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September BPA Newsletter



Slightly delayed by your new convention director. Expect the October
newsletter later his month.



ANOTHER STRONG WBC: Attendance was slightly up from 2016 but attendees
continued the trend of arriving earlier and staying longer in the nine-day
conference. 26 events drew triple-digit participation - up one from 2016 -
as the average tournament field rose by 3.9 players from 58.9 to 62.8, with
89 returning events increasing in attendance and 27 setting an all-time
high. 150 of the scheduled 155 events achieved tournament status with fields
ranging from a minimum of eight to 275 players for ticket to Ride and Can't
Stop. This year's champions along with a complete listing of the top six
places, updated laurel totals, photos and anecdotes for every event as only
WBC does them will appear on our website in November.



FOUR RANDOM DUDES END THE REIGN OF THE HARRY B's: In a very close race, the
team of Four Random Dudes edged out the Department of Agriculture and the
Harry B's by one point as the bonus point for winning a new event gave Four
Random Dudes 19 points for a one point win. Congratulations to Jon Senn,
Haakon Monsen, Ben Scholl and Curt Collins on their win.

More details including a list of the Top 25 teams appears at
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc17/teamresults.html



RANDY BUELLER BUSTS THE BRACKET IN 2017: Five of the top 21 teams managed to
make the top ten but the rest of the top ten were teams ranked from 53 to 70
which would normally cause havoc in the bracket busting contest. This
year's contest however was extremely close as eight individuals (Trish
Wolff, Sean McCulloch, Sam Wolff, Nick Page, Eric Freeman, Andrew Freeman,
and Bruce Reiff) picked 5 of the 10 teams. In the end, however, only one
individual managed to pick 6 of our top ten teams. Top honor as the best of
the bracket busters goes to Randy Buehler who earned his 2018 Sustaining
membership with six correct picks.



2018 WBC RESERVATION POLICY: The WBC is set for July 21st to July 29th,
2018 at The Seven Springs Mountain Resort.



Hotel Reservations at Seven Springs will once again be staggered and not
available until January due to the WBC cancellation policy. Reservations
may be made for the hotel as follows:



January 16th, 2018 Stays of 5 nights or more

February 15th, 2018 - Stays of 4 nights or more

March 15th, 2018 - Stays of 3 nights or more

April 15th, 2018 - Stays of 2 nights or more

May 15th, 2018 - Single Night Stays



A special incentive for hotel rooms only will be offered in 2018 by Seven
Springs. Any WBC attendee arriving on Friday, July 20, 2018 and staying for
at least seven (7) consecutive paid nights will receive a $50.00 credit per
room. This credit will be applied to the attendee's room account after the
seventh (7th) night of their stay.



Condo and townhouse reservations are available now in varying sizes (two-,
three- and four-bedroom units) for the July 2018 World Boardgaming
Championships.

The group rate for condos and townhouses for the July 2018 event will be
$139 plus tax per bedroom per night. For example, a two-bedroom unit would
be $278 plus tax per night, and a three-bedroom unit would be $417 plus tax
per night.



There is a Condo/Townhouse special for the 2018 event. Book seven (7)
consecutive nights and the last two (2) nights are free. You will pay only
five nights at whatever bedroom rate you have selected. You may book back to
back Condo/Townhouse specials in the same unit (14 consecutive nights), and
you will only pay for 10 nights at whatever bedroom rate you have selected.



You can browse the condos and townhouses via the link, below. When you have
selected a unit, check availability by clicking on the "Check Availability"
under the main photo of that unit.
<https://condos.7springs.com/Default.aspx?p=dynamicmodule&&pa...
027&vnf=1#view%3Agrid>
https://condos.7springs.com/Default.aspx?p=dynamicmodule&&pa...
27&vnf=1#view%3Agrid



Once you have selected condo/townhouse unit number, call the Seven Springs
reservations team at 866-437-1300 (8 am to 9pm on Monday through Saturday or
8 am to 7 pm on Sunday) to reconfirm availability and to book your
reservations. Use the WBC Group Code 8BO8RR and/or identify yourself as part
of the WBC 2018 event. If you have specific questions on the
condos/townhouses, contact Bev Spurling or Vicki Edwards in the Seven
Springs Vacation Rentals office at 800-452-2223, Extension 7723.



For more details on 2018 WBC Lodging, please visit
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbclodging_7S.html



WBC AUCTION RESULTS: The 2017 Auction report and listing of the sales price
for the 662 lots are now on our website, led by a $510 bid for John Jacoby's
annual Circus Maximus miniatures set. Many more details and a complete list
of auction sales are available at
https://boardgamers.org/wbc17/auctionlotsales.html. Auction Store sales are
NOT listed on line. If you want an accounting of your items individual sale
prices, inquire at conventiondirector@boardgamers.org
.



2017 ELECTION RESULTS: The membership returned the three incumbents to
another three-year term. Ken Gutermuth, Bruce Monnin, and Stuart Tucker each
won another term over two challengers. Gutermuth led the voting with 412
votes followed by Monnin with 389 and Tucker with 270. Challengers Marcy
Morelli and Grant LaDue registered 266 and 152 votes respectively from a
voting bloc of 202 members. We thank all the candidates for their
participation and all members who took the time to vote. Without sufficient
participation by the membership we are unable to continue our Non-Profit
Corporation status. Results can be viewed at
http://boardgamers.org/about_electionresults.html



WBC HONORS: The coming months will unveil our annual awards for
Sportsmanship and GM of the Year but we can't do them justice without your
input. Take a moment to tell us why someone you encountered should be
considered for the Sportsmanship or GM of the Year Award by emailing us at
conventiondirector@boardgamers.org
.



WBC EVENT REPORTS IN PROGRESS: Event Reports are still being collected and
used to update 155 Event pages for a scheduled November unveiling. 3 GMs
who have yet to fulfill that part of their obligation have been notified
that the clock is ticking and prize level and/or eligibility penalties will
apply for those events who's GMs do not comply. WBC is unique among all
gaming conventions for providing not only this coverage but also archiving
such reports for posterity. Check out the Event history section at
http://boardgamers.org/history_wbceventreports.html to check the progress of
your favorite event over the past 17 years.



WBC 2017 EVENT SUBMISSIONS: Every WBC is followed by requests to add another
game to our schedule. If only it were that simple. No event takes place
without a dedicated volunteer GM to run it. No one gets paid to run events
at WBC. So if you want Game X at WBC, you will need to step forward and
offer to run it! If you are an individual who wants to contribute to the
unique nature of WBC, start by reading our GM Guidelines at
http://boardgamers.org/gmguide.htm. Then, when our monthly newsletter calls
for event submissions, submit the event form cited in that newsletter to get
the process started. Without volunteer GM's, WBC would not exist, so thank
you to the folks who have volunteered in the past and hopefully some of you
will join their ranks in 2018.



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 and Consimworld under Conventions.



. 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



PBeM NEWS:

Laurels for recently completed PBeM tournaments will be updated when 2017
WBC Laurels are updated.



SCHOOSE WINS AFRIKA KORPS: Bert Schoose defeats Ed Menzel to win the Afrika
Korps email Tournament. Thirty two players entered the tournament with 29
games played. The top six finishers were Bert Schoose, Ed Menzel, Joe Beard,
Randy Heller, Gregory Hultgen and Joe Harkins. More details can be found at
<http://boardgamers.org/pbem/2017/afk.html>;
http://boardgamers.org/pbem/2017/afk.html



PEI CONTINUES DOMINANCE IN FOR THE PEOPLE & NEXT TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT:
The 2016-2017 For the People tournament garnered 52 entrants who played a
total of 181 games. Participants played two games at a time for a total of
four games. After that the top eight players engaged in single elimination.
In the end, perennial powerhouse James Pei's Confederates captured
Washington DC at the end of turn two for an early and decisive victory over
Warren Day's Union. See Details at
http://boardgamers.org/pbem/2017/ftp.html



DRAGAN WINS VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC: The Two Years of the Dragan have ended
in the Victory in the Pacific tournament. Joe Dragan has defeated all
comers in six rounds over two years. 34 contestants entered the tournament.
For more details visit http://boardgamers.org/pbem/2017/vip.html



THE NAPOLEONIC WARS '16 ENTERS SEMIFINALS: After 90 games played by 33
players in The Napoleonic Wars that started November 2016, the 9
semifinalists will be Darren Kilfarra, Michael Day, David Sherwood, Michael
Dauer, Scott Burns, Keith Wixson, Pat Duffy, Lance Roberts, & Gareth
Williams. For more details visit https://tnwars.weebly.com/



JOIN FOR THE PEOPLE PBeM: The next For the People PBeM tournament will begin
on November 15th. Details can be found at
http://forthepeople3.weebly.com/2017-2018-ftp.html



MARCH MADNESS BEGINS DECEMBER 1ST: The sixteenth annual BPA March Madness
PBeM tournament will start with the draft on Friday, December 1st. All
players receive two teams, so are guaranteed at least two games in the
event. The format is single elimination until a champion is crowned,
usually in late spring. If you have played March Madness before but are
worried about using ACTS to play the game through email, Harry Flawd and
Mark Yoshikawa are standing by ready to show you how easily it can be done.
Visit http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/mms_home_page.html



TWILIGHT STRUGGLE PBeM TOURNAMENT TO COMMENCE SOON: The next Twilight
Struggle tournament will start by November 1st. This is a Swiss-elimination
tournament using the optional cards and +2 influence for the US. Rounds are
expected to be 45 days in length. If you want to participate, post a
comment at this site:
<https://twilightstruggletourney.wordpress.com/201718tourney/...;
https://twilightstruggletourney.wordpress.com/201718tourney/. Players will
be matched randomly in round 1 and then by tournament record afterwards. The
Steam/Playdek app will be the default tool used. ACTS and Wargameroom games
can be accommodated if enough players desire to use those tools. For
questions, contact the GM Tim Tow at
towtim@hotmail.com.





TZOLKIN TOURNAMENT BEGINS SOON: The next Tzolkin PBeM will begin November
1st. To sign up, please visit
<https://epworthian.wordpress.com/tournament-format/>;
https://epworthian.wordpress.com/tournament-format/



VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC SIGN-UPS ENDING SOON: The next Victory in the Pacific
tournament sign-ups will end on October 19th. To sign up, please visit
<http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_17....;
http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_bpa/vitp_bpa_single_elim_17....



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.



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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
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Also, I'm pretty sure there is a typo in the first paragraph and that this:

Attendance was slightly up from 2016 but attendees
continued the trend of arriving earlier and staying longer in the nine-day
conference.

Should be this:

Attendance was slightly up from 2016 and attendees
continued the trend of arriving earlier and staying longer in the nine-day
conference.
 
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Joelist wrote:
Also, I'm pretty sure there is a typo in the first paragraph and that this:

Attendance was slightly up from 2016 but attendees
continued the trend of arriving earlier and staying longer in the nine-day
conference.

Should be this:

Attendance was slightly up from 2016 and attendees
continued the trend of arriving earlier and staying longer in the nine-day
conference.

Actually the original version made perfect sense to me when I read it earlier (and still does). Many were hoping for a sharp rather than slight uptick in attendance, so the result is a bit of a disappointment; on the other hand, total attendance-hours increased, which is a definite positive.
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MD1616 wrote:
Joelist wrote:
Also, I'm pretty sure there is a typo in the first paragraph and that this:

Attendance was slightly up from 2016 but attendees
continued the trend of arriving earlier and staying longer in the nine-day
conference.

Should be this:

Attendance was slightly up from 2016 and attendees
continued the trend of arriving earlier and staying longer in the nine-day
conference.

Actually the original version made perfect sense to me when I read it earlier (and still does). Many we're hoping for a sharp rather than slight uptick in attendance, so the result is a bit of a disappointment; on the other hand, total attendance-hours increased, which is a definite positive.


I kind of expected the attendance increase to be slight simply because we are still in the process of people getting used to the swanky new digs. Adding in having more attendee hours to boot is a nice bonus. Put it on top of the news from the meeting at the convention that attendance did not drop as much as expected in 2016 and we actually did not lose money that year and we look good for the future.
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Joelist wrote:
150 of the scheduled 155 events achieved tournament status with fields...


5 tournaments failing to draw 8 people is odd is it not?

Do we know what they were?
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I think Festung Europa was one.
 
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So event submissions will open after the October newsletter?

Cause the website seemed to indicate "after October 1st".

http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/SubmitEvent.php
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Well, that was me. Probably Nov. 1 is a better date. I'll change it. There will be an official announcement when event submissions open.
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ardrummo wrote:
Joelist wrote:
150 of the scheduled 155 events achieved tournament status with fields...


5 tournaments failing to draw 8 people is odd is it not?

Do we know what they were?


By comparing the 2017 event list to the 2018 Century/Trial list, I believe the five events were:
Coal Country
Festung Europa
Fire in the Lake
Orient Express
Republic of Rome

I did not see any of those events listed as a trial or century event for next year
 
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I know orient express had more than 8 people. What does it take to be an official event?
 
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RoR had more than 8.
 
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Who says 8 people is the minimum? That doesn't sound right.
 
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Race Bannon wrote:
Who says 8 people is the minimum? That doesn't sound right.


In the report:

"150 of the scheduled 155 events achieved tournament status with fields
ranging from a minimum of eight to 275 players for ticket to Ride and Can't
Stop."
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Race Bannon wrote:
Who says 8 people is the minimum? That doesn't sound right.


There are other criteria, but I believe "has 8+" is one of them.
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I think they meant that the lowest draw was 8.
 
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Looks to me like that's the lowest draw for the 150, not for the other 5.
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TrimChris wrote:
Race Bannon wrote:
Who says 8 people is the minimum? That doesn't sound right.


In the report:

"150 of the scheduled 155 events achieved tournament status with fields
ranging from a minimum of eight to 275 players for ticket to Ride and Can't
Stop."


That's not a correct reading (or good writing). Nowhere does it say the criterion for making this year's Trial ballot is 8 attendees.

There is no way to reason from that quote above that "All games that dropped out of Trial status had 8 or less players show up." I think it would require more than 8 in many cases.
 
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Does that mean that the 5 games dropped don't count towards laurels, or tournament wins don't count in those games?
 
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Spleen wrote:
Does that mean that the 5 games dropped don't count towards laurels, or tournament wins don't count in those games?


As of now, if something doesn't change due to sponsoring them back in or the voting, they aren't even going to happen.

This is not the same thing as dropping from the Century to the Trials. These events dropped out of Trials. They're not happening, as things stand now.
 
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Race Bannon wrote:
TrimChris wrote:
Race Bannon wrote:
Who says 8 people is the minimum? That doesn't sound right.


In the report:

"150 of the scheduled 155 events achieved tournament status with fields
ranging from a minimum of eight to 275 players for ticket to Ride and Can't
Stop."


That's not a correct reading (or good writing). Nowhere does it say the criterion for making this year's Trial ballot is 8 attendees.

There is no way to reason from that quote above that "All games that dropped out of Trial status had 8 or less players show up." I think it would require more than 8 in many cases.

If I'm not mistaken, it's been an established standard for years that a game needs at least 8 players to be counted as an event.
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Also, the very last line of the WBC GM Guidelines (http://boardgamers.org/wbc_gmeventform.html) reads as follows:

GMs who do not submit reports in a timely fashion are suspended and may not GM the event the following year. They also penalize their event by dropping Century Events to Trial Status and making Trial Events ineligible for inclusion the following year.

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gilderrules13 wrote:
Also, the very last line of the WBC GM Guidelines (http://boardgamers.org/wbc_gmeventform.html) reads as follows:

GMs who do not submit reports in a timely fashion are suspended and may not GM the event the following year. They also penalize their event by dropping Century Events to Trial Status and making Trial Events ineligible for inclusion the following year.



While I've never gone to WBC (though I am planning to do so next year since it's much closer to me now, as I live near Pittsburgh), I have to say that reading this thread makes me think that I'd never want to be a GM. Sounds like it's a real pain in the butt and I'm not sure how it would be very fun to GM an event.
 
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desertfox2004 wrote:
gilderrules13 wrote:
Also, the very last line of the WBC GM Guidelines (http://boardgamers.org/wbc_gmeventform.html) reads as follows:

GMs who do not submit reports in a timely fashion are suspended and may not GM the event the following year. They also penalize their event by dropping Century Events to Trial Status and making Trial Events ineligible for inclusion the following year.


While I've never gone to WBC (though I am planning to do so next year since it's much closer to me now, as I live near Pittsburgh), I have to say that reading this thread makes me think that I'd never want to be a GM. Sounds like it's a real pain in the butt and I'm not sure how it would be very fun to GM an event.


I GM because it needs to be done. I missed this requirement once and took a few years off, but came back when it looked like a game I like was going to fall off the schedule otherwise. So I don't do it for fun, but do feel good about helping out with a great convention.
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desertfox2004 wrote:

While I've never gone to WBC (though I am planning to do so next year since it's much closer to me now, as I live near Pittsburgh), I have to say that reading this thread makes me think that I'd never want to be a GM. Sounds like it's a real pain in the butt and I'm not sure how it would be very fun to GM an event.



Hi Leo,

I assure you that it can be. I've GMd an adult event 5 times now across 3 different WBCs and I have immensely enjoyed the experience.

That said, I would definitely not do it in my first year (and I didn't). There is a lot of work and other finnicky things that go into being a GM, and they do make it an extra effort.

But the flip side of that is that a lot of these extra things are what make WBC such a special experience. Every tournament gets a detailed write up. Every tournament has laurels points that accumulate over the year and lifetime. Every tournament has a plaque.

Because we all know that these things will happen for every tournament and that there are relatively strict guidelines by which the tournaments can be run, everyone can be confident that each tournament is a "real" event.

I really hope you make it out this year, because WBC is a special event with amazing people. But don't worry about the GMing part. If you love it as much as we do, it will be worth it to go through these hoops. And if you don't want to, that's totally ok. 2,000ish people come to WBC and only about 100 of us GM.

Look forward to meeting you.
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If you prepare for it in advance, GM'ing doesn't have to be that much work. Here's a rough accounting of how much time it takes:

December: Read GM guidelines, fill out event form. 2 hours or so. Plus whatever time it takes you to think about different formats and figure out the perfect format for your event, but this is what gives you the reward of having a tournament in one of your favorite games that is run with the ideal format.

January thru June: preparation. This is a little more work your first time, but having run an event a bunch of times, all I have to do at this point is make sure I have all the equipment I need (4 decks of cards for assigning people to tables, enough copies of the game report form and bidding sheet, prize for the winner), which again is probably under 2 hours total. For your first time, you'll need to figure out how you plan to do things like checkin, assignment to tables, and determining qualifying order and familiarizing yourself with any tools you plan to use to do these tasks. I'll toot my own horn and say that the spreadsheet tool I've developed, available at https://tinyurl.com/wbcgm2017 saves me a lot of time in checking people in, determining qualifying order, and generating the event form, and other GMs tell me they've also found it useful. It's worth familiarizing yourself with this, or any other tools you plan to use, before WBC starts.

At WBC:
Demo: (1 hour). Again, worth thinking about the best way to teach your game, but assuming you're GM'ing a favorite game, you've probably already taught it a bunch before.

Checkin (1 hour): You'll want to show up 20 minutes early for each of your heats, so you can start checking people in. This doesn't always mean you can't play another tournament in that slot. I wouldn't play a game like El Grande just before an event I'm running, because it can take almost all of its 2 hour slot. But playing a game like Ra, which has a 2 hour slot, but actually takes somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes to play, works just fine.

Determining qualifiers (2 hours): sometime after each heat, I need to enter the results into the computer, so I can determine the qualifying order for the quarterfinals. I run a pretty large event (about 150 players), and it's still only 30-60 minutes or so to enter the results of a heat into a spreadsheet and print out the qualifiers list for the kiosk.

Running the qualifying rounds (?). This depends on how long your game is. I didn't count any time for running the heats, since I assume you're running a game that you'd want to play anyway. But if you don't qualify for the semis, You'll still need to be there to get the semis and finals running. I recommend the strategy of qualifying for the semis and finals of your own tournament, since this means running them doesn't take any time away from gaming, but I haven't always been able to put this into practice.

Preparing event form (1 hour): You need to submit an event form, listing who played in your tournament, who won, and some other information. With a spreadsheet that does most of this work for you, this takes less than an hour.

So all told, running a tournament means 4-8 hours that you're not playing games during WBC. Since there are 135 hours of tournament gaming available, this really isn't much.

After WBC:

Write AAR: (1 hour)
Submit AREA ratings (1 hour).

So all told, GM'ing an event takes 4-8 hours during WBC, and a other 4-8 hours during the rest of the year. Not really a lot of time, and even ignoring the benefit for others, you get to play in a tournament of your favorite game, run exactly the way you think it should be run, and that's a nice perk.
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