This year’s WBC Tournament Convention kicks off on 31 July with a host of old and new Pre-Con offerings for those dedicated attendees who plan on arriving in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a few days before the Convention’s formal start date of 2 August, 2010. Among the popular titles to join the regular six early-bird events in this year’s Pre-Convention line-up are long-time favorites:  AXIS & ALLIES, 1830, and THE AGE OF RENNAISSANCE. What these new additions mean for Pre-Con players is that, because Bruno Sinigalio’s GrognardCon traditionally offers match-ups in ten different games, early arrivals will now be able to compete in their choice of eighteen separate titles, days before the regular tournament schedule really even begins. All in all, it should make for an action-packed nine days in Lancaster.

As I already noted in a previous post, family responsibilities, regrettably, will keep me from travelling to this year’s Convention; none-the-less, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone attending this latest gathering of wargamers from around the world an enjoyable and safe Convention experience. For those gamers who are making the trip to Lancaster for the first time, the WBC Convention — in my opinion, at least — is one of the best-run and most broadly-varied (over 100 different game events are offered each year) board game tournaments held anywhere. Moreover, after two decades of experience, it should probably come as no surprise that Don Greenwood’s dedicated BPA team does a consistently excellent job of organizing and running this nine day gaming marathon. Because of this, I am confident that every one of the approximately 2,000 visitors attending the 2010 WBC Convention, whether they are attending for the first or for the twentieth time, will enjoy a fabulous seven to nine days of gaming in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. I only wish that I could be there with you; but since I cannot, good luck and good gaming to you all.


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