BPA March News
From: Donald Greenwood CD (cdboardgamers.org)
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:41:30 -0700 (PDT)

2017 FINAL ORPHAN'S LIST UPDATE: The membership is to be congratulated for 
again stepping up to the plate, albeit at the 11th hour, to man nearly all of 
the eligible events for WBC 2017. Only two qualifiers had to be replaced for 
lack of a GM commitment. See http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/orphans.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/orphans.html> for the last update of eligible 
events for 2017. The times listed are the initial requests and just a rough 
estimate at this time and should not be considered final until the actual 
schedule is announced in May. All GMs who did not specify a specific time for 
their scheduled demonstrations are urged to contact CD [at] boardgamers.org 
<mailto:CD [at] boardgamers.org> for a specific request as soon as possible. 

Although we are now accepting only sponsored tournaments in the time remaining, 
we will continue to schedule seminars, demonstrations and meetings until the 
scheduling process is complete in May so anyone interested in providing same 
should contact CD [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:CD [at] boardgamers.org> for 
details. 

Opening weekend reservations have been strong. So much so, that our  meeting 
space allotment for that weekend has been increased over 2016 levels … thus 
promising an enhanced gaming environment for early arrivals. 

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: The end of March marks the changing of the Guard at WBC 
as Don Greenwood retires after 26 years as the Avaloncon/WBC Convention 
Director to be replaced by Ken Gutermuth. As promised, he leaves us with more 
than a few parting words in his last Tenth Seat column at 
http://boardgamers.org/about_newsletters_lastview.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/about_newsletters_lastview.html>. What he lacks in 
conversational gab he makes up for with a pen that doesn’t know when to quit. 
For those interested in the trivia behind the evolution of WBC and his views on 
the matter, sit down for an enlightening read. Others shouldn’t waste their 
time. The King is dead. Long live the King. Any communications to BPA starting 
on April 1st should be sent directly to the new Convention Director at 
ConventionDirector [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:ConventionDirector [at] 
boardgamers.org>. Please make a note of that address. 

REGISTRATION RATE INCREASE: Only a week remains to beat the next scheduled 
price increase for Sustaining and Tribune level memberships for WBC 2017. Rates 
increase $10 on April 1st for members and $25 and $50 respectively for 
Exhibitors and Vendors. See http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml> to get your best price now 
for stays of four days or more. 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS OPEN: On February 15th at 9 AM EST Seven Springs commenced 
taking WBC hotel reservations for stays of four days or longer - down from the 
previous required stay of five days. The length of stay requirement will be 
further reduced to stays of two nights or more on May 15th. Details are 
provided at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbclodging_7S.html 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/wbclodging_7S.html>. Please note that reservations 
require a non-refundable deposit when making a reservation. 

ELECTION: It will be tame compared to Trump vs Clinton but we promise no 
Russian interference as we once again elect three members to three-year terms 
on the BPA Board of Directors. This year's slate again features three 
incumbents and two challengers vying for three seats. Get all the information 
at http://boardgamers.org/about_election2017.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/about_election2017.html>. 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 as well 
as all PBeM members) have voting rights and are urged to vote  since validation 
requires sufficient membership participation. 

CAREER MEDALS & LAURELS TOTALS: The website renovation continues. The latest 
new pages to go live are Career Wins at http://boardgamers.org/wbc_medals.shtml 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc_medals.shtml> and Career Laurels at: 
http://boardgamers.org/wbc_laurels_sums.shtml 
<http://boardgamers.org/wbc_laurels_sums.shtml>.

SOCIAL NETWORKING: Keep up with WBC electronically by joining the World 
Boardgaming Championships (WBC) Facebook group and the BPA_WBC Twitter Page. 
You can also easily find us in the Boardgame Geek Forums  under Gaming Related, 
Conventions, WBC.

        • BGG: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/970241/boardgamegeek/wbc 
<http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/970241/boardgamegeek/wbc>

        • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC <https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC>  

        • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2381468400/ 
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/2381468400/>  

        • Consimworld: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/?14@@.1dd15816 
<http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/?14@@.1dd15816>  

PBeM NEWS:

PRO GOLF TIME: Warm up your dice for the zany Seventh Annual BPA Pro Golf PBeM 
tournament to commence, appropriately enough, on April 1st. Check out the 
details at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/Pro_Golf_PBeM.html 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/Pro_Golf_PBeM.html> and enter via email at 
bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net <mailto:bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net>.

MARCH MADNESS ENTERS MARCH: Less than half of the field remains.  There are now 
four teams in the Elite Eight (Mike Pacheco, Don Greenwood, Bob Hamel, and 
Bruce Monnin). The survivors include both a #1 seed (the best team remaining in 
the tournament), and a #43 seed (the fourth worst seed remaining). Check out 
the progress at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2017.htm 
<http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2017.htm>.

KILFARA SWEEPS WAR AT SEA: Darren Kilfara won his third BPA tournament and 
second War At Sea PBeM title by going unbeaten in the 11th BPA PBeM tournament 
over a field of 27. Darren kept his unblemished record spotless with an 
overwhelming British victory in the Final, scoring 10 POC by Turn 5. Also 
scoring laurels were Ed Menzel, Bob Hamel, Mike Pacheco, Andy Choptiany and 
Jonathan Lockwood in that order. See the account at 
http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/was.html#pbem 
<http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/was.html#pbem>; with the updated laurels 
list at http://boardgamers.org/eventhistory/was.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/eventhistory/was.html>.

KOEHLER TAKES HERE I STAND: It took Stephen Koehler 15 years to follow his 
third BPA tournament win with his fourth, but he did it in style with a 
60-laurels win over five rounds and a field of 68 in an event that started two 
years ago in April of 2015. Also taking laurels in the Final were Dennis 
Mishler, Michael Dauer, Zac Willoh, David Kiefte and Brian Kluger in that 
order. See the account at http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/his.html#pbem 
<http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/his.html#pbem> and the updated HIS laurels 
at  http://boardgamers.org/eventhistory/his.html 
<http://boardgamers.org/eventhistory/his.html>.

PATHS OF GLORY ENTERS SECOND ROUND: No less than 52 matches are underway in 
Round 2 of the BPA’s largest email tournament as eliminations begin.  24 
matches were between folks who racked up a win in Round 1 and 28 matches 
involved those who lost in Round 1 as well as ten new reinforcements joining 
the event this round.  Tom Drueding, as the most recent former champion, after 
Nick Anner, is on the sidelines having accepted the bye this round. As usual, 
GM Tom Gregorio sets the gold standard for PBeM GMs with an entertaining and 
informative newsletter keeping everyone up to date. If you’re interested in 
POG, you should get on Tom’s mailing list at gregorit [at] yahoo.com 
<mailto:gregorit [at] yahoo.com>.

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 
http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm 
<http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm> 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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