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May 2019 Newsletter

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE POSTED: The preliminary schedule for WBC 2019 has been posted at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc19/schedule.html. Preview pages are being updated with the schedule and 2019 information and will be available shortly. As you plan your schedule, please remember that the BPA does not provide copies of the games for use at the tournaments. All tournaments require participants, for both adult and junior events, to bring a copy of the game to be guaranteed a spot.

The listing of all tournaments to be run at WBC 2019 can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_pelorphans.html.

JUNIORS EVENTS: There are still four slots open in the junior schedule: TH9, FR9, FR18, and SA14. If you would like to volunteer to GM an event at one of these times, please contact the Juniors Coordinator at juniors@boardgamers.org.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SCHEDULED POSTED: Shuttle times for 2019 will remain the same as last year. The website has been updated for the 2019 dates. For a full list of shuttle times and how to book them, please visit http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_gettingthere.html

ONLY 4 WEEKS LEFT TO PRE-REGISTRATION: Pre-registration for WBC 2019 will close on June 15. In order to pre-register by then, both the membership application, found at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml , and payment must be submitted by that date. For payment to be submitted, checks must be postmarked by June 15 and paypal payments must be received by June 15. A list of members who are currently registered can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc19/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 convention director at conventiondirector@boardgamers.org .

After June 15, Registration will only be accepted onsite at WBC.

For details on the different levels of membership, visit the BPA Membership Terms and Conditions Page at http://www.boardgamers.org/about_terms.html .

BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTING CLOSES JUNE 1: Six Members appear on the ballot for election to a three year term on the BPA Board of Directors. The slate features two incumbents and four challengers. The list of candidates and their statement can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/about_election2017.html . Members are encouraged to vote on who you believe would be the best candidates on your BPA Board of Directors. Voting will end on June 1, 2019 and winners will be announced at the BPA Annual Meeting on Tuesday July 23, 2019 at 3pm in the Grand Ballroom at Seven Springs. Voting is easy with an online ballot which can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml .

AUCTION AND AUCTION STORE NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 WBC Auction and Auction Store. Remember that space is limited so both will fill up quickly, especially the Auction. A reminder that the minimum number of lots for the auction and auction store is 10. Details on the Auction can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auction.html and the Auction Store at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auctionstore.html . Please make sure you submit your lots using the current forms which can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_auction_overview.html as the forms have changed slightly over the years.


SEVEN SPRINGS RESERVATIONS: Hotel Reservations now available for single night stays. 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



PBeM NEWS:

PRAST WINS 2019 DIPLOMACY: Congratulations to Richard Prast for outscoring a field of 28 to win the 2019 Diplomacy tournament.

This year's event used the C-Diplo scoring system which splits a total of 100 points among all the participants in the game. Each person played three concurrent games, and dropped their lowest score. With solos as Germany and Russia, Richard achieved a perfect score of 200. However, Jeff Hayman also scored a perfect 200 points with Turkish and Italian solos. Therefore, we were forced to use the third game as a tiebreaker, where Richard's 17 point France topped Jeff's 3 point France and gained him the championship.

Powered by a German solo, third place went to Jesus Zamora with 105. 2018 champion Doug Ilioff used an English solo to score 102 for fourth. Fifth went to John Stevens at 101 based on a solo with England. Two-time champion Chris Lee rounded out our top six with a score of 75.

Top nations were France, Turkey, Russia, Germany, England, Italy, and Austria.

Full tournament results can be found at https://diplomacywwi.weebly.com/2019.html. Keep an eye out for the 2020 announcement near the end of this year.

NICHOLSON WINS 2019 VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC: Thirty-one becomes two. Tim Tow took the Japanese for 1.5 POC and took six aircraft carriers to Pearl Harbor to catch Dennis Nicholson by surprise -- using the West Coast Escape version of the Menzel options. By the end of Turn 6, the IJN score had dwindled to 9, and the emperor order capitulation. Two became one, and Dennis Nicholson was crowned champion of the fleets! Over-all, the IJN prevailed in 10 matches while the USN dominated by winning 18 games. The power to shift the balance of the Menzel and Open Turn Two options is evident in the first tournament to be dominated by the USN in over two decades. Unadjusted games saw bidding up to 8 POC; while these two adjustments saw balanced bidding for both sides (with Tim's 1.5 being the highest for the IJN). Laurelists, in order of finish, Dennis Nicholson, Tim Tow, Wayne Bonnett, Alan Applebaum, Vince Meconi, and Bryan Eshleman.

VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC 2019 STARTS IN SEPTEMBER: Sign-ups for the next installment of the Victory in the Pacific tournament is open. John Pack will once again be the GM. Tournament format can be found at http://www.gameaholics.com/vitp_format/vitp_bpa_format.htm.

PATHS OF GLORY 2016 TOURNAMENT UPDATE: The tournament has about a month left to finish Round 8 of the event that started in 2016. One of three matches has completed with Tom Gregorio moving on to Round 9. Keep up to date on the 2016 Tournament Page which can be found at http://www.bitterwoods.net/paths-of-glory-bpa-tourney-page/ .

PATHS OF GLORY 2019 TOURNAMENT UPDATE: Thirty seven of the sixty four matches are complete with 18 CP wins and 19 AP wins. The bids went from -1 to 2. One game went to Turn 20 and the average length of completed games was Turn 11. There is 5 weeks left in Round 1. Keep up to date on the 2019 Tournament Page at https://www.bitterwoods.net/paths-of-glory-2019-bpa-tourney/.

PRO GOLF PBeM TOURNAMENT UPDATE: The players have finished Round 1 at Augusta National with 31 players making the cut at +1. Bob Hamel and Mike Lembke both shot a first round score of 66 to take the lead after round one. The golfers are currently on Muirfield Village for round 2. For more information visit http://user.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/pro_golf_pbem.html .


BPA PBeM REMINDER: ... 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.html on the BPA website at http://www.boardgamers.org .

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

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Yay for the schedule.

Boo for the 2 events I'm most interested stretching from FSun to Sat night, with overlap! I'm not prepared to make these tough life decisions this early! Ha ha.

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I often wonder about the decision to move long running events. Often these events have the same crowd or similar every year, and moving it really throws off the schedules of people who come to play the same events every year. Yeah, there's plenty to play when the schedule is rearranged. But events can really suffer, especially if they are not new games with new interest.
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Keep in mind the GM often drives the decision to move, not the BPA.
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Spleen wrote:
I often wonder about the decision to move long running events. Often these events have the same crowd or similar every year, and moving it really throws off the schedules of people who come to play the same events every year. Yeah, there's plenty to play when the schedule is rearranged. But events can really suffer, especially if they are not new games with new interest.

In my experience, the most common reasons for moving a long-running event are:
1. GM has real life conflicts
2. An event's attendance drops and the GM hopes a different time will boost it
3. Another event moves (or moved last year), creating a ripple effect
4. GM wants to play in an event that conflicts
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When you go to this link: http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml then that page has it's own link to the "election page" if you want some information about the candidates, which takes you to here: http://www.boardgamers.org/about_election2018.html which is the 2018 candidate info and not the 2019 candidate info.

Manually editing the url to read 2019 instead of 2018 doesn't work. However, editing the url to read 2017 does get to the 2019 ballot - at least, I think it does, since it says it was last updated March 6 2019, has the 2019 deadlines mentioned in the page, and is the same url you get when you click on the "election ballot" button on the left side.
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The link works for me; maybe its already been fixed.
 
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Edited my last post to make it more clear which link I was talking about.
 
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pat0704 wrote:
Auction full.

That might be a new record for fastest time.
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Since this is my first time competing in the WBC, I need a couple of clarifications in regards to the schedule and the tournaments, as the website is a bit vague on certain areas.

1. What does "D1/1" mean in the Round/Heat column next to many of the games on the schedule? Are those demonstrations rather than tournaments?

2. Speaking of heats, do the heats work the same way in the WBC as they do in, say, the Olympics, where everybody competes in only one of the scheduled heats and the players with the best records/scores in each heat advance to the next round? Or is it like a round-robin, where everybody has to register in all of the scheduled heats and the players with the best total records/scores move on?
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1. Yes, D1/1 means its the first and only demos. Some games have multiple demos.

2. Depends on the format of the event. If its Single Elimination ( SE ) then people play til they lose. If its MESE, people can play in as many initial heats as they want - either because they like the game, or because some events require winning multiple heats to advance to the semifinals. Heat types are explained partway down this page


http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/EventForm.htm#hwo

Welcome aboard to WBC !
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To expand on what Marty wrote:

D1/1 is a demo, but typically as part of a tournament. Thus, 7 Wonders Duel has a heat the first Sunday at 9 AM, then the heats begin later that day. The majority of WBC tournaments are "B" events, which means you need to have read the rules or attended a demo to play - you are not required to have mastered the rules to play at WBC. ("A" events do not have demos and "C" events will coach you on how to play if you do not already know how).

Typically you may enter as many or as few of the heats of an tournament as you wish.
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2. Speaking of heats, do the heats work the same way in the WBC as they do in, say, the Olympics, where everybody competes in only one of the scheduled heats and the players with the best records/scores in each heat advance to the next round? Or is it like a round-robin, where everybody has to register in all of the scheduled heats and the players with the best total records/scores move on?
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Typically you may enter as many or as few of the heats of an tournament as you wish.

"Typically" is understating it. If an event is being run with heats, you can choose to enter some or all of the heats, regardless of how well or badly you do in them. You also don't need to choose ahead of time which to play - you just need to show up in the right room on time to play.

It gets a little trickier if you want to advance to the playoff rounds. Different games have different criteria set out on how to advance, and depending on the game, you might need to play (and do well in) multiple heats to have a chance at making it into the playoffs. To find this out for a game, you'll need to wait a bit longer, until the event previews get posted on the WBC page.

But if all you are looking to do is play a heat, you can always do that just by showing up. Enjoy!
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2. Speaking of heats, do the heats work the same way in the WBC as they do in, say, the Olympics, where everybody competes in only one of the scheduled heats and the players with the best records/scores in each heat advance to the next round? Or is it like a round-robin, where everybody has to register in all of the scheduled heats and the players with the best total records/scores move on?

"Heats" at WBC just means multiple non-contiguous time slots where you can play in the event. It usually also means that you can advance without playing every round. But it varies - the event format is always a compromise between what would make the objective best way to rank players and crown a champion, and what works best for the players of that event to make said event part of their convention. Sometimes this means "you'll probably need to play each round or heat to win the event", sometime it means "as long as you win one prelim game, you are in the playoffs for sure", sometimes it means "you'll probably need to enter multiple times, but not every time", sometimes it means "keep playing until you lose".

But if you don't care as much about winning an event or making the semis or whatever, you can just play. Because regardless of the format, players can almost always drop in or out of any round they want as long as it's not a semi/quarter/final. For example, Hannibal is 5 continuous rounds of play using a Swiss format to match up players, but you can always jump in even for only just the last round and get a game in. You won't win the event that way of course, but if you want to just play the round because you like to play it, then you may do so. For example I tend to play only the first 2 rounds of Hannibal and then drop out (because it conflicts with Victory in the Pacific, my favorite game). It doesn't mess anything up, the GM just matches up the next round with whoever is there - although it's considerate if you let the GM know "hey I won't be in next round" so that the matchups can get sorted and the round started more quickly.

The best way is to look at the Previews for each individual event you are interested in: http://boardgamers.org/wbc19/previews_2019.html they aren't up yet, but they'll up in plenty of time for the convention. Each one will explain the details of how that particular event is set up. And if you still aren't sure, you can always ask the GM how it works (many put their contact info in the Preview, and if the event has a Demo then you can just ask in person there) or just ask here even, and somebody will probably know.

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Statalyzer wrote:

The best way is to look at the Previews for each individual event you are interested in: http://boardgamers.org/wbc19/previews_2019.html they aren't up yet, but they'll up in plenty of time for the convention. Each one will explain the details of how that particular event is set up. And if you still aren't sure, you can always ask the GM how it works (many put their contact info in the Preview, and if the event has a Demo then you can just ask in person there) or just ask here even, and somebody will probably know.

In the meantime, you can get a pretty good idea from the previous year's previews, since most of the tournaments have carried over from last year and most of those will be running in a similar fashion to previous years.
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Because regardless of the format, players can almost always drop in or out of any round they want as long as it's not a semi/quarter/final.

It's not compulsory to play in any semi/quarter/final unless I have missed some format somewhere.



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Correct; I meant that you can't just drop in to one of those rounds without meeting the qualifications.
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pat0704 wrote:
Auction full.

Ken also said on Facebook this morning that the Auction store is already 50% full.
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Marty S wrote:
pat0704 wrote:
Auction full.

That might be a new record for fastest time.

My capitalist id says WBC isn't charging enough.
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Since this appears to be a very-much in-demand service, perhaps there could be an online auction for the overflow, with pickup at the con math trade venue on Sat. Could be a Geek List. WBC gets a 10% rake, in addition to BGG's 3%.

Could be limited to out-of-print items (can't be on Amazon.com), to avoid competition with con vendors.
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Any idea when the junior event schedule will be posted?



- Edit: found it, nevermind.
 
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Eric Engelmann wrote:

My capitalist id says WBC isn't charging enough.
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The BPA is a not-for-profit corporation.
 
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Eric Engelmann wrote:

My capitalist id says WBC isn't charging enough.
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The BPA is a not-for-profit corporation.

So lower the cost of something else, or build up the cash reserves
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The WBC auction is limiting, both in terms of participation and in the hole in the WBC game schedule to accommodate the hours-long auction. It seems that there should be an online no-ship auction, as other conventions have.

In my experience, the online auctions are run by attendees, but there seems no reason why BPA/WBC could not run one, while collecting a percentage of the sales.

This would enhance the convention.
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Marty S wrote:
pat0704 wrote:
Auction full.

That might be a new record for fastest time.

My capitalist id says WBC isn't charging enough.
devil

Since this appears to be a very-much in-demand service, perhaps there could be an online auction for the overflow, with pickup at the con math trade venue on Sat. Could be a Geek List. WBC gets a 10% rake, in addition to BGG's 3%.

Could be limited to out-of-print items (can't be on Amazon.com), to avoid competition with con vendors.

My improvement would be to institute a minimum commission, say $7. Doing so would discourage placing lower value games into the auction. They belong in the store.
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