BPA Through the Ages PBeM Tournament

This is the home page for a Boardgame Players Association “Play By Email” tournament for Through The Ages. It is open only to members of the Boardgame Players Association (BPA). It you attend the World Boardgaming Championship (WBC), and are up to date on your registration fees, then you are already a member. If not, you can purchase a “PBEM Membership” for $10 from this website: www.boardgamers.org. This tournament will award laurels and contribute to the annual Caesar award, all of which is tracked through that same website.

GM: Randy Buehler


All games will be 4-player games using the “New” Story of Civilization edition which was published in 2015. 

Heat Stage: Everyone who joins the event will play in 3 asynch games, which will launch simultaneously. They will be paired randomly within the constraint that we will do our best to avoid putting people into multiple games together. If you win any of your games, you advance to the semifinal.

Semifinal Stage: You will be placed in 3 simultaneous asynch games. They will be seeded based on the results from the Heat Stage such that we will attempt to have each game contain one player from the top 25%, one from the second 25%, one from the 3rd 25%, and one from the bottom 25% while also avoiding repeat opponents. Depending on the number of competitors, it may not be possible to accomplish both of these goals.

You will be awarded 10 points for winning a game, 6 for finishing 2nd, 3 for 3rd, and 1 for 4th. The top 7 point-earners will advance to the finals. (This stage will be eliminated if there are 7 or fewer heat winners.)

Final Stage: You will be placed into 4 simultaneous games. Each of the other finalists will be in 2 of them, and you will have each starting position exactly once. We use the same scale of points for each finish position as in the semifinals and the final standings go by these points. (Ties in the overall standings will be broken by % of winner’s scores.)

Note on Ties: We will not use the in-game tiebreakers for finish positions. In the heats, anyone tied for 1st gets credit for a win. In the semis and finals the points for tied positions will be divided evenly among the tied players.

Pace of Play: You are expected to check your games and take your turns (at least) once per day. It’s OK to have an occasional break of a couple of days, but we expect most games to finish in less than two months. Games that haven’t finished in 10 weeks are likely to be adjudicated, and the adjudication will include demoting slow players to lower finish positions.


The preferred way to play games is through the Czech Games app (for iOS and Android) using “Digital Rules.” For games involving players who do not have the app, games will take place on the free website boardgaming-online.com, which means everyone needs to have an account on that website.


Registration Opens: NOW OPEN (see below)

Registration Closes: January 15, 2018

Heat Stage Begins: mid-January, 2018

Semifinals Begin: mid-April 2018 (estimated)

Finals Begin: mid-July 2018 (estimated)

Sign Up for BPA Through the Ages PBeM Tournament

If you want to play, please sign up below by using the form OR click on the link for just the form in a tab:

Through the Ages PBeM Signup

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Game Results

As games end the standings are updated. See how each player is doing and check on your friends and rivals.

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BPA Through the Ages Tournament
Report Results

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Game Assignments

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