BPA December 2014 News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 05:26:20 -0800 (PST)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR GAMING FRIENDS!

HAIL CAESAR: Andrew Emerick paired an 86-laurel headstart earned in a 2012 
mini-con with the eighth best WBC performance this year to emerge as our 2013 
top gamer. His margin of victory over 2004 Caesar James Pei was actually much 
less than would appear by sheer laurel count. James had already placed second 
in an email tournament for his specialty For the People months before WBC, but 
because that format used concurrent consolation matches to resolve lesser 
places and those matches dragged on long after WBC, his 36 laurels for that 
event could not be credited towards 2013 totals. Had they been, James would 
have won the Caesar title over Andrew by seven laurels. Rounding out the top 
six BPA competitors for 2013 were Robert Kircher, Sceadeau D'Tela, Ken 
Gutermuth and Stefan Mecay.

HAIL CONSUL: Even mandatory Board Meetings, Auction finances, and other 
assorted convention management duties could not prevent our talented Chairman 
of the Board Ken Gutermuth from posting the best results during WBC week to 
claim Consul honors for 2013 with wins in Auction and Empire Builder coupled 
with laurels for three other events. A mere four laurels separated him from 
Nick Henning who posted his third straight triple-digit laurel week and was 
bidding for his third consecutive Consul Award with wins in A Few Acres of Snow 
and Galaxy Trucker plus laurels from four other events.
David Platnick was third, only eight laurels off the pace, with a win in 
Princes of Florence, two seconds and a third in an all-Euro performance. But 
perhaps the most eye-catching week was had by newcomer Trella Bromley in her 
first WBC. The Train Gamers exec and lone woman in the Top 25 proved she knew 
her stuff around the rail yard with an all-rails 98-laurel week. Improving 
either of her two thirds in Empire Builder or Ticket to Ride to runner-up 
status would have netted another 12 laurels and the Consul award. Robert 
Kircher finished fifth with wins in Amun-Re and Santa Fe Rails plus three 
also-rans. The defending Caesar, Randy Buehler, did not give up without a 
fight—scoring laurels in six events and winning two—but he was unable to record 
a signature win to finish sixth for the week with 94 laurels in six Euros.

Complete details on our top Award winners and the tally of our Top 25 gamers 
for 2013 are available at http://boardgamers.org/wbc13/caesar.htm.

ANNUAL DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE COMING TO A CLOSE: There is only one week left 
to enter your Sustaining or Tribune membership for 2014 by December 31st to get 
a free WBC souvenir T-Shirt or Cap and full-color yearbook. We urge you to 
renew memberships for 2014 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 when submitting your membership form at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml. Your vote must be postmarked 
by December 31st to count and be accompanied by payment of 2014 membership 
dues. Check the full details of membership at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm for payment deadlines and shirt size 
exceptions.

Those who paid their 2014 membership dues before the December Membership Drive 
are encouraged to submit the membership form so as to participate in 
Sportsmanship and Trial Event votes. Simply note the amount as "Pre-paid". 

SPORTSMAN NOMINEES: The list of 2013 Sportsmanship nominees is now on line. 
Before renewing your BPA membership, please check all the worthy candidates 
there and select one to support on your ballot.  Reward good sportsmanship with 
free lodging at the 2014 WBC. The background for the list on your membership 
ballot can be found at: http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sportmanNominees.htm

2013 AFTER ACTION REPORTS: The WBC 2013 Event After Action Report pages 
complete with the latest Laurel counts and photos as only WBC does them are 
available at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook13/.  We suggest you peruse 
them to recall last summer's fun or see what you missed before deciding which 
events to support with your Trial event votes when renewing your 2014 
membership. 

2014 CENTURY: The initial lineup of eligible events for the 2014 Century and 
potential Trial events pending the Annual Membership vote and GM commitments 
has been updated at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm. It is now 
closed to  additional entries for  the Membership ballot but we still seek 
event forms for Alternate status  to fill any vacancies and/or troll for 
Sponsor support. And you can now claim any OPEN event by completing 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. Nothing 
happens at WBC without a willing GM behind it. But please ... do NOT volunteer 
unless you are going to fulfill the obligation. 

GM COMMITMENTS: GMs are reminded to renew their memberships AND submit an event 
form by January 31st. At that time, events with a satisfactory GM commitment 
will be assigned and the Orphans List updated. Even if you are not selected to 
run an event your offer will highlight you as a possible assistant for that 
event - and willing assistants are in great demand. Some of your fellow members 
run or assist in as many as a dozen events. They could use some help.

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 

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:

ADEL VERPFLICHTET/BY HOOK OR BY CROOK/HOITY TOITY PBeM: Whatever you call it, 
you’ve always wanted to bluff your way into a BPA championship.  Now’s your 
chance – the thieving, jailing, exhibiting, and bidding begins February 21st.  
Everyone plays five games in just 6-9 weeks – with the whole tournament 
wrapping up a month before the WBC!  Learn the game and check out the 
tournament format at www.gameaholics.com/adv_bpa/adv_format.htm and then 
contact john [at] gameaholics.com to enter!  

BATTLES OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION PROGRESS: The fourth round of the BPA Battles of 
the American Revolution PBeM Tournament is about to begin. This round will 
feature play of Saratoga, the Next Day scenario. So far, 26 participants have 
played in the Brandywine, Germantown and Oriskany Round. The leaders in 
tournament points are Mark Miklos (+9), Chris Easter (+8), Andy Maly (+7) and 
Jim Tracy ii (+7) with five others between +6 and +3. Three preliminary rounds 
remain and the bulk of the 26 participants are clustered between +2 and 0, 
which means a win or two in the last three rounds could propel someone into the 
single elim playoffs, even if they have yet to play a game. The rounds have a 
relaxed schedule, and use of vassal permits rapid play, so contact brunofjs 
[at] hotmail.com, if you are interested in a late entry. Check the details at 
http://www.ohiovalleygamers.org/boardpbem.html.

NAPOLEONIC WARS PROGRESS:  The single elimination playoffs have advanced to the 
final round with Lance Roberts and Rob Mull fighting it out for the title while 
Rich Shipley and Warren Day contest the bronze. 


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