World Boardgaming Championships
The Boardgame Players Association sponsors the World Boardgaming Championships (WBC), with historical simulation games, Euro games, racing games, train games, abstract games, and more. The next event is August 4-10, 2014, with associated pre-cons running on Aug. 2-3 at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa.
WBC is different from many other conventions as a result of its tournaments. There are about 150 events at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Experienced levels. Anyone may play in the tournaments. There is no prerequisite to participate, other than some tournaments require participants to know the rules of the game. There is no limit on the number of participants in each tournament--unless not enough copies of the game are available. In such cases, priority is given to players who bring a copy of the game. There are numerous demos of tournament games, a game library (with games provided by publishers), a games auction, vendors, and an open gaming theater.
Another offering at WBC is 20 tournaments and dedicated open gaming for Juniors-—those 12 and under. Participation in the Juniors program is free for juniors accompanied by a paying adult. (Juniors wishing to participate in adult open gaming or tournaments must pay regular admission fees.)
The website for the convention is http://www.boardgamers.org/