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BROSIUS TAKES 2011 TOP GM AWARD: We are pleased to award the 2011 GM
of the Year honor to Claire Brosius for her outstanding work running
Ticket to Ride—one of WBC's largest events—annually drawing in
excess of 200 players. In winning the award, Claire breaks the glass
ceiling for her gender, being the first woman to win the award. Claire
came to us late in WBC's gestation, finally tagging along with husband
Eric on his annual trip to WBC four years ago and was instantly hooked
when she finished sixth in Lost Cities for her first laurels.
that first trip, she was anxious to pitch in and help in the
registration room between events. Since then she has become a fixture
in the auction crew and wherever else she can lend a hand. So,
naturally she takes over the administration of WBC's largest event the
following year and what a job she has done—hitting the ground
running as a supremely organized human dynamo who broke into our Top
Six ratings in only her second year on the job and won the whole
shebang in her junior year. For winning the GM of the Year, Claire
will be our guest at WBC 2012, and provided he behaves, she can bring
Eric along too. More details including the results of our Top Six GM
voting are available at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/topgm.htm.
EUROQUEST 2011 UPDATE: Our next convention is at the Pikesville Hilton
in Pikesville, MD, on Nov. 3-6, featuring twelve Euro competitions and a
wide variety of demos and plenty of Open Gaming. Pre-registration and
hotel deadlines (Oct. 20) are just hours away for this year's
EuroQuest. Please be advised that the room block reserved for
EuroQuest attendees is almost sold out, but a few rooms have been
added with the proviso that anyone booking must book at least a two-
night stay. If and when the room block is sold out, information about
alternate hotel locations will be posted. Pre-registration (including
instructions for on-line pre-registration) may be found here: http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/registereq.htm. Details, including a schedule and event previews for all tournaments
may be found at http://euroquest.gamesclubofmd.org. Information
about all the non-tournament activities has been collected at a new
webpage called "EuroQuest Presents" at http://euroquest.gamesclubofmd.org/EQ_Presents.aspx.
WAM X: Details are complete for the tenth Winter Activation Meeting
for players of Card Driven Wargames to be held at the Timonium Holiday
Inn, in Timonium, MD, from Jan. 26-29, 2012. The four tournaments will
once again be Twilight Struggle, Washington's War, Hannibal and Combat
Commander plus the usual open gaming opportunities. BPA has secured a
group room rate of $99 per night plus applicable taxes for those
making their reservations before Jan. 7, 2012, or when our
roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first. Full schedule and pricing
information is available at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wam12ann.htm.
PAUL BOLDUC: We regret to report the passing of longtime member Paul
Bolduc who died of cancer on Aug. 31. An original Avaloncon Game
Master for Wizard's Quest, Dr. Bolduc did not let the demise of that
event deter him from attending every year through 2010. A more
detailed report can be found on our Memorial page at http://www.boardgamers.org/memorial.htm.
TITAN FOR THE I-PAD: Apple fans who are also Titan players will be
happy to merge the two. The initial release, slated for winter 2011,
will feature both single player vs. AI and hot-seat local mode. Online
play is planned and under development, so stay tuned to www.facebook.com/titanforipad
WBC EVENT REPORTS IN PROGRESS: Event After Action Reports are being
collected now and used to update over 150 Event pages on our website
for a scheduled November unveiling. The 2011 GMs who have yet to
fulfill that part of their obligation have been notified that the
clock is ticking and that prize level and eligibility penalties will
apply for those events whose GMs do not comply. WBC is unique among
all gaming conventions for providing not only this coverage but also
archiving such reports for posterity. Check out the BPA Archives
section of our home page http://www.boardgamers.org/index.htm#archives to check out the progress of your favorite event over the past 12 years.
WBC 2012 EVENT SUBMISSIONS: November will soon be upon us—and with
it your last chance to muster support for a new WBC event by getting
it on the membership ballot or moved into the Pre-Con. There is a
limited amount of space available for early starts so if you
contemplate moving your event to Monday or sooner, you need to start
the process now by getting approval early enough for us to acquire the
required space. Such moves to or from Pre-Con or Monday status should
be discussed asap with email@example.com. Those merely wishing to get
an event on the membership ballot who are willing to GM that event
should complete the required event form at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php after reading the GM Guidelines linked from the start of that event
form. Nothing happens at WBC without a willing GM behind it.
SOCIAL NETWORKING: Keep up with WBC electronically by joining the
World Boardgaming Championships (WBC) Facebook group and the BPA_WBC
Twitter Page. You can also easily find us in the Boardgame Geek Forums under Gaming Related, Conventions, WBC.
MARCH MADNESS IN NOVEMBER: The 9th Annual PBeM tournament begins November 1 with the team draft. On the heels of the largest field
ever for this event at WBC this summer, this could prove to be the
largest PBeM tournament to date. All games will be played using the
ACTS module at http://acts.warhorsesim.com/index.asp. Each player will
have two teams in separate single elimination brackets. For details
see http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mms_home_page.html. Email GM Bruce
Monnin at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
NAPOLEONIC WARS IN DECEMBER: A new tournament of GMTs Napoleonic Wars
will start on Dec. 30, 2011, with signups to be completed by Dec. 20. Entrants will play three preliminary rounds of the three-
player game taking each position once. The top six players will then
play the two-player game. The aim is to complete the Tournament within
the calendar year, with a maximum of 48 hours between card plays, no
game to take longer than a month per turn. It is likely that some
players will have two games in progress at once. Default setup is ACTS
& Cyberboard. See https://sites.google.com/site/wilphe/home/tnw-2-5-2012 for details and enter with Wilphe@gmail.com before
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 are only $10. You need not keep your membership current to finish a PBeM event. You can upgrade your current membership at any time by remitting additional funds. See the BPA Terms page for details.
BPA members who would like an email tournament for a particular game are encouraged to step forward to GM 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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