December 2014 NL
From: Donald Greenwood CD (
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:40:16 -0800 (PST)

HAIL CAESAR PEI: James Pei won his second Caesar title ten years after his 
first in true upset fashion—overtaking the record breaking five-championship 
WBC 2014 performance of Nick Henning to become the BPA Top Gamer of the year 
while adding to his record total of 2,146 laurels. It was a result only a rules 
lawyer or an accountant could appreciate. James lost the 2013 Caesar award when 
his 36 laurels for a second place fnish in his trademark For The People 
specialty was not credited because the email event had not officially finished 
before the yearend while awaiting consolation matches to finish. Those laurels 
were thus pushed into the next year and proved to be the difference in 
overtaking Henning's great WBC week a year later. Adding to the irony was that 
his 176-laurel year topped Henning's WBC haul by exactly seven laurels—the same 
amount by which he would have won the 2013 Caesar title over Andrew Emerick had 
they been credited in 2013. As they say, one door closes, another one opens. 
Complete details on our top Award winners and the tally of our Top 25 gamers 
for 2014 are available at

HAIL CONSUL BEYMA: For the second time in the same year, Nick Henning was 
denied in a surprising upset as Richard Beyma surpassed Nick's WBC 2014 total 
to take Consul honors for 2014. This time, Nick was done in by the loss of 60 
laurels for Through the Ages when it was determined that the event should be 
considered a Pre-Con since it was not possible to laurel in the event by 
playing in only the Monday heat. The result was even more ironic because 
Richard scored most of his laurels in Grognard events whose preliminary round 
was also partially contested in the Pre-Con. However, none of those events 
required play during the Pre-Con and could be won without Pre-Con attendance. 
It is a distinction which blurs the lines between which events are eligible for 
the various metagaming awards and will be revisited by the Board in their 2014 
session to determine whether Pre-Con events should be included in Consul 
scoring in the future. If so, the only difference between Caesar and Consul 
would be the addition of email tournaments to the former. For a complete list 
of Consul finalists see

ANNUAL DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE UNDERWAY: There are only three week lefts to 
enter your Sustaining or Tribune membership for 2015 by December 31st to get a 
free WBC souvenir T-Shirt or Cap and full-color yearbook. We urge you to renew 
memberships for 2015 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 Your vote must be postmarked 
by December 31st to count and be accompanied by payment of 2015 membership 
dues. Check the full details of membership at for payment deadlines and shirt size 
exceptions. Join us in 2015 as we close out a decade in Lancaster with our last 
visit to Amish country before departing to Seven Springs, PA in 2016.

Those who paid their 2015 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 2014 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 2015 WBC. The background for the list on your membership 
ballot can be found at:

2014 AFTER ACTION REPORTS: The WBC 2014 Event After Action Report pages 
complete with the latest Laurel counts and photos as only WBC does them are 
available at  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 2015 

2015 CENTURY: The initial lineup of eligible events for the 2015 Century and 
potential Trial events pending the Annual Membership vote and GM commitments 
has been updated at 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. Our vendors will be sponsoring other new (and old) events 
before the schedule closes in March. Meanwhile, you can claim any OPEN event by 
completing the required event form at 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 
intend 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 (Preliminary Events 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 

EVENT CO-ORDINATION: Eric Freeman is again volunteering to co-ordinate 2015 
Euro events in an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts. If you'd  like to 
be part of this effort, contact freemaneric [at] 

GM SUPPORT:  If you'd like to help out but don't feel confident enough to run 
an event on your own or don't want to make too long a commitment, you could 
still be of great assistance. Perhaps you are good at teaching games and would 
be willing to run a demonstration for a GM who lacks the time or skills to 
teach. If so, contact CD [at] with a list of games you'd be 
willing to teach and we will pass along the offer to  a grateful GM. 
Conversely, if you are a GM who uses a laptop at WBC to run their event, you 
should contact Andy Latto at andy.latto [at] Andy has developed a 
spreadsheet that speeds sign-in, does automatic badge-checking for 
pre-registrants. calculates the qualifying/seeding order for semifinalists, 
including verifying whether a win is in the first heat entered, and does most 
of the preparation of the event report form. He even promises it will generate 
a report suitable for sending in AREA results. 

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


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 

NEDZA WINS DIPLOMACY: Scott Nedza topped David Sherwood in the 2014 BPA 
Diplomacy tournament  by one supply center. The event generated twelve games 
for a field of 28 players with ten two-way and two three-way wins. Both Scott 
and David had a pair of two-way wins. Kevin Youells took third with a two-way 
and a three-way win. Warren Day, Bob Day and Rich Prast took the remaining 
laurels. See the revised laurel counts 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:

VICTORY iN THE PACIFIC:  Going into the semifinals, David Sherwood (15th Seed) 
and James “Lord Vader” Kramer (22nd Seed) each had three upset victories.  Both 
Cinderellas were looking for the magic to continue.  Both took the USN in 
exchange for a bid of 6.5, and both played long games -- no blow-outs here.  
However, the Dark Side was not enough as Lord Vader succumbed to Ray Freeman 
(5th Seed) at the end of Turn 7 when the score was 0.5 higher than the USN 
could make up on the last move.  David played all the way to the end – and, 
despite playing with no adjustments, came up just 2.5 PoC short of dethroning 
Michael Day (3rd Seed).  Because they live near each other, Michael and David 
played face-to-face even though it’s a PBEM tournament.  In the Final, Ray 
Freeman has bid 8 for the IJN using the most popular adjustments (#1: I-Boat 
Raid and #2b: Individual CPO Withdrawal), giving Michael his first chance to 
play the blue pieces in this tournament.  Ray has been solid Red and is now 
fluent in Japanese.  He definitely plans to remember Pearl Harbor this year.  
Watch all the action 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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