SPORTSMANSHIP WINNER: Laurie Voisin of Lockport, NY has been named Sports(wo)man of the Year for 2016 by amassing nearly 17% of the 440 (a record number) votes cast in the annual membership vote. Laurie had been acclaimed the winner of her Five Tribes preliminary game. After the game was put away and everyone had left for other activities, Laurie returned - pointing out a scoring error in the scoresheet that put her in third place. She not only pointed out the mistake but then searched for and found the real winner in Open Gaming to inform him that he had indeed qualified to advance and she had not. That act of sportsmanship by someone with all of two laurels to her name won her WBC’s biggest prize … free lodging at the next WBC. See the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc16/sportman.html.
2017 TRIAL VOTE RESULTS: Aided by a prolonged voting period, the 2017 Membership Drive resulted in the largest membership participation ever, besting our previous record enrollment by 15%. Those members indicated a strong preference for new events with six new games winning their WBC debuts in 2017 - led by Terraforming Mars and Star Wars Rebellion. They were followed by Love Letter, Terra Mystica, Orleans and Scythe which will also make their WBC event debut in 2017. The results of the Membership vote can be found at http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/trialvote.html.
2017 ORPHAN'S LIST UPDATED: With eligibility thus decided, the next step is securing GM commitments with just one month to do so before the schedule closes for the year. At present, only 57 of 148 eligible events have GM commitments. See http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/orphans.html for a list of eligible events needing a GM commitment. Those eligible events without a GM commitment by March 15th will be replaced by events from the Alternate List with a GM commitment. So, now is the time to step forward to submit an event form for an unclaimed event - or even to submit a new event altogether as a Sponsor or Vendor or as an eligible alternate by submitting an event form at http://boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php. Note that GMs must be a current Sustaining or higher level member.
If you'd like to help out but don't feel confident enough to run an event on your own or don't want to make too long a commitment, you could still be of great assistance. Perhaps you are good at teaching games and would be willing to run a demonstration for a GM who lacks the time or skills to teach. If so, contact CD@Boardgamers.org with a list of games you'd be willing to teach and we will pass along the offer to a grateful GM. Conversely, if you are a GM who uses a laptop at WBC to run their event, you should contact Andy Latto at email@example.com. Andy has developed a spreadsheet that speeds sign-in, does automatic badge-checking for pre-registrants. calculates the qualifying/seeding order for semifinalists, including verifying whether a win is in the first heat entered, and does most of the preparation of the event report form.
2016 HISTORY UPDATED: The official story of BPA’s 2016 has been written and posted at http://boardgamers.org/history_centurions_2016.html with the usual assortment of Top Centurions, competition statistics, and honors won. Meanwhile, the renovation of our website continues to make progress with the completion of all Event Laurelists lists, histories and winners for all current events which can be tracked from http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/ by clicking on an event and following through on the resulting page with clicks on the Event History icon. That, in turn, will lead you to a third page with links to past years’ reports and winners photos. Work continues on the updating of other features.
RESERVATIONS POLICY: The more stringent Reservation, Deposit and Cancellation policy enacted for 2017 in combination with wider use of nearby condominiums seems to be having the desired effect of keeping rooms available for a longer period. Over 400 reservations have been taken already with an average stay of 7.5 days each. Despite that, between 42 and 90 rooms remain available in the hotel for each night of the conference as we open reservations for shorter stays. While making reservations for consecutive nights in the hotel will be increasingly difficult as the convention nears, shorter stay durations should be easier to obtain than longer ones. In any case, be sure to follow up with a reservationist at 800-452-2223 if you are having difficulty with on-line reservations. Over 100 condos, chalets and cabins are still available.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS OPEN: On February 15th at 9 AM EST Seven Springs will commence taking WBC hotel reservations for stays of four days or longer - down from the previous required stay of five days. The length of stay requirement will be further reduced to stays of two nights or more on May 15th. Details are provided at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbclodging_7S.html. Please note the new Cancellation Policy calling for forfeiture of deposits BEFORE making your reservations.
BoD NOMINATIONS: All BPA members are hereby notified of their right to nominate members for the three Board seats whose terms expire at the next WBC. To appear on the ballot, a member must be nominated in writing by at least three members; one of which must be the nominee. Nominations must be signed and received at BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 no later than February 28th to be eligible for election in that year. NOTE: Email nominations are NOT acceptable, nor can a member nominate more than one member for the Board. When contemplating nominations, members should consider that the BPA conducts most of its business by email and needs Board members who are able and willing to offer their time and skills to the organization in a timely manner. Board members should be considered more for their ability to contribute to the running of a successful company than for their attachment to any particular game or genre. Besides forwarding a signed nomination, each nominee should submit by March 1st a statement not to exceed 100 words summarizing what they can contribute in service to the Board of Directors of the BPA. The nomination form is on line at http://www.boardgamers.org/bpanom.htm.
SOCIAL NETWORKING: Keep up with WBC electronically by joining the World Boardgaming Championships (WBC) Facebook group and the BPA_WBC Twitter Page. You can also easily find us in the Boardgame Geek Forums under Gaming Related, Conventions, WBC.
• BGG: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/970241/boardgamegeek/wbc
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/BPA_WBC
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2381468400/
• Consimworld: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX/?14@@.1dd15816
PRO GOLF TIME: Warm up your dice for the zany Seventh Annual BPA Pro Golf PBeM tournament to commence, appropriately enough, on April 1st. Check out the details at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/Pro_Golf_PBeM.html and enter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH MADNESS UNDERWAY: 15 of the 44 hoopsters have advanced to the round of 32, led by Bruce Reiff who already reached the Sweet 16. Check out the progress at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mm-brack-2017.htm.
POG ROUND 2: The Sixth BPA Paths of Glory PBeM tournament began with over 100 players and the Double Elimination event recently received reinforcements for Round 2’s scheduled 125-day Round. There were 26 AP wins vs 24 CP wins in Round 1. The median bid was 1 with the AP winning 45% of those games. The "average" match completed on Turn 13 with eight games going the full 20 turns. GM Tom Gregorio is backing this mega tournament with an effort proportional to its size with a great newsletter and website support. If you are a POG player, you owe it to yourself to check out the details. Contact Tom at email@example.com.
ADVANCED CIVILIZATION TO START: Advanced Civilization in five minutes a day! Signups are now underway for the 2017 Advanced Civilization PBeM tournament. Come rule a nation from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Each entrant will play two concurrent first round games, advancing eight to the final. Full information is available at http://bpa-civ.rol-play.com/. Please contact the GM at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to February 24th to ENTER. The games will begin on March 1st.
WAR AT SEA PLAYOFFS: The 11th BPA WAR AT SEA PBeM tournament has entered Round 7 with Bob Hamel defeating Jonathan Lockwood and Andy Choptiany besting Mike Pacheco in the quarterfinals. Top-ranked Darren Kilfara (5-0) now is matched with Bob Hamel (5-1) while Ed Menzel (4-1) tussles with Andy Choptiany (4-1-1) in the other bracket.
VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC PROGRESSES: The top and bottom seeds were eliminated in the latest round -- with the middle seed taking a safe bye. After its edge in the previous two rounds, the USN finally posted a perfect round by winning both Scott Beall's drawn-out semifinal and Ted Drozd's quick quarterfinal. Michael Day and Wayne Bonnett were the IJN victims. Joe Dragon took a bye to move into a semifinal with Drozd. Scott Beall became the fourth player (the most ever) to receive a bye and took his Dark Horse status into the Final! Check the progress at http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_15....!
Remember ... all of the above PBeM fun is free to current BPA members. Others may qualify with a $10 Email membership in the year the event starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for the balance of that calendar year. You need not keep your membership current in order to finish a PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year. See the BPA Terms http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm page for details.
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/
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