Enlightenment X Announcement
Jan. 16, 2007

Age of Renaissance Weekend
March 23–25, 2007
Days Hotel, Timonium, MD

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The Boardgame Players’ Association is pleased to announce the tenth annual meeting of its Age of Renaissance minicon gaming conference. Enlightenment has moved down the road from the Hunt Valley Inn to the more affordable Days Hotel.

The Age of Renaissance action begins Fri., March 23, at 7 p.m. and continues with two more rounds on Sat., March 24, at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. A fourth round will be played Sunday morning, March 25. The winner for the weekend will be that player with the highest total for any three of the four rounds. Manifest Destiny and other assorted games will be played in open Gaming mode from 10 a.m. on Fri., March 23, and between rounds of the tournament on Saturday.

Enlightenment uses a unique scoring system that keeps most players in contention for a prize throughout the weekend rather than being eliminated by a poor showing or relegated to the “losers’ table.” Every player scores points as a percentage of the winner’s score. This provides a real incentive to play against the leader to prevent run-away victories. In subsequent rounds, players are grouped according to their finish in the previous game…with all Round 1 winners paired in Round 2, all second-place players together, and so on. The winners compete with each other—earning a bonus point for each other table’s winner in that round they best by posting a wider margin of victory. Slow play is discouraged by penalizing all scores in games that take more than five hours. This scoring mechanism has resulted in nearly all games finishing in under five hours, with some ending in less than four.

LODGING: Days Hotel is offering BPA a very favorable group room rate of $79 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). To obtain this rate you must identify your affiliation with the BPA’s Enlightenment gaming conference and make your reservation before March 6, 2007 (or when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first) at 800-235-3297 or 410-560-1000 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Eastern time.

After March 6, reservations will be accepted on a space or rate available basis. Alternately, you may contact Days Hotel, 9615 Deereco Rd, Timonium, MD 21093. Be sure to identify your affiliation with our group—both to get the best rate for yourself and to credit our group with your stay. Room options include one king or two queen size beds. Room rate includes daily continental breakfast served from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the second floor. Regular weekend rates are $99 per night plus applicable taxes. Chili’s restaurant is attached to the hotel and open for lunch and dinner.

Reservations should include:

  • Arrival and departure dates
  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Room preference (single or double, smoking or non-smoking)
  • Credit card type to be used for payment including number and expiration date

REGISTRATION: Pre-Registration is $35 (or $25 for BPA 2007 members), if received by March 7, 2007. Print the Registration Form found here. Fill it out and send it and a check to BPA, 7766 Valley View Court, Hickory, NC 28602. On-site registration will be $35, regardless of BPA affiliation. NOTE: The Enlightenment pre-registration fee is a discounted rate extended in exchange for a guarantee to attend. As such, no refunds are allowed. There are NO exceptions.

Previous Champions

 1998, 2001, 2005

Bill Crenshaw, VA


James Pei, TX


Tom Taaffe, VA


John Coussis, IL


Chris Byrd, CT


 2004, 2006

Jeff Mullet, OH


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