2011 TEAM TOURNAMENT: What do we do for an encore after the 104-team
field of 2009? Will the record fall again? Will Nest of Spies be the
prohibitive favorite yet again? The Happy Handicapper's opening odds
are posted and the first 56 of the new team logos are appearing at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/teamtour.htm. Register your team with a simple email to CD@boardgamers.org. All teams must have four members identified as playing a different game who are pre-registered to attend WBC 2011.
Don't miss the annual Team Tournament Prediction Contest. All pre-
registrants will be emailed when the final odds are posted and given
an opportunity to win a free membership by predicting who will be the
top ten teams in this year's tournament.
EXPANDED BPA GAME LIBRARY: BPA thanks Queen Games, Rio Grande Games
and Alliance Distributors for sponsoring the Open Gaming Theatre & BPA
Game Library in 2011. The 13,000 sq ft dinner theatre will be open for
a complete week in 2012. For a complete list of new additions to the
library see http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/library.htm.
GAME TRADE MAGAZINE: Check out the article by our fearless leader in
Issue 137 of Game Trade Magazine at http://www.gametrademagazine.com/public/. GTM is produced by Alliance Distributors who have become a sponsor of the Open Gaming Theatre at WBC.
SAMPLER SHOWCASE: The eight games featured in the Sampler Showcase
demonstrations on Tuesday are now listed at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sampler.htm. The new fare include Luna, Innovation, Kaigen, Airlines, Whitechapel, Rails of New England, Haggis and 20th Century.
SEMINARS: What WBC lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Joe
Angiolillo is pulling out all the stops to entertain his audience at
each of his three seminars on the early days of wargaming with lots of
hands-on prototypes, dvd interviews with designers, and promotional
giveaways. Make time to catch his presentation.
BOARD ELECTION ENDS: This year's election of three directors to three-
year terms ended on July 15th. We thank the 200+ members who voted,
making it a legal election. The results will be announced on Tuesday
at 3 PM in Lampeter Hall of the Lancaster Host during our Annual
Meeting at WBC.
WBC LODGING: Lancaster Host is sold out for most nights, but has
limited availability for rooms with a King Size bed (no doubles) on
the remaining nights. Not to worry - BPA also has group rates at the
nearby Continental Inn across the street. The Continental offers
bargain rates and free hot breakfasts when you ask for the World
Boardgaming Championships group rate. Although the Continental
deadline has passed, they still have limited rooms available for July
30th and August 2nd & 3rd. There is no problem getting rooms for July
31st and August 1st, but Thursday thru Saturday is sold out with the
exception of a few suites. Get the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/hotellan.htm There are many other hotels in the area - some within walking distance - ranging in price from $48 to $259 on hotelroom.com.
AUCTION SELLOUT: While there is still lots of room in the Auction
Store, the Auction has reached its limit and has stopped accepting
items. See http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auctionlots.htm for the list
of items in this year's Auction. Pre-registered Items with lot slips
are to be delivered between 8 and 10 PM Monday. However, registration
for the Auction Store remains open until July 26th. Auction Store
items will NOT be accepted on Tuesday, August 2nd.
Auction items can be delivered from 6 to 10 PM on Monday, August 1st
AND 8AM to noon on Tuesday, August, 2nd. However, Auction Store items
are limited to Monday. You can download a Microsoft Excel version of
the Auction Lot list at http://www.boardgamers.org/downloads/auctionlots2011.xls.
Located in the same hall with the Auction, buyers will be able to
peruse items with a set price within view and earshot of the Auction.
You need not prepay any fees until you deliver your items to the
Auction Store but the items MUST BE pre-registered. Come prepared with
your Auction Store Item forms pre-completed. After processing the
submission, the Auction Store Administrator will provide Lot Numbers
for the items. See http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auctionstore.htm for
details and to download your Auction Store forms.
SOUVENIRS: WBC hats, yearbooks and T-shirts must be pre-ordered - and
unlike last year - are not automatic freebies unless you joined at the
start of the year. Tribunes after April 30th and Sustaining members
after January 1st will NOT be getting these items unless they paid for
them separately. If you want one, email CD@boardgamers.org asap and we
will order yours and collect payment at registration.
COLOR PROGRAM: The 2011 program containing the complete alphabetical
and chronological schedule is now posted on line. Since this is a
colorized version as opposed to the B&W copy we provide at WBC, many
prefer to download it at home for easier reference. Other scheduling
aids are also provided to help you plan your WBC week. Choose from
among the Custom Scheduler, an All-in-One schedule, or several
downloadable pdf pocket schedules in color or black and white. All of
these can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/schedule.htm
JUNIORS: In keeping with the family-friendly atmosphere of Lancaster
Host (which is adjacent to Dutch Wonderland amusement park), WBC again
slates a full schedule of Junior events. View them at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/jnrpge.htm
WBC 2011 PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS: The current Pre-Reg form can be
downloaded from http://www.boardgamers.org/downloads/WBC11prereg.pdf.
You can also check http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm#coordination for your current registration status or Open Gaming, rides and
rooming opportunities. If you'd like help with any of the above, just
email your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org to be listed on the page.
All we ask is that you notify us to remove your listing once your
need is fulfilled. Pre-registration is advised to save both time and
money. If you'd still rather pay at the door anyway, remember WBC does
not accept credit cards so bring your checkbook.
Procrastinators can get off the hook and pre-register until July 27th by using Paypal to email@example.com. Indicate in the Paypal message section of the payment, the name and postal address of the individual the payment covers and a listing of everything purchased. Postal registration ends July 23rd. Save yourself some money by pre-registering - even if only coming by for the day. Do not attempt this after July 27th.
WBC 2011 POSTER/FLYER: Help spread the word. Download the current WBC
poster or flyer featuring the artwork of Kurt Miller at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/publicity.htm and post it at your next club meeting or ask your local gamestore
to display it.
DELUXE BREAKOUT NORMANDY DEBUT: WBC isn't often the site of the
initial release of new games—such honors usually going to larger
commercial venues. However, we had some leverage in this case so for
once WBC gets to debut a new title. The L2 2nd edition of BKN seeks
to clarify and simplify what has become recognized in most quarters as
a classic design while improving play balance based on virtually
thousands of games played. Improved graphics and enlarged pieces
complete the package. L2's suggested retail price is $75. Shipping
charges will more than eat up any direct mail discounts, but those
picking up their copy at WBC will get the bargain price of $60. The
catch? Since he's bringing them from Canada, Art needs to know how
many to bring. So, to get this price you must pre-order at http://L2DesignGroup.com/BN/WBC-Order.html by July 15th. Those waiting to buy at the show, run the risk of the
game being sold out.
Naturally, when we ran this announcement last month, L2's website had
a stroke, so Art is extending the deadline on this order to July 19th.
Order now to get your copy packed for the convention.
WBC ON FACEBOOK: Discover tips for WBC and plan your trip by visiting
the WBC Facebook Group. Scott Nerney posts a discussion topic of the
week and has been getting a lot of good feeback. Join in on the fun
and feel the excitement building for this year's convention.
OPEN GAMING REQUESTS ON BGG: Don't wait until you get on site to
fdiscover what is happening in the Lancaster Showroom during WBC week.
Surf over to to the GeekList http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/69383/wbc-open-gaming-...
to make an entry or comment on one for Open Gaming requests. Make
some new friends even before you arrive onsite.
NICHOLSON WINS PRO GOLF: That's Dennis, not Jack. The upstate New York
Yankees fan has given you another reason to heckle the Evil Empire as
his loaded dice appear to be heating up for the upcoming WBC, besting
40 other duffers in the 2nd BPA Pro Golf PBeM tournament. Placing
second, like he needed more laurels, was Bruce Reiff who bested Mike
Pacheco in a three-hole playoff. Debbie Guteermuth, Robert Kircher and
Bill Morse took 4th - 6th place laurels respectively.
SPEED CIRCUIT: This upcoming event will add racing to the PBeM menu
September 1st. Check out the rules at http://lucidphoenix.com/sc/wbce/
and/or speak to GM Robert Rund at the WBC races or at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be two qualifying heats qualifying six from each heat for a 12-car Final. Total time for the event should be approximately 8 months with a 36-hour response time between moves.
VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC: The next PBeM tournament begins this Sept. 15.
Join by contacting email@example.com. Get the details at http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_format/vitp_bpa_format.htm.
All BPA PBeM tournaments require current BPA membership when the
event starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA
members for the balance of that calendar year. Associate Calendar
year memberships enabling play in all PBeM events starting in that
year are only $10. You need not keep your membership current to finish
a PBeM event. See http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm for details.
BPA members who would like an email tournament for a particular game
are encouraged to step forward to GM such an event. BPA does not run
tournaments. Rather, we are an organization of gamers lending support
to one another so such events can happen. No one cares as much about
your hobby as you do. Get involved. See the requirements to host a
BPA email tournament at http://www.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/