BPA Brass Online Tournament 2021


This is the home page for the 2021 Boardgame Players Association “Play By Email” tournament for Brass. It is open only to members of the Boardgame Players Association (BPA). If you attend the World Boardgaming Championship (WBC), and are up to date on your registration fees for 2021, then you are already a member. If not, you can purchase an “Associate Membership” (PBEM only) 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: Allan Jiang

AGMs: Rob Murray and Rob Flowers


We will use the implementation of the original Brass: Lancashire game at brass.orderofthehammer.com. Rules for this version of the game are available here. This implementation does not include the minor changes made in the more recent Roxley version.

For new users to OrderOfTheHammer, accounts will have to be manually activated by the webmaster here. *Please create an account and request activation ASAP, as the webmaster does not check the activation thread very frequently.* You may still sign up below once you have created an account, even if it hasn’t been activated yet.

All games in this tournament will have 4 players.

Stages: There will be 3 stages in the tournament: heats, semifinals, and finals. In the heats and semifinals, all players will be in 4 simultaneous asynchronous games. In the finals, all finalists will play 2 simultaneous asynchronous games if there are 24-31 total participants, and 4 simultaneous async games if there are 32+ participants.
Advancement: Advancement will depend on number of total participants.
  • 24-25 participants: Top 12 in heat standings will advance to the semifinals where each semifinalist will play one opponent twice, and everyone else once; repeat matchups will be #1 vs #12, #2 vs #11…#6 vs #7 in heat standings. Top 4 in semifinal standings will advance to a 2-game final with relatively balanced seat order.
  • 26-31 participants: Top 13 in heat standings will advance to the semifinals where each semifinalist will play all others once. Top 4 in semifinal standings will advance to a 2-game final with relatively balanced seat order.
  • 32+ participants: Top 16 in heat standings will advance to semifinals where each semifinalist will play all others once, except those in their quartile (i.e. top 4 in heat standings will not play each other). Top 7 in semifinal standings will advance to the finals where each finalist will play the others twice each.
Standings: Each stage will have its own standings. You will be awarded 10 points for winning a game, 6 for finishing 2nd, 3 for 3rd, and 1 for 4th. We will use the in-game tiebreakers for finish positions: 1) income space, 2) cash on hand, 3) hypothetical turn order in rail turn 9. Each stage will have its own standings.
Standings Tiebreakers:
  1. Points in the semifinals (if applicable)
  2. Points in the heats (if applicable)
  3. Average % of winner’s score in current stage
  4. Head to head record in current stages, then in previous stage(s)
  5. Average points of opponents played in current stage (strength of schedule)
  6. Total endgame income steps in current stage, then in previous stage(s)
  7. Random

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 8 weeks are likely to be adjudicated, and the adjudication will include demoting slow players to lower finish positions.


Registration Opened: June 13, 2021

Registration Closes: July 25, 2021

Heat Stage Started: August 3, 2021

Semifinals Start: September/October 2021
Finals Start: late November 2021

Game Assignments & Standings

All game assignments and standings are in the Google Sheet that was linked in an email to all participants on August 3, 2021. Please contact me if you’ve lost that link.


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