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Ken Gutermuth
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September 2019 BPA Newsletter

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2019 WBC. I hope you will be able to join us again in 2020 when the WBC will be held once again at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on July 25th to August, 2nd.

WBC 2019 WRAP-UP: Attendance was up 12% from 2018 with the trend of people staying longer and less one-day guest passes continuing. Total BPA memberships was also up 12% with Associate (play by email) memberships up 11% so far in 2019.

As far as the tournament games go, total number of players entering tournaments was up 5% while the # of games played was down (2%) and player starts were up 2%. 2019 also saw an increase in number of players receiving laurels, 4%, while 38% of all attendees earned laurels in 2019. Twenty-nine events drew triple-digit entrants with five events topping the 200 mark. Can’t Stop lead the way with 282 players, followed by Ticket to Ride (281), Facts in Five (274), Splendor (266) and Terraforming Mars (256).

An early look at this year’s tournament winners can be found at . Winners by year for all 162 WBC 2019 events can be viewed at .

WBC EVENT REPORTS: Thanks to all of the GM’s. As of today, all 162 event reports have been submitted and construction on the event reports pages has begun. 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 next several weeks. You can check the status of each event report page at

LAURELS: The Laurel pages will be updated along with the event reports in the next several weeks. You can check the status of the laurels updates for each event 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 2019.

MIT SGS REACHES THE TOP: In continuing the recent trend of 3 scorers for the winning team, Marty Sample rode the backs of his teammates, Dave Finberg, Aaron Fuegi, and James Terry to the top of the Team Tournament. James won Superstar Baseball for the first time while Dave and Aaron swept the Titan tournaments to outdistance the field by 6 points to win the 29th Team Tournament.

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

PEI IS MASTER OF THE BRACKET IN 2019: Is 50% a good percentage, James Pei and Sean McCulloch think so. James and Sean managed to pick 5 of our top ten finishers but would force the convention director to dig past the first tiebreaker to determine the winner as neither picked any of the teams in the correct place. Therefore, the second tie-breaker was needed (who picked the lowest ranked team that finished in the top ten) in order to crown this year's Bracket Bustin' Contest. James, successfully picking 27th ranked Ghost Division, edged out Sean, who correctly picked 20th ranked School of Sharks, to become the Master of this year's Bracket Bustin’ Contest. Congratulations to James on earning his 2020 Sustaining membership. See for more details.

WBC AUCTION RESULTS: The 2019 Auction report and listing of the sales price for the 613 lots are now on our website, led by a $925 bid for War of the Ring Collector’s Edition. 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: Andrew Drummond and Marcy Morelli joined incumbent Bruno Sinigaglio on election to the Board of Directors. They defeated three other candidates, including incumbent Josh Githens. The BPA thanks Josh, who has served on the Board since 2010 for his years of dedication and service to the BPA as a valued member of the Board.

Andrew Drummond led the voting with 445 votes followed by Bruno Sinigaglio with 374 and Marcy Morelli with 345. The remaining candidates vote totals were Pete Stein 334, Josh Githens 245, and Grant Ladue 234 from a voting block of 235 members. We thank all the candidates for their participation and all members who took the time to vote. Without sufficient participation in the Board of Directors voting by the membership, we would be unable to continue our Non-Profit Corporation status. Results can be viewed at

2020 WBC RESERVATION POLICY: The WBC is set for July 25th to August 2nd, 2020 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The WBC group rate for WBC 2020 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:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - stays of 5 nights or more
Saturday, February 15, 2020 – stays of 4 nights or more
Monday, March 16, 2020 – stays of 3 nights or more
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – stays of 2 nights or more
Friday, May 15, 2020 – stays of 1 nights or more

Condo and townhouse reservations are available now in varying sizes (two-, three- and four-bedroom units) for the 2020 World Boardgaming Championships.
The group rate for condos and townhouses for the 2020 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 2020 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 8b08rv and/or identify yourself as part of the WBC 2020 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.

Chalet reservations are also available now. Use the WBC Group Code 8b08rv and/or identify yourself as part of the WBC 2020 event.

For more details on 2020 WBC Lodging, please visit

Laurels for recently completed PBeM tournaments along with their 2019 WBC results have been updated in the Event History & Laurels pages.


JIANG WINS ADVANCED CIVILIZATION TOURNAMENT: Our reigning Caesar, Allan Jiang, was victorious in the 2018 Advanced Civilization PBeM tournament over a record field of 43 players. Other laurelists, in order, were Jonas Lindqvist, Antonio Cataldo, Ed Coderre, Dave Rubin, and Nils Brobakk. Read all the details at .

MURRAY WINS INAUGURAL BRASS TOURNAMENT: Rob Murray bested a star studded field of 30 that included 8 of the top ten Brass laurelists to win the inaugural Brass PBeM tournament. Other laurelists, in order, were Andrew Emerick, Allan Jiang, DJ Borton, John Corrado, and Rob Flowers. Read all the details at .

APPLEBAUM COMPLETES THE TRIPLE CROWN WITH WIN IN BREAKOUT NORMANDY TOURNAMENT: Alan Applebaum completed the Breakout Normandy Triple crown by defeating Kevin Wojtaszczyk in the Final of the PBeM tournament. Alan had previously won at WBC in 2002 and the D-Day mini-con in 1999. Other laurelists, in order, were Kevin Wojtaszczyk, Kevin Hammond, Mark Gutfreund, Bob Malcomson, and Jason Albert. Read all the details at .

MCCULLOCH WINS PRO GOLF PBeM FOR SECOND TIME: Pebble Beach has been the final course for five years now. After scoring 3 under par after the first two rounds, Sean McCulloch (with Justin Leonard) went out early and tied the best ever score of 7 under par 65 to end the event at 10 under par to earn a repeat of his 2014 championship. Other laurelists, in order, were Nicole Reiff, Laurie Wojtaszczyk, Bryan Collars, Mike Pacheco, and Cindy Drozd. Read all the details at

JIANG WINS THROUGH THE AGES TOURNAMENT: Allan Jiang won the 2nd Through the Ages PBeM tournament, adding this title to his two WBC wins at this event. Allan edged out Michael Thiessen on tiebreakers points for the title. Other laurelists, in order, were Michael Thiessen, Aran Warszawski, Ryan Feathers, Alexander West, and Mike Turian. Read all the details at


AGRICOLA TO START ON DECEMBER 1: Randy Buehler will once again be GMing a PBeM tournament of Agricola starting in December. More information is available on the tournament website at .

BREAKOUT NORMANDY TO START ON October 15: Mark Gutfreund will once again GM the next Breakout Normandy PBeM tournament. The tournament will be single elimination with four month rounds using the L2 version of the game. For more information, contact Mark at or visit the tournament website at

EGIZIA TOURNAMENT TO START IN NOVEMBER: Rob Flowers will be GMing PBeM tournament of Egizia starting in November. Egizia has been a tournament at WBC since 2011, now is your chance to join an online tournament of this ancient Egyptian worker placement game. The tournament will be played on the Yucata online game portal and all entrants will play 4 simultaneous games for a chance to advance to further rounds. Visit to view the tournament format, and email Rob Flowers at by November 3 to sign up.

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


ADEL VERPFLICHTET IN SEMIFINALS: Ten semifinalists are competing in the semifinals with 2 of the 4 semifinals complete. For more information visit .

NAPOLEONIC WARS GETS READY TO ENTER ROUND 4: Ten players have advanced to Round 4 with Patrick Duffy, Tom Slizewski, and George Young the only remaining undefeated players. Two more games are finishing up Round 3 which will bring the final count for Round 4 to 12.

PATHS OF GLORY 2016 CONTINUES IN ROUND 9: Round 9 brings the field to 3 players. In the first match, Tom Gregorio defeated Tom Drueding to bring his record to 9-0. The third player, Nick Anner, is continuing to battle his eliminator opponent Paul Hubbard. More details on the tournament can be found at

PATHS OF GLORY 2019 ENTERS ROUND 6: Round 2 continues with seven of the matches already complete. More details on the tournament can be found at

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 on the BPA website at .

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