|BPA March News||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:14:59 -0700 (PDT)|
ELECTION TIME: It is once again time to elect three members to three-year terms on the BPA Board of Directors. This year's election features two incumbents and two past Board members vying for three seats. Cast your vote to determine the odd man out. Get all the information at http://boardgamers.org/election2014.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. ONLY TWO DAYS REMAIN FOR GM COMMITMENTS: GMs are reminded to make their memberships current AND submit an event form by March 15th. At that time, events without a satisfactory GM claim may be replaced by those events from the Alternate list for whom we have a satisfactory event form on file with a current GM commitment. You can now claim any qualifying 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. Check the current GM commitments and requested start times at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc14/orphans.htm. Century Events currently without a 2014 GM commitment include: • Commands & Colors Ancients • Diplomacy • Goa • Ivanhoe • Ra; The Dice Game • Settlers of Catan Eligible Trial events lacking a 2014 GM commitment include: • A Few Acres of Snow • Manoeuvre • Medici • Rebel Raiders • Pinata • Cinque Terre • Last Will • Concordia CURRENT MEMBERSHIP STATUS: Those wishing to check their current membership levels may do so at http://boardgamers.org/wbc14/prereg.htm#already. Note that only Sustaining level members and above will be listed until General memberships become available with the appearance of the Pre-Reg form in May. Tribune-level members can still earn free Yearbooks and/or T/Shirts/Hats by joining before May. WBC SCHEDULING APP FOR ANDROID: We are currently working on a WBC App for the Android platform with lots of positive feedback and once tested and bug free we will look to expand to the IOS/Apple platform. The app is in the beginning stages but the plan is to allow a completely customizable scheduler for each user with room maps and other goodies. If you are interested in being a tester please reach out to Scott Nerney (nernman [at] gmail.com) as he is coordinating the process with our build team. KICK STARTER DEMOS: In an effort to alleviate crowding in the Open Gaming theatre, exhibit tables will again NOT be allowed in the Showroom in 2014. 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. PBeM NEWS: PRO GOLF: Appropriately enough, on April 1st, 2014, one week before the 2014 Masters, BPA will kick off its Fifth Annual Pro Golf PBeM tournament. For those who just can't get enough dice rolling and giggles in their life, we bring the silliness to you year 'round. See the event details at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_PBeM_2014.html and enter this monumental test of skill by emailing GM Bruce Monnin at bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net. BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Also commencing April 1st with a decidedly different skill set will be the Ninth BPA PBeM tournament for Breakout Normandy in a Single Elimination format. Both the Avalon Hill and L2 versions will be accommodated in 5-month rounds. See https://sites.google.com/site/breakoutnormandytournament/ for details and contact GM Mark Gutfreund at gutfreund15 [at] yahoo.com to enter. MARCH MADNESS: Only 14 teams remain in the hunt for this year's title. Aran Warszawski’s 35 seeded Oklahoma State 2005 has become our first team to earn a spot in the Final Four. Follow the action at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2013.htm. FOR THE PEOPLE: While the 2013-2014 FtP tournament continues in its single elimination phase, the 2014-2015 FtP tournament is now accepting players for the Swiss phase. Sign up now for the round starting May 1, 2014. Everyone plays six games in the Swiss phase, advancing 8 players to Single Elimination. Check out the tournament format at http://forthepeopleqa.wordpress.com/ftp1415/. Sign up with your email and ACTS ID by posting a comment at that site. If you have any questions, email GM Tim Tow at towtim [at] Hotmail.com.
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