SPORTSMANSHIP WINNER: Michael Dauer of Houston, TX has been named Sportsman of the Year for 2017 by amassing nearly 23% of the 467 (a record number) votes cast in the annual membership vote. Michael went out of his way, to the detriment of his position in a game, to teach a new player Here I Stand earning himself WBC’s biggest prize … free lodging at the next WBC. See the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc17/sportman.html
2018 TRIAL VOTE RESULTS: the 2018 Membership Drive saw record numbers of Members vote for the trial events to be held at WBC 2018. The members indicated a strong preference for returning games as 21 of the 25 trails were events at WBC 2017. Only Great Western Trail, 878 Vikings, and Railways of the World joined as new events in 2018 with Tyranno Ex making a return appearance. The results of the Membership Vote can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc18/trialvote.html
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CONTINUES: The BPA annual membership drive continues but prices will increase on April 1, 2018. If you still want to get the lower rates, you must complete and submit the online application at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml and submit payment via Paypal or check. To receive the price before it increases, the form and the payment must be submitted before April 1 (Paypal payment sent or check postmarked before April 1, 2018). A list of the membership as of February 22, 2018 can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc18/prereg.html . Only those members who have completed the membership form and submitted payment are on the list. If you have any questions on the list, please contact the Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org .
CALL FOR GM’s FOR 2018: Now that the century group and trial events are set, it is time to submit an event form for the WBC 2018 events. Currently 56 of the 111 Century/Legacy events and 10 of the 25 Trial events have GMs. The deadline for submitting event forms is March 15, only three weeks away. Any event without a GM by March 15 will be subject to replacement by an alternate event with a committed GM. If you wish to submit an event form and join the GM ranks, please complete an event form soon. Also, please complete the form carefully and completely since it will be used to determine event location for WBC 2018. Reminder that you must be a BPA member for 2018 to GM an event. The Orphans page has been updated as of February 21 at http://boardgamers.org/wbc18/orphans.html .
SEVEN SPRINGS RESERVATIONS: Hotel Reservations now available for stays of 4 nights or more. Remember that Reservations at Seven Springs for Condos/Townhouses, Chalets, and Cabins can also be booked at this time. For more information, visit the lodging page on the BPA website at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbclodging_7S.html
EVENT REPORTS: The first event reports for WBC 2017 have been loaded onto the website. 27% of the events are live on the website and the remaining will be updated over the next several weeks. Event reports can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook17/
EURO EVENT COORDINATION: Eric Freeman has agreed to coordinate the 2018 Euro events again in an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts. If you are a Euro event GM and would like to be a part of this, please contact Eric at email@example.com .
BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS CLOSING SOON: Nominations for BOARD of Director Candidates for 2018 closes on February 28. 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, 7766 Valley View Court, Hickory, NC 28602 no later than February 28, 2018 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. Besides forwarding a signed nomination, each nominee must submit a statement not to exceed 100 words summarizing what they can contribute in service to the Board of Directors of the BPA by February 28, 2018. 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 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
SHERWOOD WINS THE NAPOLEONIC WARS TOURNAMENT:
David Sherwood defeated Michael Day and Michael Dauer to capture the Napoleonic Wars PBeM Tournament. The tournament drew 35 players playing a total of 34 games. The top six Laurelists were David Sherwood, Michael Day, Michael Dauer, Lance Roberts, Pat Duffy, and Gareth Williams. For details, visit https://tnwars.weebly.com
PRO GOLF PBeM TO BEGIN APRIL 1: The ninth BPA Pro Golf PBeM tournament will start on April 1, 2018. For more information visit http://user.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_pbem.html . To sign up, contact GM Bruce Monnin at firstname.lastname@example.org .
ANNOUNCING 2018 DIPLOMACY TOURNAMENT: The 2018 BPA Diplomacy PBeM tournament will begin on March 27, 2018. Please visit https://diplomacywwi.weebly.com for more details and to sign up.
ANNOUNCING ADEL VERPFLICHTET START: All exhibitors, thieves, detectives, and auctioneers are invited to show their art at castles and palaces around Europe in 2018 starting April Fools' Day. Sign up by March 31, 2018 to demonstrate your talent at collecting, bluffing, heists, and security whether you call it Hoity Toity, Noblesse Oblige, By Hook or By Crook, or Adel Verpflichtet! Get all the details on the tournament at:
For more information on all the BPA PBeM tournaments, visit http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem.html
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.
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.boardgamers.org/pbem_guidelines.html
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