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2017 Sportsmanship Award Nominees Last updated 12/4/2017
Without any further ado, let's present the class of 2017,and as always, it is a deserving group. The following individuals were just some of many nominated for the reasons indicated below and owe their appearance here to both their own actions and the fervency of their sponsors in relating it to BPA. As is our practice, all BPA members are urged to vote for one of the following when submitting their membership form and voting for Trial events before Jan. 31, 2018. Those who have already joined for the 2018 season are encouraged to submit their votes separately. Reward a good sport with our biggest prize … free lodging at the next WBC.
B-17 - Jen Brown, being a relative newcomer to the game, took it upon herself to be in charge of a squadron. She made sure the paperwork was done correctly and made sure her squad mate had fun in the marathon called B-17.
Here I Stand - Michael Dauer earned praise from his opponent. According to David Sherwood, “I played in the Here I Stand tournament. I had never played the game before (but had wanted to for a long time). I went to the 1 hour demo beforehand to learn how to play. The demo gave an overall sense, but the game is quite complicated, having a 40+ page rulebook.

In the game, I was the Protestant faction and Mike Dauer was the Papal player, who is the main rival of my faction. According to the other players, Mike was the most experienced and best player at our table, definitely the favorite to win the heat. Throughout the game, Michael not only helped me with the rules, but also with strategic and tactical considerations. I’m sure I played sub-optimally, probably poorly, but I was extraordinarily lucky with dice rolls. In almost every conflict my faction had with Michael’s, no matter how poor my odds were for me, I out rolled him, and even went on to win the game!

Even though it was hurting his position and he was losing the game, he continued to help me throughout, and never once showed any sign of frustration over his unlucky dice and my good fortune. He was congratulatory at the end of the game. All of the other players at the table were impressed by his display of exceptional sportsmanship, and noted that he should be considered for the award. Mike singlehandedly made what would have been a very intimidating experience for me, playing in a very competitive and involved gamer the first time with strong players, into a very enjoyable one. It was the highlight of my WBC experience. He demonstrated the epitome of "good sportsmanship.”

Star Wars Rebellion - Andrew Drummond loaned the GM his copy of the game to use in rounds that he could not attend to maximize the number of players who could play. When he did have one round that he could play, he borrowed a copy from another friend so that he wouldn’t need to use his own copy. When we had an odd number in the one round he could play, he gave up his spot so a new player could have it, leaving a copy of the game for them to use.
Atlantic Storm - Robert Eastman sat out for the first heat to teach a table of 5 new players..
Formula Motor Racing - Harry Flawd made the crash table a really fun table to be on, even doing it in semifinal game he was in. Harry had people in heats ask to be on “crash table”. Harry brings lots of enjoyment to the game.
Enemy in Sight - Rob Kilroy, even though he was knocked out of the first round and hit heavily in the second round, was entertaining and high spirited and made both games he played fun for all involved.
Empire Builder - Jeff Jackson aided a fellow player in a semifinal game. According to Rich Meyer, “I made a foolish misread of a demand card at the beginning of the Empire Builder semifinal, and believed I was bringing Bauxite to LA and not San Diego. To make things drastically worse, although I had had extra money that would have allowed me to build into San Diego as needed, I was still oblivious to my plight and spent cash to start other track. As a result, when I discovered my error, I was effectively high and dry and could have been out of the game before it started. After some discussion of the situation, Jeff offered a solution that would penalize me but not eliminate me. I was already riding his track into LA, so he offered to build into San Diego (after a 2 turn delay because he could not build before delivering a load himself). Since he and I have played train games together off and on for over 25 years, it was a very generous gesture—made the more so because he knows me to be a good player and could just as easily removed me from the competition. I indeed did manage to get myself out of that hole and edged him by 1 turn. To me it was a helluva show of sportsmanship and deserving of acknowledgment.” As explained above, the game’s participants were able to resolve the issue to everyone’s satisfaction without the GM making a heavy-handed ruling. Unfortunately for Jeff being the good guy probably cost him a chance to advance to the final.
Ra! - Anthony Saccenti had won an auction for a full lot of eight tiles, including a large number of monuments. He pulled all the tiles towards him, and in the process several of them flipped upside down; he then flipped them back and arranged them in front of him. A couple of turns later, he found an upside down monument tile hidden under a piece of paper that was on the table next to him. He immediately threw the tile in the discard box, without raising any question or trying to discuss it with the other players. Two other players pointed out that this tile must be one of the monuments from the lot he received earlier and must have been accidentally pushed under the paper, so by rights he should keep it; Anthony answered, calmly and without hesitation: "probably, but I don't remember it enough to be absolutely certain".
1775 - Ed Welsh helped a new player learn the game. Answering questions while helping him with showing him the optimum moves. He patiently spent all the allotted time for the round and while doing so, resulted in the person he played advancing to the next round.
Merchant of Venus - Bob Woodson sold jump start and mistakenly used it. No one else noticed it until Bob did, when he would have won. He corrected the situation and finished second.
Honorable Mention: George Bott, Johanna Melton, John Meyers, Jim Miller, Bill Powers