- Ken GutermuthUnited States
June 2019 Newsletter
EDELSTON NAMED GM OF THE YEAR: Sam Edelston prevailed in a very close vote taking top GM honors with Greg Crowe finishing a close second. Sam, our 2018 GM of the Year, ran Memoir ’44 and also continued to run 5 multiplayer demos of Memoir ’44 after the tournament was completed. For additional information, please visit http://www.boardgamers.org/history_topgm.html . The remaining top six finishers for 2018, in order, were, Greg Crowe, Keith Wixson, Steve Cuccaro, Marc Houde, and Jim Burnett.
ONLY 10 DAYS 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 email@example.com .
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 .
SCHEDULING TOOLS: The WBC Schedule is now listed on the website. Scheduling Aids currently available includes Preview Pages, Spreadsheet Schedule, Calendar, Power’ Custom Scheduler, and WBC iOS App. The WBC Android App will be available shortly. Check the Schedule page for all of these updated scheduling tools at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc19/schedule.html.
28th TEAM TOURNAMENT NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES: The team tournament is now officially open for submission for the 2019 tournament. Remember: All team members must be pre-registered. Full details about the team tournament can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_teams.html . The deadline for submissions or team tournament changes is July 1st. Shortly after July 1st, an announcement will open up the WBC Bracket Busting Contest with a chance to win a free membership for 2020.
OPEN GAMING AND LIBRARY: Details on Open Gaming in the Exhibit Hall and the current listing of the games in the BPA Game Library have been updated. New this year, the game library will be available starting at noon on the First Saturday, six hours earlier than last year. Details on Open Gaming and the Library can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_preparation_opengaming.html . A listing of the contents of the game library can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc_gamelibrary.html . There is a link on the library page that allows you to download the game library excel spreadsheet.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION CONCLUDED: The 2019 Board of Directors election has concluded. Attend the BPA annual meeting on Tuesday July 23 in the Grand Ballroom to see your newly elected Board members.
AUCTION AND AUCTION STORE ARE FULL: The Auction and Auction Store have reached their maximum capacity and are no longer accepting submission. As soon as the auction staff has completed their review of the auction submission, a listing of the auction items will be posted on the website.
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
BORER WINS 2019 AGRICOLA: 45 gamers signed up to play the first-ever BPA PBEM tournament for Agricola, and the field was stacked: Nineteen of the competitors had already won laurels in this game in its 11-year history, including 7 of the 10 different players who have ever claimed 1st place laurels. However, when the dust settled it was a newcomer who claimed the crown. Terry Borer had cut his teeth primarily in online games of Agricola at boiteajeux.net (including but by no means limited to Meeple Leagues), but he was able to parlay that knowledge and experience into a victory over all the tabletop titans who had assembled.
The remaining laurelists, in order, were Allan Jiang, Riley Kimminau, Randy Buehler, John Corrado, and David Kristensen.
The complete event report can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-agr.html .
GM MONNIN WINS 2019 MARCH MADNESS: ACTS must like Bruce as he became a four time PBeM champion in March Madness. 44 players participated in this year’s sixteenth rendition of the BPA March Madness PBeM tournament. We have had thirteen different champions in this event, but GM Bruce Monnin bucked that trend by triumphing for the fourth time, his first championship since 2012.
The remaining laurelists, in order, were Ron Emch, Derek Landel, Doug Galullo, Allan Jiang, and Paul Risner.
The complete event report can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/pbem/pbem-mms.html .
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.
ADEL VERPFLICHTET NEARING END OF FIRST ROUND: With two week remaining in the Adel Verpflichtet/Hoity Toity preliminary round, the current status of all completed games is posted at http://www.gameaholics.com/adv_tournament.htm.
Allan Jiang, with 19 points, is the only one to have a guaranteed semi-final spot so far -- and Allan still has a game to go! All players but one have finished at least one game. Two players, Sean McCulloch and Michael McKibbin, earn the Speedy Gonzalez Award for finishing all of their games quickly! Sean is on the cusp of the semi-final with 16 points and 8 spaces.
PRO GOLF PBeM TOURNAMENT UPDATE: The players have finished Round 2 at Muirfield Village with 18 players making the cut at -1. Bob Hamel and Grant Ladue were atop the leader board after 2 rounds. The golfers are at Pebble Beach for the last round. 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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