|January 2020 Newsletter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ken Gutermuth (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 19:27:01 -0800 (PST)|
January 2020 Newsletter JIANG CAPTURES CAESAR AND CONSUL AWARDS AGAIN IN RECORD PERFORMANCE: Allan Jiang set a Caesar Record by amassing 308 Laurels in 2019 to retain the Caesar and Consul Awards. After an impressive WBC with 134 laurels, edging out four tournament winner Chris Wildes, Allan pulled away from the field with 174 PBeM laurels. The remaining top 6 finishers behind Allan were Chris Wildes, Matthew Hathrell, Micah McCormick, Rich Meyer, and Dominic Blais. For more details on Allan's accomplishments as well as the top 25 Caesar and Top 10 Consul for 2019, please visit http://www.boardgamers.org/history_caesar_2019.html . MEMBERSHIP RATES INCREASE FEBRUARY 1: The BPA annual membership drive continues but prices will increase on February 1, 2020. If you still want to get the lowest rates, you must complete and submit the online application at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml and submit payment via Paypal or check. To receive the price before it increases, the form and the payment must be submitted before February 1 (Paypal payment sent or check postmarked before February 1, 2019). A list of the current members can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_prereg.html in order to check your membership. Online membership will remain open until June 15, 2020. Price increases will occur on February 1st, and April 1st, and June 15th, 2020. To receive a price before it increases, you must submit the online membership application which is available on the BPA website and send payment by the date listed (Paypal payment sent or check postmarked by the 3 dates listed). For details on the different levels of membership, visit the BPA Membership Terms and Conditions Page at http://www.boardgamers.org/about_terms.html . A reminder that the membership process is not complete until both the membership application and the funds are received. TRIAL EVENT & SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD VOTING ENDS JANUARY 31: The voting for the 2019 Sportsman of the Year and the 2020 Trial Events ends with the membership price increase on February 1. This is the last chance to influence events to be held at WBC 2020. Sportsmanship nominees can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc19/sportsmannominees19.html and the trial listing can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_pelorphans.html. CALL FOR GM's FOR 2020: Now is the time to submit an event form <http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php> for the WBC 2020 events. Please complete the form carefully and completely since it will be used to determine event location for WBC 2020. Reminder that you must be a BPA member for 2020 to GM an event. The Orphans page has been updated as of January 31 at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_pelorphans.html. Forms must be submitted by February 28, 2020. SEVEN SPRINGS RESERVATIONS: Hotel Reservations opened on January 15 for stays of 5 nights or more. Remember that Reservations at Seven Springs for Condos/Townhouses, Chalets, and Cabins can also be booked at this time. For more information, visit the lodging page on the BPA website at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbclodging_7S.html EURO EVENT COORDINATION: Eric Freeman has agreed to coordinate the 2020 Euro events again in an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts. If you are a Euro event GM and would like to be a part of this, please contact Eric at freemaneric [at] comcast.net <mailto:freemaneric [at] comcast.net> . BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS: All BPA members are hereby notified of their right to nominate members for the three Board seats whose terms expire at the next WBC. To appear on the ballot, a member must be nominated in writing by at least three members; one of which must be the nominee. Nominations must be signed and received at BPA, 7766 Valley View Court, Hickory, NC 28602 no later than February 28, 2020 to be eligible for election in that year. NOTE: Email nominations are NOT acceptable, nor can a member nominate more than one member for the Board. When contemplating nominations, members should consider that the BPA conducts most of its business by email and needs Board members who are able and willing to offer their time and skills to the organization in a timely manner. Besides forwarding a signed nomination, each nominee must submit a statement not to exceed 100 words summarizing what they can contribute in service to the Board of Directors of the BPA by February 28, 2020. The nomination form is on line at http://www.boardgamers.org/bpanom.htm PBeM NEWS: Completed Tournaments: NEWLY CORWNED CAESAR/CONSUL WINS ADEL VERPFLICHTET: Our new Repeat Caesar/Consul earned the first laurels of the year by winning the just concluded Adel Verpflichtet tournament. Allan won by a single space over both Haim Hochboim and Sharee Pack. Further details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-adv.html . BEARD WINS AFRIKA KORPS: Joe Beard, with a no bid for the axis, defeated Bert Schoose to capture the Afrika Korps PBeM title. Further details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-afk.html . DAY WINS 2019 FOR THE PEOPLE: GM Michael Day's Union defeated Mike Turian's CSA in the final round of For the People to capture the 2019 PBeM tournament. A total of 46 players participated in the tournament, each playing 4 games to advance the top 8 to Single elimination. Congratulations to Michael Day for prevailing! The remaining laurelists, in order were Mike Turian, Jean-Louis Dirion, Robert Champer, David Sherwood, and Thomas Georgeais. Further details can be found at: <http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-ftp.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-ftp.html . GM MENZEL WINS WATERLOO CROWN: In his own words, Ed Menzel got lucky mid-day on the 16th that lead him to a victorious French victory over Marty Musella. Further details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-wat.html . TOURNAMENTS STARTING: ADVANCED CIVILIZATION 2020 TOURNAMENT STARTING IN MARCH: GM Nathan Barhorst is now accepting sign-ups for the 2020 Advanced Civilization PBeM tournament. If you would like to pre-register for the 2020 tournament, please do so at http://bpa-civ.rol-play.com/ BRASS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH START: The 2nd BPA Brass PBeM tournament will start in March. Allan Jiang will be the GM for the tournament. Format and sign-up instructions can be found at https://www.meepleleague.com/bpa-brass-online-tournament-2020/ CONCORDIA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH START: Concordia has been a tournament at WBC since 2013, and has been a favorite with its blend of economics and card/action management, as well as skillfully anticipating your opponents. The tournament will be played on the Boite-a-Jeux online game portal and all entrants will play 4 simultaneous games for a chance to advance to further rounds. Visit https://epworthian.wordpress.com/concordia/tournament-format/ to view the tournament format, and email Rob Flowers at epworthian1 [at] gmail.com <mailto:epworthian1 [at] gmail.com> by March 1 to sign up. ONGOING TOURNAMENTS: ADVANCED CIVILIZATION FINAL BEGINNING: The final for the 2019 Advanced Civilization PBEM tournament has started! The finalists are: Kevin Youells, Jay Spencer, Ed Coderre, Allan Jiang, Andrew Morrison, Daniel Vanciae, Antonio Cataldo, and Nils Brobakk. Thanks to everyone for playing, and congratulations to all of the finalists! Now it is time for the real blood to spill... EMPIRE OF THE SUN ENTERS ROUND 4: Round 3 has completed with 6 wins for the Allies and 6 wins for the Japanese. A completely even split! And Round 4 has begun with the remaining 18 players. Which means, 7 players were left behind in Round 3. We hope to see you again next time and thanks for playing! There are only 5 players left in the tournament with zero losses and that list doesn't include the GMs. The final rounds coming up will see some of the best Empire of the Sun players sparring to hold the top positions. For those who haven't made it, take some time to follow the ACTS logs on these games. They are sure to be very instructive. VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC ENTERS SECOND ROUND: 20 players joined the tournament. Two dark horse candidates emerge from the first round -- Hilton McManus and Bob Jamelli. Bob wins from the very bottom rung to establish his credentials while Hilton eliminates the fourth seed. The round sees the IJN prevail 6-4, which is not uncommon in the first round. Six games feature the Menzel and Open Turn Two balancing options -- and those games split 3-3. Bob Dragan's bid of 9 is the highest in tournament history, but his IJN is unsuccessful. See all the action at https://gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_19.htm. WASHINGTON'S WAR ENTERS SINGLE ELIMINATION ROUND: After 4 Swiss Rounds, the top eight players have entered the single elimination phase of the tournament. Advancing are Undefeated Derek Landel, Tim Tow, and James Pei. Joining them at 3- are Geoff Allbert, Trevor Bender, Bill Peeck, Keith Wixson, and William Bentley. BPA PBeM 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. 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.boardgamers.org/pbem.html on the BPA website at http://www.boardgamers.org . 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 and Consimworld under Conventions. . BGG: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/970241/boardgamegeek/wbc . Twitter: https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC . 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