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August 2018 BPA Newsletter

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2018 WBC. I hope you will be able to join us again in 2019 when the WBC will be held once again at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on July 20th to July 28th.

WBC 2018 WRAP-UP: Attendance was up 1% but total days attended was up 3%. We continue to see the trend of people staying longer and less one-day guest passes as one-day attendees dropped 24%.

As far as the tournament games go, total number of players entering tournaments was up 1% while the # of games played and player starts were up 4% and 3% respectively. 2018 also saw an increase in number of players receiving laurels, 5% increase in # of players, and 37% of all attendees earned laurels in 2018. Twenty-eight events drew triple-digit entrants with Splendor leading the way with 297 players.

An early look at this year’s tournament winners can be found at .

WBC EVENT REPORTS: GM’s are reminded that 2018 Event Reports are due by August 31 to . So far 61 of the 161 tournaments have submitted their reports. 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 the coming months. Remember, just posting them on facebook or Boardgamegeek does not fulfill the requirement to submit an event report.

LAURELS: While waiting on the rest of the event reports, work on the laurel pages has begun. An updated date is shown below those that have been completed so far. Those updated so far are the “A & B” events whose event reports have been submitted and the 4 that had PBeM tournaments complete recently. The updated pages can be found at

SPORTSMAN AND GM OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS DUE: While the WBC is still fresh on your minds, members are reminded to submit their nominations of individuals for the BPA annual awards of Sportsman of the Year and GM of the Year to . The top Sportsmanship nominees will be included on the December/January membership application for the members to vote for who they feel is most deserving of the award. The top GM of the year nominations will be sent to the Board to determine the top GM honor for 2018.

NEWLY FORMED WESTERN PA SOCIAL CLUB EARNS TOP TEAM HONORS: Harry B’s defector Bruce Reiff was carried to the team championship by his new teammates as Jeff Mullet and Trella Bromley lead their team to victory in the 28th annual team tournament. Congratulations to Trella Bromley, Jeff Mullet, Tom McCorry, and Bruce Reiff on their wins.

More details including a list of the Top 25 teams appear at .

RYAN FEATHERS BUSTS THE BRACKET IN 2018: Five of the top 6 teams managed to make the Top Ten in the team tournament but the 52nd ranked team T.O.E.S., led by Bracket Bustin’ champion Ryan Feathers win in Terra Mystica, proved to be the difference in this year’s competition to predict the top ten team tournament finishers. In a very tight race, with many of the 42 entrants riding the top teams, Ryan Feathers, Eric Freeman and Derek Glenn all successfully picked 7 of the top 10 teams with another 10 entrants correctly predicting 6 of the teams in the top 10. The difference in the final ranking was Ryan successfully predicting Western PA Social Club to win granting him the tiebreaker over Alex and Derek. Ryan, who proved you should always bet on your own team, took advantage of his win by being the only entrant to pick T.O.E.S. in the top 10. Congratulations to Ryan on earning his 2019 Sustaining membership.

WBC AUCTION RESULTS: The 2018 Auction report and listing of the sales price for the 624 lots are now on our website, led by a $500 bid for John Jacoby’s annual Circus Maximus miniatures set. Many more details and a complete list of auction sales are available at Auction Store sales are NOT listed on line. If you want an accounting of your items individual sale prices, inquire at

2018 ELECTION RESULTS: Rebecca Roppolo joined incumbents Don Greenwood and Andy Lewis on election to the Board for a three year term. The three won over four other candidates, including incumbent Ken Whitesell. The BPA thanks Ken, who has served on the Board since 2007 for his years of dedication and service to the BPA as a valued member of the Board.

Greenwood led the voting with 349 votes followed by Lewis with 270 and Roppolo with 242. The remaining candidates vote totals were Ken Whitesell 147, Marcy Morelli 130, Grant LaDue 102, and Jonathan Lockwood 82 from a voting bloc of 180 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

2019 WBC RESERVATION POLICY: The WBC is set for July 20th to July 28th, 2019 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The WBC group rate for WBC 2019 will remain at $139 per night.

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:

Monday, January 14, 2019 - stays of 5 nights or more
Thursday, February 14, 2019 – stays of 4 nights or more
Friday, March 15, 2019 – stays of 3 nights or more
Monday, April 15, 2019 – stays of 2 nights or more
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – stays of 1 nights or more

A special incentive for hotel rooms only will be offered in 2019 by Seven Springs. Any WBC attendee arriving on Friday, July 19, 2019 and staying for at least seven (7) consecutive paid nights will receive a $50.00 Seven Springs Gift Card per room. This gift card will be issued when you check-in at the hotel.

Condo and townhouse reservations are available now in varying sizes (two-, three- and four-bedroom units) for the July 2019 World Boardgaming Championships.
The group rate for condos and townhouses for the July 2019 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 2019 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.

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 8b08rs and/or identify yourself as part of the WBC 2019 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 2019 WBC Lodging, please visit

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.

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Laurels for recently completed PBeM tournaments along with their 2018 WBC results have been updated in the Event History & Laurels pages.

ILLIOFF WINS DIPLOMACY PBEM: Doug Illioff topped a field of 28 players to capture the 2018 Diplomacy PBeM crown. The field of 28 each played in three seven player games. The other laurelists were John Stevens, Ryan Feathers, Ron Fisher, Kevin Youells, and David Sherwood.

Additional details of the tournament can be found at

GREENWOOD WINS 2018 MARCH MADNESS TITLE: 40 players participated in this year’s fifteenth rendition of the BPA March Madness PBeM tournament. Our thirteenth different champion was crowned, as Don Greenwood won his first title in either the PBeM or WBC versions of this event, taking a step up from his Final Four appearance in last year’s PBeM tournament. The remaining laurelists, in order of finish, were Marvin Birnbaum, Bob Hamel, Terry Coleman, Max Jamelli, and GM Bruce Monnin.

More details on this year’s event can be found at

BROWNE WINS PRO GOLF TITLE IN PLAYOFF: 45 players signed up to contest the eighth annual BPA Pro Golf PBeM tournament. All players first competed on the Augusta National course. The top 30 players who finished even par and better survived the cut and moved on to contest the Muirfield Village course. The top 15 (those one under par and better) then advanced to contest the Pebble Beach course. After the 54 holes of play, Thomas Browne and Pete Stein were tied and forced to a three hole playoff at the exceedingly short Arrowhead Park course. Thomas emerged victorious as Pete missed mid-range putts on all three holes. The remaining laurelists, in order of finish, were Pete Stein, Jessica Finkeldey, Jeff Mullet, Mathieu Danel, and Alexandra Monnin.

Additional details of the tournament can be found at

JIANG TRIUMPHS IN TZOLKIN PBEM: Tzolkin saw 28 players compete with Allan Jiang, a first time participant in the Tzolkin online tournament, emerging as this year’s champion. The remaining laurelists, in order of finish, were Keith Dent, David Borton, Gordon Rodgers, Ben Scholl, and Blair Morgen.

Further details on this year’s event can be found at

ADEL VERPFLICHTET ENTERS FINALS: Allan Jiang dominates the semi-finals -- winning both of his matches. Allan is the first to accomplish that feat since 2012. With
the other two winners, Haakon Monson and John Pack, also finishing second in their second semi-final, the other two second-place finishers will both advance into the final, Lexi Shea and Tom DeMarco. See all completed games and the final action at

POG ENTERS ROUND 6: All nine matches are underway, some moving faster than others. Bids were fairly distributed between 0 and 2. We're only a month into the round with some very experienced players so it should be no surprise that we don't have any early decisions recorded. More details on the tournament can be found at
THROUGH THE AGES ENTERS FINAL GAME: Through the Ages has entered its final game. John Corrado has taken the early lead with Allan Jiang hot on his heels. More details of the tournament can be found at

AGRICOLA PBEM TO START OCTOBER 1: Sign up for the 2018 Agricola PBeM tournament is under way. Randy Buehler will be the GM as Agricola enters the PBeM tournament field. You can sign up by visiting the tournament website at

FOR THE PEOPLE PBEM TO START JANUARY 1, 2019: The 2019 For the People tournament will begin January 1, 2019. To join the tournament, please email GM Michael Day at by December 20, 2018. Details on the tournament can be found at

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

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