Boardgame Players Association Newsletter
Nov. 15, 2005

GM of the Year | Waterloo III Results | Next Conference | EuroQuest Sells Out Hotel
Last Call for New Events
New Webmaster | 2005 Patrons | Club Links | PBeM News |

GM OF THE YEAR: Floridian John Sharp was named the for his hosting of our initial The Rising Sun mini-con of Victory in the Pacific at this summer’s WBC Pre-Con. John narrowly defeated John Weber, the GM of WBC’s largest event (Puerto Rico) by a scant four votes in the Board of Director’s new voting system for the award. Mr. Sharp will receive free accomodations at the 2006 WBC in addition to the honor of claiming the second leg of our vaulted triple crown of meta-honors. Full details are available at

The South rose again at the third Waterloo mini-con but this time the Greenville Mafia went home empty handed as a different pair of “southerners” took home the wood. Top honors went to Mark Hodgkinson of Australia who won the five-player tournament with three wins in four rounds to take the wood “down under”.
Meanwhile, a transplanted Texan garnered the two-player honors as Ken Gutermuth went undefeated in three tries as the Coalition to edge Scott Moll on a tie-breaker as both finished 3-1. Scott took come consolation in his Best Imperial wood with a 3-0 record as the French. Full details are on line at

NEXT CONFERENCE: The next chance for gaming laurels will be the twin mini-cons of Euro Quest and D-Day at Days Hotel in Timonium, MD, on Nov. 17-20. D-Day starts at 6 pm Friday and is the 8th running of a dedicated, five round swiss tournament for fans of Breakout Normandy hosted by the designer. Euro Quest features tournaments in Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Ra, Settlers of Catan, Goa, Medici, Ticket To Ride, Saint Petersburg, Princes of Florence, Power Grid and Louis XIV plus a popular Wild Card event covering such games as Attika, Euphrat & Tigris, Lost Cities, San Juan, Tikal, Taj Mahal, Transamerica and others. One admission fee covers both conventions and all events. See for more details.

EUROQUEST SELLS OUT HOTEL: The Days Hotel is currently sold out of rooms on Friday and Saturday evening. Continue to check with the Days hotel as there will be some room cancellations. Alternate hotels within 2 miles in Cockeysville include:

The Red Roof Inn
111 West Timonium Rd
410-666-0380 ($71)

Ramada Limited (formerly Econo Lodge)
10100 York Rd
410-667-4900 ($70)

Hotels in nearby Hunt Valley include the Hampton Inn and Hunt Valley Inn.

LAST CALL FOR NEW EVENTS: There are only two weeks left for prospective GMs to add an event to the ballot for next year’s WBC. If you want to add a new event to the mix, submit your Event Form at this month.

NEW WEBMASTER/ACD: BPA is pleased to announce the hiring of Kaarin Engelmann as the new BPA webmaster. Kaarin replaces the retiring Steve Okonski in the webmaster role. Steve provided years of voluntary service and yeoman work for BPA in its formative years and will be sorely missed. Kaarin will also serve as our PR person and new Assistant Convention Director.

2005 PATRONS: The BPA 2005 Patrons list is on line at Please report any errors of omission before March. Otherwise, this will be the list featured in the 2006 program.

CLUB LINKS: If your gaming club would like to trade links with the BPA website, please forward details to Kaarin Englemann at
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FOR THE PEOPLE: Another rendition of “Can Anyone Beat Pei?” or the third BPA BPeM tournament of Mark Herman’s Civil War card-driven wargame will commence under his direction on December 1st. The format will be Campaign game, v2.6 of the rules, random determination of side, use of ACTS system for all card and dice interactions. First three rounds are in Swiss format. Winner of divisions go to a single elimination format. Check it out at

Beginning December 7th, Mark Herman will be hosting the newest BPA PBeM tournament for his new card-driven WW II game Empire of the Sun using the 1942 Campaign Game and v1.3 of the rules plus optional Progress of the war rule (available on, campaign bidding rules to determine side, use of ACTS system for all card and dice interactions. Double elimination tournament (play until you have two losses). Check out the details at

WILDERNESS WAR: Round 4 of this six-round tournament has just ended. There are three unbeaten players remaining: WBC Champ Ron Fedin, Tom Drueding and Keith Wixson. In Round 5 Drueding and Wixson are paired while the top seed Fedin plays James Pei, the top rated player with one loss. The British and French split 20 4th round games with the higher rated player victorious 13 times. This was the bid breakdown: 6 games with no bid; 7 games with a bid of 1 VP to play the Brits; 2 games with a bid of 2 VPs to play the Brits; 1 game with a bid of 3 VPs to play the Brits; and 4 games with a bid of 1 VP to play the French. The 10 Brit players who bid for the honor had a record of 4-6. The French players who bid for France had a record of 2-2. Check out the website at

BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Round 5 of the 4th BPA Breakout Normandy PBeM tournament is underway with three unbeaten survivors vying for the top rung. Bryan Eshleman, Steve Andriakos and Don Greenwood are all that remain of the 47 who started single elimination play. Top-rated AREA player Tom Dworschak rejoins the event as an Eliminator to prevent a bye with the hope of making this the final round. Details are at

WE THE PEOPLE: Keith Wixson will be starting a new PBeM tournament on January 2nd for this card driven classic played via the ACTS site. See the details at


All BPA PBeM tournaments require current BPA membership when the event starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for the balance of that calendar year. Associate Calendar year memberships enabling play in all PBeM events starting in that year cost only $10 and earn discounts for admission to all BPA gaming conferences. You need not keep your membership current in order to finish a PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year. Members are reminded they can upgrade their current memberships at any time by remitting the additional funds. See for details.

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


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