BPA April 2014 News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 06:33:44 -0700 (PDT)
WBC 2014 EVENT PREVIEWS: Ah ... spring. It's getting to be that time of year 
again when the birds sing, the flowers bloom and tournaments are previewed as 
only WBC does them at http://boardgamers.org/yearbkex14/. Check out the formats 
for your favorite events and get an early look at the WBC schedule before we 
unveil the full slate of both our usual and new scheduling aides coming in May. 

LAST CHANCE FOR FREEBIES: Only days remain to get a free Yearbook and souvenir 
T-shirt or hat for an early Tribune membership commitment. The free premiums 
end 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 EVENT GM ASSIGNMENTS:  The membership is to be congratulated for stepping 
forward to save all but one of the eligible qualifying events from the Orphans 
List (http://boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm) and in so doing tied the record 
for number of tournaments at WBC with 157 (109 Century/Legacy, 25 Continuing 
Trials, 23 Sponsored Trials) plus 20 Juniors events. Only A Few Acres of Snow 
was lost due to absence of a GM commitment. Unfortunately, in doing so, many 
GMs are doing double and triple duty so more volunteers are still 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. 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 newsletter.

SCHEDULED OPEN GAMING REPLACES THE SAMPLER SHOWCASE: The portion of new game 
demonstrations usually scheduled opposite the WBC Auction and Auction Store has 
been cancelled. It is being replaced by more emphasis on individual demos and 
scheduled Open Gaming opportunities all week long. If you've ever bemoaned the 
difficulty of finding players to play what YOU want to play in Open Gaming, 
this is your chance. Merely commit to providing the game in question and 
playing at a specified time in the designated Demo area in Paradise assembly 
and we will reserve your table plus add your game to the printed, android and 
rotating schedules for all to see and even provide signage for your "game 
event". The catch? You must commit to it in a timely fashion; i.e., now. 

Requirements:
        • Must be a Sustaining or Tribune member by June 1st.
        • Must submit details to CD [at] boardgamers.org by June 1st to include:
                • Name of published game (limit 1 game); non-published games 
must be handled as Commercial Demos
                • Start Time and length of game (even hours only; no half-hour 
starts; i.e., 7 PM, not 7:15 or 7:30)
                • Type of table; 8' rectangular or 6' round (or if either is 
acceptable, indicate so)
                • The table must be surrendered promptly to the next user 
before the next reserved timeslot

Limits:
        • Multi-player games only - must accommodate a minimum of three players
        • One reservation slot per person. Second requests will be honored on a 
space available basis only after all other primary requests have been fulfilled.
        • All requests are based on availability. First come, first served. 

Suggestions:
        • Submit multiple start times in case your first choice is unavailable
        • A willingness to use either round or rectangular tables will increase 
your chances of getting a slot
        • The longer your requested time slot, the less your chances of getting 
a reservation. 
        • Avoid high usage time slots. Slots that conflict with Tu17-22 or We17 
have little or no chance of acceptance.

COMMERCIAL DEMOS: In an effort to alleviate crowding in the Open Gaming 
theatre, exhibit tables will NOT be allowed in the Showroom. 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 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 containing the title of the game for 
display signage. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. 
 Submit requests to http://boardgamers.org/forms/DemoForm.htm. 

WBC VENDOR/EXHIBITOR LINKS: BPA welcomes Worthington Publishing, Gaming Nomads 
and Griggling Games as our newest vendors to join our returning favorites with 
a presence at WBC 2014. You can find prominent links to all of them on our 
homepage.

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.  

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.

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. 


PBeM NEWS:

MULL WINS NAPOLEONIC WARS: A rather ambitious hybrid format consisting of three 
3-player games with each player playing a different side once followed by the 
top six engaging in 2-player elimination rounds has ended with Rob Mull 
triumphant over Lance Roberts with a French +10 VP win following a Turn 3 Peace 
die roll. The field of 34 also provided laurels for Rich Shipley, Michael Day, 
Rachael Day and Scott Fenn respectively finishing third through sixth. The 
updated laurel totals for the event are posted at 
http://boardgamers.org/yearbook/nw5pge.htm#pbem.

MARCH MADNESS: Robert Kircher has secured the last spot in our Final Four. His 
12th seeded Auburn 1999 team will face Max Jamelli's 14th seeded San Francisco 
1956 squad. Meanwhile, Sean McCulloch's 4th seeded UCLA 1975 team is having its 
way with Aran Warszawski's 35th seeded Oklahome State 2005 team with an early 
37-16 lead before the half in the other semifinal pairing.  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.

GETTYSBURG: The first round of the 4th PBeM tournament has advanced 16 players 
with the higher seeded players winning 80% of the first round games. The Union 
has also taken a surprising lead in the victory column - reversing a WBC 
Confederate advantage while bidding has also declined to reflect greater 
perceived play balance. The second round ends July 16th. Details can be found 
at http://wargameacademy.org/G88/G88-BPA-PBEM-IV/index.html.

SPEED CIRCUIT: Jeff Cornett, Robert Rund and Mike Aubuchon won their respective 
races in the second heat at Singapore to qualify for the Final at New Delhi. 
Joining them in the championship race will be Tim Mossman, Doug Schulz, Will 
Kenard, Rob Kircher, Buck Karpowitz, Bruce Rae, Martin Burgdorf,  Curt Collins, 
and Chris Hancock.

PRO GOLF: Harry Flawd, George Young and Robert Kircher are the early leaders in 
the clubhouse at five under par, with Alexandra Monnin with the same score 
after 16 holes.  Watch out for Pete Stein, one stroke back with eight more 
holes still to play. With 12 of our 51 golfers still on the practice tee, it is 
tough to predict the first round cut line.  Last year, 1 over par was good 
enough to advance while 2 over par was not.  This year it is looking like even 
par may be needed.  It is still too early to call. Golly ... exciting stuff! 
For the scorecard for this year, see:  
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/PBeM_Scoresheet.htm
 
WAR AT SEA: Seven games still remain uncalled in the 4th round, but Andy Maly 
and Jon Lockwood are safely anchored in undefeated waters going into the final 
swiss round. Clinging to a more perilous grip on the playoffs are Ed Menzel, 
Dennis Nicholson, Rob Flowers and Don Greenwood respectively. The current 
standings can be found at 
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/BPA_WAS_Swiss_2014.htm.


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