BPA June News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 05:19:12 -0700 (PDT)
The days are counting down to a precious few before the gaming gala we’ve all 
been waiting for. Herewith is the role call of last chance warnings for the 
procrastinators among us.

26th TEAM TOURNAMENT: Yes, it is almost time for the 26th run for the slivers 
as the Happy Handicapper challenges one and all to best his predictions and win 
fame, fortune and glory in the Annual Bracket Bustin’ Contest. Check his early 
prognostications at http://boardgamers.org/wbc_teams_handicap.html ; 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc_teams_handicap.html>and enter your team now by 
emailing CD [at] Boardgamers.org <mailto:CD [at] Boardgamers.org>. Your teams 
must be composed of four pre-registered players - each vying in a different 
event.

ONLY 8 DAYS LEFT TO PRE-REGISTER FOR WBC: WBC Pre-registration ends earlier 
this year (June 22) and walk-on rates are higher, so plan accordingly now and 
avoid the sticker shock later. The 2016 WBC Pre-Reg form 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 order any of the 
numerous souvenir and apparel items. However, the four-page folder contains 
much information on WBC so be sure to check it out anyway - especially for the 
time sensitive purchase of apparel items. 

Note: If you are in the habit of showing up at the door and requesting extra 
days on your badge, be advised that the 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, do so now before Pre-Registration ends on 
June 22nd. No Paypal payments or Tribune upgrades (with their accompanying gift 
card) will be accepted after June 22nd.

AUCTION/AUCTION STORE: The WBC AUCTION sold out in record time again this year 
and is no longer accepting lots. The Auction Store continues to accept 
submissions, but unregistered items will NOT be accepted on site. See 
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auctionstore.html 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auctionstore.html>.

ERIC RITTER OBITUARY: We belatedly report the passing of one of our own with an 
entry on the BPA Memorial page. See 
http://www.boardgamers.org/history_memorials.html 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/history_memorials.html>.

LAST CALL TO VOTE: This year's Board of Directors election ends June 15th. 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>. 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. 

SCHEDULING TOOLS: An ever increasing array of scheduling aids including Steve 
Okonski's Personal Scheduler, Pocket Schedule and all-in-one Schedule is now on 
line as is a colored version of the 2016 program. Check the Schedule page for 
all of these updated scheduling tools, plus upcoming iPad and android apps and 
a new Kindle version as they become available at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc16/schedule.htm 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc16/schedule.htm>.

LIBRARY ADDITIONS: New contributions to the Game Library will soon be posted at 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc/library.htm 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc/library.htm>. The BPA Game Library will lend out 
2,000 games during the course of WBC week. Those wishing to add to the 
offerings can deliver them to the Registration Desk in Stag Pass or mail to 
BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 for delivery by July 20.
 
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP STATUS: Those wishing to check their current membership 
levels may do so at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc16/prereg.htm#members 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc16/prereg.htm#members>. 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>.

GOODBYE BADGE HOLDER COLLECTION: If you are one of those who annually forgets 
to bring their WBC pouch badge holder and gets soaked for another $2 
replacement every year, take heart. WBC now has one less rule! Since no two 
people seem to prefer the same badge appliance, we will provide an assortment 
to choose from - be they the conventional pin, clip-on, magnetic or pouch. You 
can choose a free pin device or purchase a more sophisticated version, or 
simply bring one of your own if you wish to save the planet and/or our balance 
of payments deficit. Just wear them, please. 



PBeM NEWS:

LEE REPEATS AS DIPLOMACY CHAMPION: Chris Lee successfully defended his recent 
PBeM Diplomacy title by besting a field of 35 in three rounds. Chris recorded 
two solo wins and a three-way draw in his three games to take top honors. 
Germany’s Martin Burgdorf took second with a solo win and a two-way draw. 
Arizona high school student Natalie Howard claimed third over highly ranked BPA 
gamer Tom Drueding, while another AZ high school student, Charlotte Anderson, 
bested ACV guru Kevin Youells for fifth. 

One of the 15 games logged went to the end of 1913. The best country 
performances in order were: France, Austria, Turkey, Russia, Germany, England 
and Italy. New laurel totals are posted at 
www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/dippge.htm#pbem 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/dippge.htm#pbem>. 

KIZER LEADS PRO GOLF: Chris Kizer leads 16 duffers who have made the cut after 
two rounds with a 12 under to lead Alexandra Monnin by three strokes going into 
Pebble Beach. It took PAR to make the cut to keep on rolling dice with 26 
others falling by the wayside. Check out the field at 
http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/PBeM_Scoresheet.htm 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/PBeM_Scoresheet.htm>.

VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC ENTERS THIRD ROUND: Three upsets during the second round 
leave Wayne Bonnett as the dark horse of the tournament.  A second (of four 
likely) byes goes to Ted Drozd in the next round -- which seems like justice 
given that Michael Day won the top seed by just a single AREA rating point.  
Probably the most interesting facet of this round is the dominance of the USN 
-- prevailing by a 6-2 margin.  In the games using options designed to balance 
the sides, the results were more balanced -- with the USN prevailing by just 
2-1.   Other players advancing include:  Joe Dragan, Bryan Eshleman, Philip 
Watkins, Tim Tow, John Sharp, and Scott Beall.  For all the details, see 
http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_15.htm 
<http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_15.htm>.
 
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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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