|BPA October Newsletter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ken Gutermuth (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 15:22:45 -0700 (PDT)|
October 2020 Newsletter PRAETOR AWARD ADDED TO ANNUAL AWARDS STARTING IN 2020: With the cancellation of WBC and the increase in PBeM tournaments in 2020, the board has reviewed our annual awards and has created the Praetor Award for best play in BPA sponsored PBeM tournaments. The award will go to the member who has accumulated the most BPA PBeM laurels each calendar year. The first Praetor award will be awarded during WBC 2021 for the PBeM tournaments concluded in calendar year 2020. CAESAR AWARD CHANGES AND STATUS FOR 2020 AND BEYOND: With the creation of the Praetor award for best PBeM performance in the year, the Board has decided to change the Caesar Award requirements starting in 2020. Previously, Caesar was awarded to the individual who earned the most laurels at WBC and BPA PBeM tournaments during a calendar year. Starting in 2020, the Caesar Award will only be awarded if the same individual wins both the Consul Award (most laurels at WBC) and Praetor (most laurels in BPA PBeM). Based on this change, since WBC 2020 had to be canceled and there is no Consul for 2020, there will not be a Caesar Award for 2020. TENTH SEAT ARCHIVES TO RETURN: From 2005 to 2008, a page called the Tenth Seat Archives was created which provided insight into BPA board of directors' decisions and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The old pages can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/about_newsletters.html . With the November newsletter, the Tenth Seat Archives will begin again with the 2020 version. WBC 2021 NEW TRIAL EVENTS: 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 in WBC 2021, 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 during 2020, 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 NEWS: Completed Tournaments: DOCKTOR WINS GREAT CAMPAIGNS OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR TOURNAMENT: David Dockter's Union forces defeated the Confederate troops commanded by Ed Beach to capture the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War PBEM title. The remaining laurelists were, in order, Ken Lee, Rob Mull, Al Owen, and Laurent Tisseyre. Further details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-gca.html . JIANG WINS 2019 ADVANCED CIVILIZATION PBEM TITLE: Defending PBeM champion and reigning Caesar, Allan Jiang, wins as Assyria for the first time since WBC was held at Hunt Valley. Allan edged out Nils Brobbak's Illyria by 58 points. The remaining laurelists were 3rd Jay Spencer, 4th Antonio Cataldo, 5th Ed Coderre, and 6th Daniel Kirkwood. For more details of the tournament, please visit http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-acv.html . Tournaments Starting: EGIZIA 2021 BEGINS IN JANUARY: Egizia has been a tournament at WBC since 2011, now is your chance to join an online tournament of this ancient Egyptian worker placement game. 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/egizia/tournament-format/ to view the tournament format, and email Rob Flowers at epworthian1 [at] gmail.com <https://mail.tigertech.net/src/compose.php?send_to=epworthian1 [at] gmail.com> by January 15 to sign up. FOR THE PEOPLE 2021 TO START IN DECEMBER: Start your new year out with reliving the Civil War. New GM Stephane Chevallier will host the 2021 FTP BPA Tournament beginning on December 19th and signups are underway. Please take your seat by going on the web site and filling the form and reading about the new tournament format at https://ftp-tournament.wixsite.com/forthepeople . 2020-2021 MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT STARTS IN DECEMBER: The 18th annual BPA March Madness PBeM tournament will start with the draft on Saturday, December 5th, 2020. To sign up to play, email GM Bruce Monnin at bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net <mailto:bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net> . More details on the tournament can be found at http://user.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mms_home_page.html . This annual tournament gets around 44 players for the event. All players receive two Teams which guarantees at least two games in the event. The format is single elimination until a champion is crowned, usually in late spring. If you have played March Madness before but are worried about using ACTS to play the game through email, we have volunteers standing by ready to show you how easily it can be done. STONE AGE 2020 PBEM TOURNAMENT TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER: GM Chris Wildes will be starting up a BPA Stone Age PBeM Tournament in November on Board Game Arena. To register for the tournament, send an email to <mailto:chriswildes [at] gmail.com> chriswildes [at] gmail.com. For more information, go to the tournament website at https://bgtournament.wordpress.com/stone-age/ THURN & TAXIS 2020 PBEM TOURNAMENT TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER: GM Jay Spencer will be starting up the BPA Thurn & Taxis PBeM Tournament in November 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://www.meepleleague.com/bpa-thurn-taxis-pbem-2020-tournament/. Ongoing Tournaments: VOYAGES OF MARCO POLO ENTERS SEMIFINALS: The first round of the Voyages of Marco Polo tournament has concluded and play has begun in the semifinal. Three players managed to win 3 out of 4 games in round 1: Keith Dent, Allan Jiang, and Ming Hon. Seven other players achieved 2 wins. Fifteen players in total advanced to the semifinal round. ROUND 3 OF BATTLES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN: The 2020 Battles of the American Revolution tournament kicked off on August 1 with 28 players. The first two rounds saw players fighting it out in the Freeman's Farm scenario from Saratoga. The Americans held a slight advantage in these rounds, ending up with 15 wins versus 13 for the British. We are now engaged in round 3 which is the Battle of Eutaw Springs. Round 4 begins on November 19 where we will play the Battle of Rhode Island for the first time in tournament play. Anybody who wishes to join us for this final preliminary round is welcome to do so by sending an email to boargm2020 at gmail. You need not have played in any of the earlier rounds. More details can be found on the tournament website: https://rfdoane98.wixsite.com/boar2020 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 ================================= 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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