This is the home page for a Boardgame Players Association “Play By Email” tournament for Agricola in 2018. 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 tournament mode and draft 7 settings on boiteajeux.net.
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 playoffs.
(Quarterfinal Stage: If more than 60 people enter the event then single winners from the heat stage will be entered into two quarterfinal matches each. Winning either earns advancement to the semifinals along with the double winners from the heat stage. We have 45 players so there will not be a quarterfinal stage.)
Semifinal Stage: You will be placed in 4 simultaneous asynch games. They will be seeded based on the results from the Heat Stage as much as possible (details will depend on the number of semifinalists who qualify). In addition, we will avoid giving anyone repeat opponents if possible.
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, with heat performance serving as the first tiebreaker and percentage of winner’s score in the semifinals as the second tiebreaker (and from the heats as the 3rd tiebreaker).
(This stage will be eliminated if there are 7 or fewer heat winners.)
Final Stage: You will be placed into 4 simultaneous games and each of the other finalists will be in 2 of them. 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 semifinal points, then heat points, then % of winner’s scores in the finals, then semis, then heats.)
Note on Ties: We will not use the in-game tiebreakers for finish positions. In the heats and quarterfinals, 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 six weeks. Games that haven’t finished in 2 months are likely to be adjudicated, and the adjudication will include demoting slow players to lower finish positions.
Games will be played on Boiteajeux.net using the Tournament Mode (aka, there is the usual banned list) and Draft 7 settings.
Registration Opened: August 20, 2018
Registration Closed: October 1, 2018
Heat Stage Began: October 5, 2018
Semifinals Begin: December 2018 or January 2019
Finals Begin: March or April 2019
As games end the standings are updated. See how each player is doing and check on your friends and rivals.
If the frame below is hard to read on your device follow the link:
BPA Agricola Tournament
The winner of each game should record the results, unless otherwise arranged. Use the form below.
If you have problems using the form on this page CLICK HERE TO SEE JUST THE FORM.
Game Assignments for the Heats are posted below. Each player should be in exactly 3 games (with no overlapping opponents).
Players in BPA Game Name PBeM Tournament
These people are signed up for the tournament: