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Bruce Monnin
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HAIL CAESAR: Jeff Mullet, a Cabbie with a penchant for the occasional
"manly" game, rode his dominance of Age of Renaissance to the title of
Casear in 2006 by topping all eligible players with 166 Laurels in the
2006 season. In all, Jeff banked 95 laurels with the Renaissance
trading game - 5 for a sixth in the email tournament, a whopping 60 for
winning the Enlihtenment mini-con tournament and another 30 for winning
the event at WBC. Finishing second was another Jeff, Cornett to be
precise, a mere 22 laurels behind, with 134 - all earned at WBC. Mullet
thus owes his overall BPA title to his well-travelled presence at Euro
Quest, Enlightenment and the Block Party mini-cons plus email
campaigns which augmented his laurel totals. Jeff Cornett's near miss
was made more bearable by handily winning the Consul Award for most
laurels earned at WBC. Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for
2006 were Chris Byrd, Don Greenwood, Thomas Browne and Ewan McNay in
that order. For more details, see
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc06/caesar06.htm

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: Prospective BPA members are urged to renew
memberships for 2007 NOW through the end of the year both to save money
with our lowest rates and to vote for the inclusion of 25 Continuing
Trial events and the winner of our annual Sportsmanship Award. Vote to
retain your favorite events or introduce new ones. Give some deserving
player a free room at WBC 2007 by electing the most deserving Sportsman
of the Year. Your vote must be postmarked by December 30th to count.
The December membership application is posted with the 2007 Ballot for
Trial events and Sportsmanship nominees at
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml The form needs to be
printed out and mailed with the appropriate membership fee rather than
submitted on line. Note that while we again held the line on prices in
2007, we no longer offer a Family membership discount.

2007 PRE-CONS: For those contemplating this year's Pre-Con schedule,
please note that due to space restrictions, there will be no Saturday
Pre-Cons in 2007, although we do anticipate a range of Pre-Con choices
similar to those of 2006 starting on Sunday afternoon/evening. The good
news is that those who enjoy historical miniature play can get a double
dose of gaming this summer in one trip by taking in the HMGS Historicon
convention which precedes us at Lancaster Host and ends as we begin.
Two solid weeks of gaming! Never before has there been such an
opportunity and the planets may not align thus again in this lifetime.
Don't miss the 2007 season. Stay tuned for more details on this
exciting Double Dip opportunity.

GM RESERVATIONS: All GMs are reminded that their event "reservations"
for the WBC events they ran in 2006 expire on January 1st. To retain GM
status of your event, you must submit a new event form at
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/EventForm07.htm and renew your
membership by the end of the year. Otherwise, those events will be
listed as OPEN on the Orphan's List at
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm in an attempt to attract a
new GM.

EURO QUEST IV: A hearty "well done!" to Scott Buckwalter and JP Roberts
and their many GCOM helpers for hosting Euro Quest IV on November 9th -
12th in Timonium, MD which was a great success by any standard with its
largest attendance to date with over 200 gamers on hand.
Congratulations also to Arthur Field who maintained his reign as the
Euro top dog by winning the Harald Siegelman Award for the fourth year
running. You can check out all the winners at
http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/eq06.htm

D-DAY IX: Don Greenwood went unbeaten in five rounds and repeated as
champion of the Breakout Normandy tournament held in conjunction with
Euro Quest IV on Nov 10th-12th in Timonium, MD to win the event for the
third time. Others receiving laurels were Clyde Longest, Henry Jones,
Nick Anner, Chris Byrd and Andrew Cummins, all of whom finished in a
seven-way tie for second with 3-2 records. The event will require
attendance pledges to continue in 2007. Complete details are available
at http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/bkn06.htm

2006 PATRONS: The BPA's list of 2006 Patrons is now posted at
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc06/patrons.htm. Please report any
inaccuracies to us no later than March 31st to ensure an accurate
listing in the 2007 Yearbook.


PBeM NEWS:

MONTY'S GAMBLE: A second Single Elimination tournament is scheduled to
start on January 15th hosted by Tod Whitehust. Check out the details at
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/todw/mgm/pbem07/mgmgpbem.html
Contact Tod Whitehurst at todw@vt.edu to signup (please include 'mgm'
in the subject of the email) to join the fun.

BITTER WOODS: Cranking up for the 62nd anniversary of the battle, the
BPA Bitter Woods PBeM tournament will commence on December 16th using
13 week rounds. The default scenario will be the eight-turn tournament
scenario, but players may agree to play the Six-turn Tournament or the
Patton's Relief of Bastogne scenario instead. See the details at
http://members.aol.com/bobmryan/2006_pbem_Event.htm

WAR AT SEA: The 2004 PBeM Tournament finished this summer with Andy
Gardner of Virginia topping Robert Drozd of Illinois in the 7th and
Final round. 44 Players participated with nearly half of them starting
with a 5300 or higher AREA rating. The format was 5 Swiss Rounds that
advanced the top six to the Single Elimination Phase. The other
laurelists were Rob Day, Mark Gutfreund, Rob Flowers and Mike Kaye who
finished third through sixth, respectvely. Full results of the
tournament can be found at
http://www.geocities.com/kjlshewfelt/2004_was_bpa.html

Anyone interested in running an email tournament is invited to inquire.
BPA members who would like to see an email tournament for their
favorite game are encouraged to step forward as the GM of 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/pbemgm.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 cost only $10.
You need not keep your membership current in order to finish a PBeM
event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year. Members are
reminded they can upgrade their current memberships at any time by
remitting the additional funds. See http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm for details.
 
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Pretty cool stuff. Hope to go to the WBC this year for the first time.
 
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Hope to see you there. It has been the top week (or at least one of the top two weeks) of my year ever since 1989.
 
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