BPA March 2016 News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:13:58 -0800 (PST)
LAST CALL FOR 2016 EVENTS: Less than a week remains in the Annual game of 
"Chicken" to see who can be the last to claim a GM slot without seeing their 
event dropped altogether. GMs are reminded to make their memberships current 
AND submit an event form by March 15th. At that time events without a 
satisfactory GM claim will be replaced by those events from the Alternate list 
for which we have a satisfactory event form on file with a current GM 
commitment. You can now claim any qualifying OPEN event by completing the 
required event form at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php> after reading the GM 
Guidelines linked from the start of that event form. Check the current GM 
commitments and requested start times at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc16/orphans.htm 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc16/orphans.htm>.

32 Century Events currently without a 2016 GM commitment include: • Agricola • 
Attack Sub • Auction • Battles of the American Revolution • Britannia • Castles 
of Burgundy •  Conquest of Paradise • Dominant Species • Evolution • Five 
Tribes • Formula Motor Racing • Ingenious • Ivanhoe • King of Tokyo • Liar’s 
Dice • Lost Cities • March Madness • Mister Madison’s War • Navegador • Paths 
of Glory • Princes of Florence • Ra; The Dice Game • Rail Baron • The Russian 
Campaign • Settlers of Catan • Squad Leader • Stockcar Championship Racing • 
Superstar Baseball • Titan • Twilight Struggle • Tzolk’in • Victory in the 
Pacific

10 Eligible Trial events lacking a 2016 GM commitment include: • Adel 
Verpflichtet • Battle Cry • Commands & Colors Napoleonics • Innovation • Le 
Havre • Leaping Lemmings • Monsters Menace America • Race for the Galaxy • Roll 
for the Galaxy • Union Pacific. 

Event forms for additional events seeking Alternate status to fill any of these 
vacancies and/or troll for Sponsor support will still be accepted until March 
15th. Now is the time to step forward if you want to see a WBC event. With 42 
eligible events teetering on non-appearance there will most likely be numerous 
Alternates chosen to fill the gaps. Only those with GM commitments on hand from 
current members will be considered.

As always, if an event has no one willing to run it, it doesn’t deserve to be 
at WBC. Next Tuesday the procrastination ends and the WBC 2016 schedule is set 
in stone.

REGISTRATION RATE INCREASE: Only three weeks remain to beat the next scheduled 
price increase for Sustaining and Tribune level memberships for WBC 2016. Rates 
increase $10 on April 1st. See 
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml> to get your best price now. 

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 three incumbents 
and two challengers vying for three seats. Get all the information at 
http://boardgamers.org/election2016.htm 
<http://boardgamers.org/election2016.htm>. As usual, voting is effortless and 
takes only a moment thanks to the electronic ballot at 
http://boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml 
<http://boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml>.  Voting will remain open 
until June 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. 

SUDY EULOGY: The BPA Memorial page now includes our remembrance of Kevin Sudy 
who we tragically lost last month far too soon. Join us in recalling some of 
his gaming exploits at http://www.boardgamers.org/memorial.htm 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/memorial.htm>.

SCHEDULED OPEN GAMING RETURNS: The much improved facilities at Seven Springs 
allow us to expand this feature in a big way with emphasis on individual demos 
and scheduled Open Gaming opportunities all week long. If you've ever bemoaned 
the difficulty of finding like-minded gamers to play what YOU want to play, 
this is your chance. Merely commit to providing the game in question and 
playing at a specified time in the designated Demo area in the Exhibit Annex 
and we will reserve your table plus advertise your game on the printed, web, 
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 before June 1st.
        • Must submit details to CD [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:CD [at] 
boardgamers.org> before June 1st to include:
                • Name of published game (limit one 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; 6' rectangular or 5' round (or if either is 
acceptable, indicate so)
                • Rate your game as A (expert), B (played previously or read 
rules) or C (will coach) insofar as experience level of players sought
                • The table must be surrendered promptly to the next user 
before the next reserved time slot

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
        • The longer your requested time slot, the less your chances of getting 
a reservation. 
        • Avoid high usage time slots.  Slots on Tuesday evening have less 
chance of acceptance.

COMMERCIAL DEMOS & PLAYTESTS: To alleviate crowding in Open Gaming, 
unauthorized exhibit tables will NOT be allowed to monopolize tables. Monitors 
will be tasked with strict 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 
Exhibit Annex demonstration area. To be included in the schedule, you must be a 
current Sustaining level or higher member and register your demo before June 
1st.  Multiple or long demonstrations are allowed on a space available basis. 
Contact  CD [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:CD [at] boardgamers.org> for 
additional information. Include alternate times and type of table desired 
(either 5' rounds or 6' 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 
<http://boardgamers.org/forms/DemoForm.htm>. 

WBC LODGING: As happens every year, the hotel is sold out for most prolonged 
stays. There are exceptions. If you come early for a short stay, there are 
still vacancies to be had and cancellations occur all the time because people 
reserve early and worry about attending later. That is why we are considering a 
No Cancellation policy in the future. However, there are alternatives. Start by 
calling the hotel at 1-866-437-1300 and checking the dates you are interested 
in. If currently unavailable, ask to be put on the callback list for the 
inevitable cancellations. 

However, the availability of condominiums, chalets and cabins on property as 
well as rooms in nearby Hidden Valley and elsewhere means that there is still 
lodging to be had. The reservationist can direct you to it.  We encourage those 
who would benefit from the enhanced accommodations of a condo to make the 
switch (especially if you will have access to a car). The reservationist at 
1-866-437-1300 can give you more details on the various options available 
including nearby offsite lodging.

HIDDEN VALLEY: We are pleased to provide both hotel and condo reservations in 
the neighboring property of Hidden Valley at a special discounted rate as 
overflow housing through the same Seven Springs reservation system. Since these 
are outside shuttle service range, they are not recommended for those without 
their own transportation.

RESERVATION SCHEDULE: WBC has a long history of early sellouts, even though our 
room block at Seven Springs is substantially larger than past guarantees. 
Nevertheless, to ensure that our guests have adequate opportunity to make 
reservations, rooms will be reserved only on the following schedule.

as of Feb. 1, 2016: Stays of 4 nights or more
as of May 15, 2016: Stays of 2 nights or more
as of June 15, 2016: Single Night stays (hotel rooms only) 

CONDOMINIUMS: A wonderful feature of Seven Springs is the availability of 
nearby condominiums on the property that can be rented for stays of two days or 
more once reservations are accepted for stays of that duration as per the above 
schedule. These are available in varying sizes of one-, two-, three- and 
four-bedroom units for the daily rate of $129 per bedroom. Those who can group 
together with friends and family to cohabit these units will find these 
accommodations most welcome given their inclusion of kitchens and common living 
room areas that can enhance your visit - especially for those considering 
extended stays. While having access to a car is recommended for condo rentals, 
it is not required as free shuttle service is available on property around the 
clock. 

Even when the hotel website lists no vacancies, condo/chalet/cabin rentals are 
available. Call 1-866-437-1300 to speak to a reservationist about the options. 
The reservationists are available to answer your questions and will even 
recommend nearby unaffiliated housing. For those willing to orchestrate their 
groups into multi-bedroom condo units, this represents a great opportunity for 
group bonding and sharing that could enhance your convention experience more 
than the typical hotel room stay and was a major reason we chose to have WBC 
here. Multi-bedroom condos are rented to one individual who is responsible for 
payment for all bedrooms in that unit. Individuals getting together to share a 
condo, need to elect one amongst themselves to handle the payment for the 
entire group.



PBeM NEWS:

DIPLOMACY: The third BPA PBeM Diplomacy Tournament will commence about March 
22nd. All players will play three concurrent games. See the details at 
http://diplomacywwi.weebly.com <http://diplomacywwi.weebly.com/>  and enter by 
contacting DiplomacyDayM [at] cox.net <mailto:DiplomacyDayM [at] cox.net> by 
March 12th.

PRO GOLF: BPA’s PBeM events - like those of WBC itself - are nothing if not 
diverse. Proof of that pudding can be found in the Seventh BPA PBeM Pro Golf 
tournament to commence, appropriately enough, on April 1st. See the details at 
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_PBEM_2016.html 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_PBEM_2016.html>. To enter contact 
bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net <mailto:bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net>.


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.

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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 
http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/ 
<http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/>

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