BPA July news
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:22:26 -0700 (PDT)
WBC 2016 PRE-REGISTRATION HAS ENDED: WBC's Pre-Registration is closed. Do not 
send payment or attempt to pre-register for WBC 2016 by any means. We welcome 
people at the door for the walk-in rate of $30 per day or $130 for the entire 
convention, but please remember that neither credit cards or Paypal are 
accepted at registration. Please bring cash or check. 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. 

TEAM TOURNAMENT: Longtime track sage, Stuart Tucker has set the initial odds 
for the initial Highland Handicap and offered “investment” advice to bracket 
managers.  Can you beat the Handicapper this year? 41 teams are already headed 
to the starting gate at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_teams_handicap.html 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_teams_handicap.html> for the 26th 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>. 
Entries close July 16.

WBC PRIMER: All WBC pre-registrants will receive a special email one week 
before the convention. Watch for it (and check your SPAM filters if you don’t 
get 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. If you are one of the many procrastinators who forego pre-registration 
and prefer to pay at the door but would like to receive the targeted WBC Primer 
emails containing late breaking schedule news, Team Tournament Bracket Bustin’ 
notices and other helpful hints sent only to pre-registrants, please contact CD 
[at] boardgamers.org <mailto:CD [at] bordgamers.org> to be added to the list of 
recipients in the next week. 

WBC PROGRAM ON LINE: A colorized version of the 2016 program containing the 
complete alphabetical  and chronological schedule is posted on line at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/downloads/program2016-4C-spreads.pdf 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/downloads/program2016-4C-spreads.pdf>. The 
colorized version is worth downloading and printing - if for no other reason 
than having an extra copy as programs are always getting lost. Programs are one 
to a customer so if you lose yours, you are out of luck unless you brought a 
backup. View the details of your favorite events and then plan your schedule. 

Given the new venue this year, information in the program regarding parking, 
check-in and future reservation policy is especially helpful and we strongly 
suggest you take the time to read those materials before arrival whether you 
print a program or not. 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 at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc16/schedule.htm 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc16/schedule.htm>. Remember to download the 
latest updated versions of these apps to get the best results.

2015-2016 YEARBOOK: The last WBC Yearbook is posted online for download at 
http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook15/print/ 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook15/print/>. Qualifying members who renewed 
their Tribune memberships by the required deadline and who were not mailed a 
copy may pick up theirs at WBC registration in Stag Pass. A limited number of 
additional copies will be available for sale on site for $10 while supplies 
last. 

AUCTION/AUCTION STORE CLOSED: The Auction again sold out in record time this 
year. Those contemplating selling items need to wait till next year.  
Unregistered items will NOT be accepted and flea markets are prohibited. 


PBeM NEWS:

PEI TAKES FOR THE PEOPLE AGAIN: The BPA’s Fifth PBeM For the People Tournament 
ended with a familiar champion as James Pei successfully defended his PBeM 
title to coincide with his current 7-year winning streak at WBC. The field of 
64 players generated a staggering 160 games played and was reinforced by a high 
school contingent from Arizona that played for the first time with one of their 
number, Jesus Zamora, making it into the single elimination rounds with an 
undefeated record. Competition was fierce and nearly every qualifier for the 
Phase 2 single elimination rounds had at least one loss. After three 
eliminations rounds, Phil Buckler, a first-time finalist, squared off against 
James Pei for the second time in the tournament.  Phil’s CSA had been defeated 
by James’ Union forces in Swiss Round 5.  In the rematch, the sides would be 
reversed.
The Union was blessed with good cards early in the Final, trapping Rebel forces 
in VA. With good dice luck, AOP was able to take Richmond by Fall 1861, and 
almost converted VA. CSA consoled itself by converting KY and MO. Fortune 
changed in 1862 as the Union drew two very bad hands. The CSA reformed under 
Lee and managed to beat back all Union incursions in VA. With a Major Campaign, 
CSA forces were able to cut off NE rail reinforcement and achieved several 
raids by the end of 1862. The CSA continued its pressure in the East, trading 
attrition with Union forces under Grant. However, in so doing, one CSA army was 
destroyed and another trapped in Philly. But the damage was done as Union 
reinforcement was less than CSA in all three turns of 1863. On T9, a 
re-constituted ANV under Lee won a large battle and broke thru to Frederick. 
The Union scraped together every available SP under Grant to outflank Lee. But 
Longstreet in the newly created AOT was able to outmaneuver Grant and cut Union 
AOC’s supply. With no more reserves, DC was easily taken and CSA raided 
further, thus doubling the Union SW.
Also scoring laurels were Mustafa Tolga Corapci, Nicholas Pei,  Ed Beach and 
Alberto Molina who finished third through sixth. GMT Games will be providing 
gift certificates to all six. Further details and updated laurel totals are 
posted at http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/ftppge.htm#pbem 
<http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/ftppge.htm#pbem>.

ANNER WINS POG: After three long years in the trenches and 185 games in six 
rounds, the sixth BPA POG Email tournament has concluded with Nick Anner 
topping five-time WBC champion Stefan Mecay. Nick got the bid roll, and went 0 
for AP, Mecay took the AP for 1.  August saw initial split attacks, the 1st on 
BEF and 2nd and 3rd on Sedan, pulling out the withdrawal card and seeing two 
armies advance to Sedan.  The turn saw some attacks on Nancy, the Austrians and 
German 8th taking a beating.  Falkenhayen used for ops pushed Molke as an 
event.  The CP took a 4 card for rps though so were able to keep up the 
pressure in September.

September saw attacks on Nancy from Metz and Strassburg force a retreat.  An 
Allied line formed at c-t, bld, calais, dijon.

Fall 15 saw Trench played by Limited War allies, the CP in 3rd turn of 
mobilization keep reinforcing German armies and played events to Limited War 
while pushing to Cambria  through Bar le Duc, but not taking c-t.

The Early game saw the French dead pile high but the AP put as many T2s down as 
possible, including in c-t.  Many ops were spent on nevers, with the CP finally 
getting a trench there.  This occurred a bit too late to make a play for either 
trench busters on paris or closing out Italy   So when total war came, HL was 
used for RPs and ops spent on the east front.  Even with poor rolls the German 
armies punched through the Russian lines.  Similar poor rolls for the Allies on 
the west front attacks meant that the Germans remained at full strength for the 
Tsar Takes Command.  

Mid game saw both sides fully mobilized, with Allenby never getting down to 
Egypt as his forces went directly to the west front from London.  The near east 
remained mostly stagnant barring MO's.  The serbs reduced to one army in 
Monastir were held by one AH army and some bu cp.  MEF and Salonika remained 
unplayed, with the big cards being used for ops and rps.  CP had to play War 
Status to get to Fall of the Tsar, which occurred with Romania neutral.

The final turns saw several 7 results against the Germans on the west front, 
the Russians rebuild and push back enough in Prussia to prevent Bolshevik.  The 
Germans just played a lot of RPS and hung in for the Turn 20 ending, and with 
the lack of US armies and a commanding vp position the Allies didn't make 
enough gains in time.

It was Anner’s first tournament win in a decade, but his eighth overall, 
proving that old soldiers still retain the right stuff. Other laurelists in 
descending order were Michael Dauer, Italy’s Mauro Gasbarroni, Germany’s Moritz 
Eggert and UK’s Paul Hubbard. Updated laurel totals can be found at  
http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/pogpge.htm#pbem 
<http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/pogpge.htm#pbem>.


PRO GOLF TIED: The third and final round of the 7th BPA PBeM Pro Golf 
tournament is over, but we have a tie at the top of the standings.  So, our two 
12 under par players with do a playoff at the ridiculously short Arrowhead Park 
golf course to determine the title.  It will be Mike Pacheco (with Shigeki 
Maruyama) and Chris Kizer (with Ray Floyd) fighting for the champion’s plaque 
and flawlessly tailored green jacket. There is also a tie for third place, with 
Scott Nerney (Shigeki Maruyama) and Debbie Gutermuth (John Daly) both finishing 
the tournament at 9 under par. Fifth place laurels go to 7 under par Robert 
Kircher (also with Maruyama) and sixth place is awarded to 6 under par Marshall 
Collins (John Daly).

MARCH MADNESS PLODS ON: We have finally reached the Final in the 13th Annual 
BPA March Madness PBeM tournament as March Madness threatens to become August 
Angst. In Bracket A, Marvin Birnbaum’s 15th seeded San Francisco 1956 has 
downed Bob Hamel's’ 33rd seeded Indiana State 1979 in the semifinals.  In 
Bracket B, Bryan Collars captained top seeded Louisville 2014 over Chris 
Bauch’s 27th seeded Kansas 1971. The bracket can be seen at 2015-16 bracket 
<applewebdata://08A8CBF7-416B-4888-A644-346FF63166AB/WebPage/Boardgmr/mm-brack-2016.htm>
 (http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2016.htm 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2016.htm>).

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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