Boardgame Players Association Newsletter
Feb. 11, 2006

WAM IV Medals & Laurels Orphans EnlightenmentBoD Nominations
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WAM IV CROWNS FIVE: The Fourth meeting of the Winter Activation Meeting convened at Hunt Valley Inn the week before the Super Bowl to crown five more champions in card driven wargames. Tom Drueding and James Pei repeated as Paths of Glory and For The People champions while Pei reclaimed the WAM title for We The People. Keith Wixson and James Heenehan held sway over Wilderness War and Hannibal respectively. Complete details are posted here.

WBC VIRTUAL TOUR EXTENDED: The BPA photo record of all WBCs have been updated to include all 2005 events and can be viewed on-line at the BPA Medals page. That Medals List is supplemented by the current BPA Laurels totals. Enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane with memories of convention exploits past.

LAST CALL FOR WBC GMs: Prospective Game Masters are asked to submit their event forms for WBC 2006 now. Many events are in danger of being dropped for lack of a GM. Prospective GMs are urged to reread the newly revised GM Guidelines, paying particular attention to the tie-breaking rules for MESE events which have been modified since the prior distribution. See the upcoming Century and eligible Continuing Trial events on the Orphans Page for events in need of a GM. GMs who have made commitments to run an event are reminded that they have until Feb. 28 to submit requested starting times. Thereafter, BPA will schedule the event based on the information on hand.

ENLIGHTENMENT IX: The ninth annual meeting of our Age of Renaissance minicon gaming conference convenes March 17-19 at Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn and features the added bonus of a Manifest Destiny tournament starting at 4:30 on Friday. BPA has obtained a very favorable group room rate of $99 per night plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). To obtain this rate you must identify your affiliation with the BPA’s Enlightenment gaming conference and make your reservation before Feb. 15 (or when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first) at 410-785-7000 weekdays between 8 am and 7 pm EST. Get more details on our Enlightenment page.

FINAL CALL FOR BoD NOMINATIONS: 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 himself/herself. Nominations must be signed and received at BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 no later than Feb. 28 to be eligible for election in that year. When contemplating nominations, members are urged to 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. Board members should be considered more for their ability to contribute to the running of a successful company than for their attachment to any particular game or genre. Besides forwarding a signed nomination for himself/herself, each nominee should submit by March 1 a statement not to exceed 100 words summarizing what they can contribute in service to the Board of Directors of the BPA. The nomination form is online.

TONY CADDEN: We sadly report the passing of member Tony Cadden. A brief memorial is posted online.



WAR AT SEA: After five rounds of swiss play, six players have survived to enter the elimination rounds of the current War At Sea PBeM tournament. Andy Gardner and Robert Drozd have earned byes in the Quarter-Final round while Rob Flowers, Mike Kaye, Rob Day and Mark Gutfreund duke it out in the first elimination round. View the results.

MARCH MADNESS: The BPA version of college basketball is humming along on schedule with only eight teams remaining from the 64 that started with John Coussis’s Duke 2004 squad having already made the Final Four in the current PBeM tournament. Follow the tournament’s progress.

BREAKOUT NORMANDY #4: Don Greenwood has won the 4th rendition of the PBeM tournament, outlasting 47 players in a five-round Single Elimination tournament. The victory came in a close contest as Bryan Eshleman’s Allies fell one VP short when a snake-eyes roll ended their last chance on impulse 5 of the last day. Steve Adriakos, Scott Fenn, Anthony Daw and Tom Gregorio also earned laurels while finishing third thru sixth respectively. Get the details.

BREAKOUT NORMANDY #5 LAST CALL: The fifth Breakout Normandy PBeM tournament will commence on Feb. 17. Entry is free to all current BPA members. All rules and details are available on the BKN BPEM page. Send your opening supply bid to to enter.

PATHS OF GLORY: The next BPA POG PBeM tournament will start March 1, with signups due by Feb. 25. Get the details.

WE THE PEOPLE: The WTP PBeM Tournament started on Jan. 14 with 50 participants. The six round Swiss tournament should run for approximately two years. A large number of top players are participating. Favorites for the wood include past WBC Champs Marvin Birnbaum, Brian Mountford, George Seary, James Pei and George Young and defending BPA PBeM Champ Paul Gaberson. Check out the action.

WILDERNESS WAR: The final round of the WNW PBeM Tournament is set to start later this month. After five rounds the leader is Keith Wixson, who is the only undefeated player. Should he lose his final game, the following players with one loss still have a shot at the wood: WBC Champ Ron Fedin, Tom Drueding, James Pei, Bruce Monnin, Bill Peeck, Paul Gaberson, Gary Phillips and John Buse. Check out the action.

ANZIO: After four rounds of play, the double elimination event is down to six players; Tom Oleson and Chris Harris are undefeated while Steve Likevich, Jim Tracy, Jeff Hawarden and Mauro Faina remain alive with 3-1 records. Check out the action.


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 the BPA Terms page 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.

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