Boardgame Players Association Newsletter — December 2007
Dec. 17, 2007

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HAIL CAESAR: Raphael Lehrer, in only his second year at WBC, dominated the Euros competitions and claimed our Top Competitor award by topping all players with 170 Laurels in the 2007 season. Tying for second were Stefan Mecay and past Caesar James Pei with 150 Laurels. Raphael had 34 Laurels coming into WBC from his play at Euro Quest, but trailed favorite Chris Byrd by a wide margin as Chris had banked 102 Laurels at mini-cons and email tournaments during the year prior to WBC. But Raphael had a great week, winning three events outright (Puerto Rico, Pillars of the Earth, and Tara) while placing in three more to also deny the Consul Award for most Laurels at WBC to anyone else. This
clean sweep leaves him ruling alone in the BPA gaming universe for 2007. Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for the year were Chris
Byrd, Harald Henning and Ken Gutermuth in that order. Only six of last year's Top 25 players managed to repeat in 2007, led by Mecay who rose from tenth to second. Byrd, Bruce Reiff, Ken Gutermuth, Tom Browne and Keith Wixson all managed to retain Top 25 status another year also while 19 new faces graced the leader board. For more details about BPA's top metagaming prize, see

Prospective BPA members are urged to renew memberships for 2007 NOW through the end of the year both to save money with our lowest rates and to vote for the inclusion of 25 Continuing Trial events and the winner of our annual Sportsmanship Award. Vote to retain your favorite events or introduce new ones. Give some deserving player a free room at WBC 2007 by electing the most deserving Sportsman
of the Year. Your vote must be postmarked by December 31st to count. The December membership application is posted with the 2007 Ballot for Trial events and Sportsmanship nominees at

GM RESERVATIONS: All GMs are reminded that their event "reservations" for the WBC events they ran in 2007 expire on January 1st. To retain GM status of your event, you must submit a new event form at and renew your membership by the end of the year. Otherwise, those events will be listed as OPEN on the Orphan's List at in an attempt to attract a new GM.

WAM VI: Our next gaming conference is on Thursday, January 24th through Sunday, January 27th, 2008 in Timonium, MD.  The Winter Activation Meeting is again the week before the Super Bowl. The focus of this four-day event is two-player historical "card-driven" games. We offer the following titles as BPA tournaments with expectation of full laurel awards: Paths of Glory, Wilderness War and Twilight Struggle. An Open Play and "swiss open" format will allow gamers a chance to play a favorite all weekend, or to enter a number of events, even returning to later rounds of events after failed attempts to win the championship in others. Other CDWs such as Hannibal, For the People, We The People, Empire of the Sun and Trimuph of Chaos will be played in a less formal setting, and should attendance justify it, tournament status will be granted the winners of those games after the fact. The Open Play match-up system features GMs matching players of like records as soon as they have an open time slot to play the game (thus allowing players to fit short games in between rounds of longer games).Opening day on Thursday, starting at 2PM will be Open Play First Rounds for all events. Win and you are one round deep into that tournament. Those who arrive on Friday will still be able to join any tournament without missing the First Round. There are no Mulligans in 2008. BPA has obtained a very favorable group room rate of $79 per night plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). To obtain this rate you must identify your affiliation with the BPA's WAM gaming conference and make your reservation before January 11th, 2008 (or when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first) at 410-560-1000 weekdays between 8 AM and 7 PM EST. For more details see

2007 PATRONS: The BPA's list of 2007 Patrons is now posted at Please report any inaccuracies to us no later than January 1st to ensure an accurate listing in the upcoming Yearbook.



GREAT CAMPAIGNS: The Great Campaigns of the American Civil War PBeM tournament features four preliminary rounds, followed by a three-round elimination bracket. Scenarios have been drawn from six of the nine different modules/games (with the primary goal to use scenarios not normally featured at the annual WBC tournament), but players are required to own just one game to participate. Players should plan on a once-per-day response time as we aim to keep the entire tournament on a two-year schedule. A PBeM aid is not required (but is recommended), and we'll use ACTS for die rolls. Initial pairings will be based on AREA ratings (top players vs. top players; newcomers vs. newcomers). Subsequent rounds will pair players of similar records—but we'll strive to keep the sharks fighting the sharks, and the newbies beating up on fellow newbies. A January 15th start is planned. For details see

ADEL VERPFLICHTET: Adel Verpflichtet PBeM tournament begins on January 19th.  If you thought internet bluffing was limited to offers of Nigerian wealth, medication, and massive discounts, you owe it to yourself not to waste your talents on Spam—come and collect "art" to display at Castles everywhere.  Everyone will get to play multiple quick games in parallel on SpielbyWeb, using just a few minutes a day.  Whether you call it by Hook or by Crook, Hoity Toity, or "that German game with the name I can't pronounce" check out all the details at  Sign up today!

MONTY'S GAMBLE: The second Monty's Gamble: Market Garden PBeM tournament has concluded on schedule with the same result as the first.  Defending champ Tod Whitehurst repeated with an impressive Allied win over Jim Eliason. The 29 players had split 28 games with 14 wins apiece for Germans and Allies in a testement to play balance. Other laurels were earned by the designer Mike Rinella who finished third, Rob Mull, CO fourth, Anthony Daw, UT fifth, and Trevor Bender, WA sixth. More details and updated laurels totals are available on the Monty's Gamble AAR page at

BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Tom Dworschak has won the 5th rendition of the Breakout Normandy PBeM tournament, outlasting 49 other players in a six-round Single Elimination tournament. The victory was his fifth as the Germans in a tournament once again dominated by German play despite bidding for sides. The Germans won 29 of 51 games. Steve Andriakos took second when he lost the dice off for the Germans. Both players had submitted bids of 37 Allied supply to play the Germans. Also earning laurels were Harvey Smallman, Michael Kaye, Jim Eliason and Scott Fenn who finished third through sixth respectively. Updated laurels totals are available on the Breakout AAR page at

Panzergruppe Guderian began with 22 participants again this year, and is currently down to the semi-finals. Defending champ John Popiden is in a rematch with WBC GM Jim Tracy. Last year's runner-up Rob Frisby is taking on Larry Meyers in the other semi-final. Although there have been some close matches in this years event, the preponderance of wins have been on the German side. This has prompted a reluctance to continue the format traditionally used for this tournament awaiting the release of the new L2  version of this SPI classic.

RUSSIA BESIEGED: Russia Besieged began with a smaller field of 16. The format used in this tournament uses a unique double elimination series. Additionally, given the importance of weather to the Russian campaign, participants are competing against players that have the same side and all are playing a set number of turns before counting victory points based on cities controlled. This format has resulted in participants that although they believed they may have done extremely well or poorly, have advanced based on their showing against the other commanders of the same side. Currently, in the third round that will last till the end of 1943, 10 participants remain split between winner and loser brackets. At the end of the current round, there will be eight participants remaining. These matches have garnered quite a following on Consimworld with turn results and screen shots that have elicited much debate on set-up and strategies. The international flavor of the competition with participants from Poland, France, Italy, and Canadian designer Art Lupinacci is also drawing interest. The second edition rule book is currently under play-test, and once released for general use will be the de-facto rules for the 4th round.


Anyone interested in running an email tournament is invited to inquire. 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

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. 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.

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