PBeM fun is free to current BPA members. Others may qualify with a $10 Email membership in the year the event starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for the balance of that calendar year. 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 abovethefields.com/top_pbem/
 
     
  May 2017 Update  
     
  WAR AT SEA 2017-18 TOURNAMENT SIGN-UPS:
The 2017-18 War at Sea Tournament,
the 12th for the BPA, is scheduled to begin on June 1. Darren Kilfara, the
defending WAS PBeM champion, has volunteered to be the GM for this year’s
tournament. If you are interested in participating in this year’s
tournament, don’t hesitate as there is less than three weeks until the
tournament begins. This is your chance to possible take down our former
convention director as Don was the first to enter. Information about the
tournament can be found at https://waratsea.jimdo.com
 
     
  YOUELLS WINS DIPLOMACY IN RECORD FASHION: Kevin Youells set a BPA PBeM
record with 40 points in capturing his 4th Diplomacy PBeM title. Kevin
topped Mikalya Tang and Ken Gutermuth in capturing the title in a field of
35 players. Kevin proved to be the best diplomat as he recorded two solo
victories and a two-way victory. Mikalya Tang and Ken Gutermuth finished
with 35 points with each scoring a solo victory and a pair of two-way
victories with Mikalya edging out Ken for 2nd place. Completing the top six
laurelists were Warren Day 4th, Chris Lee 5th, and Natalie Howard 6th. A
surprise was the rare emergence of Italy as the best nation in the
tournament. Further details including current laurel totals can be found at
http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/dip.html#pbem
 
     
  PRO GOLF ENTERS ROUND 2: The Masters has come and gone but our BPA duffers
have entered the Second Round in their quest for the coveted BPA Green
Jacket. 34 golfers made the cut from Round 1 with Pete Stein leading the
way with a 7 under par 65 at Augusta, while 4 players stumbled into Round 2
with 2 over par. Round 2, which ends on May 1, is being played at Muirfield
Village. Muirfield is proving to be difficult as 1st round leader Pete shot
a 3 over par 75 and is currently fourth. Thomas Browne is the current
leader at 6 under par after 16 holes.
 
     
 

FINAL FOUR FOR MARCH MADNESS APPROACHING: And then there were six. In
Bracket A, top seeded Mike Pacheco (San Francisco 1956) is tied 50-50 with
Bill Edwards’ 45th seeded Minnesota late in the second half. The winner
advances to the Final Four where they will take on Haim Hochboim’s 42nd
seeded Missouri 2009. In Bracket B, Don Greenwood and his 9th seeded Duke
2011 leads late against North Carolina 1998, the #5 seed coached by Mark
Yoshikawa. Bob Hamel awaits in the Final Four with his 7th seeded Indiana
1953. Check out the progress at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2017.htm

 
     
  LAST ROUND OF SWISS FOR NAPOLEONIC WARS: In the third round of Swiss play,
30 players fight to earn their way into the 9-player single elimination
rounds. One of the ten Round 3 games has been completed placing Lance
Roberts and Richard Prast in the clubhouse with 11 points each.
 
     
  WILDERNESS WAR ROUND 3 HAS BEGUN: Round 3 of the Wilderness War PBeM
Tournament has started and will end in August. The initial field was 49
players. There are 11 undefeated players after two rounds. The top three
seeds, Keith Wixson, James Pei and Paul Gaberson are among the double
winners. After four rounds of Swiss play the top eight players will advance
to the elimination rounds. In the 45 games completed so far the British
player has won 28 times.
 
     
  FOR THE PEOPLE ENTERS SINGLE ELIMINATION ROUNDS: The Swiss portion of the
tournament has been completed and the eight players competing in the single
elimination round has been determined. In no surprise to the FTP crowd, the
Pei brothers, James and Nick, are part of the elite eight. Mustafa Corapri,
Warren Day, David Sherwood, Tim Tow, Michael Ussery, and George Young round
out the rest of the field as the mighty 7 try to topple the FTP Master,
James Pei.
 
     
  PATHS OF GLORY ROUND 2 CONTINUES: With just over 3 and ½ weeks to go in
Round 2, 35 of the 54 Round 2 matches (a BPA POG record) are now complete
with 26 AP wins and 9 CP wins. The bad news is that 15 participants have
ended their quest for glory - having been credited with their second loss.
As usual, GM Tom Gregorio sets the gold standard for PBeM GMs with an
entertaining and informative newsletter keeping everyone up to date,
including a POG Puzzle with each newsletter. If you’re interested in POG,
you should get on Tom’s mailing list at gregorit@yahoo.com
 
     
  AFRIKA KORPS ENTERS QUARTERFINALS: With a little more than a month left in
the quarterfinals, two of the four games have been completed. Randy Heller
and Joe Beard have advanced to the semifinal round with victories over Bill
Morse and Joe Harkins, respectively. Bert Schoose, Gregory Hultgren, Ed
Menzel, and Mark Gutfreund are still battling for the final two spots in the
semifinals.
 
     
  WATERLOO FINAL: The Battle of Waterloo enters its Final Round with the top
two seeds fighting it out for the title. Joe Beard bested Richard Beyma in
one semifinal while Marty Musella defeated Bert Schoose. The initial set
ups for Marty (French) and Joe (PAA) can be found at http://watgame.com
 
     
  AND THEN THERE WERE 5 FOR BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Only four players remain in the
Breakout Normandy single elimination tournament. Five players entered round
4 in March in search of the Breakout Normandy title. Kevin Hammond has
advanced to round 5 by defeating Larry Myers for an Allied win. In the
remaining games, Jim Eliason’s Allies are taking on Kevin Wojtaszczyk’s
Germans while Mike Kaye plays the Allies against the eliminator Tom
Dworschak.
 
     
  VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC ENTERS THE FINAL: The last semifinal goes all the way
to the end, with the Japanese pulling out the win by virtue of winning the
Central Pacific for 1 POC on the last turn to win by a margin of one-half!
Joe Dragan knocks out the highest remaining seed #2, Ted Drozd, and moves
into the Final with our dark horse, Scott Beall. The 6th and 14th seeds
will play for all the marbles! Watch the action at
http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_15.htm and get
ready to join the new tournament starting September 15th!
 
     
  BATTLES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FINAL: The Final between Mark Miklos and
Rob Doane is in progress. Mark with the Spanish and Rob playing the Brits
will determine the fate of western Florida in the Revolutionary War. Mark
advanced by defeating Chris Easter at Pensacola in the Semifinal while Rob
did likewise against Bruno Sinigaglio. A total of 32 players entered the
tournament. As announced prior to the start of the tournament, the player
who fared best from the lower 16 area rated players would win a $50 gift
certificate to a vendor of choice at the WBC. The winner of the gift
certificate was Andy Maly who finished sixth overall. Expect a new BPA
Battle of the American Revolution PBeM tournament to begin in September
after the WBC.
 
     
  ADVANCED CIVILIZATION UNDERWAY: The 2017 Advanced Civilization tournament
commenced in early March. There are currently 10 games being played by 38
participants (each player plays two rounds in the preliminary round). The
games are currently in rounds 9-13, which means all games are currently on
pace to finish before the cut-off date in October. The final will begin
shortly thereafter. Advancement to the final is determined by performance
in both games. Seven of the tournament players are currently in either 1st
or 2nd place in BOTH of their games, which is quite an achievement! There
is still a lot of game left to play, so current placements are very likely
to change.