BPA September News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:32:41 -0700 (PDT)

GIBSON WINS HOBBY SERVICE AWARD:  Roy Gibson received the BPA 2013 Hobby 
Service Award on July 30th at the BPA's Annual Meeting in Lancaster, PA. In 
becoming our 14th honoree for his volunteer efforts, Roy was cited for his 
behind the scenes tech support of our inept CD in the age of computers as 
evidenced by the new upgraded photo ID badges used at this year's WBC. Roy also 
provides the printing for the elaborate signage used at WBC and gets his hands 
dirty loading and unloading the registration room. See more details at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc13/service.htm.

2014 ELECTION RESULTS: Incumbents Bruce Reiff and Josh Githens won re-election 
to the Board of Directors and were joined by Bruno Sinigaglio in the class of 
2013. Bruno's election marked only the second time that a sitting incumbent had 
been defeated - proving again that it can be done. While a record number of 
members voted, it still represented less than a third of the eligible 
membership at the time. Members are reminded that participation in the annual 
elections is needed to meet our Non-Profit Corporate requirements regardless of 
your preferences for the officers. If participation drops beneath the minimum 
threshold required, we will be unable to continue operations in our current 
format. The results were announced at the BPA Annual Meeting but the Vote 
totals and links to officer profiles can be found at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/board/electionresult.htm.  

WBC ATTENDANCE GROWS AGAIN: Despite an expected hangover from 2012's less than 
stellar, AC-failure plagued performance, WBC rebounded to post a 6% attendance 
gain with 23 events drawing triple digit participation and five with over 200 
players each. Overall, the 156 tournaments averaged nearly 57 players per 
event.  This year's champions are listed at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc13/champs.htm. A more complete listing of the top 
six places, updated laurel totals, photos and an After Action report for every 
event as only WBC does it will appear in November.  

Twelve 2012 champions managed to retain their titles another year despite 49 
players claiming their first WBC championships. Another 93 recorded their first 
laurels. Multiple event winners were limited to 15, led by James Pei who won 
his fifth straight For The People title to maintain WBC's current longest 
winning streak. The ladies posted their best showing ever with ten titles.  
Look for the Team Tournament results in the October newsletter. 

WBC BROADCASTS: Every WBC enjoys media coverage and this year was no exception. 
Adding to the usual tv coverage was a front page story in the Lancaster 
Intelligencer Journal by Ryan Mellon which drew more than a few locals to the 
Host to check us out. Farther afield though was an article by Richard Bliss in 
Forbes magazine which received considerable nationwide attention. Also present 
were the Party Game Cast people who made eight mini-podcast episodes 
(http://www.thepartygamecast.com/#Minisodes) and vowed to return to actually 
play some games. And of course there are always Geeklists sharing convention 
experiences from each author's perspective. One such was Norwegian Vidar Aas's 
report at 
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/161979/wbc-2013-first-timers-report. For a 
list of similar reports see http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc13/publicity.htm.

AUCTION SALES POSTED: The selling prices for this years 529 items in the WBC 
Auction are listed at http://boardgamers.org/wbc13/auctionlotsales.htm. Average 
price was $31.94, an increase of 2.5% from 2012. In contrast, the Auction Store 
sold a record 1560 items from an available inventory of 2038. The average price 
was down 7% to $12.58. Details pertaining to this year's Auction can be found 
at http://boardgamers.org/wbc13/auctionsales.htm. The Auction and Auction Store 
continue to grow every year and as a consequence the Auction Staff has made the 
following changes for 2014. 
        • All Auction items will require a minimum bid of $1.
        • All items for both the Auction and Auction Store must be checked in 
between 6 and 10 PM Monday.
        • The Auction Store will be limited to the first 2200 items due to a 
lack of space.  

WBC EVENT REPORTS IN PROGRESS: 30 days after WBC, Event After Action Reports 
are being collected now and used to update 156 Event pages on our website for a 
scheduled November unveiling. The GMs who have yet to fulfill that part of 
their obligation have been notified that the clock is ticking and that prize 
level and eligibility penalties will apply for those events whose GMs do not 
comply. WBC is unique among all gaming conventions for providing not only this 
coverage but also archiving such reports for posterity. Check out the BPA 
Archives section of our home page to check out the progress of your favorite 
event over the past 14 years.

WBC 2014 EVENT SUBMISSIONS: It's never too early to begin planning for next 
year - especially if you want to muster support for a new event by getting it 
on the membership ballot or move an event into the Pre-Con. There is a limited 
amount of space available for early starts so if you contemplate moving your 
event to Monday or sooner, you need to start the process now by getting 
approval early enough for us to seek the required space. Such moves to or from 
Pre-Con or Monday status should be discussed asap with cd [at] boardgamers.org. 
Those merely wishing to get an event on the membership ballot who are willing 
to GM that event should complete the required event form at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php after reading the GM 
Guidelines linked from the start of that event form.

SOCIAL NETWORKING: Keep up with WBC electronically by joining the World 
Boardgaming Championships (WBC) Facebook group and the BPA_WBC Twitter Page. 
You can also easily find us in the Boardgame Geek Forums  under Gaming Related, 
Conventions, WBC.
        • BGG: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/970241/boardgamegeek/wbc
        • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC
        • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2381468400/
        • Consimworld: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/?14@@.1dd15816

PBeM NEWS:

HANNIBAL IS ON THE MARCH: A new PBeM tournament for Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage 
will start on October 15th. The format will be Swiss-Elimination with a minimum 
of 3 rounds to determine the single elimination bracket. All experience levels 
welcome. 2nd edition online rules will be used and optional adjustments can be 
used upon mutual agreement.  Sign up by October 10 by posting a comment here: 
http://hrctourney.wordpress.com/hrc1314/.

NAPOLEONIC WARS: The swiss portion of the tournament has concluded with Rich 
Shipley being the only player to record three wins - and having one of the only 
two British wins thus far. It has also been a happy time for the Day family 
with Warren entering the semis in third place while Rachael and Michael meet to 
contest 5th and 6th place laurels. Top seed Rich meets 4th seed Rob Mull while 
second seed Lance Roberts takes on Warren in the semifinals.

LIKEVICH WINS GREAT CAMPAIGNS OF ACW: It took the better part of three years 
and two GMs, but after 88 games, the field of 46 was reduced to just Steve 
Likevich and Scott Spurgeon. They played the three-turn Battle of Chickamauga 
scenario from Battle Above the Clouds. Steve's yanks split the rebel army in 
two early on and defeated it in detail. The other laurelists were Mike Pacheco, 
Jonathon Moodey, Gary Kirk and Ed Beach in that order. The latest laurel totals 
are listed at http://boardgamers.org/yearbook13/gcapge.htm#pbem.

AIR RAID PEARL HARBOR ... THIS IS NO DRILL! No, but it is the start of the 7th 
biennial BPA Victory in the Pacific PBeM tournament. Four-month rounds with a 
maximum of six rounds of seeded Single Elimination play. Play starts Sunday, 
September 15th. For more information, see 
http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_format/vitp_bpa_format.htm. See all of the 
details of the previous tournament at 
http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_11.htm. Sign up now - 
although late entrants will be accommodated if possible. 

Remember ... all of the above PBeM fun is free to current BPA members. Others 
may qualify with a $10 Associate membership in the year the event starts. All 
multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for the balance of that 
calendar year. You need not keep your membership current in order to finish a 
PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year. See the BPA Terms 
page 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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