Waterloo V Announcement
Feb. 3, 2007

The Boardgame Players Association proudly presents the Fifth Annual
Waterloo or Napoleon Returns North...
A Dedicated Mini-Con for play of The Napoleonic Wars with a novel new and improved format

WHEN: Open gaming will be available starting 1 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 19, with tournament play commencing at 6 p.m. Although tournament play is expected to end by 3 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 21, open gaming space will be available until 10 p.m.

WHAT: Waterloo will provide a competitive forum for repeated play of this popular card-driven wargame with the "buckets of dice" combat resolution system without distraction from other events. Tournament play will begin Fri., Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Those present will be divided into three-player games. New games may commence until midnight whenever a threesome is available. Play will resume Sat., Oct. 20, at 9 a.m. and continue until midnight. Three finalists will commence play Sun., Oct. 21, at 9 a.m., while the remainder of the field may enjoy some four- and five-player action.

There are no “Rounds.” When you complete a game, you merely wait until two NEW opponents are available and play again. You can take breaks as needed. The Game Master will assist in making tables, with the emphasis on each person getting to play each nation once, and maximizing the variety of opponents. You can play as many games as you can get in during the tournament time. You can take breaks between games as needed and breaks during games as agreed.

To determine which players advance to the Sunday Final, tournament VPs will be awarded for each game played as follows:

  • Each Win: 2 Points
  • Each 2nd: 1 Point
  • Each 3rd: 0 Point
  • Each Victory Roll: 1 Point [To score a point, player must be able to win with a roll of 6, regardless of the actual roll]
  • Each Win by an opponent you've defeated: 1 Point

Tie-Breaker: In the event of ties, the player advancing first will be the player who has

  • won the most games with the Power with the least wins in the overall tournament, and then the next lowest Power, etc.
  • Any ties remaining will be determined by Waterloo, playing a randomly-assignly Allied or French side. One side gets Napoleon + 8 and Ney +4 in Picardy. The other side gets Wellington + 6 in Brussels and Blucher + 6 and Bulow + 4 in Munster. Each side draws one random card from the deck. The French have the Guard. Nappy must attack Wellington in Brussels. Wellington can evade to Munster or bring up Blucher/Bulow to fight in Brussels. If Wellington falls back to Munster, Nappy must follow but the French get to draw another card. The To The Death event is active. Neither side will withdraw after the first battle. Thus, there will be between two and four battle rounds. Either side may play the card(s) they have. The winner of the battle wins the tie.

CHOICE OF SIDE: A player's first Power assignment is random. Thereafter, player's choose sides in reverse order of the standings. For example, if player A won his game, B finished second, and C was last, they select sides for their next game in reverse order. If tied, they dice off to determine who selects first. Choice of sides in the Final will be random.

WHY 3-PLAYER: In the opinion of your host, the three-player game is the best balanced of all the versions.

PLAQUES/LAURELS: BPA plaques will be awarded to all finalists, plus best overall performance plaques for each nation determined by average performance with that nation. Thus, the competition provides plenty of wood opportunities, as well as a chance to improve your standing in BPA's annual Caesar competition.

WHERE: The convention will take place at the Days Hotel, 9615 Deereco Rd, Timonium, MD 21093. Phone 1-800-235-3297 or 410-560-1000. Web site: www.dayshoteltimonium.com. For lodging details and directions to the hotel, see our Days Hotel page. Note that BPA's group rate ($79 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes of about 13%) is only available if you identify your affiliation with the BPA's Waterloo gaming conference and make your reservation before Oct. 1, 2007 (or when our roomblock sells out, whichever occurs first). Call on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Eastern Time. After Octo. 1, reservations will be accepted on a space- or rate-available basis. Please identify your affiliation with our group, both to get the best rate for yourself and to credit our group with your stay. Room rate includes daily continental breakfast. Regular weekend rates are $99 per night plus applicable taxes.

REGISTRATION: On-site registration will be $40, regardless of affiliation. However, all current BPA members are eligible for a discount if they pre-register by Oct. 7. Print the Registration Form found here, fill it out, and send it and a check to BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. NOTE: The Waterloo pre-registration fee is a discounted rate extended in exchange for a guarantee to attend. As such, no refunds or substitutions are allowed. There are NO exceptions.

Kevin Sudy (left) receives congratulations from Don Greenwood
for winning Waterloo IV in Greenville, SC.
At Waterloo IV, Ken Gutermuth (center) accepts Best British
honors from designer, Mark McLaughlin, as Fred Schachter observes.

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