BPA February 2013 News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2013 13:08:49 -0800 (PST)
RANDY BUEHLER REPEATS AS CAESAR: Reigning Caesar Randy Buehler made it two in a 
row by successfully defending his perch atop the BPA rankings to become our 
second back-to-back top gamer. However, the Washington native's margin of 
victory was slim, besting 2004 Caesar James Pei by only ten laurels—37 less 
than his 2011 margin of victory over his predecessor, Texan Stefan Mecay. And 
unlike 2011 when he claimed both the Caesar and Consul titles, he was unable to 
best Nick Henning two times in a row as Nick rose to Consul—completing his rise 
from the WBC Juniors program to claim Master of Horse during WBC week. Complete 
details on our top Award winners and the tally of our Top 25 gamers for 2012 
are available at http://boardgamers.org/wbc12/caesar.htm.

PEI MASTERS WAM AGAIN: "Master" James Pei again dominated the field at the 12th 
Annual Winter Activation Meeting for Card Driven Wargames by winning two of the 
four tournaments. James held sway in both Hannibal and Washington's War by 
going unbeaten in a combined eight rounds of play over a small but enthusiastic 
field. Marvin Birnbaum took top honors in Twilight Struggle while Greg Ottoman 
triumphed in Labyrinth. More details are available at 
http://boardgamers.org/specific/wam13.htm including links to updated laurel 
totals and event reports for all four tournaments. 

WBC EVENT ASSIGNMENTS:  The Orphans List has been updated to reflect the first 
wave of GM commitments for WBC 2013. In all, 46 eligible events remain orphaned 
without a GM commitment by a current member with less than 30 days remaining 
until the schedule is set in stone. Waiting in the wings are 17 eligible 
alternates waiting to replace events without a GM commitment. Check out the 
endangered list at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm.  To save one of 
these poor orphans submit an event form at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php no later than March 15th and 
become a current member if you're not already.

LAST CHANCE FOR $70 MEMBERSHIPS: The cost of Sustaining level memberships good 
for the entire week of WBC admission is set to rise $10 on March 1st. Beat the 
price increase by submitting your membership now to 
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml. Exhibitor and Vendor rates 
also increase on March 1st so commit now for the best price.

WBC HISTORY UPDATED: Our Annual Year in Review summary and listing of top 
Centurions is now posted at http://boardgamers.org/archive/history12.htm.

BPA MEDALS LIST UPDATE: Our annual compilation of events won and career titles 
is now posted at http://boardgamers.org/medals.htm with Bruce Reiff again 
leading the parade in three of five categories (but his lead is shrinking)!

BPA's TOP 25 CAREER GAMERS: James Pei increased his comfortable lead over most 
of the field and stretched his advantage over Bruce Reiff to 519 laurels in the 
latest annual Tally of Career laurels which can be viewed at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/l_sums.htm#top25. The rest of us mere mortals can 
check our progress at http://www.boardgamers.org/l_sumsall.htm.

2012 PATRONS: BPA's list of Patrons for 2012 is now posted at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc12/patrons.htm. Please report any inaccuracies tocd 
[at] boardgamers.org no later than February 28th to ensure an accurate listing 
in the upcoming Yearbook.

EURO CO-ORDINATION: 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 

LAST CALL FOR 2013 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


PBeM NEWS:

PRO GOLF: Its time again for that ultimate test of skill: PBeM Pro Golf! Can 
you steal Yoshi's green jacket? The fourth annual BPA PBeM rendition begins on 
April 1, 2013, approximately one week before the 2013 Masters tournament 
begins.  Email GM Bruce Monnin (bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net) to enter. For 
details, see the event webpage at:  
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_PBeM_2013.html

ADVANCED CIVILIZATION TO START: Play continues in the 2012 Final. After 
suffering an especially nasty civil war, Kevin Worth's Iberia has dropped from 
the top spot to third. His position as leader has been filled by Romain Jacques 
and his Illyrians, who hold a 100 point lead over defending champion Mads 
Lunau's Egypt.  Signups continue to be accepted for the 2013 version. Email 
kevinyouells [at] gmail.com prior to February 26th to sign up. The next tourney 
begins on March 1st! The event structure will involve two concurrent 
preliminary games with game winners advancing to a Final round.  The full event 
should take approximately 14 months.  Full information is located at 
http://bpa-civ.rol-play.com/. 

SPEED CIRCUIT: Racing is added to the PBeM menu for the first time starting 
March 15th. Check out the rules at http://lucidphoenix.com/sc/wbce/ or email 
Robert at wbcspeedcircuit [at] verizon.net. There will be two qualifying heats 
qualifying at 6 (# of races) from each heat for a 12-car Final. Total time for 
the event should be approximately 8 months with a 36-hour response time between 
moves.

WAR AT SEA PROGRESS: The Ninth BPA War At Sea PBeM Tournament began on 
September 1, 2012.  The single elimination event drew 41 entrants and is now 
down to the final four. In one semifinal, Tim Tow received a 1.5 POC bid to 
play the Axis against Ed Menzel’s Allies.  In the other bracket, Vince Meconi 
gave a 1.5 POC bid to play the Allies against Rob Drozd’s Axis. There have been 
36 games completed so far, and the Allies have a 20-16 advantage.  The average 
bid has been 2.0 POC. For the bracket for this year, see: 
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/was-brack-2012.htm. 

The next event will run in either a Swiss or Swiss-Elim format with a two-month 
time limit per round.  Instead of bidding for sides, the Axis will get 2.0 POC 
at the start of each game.  Sides in the first round will be randomly assigned, 
and in any other matchup where both players have played each side the same 
amount of times.  When one player has played a side more often than his 
opponent, his opponent will be assigned that side. Send your comments to 
bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net.

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