Caesar Award |
WAM 2012 |
Final Call for GMs |
Sustaining Membership Deadline |
Laurelists and Medalists |
Board Nominations |
HAIL RANDY BUEHLER: Its official! Randy Buehler, in only his second
year of BPA competition, has reached the top of the class by being
named Caesar for 2011. True to form, Stefan had again run up a big lead before WBC began in email tournaments and by winning his Twilight Struggle specialty at WAM, but Randy reduced that lead by scoring in five Euro Quest tournaments before overtaking Stefan altogether with a dominating WBC that included a second in the Through the Ages pre-con as well as three outright wins in Dominion, Egizia, and Princes of Florence. Randy's win knotted the score at the top with four wargamer Caesars offset by four predominantly Euro-playing top dogs. Two Caesars (Mullet and Benedict) have defied classification with more varied tastes. More details including the list of Top 25
Caesar contenders can be found on our Caesar page.
NESTERS DOMINATE WAM: Nest of Spies teammates James Pei and Chris Byrd
ran the tables at the tenth Winter Activation Meeting held in Timonium,
MD on Jan. 26-29. The Card
Driven Wargame conference drew 36 players, including nine first
timers, for an enjoyable mix of mid-winter tournament and Open Gaming
opportunities for their favorite games. "Master" James Pei lived up to
his billing by sweeping both the Hannibal and Washington's War events
with crowning victories over Keith Wixson and Marvin Birnbaum
respectively, while teammate Byrd downed Wixson in the fifth round of
the Twilight Struggle contest to complete the sweep of events. More
details can be found on our WAM after action page with updated laurel totals for each game located on the associated
Yearbook event pages.
FINAL CALL FOR GMs: It is once again that time of year where
commitments must be made for the next WBC. All 2011 GMs are reminded
that their event "reservations" expired on Jan. 1. To run an
event again this summer, you must submit a new event form AND renew your membership by Feb 28. Please check the Orphans
List to confirm that requested times are current. All qualifying
events now without GM commitments are listed as OPEN on the Orphans
ORPHANS: 25 otherwise qualified events are currently without a GM
commitment with little time remaining before they forfeit their
eligibility in our annual game of chicken to see who can be the last
to step forward. One event's demise is another's opportunity. Events
without GM commitments will be replaced by those from the Alternate
list with a completed 2012 event form on file by March 1. Currently,
only 12 Alternates have filed the necessary event form to be
considered for those vacancies or potential sponsorship. If you want
to be considered for such a vacancy or recommended to a sponsor,
submit an event form and be a current member by then. Otherwise
qualified but endangered events without a GM form on file include:
- Air Baron
- Battle Cry
- Bitter Woods
- Can't Stop
- Commands & Colors Ancients
- Euphrat & Tigris
- Facts In Five
- Great Campaigns of ACW
- Paths of Glory
- Puerto Rico
- Ra; The Dice Game
- Race For the Galaxy
- Squad Leader
- Superstar Baseball
- Union Pacific
- Up Front
- Washington's War
- World At War
- Commands & Colors Napoleonics
- Hammer of the Scots
- Win, Place & Show
Do not assume that because an event is popular that it will be run. My
philosophy on such things is that an event which does not have
someone willing to commit to GM chores in a timely manner does not
deserve to be run and should be replaced by an event that does. If
your favorite event is dropped due to lack of a GM commitment, you
have only yourself to blame.
Vendors/Sponsors are likewise reminded to submit or authorize their 2012 Trial Event choices by Feb. 28. We also are in need of a few
Seminar speakers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions
SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE: Feb 28 is also the last chance to
commit to a Sustaining Membership good for the entire week of WBC
admission for just $70. In March, Sustaining memberships increase to
$80. Tribune Memberships good for all of WBC including its pre-cons, a
Yearbook, and shirt or hat premiums remain available for $100 through
BOARDMASTERS UPDATED: You can view the latest collection of BPA
champions who have managed three or more titles in their respective
specialties at http://www.boardgamers.org/boardmasters.htm
HISTORY UPDATED: The Annual BPA Year in Review for 2011 which pictures
the year's Top Centurions and outlines the year's progress has been
updated at http://www.boardgamers.org/archive/history11.htm.
LAURELISTS & MEDALISTS LISTS UPDATED: The BPA's record of career
honors has been updated through February 2012 at http://www.boardgamers.org/l_sumsall.htm and http://www.boardgamers.org/medals.htm respectively. The former
list has also been augmented to note participation so that you can
track the history of your participation even if you did not score
laurels in a given year.
LAST CALL FOR BOD NOMINATIONS: All 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. NOTE: Email nominations are NOT acceptable, nor can a member nominate more than one member for the Board. 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, 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.
DICKSON WINS RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN: Gary Dickson successfully defended his
TRC PBeM title by besting Doug James' Russians in the fifth round of
the Ninth Annual TRC Tournament. It was the fifth email title for
Dickson. Also earning laurels were Michael Kaye, John Ohlin, Ari Kogut
and Ed O'Connor who finished third through sixth respectively. More
details and updated laurel standings can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook12/trcpge.htm.
WIXSON WINS WILDERNESS WAR: Keith Wixson topped a field of 50 to win
the fourth WNW PBeM tournament. Keith ran the table in going unbeaten
through seven rounds, topping Al Owen in the Final. The tournament
began in February 2010 and saw the French post a 59% winning
percentage over the course of 96 contests. Other laurelists were John
Buse, Adam Deverll, Stefan Mecay and Kevin Worth. More details and
updated laurel standings can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook12/wnwpge.htm.
FREEMAN WINS STONE AGE: Eric Freeman successfully defended his title
in the second online Stone Age tournament over a field of 28
competitors by besting Stefan Mecay in a best 2-of-3 playoff which
ended the 97-game event. Other laurelists were Scott Fenn, Greg
Thatcher, Chris Yaure and Rob Kircher respectively. More details and
updated laurel standings can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook12/stapge.htm.
MARCH MADNESS PROGRESS: With the real March Madness not far off, our
9th Annual PBeM tournament is right on schedule with all second round
games completed and 12 of the Sweet 16 spots filled. Three of the
survivors were seeded #43 or worse. Jeff Martin’s Indiana 1953 has
been joined by Bruce Monnin’s Washington 2005 and Jeff Finkeldey’s
Indiana 1987 as the three teams already in the Elite Eight. Follow the
progress of the bracket this year at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2012.htm.
VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC UNDERWAY: The first round was particularly
tough on high seeds – with just four of the top ten surviving. The
bottom ten did just as well. John Lindley moved from the lower half to
the highest (which means the lower seeds won two games more than the
higher seeds over-all. Good thing for the top seed, Larry Meyers, that
he had a bye. The second and third seeds? Gone. No byes this coming
round, however. The first round winners are Scott Beall, Daniel
Blumentritt, Dakota Brueland, Bill Burch, Michael Day, Rachael Day,
Warren Day, Robert Drozd, David Gubbay, Rob Kircher, John Lindley, Ted
Lyng, Vince Meconi, Jeff Miller, Ken Nied, Rich Prast, David Sherwood,
Greg Smith, and Tim Tow. See all the details and action at: http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_11.htm!
PRO GOLF: For those with far too much time on their hands, GM Bruce
Monnin offers the Third Annual Pro Golf PBeM tournament with a
starting date, appropriately enough, of April 1st. See the details at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_PBeM_2012.html.
FOR THE PEOPLE: The second round of the BPA FTP PBeM Tournament ended
on schedule with 14 Union win's to the CSA's 7. Three more games were
adjudicated due to time overruns. The record of non-adjudicated games
after two rounds is 27-16 in favor of the USA. On the surface this
seems to indicate a shift from a long standing balance or even mild
CSA edge in tournament play over the last several years. Before too
much stew is made from this single bone, I will point out that if we
disregard the victories of the top 10 laurel winners, the record would
be 16-13 or one and half games from a balanced result. Said another
way, the successful players who have played FTP for a long time
continue to dominate their games regardless of side assignment, but in
this tournament they have been randomly (but disproportionately)
assigned to the Union side and the overall results reflect this.
The top laurel winners currently remain undefeated. They are James
Pei, David Dockter, Michael Mitchell, Nick Pei, Tim Miller and Mike
Ussery. Newcomers to our tournament scene who also remain undefeated
include Steve Likevich, Jean-Louis Dirion, Gary Kirk, Tim Tow, Doug
Pratto, Alberto Molina and Jeff Donald. The competition has been
strong enough to drop some well known CDG game experts to a 1-1
record, including: Hank Burkhalter, Tom Drueding, Tom Thornsen, and
George Young. However, the tournament format provides an excellent
opportunity for any of the remaining 22 players with a 1-1 record to
climb back into contention.
A GM Special Recognition Award will be presented to Domenico Licheri.
Signore Licheri has contributed hundreds of hobby hours to collecting
statistics on the FTP opening game related to common card plays
including investigations of conditional combinations of cards. He has
promulgated this work on ComSimWorld (http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.ee6c9ab/27644). It runs well over 150 pages and is a tour de force in the analysis
of any game. This report is an exceptional piece of Operations
Research and we are happy to recognize it as such.
Round 3 of the tournament officially began on 5 Feb and will
end on 25 May 2012. Please visit our tournament website for more
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.
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 at http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/
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