WBC 2017 EVENT PREVIEWS: Each of our 155 tournaments are reviewed in detail as only WBC does them at http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/previews_2017.html . Check out the formats for your favorite events and get an early look at the WBC Schedule. The Previews also include the Juniors schedule as well as new pages for the seminars and non-tournament Game Demonstrations.
PRE-REGISTRATION LIST LIVE: A List of WBC pre-registered members has been posted at http://boardgamers.org/wbc17/prereg.html . There are 840 attendees enrolled up as of May 1st. Use this page to check the status of your registration. The page will be updated weekly as we head into the last five weeks of pre-registration.
AUCTION/AUCTION STORE LOTS: The opening bell has sounded for this year's auction as gamers take to their closets to see what they will part with in the annual flurry to register items for the WBC Auction and Auction Store. As the former is limited to 550 items and always sells out, it is not wise to procrastinate. You snooze, you lose. Once again, all items must be pre-registered for both the Auction and Auction Store. The latter is also capped again at 1500 items so don't delay. Unregistered items will NOT be accepted. To help cope with the ever increasing paperwork burden for our staff, Auction submissions must have a minimum of five lots; Auction Store submissions must have a minimum of ten lots and Unsold Auction Store lots will have a 50 cents handling charge deducted from the Sellers proceeds for each unsold item. Get the details at http://boardgamers.org/wbc_auction_overview.html . Send submissions to email@example.com .
LAST CALL FOR DEMOS AND SEMINARS: Releasing the schedule in its myriad forms is an increasingly challenging task given the competing desires of members who want it all NOW and those who wait to the last minute and beyond to commit to anything. Every year, requests are fielded from attendees who cannot understand why it is too late to schedule their Game Demonstration or Seminar into the schedule. All this procrastination comes to a crashing halt on June 1st. Seminar and Game Demonstration requests can still be included until then. So contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org or wait till next year. In an effort to streamline our terminology, we have decided to eliminate Scheduled Open Gaming and replace it with more Game Demonstrations unaffiliated with official tournaments.
LAST CALL FOR COMMERCIAL DEMOS & PLAYTESTS: To alleviate crowding in Open Gaming, unauthorized exhibit tables will NOT be allowed to monopolize tables. Monitors will be tasked with strict policing of commercial efforts including prospective game designers who set up displays to troll for P500/Kickstarter backing. While you are free to Open Game anything you like, you will NOT be allowed to monopolize tables with displays that are not being actively played. Instead, designers/publishers are urged to register for FREE scheduled demos in the Exhibit Annex demonstration area. To be included in the schedule, you must be a current Sustaining level or higher member and register your demo before June 1st. Multiple or long demonstrations are allowed on a space available basis. Contact email@example.com for additional information. Include alternate times and type of table desired (either 5' rounds or 6' x 30" rectangulars) as well as boxart files containing the title of the game for display signage. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Submit requests to http://boardgamers.org/forms/DemoForm.htm .
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION ENTERS LAST MONTH: With the presidential election of 2016 behind us, it is once again time to elect three members to three-year terms on the BPA Board of Directors. This year's slate features three incumbents and two challengers vying for three seats. Voting will remain open until June 15th. All members (any paid attendee of WBC for more than one day is considered a member) are urged to vote since validation requires sufficient membership participation. Get all the information at http://www.boardgamers.org/about_election2017.html . As usual, voting is effortless and takes only a moment thanks to the electronic ballot at http://boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml .
WBC LODGING UPDATE: Seven Springs is now accepting reservations for stays of 2 nights or more. Single night stays (hotel rooms only) will not be accepted until June 15th.
Despite the implementation of the stricter cancellation policy this year, the hotel is sold out for most prolonged stays. If you come early for a short stay, there are still vacancies to be had. However, there are alternatives. Start by calling the hotel at 1-866-437-1300 and checking the dates you are interested in. If currently unavailable, ask to be put on the callback list in case of cancellations. See http://boardgamers.org/wbclodging.html for more information.
However, there is still lodging to be had even for stays as short as two days, as space is still available at condominiums, chalets and cabins on property as well as rooms in nearby Hidden Valley and elsewhere. The reservationist can direct you to it. We encourage those who would benefit from the enhanced accommodations of a condo to make the switch (especially if you will have access to a car). The reservationist at
1-866-437-1300 can give you more details on the various options available including nearby offsite lodging.
HIDDEN VALLEY: Seven Springs also offers both hotel and condo reservations in the neighboring property of Hidden Valley as overflow housing through the same Seven Springs reservation system. Since these are outside shuttle service range, they are not recommended for those without their own transportation.
CONDOMINIUMS/CHALETS: A wonderful feature of Seven Springs is the availability of nearby condominiums and chalets on the property that can be rented for stays of two days or more. Seven Springs still has the following units available as of May 15th: 14-18 lockouts, 19-22 one bedrooms, 16-21 two bedrooms, 16-20 three bedrooms, 10-16 four bedrooms, and 4-9 chalets depending on length of stay. Those who can group together with friends and family to cohabit these units will find these accommodations most welcome given their inclusion of fully equipped kitchens, dining and common living room areas that can enhance your visit - especially for those considering extended stays. While having access to a car is recommended for condo rentals, it is not required as free shuttle service is available on property around the clock.
Even when the hotel website lists no vacancies, condo/chalet/cabin rentals are available. Call 1-866-437-1300 to speak to a reservationist about the options. The reservationists are available to answer your questions and will even recommend nearby unaffiliated housing. For those willing to orchestrate their groups into multi-bedroom condo units, this represents a great opportunity for group bonding and sharing that could enhance your convention experience more than the typical hotel room stay and was a major reason we chose to have WBC here. Multi-bedroom condos are rented to one individual who is responsible for payment for all bedrooms in that unit. Individuals getting together to share a condo, need to elect one amongst themselves to handle the payment for the entire group.
WAR AT SEA 2017-18 TOURNAMENT SIGN-UPS: The 2017-18 War at Sea Tournament, the 12th for the BPA, is scheduled to begin on June 1. Darren Kilfara, the defending WAS PBeM champion, has volunteered to be the GM for this year’s tournament. If you are interested in participating in this year’s tournament, don’t hesitate as there is less than three weeks until the tournament begins. This is your chance to possible take down our former convention director as Don was the first to enter. Information about the tournament can be found at https://waratsea.jimdo.com
YOUELLS WINS DIPLOMACY IN RECORD FASHION: Kevin Youells set a BPA PBeM record with 40 points in capturing his 4th Diplomacy PBeM title. Kevin topped Mikalya Tang and Ken Gutermuth in capturing the title in a field of 35 players. Kevin proved to be the best diplomat as he recorded two solo victories and a two-way victory. Mikalya Tang and Ken Gutermuth finished with 35 points with each scoring a solo victory and a pair of two-way victories with Mikalya edging out Ken for 2nd place. Completing the top six laurelists were Warren Day 4th, Chris Lee 5th, and Natalie Howard 6th. A surprise was the rare emergence of Italy as the best nation in the tournament. Further details including current laurel totals can be found at http://boardgamers.org/yearbook16/dip.html#pbem
PRO GOLF ENTERS ROUND 2: The Masters has come and gone but our BPA duffers have entered the Second Round in their quest for the coveted BPA Green Jacket. 34 golfers made the cut from Round 1 with Pete Stein leading the way with a 7 under par 65 at Augusta, while 4 players stumbled into Round 2 with 2 over par. Round 2, which ends on May 1, is being played at Muirfield Village. Muirfield is proving to be difficult as 1st round leader Pete shot a 3 over par 75 and is currently fourth. Thomas Browne is the current leader at 6 under par after 16 holes.
FINAL FOUR FOR MARCH MADNESS APPROACHING: And then there were six. In Bracket A, top seeded Mike Pacheco (San Francisco 1956) is tied 50-50 with Bill Edwards’ 45th seeded Minnesota late in the second half. The winner advances to the Final Four where they will take on Haim Hochboim’s 42nd seeded Missouri 2009. In Bracket B, Don Greenwood and his 9th seeded Duke 2011 leads late against North Carolina 1998, the #5 seed coached by Mark Yoshikawa. Bob Hamel awaits in the Final Four with his 7th seeded Indiana 1953. Check out the progress at
LAST ROUND OF SWISS FOR NAPOLEONIC WARS: In the third round of Swiss play, 30 players fight to earn their way into the 9-player single elimination rounds. One of the ten Round 3 games has been completed placing Lance Roberts and Richard Prast in the clubhouse with 11 points each.
WILDERNESS WAR ROUND 3 HAS BEGUN: Round 3 of the Wilderness War PBeM Tournament has started and will end in August. The initial field was 49 players. There are 11 undefeated players after two rounds. The top three seeds, Keith Wixson, James Pei and Paul Gaberson are among the double winners. After four rounds of Swiss play the top eight players will advance to the elimination rounds. In the 45 games completed so far the British player has won 28 times.
FOR THE PEOPLE ENTERS SINGLE ELIMINATION ROUNDS: The Swiss portion of the tournament has been completed and the eight players competing in the single elimination round has been determined. In no surprise to the FTP crowd, the Pei brothers, James and Nick, are part of the elite eight. Mustafa Corapri, Warren Day, David Sherwood, Tim Tow, Michael Ussery, and George Young round out the rest of the field as the mighty 7 try to topple the FTP Master, James Pei.
PATHS OF GLORY ROUND 2 CONTINUES: With just over 3 and ½ weeks to go in Round 2, 35 of the 54 Round 2 matches (a BPA POG record) are now complete with 26 AP wins and 9 CP wins. The bad news is that 15 participants have ended their quest for glory - having been credited with their second loss. As usual, GM Tom Gregorio sets the gold standard for PBeM GMs with an entertaining and informative newsletter keeping everyone up to date, including a POG Puzzle with each newsletter. If you’re interested in POG, you should get on Tom’s mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org
AFRIKA KORPS ENTERS QUARTERFINALS: With a little more than a month left in the quarterfinals, two of the four games have been completed. Randy Heller and Joe Beard have advanced to the semifinal round with victories over Bill Morse and Joe Harkins, respectively. Bert Schoose, Gregory Hultgren, Ed Menzel, and Mark Gutfreund are still battling for the final two spots in the semifinals.
WATERLOO FINAL: The Battle of Waterloo enters its Final Round with the top two seeds fighting it out for the title. Joe Beard bested Richard Beyma in one semifinal while Marty Musella defeated Bert Schoose. The initial set ups for Marty (French) and Joe (PAA) can be found at http://watgame.com
AND THEN THERE WERE 5 FOR BREAKOUT NORMANDY: Only four players remain in the Breakout Normandy single elimination tournament. Five players entered round 4 in March in search of the Breakout Normandy title. Kevin Hammond has advanced to round 5 by defeating Larry Myers for an Allied win. In the remaining games, Jim Eliason’s Allies are taking on Kevin Wojtaszczyk’s Germans while Mike Kaye plays the Allies against the eliminator Tom Dworschak.
VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC ENTERS THE FINAL: The last semifinal goes all the way to the end, with the Japanese pulling out the win by virtue of winning the Central Pacific for 1 POC on the last turn to win by a margin of one-half! Joe Dragan knocks out the highest remaining seed #2, Ted Drozd, and moves into the Final with our dark horse, Scott Beall. The 6th and 14th seeds will play for all the marbles! Watch the action at http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_15.... and get ready to join the new tournament starting September 15th!
BATTLES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FINAL: The Final between Mark Miklos and Rob Doane is in progress. Mark with the Spanish and Rob playing the Brits will determine the fate of western Florida in the Revolutionary War. Mark advanced by defeating Chris Easter at Pensacola in the Semifinal while Rob did likewise against Bruno Sinigaglio. A total of 32 players entered the tournament. As announced prior to the start of the tournament, the player who fared best from the lower 16 area rated players would win a $50 gift certificate to a vendor of choice at the WBC. The winner of the gift certificate was Andy Maly who finished sixth overall. Expect a new BPA Battle of the American Revolution PBeM tournament to begin in September after the WBC.
ADVANCED CIVILIZATION UNDERWAY: The 2017 Advanced Civilization tournament commenced in early March. There are currently 10 games being played by 38 participants (each player plays two rounds in the preliminary round). The games are currently in rounds 9-13, which means all games are currently on pace to finish before the cut-off date in October. The final will begin shortly thereafter. Advancement to the final is determined by performance in both games. Seven of the tournament players are currently in either 1st or 2nd place in BOTH of their games, which is quite an achievement! There is still a lot of game left to play, so current placements are very likely to change.