BPA July News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 03:10:58 -0700 (PDT)
record with over 1300 attendee commitments for our farewell to Lancaster.  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 <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 walk-on 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 24th. 

TEAM TOURNAMENT: Longtime track sage, Stuart Tucker has set the initial odds 
and offered “investment” advice to bracket managers.  Can you beat the 
Handicapper this year? 55 teams are already headed to the starting gate at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc15/teams.htm <http://boardgamers.org/wbc15/teams.htm> 
for the 25th annual run for the slivers. 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 <mailto: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. 

WBC PROGRAM ON LINE: A colorized version of the 2015 program containing the 
complete alphabetical  and chronological schedule will soon be 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/wbc15/schedule.htm 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc15/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, Kindle and i-phones plus an icalendar 
scheduling tool. Remember to download the latest updated versions of these apps 
to get the best results.

2014-2015 YEARBOOK: The most recent version of the WBC Yearbook is posted 
online for download at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook14/print/ 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook14/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 
19th. Unregistered items will NOT be accepted. Get the details at 

LIBRARY INVENTORY UPDATE: Donations of new games are again pouring into the BPA 
Game Library sponsored by Alliance Distributors and Marbles; The Brain Store. 
The center piece of the Lancaster Showroom's 13,000 sq. ft Open Gaming Dinner 
Theatre made over 2200 recorded game loans last time and an even bigger 
assortment  of the latest games is expected in 2014. See the continually 
updated 2015 inventory as it grows ever larger at  
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc15/library.htm> with contributions from Rio Grande 
Games, Victory Point Games, Blue Orange Games, Elfinwerks, Gale Force Nine, 
Numbskull Games, Out-of-the Box Publishing, Marbles; the Brain Store 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 
Boardgamegeek at http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/175874/wbc-2014-open-gaming 
<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>), BPA_WBC Twitter 
Feed (https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC <https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC>), and WBC forum 
on ConSimWorld (http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/.1dd15816/ 
<http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/.1dd15816/>) for all the latest discussions 
about WBC, including open gaming match-ups. 

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 <mailto:info [at] 
continentalInn.com> for a callback by the reservationist. Alternatively, you 
may book on line at http://www.continentalinn.com 
<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. Those looking to share rooms should post notices on our pre-reg 
page  <http://boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm>or any of the social media pages 
listed above.

Watch our website immediately following WBC for the special Group Code and 
opportunity to reserve rooms at Seven Springs for WBC 2016.

WBC 2015 EVENT PREVIEWS: Each of our record 164 tournaments are previewed in 
detail as only WBC does them at http://boardgamers.org/yearbkex15/ 
<http://boardgamers.org/yearbkex15/>.  Some have been updated since their 
initial posts and those so affected will have an updated date in the list of 


WATERLOO: To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the battle, Ed Menzel is 
offering a Waterloo tournament with five-month rounds in Single Elimination 
format. Standard WBC rules and options 
<http://boardgamers.org/yearbkex/watpge.htm> will be used with auction style 
bidding for sides. See the details at watgame.com <http://www.watgame.com/> and 
enter by August 15th for a September 9th start with edmenzel [at] 
roadrunner.com <mailto:edmenzel [at] roadrunner.com>. 

HERE I STAND: Round 1 of the Third BPA Here I Stand PBeM tournament is nearing 
the end and is scheduled to finish just before WBC.  Six games have already 
finished: Brian Kluger, Thomas Larisch, Michael Kiefte, Greg Ottoman, Michael 
Dauer, and Gareth Williams have all put one win each under their belts.  So 
far, the Papacy and Protestants are the major-power favorites to win with two 
wins out of five each while England and France have yet to win a game. However, 
there are still five more games to finish in this round.  It’s not too late to 
sign up for Round 2 and still advance to the Final.  Details of the tournament 
along with current results can be found at: 
<https://sites.google.com/site/hereistand2015pbem>  To register, contact  
mkiefte [at] gmail.com <mailto:mkiefte [at] gmail.com>

TZOLKIN: Keith Dent claimed the top spot in the Tzolkin PBeM tournament, 
followed by Jeff Meyer, Andrew Emerick, and Jon Senn. Keith started with two 
levels on the resource track and followed a resource/architecture strategy, 
ending with two monuments and 13 buildings. Jeff executed a theology strategy, 
staying ahead on the brown and green temples, but didn't have a monument or 
enough in the yellow temple to close the gap.  Also earning laurels were 
Sceadeau D’Tela and Eric Freeman who took fifth and sixth respectively in the 
field of 26. More details and tournament statistics can be seen on the website: 
https://epworthian.wordpress.com/ <https://epworthian.wordpress.com/>

PRO GOLF CONCLUDES: The zanies have warmed up their dice for the summer’s 
upcoming action in Lancaster as a record field of 52 duffers competed in the 
dice rolling fest. Debbie Gutermuth proved to be the hottest, besting fellow 
lady vicarious golfer Jennifer Visocnik by nine strokes with a 13-under par 
performance for three rounds. Grabbing the remaining laurels were Terry 
Coleman, Dennis Nicholson, Bruce Reiff and Peter Staab who finished third 
through 6th. 

MARCH MADNESS CHAMP or DEBBIE DOES TWO: Look out WBC … Debbie is hot. Mrs. 
Gutermuth is this year’s BPA March Madness PBeM tournament champion, as her 
10th seeded Arizona 2003 team defeated Marvin Birnbaum’s 1st seeded Houston 
1968 team 94-86. Her victory completes her set of tournament titles - having 
also won the WBC 2002 tournament. She remains the only woman to win either 

Entrance in all BPA Email tournaments is free to current members - including 
PBeM members and WBC attendants with multi-day admission.

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