Boardgame Players Association Newsletter — May 2008
May 31, 2008

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WBC EVENT PREVIEWS: WBC 2008 is now on line with a "host" of new features and attractions. In depth previews of each of the 2008 WBC tournaments - all 155 of them - many with new formats - are now on line in a new upgraded format as only WBC does them at

WBC AUCTION PRE-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: BPA is now accepting pre-registration of lots for its annual WBC game auction in Lancaster, PA on August 5th. Items must be delivered in person on Monday night,August 4th or the following Tuesday morning before noon by registered members. Since the auction is very popular and lots are limited to the first 550 registered, pre-registration of items for the auction is highly recommended. Our previous auctions have sold out via pre-registration so don't expect to bring items unregistered to the door. Check out the details at Download your Lot Forms now. Don't procrastinate! An updated list of items made available for sale will be posted in the weeks preceding the convention.

NEW IN 2008: WBC AUCTION STORE PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: We've expanded our popular Auction Store for the sale of additional lower priced items during the WBC auction. Located in the same showroom with the Auction, buyers will be able to peruse items with a set price within view and earshot of the auction. The Auction Store allows us to increase the number of items handled in less time while offering sellers a more efficient way to offer lower priced items at a reduced commission. Items in the Auction Store have a top price of $30 BUT MUST be pre-registered by July 27th. You need not prepay any fees until you deliver your items to the Auction Store but the items MUST BE preregistered. Come prepared with your Auction Store Item forms pre-completed. After processing the submission, the Auction Store Administrator will provide Lot Numbers for the items. See for details and to download your Auction Store forms. Sellers are encouraged to read both the Auction and Auction Store details carefully to determine which venue is the best choice for their sales items.

WBC PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS: The current Pre-Reg form can be downloaded from You will also soon be able to check this page to check your current registration status or to advertise for rides, roommates, or Open gaming opportunities.

NEW IN 2008 - WBC PROGRAMS: The days of the combined WBC Yearbook for the preceding year and a program/schedule for the coming year are over. Our Annual mailing occurred in mid-May and included a copy of the 2007 Yearbook for qualifying members of record at that time residing in the US (one per household). The yearbook contained no schedule information for the 2008 WBC. A smaller program containing a detailed schedule will be available to all members at WBC registration and will also be available on line by mid-June. For our friends residing outside the US and those who are just curious to see what they are missing, an on-line version of the yearbook can be downloaded at

A limited number of 2007/2008 Yearbooks will be available for $10 each while supplies last. See the pre-registration form for ordering information. Late joining Tribune members may also pick up a copy at registration.

WBC SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS: This year WBC returns to the often requested, original high quality, silk-screened shirts featuring the BPA logo of yesteryear. We no longer will be making shirts on site so if you'd like a souvenir shirt, you need to pre-order it for pickup at the show. See the pre-registration form at for details.

In keeping with the family-friendly atmosphere of Lancaster Host (which is adjacent to an amusement park), WBC again slates a full schedule of Junior and Teen events. Check them out at

SEMINARS: WBC will again take advantage of the fine lecture facilities at the Host to offer an expanded series of speaking engagements featuring many hobby luminaries and spousal support plans as well as the CSR Awards and the popular Wits & Wagers Game Shows. Contact Tamara Houde ( in order to arrange outings (with or without children). Check out the schedule at

Steve Okonski has once again worked his magic and presented a host of convenient programming tools to help you plan your WBC week. Choose from among the Custom Scheduler at, an All-in-One schedule at, or several downloadable pdf pocket schedules. They can all be reached from:

WBC PRE-REGISTRATION/RIDE/CARPOOL/ROOMMATE/TEAMMATE/CHILD CARE SERVICE: If you want to check your pre-registration status or look for a ride, carpooling from an airport, someone to share a room with, a particular Open Gaming itch you want to setup or just another member for your team, check out the WBC Pre-Reg page now on line at It will be updated weekly as information is received. If you'd like help with any of the above, just email your requests to to be listed on the page. All we ask is that you notify us to remove your listing once your need is fulfilled. And if you can't wait for the pre-reg form to arrive in the mail, you can download a pdf version at the same page.

As part of the increased Open Gaming space at WBC, we are opening a small room for the exclusive play of large multi-map, multi-day simulation games. This would be reserved for games that can't be played in a day and need to remain setup from day to day. Players would still be required to "play" the games on a regular basis but could leave it unattended for a reasonable period without fear of it being moved. Use of the room would be on a reservation system, first come, first served. To apply, contact with the game name. table space dimensions required, dates to be played, and the names of those who have committed to playing. This service is free to members of the conference. Other Open Gaming will be designated in two separate locations. Multi-player gaming will take place in the Lancaster Room near Heritage behind the front desk. Two-player Open Gaming will occur in Vista C & D adjacent to Vista's restaurant. Consequently, we ask everyone's co-operation in keeping the noise to a minimum for the restaurant patrons lest we lose this space in the future.

The E-Ballot for the 2007 Board of Director's election is now available at Please take a moment to cast your vote sometime before the July 15th deadline. Even if you're indifferent to the results, by law a % of the membership must caste ballots for a valid election. Failure to do so, will require an additional election at more expense which will ultimately be passed on to the membership. While ballots can be caste by mail or email also, this year the technology has been updated to facilitate true on-line voting for the ultimate in convenience at

Many WBC regulars have been disappointed to discover that Lancaster Host is already sold out for the upcoming 2008 WBC. Not to worry - BPA also has group rates at the nearby Red Roof Inn and Continental across the street. These hotels have been recently renovated and offer bargain rates and free continental breakfasts when you ask for the World Boardgaming Championships group rate. However, do not delay. Our group rates and room blocks expire in mid-June and when they're gone, they're gone. Lancaster area hotels often sellout during the tourist season. Reserve your room now. Get the details at

WBC 2008 POSTER: Help spread the word. Download the current WBC poster featuring the artwork of Kurt Miller at and post it at your next club meeting or ask your local gamestore to display it.

BPA MAILING LIST: If you want to be added to our mailing list for our Annual mailing of the WBC Pre-Reg form, send your postal address to Conversely, if you want off the list to "go green" to save the planet either because you'll never attend WBC or can get all the relevant info you need on line, drop us a note at the same address with the Subject "REMOVE" and your real (not on-line) name.



WAR AT SEA: The five-round swiss portion of the current BPA PBeM tournament has concluded with Scott Beall as the lone undefeated player with a perfect 50 point score. Joining him in the three-round elimination play-offs are Ewan McNay, Darren Kilfara, Robert Drozd, Dennis Nicholson, Ed Menzel, John Pack and Alan Applebaum in that order. Check out the progress in the tournament at

Speaking of War At Sea, no WBC event has been more hotly contested nor lovingly celebrated in detailed coverage, statistical and otherwise thanks to longtime GM Vince Meconi. For a copy of his annual e-mail newsletter pertaining to THE tournament, jusk ask at

MARCH MADNESS: GM Bruce Monnin won his second championship in this event, surviving a 38-player field after 75 games in the fifth annual BPA March Madness PBeM Championship. Monnin’s 1983 NC State squad defeated Pete Staab’s 1985 St. Johns team 89-84 in the final game, the third five point victory for the Wolfpack in the tournament. Both teams were the #17 seeds in their respective brackets, proving you do not need to grab one of the top teams in the draft to do well in this event. Also earning laurels were Harry Flawd, John Coussis, Jim Gutt and Bob Jamelli who finshed third through sixth respectively. For more details see the updated March Madness results page at


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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Don Greenwood
WBC Convention Director

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