BPA April 2020 Newsletter
From: Ken Gutermuth (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2020 12:47:49 -0700 (PDT)
April 2020 Newsletter

 

COVID-19 UPDATE: As most of us are under a stay at home order, we hope that
you and your families are remaining safe.

 

The BPA, along with Seven Springs, continue to monitor the potential impact
of COVID-19 on the 2020 WBC. We are concerned for the health and safety of
our members and recognize that the situation continues to evolve.  The
decision on the status of WBC has not been made yet.  We will continue to
work with Seven Springs to determine what is best for our members with a
decision to be made as we get closer to WBC 2020.  

 

JUNIOR EVENT GM's NEEDED:  Our new Junior's Coordinator, Megan Byrd, is
looking for volunteers to GM our 24 Junior event slots.   If you are
interested in running a Junior's event, please contact Megan at
juniors [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:juniors [at] boardgamers.org> .

 

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CONTINUES: The BPA annual membership drive continues
through June 15, 2020.  After June 15, registration for everyone except
associate memberships must be completed at WBC.  If you still want to
register at lower rates prior to WBC, you must complete and submit the
online application at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml and
submit payment via Paypal or check.  The form and the payment must be
submitted before June 15 (Paypal payment sent or check postmarked before
June 15, 2020).  A list of the current members as of April 18, 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>  .

 

For details on the different levels of membership, visit the BPA Membership
Terms and Conditions Page at http://www.boardgamers.org/about_terms.html .

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTING OPEN: Five Members appear on the ballot for
election to a three year term on the BPA Board of Directors.  The slate
features two incumbents and three challengers.  The list of candidates and
their statement can be found at
http://www.boardgamers.org/about_election2017.html .  The voting for the
Board of Directors candidates is now open.  Members are encouraged to vote
on who you believe would be the best candidates on your BPA Board of
Directors.  Voting will end on June 1, 2020 and winners will be announced at
the BPA Annual Meeting on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 3pm in the Grand Ballroom
at Seven Springs.  Voting is easy with an online ballot which can be found
at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml .

 

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 

 

 

PBeM NEWS:

 

Completed Tournaments:

 

HAYMAN WINS DIPLOMACY 2020 TOURNAMENT: After losing the 2019 PBeM tournament
on a tiebreaker, Jeff Hayman dominated the competition with 3 Solo
Victories, 2 with Germany and 1 with France.  The remaining laurelists, in
order, were Alessandro Moroni, John Stevens, Kevin Youells, Ray Wolff, and
Christopher Lee.  For more details on the tournament, visit
http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-dip.html.

 

REINGING CAESAR JIANG WINS TWILIGHT STRUGGLE:  After a grueling 20 round,
swiss-paired, double elimination tournament, the Cold Warriors were down to
one Mater of DEFCON, Allan Jiang.  Allan lost in the second round and never
looked back with 8 straight wins.  The Remaining Laurelists were, in order,
Aran Warsawski, Tony Russo, Michael Stryker, Roy Russo, and Antero Kussi.
For more details, visit http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-tws.html.  

 

Tournaments Starting:

 

NAVEGADOR TOURNAMENT NOW ACCEPTING SIGN-UPS: Rob Flowers will be GMing a
Navegador PBeM tournament starting in July.  Navegador has been a tournament
at WBC since 2011, and has been a solid game with its rondel mechanics and
market manipulation, while players explore routes to the Far East.   The
tournament will be played on the Yucata online game portal and all entrants
will play 4 simultaneous games for a chance to advance to further rounds. 

 

Visit https://epworthian.wordpress.com/navegador/tournament-format/ to view
the tournament format, and email Rob Flowers at epworthian1 [at] gmail.com
<mailto:epworthian1 [at] gmail.com>  by July 5 to sign up.

 

THROUGH THE AGES TOURNAMENT OPEN FOR REGISTRATION:  gm Randy Buehler is
kicking off another Through the Ages PBeM Tournament.  For details on the
tournament format and to sign up for the tournament, please visit
https://www.meepleleague.com/bpa-through-the-ages-pbem-tournament-2020/. 

 

TWILIGHT STRUGGLE 2020 PBEM TOURNAMENT TO BEGIN IN JUNE:  GM Ron Jacobsen
will be starting up the next Twilight Struggle PBeM Tournament in June.  As
with the 2019 tournament, PlayDek will be the default application for game
play and the maximum round length will be approximately 6 weeks.  Pairing
will be in a Swiss format with eliminations rather than a play-off.  The
plan is for triple-elimination this time, to guarantee players more games.
So the winner will be the only player NOT to lose 3 times, and other
positions will be based on order of elimination, with brief play-offs of
ties. Entries must be received by June 3, 2020 and can be made by emailing
twilightstrugglegm [at] gmail.com <mailto:twilightstrugglegm [at] gmail.com> .  
All
entrants must be members of BPA, at the Associate level or above, for the
year 2020, prior to the tournament start.  For more information, go to the
tournament website at  https://twstourney.wordpress.com/.  The tournament is
expected to run until Late 2021 or early 2022.

 

 

Ongoing Tournaments:

 

MARCH MADNESS 2019 HAS FIRST FINAL FOUR PARTICIPANT: The March Madness
tournament is down to 11 teams.  Allan Jiang's Arizona 2003 squad has moved
on to claim the first position in our Final 4, and his team is relaxing in
quarantine waiting to see who his opponent will be.  The lowest seed
remaining is John Coussis's Michigan State 2000, a 37B, who has won 2 games,
but is now up against Steve Caler's #1 seed.

 

EMPIRE OF THE SUN CONCLUDED ROUND 4:  There is one match still playing as
Round 4 winds down, with about a month to go. The results are in, however,
on the rest and the Allies have dominated this round logging 6 victories
versus 2 for the JP so far. Four of those wins went the distance and ended
by Japanese invasion. Some seriously good playing in this round.  Stay Tuned
for Round 5!

 

FOR THE PEOPLE ENTERING THIRD ROUND:  The first two simultaneous rounds of
the For the People Tournament have ended, Round three is no underway. 

 

HANNIBAL TOURNAMENT DOWN TO 17 PLAYERS:  The Hannibal PBeM tournament
continues its double elimination tournament with 17 players still remaining.
For more details visit the tournament website at
https://hrctourney.wordpress.com/hrc2019/ 

 

TWILIGHT STRUGGLE GETTING READY FOR ROUND 9:  The final game of round 9 is
concluding and round 10 is about to begin.  It looks like the tournament
will conclude with Round 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.

 

WILDERNESS WAR GETTING READY FOR SECOND ROUND: Wilderness War Round 1 has
come to an end and the second round will be beginning next week,

 

 

 

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

 

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