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S. CRAIG TAYLOR, Jr: I regret to inform my many friends in the hobby
of the passing of our longtime friend. Craig was a prominent wargame
designer who left his mark on the genre with designs for such varied
concerns as Battleline, Yaquinto Publications, Avalon Hill and Lost
Battalion, among others. His work was steeped in his background as a
miniatures enthusiast and a keen interest in military history - an
area of expertise in which few were his equal. He authored virtually
dozens of games, but will probably be best remembered for his seminal
work on Wooden Ships & Iron Men. I had the pleasure of working with
Craig for nearly 20 years at Avalon Hill and admired him for the
honesty and principles with which he lived his life as well as his
obvious skills. My life is richer for having known him. He will be
AUCTION SOLD OUT: The WBC Auction reached its ceiling of 550 lots in
record time and is now closed. The Auction Store remains open and will
continue to accept registrations. Items will not be accepted at the
store which have not been pre-registered. Get the details at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/auctionstore.htm
PROGRAM ON LINE: The 2012 program containing the complete alphabetical
and chronological schedule is now posted on line. This is a B&W copy
identical to that provided at WBC. A colorized version, available only
on line, will be posted soon. Other scheduling aids are also provided
to help you plan your WBC week. Choose from among the Custom
Scheduler, an All-in-One schedule, or several downloadable pdf pocket
schedules in color or black and white. All of these can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/schedule.htm
. An iCalendar version - created by Craig Trader - is also posted for
download to electronic applications such as Google Calendar and
2011-2012 YEARBOOK: The latest BPA Yearbook is now available on line.
Printed versions will be distributed at WBC registration to Sustaining
members of record by February 28, 2012 and Tribune members of record
by April 30, 2012. Additional copies will be on sale at WBC for $10
each. All others interested in our annual summary can download theirs
for free at http://boardgamers.org/yearbook11/print/.
ELECTION TIME: Only three weeks remain to cast your vote for up to
three members to serve three-year terms on the BPA Board of Directors.
Get the information at http://boardgamers.org/election2012.htm. As
usual, voting is effortless and takes only a moment thanks to the
electronic ballot at http://boardgamers.org/forms/BoardBallot.shtml.
Voting will remain open until July 15th. All members (anyone attending
WBC for more than one day are members) are urged to vote since
validation requires sufficient membership participation.
REGISTRATION PAGE UPDATED: WBC's Pre-Registration page now lists the
first 700+ pre-registrants at http://boardgamers.org/wbc/prereg.htm.
Use this page to check the status of your registration, troll for
teammates, rides or roommates, or even Open Gaming matches or baby
sitting gigs. Send your requests to ACD@boardgamers.org
VENDORS ROOM SELLOUT: A record number of publishers have committed to
WBC this summer, causing spillover from Ballroom A into the adjoining
Ballroom Foyer. Check out the vendor links at the top of our home
page. We are especially pleased to welcome Geek Chic whose elaborate,
customized gaming tables will be on display and available for use. If
you are looking to upgrade your gameroom, wait till you see what they
have to offer.
HOTELS: Both the Host and the Continental have long since filled their
blocks for WBC. However, this is about the time when people whose
plans have changed cancel reservations so you may be able to pick up a
cancellation at the last minute. The Continental will continue to take
reservations on an If Available basis at the WBC rates but would
advise those who have not yet booked to do so ASAP as they will be at
capacity very soon. The good news is that there are many hotels of all
price ranges in the area so procrastinators can still find lodging in
ALLIANCE DEMOS & SAMPLER SHOWCASE: We again welcome the sponsorship of
Alliance Distributors who will be demonstrating a number of the latest
game offerings the industry has to offer in the Showroom. They will be
joined by Tom McCorry's crew of 'splainers demonstrating new game
offerings on Tuesday during the Sampler Showcase. Scheduled offerings
include: 1989, Manhattan Project, 1812: Invasion of Canada, Lancaster,
Eclipse, Belfort, Ares Project and Glory to Rome. See http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/sampler.htm
for more details. Tom needs more 'splainers volunteers so if you'd
be willing to teach a game, let us know.
NEW SOUVENIR SHIRTS: This year's silk-screened souvenir WBC T-Shirt
will be a departure from prior offerings. The BPA logo will be
replaced by a shield shaped icon over the right breast and the pastel-
colored fabric of the past will give way to a dark blue that will
remind baseball fans of a certain Evil Empire. Quantities will be
limited though so if you want one be sure to pre-order it. We will
take COD orders for the ultimate in convenience - just email Don at email@example.com
and state your size and we will put one aside for you for payment
LIBRARY INVENTORY UPDATED: The WBC Game Library is in the process of
soliciting donations for the 2012 season. The center piece of the
Showroom's 13,000 sq ft Open Gaming Dinner Theatre made over 1200 game
loans during WBC 2011 and an even bigger assortment of the newest
games is expected in 2012. See the current inventory at http://boardgamers.org/wbc/library.htm
. Donations are gladly accepted from any source.
TEXAS ROADHOUSE NIGHT: The popular steakhouse located directly across
the street from the Host will again be hosting a fundraiser night to
benefit the BPA Gaming Library on Tuesday, July 31st from 3 to 10:30
PM. So, if you're not an Auction follower, plan on eating early
Tuesday with their $7.99 specials (before 5 PM) and enjoy your best
meal of the week before the tournaments start again on Tuesday night.
Check out the menu at http://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant-locations/pennsylva...
. Submit the Texas Roadhouse ad from your program and 10% of your bill
will benefit the upkeep of the Game library.
WBC TEAM TOURNAMENT NEEDS ENTRIES NOW: The usually late arriving
entries for the Team Tournament seem to be outdoing themselves this
year to see who can be last in line. Our grumbling CD who needs no
excuses to maintain his grumpy rep is tired of staying up past his
bedtime accommodating late entries. Give the ol' geezer a break and
enter those teams early this year so we can post the odds in a timely
manner! Who will win the bracket busting prediction contest this year?
Can anybody stop Nest of Spies from taking their fourth title? The
Happy Handicapper awaits your pleasure. Send your team name (max 21
characters including spaces) for four pre-registered only players and
their game choices to firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE July 21st. And if you
are new to the Team Tournament or are changing your team name send in
your logo (or an explanation of same) to email@example.com so we can
immortalize your quest with our zany team logos. Check the upcoming
July newsletter for this year's odds.
WBC PUBLICITY: Those willing to lend a hand by spreading the word for
WBC will find the usual assortment of aids available for download on
our publicity page at http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/publicity.htm.
Posting a copy at your local club or gamestore would be much
appreciated. Available materials include both a low and high
resolution Poster, Flyer, postcard and press release.
TWITTER UPDATES: Follow BPA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/
BPA_WBC to get the latest information on events and logistics as we
count down to the convention.
YOSHI DOMINATES! Even as temperatures soar in Lancaster, Hell hath, if
not frozen over, at least gotten decidedly cooler. After 18 years of
also ran status, Mark Yoshikawa has emerged from the shadows to take
BPA wood with his first tournament victory over a record field of 44
duffers in PBeM Pro Golf. After three rounds, everyone's favorite
referee emerged with a final score of 18 under par and a five-stroke
cushion over the rest of the field. Others earning easy laurels were
John Coussis, Mark Mitchell, Chris Kizer, Jeff Mullet and Bruce Monnin
in that order. Check out the latest laurel totals and other
scintillating golf details at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook12/pgfpge.htm
THE FIX IS IN: GM Bruce Monnin won his own March Madness tournament
despite the largest field yet for the 9th Annual email hoops event. 46
entrants played 91 games en route to the GM claiming his third PBeM
title with a 75-73 win for his 8th seeded Washington team over Bill
Edwards 46th seeded Wichita State squad. Also earning laurels were
Sean McCulloch, Robert Rund, Debbie Gutermuth and Jeff Finkeldey in
that order. Updated laurel counts and more tournament details can be
found at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook12/mmspge.htm.
DELUXE BITTER WOODS: Another PBeM tournament for the 4th edition is
scheduled to begin September 1st. Check out the details at http://home.comcast.net/~bitterwoodsweb/BWHome.htm
WAR AT SEA: Prolific PBeM GM Bruce Monnin announces the start of
another War At Sea PBeM tournament with a less ambitious format and
hoped for faster ending than its predecessor. The Single Elimination
event will commence September 1st. Check out the details at http://www.nktelco.net/bdmonnin/was_home_page.html
FTP PROGRESSES: As scheduled, the third round of the For The People
PBEM Tournament ended Memorial Day weekend. The Union won 11 games to
the CSA's 7 with one additional game adjudicated in favor of the Union
on the basis of time delays. The record of non-adjudicated games for
the tournament after three rounds is 38-23 in favor of the USA. If
the trend favoring the USA continues once the players are in the
elimination brackets, the addition of some play balancing rules may
have to be considered. We are, however, a full year or more away from
having to seriously consider that option. Additionally, it will be
useful to see how the WBC Tournament plays out from a balance
perspective. In the third round two previous laurel winners were
defeated, but not knocked out of the tournament. Mike Ussery’s CSA
was taken down by Alberto Molina’s Yankees. Gary Kirk, a relative
newcomer, showed that he is a force to be reckoned with by defeating
Tim Tow’s rebels. Seven players remain undefeated: James Pei, David
Dockter, Michael Mitchell, Nick Pei, Gary Kirk, Doug Pratto, and
Alberto Molina. At the end of the fourth round there will be 3 or 4
undefeated players who will be seeded into the single elimination
bracket. There will also be seven or eight players with 3-1 records.
The remaining 4 or 5 slots in the bracket will be filled by lottery
from these worthies. Please visit our tournament website to see the
names of all the great players still hammering it out: http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/gmtom/FTPtournament.htm#Round%2...
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. You need not keep your membership current in order to
finish a PBeM event. Players may join the BPA throughout the year.
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/