|BPA June Newsletter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ken Gutermuth (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:46:15 -0700 (PDT)|
BPA JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER The days are counting down to what many believe is the best week of gaming. Herewith is the roll call of last chance warnings for the procrastinators among us. DATES ANNOUNCED THROUGH 2027: No, it is not a typo. The Board has approved a contract extension with Seven Springs for 2018 through 2027. Join us at the BPA annual meeting at WBC on Tuesday, July 25th at 3pm to learn more. Dates can be found at <http://boardgamers.org/wbcindex.html> http://boardgamers.org/wbcindex.html . LAST CALL TO VOTE: This year's Board of Directors election ends June 15th. 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 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. ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO PRE-REGISTER FOR WBC: WBC Pre-registration ends on June 22 and walk-on rates are higher, so plan accordingly now and avoid the sticker shock later. You can still get the discounted rates until June 22nd by completing the application that can be found at <http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml> http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml and submitting the appropriate payment. 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. 26th TEAM TOURNAMENT: Yes, it is almost time for the 27th run for the slivers, so enter your team now by emailing <mailto:conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org> conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org and join the seven early entrants already registered. Your teams must be composed of four pre-registered players - each vying in a different event. Once again, the Happy Handicapper challenges one and all to best his predictions and win fame, fortune and glory in the Annual Bracket Bustin' Contest. Early prognostications will come soon. Details of the Team Tournament and Bracket Busting Contest can be found at <http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_teams.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_teams.html. REGISTRATION LIST UPDATED: A List of WBC pre-registered members can be found at <http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/prereg.html> http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/prereg.html . There are 935 attendees enrolled as of June 4th. Use this page to check the status of your registration. The page will be updated weekly as we head into the last two weeks of pre-registration. 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 is more than 60% full at this time. Unregistered items will NOT be accepted on site. See <http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auctionstore.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auctionstore.html for more details. SCHEDULING TOOLS: An ever increasing array of scheduling aids including Preview Pages, Spreadsheet Schedule, Calendar, and Power' Custom Scheduler are now on line. Check the Schedule page for all of these updated scheduling tools, plus upcoming 2017 iOS, Android, and Amazon Kindle apps as they become available at <http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/schedule.html> http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/schedule.html. OPEN GAMING LIBRARY: The current Game Library can be found at <http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/library.html> http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/library.html. The BPA Game Library will lend out 2,000 games during the course of WBC. Those wishing to add to the offerings can deliver them to the Registration Desk in Stag Pass or mail them to BPA, 7766 Valley View Court, Hickory, NC 28602 for delivery by July 15. HENRY RICHARDSON OBITUARY: We are sorry to report the passing of one of our own with an entry on the BPA Memorial page at <http://www.boardgamers.org/about_memorials.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/about_memorials.html WBC LODGING UPDATE: Seven Springs is now accepting reservations for stays of 2 nights or more. Single night stays (hotel rooms only) will not be accepted until June 15th. The common perception for some time has been that Seven Springs is sold out for WBC - and while that is true for certain types of lodging and dates, there are many vacancies to be had during the nine-day conference if one is open to other options. Our room block expires on Wednesday, June 22nd when our pre-registration ends and at that time these rooms will be available to the general public. Seven Springs will continue to honor the WBC room rates however anytime up until conference based on availability. There are still rooms, chalets and condos available during WBC as of June 6th. Please keep in mind that all units may not be available for all dates so call and speak with a Reservation Agent for help with reservations. The office is open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM till 9 PM and on Sunday's from 8 AM till 7 PM and they can be reached directly toll free 1-866-437-1300. HIDDEN VALLEY: Seven Springs also offers both hotel and condo reservations in the neighboring property of Hidden Valley 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. PBeM NEWS: HAMEL WINS MARCH MADNESS: Bob Hamel became the twelfth different champion by winning this year's tournament in a field of 46 players. His 7th seeded Indiana 1953 team defeated Haim Hochboim's 42nd seeded Missouri 2009 team 85-75. The top six finishers were Bob Hamel, Haim Hochboim, Don Greenwood, Mike Pacheco, Bruce Monnin, and Ken Gutermuth. See all the matchups and scores at <http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2017.htm> http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2017.htm. Details can be found at <http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/mms.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/mms.html. LYNG WINS TWILIGHT STRUGGLE: After a two year struggle and 307 games logged, Wayne Bonnet and Ted Lyng advanced from a field of 74 players and a 2015 start to contest the final round of the 2017 BPA Twilight Struggle PBeM tournament. After bidding, Ted took the U.S. + 3 IPs in a trans-Pacific battle. Wayne is from New Zealand as Americans face an increasingly worldwide class of competition with four nations represented by the top six players - including Russian Sergey Kosarev. Details can be found at <http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/tws.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/tws.html. MUSELLA WINS WATERLOO: Marty Musella defeated defending champion Joe Beard in the Final matching the top two seeds from the field of 21 in the second BPA PBeM tournament. Details are available on the tournament web site at <http://watgame.com/> http://watgame.com/ including turn by turn game maps of the championship match. The top six finishers were: Marty Musella, Joe Beard, Richard Beyma, Bert Schoose, Ed Menzel, and Gary Dickson. Details can be found at <http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/wat.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook16/wat.html. PRO GOLF ENTERS FINAL ROUND: The Masters has come and gone but our BPA duffers have entered the Third Round in their quest for the coveted BPA Green Jacket. 16 golfers made the cut from Round 2 with Ken Gutermuth and Derek Landel leading the way at 7 under par. Round 3, which ends on June 30th, is being played at Pebble Beach. Ken Gutermuth and Pete Stein are the current leaders at 9 under par and are still on the course. John Coussis is the current leader in the clubhouse. WAR AT SEA 2017-18 TOURNAMENT BEGINS: The 2017-18 War at Sea Tournament, the 12th for the BPA, has begun. Information about the tournament can be found at <https://waratsea.jimdo.com> https://waratsea.jimdo.com ANNOUNCING 9th BITTER WOODS PBeM: The 9th BPA Bitter Woods PBeM tournament will commence on August 1st. Players must be members of the BPA in order to enter the competition. All games will be AREA rated. The tournament will follow a single elimination format with play of the 6 turn and 8 Turn Attack on 16AM. The length of each round will be 13 weeks. The GM is Bruno Sinigaglio who can be reached at <mailto:brunofjs [at] hotmail.com> brunofjs [at] hotmail.com if there are any questions on the tournament. Check out the Bitterwoods website managed by Tom Gregorio and Ed Witkowski at <http://www.bitterwoods.net/> http://www.bitterwoods.net/ ANNOUNCING 3rd WATERLOO PBeM: The Waterloo 2017-18 email tournament will start August 1st. Contact GM Ed Menzel ( <mailto:edmenzel [at] roadrunner.com> edmenzel [at] roadrunner.com) to sign up. It will be single elimination with auction bidding for sides. Rules and rule clarifications will be the same as the last two tournaments with one exception. The Wissel brigades arrival will be delayed until the 18-0700 turn in accordance with the change for this year's WBC. Round lengths will be 3 months. All players must be current members of the BPA. Details are available on the tournament web site - <http://watgame.com/> http://watgame.com/.
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