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2009 CENTURY LINEUP: The initial lineup of eligible events for the 2009
WBC pending GM commitments is now posted. Our usual in-depth analysis
of each event has been delayed by late GM reports but will be available
before the December membership drive to aid you in deciding what events
to support in 2009. Those 2008 Event After Action Report pages complete
with the latest Laurel counts and photos as only WBC does them will be
Alex Bove, PA
Raphael Lehrer, MD
Rob Kircher, RI
Tom Dunning, NY
BOVE WINS SIEGELMAN: Despite concerns about the economy and incomplete
renovations at the Days Hotel, the sixth rendition of EuroQuest
managed to hold steady with approximately 250 in attendance. Top
individual honors for the weekend went to Alex Bove, the 2007 runner-up
to Rob Kircher, who reached four tournament finals and compiled 24
points to 22 for the reigning Caesar, Raphael Lehrer. Alex won the
Harald Siegelman Award despite winning no events to Raphael's two by
scoring in six of 11 main event tournaments. For the second straight
year, it was Raphael who won the most games overall (18) but because he
posted wins in two fewer events, Alex scored higher. Defending
Siegelman champ Rob Kircher competed well also, winning a total of 17
tournament games and placing fifth in the Wild Card tourney while also
winning games in seven main event tournaments to place third, two
points behind Raphael and four behind Alex. See the winners. The winners and
laurelists for all events with updated laurel totals will soon be
listed on their respective event AAR pages.
EMERY WINS WATERLOO: John Emery bested Rich Shipley and Kevin Sudy in a
5-turn Final to win championship wood at Waterloo VI on October 26th in
Towson, MD. John, playing the Austro-Russians, won despite submitting
with the Austrians on Turn 1. The tournament saw 39 games played by 24
combatants with the new 2nd edition rules. Read complete details on this
unusual Final and the weekend in general.
NEW MEMBERSHIP POLICY: In 2009, we will be extending WBC to a full week
running from Monday morning through Sunday evening with assorted
pre-cons during the previous weekend. This has been done to accommodate
the growing number of early arrivals during the Sampler Showcase
looking for Open Gaming opportunities. The Showcase will no longer be
considered a Pre-Con and will be open to all paid WBC attendees.
Additional space has been secured to handle the influx of open gamers
this has created. A small number of events will continue to be run on
Monday to augment the Sampler Showcase, but the bulk of Tuesday will
remain dedicated to the Auction and Auction Store as in the past.
A normal Sustaining Membership will now cover all WBC events from
Monday thru Sunday and will cost $70. However, all members joining by
the December 31st deadline will receive both a free full-color Yearbook
mailed in May and a WBC Souvenir T-Shirt upon arrival. Those joining
After the New Year will be able to purchase these items separately only
while supplies last. The convention schedule will remain separate from
the full-color yearbook in a smaller, one-color booklet made available
at registration. This policy ensures that everyone who attends WBC will
get a printed schedule, while preserving one of the unique traditions
that IS WBC—our full color souvenir Yearbook. Check the full details
on our membership terms page for payment deadlines and shirt size exceptions.
DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: Prospective BPA members are urged NOT to
renew memberships for 2009 until the December membership application is
posted with the Ballot for Trial events and Sportsmanship. That page
will be updated on or about Dec. 1, 2008. In the meantime, check
out the nominees for your Sportsmanship vote during the Membership
LAST CALL FOR NEW EVENTS: If you'd like to introduce a new event to WBC
2008 (or return one from long ago) NOW is the time to submit an event
form to GM that event next summer. Only by doing so by Nov. 30,
2008, will that event be added to the ballot for our Annual December
Membership Drive. All events which ran at WBC 2008 will automatically
be on the ballot again, but if your favorite game is missing, don't
lament it unless you've done something about it! Take a turn running it
yourself. See the list of events already eligible to be run and an
updated list of those that will be on the ballot.
We are also always in need of volunteers to GM or assist Juniors/Teen
events and to offer Seminars. If you're looking for a way to give
something back to your hobby, here it is.
EURO COORDINATION: Eric Freeman is again volunteering to coordinate
Euro events in an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts. If you'd
like to be part of this effort, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAM VII: The next BPA gaming conference is on Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sun., Jan. 25, 2008, in Timonium, MD at the newly
renovated Days Hotel. The Winter Activation Meeting is again the week
before the Super Bowl. The focus of this four-day event is to provide a
gaming convention for the two-player historical "card-driven"
boardgaming community: players and designers. This year we have decided
to abandon the Open Play format that we have been using in recent years
and will be making WAM a more structured event.
While the "organized
chaos" approach was popular with some, it was less so with others
because the high number of tournaments diluted participation and also
because it was confusing to new attendees and difficult for the GMs to
run. We will be offering the following titles as fully sanctioned BPA
tournaments with full laurels to be won: Paths of Glory, 1960: Making
of the President and Twilight Struggle. In addition, as we anticipate
the publication of several new CDG titles in the coming months, we will
also be adding a fourth tournament as January approaches (much as we
did with 1960 at last year's event).
If none of the new games are
tournament friendly or published in time we will bring back one of the
old standards such as Hannibal or Wilderness War. These are the only
official tournaments that will be run and all four events will have a
set schedule. Participants are also welcome to open game to their
heart's content, so bring your other CDG titles along.
BPA has obtained a very favorable group room rate of $79 per night plus
applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). The hotel is newly
renovated so enjoy this rate for the last time. Prices will be
increasing next year. See details at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wam09ann.htm.
TWILIGHT STRUGGLE SEMIS: A total of 213 games have been played by 86
entrants in the six swiss rounds to reach the six-player Single
Elimination rounds. Three-time WBC champ Stefan Mecay, the #5 seed in
the elimination portion, has defeated the Soviets of #4 seed Suzanne
Tuch with a +20 VP auto-victory on Turn 7. George Seary, the #6 seed,
has likewise defeated the Americans of #3 seed Bill Edwards with a -20
VP auto-victory on Turn 5. The two survivors now enter the Semi-finals.
Track the details at http://www.kilfara.dsl.pipex.com/TShome.htm.
GALLAGHER WINS HERE I STAND: After 22 games, the field of 54 players
was whittled down to the six laurelists. The Final of the first HIS BPA
PBeM Tournament reached a satisfying conclusion in late Sept. 2008.
Dan Gallagher's Turks were able to outwit, outlast, and secure five
Pirating VPs to earn the first PBeM wood. Dan's Turn 5 victory was an
outstanding accomplishment given the strength of the other finalists.
Key moments in Dan's march to victory in Turn 5 were the three key
Piracy VPs the Turks earned to ensure the victory, the play of Servetus
for an additonal VP and the stealing of two VPs when the Akinji Raiders
snatched the Andrea Doria card from the Hapsburgs.
Hapsburgs held the Turn 4 lead but deft diplomacy on his part shifted
the bullseye squarely to the back of his rival, Dan's Turks. The
diplomatic play in no way lessened Rob's chance at victory. However,
Dan's cards, luck, and overall strategy won out and brought home the
coveted wood. Spirited play by Mike Brophy's Papacy and Jeremiah
Peterson's Protestants saw the religious battles sway back and forth.
Mike's Pope eventually prevailed in this conflict with the untimely
burning of one of the Protestant debaters. Meanwhile Steve Caler as
the French and George Young as the English played a steady Tournament
Final that saw them poised for a big Turn 6 that could have secured the
victory, but alas it was not to be. The final results for all the
participants were thus: 1st - Dan Gallagher 24 VPs (Turks), 2nd - Rob
Seulowitz 21 VPs (Hapsburgs), 3rd - Stever Caler 21 VPs (French), 4th -
Mike Brophy 18 VPs (Papacy), 5th - George Young 18 VPs (English), and
6th - Jeremiah Peterson 17 VPs (Protestant). Appropriate laurels will
soon be posted on the BPA HIS page.
The next Here I Stand PBeM tournament is scheduled to begin on Feb.
15. Check out the details at
AFRIKA KORPS: What better way for grognards to celebrate the New Year
than with the start of another email tournament. Jan. 1 is the
target date for another duel in the sand dunes. See the details at http://www.bpaclassics.org/afrika_korps_format.htm and contact GM Bruno
Sinigaglio to enter at email@example.com.
DELUXE BITTER WOODS: Jan. 15 will be the start of a new BPA PBeM
tournament featuring Patton's Relief of Bastogne scenario in a Single
Elimination format. Seeds will be determined by AREA rating with no
byes awarded. "Eliminator" opponents will be assigned in place of byes.
For details go to home.comcast.net/~bitterwoodsweb/BWHome.htm or
contact the GM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADEL VERPFLICHTET: This holiday season won't just be about what you're
getting. It'll be about showing your stuff off at castles all over
Europe. And stealing the other guys' stuff -- and their money too.
And once in a while, you might even spend your own check to buy more
funky stuff to show off. To what do I refer? Why, the Adel
Verpflichtet PBEM tournament using the SpielByWeb engine which starts on December 1st, of course. You can get all the details at
http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_format.htm and enter by contacting John
Pack at email@example.com. Make this holiday season one to bluff
your way through. Your turkey will taste much better in anticipation!"
RUSSIA BESIEGED: Two years in the making, and after five hard fought
rounds of double elimination, Russia Besieged heads into the Final
pitting the ever venerable Vallery Relland against Jim Eliason. Vallery
has finished each round with the best results for his side played in
all rounds to this point making him the odds on favorite. This
tournament has used a unique style of play where the players compete
against participants from the same side in each round that uses a
common weather die roll to avoid having weather determine the course of
play. Each round has produced results that compare the number of
victory point cities with tie breaks for minor cities gained / lost and
finally Axis losses for the length of the scenario. Having a field of
players that encompassed a truly cosmopolitan flair with entries from
Poland, Italy, France, Canada, as well as the United States has truly
been a potpourri of experiences throughout.
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 pre-registered 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 http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm 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 http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/
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