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