WBC 2006 Seminars
July 10, 2006

WBC has long eschewed seminars in favor of tournaments but times are a changin’ with the added facilities at Lancaster Host. If you’d like to host a seminar in the future, we’d like to hear from you. Contact Don Greenwood, the convention director, or Kaarin Engelmann, the assistant convention director for information and scheduling for 2007.

GM 101 — Multiplayer

Ever considered being a GM for a multi-player tournament? Wish your event ran more smothly? Willing to find out what GMs go through in their committment to games they are passionate about sharing with other players at WBC? John Coussis will share his expertise on how to run a successful multi-player tournament. John has much experience, as he’s been running Atlantic Storm, one of our largest tournaments, for the past few years. He was WBC’s GM of the year in 2004. One of the reasons he gets such positive feedback is the way he seats his players quickly—there were 126 players in 2005—and gets the tournament moving without delay. He’ll provide tips on what to do when players get unruly, how to fill out event forms and meet other paperwork requirements, and even what to do about tie-breakers. If you are running an event or have ever thought about doing so, drop in for the one-hour discussion at 3 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 1, in the Hopewell room.

GM 101 — Two-Player

Two-player tournaments offer their own challenges to both aspiring and returning GMs. What formats work best for the tournament? How can you fairly distribute byes? What games work well at WBC and which should be left to open gaming? How can you get players involved throughout the year? Vince Meconi will share his expertise on how to run a successful two-player tournament—which he has done with War at Sea for the past seven years. Vince was WBC’s GM of the year in 2000. If you are running an event or have ever thought about doing so, drop in for the one-hour discussion at 4 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 1, in the Hopewell room.

Wits & Wagers Game Shows

Northstar Games is sponsoring three Game Shows with Prizes. The Game Shows provide an opportunity to take a break from competitive tournaments, get together with some friends, and have a great time! Seven teams play Northstar’s Wits & Wagers against each other in each of the 90-minute events. Teams consist of 4 to 10 players. Form your own team or come alone and form a team on the spot.

Wits & Wagers is trivia made FUN! It is an event you can win without knowing any trivia! How? By betting on the best answer provided by another team. Each event is based on Wits & Wagers, the latest North Star Games release, winner of the 2006 MENSA Select Award for Best Board Game, and a Trial Event at WBC. This party game brings out the excitment of a Vegas casino by giving each team’s answer a different payout. Strike it big with a high payout answer and you’ll be cheering like you just hit the jackpot!

No need to learn rules beforehand - just show up & play! Get an overview at North Star Games web site. Everyone who plays receives a coupon for $10 off Wits & Wagers. Winners receive picks from the prize table, which includes big and small boardgames, t-shirts, mugs, and other random prizes.

The Game Show will consist of two full games of Wits & Wagers. Teams receive points for their finish in each game (1st Place = 5 points, 2nd Place = 4 points, 3rd Place = 3 points, 4th Place = 2 points, 5th Place = 1 point, and 6th & 7th Place = 0 points). The team with the most cumulative points after the 2nd game will win first prize! Ties will be broken in favor of the team that did better in the 2nd game.

The Game Shows take place in the Hopewell Room on

  • Thurs. Aug. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,
  • Fri., Aug. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and
  • Sat., Aug. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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