BPA May News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 08:51:56 -0700 (PDT)
WBC 2017 DATES ANNOUNCED: The BPA has reached agreement with Seven Springs 
Mountain Resort to extend its current contract for hosting WBC to 2017 by 
exercising their option for the 2017 convention. The nine day conference will 
be held July 22 through July 30 with our group rates extended to the preceding 
Friday and following Monday as well. Further details pertaining to rates and 
reservation procedures will be announced at a later date. The BPA Board has 
been impressed with the efforts made by Seven Springs management to host an 
outstanding conference and decided to show its commitment to Seven Springs as 
the future home of WBC without further delay. 

BPA UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE WITH 2016 EVENT PREVIEWS:  April passed without our 
usual monthly newsletter as we attempted the gargantuan task of updating the 
extensive BPA website with a new look to coincide with the WBC venue change to 
Seven Springs. It remains a work in progress but like our new WBC site, 
promises big improvements to come. Join us in giving Max Jamelli a big hand for 
a terrific effort with our new look.

WBC 2016 EVENT PREVIEWS: Each of our 155 tournaments are reviewed in detail as 
only WBC does them at http://boardgamers.org/previews_2016.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/previews_2016.html>. Check out the formats for your 
favorite events and get an early look at the WBC schedule. 

PERSONAL SCHEDULER UP & RUNNING: 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/ 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sviewer/>. Check the Schedule page for all of 
the updated scheduling tools, as they are posted, including the iPad and 
android apps at http://boardgamers.org/wbcindex.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbcindex.html>.

WBC PRE-REGISTRATION FORM: The 2016 WBC Pre-Reg form for General membership 
(allowing WBC attendance for less than the full nine days) and accompanying 
information is now posted at http://www.boardgamers.org/downloads/prereg16.pdf 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/downloads/prereg16.pdf>. Current members who have 
already purchased Sustaining or higher level memberships need not pre-register 
UNLESS they want to register their team for the Team Tournament (the earlier 
the better please - especially if you have a new team name) or upgrade to 
Tribune level to snag the free premiums (hat or t-shirt, yearbook, and $20 gift 
card). However, the four-page folder contains much information on the new 
evolving WBC so be sure to check it out anyways. 

Remember that WBC Pre-registration ends earlier this year (June 22) and walk-on 
rates are higher, so plan accordingly now. Deadlines are even earlier to order 
the WBC duffel bag with its new larger embroidered WBC logo that spells out its 
affiliation with the World Boardgaming Championships.

WBC CONFIRMATION PAGE OPENED: Confirmations have already been updated twice at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm#confirmation 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm#confirmation> with the first 837 
attendee commitments logged in - a record for this early in the year. Use this 
page to check the status of your registration, troll for teammates, rides or  
roommates, or even Open Gaming matches or baby sitting gigs. Send your requests 
to ACD [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:ACD [at] boardgamers.org> or use the 
various social media links on our home page. 

2015-16 YEARBOOKS: The newest WBC Yearbook - and probably the last - will be 
mailed to all qualifying members in the United States next week. Only one book 
per household will be mailed. Other qualifying family members and foreign 
attendees may get their books at WBC check-in. If your postal address has 
changed since your membership was purchased, please advise the change of 
address at once to CD [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:CD [at] boardgamers.org>. We 
assume no responsibility for books lost in the mail. Those wanting to see the 
on-line version can download it now at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook15/print/ 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook15/print/> 

AUCTION LOTS: The opening bell has sounded for this year's auction as gamers 
take to their closets to see what they will part with in the  annual flurry to 
register items for the WBC Auction and Auction Store. As the former is limited 
to 550 items and always sells out, it is not wise to procrastinate. You snooze, 
you lose. Once again, all items must be pre-registered for both the Auction and 
Auction Store.  The latter is also capping what it will accept this year at a 
much lower 1500 items so don't delay. Unregistered items will NOT be accepted. 
To help cope with the ever increasing paperwork burden for our staff, Auction 
submissions must have a minimum of five lots; Auction Store submissions must 
have a minimum of ten lots and Unsold Auction Store lots will have a 50 cents 
handling charge deducted from the Sellers proceeds for each unsold item. Get 
the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auction_overview.html 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auction_overview.html>. Send submissions to 
KG33327 [at] aol.com <mailto:KG33327 [at] aol.com>        

ELECTION: It may be tame compared to Trump vs Clinton but it is once again time 
to elect three members to three-year terms on the BPA Board of Directors. This 
year's slate 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. 

APP PREPARATIONS: Kevin Broh-Kahn's WBC APP for the android platform and 
Michael Kiefte’s IOS version were big hits last year.  They will be 
coordinating to share similar features and interfaces, but be tailored to each 
platform. Those interested in testing, making comments about last year's 
version or requesting new features should contact dev [at] boardgamers.org 
<mailto:dev [at] boardgamers.org>. 

THE SCHEDULE: Releasing the schedule in its myriad forms is an increasingly 
challenging task given the competing desires of members who want it all NOW and 
those who wait to the last minute and beyond to commit to anything. Every year 
I field requests from attendees who cannot understand why it is too late to 
schedule their request into the schedule. All this procrastination comes to a 
crashing halt on June 1st. Seminars, Demos, Previews, and Scheduled Open Gaming 
requests can still be included until then. So contact us now at CD [at] 
boardgamers.org <mailto:CD [at] boardgamers.org> or wait till next year. 

LAST CALL FOR SCHEDULED OPEN GAMING RESERVATIONS: 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 registered 
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.

LAST CALL FOR 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: Seven Springs is now accepting reservations for stays of two days 
or more. 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. See http://boardgamers.org/wbclodging.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbclodging.html> for more information.

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 even for stays as short as two days. 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 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 fully equipped kitchens, 
dining 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:

Part and parcel of our new look is a new page for PBeM news. Check it out at 
http://boardgamers.org/pbem.html <http://boardgamers.org/pbem.html>.

BEARD WINS WATERLOO: After 23 replays of the famous battle, Joe Beard has 
defeated Richard Beyma in an exciting match of multi-year WBC champs in the 
2016 Waterloo email tournament. Joe’s bid of 10 to play the PAA was accepted. 
His PAA forces were able to rebuff Richard’s threat to the Braine Le Compte 
road sector during the first day. But the French made progress by pushing into 
the Quatre Bras gap and launching a successful surprise 1-2 versus Pirch II on 
the heights. On his 17-0700 turn, the French, led by the Imperial Guard Ft 
Artillery, killed the Prussian infantry defending the Thil River. The fighting 
continued during the second day with the French pushing west toward the town of 
Genappe. Late on the second day, a fierce series of attacks and counterattacks 
broke out at Nivelles with the French taking substantial losses. The French 
then launched several low odds attacks in an attempt to recover but came up 
short and resigned. Also claiming laurels in the 24-player field were Ed 
Menzel, John Clarke, Greg Sith and Jim Tracy who finished third through sixth 
respectively. The latest laurel totals can be found at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/watpge.htm#pbem 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/watpge.htm#pbem>. 
 
The next Waterloo email tournament will start June 1st. Rounds will be 3 ½ 
months long matching the top ½ versus the bottom ½. Eliminators will be used as 
necessary for any odd number of players. Details are at http://watgame.com/ 
<http://watgame.com/>. Enter by contacting  edmenzel [at] roadrunner.com 
<mailto:edmenzel [at] roadrunner.com>.

PASSACANTANDO WINS GREAT CAMPAIGNS: Some 2.5 years and 60 games after it 
started, Bruno Passacantando emerged from a field of 28 to claim the fourth BPA 
PBeM tournament for Great Campaigns of the American Civil war by besting 
Patrick Pence in the Final. They played From the Rappahannock to Bull Run from 
SJW II. Patrick's yanks were in a hole early on but managed to encircle 
Longstreet around Warrenton. Bruno, true to form, fought his way out of the 
trap, and Patrick graciously offered his sword on the last turn when it became 
apparent that the Union didn't have enough left for the counterattack. Also 
earning laurels were Mike Metcalf, John Cissel, Rob Doane and Scott Spurgeon 
for finishing 3rd through 6th respectively. Updated laurel totals are posted at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/gcapge.htm#pbem 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/gcapge.htm#pbem>.

LUNAU LEADS ADVANCED CIVILIZATION: The preliminary round has ended, yielding 
eight finalists from six different nations. Our contenders are led by 
three-time Danish email champion Mads Lunau, who won both of his qualifying 
games this year. Other game winners advancing are Pete Staab, Norwegian Haakon 
Monson, Canadian Ed Coderre, Shantanu Saha, Swede Jonas Lundguist, Dan Morris, 
and UK’s Nils Brokkbak. Midway through the Late Bronze Age, Monson's Illyria 
holds a 28-point lead over Coderre's Thrace, but you can never count any of 
these players out.

MARCH MADNESS ENTERS MAY: Seven of our Eight Elite Eight teams have been 
determined so far.  John Coussis and Chris Bauch are competing for the final 
open spot.  Bryan Collars still has the only team to advance to the Final Four 
thus far with his, #1 seeded Louisville 2014 squad.  The big question remains, 
will we have a champion before WBC? The teams in the tournament can be found at 
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mms-teams-2016.htm 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mms-teams-2016.htm> and the bracket can be 
seen at  http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2016.htm 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2016.htm>.

PRO GOLF PUTTERS ON: We have had a rough start to the second round at 
Muirfield.  Of the 20 players who started the course, only four are under par, 
highlighted by Marshall Collins who finished three under par with John Daly to 
be seven under par overall. Nine players, however, are over par for the course 
at the moment.  We even had one contestant playing Pebble Beach all by myself 
for a couple of holes before noticing that he was all alone there.  Good thing 
for him we were at Muirfield, as he was finding all kinds of trouble at our 
third round course. Due to the difficulty of play so far, the cut line has 
dropped to even par at the moment. The deadline, as always, is the beginning of 
the next month, 12:01 EDT on June 1st. For the scorecard, see: 
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/PBeM_Scoresheet.htm 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/PBeM_Scoresheet.htm>
 
BATTLES OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION QUARTERFINALS: The 32-player field has been 
narrowed to four as the Quarterfinals have concluded. Chris Easter won an 
American Marginal at Guilford Courthouse over Jeff Lange. Jeff ignored the 
northern road and advanced all forces along the Hillsborough Road to the 
southern objective hex.  There the Americans made their first defensive effort 
with the NC Independent Volunteer rifles conducting a gradual withdrawal using 
the NC Militia to block and delay along the roads.  Jeff sent Cornwallis and 
600 troops to take the western objective hex.  The balance of the British 
advanced toward Guilford Courthouse.  The British destroyed the NC Militia 
combat units but were unable to capture the courthouse for a final score of 3.5 
British VPs vs 1.0 American VP.

Mark Miklos also scored an American Marginal win over Andrew Maly by a 5 to 4.5 
VP margin. Andy split his British advance along both axis, sending the greater 
weight along the traditional approach.  The Americans massed against the weaker 
British column in the south, committing the Maryland Continentals and General 
Greene himself, while using their NC militia to delay in the north.  
Nevertheless, British play in that sector was aggressive and the British 33rd 
regiment actually penetrated adjacent to Guilford Courthouse where for two 
turns it denied that VP to the Americans.  The 33rd was unsupported, however, 
and eventually was surrounded and captured.  The rest of the British column was 
swarming up the heights west of the Courthouse as time expired.  

The Americans continued their string of Marginal Victories with Rob Doane 
taking the measure of Jim Tracy’s Redcoats. Jim enjoyed a 3.5VP advantage as 
the last turn began and was adjacent to Guilford Courthouse but Rob disrupted 
Jim’s artillery and his following counterattack secured the close victory.

Bruno Sinigaglio broke the mold for American success in the last game with a 
Substantial British victory over Rod Coffey. Bruno split his British forces, 
sending an equal number of combat factors both north and south. Rod set up a 
masterful defense at the Little Horsepen Creek with every hex defended and the 
swamp covering the American right flank. Bruno was outmaneuvered and forced 
into a frontal attack with two British stacks against four American stacks all 
across the creek. The most important attack Bruno could muster on Turn 11 was 
at 1-2 odds vs the VP hex. Bruno again proved that luck trumps skill, with a 
roll that disrupted Kirkwood. Things then went south for the rebels with a 
British double move annihilating Rod’s northern force

The semifinals are now underway with Miklos commanding the Spanish vs Easter in 
Pensacola while Señor Sinigaglio faces Mister Doane. 


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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