|BPA February 2020 Newsletter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ken Gutermuth (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:00:26 -0800 (PST)|
February 2020 Newsletter MCCORMICK VOTED SPORTSMANSHIP WINNER: Micah McCormick has been named Sportsman of the Year for 2019 by appearing on 38% of the 439 ballots and receiving 37% of the votes cast in the annual membership vote. Micah McCormick earned praise in both Castles of Mad King Ludwig and Vegas Showdown. Micah earned himself WBC's biggest prize . free lodging at the next WBC. See the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc19/sportman.html . 2020 TRIAL VOTE RESULTS: The 2020 Membership Drive saw record numbers of Members vote for the trial events to be held at WBC 2020. The members indicated a strong preference for returning games as 22 of the 25 trials were events at WBC 2019. Only Wingspan (largest vote total), Azul (2nd largest vote total), and Naval War joined as new events in 2020. The results of the Membership Vote can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc20/trialvote.html . MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CONTINUES: The BPA annual membership drive continues but prices will increase on April 1, 2020. If you still want to get the lower 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 April 1 (Paypal payment sent or check postmarked before April 1, 2020). A list of the current members as of February 12, 2020 can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_prereg.html . Only those members who have completed the membership form and submitted payment are on the list. If you have any questions on the list, please contact the convention director at conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org> . Online membership will remain open until June 15, 2020. Price increases will occur on 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 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 . 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. A reminder that you must be a BPA sustaining or higher member for 2020 to GM an event. The Orphans page, with the WBC 2020 trial events, has been updated as of February 13, 2020 at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_pelorphans.html. Currently 38 of the 111 Century/Legacy events and 9 of the 25 Trial events have GMs. The deadline for submitting event forms is February 28, 2020, only two weeks away. Any event without a GM by February 28 will be subject to replacement by an alternate event with a committed GM. 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 CLOSING SOON: 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: 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: EMPIRE OF THE SUN ENTERS ROUND 4: The 2020 Winter of Wargaming is going full tilt! Empire of the Sun in Round 4 is off a good start. Of the 18 players remaining, all but 5 are battling to not just to advance, but to stay in the tournament entirely. Some seriously good game play is on display in those ACTS log files. TWILIGHT STRUGGLE GETTING READY FOR ROUND 9: The final game of round 8 is concluding and round 9 is about to begin. It looks like the tournament will conclude with Round 10 or 11. The GM is planning on starting another Twilight Struggle PBeM tournament at the conclusion of this tournament. Watch for more details in future newsletters. 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 . Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2381468400/ . Consimworld: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/?14@@.1dd15816 ================================= If you are not already receiving our monthly newsletters, please subscribe by visiting http://lists.boardgamers.org/mailman/listinfo/bpamail to confirm your address. Subscribing is free, takes only a moment and ensures your privacy. We are unable to add you to our mailing list otherwise.
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