2008 Winter Activation Meeting (WAM V) Announcement
Oct. 15, 2007

Jan. 25 - 27, 2008 with optional opening Rounds on Jan. 24
Days Hotel, Timonium, MD

WAM was such a success last year at Days Hotel that we're going back. Opening day on Thursday, starting at 2PM will be Open Play First Rounds for all events. Win and you are one round deep into that tournament. Those who arrive on Friday will still be able to join any tournament without missing the First Round. Note: There are no Mulligans in 2008.

On Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sun., Jan. 27, 2008, in Timonium, MD, BPA will again be hosting 2008 Winter Activation Meeting (WAM VI) during the calm before the storm which is 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. We offer the following titles as BPA tournament events with expectation of full laurels to be won: Paths of Glory, Wilderness War and Twilight Struggle as featured tournaments. An Open Play and "swiss open" format will allow gamers a chance to play a favorite all weekend, or to enter a number of events, even returning to later rounds of events after failed attempts to win the championship in others. Other CDWs such as Hannibal, For the People, We The People, Empire of the Sun and Trimuph of Chaos will be played in a less formal setting, and should attendance justify it, tournament status will be granted the winners of those games, as well, after the fact. The Open Play match-up system features GMs matching players of like records as soon as they have an open time slot to play the game (allowing players to fit short games in between rounds of longer games).

Each participant is asked to pre-register, stating their gaming preferences, in order to assist us in better planning this event. The event is designed for experienced players of these games, but all are welcome.

LOCATION: Near Baltimore, at the Days Hotel in Timonium

SCHEDULE: Jan. 25 (Friday 8AM) - Jan. 27 (6:30PM), with a Thursday night open gaming session and Open Play of first rounds for any of the covered games in the meeting space (which opens at 2PM)--an invitation to kick off the weekend with some early contests counting towards tournament play commencing on Friday morning. We also anticipate that participants will get a few sneak peaks at a number of new card driven boardgames.

GMs: David Dockter, Stuart Tucker and Keith Wixson

HOSTS: David Dockter and Stuart Tucker

WEB SITES: BPA (www.boardgamers.org) and WAM ( www.wamconvention.com )

TARGET AUDIENCE: Experienced, competitive, fun, two-player, historical card-based strategic boardgamers. Who else would commit to playing a game for 16 hours per day, for five rounds, over three days? Not many. On the other hand, gamers that appreciate the diversity of the titles and periods covered will have a chance to play many different titles in 3-1/2 days. Of course, we encourage any interested boardgamers to attend the convention and give the games a shot. However, it is expected that players will have a thorough understanding of the rules for each game that they choose to play. Initial rounds will match players of similar skills. In each case, the GM is likely to be playing in their own event. We often also have a few odd multiplayer late night pick up games.

WHY THESE GAMES: These games were selected due to interest expressed in the general gaming community and those that we enjoy hosting and playing. Five events is a stretch in a three-day conference. However, our experience shows that, via a sort of controlled chaos we call Open Play, the GMs can keep people playing with very little downtime. The shorter games (HRC, WTP, and WNW) allow players to play their early round games at anytime during the meeting prior to the start of Round 3 for their event. Obviously, participants, as always, will need to make choices. After losing a game, some players will choose to move to a new event, while others will continue to play for the experience. Of course, winning an event championship is likely to require wins in every round. NOTE: Games of Barbarossa to Berlin can be substituted for rounds of Paths of Glory but ONLY if BOTH players agree. Paths of Glory will always be the default version should both players be unable to agree on the game to be played.

WHY IN JANUARY?: Face it, we are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal from our wonderful experience at WBC in August. We realize that there are many events in the winter and spring. We have no desire to detract from those tournaments. However, we wanted to run something over the winter close to Baltimore's major airport (for ease of travel for both drivers and fliers) that would appeal to the WBC "card-shark" gang without the distraction of competing events. Late January during the lull before the Super Bowl seems to fit the bill.

PREREGISTRATION: Pre-Registration STRONGLY Encouraged. All participants are encouraged to pre-register ($40 for BPA 2007/2008 members, $50 for non-members, received by Jan. 11). Those who do not pre-register will pay $50 at the door, regardless of BPA affiliation. The price jump reflects our desire to strongly encourage pre-registration. Attach a list of your game priorities (rank the games you want to play) when sending a pre-registration check, payable to BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. (Knowing game tourney priorities will allow us to more easily handle any severe conflicts that we have not anticipated.) We will post the names of pre-registrants on the WAM web site.

REFUNDS: The WAM pre-registration fee is a discounted rate extended in exchange for a guarantee to attend. As such, no refunds are allowed.

LODGING: BPA has obtained a very favorable group room rate at the Days Hotel. It is $79 per night plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). To obtain this rate you must identify your affiliation with the BPA's WAM gaming conference and make your reservation before Jan. 11, 2008 (or when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first) at 410-560-1000 weekdays between 8 AM and 7 PM EST. After Jan. 11, 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. King rate is an additional $10/night. Room rate includes daily continental breakfast served from 6:30AM-9:30AM on 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 & 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

Directions to the Days Hotel:

Light Rail: Construction of the Maryland Light Rail (MTA) is complete and travel times should be faster as there are now two tracks in operation in both directions (North and South). Hours of operation are Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m; Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday and Holidays: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. There is direct access from BWI Light Rail station. Get off at the Timonium station stop. Upon exiting the station walk/turn right down Deereco Road (towards Padonia Road). The Days Hotel is about 1/2 mile ahead on the left.

Driving:

  • From North and South Via interstate I-83: Take I-83 to Exit #17- Padonia Road. Go East on Padonia Road towards Timonium. Turn right onto Padonia Road off the Exit Ramp and stay in the Right Lane. Make a Right at the first traffic light. This is Deereco Road. The Days hotel is the first entrance on the right. There is a large parking lot in back of the Hotel, if the front lot is full. Additional parking is available at next two buildings past the hotel, if the hotel lot is full.
  • From North and South Via interstate I-95: Take I-95 to I-695 North towards Towson. Take Exit #24 to I-83 North. Go North on I-83 approximately 2 miles to Exit 17- Padonia Road. Follow Directions from I-83 above.
  • From the West Via Interstate I-70: Take I-70 East towards Baltimore. Take Exit #89 to I-695 North towards Towson. Take Exit #24 to I-83 North. Follow Directions from I-83 above.

SCHEDULE:

Open Play: Thursday 2 PM+; complete two games anytime before Round 3
Round 3:
Saturday, 3 PM
Round 4: Saturday 7 PM
Round 5: Sunday 1 PM

Open Play: Thursday 2 PM (play Round 1 early)
Round 1: Friday 8 AM
Round 2: Friday, 3 PM
Round 3: Saturday, 8 AM
Round 4: Saturday, 3 PM
Round 5: Sunday, 8 AM
Open Play: Thursday 2 PM+; complete two games anytime before Round 3
Round 3: Saturday, 7 PM
Round 4: Sunday, 8 AM
Round 5: Sunday, 1 PM
Other events: Open Play throughout weekend; complete two games anytime before Sunday; Round 3: Sunday, 8 AM; Round 4: Sunday, 1 PM
Open Game = Room available for pickup games of any sort; at other times on a space-available basis.
Open Play = See GM for early round game pairings any time; play at least two rounds by Round 3 start time.
Round # = Formal scheduled start time for event's round. In case of Open Play events, you may get in the game early and skip to the next round start time.
All events are swiss events, allowing play in each round if you are present at the round start time.
The plaque for We The People (WtP) will be awarded to the last remaining undefeated player.

GENERAL TOURNAMENT FORMATS:

  • Swiss Open/Four or Five Rounds: Each event will run for four or five rounds (allowing drop-ins for any round). If you want a top finish, you must participate in all rounds of an event. We The People will award the top prize to the last remaining undefeated player.
  • First Round Seeding: Events will be seeded for the first round (matching players of similar skills when possible). GMs will use a combination of previous WBC tournament finishes and AREA ratings for establishing these first-round matchups (though the Open Play events will be a bit more free-form). Newcomers to an event usually will not be matched against experienced tournament players for the first round. After the first round, players with similar records continue to match off (much like a single elimination tournament as long as you win).
  • Open Play: Players may play their early round games at any time prior to a formal round start time on the schedule. All early matchups must be approved onsite by the GM in advance, and game record sheets must be submitted with the results. Find Tucker and/or Wixson to request an early matchup.
  • What happens in case of a BIG turnout? We will be contracting for a fixed amount of table space. Consequently, we are emphasizing pre-registration in order to be able to provide enough table space.
  • What about uneven game preferences? We will NOT turn players away from the game they want to play. Tie-breaker systems will be implemented to handle popular events while still completing each tourney during the weekend.
  • Prizes: The top finisher in each eligible event will receive an official BPA plaque. Additionally, the top six places in each event count toward the BPA's annual Caesar Award. An event is eligible only if it draws 16 or more participants.
  • Rules and Regulations, etc.: All of the rules and regulations for attending the annual WBC convention will also be in effect at WAM.

SPECIFIC GAME FORMATS: We're using the same formats as used at WBC. All descriptions can be accessed on the corresponding BPA Event Previews pages.

  • Paths of Glory (GM: David Dockter): PoG will use the same format and rules as the August WBC tourney, except a tie is an allied victory and there are no peace terms. When players bid VPs for side, they should take into account these changes.
  • Twilight Struggle (GM: Stuart Tucker): We will use the clarifications current on the GMT Games website as well as boardgamegeek and consimworld websites. Players will bid VPs for choice of side in a manner similar to past Hannibal tournaments.
  • For The People (GM: James Pei): We are using rule version 2.6. FtP will use the campaign game.
  • Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (GM: Stuart Tucker): See "Open Play" above. Hannibal will use the same format and rules utilized at the August WBC tourney. Players may use either version of the rules if they can agree (the default will be the second edition rules). The web-published second edition has the advantage of incorporating the clarifications (but adds about a dozen real changes) and can be obtained at: http://pages.infinit.net/mykeul/hannibal_rules.htm.
  • Wilderness Wars (GM: Keith Wixson): See "Open Play" above. Wilderness Wars will use the same format and rules used at the August WBC tourney. Wilderness Wars will utilize Annus Mirabilis tournament scenario. Players will bid VPs for sides.
  • We The People (GM: Stuart Tucker): See "Open Play" above. This event has no specific rounds (except the Final slot), as we expect people will be seeking matchups between their "quick" rounds of play at other events. We will follow closely the rules that have been in use in recent WBC tourneys for this game. Games lasting longer than 2.5 hours and in danger of making a player miss a round of another event will be adjudicated. A comprehensive Q&A and Errata is found at http://www.geocities.com/dropded/WeThePeople.html

RESOURCES:

WAM is changing formats and moving down the road from its traditional home at Hunt Valley Inn to a more affordable site at Days Hotel with a Chili’s restaurant on the premises. Opening day on Thursday has become an attendance optional Mulligan Round for all events starting at 2 pm. Win and you are one round deep into that tournament. Lose and start over Friday with no blemish on your record.

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