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.


Not enough competitors had the (awesome) new app from Czech Games so all games will take place on the free website boardgaming-online.com.


(Registration Opened: November 2017)

(Registration Closed: January 15, 2018)

(Heat Stage Began: January 22, 2018)

==> Semifinals Begin: April 16, 2018

Finals Begin: mid-July 2018 (estimated)

Game Assignments

Semifinal pairings are up! Everyone should be in 3 games with no opponents in common across those games. Matches should be created up on boardgaming-online.com with random player order (and using “New Story”).

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Game Results

Everyone with a win advances to the semifinals. Total points will be used to seed those semifinal games with wins worth 10 points, 2nd worth 6 points, 3rd is 3, and 4th is 1. (For tied games, the points are shared through a manual adjustment in the last column.)

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Tournament Results

BPA Through the Ages Tournament
Report Results

The winner of each game should record the results, unless otherwise arranged. Use the form below.

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Players in BPA Through the Ages PBeM Tournament

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