at http://civ.rol-play.com. This website is a 100% free service, but registration is required. Play will consist of two concurrent first round games, with the top eight players advancing to a Final game. The tournament will require 48-hour player turn limits andshould be completed by August. For more information, please view the tournament website at http://bpa-civ.rol-play.com/, or email the GM at kevinyouells [at] gmail.com before January 12th.

MARCH MADNESS: Tom Browne is the first coach to advance a team (Seton Hall 1989) to the Sweet 16 in this year's tournament and ocnference play hasn't even started yet in the real world. See http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2011.htm to check the progress of this year's brackets.
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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. 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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