Omens Pre-Con
April 27, 2011

Welcome to the Omens mini-con which features dedicated play of Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage in five rounds of Swiss format. Not actually part of WBC proper, Omens is sort of an opening skirmish for those who can't get enough of a good thing. Is Centurion status in your future? Check the Omens for an early start to increase your odds with the gaming gods.

WBC attendees have long lamented the many conflicts between their favorite games at WBC. With the growing popularity of the card-driven wargame it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid conflicts for fans of the genre. So many games, so little time…

Since so many of our attendees have large investments in travel costs to attend WBC, there has always been a certain element which wanted a longer convention so that they could get more bang for their travel buck while increasing the number of events they can play. The problem with this is how to scratch this itch without infringing on those for whom a longer convention is just out of the question.

Our solution was to select a few longer-playing events for early play that could benefit from uninterrupted swiss-style play without outside distractions. Hannibal will again lead the offerings in the Pre-Con weekend with two rounds on Saturday and conclude the next day with three more rounds.

Five 5-hour rounds of Swiss play are scheduled. The beauty of a dedicated Swiss tournament is that players do not wander off to other pursuits so opposing schedule tie-breakers are much more valid.

For more event details, see the Hannibal Preview.

Tribune members may freely partake in all of BPA’s Pre-Cons during the two days preceding WBC. Play at Omens for non-Tribune/Sponsor level members requires a separate registration fee of $10 plus $10 per day for those pre-registered by July 25, or $20 plus $10 per day for all others, payable to the BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. This fee can be paid separately or in addition to other WBC fees noted on the WBC pre-registration form and also covers play in any other pre-con events played on those days. If paid at the door, the higher fee will apply.

Example: Al is coming just for the weekend. He can pre-register for Saturday and Sunday only for $30. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $40. Bob is coming just for Sunday. He can pre-register for Sunday only for $20. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $30. Carl is coming for Saturday through Tuesday (four days). He can pre-register for $50. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $60. Don is already a 2011 Sustaining level member entitled to free admission for WBC week. He wants to arrive and play on the preceding Sunday also. He can pre-register for Sunday only for $20. If he waits to pay at the door, the cost will be $30. Earl is a 2011 Tribune level member. He can attend all nine days for free.

WBC special room rates at the Lancaster Host and Continental Inn apply to all days of the pre-con. See our travel and accommodations page for details.

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