November 2014 BPA Newsletter
From: Donald Greenwood CD (
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:27:53 -0800 (PST)
NICK FERRIS IS WBC 2014 GM OF THE YEAR: BPA is proud to present its 23rd Annual 
GM of the Year Award to Nick Ferris. Nick wasted no time in impressing the 
Board of Direectors, earning the award in only his second year on the job. He 
had entered WBC's GM ranks in 2013 with an impressive debut at the helm of two 
events which each drew in excess of 100 players.  That rookie performance 
nearly took home top honors also - finishing second to Larry Lingle for the 
2013 award. But there was no sophomore slump for Nick in his second year as he 
won the Award by a wide margin in amassing a near record 88 points - just one 
point shy of Claire Brosius' alltime high of 89 points set in 2011. He 
attracted three of the eight possible first place votes, plus three seconds, a 
third and a fourth to average 11 points per voter in our 12-point maximum 
scoring system. Also earning Top Six recognition were John Corrado, Michael 
Garton/John MCLaughlin, Terry Coleman, Bill Morse and Gregory Crowe. See the 
details at

2015 CENTURY: Six events won Century status for the coming year (1989, Conquest 
of Paradise, Empire of the Sun, King of Tokyo, Tzolkin', and Wooden Ships & 
Iron Men). A like number were demoted and now need a sponsor or membership 
support in the Trial vote to be eligible for a return in 2015 (Battle Cry, 
Counter Insurgency Series, Goa, Great Campaigns , Pro Golf and Race for the 
Galaxy). There were no Legacy additions to the Century voted by the Board for 
2015. If you're wondering how an old chestnut like Wooden Ships suddenly 
re-emerged into the Century, email hitchings [at] and ask GM Tim 
Hitchings for a copy of his Naval Gazette newsletter which he used to raise 
interest from age of sail enthusiasts. Or if your interests lie more in the 
vein of Gettysburg or War At Sea you can contact Vince Meconi at vmeconi [at] for copies of his newsletters centered on those events. Being a GM 
of a classic game can lead to year 'round habits.

2014 AFTER ACTION REPORTS POSTED: The WBC 2014 Event After Action Report pages 
complete with the latest Laurel counts and photos as only WBC does them are now 
available at  Peruse them to recall 
last summer's fun or see what you missed before deciding what events to support 
with your votes when renewing your 2015 membership next month. 

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The Annual BPA Membership Drive when we offer our 
lowest rates and free premiums is just weeks away but please do not respond 
until we announce the opening in our next newsletter once the official ballot 
and membership form are posted. Your participation in the Trial event selection 
is an important part of the process so please wait until everything is in place 
so as to take part in the vote. The Membership Drive commences December 1st and 
lasts one month - after which it will be too late to vote or get free premiums 
and the least expensive WBC admission rates. Please DO NOT rejoin for 2015 yet 
- wait for the ballot and membership form to be updated in a few weeks. 

2015 SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES: The candidates for this year's Sportsman of the 
Year are listed at 
Peruse them and cast a vote for your pick when renewing your membership in 
December. Help us reward great sportsmanship with a free room by electing a 
truly deserving winner. 

WBC 2015 EVENT SUBMISSIONS: Great events are planned well in advance. They 
don't just happen at the last minute. Every year, prospective GMs come forward 
wanting to get new events on the ballot after the voting has already started. 
By then, it is too late. Be proactive and take care of that now.The deadline 
for inclusion on the Annual ballot is November 24th. 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 after reading the GM 
Guidelines linked from the start of that event form. To be clear, every WBC 
2014 event is either already in the 2015 Century list or will be listed on the 
list of eligible Trial event candidates for the December ballot or sponsorship. 
However, if you want to see a different event that was not run at WBC 2014, you 
need to submit a GM form for that event NOW to get it on the ballot. 


RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN XI TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER: This will be a single elimination 
10-turn tournament with a starting date of December 26th, 2014. Entrance is 
required by contacting johnohlin5 [at] by December 19th.  Check the 
details at 

MARCH MADNESS TIME AGAIN: The 12th Annual BPA March Madness PBeM tournament 
will begin its team draft on November 27th. To enter contact GM Bruce Monnin at 
bdmonnin [at] Check out the details first at 

DIPLOMACY 2015 STARTUP: Fast on the heels of the recent DIplomacy tournament is 
a second planned event for 2015. Email the GM at DiplomacyDayM [at]  
(Michael Day) no later than December 21, 2014. Be sure to include your full 
name, e-mail address, and AREA code (if you have one, if not, one will be 
provided) so the GM can register you on the site Do 
not register on the site, but contact the GM. Country assignments, usernames, 
and passwords will be sent out no later than the early afternoon of December 
30, 2014. The host website is at:

LUNAU WINS ADVANCED CIVILIZATION: Mads Lunau, playing Thrace, has won the 
2013-14 Advanced Civilization PBeM tournament. He has become the dominant BPA 
player in this event, having won two of the three tournaments, and placing 
second the only time that he did not win. This year, he was almost counted out 
of the running, and was 570 points out of first going into the final turn. He 
amassed a 720 point purchase of Theology, Philosophy, and Mathematics while the 
leader was unable to complete any purchases. In the end, his score of 4438 
topped second place Javier de la Fuente's Egypt by 162 points for what he 
humbly states was an unexpected win. The other laurelists are Kevin Youells 
(Africa), Dan Morris (Iberia), Kevin Worth (Asia), and Jonas Lundgvist 
(Babylon). More details and updated laurel totals are available at

The current tournament continues. We have completed two of the ten games in the 
preliminary round, with Jonas Lundgvist and Kevin Youells scoring wins. Current 
details are available at

AMERICAN REVOLUTION PROGRESS REPORT:  So far 31 players have participated in 
six rounds featuring battles in chronological order: Brandywine, Germantown, 
Oriskany, Saratoga, Monmouth and Newtown (now in progress). After Newtown, the 
highest scoring 12 players will play the 3-player Savannah scenario. The 12 
will be separated into three groups of four: the four highest scorers, the four 
next highest scorers and the four third highest scorers. From thence, the 
assignments for the four games will be at random, with one player from each 
group for each of the four games.

The highest scoring players after five rounds are Miklos +13, Easter +12, 
Sinigaglio (+12), Doane (+11) and Tracy ii (+11). Barring a disastrous round 6, 
these guys will probably make the cut for the Savannah 3-Player Round. The next 
highest group after five rounds include Andy Maly (+ 8) and Jeff Lange (+6). A 
reasonable showing in Round 6 will also advance these guys into the Savannah 
3-Player Round. Then there is a boatload on the cusp for the remaining five 
slots: Adam Deverell (+4), Jeff Coyle (+4), Dave Stiffler (+4), Tim Miller 
(+3), John Vinal (+3), Bill Morse (+2), Keith Mageau (+2), Rob McCracken (+2), 
Rod Coffey (+1), Mike Krafick (+1), Chris Leary (+1). Anything could happen 
with this bunch. The remainder of the field will require a Substantial or 
Decisive Victory in Round 6 to conceivably propel them into the next round. 
Check out the details at

Remember ... all of the above PBeM fun is free to current BPA members. Others 
may qualify with a $10 Email 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

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