BPA Newsletter
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


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


2021 PREREGISTRATION LIST UPDATED:  The Preregistration Page for BPA 2021
Memberships has been updated.  For the latest list of members, visit


with instructions on how to arrange the transportation is now on posted on
the BPA transportation page at


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 .





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 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 . 


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>



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 
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 .


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 
home page at  <https://sites.google.com/site/breakoutnormandytournament>
https://sites.google.com/site/breakoutnormandytournament for more


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/
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:


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 
More details can be found at


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 



Ongoing Tournaments:


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


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


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




BPA PBeM Remember: ... all of the above PBeM fun is free to current BPA

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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