In 2009, WBC proper begins at 9 a.m. on Mon., Aug. 3rd, and runs through 6 p.m. on Sun.,
All of the action takes place at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, PA.
Welcome to the first complete WBC
Week ever. Almost 20 years in the making, the World Boardgaming Championships
have finally expanded to a full seven days of non-stop gaming
all yours for one low membership price covered by your normal Sustaining membership
fee. I know, WBC actually covered nine days for the past several
years if you count the Pre-Cons (and it still does) but this is
the first time your normal membership has included a full glorious
week of gaming from Monday through Sunday.
WHAT IS NEW? Events held on Monday and Tuesday before
the Auction used to be Pre-Cons subject to an additional fee.
No more ... they're now part of WBC Week and free with your Sustaining
membership. Heretofore, we had not contracted for space beyond
the needs of the various Pre-Cons and thus there was no Open Gaming
as such until "WBC" officially began on Tuesday night
following the auction. Now, Open Gaming will have an entire ballroom
for its sole use beginning Monday morning and continuing throughout
the convention,. So for the first time, Open Gaming will not only
be allowed, but actually featured at WBC for a full week.
| Hmmm ... that Golden Age
of Gaming stuff? Maybe not. WBC has long gotten a bad rap as
the haven of the overly serious competitive types. Now I ask
you ... do these guys fit that description? Whether you like
competition or just like to play games ... WBC is the place to
be ... regardless of your choice of headware. And we promise
to keep the looting and pillaging to a minimum.
| Obviously these guys have
no problems letting their hair down at WBC. Oh sure, they play
in the occasional tournamnt, but mostly they're just out for
a good time in a crazy, male bonding kind of way that reverts
to their childhood and nostalgic memories of vicarious adventures
long ago in a simpler time. Don't you wish you could play Slapshot with these folks?
WHAT'S NOT NEW? There will still be Pre-Cons subject
to additional fees for non-Tribune level members but they will
be restricted to events starting the preceding weekend for those
wishing to get the most out of their travel buck and vacation
time with a full nine days of gaming or who simply want to avoid
conflicts with other events or for whom the weekends are more
convenient. Those unable to take their gaming in such large doses
may continue to sample portions of the week as they prefer at
the same basic daily rate as before. As always, pre-registration
is recommended for the most economical price.
Our attendees have long lamented the many conflicts between
their favorite events. So many games, so little time ... the compromise
solution has been to offer a few early events in the form of Pre-Cons
so that those who would like to maximize the gaming derived from
their travel expense could do so without seriously detracting
from the rest of the week for those unable to attend earlier.
With play in a Pre-Con, those making the pilgrimmage to WBC can
get more bang for their travel buck while increasing the number
of events they can play during a glorious nine-day stint of uninterrupted
gaming if they so choose. Valhalla for gamers ... here on Earth
and only at WBC. But with the increase of early arrivals for Pre-Cons,
more significant others were also making early appearances and
we didn't have adequate gaming diversions on hand for them in
those early days. So now the Sampler Showcase is no longer a Pre-Con,
but the centerpiece of our Open Gaming days for early arrivals.
Open Game to your heart's content with the games of your choice
or join in any of the ten scheduled demonstrations of new games
which will begin approximately every two hours.
The Juniors Program will begin at the usual time: 6 pm on Tuesday. Events will run from 9 am rhrough 9 pm Wednesday through Saturday, with the last event ending at noon on Sunday. Teen demonstrations and social events will run in the Juniors room from 9 pm through 11 pm on Wednesday through Saturday.
| Last year, some of the
Open Gaming venue included a poolside pavillion with state of
the art air conditioning and lighting which allowed adults to
keep an eye on the kids frolicking in the pool from a comfortable
vantage point while gaming the day away.
The BPA Open Gaming library
made it first appearance poolside in the pavillion to facilitate
trying new games. A simple signout procedure allowed any guest
to freely try any game in our collection. After a slow start,
the pavillion soon became SRO.
BPA GAME LIBRARY: Freely borrow any game from the BPA
Game Library to give it a whirl. Game publishers worldwide will
be providing library copies to help introduce you to their offerings.
From those donations, the Sampler Showcase 'Splainers will select
ten to give scheduled demonstrations and hands-on teaching sessions.
What better way to see what games will appeal to you than to actually
give them a trial run in Open Gaming at WBC. The purpose of the
Sampler Showcase is to serve as an introduction to new games and
is open to games of all types. Those who enjoy playing new games
and starting off even in experience should relish this opportunity
to experience new titles in a non-tournament format. If you ever
wanted to just try new games, here is your chance. The demonstration
phase of Sampler Showcase will start on Monday at noon and run
until 5 PM Tuesday when the full slate of WBC tournaments begin
WHAT WON'T CHANGE: The lion's share of tournaments
at WBC will still commence after 5 PM Tuesday. A very limited
number of tournaments will be run on Monday provided they do not
overlap the auction or each other. During auction hours, event
choices will be limited to Open Gaming, Sampler Showcase demos
and the continuing rounds of earlier Pre-Cons.
| WBC encourages clubs and teams
to make their bonds known as groups can compete and enjoy their
shared successes just as much as individuals. Team shirts such
as those worn by the Dream Team above lend an esprit de corps
to the Team Tournament.
| Club shirts can be even more
effective in lending a sense of identity to your group and help
recruit new members who may not have been aware of your existance
even though in your area. Heck, even CABS members look good.
Well, most of them anyway.
| Team Heterodyne not only dress
the part, they display their game prefereneces too. Their only
gripe are that teams are a multiple of four - not five.
| Nobody outdoes the Greenville
Mafia whose group shirts change color every day. If it's white,
this must be Tuesday.
WBC special room rates at Lancaster Host, Continental Inn and
Red Roof Inn apply to all nine days of WBC and its pre-cons including
the day before and day after to ease your travel regimen. See our Hotel and Travel Page.