|BPA May 2020 Newsletter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ken Gutermuth (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 13:00:52 -0700 (PDT)|
May 2020 Newsletter BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTING CLOSES ON JUNE 1: 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 still 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. Voting is easy with an online ballot which can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml . SEVEN SPRINGS WBC RESERVATIONS: Seven Springs has completed the cancelation of all WBC reservations and the refund of all deposits. If you have any questions, please contact the convention director at conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org> . SEVEN SPRINGS SPECIAL RATE OFFER: Seven Springs will honor the WBC 2020 lodging rates for personal visits this year, including the condo special of pay for five nights and get two free nights (seven consecutive night stay). BPA Members can call the Seven Springs reservations team directly at 866-437-1300 and ask for the WBC rates. Rooms and reservations are subject to availability. PBEM TOURNAMENT REQUIREMENTS & GUIDELINES: With the cancellation of WBC 2020, there have been many inquiries about running online tournaments. Here is a summary of the BPA PBeM requirements and guidelines for those of you who might be interested in GMing a tournament. Game Selection: The BPA sponsors PBeM tournaments for games that are run at WBC and have drawn the minimum participants at WBC. Website Creation: A tournament website is required to run a PBeM tournament. It should minimally include sign-up instructions, start date, estimated length, format, special tournament rules, error handling, and pairings & standings. Once the Game Selection and Website have been created, send an email to the Convention Director at conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org> for approval. Once approved, a link to the tournament website will be added to the BPA PBeM page found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem.html. Getting the Word Out: The BPA prefers at least two newsletter announcements before the tournament starts. Consimworld and BoardGameGeek are other good ways of advertising for players. At the conclusion of the tournament, the GM will need to provide a report to the Convention Director on the results of the tournament. Updated details of what is to be included in the report as well as additional guidelines developed to assist the GM in preparing and running the tournament can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem_guidelines.html. PBeM NEWS: Completed Tournaments: JIANG CAPTURES EGIZIA PBEM CHAMPIONSHIP: Thirty-eight entrants played four games each in the Preliminary Round of the tournament. WBC GM of Egizia, Andrew Emerick, won all four of his games. There were several triple winners including Jeff Wo, Chris Wildes, Steve LeWinter, and David Vestal. Nineteen advanced to the Second round, where Steve LeWinter and Jon Senn were at the top with three wins and a second each. GM Rob Flowers truly ended up at the bottom along with assistant Chris Yaure, leaving Eric Freeman to represent "team GM" in the final round. In the Final round, the ten remaining players competed for the top six spots. Allan Jiang emerged victorious, with his three wins and a third getting past Eric Freeman's three wins and a fourth. The remaining laurelists were Jon Senn 3rd, Michael Swinson 4th, Steve LeWinter 5th, and David Vestal 6th. For more details visit http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-egz.html. Tournaments Starting: AFRIKA KORPS ACCEPTING SIGN-UPS FOR ITS NEXT PBEM TOURNAMENT: The next Afrika Korps email tournament is planned to start in June. It is single elimination with a nominal 3 month timeline for each round. All games will be AREA rated. Players will bid for supplies if they desire the same side. Additional details are available on the tournament web site at http://afk-game.com. Interested players should contact Ed Menzel - edmenzel [at] roadrunner.com <mailto:edmenzel [at] roadrunner.com> . 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. 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. WATERLOO ACCEPTING SIGN-UPS FOR ITS NEXT PBEM TOURNAMENT: Ed Menzel is ONCE AGAIN starting a new Waterloo email tournament in June. WBC rules will be used. Round length will be 10 weeks. Bidding for sides will use an auction format. Past history and format are available on the tournament web site http://watgame.com/. Ongoing Tournaments: EMPIRE OF THE SUN ROUND 4 DOMINATED BY ALLIES: Round 4 has officially ended and the Allies have dominated the results this round, pulling in 7 wins to 2 JP wins. The Japanese players made the allies work though as 4 of those Allied wins were only achieved through a successful invasion of the home island. After the ranks were tallied, we lost 7 players at the end of this round (including both GMs). For those who are out, thank you very much for playing and we hope to see you again next time. For the 11 remaining, there are only 3 players who haven't posted a loss yet. So the field should contract fairly quickly in the next couple of rounds. GREAT CAMPAIGNS OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR REACHES SEMIFINALS: The field of 37 entrants has been whittled down to four remaining generals: Ken Lee faces Ed Beach in one semi-final game, and Rob Mull plays David Dockter in the other. The semifinal round features the Battle of Atlanta from the Atlanta is Ours game. In the earlier single elimination portion of the tournament, the semifinalists all led their troops to victory at Kennesaw Mountain and at the Battle of Gettysburg. Both semifinal games have ended up being a rematch of one of the preliminary rounds of the tournament, which featured the Wagoneer's Fight scenario, with Ken and Rob each riding to victory in that cavalry battle. Ed's and David's forces are doubtlessly ready for the rematch at Atlanta. The winners of the semifinal matches will meet in the finals to play the Pipe Creek Plan scenario from the Roads to Gettysburg II: Lee Strikes North. More details on the tournament can be found at http://gcacwpbem.blogspot.com PRO GOLF NETERS LATE STAGE OF ROUND 2: We are now two thirds of the way through the month of May, and the Pro Golf tension is mounting. Still in front is Bob Hamel at 10 under par. This will be Bob's seventh consecutive year of making the final cut, but he has averaged a score of 1 over par these last six years on the third course at Pebble Beach (including a glorious round of 80 last year). In a tie for second place at 7 under par is that dice rolling machine, Pete Stein, who posted the best score at Muirfeld this year, 6 under par 66. Shockingly, your GM is currently also in second place, as a 3 under par round of 69 also leaves him 7 under par. Alex Trumble (also in the GM's group) was at 6 under par until a last hole double-bogey dropped her out of the top six (don't worry, Assistant GM Rob Drozd is keeping a close watch on those two). Laurie Wojtaszczyk is in fourth place at six under with 12 holes remaining to play. BPA Chairman Andy Lewis and WBC Convention Director Ken Gutermuth lurk another stroke back at 5 under par overall. Ken has all 18 holes and Andy has 17 holes remaining. 7 of the 34 golfers have yet to start their second round, while 22 have completed and 5 are still on the course. The deadline for finishing this round is the end of May. The top 1/3 of the field (17 players) and ties will move on to the final round at Pebble Beach. VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC ENTERS QUARTERFINALS: The second round saw the second and third seeds defeated by Bob Hamel (8th seed) and Greg Smith (9th seed) to advance both into the Dark Horse Quarter-Final. The USN prevails this round 3-2 while the Open Turn Two and Menzel games split down the middle again (5-5 for the tournament so far). Alan Applebaum, Mike Kaye, and Wayne Bonnett (seeded 1, 5, and 6 respectively) earn a bye in the next round in preparation for the semi-final. Interestingly, the three USN wins are all in the early turns (4-5) while, at the same time, both IJN wins come late in the contest (7-8). Typically, it's the other way around! WASHINGTON'S WAR SEMIFINALS ARE UNDERWAY: Washington's War has entered the semifinals with Roderick Lee facing off against Derek Landel and Geoff Allbert taking on James Pei in the two semifinal games. WILDERNESS WAR ENTERS ROUND 2: Wilderness War Round 1 has come to an end and the second round began in late April. Round 2 will end on July 21. Just about everyone was diligent in meeting the Round 1 deadline. Please continue to try to average one card play each per day and you should finish with plenty of time to spare. Three players from Round 1 have dropped out and one new player has joined up. The website is up to date with respect to the Round 1 results at https://wildernesswar2016.weebly.com. 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. 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/ . 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