BPA August Newsletter
From: Ken Gutermuth (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 13:44:30 -0700 (PDT)
August 2020 Newsletter

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTING RESULTS: We would like to thank all 5 candidates
for their interest in BPA Board of Directors.  Incumbents Ken Gutermuth and
Stuart Tucker are joined by Bryan Collars as your newly elected Board of
Directors for the 2021 to 2023 term. For more information on the election
results, please visit http://www.boardgamers.org/about_electionresults.html
.

 

WBC 2021 EVENTS:  With the cancellation of WBC 2020, the board has been
discussing how to handle events for WBC 2021.  The results of that
discussion are:

 

The Century Group events for WBC 2021 will be the same 99 Century events and
12 legacy events that were to be included at WBC 2020.  The convention
director will be reaching out to the GM's that volunteered for 2020 over the
next couple of months to make sure they would still like to run the event in
2021.

 

The Trial events selected in the Membership Vote for 2020 will be run as
Trial events for WBC 2021.  The convention director will be reaching out to
the GM's that volunteered for 2020 over the next couple of months to make
sure they would still like to run the event in 2021.

 

The Vendors/Sponsors will be given the opportunity to run the events they
submitted for WBC 2020 or to change to a different game.  The only
restriction will be that the game has been published by February 28, 2021.

 

Two New Trial events will be added to WBC 2021 based on a limited Membership
voting.  Games that can be included on this ballot must be games that have
never appeared on a Trial ballot in the past.  Event Forms for games to be
included will be due between December 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  DO NOT
submit forms before then as the current event form will be changing.  BPA
Members will be able to vote for 2 games on the ballot between January 1,
2021 and January 31, 2021.

 

For a listing of the Century Group and Trial events included, please visit
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_pelorphans.html  .

 

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.  The Meeple League can provide hosting for these
tournaments. You can contact them at
<https://www.meepleleague.com/bpa-online-tournaments/>
https://www.meepleleague.com/bpa-online-tournaments/

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:

 

MURRAY REPEATS AS BRASS PBEM CHAMPION:  Rob Murray successfully defended his
PBeM championship Twenty-eight entrants played four games each in the three
Preliminary Rounds of the tournament.   14 players advanced to the
semifinals and 7 advanced to the finals.  The remaining laurelists were
Allan Jiang 2nd, DJ Borton 3rd, Jason Pytka 4th, Ben Scholl 5th, and Jay
Matthews 6th.  For more details visit
http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-brs.html . 

 

JIANG WINS MARCH MADNESS PBEM:  Reigning Caesar Allan Jiang, after finishing
5th last year, outlasted 41 other players to capture his fist March Madness
Championship defeating Doug Gallulo in the Finals.  The remaining laurelists
were Rob Kircher 3rd, Joe Birnbaum 4th, Max Jamelli 5th, and Kevin
Wojtaszczyk 6th.  For more details visit
http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-mms.html .

 

ANNER REPEATS AS PATHS OF GLORY PBEM CHAMPION:  After three years of
playing, Nick Anner successfully defended his PBeM championship by defeating
GM Tom Gregorio. The remaining laurelists were Tom Drueding 3rd, Alex
Gregorio 4th, Ted Torgerson 5th, and Mike Dauer 6th.  For more details visit
http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-pog.html . 

STEIN CAPTURES GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP:  After 54 holes on three courses, Pete
Stein emerged as the top golfer in the BPA, capturing the Pro Golf PBeM
Championship.  Forty-Nine players entered the course with 34 advancing to
the second round and 18 playing all three rounds.  The remaining laurelists
were Bruce Monnin 2nd, Bruce Reiff 3rd, Cindy Drozd 4th, Nicole Reiff 5th,
and Bob Hamel 6th.  For more details visit
http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-pgf.html .

 

Tournaments Starting:

 

BATTLES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 202 PBEM ABOUT TO BEGIN: Rob Doane will
be GMing the 202 version of Battles of the American Revolution PBeM.  To
sign up, send Rob an email at boargm2020 [at] gmail.com
<mailto:boargm2020 [at] gmail.com>  .  For more information, visit the 
tournament
website at https://rfdoane98.wixsite.com/boar2020 .

 

RUSSIAN RAILROADS 2020 PBEM TOURNAMENT TO BEGIN IN AUGUST:  GM Jay Spencer
will be starting up the BPA Russian Railroads PBeM Tournament in August on
Yucata.  To register for the tournament, send an email to
<mailto:jay.spencer [at] ymail.com> jay.spencer [at] ymail.com with your Yucata 
user
name.  For more information, go to the tournament website at
https://russianrailroadstournament.wordpress.com/.  

 

TITAN THE ARENA PBEM TO START IN SEPTEMBER: Greg Crowe will be GMing a Titan
the Arena tournament using Discord and Tabletop Simulator through Steam.
Signups due by September 14.  Email Greg at WBCTTAref [at] gmail.com
<mailto:WBCTTAref [at] gmail.com>  .   More information is on the website at
<https://gameindustry.com/wbc/TTAonline.php>
https://gameindustry.com/wbc/TTAonline.php.

 

Ongoing Tournaments:

 

EMPIRE OF THE SUN DOWN TO 10: All 5 games are running well, with one game
already at Turn 7! The bid spread went sharply for the Allies and landed at
+.7 for Round 5. Two US1 bids and three US0 bids with no bids for the JP.
Good luck to all the top players still competing. Some very interesting
games being played right now!

 

GREAT CAMPAIGNS OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ENTERS THE FINAL ROUND:  The field
of 37 entrants is now down to just two: Ed Beach and David Dockter are
playing in the finals. They are playing the Pipe Creek Plan scenario from
the Roads to Gettysburg II: Lee Strikes North. The scenario starts with the
Union and Confederate forces just where they stood early on July 1, 1863,
before the Battle of Gettysburg, but with quite different victory conditions
than the traditional battle and covering six days of action. Fittingly, Ed
and David began playing the scenario on July 1 of this year, the 157th
anniversary of the start of the historic battle. Tournament congratulations
also go to Ken Lee and Rob Mull for reaching the semi-finals. More details
on the tournament can be found at
http://gcacwpbem.blogspot.com/p/results.html .

 

PATHS OF GLORY 2019 ENTERING ROUND 5: Round 5 about to start.  A few
miscellaneous factoids on Round 4: a) The CP has a record of 17 wins this
round with AP bids of -1 to +2 VP, b) The AP's 11 wins feature a much more
constrained bidding range of 0 or 1, and c) 7 of 30 matches went to the last
turn, 9 of 30 didn't make it to turn 10.  A quick perusal of the logs shows
the vast majority of the latter being 'morale check failures', and not AVs.

 

TWLIGHT STRUGGLE ENTERS SECOND ROUND:  Round 1 of the BPA Twilight Struggle
tournament is complete (5 days ahead of schedule).  In 39 games, the
Russians had the better of it 24-15, with 87% of the games played at a bid
of 2 given to the US.  All of the Laurelists from the previous tournament
won their first round game, but the random pairing has #1 and #2 facing off
in Round 2 of this triple elimination event. Follow the tournament at
https://twstourney.wordpress.com/

 

VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC ENTERS SEMIFINALS: In the lone quarterfinal, Bob
Hamel took the IJN after seeing dismal Pearl Harbor raids that let 5-6
battleships escape.  Greg Smith started the empire's serious problems on
Turn Three by saving Pearl Harbor with a lone remaining LBA while denying
Japanese control of the South Pacific and Marianas Islands.  On Turn Four,
Greg drove the last nails in the coffin.

Battleships based in Dutch Harbor supported by aircraft carriers at
Guadalcanal flagged the Japanese Islands, sinking the repairing Zuikaku.

While Japan earned points in the Hawaiian Islands and Indonesia, they were
about the only ones.  That allowed the USN to go ahead by half-a-POC
(including the bid) and draw a Japanese surrender.  Greg moves forward to
battle Mike Kaye while Alan Applebaum and Wayne Bonnett face off in the
other semi-final.  See all the results and action at
<https://gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_19.htm>
https://gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_19.htm.

 

 

WASHINGTON'S WAR FINALS ARE UNDERWAY:  Washington's War has entered the
finals with Derek Landel's British taking on James Pei's Americans.

 

WILDERNESS WAR ENTERS ROUND 3: Wilderness War Round 2 has come to an end and
the third round began in late July. Please continue to try to average one
card play each per day and you should finish with plenty of time to spare.
The website is up to date with respect to the Round 2 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/

 

          . Consimworld: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/?14@@.1dd15816

 

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