April News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:58:04 -0700 (PDT)
ELECTION TIME: It is once again time to elect three members to three-year terms 
on the BPA Board of Directors. Get all the information at 
http://boardgamers.org/election2013.htm. As usual, voting is effortless and 
takes only a moment thanks to the electronic ballot at 
http://boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml.  Voting will remain open until 
July 15th. All members (any paid attendee of  WBC for more than one day is 
considered a member) are urged to vote  since validation requires sufficient 
membership participation. 

WBC EVENT GM ASSIGNMENTS:  The membership is to be congratulated for stepping 
forward to save all eligible qualifying events from the Orphans List 
(http://boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm) and in so doing set a new record for 
number of tournaments at WBC with 157 (108 Century/Legacy, 25 Continuing 
Trials, 24 Sponsored Trials) plus 20 Juniors events. Unfortunately, in doing 
so, many GMs are still doing double and triple duty so more volunteers are 
needed. If you don't see yourself as a GM type, at least give some 
consideration to helping out next time by volunteering to assist a GM as a 
demonstrator or clerical assistant. You can now get an advanced peek at this 
virtual cornucopia of gaming choices with Event Previews as only WBC does them 
at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex13/. The slate of 20 free Juniors events 
for those 12 & under can be found at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc/juniorsschedule.htm  Look for WBC's usual array of 
Scheduling devices and Pre-Registration information to be announced in our May 

KICK STARTER DEMOS: In an effort to alleviate crowding in the Open Gaming 
theatre, exhibit tables will NOT be allowed in the Showroom in 2013. Monitors 
will be tasked with stricter policing of commercial efforts including 
prospective game designers who set up displays to troll for P500 backing. While 
you are free to Open Game anything you like, you will not be allowed to 
monopolize tables with displays that are not being actively played. Instead, 
designers/publishers are urged to register for FREE scheduled demos in the 
Paradise Assembly demonstration area. To be included in the printed schedule, 
you must be a current Sustaining level or higher member and register your demo 
no later than June 1st. Demonstrations are limited to one hour duration unless 
longer periods are requested in advance. Multiple or longer demonstrations are 
allowed on a space available basis. Contact CD [at] boardgamers.org for 
additional information. Include alternate times and type of table desired 
(either 6' rounds or 8' x 30" rectangulars) as well as boxart files for display 
signage. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis.  Submit 
requests to http://boardgamers.org/forms/DemoForm.htm. 

LAST CHANCE FOR FREEBIES: The free Yearbooks and souvenir T-shirts or hats 
promotion for early Tribune membership commitment ends on April 30th. 
Thereafter, such items will only be available for separate purchase. Tribune 
membership entitles you to free admission to all of WBC week plus the Pre-Cons 
- nine days in all. Submit your membership now at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml to qualify. 

WBC VENDOR/EXHIBITOR LINKS: BPA welcomes  Mercury Games as our newest vendor to 
join our returning favorite publishers with a presence at WBC 2013. You can 
find prominent links to all of them on our homepage.


TOW WINS WAR AT SEA:  Tim Tow won his first BPA War At Sea championship plaque, 
besting the field of 41 players in the Ninth BPA War At Sea PBeM Championship.  
Tim went 5-0 to win the single elimination event.  He began with a win over Jim 
Laws, then continued to defeat Ken Gutermuth, Phil Watkins and Ed Menzel, 
before vanquishing second place Robert Drozd in the championship match. Also 
earning laurels were Ed Menzel, Vince Meconi, Phil Watkins and Michael Ussery 
who finished 3rd through 6th. Complete details including updated laurel totals 
can be found at  http://boardgamers.org/yearbook13/waspge.htm#pbem.

GM Bruce Monnin plans to start the next event in a Swiss-Elim format shortly 
before or after WBC with a two month time limit per round.  Instead of bidding 
for sides (which can lead to specialization in one side of the other) he plans 
to give the Axis 2.0 POC at the start of each game.  Sides will be randomly 
assigned in the first round, and in any other matchup where both players have 
played each side an equal number of times.  When one player has played a side 
more often than his opponent, his opponent will be assigned that side.
Harbor from conversion on Turn 3 to keep the POC low throughout the game and 
put the final nail in the coffin at the end of Turn 6 (with the score already 
down to 14).  Even the small NT1 bid of 1.5 was insufficient to keep Tim Tow's 
IJN in contention.  The other laurelists were Robert Drozd, Greg Smith, Scott 
Beall, and Rob Kircher. Complete details including updated laurel totals can be 
found at  http://boardgamers.org/yearbook13/vippge.htm#pbem. 39 admirals were 
part of the original field; 38 total games were played before Daniel seized the 
crown!  In addition to the plaque, BPA laurels, and his name on the traveling 
World Championship trophy, Daniel also wins a coveted invitation to the 2013 
Top Ten Invitational.  See all of the details at 
http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_11.htm.  Get the 
details of the tournament that will begin Sept. 15th at 

MARCH MADNESS: As memories of Louisville's title fades, the Tenth Annual BPA 
March Madness tournament continues with its own Final Four. One half of the 
bracket was much like the Michigan-Syracuse battle of two #4 seeds, as Derek 
Landel's #16 seeded 1978 Duke team defeated Jeremy Billones' #15 seeded 1979 
Michigan State team. The other semifinal is like the #1 Louisville vs #9 
Wichita State matchup.  Pete Stein is leading his #5 seeded 1998 Utah squad vs 
Ken Gutermuth's #50 seeded 1982 Houston team. Check the  brackets at: 

ADVANCED CIVILIZATION: Play has begun in the 2013 Advanced Civilization PBeM 
tournament. With 39 players, including six from overseas, we have set a record 
for our largest turnout yet.  All of the games are between rounds 7 and 9, with 
no clear leaders emerging yet. Meanwhile, the 2012 Final continues in the 
Calamity Phase of round 14. 2011 Champion Mads Lunau is well on his way to 
successfully defending his championship as his Egyptians enjoy an 80-point  
lead over James Gundy's Africans.  The Asian/Assyrian war seems to mostly be 
over, as the Assyrians took advantage of a pair of Civil Wars to carve out a 
new homeland between Iberia and Illyria.  With only two turns remaining, we 
anticipate more upheaval as the contenders fight it out  for the top spot. PBeM 
information for Advanced Civilization is available at 

FOR THE PEOPLE PROGRESS:  The event is entering the final lap with the most 
dominant player of the past decade, James Pei, defending his title against 
relative newcomer Sean Dolbee.  Sean defeated James’ usual opponent, David 
Dockter, in the quarterfinals in one of the most hotly contested, if lopsided, 
matches of the tournament; and then bested Gary Kirk in the semifinals.  In 
other action Jeff Donald defeated Doug Pratto, Mustafa Corapci and your 
faithful GM Don Chappell, losing only to Nick Pei during the Swiss rounds.  
After randomly drawing, with four others, a spot in the Championship bracket, 
Jeff bested Tom Thornsen in the quarterfinals.  Then like many a hero before 
him, he again ran afoul of the Pei mystique; losing to James in the semifinal 
round.  Both Gary and Jeff are proving to be up and coming sharks in their own 
right; they were both “mentioned in dispatches” after last summer’s WBC.  They 
are now battling it out for the laurels and bonus prizes awarded for third and 
fourth places.
13 players qualified for the Championship bracket.  The eight qualifiers not 
randomly selected constituted a nice round number, so we opened a consolation 
bracket with an equal prize structure, but alas no laurels.  For the finals in 
that bracket, the aforementioned Nick Pei is awaiting the winner of the 
semifinal game between Alberto Molina and Mike Mitchell.

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