BPA July News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:03:41 -0700 (PDT)
PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS HAVE ENDED: WBC's Pre-Registration set a new record 
with over 1300 attendee commitments.  We will continue to process registrations 
at the walk-in rate of $40 for the first day and $10 for each additional day 
for those who wish to speed the registration process or need to enroll in the 
team tournament. Use the page at http://boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm to check 
the status of your registration, troll for teammates, rides or  roommates, or 
even Open Gaming matches or babysitting gigs. 

Note: If you are in the habit of showing up at the door and requesting extra 
days on your badge, be advised that higher walkon rates will apply. Increased 
door rates are imposed to encourage pre-registration and avoid badge reprints 
which slow the registration process for yourself and others. So, if you want to 
upgrade your membership to include pre-cons, do so before you arrive. If we 
must reprint your badge it will cost extra. We will honor the lowest prices for 
upgrades of Sustaining memberships to Tribune memberships, but only if received 
by July 27th. 

TEAM TOURNAMENT COMMENTARY: Longtime track sage, Stuart Tucker has authored a 
weekly commentary on the upcoming Team Tournament that complements Jeff 
Cornett's new statistical analysis of the odds.  Can you beat the new 
Handicapper this year? 49 teams are already headed to the starting gate at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc14/teamtour.htm for the 24th annual run for the 
slivers. Check Jeff's odds, weigh Stuart's opinions, get your team entered and 
then study the racing form for our annual Bracket Busting contest. Don't 
procrastinate! Enter your team now by sending an email to CD [at] 
boardgamers.org. 

WBC PRIMER: All WBC pre-registrants will be sent a special email one week 
before the convention. Watch for it since it will include among other tips how 
to enter the Team Tournament Bracket Busting contest once the final odds are 
set, plus other convention advice. 

EVENT NEWSLETERS: One of the things that sets WBC tournaments apart from those 
found elsewhere is the extra care and detail lavished on them year round by 
dedicated GMs. Three such are War At Sea, Gettysburg and Gangsters whose GMs 
send out free newsletters each year to promote their events. You can get copies 
of the former by contacting Vince Meconi at vmeconi [at] verizon.net or going 
to John Pack's http://www.gameaholics.com/gsr_wbc/gsr_13_yearbook.htm. Both 
longtime GMs have earned event bonus points in the new adjusted Century formula 
for their efforts. 

WBC PROGRAM ON LINE: A colorized version of the 2014 program containing the 
complete alphabetical  and chronological schedule is now posted on line. Unlike 
the black & white print version distributed at WBC, the various categories of 
events are color coded as an aid to quick recognition and is definitely worth 
downloading and printing for the easiest reference.  It can be found at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc14/schedule.htm.  View the details of your favorite 
events and then plan your schedule using Steve Okonski's Personal Scheduler at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sviewer/. You can also find additional 
scheduling aids on line  for the ultimate in planning your week at WBC 
including apps for android, i-pad, and i-phones by Kevin Broh-kahn plus an 
icalendar scheduling tool courtesy of Craig Trader. 

2013-2014 YEARBOOK: The most recent version of the WBC Yearbook is posted 
online for download at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook13/print/. Qualifying 
members who renewed their Sustaining or Tribune memberships by the required 
deadline and who were not mailed a copy may pick up theirs at WBC registration 
in New Holland. A limited number of additional copies will be available for 
sale on site for $10. 

AUCTION CLOSED: The Auction again sold out in record time this year. Those 
contemplating selling items now need to wait till next year or avail themselves 
of the Auction Store. All Auction Store items must be pre-registered by July 
20th. The Auction Store is also capping what it will accept this year at 2200 
items so don't delay as it is already 2/3 full. Unregistered items will NOT be 
accepted. Get the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auctionoverview.htm.

LIBRARY INVENTORY UPDATE: Donations of new games are again pouring into the BPA 
Game Library sponsored by Alliance Distributors. The center piece of the 
Lancaster Showroom's 13,000 sq ft Open Gaming Dinner Theatre made over 1800 
recorded game loans last time and an even bigger assortment  of the latest 
games is expected in 2014. See the continually updated 2014 inventory as it 
grows ever larger at  http://boardgamers.org/wbc14/library.htm with 
contributions from Rio Grande Games, GMT, Victory Point Games, Blue Orange 
Games, Red Raven, Doctor Finn's Games, Days of Wonder, Elfinwerks, Flying 
Buffalo, Paul Koenig Games and Alliance Distributors among others. 

OPEN GAMING EXPANDS: The Showroom's 13,000 sq ft tiered Open Gaming location 
remains the focal point of the convention and will be supplemented by the even 
larger Expo Center during peak days, Wednesday thru Saturday.  While the Expo 
Center is without library services and rectangular tables, it will not be 
subject to parking tickets and may be a better choice for games with long setup 
times whose players need to take occasional breaks. However, unattended games 
remain so at your own risk. Note once again that there is no Open Gaming during 
the Pre-Cons. More details are available at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc14/opengaming.htm. An Open Gaming list is now up on 
Boadgamegeek at http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/175874/wbc-2014-open-gaming. 
Check the World Boardgaming Championships Group on Facebook 
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/2381468400/), WBC BoardgameGeek Forum 
(http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/970241/boardgamegeek/wbc), WBC BoardgameGeek 
Guild (http://boardgamegeek.com/guild/84), BPA_WBC Twitter Feed 
(https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC), and WBC forum on ConSimWorld 
(http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/.1dd15816/) for all the latest discussions 
about WBC, including open gaming match-ups. 

Expect a return visit by the podcasters from The Party Game Cast with more Live 
at WBC interviews and reviews. Relive last years minisodes at 
http://www.thepartygamecast.com/#Minisodes.

LODGING: Although the Host is long since sold out, overflow housing is 
available across the street at the Continental Inn for $99 per day including a 
free, hot breakfast. A three-night minimum stay is required for our special 
group rate. One night's deposit will be required upon booking. Deposit is 
refundable up until 48 hours prior to arrival. Phone 717-299-0421 to make your 
reservation or email info [at] continentalInn.com for a callback by the 
reservationist. Alternatively, you may book on line at 
http://www.continentalinn.com at the regular rates and identify yourself in the 
comments as claiming the WBC rate providing you are booking the three-night 
minimum stay. This offer is valid only until our room block sells out, and only 
a few rooms remain for Wednesday thru Saturday so reserve now.

TIE-DYE SPECIAL ORDERS BACK AGAIN: A wide assortment of WBC Souvenirs and 
apparel, most with the BPA embroidered logo, is now available to order at  
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/souvenirs.htm for pickup at WBC. The Deadline 
for orders is July 20th. 

WBC 2014 EVENT PREVIEWS: Each of our 159 tournaments are previewed in detail as 
only WBC does them at http://boardgamers.org/yearbkex14/.  A few of these have 
been updated since their initial posts and those so affected will have an 
updated date in the list of tournaments. 

MATH TRADE: Math trades are a great way to swap games with other people. Ben 
Stephenson (Bien on BGG) will run a math trade at WBC 2014. The advantage of 
this math trade is there will be no need to ship any games saving time and a 
lot of money. However, you must attend the convention or give your games to 
someone that will be attending. Find out more at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc/mathtrade.htm. There is a link to the rules and the 
discussion list and a description of a math trade for everyone who is 
unfamiliar with them. Note that all games offered and desired must be posted by 
8pm, Eastern Time, on Thursday, July 31. The meeting to exchange games is 12pm, 
Eastern Time, on Friday, Aug. 8, in the Hopewell Room at the Lancaster Host.

PBeM NEWS:

Mossman WINS SPEED CIRCUIT:  Tim Mossman moved into 7th place in the BPA Speed 
Circuit laurels standings by winning the 2nd PBeM tournament over a field of 
26. He came from the back of the pack with a late forced pass and a successful 
chance dice roll to seal the win on the New Delhi track. It was the first 
tournament win for Mossman who finished sixth in last year's contest and has 
finished 3rd or 4th at WBC three times. Rob Kircher, fresh off his March 
Madness PBeM title, racked up more offseason laurels with a second-place 
finish. Michael Aubuchon doubled his laurel totals with a third place finish, 
fading from the early lead as his tires wore. Martin Burgdorf of Germany 
finished fourth followed by Doug Schulz and Curt Collins in the laurels. 
Rounding out the finalists in order were: Canadian Bruce Rae, Robert Runf, 
Chris Hancick, Jeff Cornett, William Kennard and Buck Karpowicz. A third PBeM 
tournament will be starting after WBC again using two heats to qualify 12 
finalists. Contact wbcspeedcircuit [at] gmail.com for details and check out the 
updated laurel standings at http://boardgamers.org/yearbook14/sctpge.htm#pbem.

McCulloch WINS PRO GOLF: Sean McCulloch edged Robert Kircher in a six hole 
playoff round to best a field of 51 after some 12,590 emails had been hit 
across the nation's pseudo courses. Despite losing the playoff, Robert 
increased his lead in this year's Caesar competition with his second place 
finish. WBC junior's honcho, Laurie Wojtaszczyk finished third while Harry 
Flawd, Terry Coleman and Rebekah Monnin split the remaining laurels. More 
details including updated laurel standings are available at 
http://boardgamers.org/yearbook14/pgfpge.htm#pbem. 

NEW STONE AGE TOURNAMENT: Max Jamelli will host his second online tournament 
for Stone Age on August 24th. Check out the details at 
http://maxjamelli1.wix.com/stoneagebpa.

WAR AT SEA PLAYOFFS: The five swiss rounds of the current PBeM tournament have 
delivered six finalists to the quarterfinals. Andy Maly and Ed Menzel earned 
the top two seeds and a bye into the semis while Dennis Nicholson and Rob 
Flowers battle in Menzel's bracket and Jonathan Lockwood and Rob Drozd meet for 
a shot at the unbeaten Maly.  The bracket can be seen at: 
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/BPA_WAS_Bracket_2014.htm

GREAT CAMPAIGNS: Round 2 of the GCACW PBeM tournament has concluded with 25 
players still fighting for the top eight spots. So far the ranks of the 
undefeated include some of the usual suspects but also relative newcomers such 
as Rob Tokarz and Dan Leader. Having played two scenarios from the All Green 
Alike module, we now shift our attention to the updated "classic" scenarios 
from Stonewall Jackson's Way II. Check out the latest news and standings at the 
tournament website: 
http://www.wargamereplays.com/gcacw/tournament/gcacw13pbem1.html

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