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|From: conventiondirector (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 08:06:49 -0700 (PDT)|
March 2021 Newsletter WBC 2021 STATUS: The Board is continuing to monitor CDC Guidelines, Pennsylvania Covid restrictions, Vaccine status, and Seven Springs capacity restrictions as we still prepare for WBC 2021. The Board will make a final go/no go decision by the beginning of May, similar to last year. JIANG WINS FIRST BPA PRAETOR AWARD: Allan Jiang continued his reign over the BPA awards as he captured the inaugural Praetor Award in record fashion. Allan managed to gain more laurels than the next 5 competitors. Allan had 5 first, 2 seconds, and a third-place finish in the 8 PBeM tournaments he entered amassing 294 laurels. Nick Anner, Rob Murray, Nick Pei, Andrew Emerick, Jeff Hayman, and Derek Landel each had a first-place finish to place 2nd through 7th respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Michael Swinson, Jonathan Lockwood, and Joe Beard. For more details visit http://www.boardgamers.org/history-praetor-2020.html. BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS: 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 May 1, 2021 or a signed pdf copy emailed to conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org <mailto:conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org> to be eligible for election in 2021. NOTE: A member cannot 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 May 1, 2021. The nomination form is online at http://www.boardgamers.org/bpanom.html. WBC 2021 CURRENT EVENT LISTING: There are currently 3 orphan events, El Grande, Formula De and Saint Petersburg. For a listing of the Century Group and Trial events included in WBC 2021, please visit http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_pelorphans.html. 2021 PREREGISTRATION LIST UPDATED: The Preregistration Page for BPA 2021 Memberships has been updated. For the latest list of members, visit http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_prereg.html. SEVEN SPRINGS AIRPORT SHUTTLE SCHEDULE POSTED: The shuttle schedule along with instructions on how to arrange the transportation is now on posted on the BPA transportation page at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_gettingthere.html... SEVEN SPRINGS RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 3 OR MORE NIGHT STAYS: Reservations for stays of 3 nights or more are now available at Seven Springs for WBC 2021. Reservations for two nights or more become available April 15 and 1 night or more May 13. The rate for WBC 2021 will remain at $139 per night plus applicable taxes. King Jr. Suites will remain at $149 per night plus applicable taxes, and Cottages and Chalets at regular published Seven Springs Rates. Please use reservation Code 8BM5V9 when booking your reservations or mention WBC 2021. Seven Springs will be offering the Condo, Cottage, and Chalet special once again this year where a stay of 7 consecutive nights will get the last two nights for free. For more details on the hotel and how to make your reservations, visit our lodging page at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbclodging_7S.html . PBeM NEWS: Completed Tournaments: MALCOLMSON WINS BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Robert Malcolmson has won 12th running of the Breakout: Normandy PBeM Tournament defeating Jim Eliason in the final. While this is the first time Malcolmson has won the e-mail tournament, he has been the BKN champion at the WBC for four out of the last five years. Other laurelists, in order, are Andrew Choptiany, Alan Applebaum, Art Dohrman, and Mike Kaye. Further details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-bkn.html . VANDERHORST CAPTURES 1ST NAVEGADOR TOURNAMENT: In a very close finish, Ian Vanderhorst defeated DJ Borton based on tiebreakers to capture the 1st Navegador PBeM Title. The remaining laurelists, in order, were Anthony Lainesse, Allan Jiang, Ray Wolff, and Robert Woodson. Further details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-nvg.html . SWINSON CAPTURES 1ST VOYAGES OF MARCO POLO TOURNAMENT: In the third round of the Voyages of Marco Polo tournament, the finalists played seven games to determine a champion. Six of these games were won by Michael Swinson and Connie Vogelmann, each earning three victories. The winner would be determined by the results of their 4th games, with Michael's third place finish edging out Connie's fourth place. The remining laurelists, in order, were Allan Jiang, Robb Effinger, Peter Ran, and Dominic Blais. Further details can be found at <http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-vmp.html> http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-vmp.html. Tournaments Starting: ADEL VERPFLICHTET 2021 TO START IN APRIL: John Pack will once again by GMing an Adel Verpflichtet PBeM tournament. Those interested in joining the tournament should send an email to john [at] gameaholics.com <mailto:john [at] gameaholics.com> as soon as possible. The sign-up email should include your name, your SpielByWeb <http://www.spielbyweb.com/> name, the email address you wish to use, and an indication that you have read through and agree to this format. Details on the tournament can be found at https://www.gameaholics.com/adv_bpa/adv_format.htm . BREAKOUT NORMANDY TOURNAMENT TO START IN MAY: Mark Gutfreund will be starting the next PBeM Tournament for Breakout: Normandy, #13 in the series, in the near future. It will feature single elimination rounds of 4 months length. For further information, contact Mark Gutfreund at <mailto:gutfreund15 [at] yahoo.com> gutfreund15 [at] yahoo.com or visit the website home page at <https://sites.google.com/site/breakoutnormandytournament> https://sites.google.com/site/breakoutnormandytournament for more information. CONCORDIA TO BEGIN NEW TOURNAMENT IN APRIL: 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/ <https://epworthian.wordpress.com/concordia/tournament-format/> concordia/tournament-format/ to view the tournament format and email Rob Flowers at epworthian1 [at] gmail.com <mailto:epworthian1 [at] gmail.com> by April 15 to sign up. EL GRANDE 2021 BEGINS IN MAY: Jay Spencer will be hosting an El Grande tournament starting in May. The tournament will be using Yucata. Signups are due by April 30. To register for the tournament, email Jay at jay.spencer [at] ymail.com <mailto:jay.spencer [at] ymail.com> with your Yucata username. Further details on the tournament can be found at: https://russianrailroadstournament.wordpress.com/el-grande/ . LAS VEGAS 2021 BEGINS IN MAY: Jay Spencer will be hosting a Las Vegas tournament starting in May. The tournament will be using Yucata. Signups are due by April 30. To register for the tournament, email Jay at jay.spencer [at] ymail.com <mailto:jay.spencer [at] ymail.com> with your Yucata username. Further details on the tournament can be found at: https://russianrailroadstournament.wordpress.com/las-vegas/. 2021 PRO GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BEGIN IN APRIL: Pro Golf will commence its eleventh annual BPA PBeM rendition on April 1, 2021. Once again, we shall play Augusta during April, the month of the Masters. Round two in May we will play Muirfield Village, as the Memorial is played then. Finally, during our third round in June, we shall play Pebble Beach in honor of the U.S. Open. NEW IN 2021: Nothing. Players will still be permitted to choose their THREE favorite golfers from the seven options available. You will then be randomly assigned one of these three golfers. Email GM Bruce Monnin at bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net <mailto:bdmonnin [at] nktelco.net> to sign up. More details can be found at http://user.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/Pro_Golf_PBeM.html 1ST SEKIGAHARA PBEM TOURNAMENT TO START IN JUNE: Dennis Mishler will be GMing the first BPA PBeM tournament for Sekigahara starting June 1, 2021. For additional information on the tournament and to sign up, please visit the tournament website at https://sites.google.com/view/sekigahara/home. 14TH WAR AT SEA TOURNAMENT BEGINS IN MAY: Darren Kilfara and defending champion Jonathan Lockwood will once again jointly GM the tournament, which we expect will move along very quickly given that last year's tournament was completed in little over four months. Each round will last no more than two-and-a-half weeks; the expectation is that all games will be played via email, and via text exchange as the default method (although CyberBoard or VASSAL files can be exchanged if both players agree to do so), although real-time games may be played VASSAL if both players agree. As was the case last year, the tournament will again consist of a double-elimination Preliminary Stage (similar in many respects to the usual WAS Swiss tournament format) followed by a single-elimination Knockout Stage - full details can be found on the tournament website at <https://waratsea.jimdofree.com/> https://waratsea.jimdofree.com/. If you are interested in participating in the tournament, please email Jonathan at <mailto:jsl552009 [at] hotmail.com> jsl552009 [at] hotmail.com no later than 28 April. Ongoing Tournaments: BATTLES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ENTERS QUARTERFINALS: After 4 preliminary rounds involving 55 games and 29 players, we have narrowed the field down to 8 players who will advance to the playoffs. Congratulations to George Young, Rob Doane, Todd Carter, Rob McCracken, Jeff Lange, Dave Stiffler, Mark Miklos, and Bill Morse. The quarterfinal round will feature the Battle of Newport, the first time this title has appeared in tournament play. EMPIRE OF THE SUN ENTERS SEMIFINALS: The semifinals have started with Jay Meyers and Frank Riepenhausen battling again and Greg Waldeck taking the Bye. For those interested, the ACTS logs are still available for the Round 7 matches. Some great Empire of the Sun playing is on display! As always, the latest Standings information can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/eots-pbem/home/standings. PATHS OF GLORY IN ROUND 7: Scott B. and Jukka H. will be the last two members of the undefeated pool in Round 7, everyone else will be in a 'one and done' situation. Going 6-0 is pretty impressive given the depth of the field in event, well played, guys. We will have thirteen folks competing in Round 7 so there is a high likelihood that we will need an eliminator. STONE AGE ENTERS SEMIFINALS: The first round of the Stone Age tournament has concluded and play has begun in the semifinal. Sixty-five players competed in the first round, with 24 advancing to the semifinal. Three players achieved a perfect record of 4 wins in round 1: Haakon Monsen, Eric Freeman, and Scott Saccenti. Another four players managed to win 3 out of 4 games: Sam Wolff, Antony Saccenti, Andrew Martin, and Andrew Emerick. WILDERNESS WAR ENTERS ELIMINATION ROUND: The following six players will advance to the elimination phase: Keith Wixson (4-0), James Pei (4-0), Bill Peeck (4-0) Michael Mandelberg (3-1), Dan Sirbu (3-1), and Ron Fedin (3-1). Wixson and Pei, as the remaining seeded players, will receive a bye in Round 5 and will automatically advance to the semifinals. Bill and Ron are paired in one quarterfinal and Michael and Dan in the other. Three players remain undefeated. Allan Jiang notched his 13th straight win in BPA tournament play and faces reigning WBC champion Owen Kyrollos in Round 6. Meanwhile 2-time WBC champion Tony Russo goes up against last year's PBEM 7th place finisher David Stengle (chosen randomly from the pool of 1-loss players). VOYAGES OF MARCO POLO ENTER FINAL ROUND: After fifteen semifinal games, 7 players have advanced to the final round of the Voyages of Marco Polo tournament. Allan Jiang led the way with 3 wins again while three other players earned 2 wins each: Peter Ran, Connie Vogelmann, and Dominic Blais. The remaining finalists are Robb Effinger, Michael Swinson, and David Vestal. 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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