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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR GAMING FRIENDS ...

McCORRY WINS 2008 GM OF THE YEAR: We are pleased to award the Best GM
honor for 2008 to Tom McCorry. This was Tom's first Top Six GM
performance although he has long been active at WBC as a GM and
especially as a purveyor of the top new Euros based on his annual field
trips to Essen. This year Tom drew the attention of the judges for
running two events; the brand new Agricola and the always popular
Carcassonne. Tom was followed in the voting by Eric Brosius, Kevin
Wojtaszczyk, John Weber, Kathy Stroh and Ed Beach. As our GM of the
Year, Tom will receive free lodging at next year's WBC. More details
are available at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/topgm.htm

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE UNDERWAY: Only two weeks remain to renew your
membership for 2009 and get a free WBC souvenir T-Shirt and full-color
yearbook. We urge you to renew memberships for 2009 NOW through the end
of the year both to save money with our lowest rates and to vote for
the inclusion of 25 Continuing Trial events and the winner of our
annual Sportsmanship Award. Check out the nominees for your
Sportsmanship vote during the Membership Drive at
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sportmanNominees.htm Vote to retain
your favorite events or introduce new ones. Give some deserving player
a free room at WBC 2009 by electing the most deserving Sportsman of the
Year. Your vote must be postmarked by December 31st to count. The
December membership application is posted with the 2009 Ballot for
Trial events and Sportsmanship nominees at
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/MemberForm.shtml

GM RESERVATIONS: All GMs are reminded that their event "reservations"
for the WBC events they ran in 2008 expire on January 1st. To retain GM
status of your event, you must submit a new event form at
http://www.boardgamers.org/forms/EventForm.htm and renew your
membership by the end of the year. Otherwise, those events will be
listed as OPEN on the Orphan's List at
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm in an attempt to attract a
new GM.

2008 PATRONS: The BPA's list of 2008 Patrons is now posted at
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/patrons.htm. Please report any
inaccuracies to doncon99@toad.net no later than January 31st to ensure
an accurate listing in the upcoming Yearbook.

BoD NOMINATIONS: 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
himself/herself. Nominations must be signed and received at BPA, 1541
Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 no later than February 28th 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 are urged to 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. Board members should be considered
more for their ability to contribute to the running of a successful
company than for their attachment to any particular game or genre.
Besides forwarding a signed nomination for himself/herself, each
nominee should submit by March 1st a statement not to exceed 100 words
summarizing what they can contribute in service to the Board of
Directors of the BPA. The nomination form is on line at
http://www.boardgamers.org/bpanom.htm

2009 CENTURY LINEUP: The initial lineup of eligible events for the 2009
WBC pending GM commitments is now posted at
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/orphans.htm. Those 2008 Event After
Action Report pages complete with the latest Laurel counts and photos
as only WBC does them are available at
http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/

NEW MEMBERSHIP POLICY: In 2009, we will be extending WBC to a full week
... http://www.boardgamers.org/week.htm ... running from Monday
morning through Sunday evening with assorted pre-cons during the
previous weekend. This has been done to accommodate the growing number
of early arrivals during the Sampler Showcase looking for Open Gaming
opportunities. The Showcase will no longer be considered a Pre-Con and
will be open to all paid WBC attendees along with the BPA Game Library.
Additional space has been secured to handle the influx of open gamers
this has created. A small number of events will continue to be run on
Monday to augment the Sampler Showcase, but the bulk of Tuesday will
remain dedicated to the Auction and Auction Store as in the past. All
of this comes to you without a price increase - in fact, the new
week-long Sustaining membership represents a price decrease for most
attendees as it now incorporates several previous pre-cons.

A normal Sustaining Membership will now cover all WBC events from
Monday thru Sunday for just $70. And, all members joining by the
December 31st deadline will receive both a free full-color Yearbook
mailed in May and a WBC Souvenir T-Shirt upon arrival. Those joining
After the New Year will be able to purchase these items separately only
while supplies last. The convention schedule will remain separate from
the full-color yearbook in a smaller, one-color booklet made available
at registration. This policy ensures that everyone who attends WBC will
get a printed schedule, while preserving one of the unique traditions
that IS WBC -- our full color souvenir Yearbook. Check the full details
on our membership terms page at http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm
for payment deadlines and shirt size exceptions. Please note that the
Juniors Room will not be available prior to 6 PM on Tuesday as usual.

EURO COORDINATION: Eric Freeman is again volunteering to co-ordinate
Euro events in an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts. If you'd
like to be part of this effort, contact freemaneric@comcast.net

WAM VII: The next BPA gaming conference is the week before the Super
Bowl on Thursday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 25th, 2008 in
Timonium, MD at the newly renovated Days Hotel. A fourth event and
revised schedules have been announced so check out the new information
on our website. The focus of this four-day event is to provide a
gaming convention for the two-player historical "card-driven"
boardgaming. This year we have abandoned the Open Play format of recent
years in favor of a more structured event. While the "organized chaos"
approach was popular with some, it was less so with others because the
high number of tournaments diluted participation and also because it
was confusing to new attendees and difficult for GMs to run. We will be
offering the following titles as fully sanctioned BPA tournaments with
laurels to be won: Paths of Glory, Wilderness War, 1960; Making of the
President and Twilight Struggle. These are the only official events and
all four will have a set schedule. Participants are also welcome to
open game to their heart's content, so bring your other CDG titles
along.

BPA has obtained a very favorable group room rate of $79 per night plus
applicable state and local taxes (currently 13%). The hotel is newly
renovated so enjoy this rate for the last time. Prices will be
increasing next year. To obtain this rate you must identify your
affiliation with the BPA's WAM gaming conference and make your
reservation before January 12th, 2009 (or when our roomblock sells out,
whichever occurs first) at 410-560-1000 weekdays between 8 AM and 7 PM
EST. For the revised details, see
http://www.boardgamers.org/specific/wam09ann.htm

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PBeM NEWS

SHIFTING SANDS: The Shifting Sands PBEM Tournament has completed the
fourth and final round of the Swiss format. Four players remain from
the original field of 35 entering the Single Elimination semi-finals.
After 57 games the results were farily even with 30 Axis victories and
27 losses, including an avergae bid of 1.35 VPs for the Allies. The
finals will have an international flavor with one Yank, one Brit and
two Italians still in the running. Scott Burns, Tom Drueding, Sergio
Montagner and Ettore Cossutta are the final four. Track their progress
at http://home.mindspring.com/~drueding/shiftingsands/

AGE OF RENAISSANCE: Mark Neale directed Paris to a $67 victory over
Jeff Mullet's Barcelona to claim the BPA's 6th Age of Renaissance PBeM
tournament. Other laurelists in the three-round tournament were Mark
Frueh, Harald Henning, Ken Gutermuth, and Tedd Mullally in that order.
You can track the entire tournament at
http://gregstripes.com/aor/2007_progress.htm or view the updated
Laurels at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/AORpge.htm

AFRIKA KORPS: What better way for grognards to celebrate the New Year
than with the start of another email tournament. January 1 is the
target date for another duel in the sand dunes. See the details at
http://www.bpaclassics.org/afrika_korps_format.htm and contact GM
Bruno Sinigaglio to enter at brunofjs@hotmail.com

DELUXE BITTER WOODS: January 15th will be the start of a new BPA PBeM
tournament featuring Patton's Relief of Bastogne scenario in a Single
Elimination format. Seeds will be determined by AREA rating with no
byes awarded. "Eliminator" opponents will be assigned in place of byes.
For details go to http://home.comcast.net/~bitterwoodsweb/BWHome.htm or
contact the GM at brunofjs@hotmail.com

HERE I STAND: The next Here I Stand PBeM tournament is scheduled to
begin on February 15th. Check out the details at
http://home.comcast.net/~ebeach/HISBPATourney2009.htm
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All BPA PBeM tournaments require current BPA membership when the event
starts. All multi-day paid attendees to WBC are current BPA members for
the balance of that calendar year. Associate Calendar year memberships
enabling play in all PBeM events starting in that year cost only $10
and earn discounts for pre-registered admission to all BPA gaming
conferences. You need not keep your membership current in order to
finish a PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year.
Members are reminded they can upgrade their current memberships at any
time by remitting the additional funds. See
http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm for details.

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.abovethefields.com/top_pbem/
 
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