This website is for various tournaments under the auspices of the Boardgame Players Association (BPA). The name comes from the first tournament I started, but there are now pages for other tournaments. Click on the tournament name in the upper right hand corner of this page for specifics on each tournament. To register for a tournament, send an email to jay.spencer@ymail.com with your Yucata user name. All tournaments will use this website. In order to play, you must be a current member of the BPA. If you are not already a member, associate memberships may be obtained for as little as $10 for the entire year. Details can be found at http://www.boardgamers.org/

Here are the general rules and guidelines for all tournaments.

  1. All games will be played on Yucata. If you have never used the site, it is easy and free. Just register and send me your user name and email address (if different from the one you use to send me your user name) to enroll in the tournament.
  2. Most games will be four-player games. For the first round, each player will play in four games at the same time, with different opponents. Some games, such as El Grande and Las Vegas, may use five-player games and might also use five games instead of four, depending on numbers.
  3. Games are asynchronous, but the expectation is that you will check your games approximately daily or more frequently. Life happens and delays will occur, but be aware that the Yucata site removes any game in which a turn has not been taken in 30 days. Please do not sign up if you think you will not be able to keep up.

4. Points for four-player games are as follows:

  • 1st place finish: 1000 points plus (your score/second place score)
  • 2nd place finish: 100 points plus (your score/winning score)
  • 3rd place finish: 10 points plus (your score/winning score)

Advancement to the next stage will be based on the following criteria:

  • Most points in current stage
  • Total raw score in all games in current stage (if tied on points)

5. The number of players in the semifinal will be half the total number of entrants, rounded down, unless stated otherwise on the specific game page. To the extent possible, players will be seeded such that the top seeds will not face each other in the semifinal.

6. For tournaments with four-player games, the final will consist of three games involving the top six players. The players will be ranked based on the semifinal round, with ties going back to the first-round games to determine the order. Games will be seeded as follows: Game 1 – 1, 3, 5, 6; Game 2 – 1, 2, 4, 6; Game 3 – 2, 3, 4, 5. Order of finish will be based on the same criteria as the first-round and semifinal rounds.

The links at the top connect to pages for each specific tournament, which will be used for updates. There will be a link to a spreadsheet containing all games in progress or completed. In order for the spreadsheet to be effective, please observe the following guidelines:

  1. Make changes carefully and thoughtfully. You are updating a shared document in real time.
  2. The initiator of each game should record the game number in the appropriate cell. That will allow anyone to observe the game and it will allow me to certify the results after all games are completed.
  3. The winner of each game should update the final scores. I realize that I could do that as well, but the more you do ahead of time, the quicker I can determine who will be moving on to the next round. Also, I can double check the results if they have already been entered, reducing the chance for error on my part if I am the only one looking at them.