Site last updated: 25 May 2020

Welcome to the home of the 2020 Boardgame Players Association War at Sea tournament. This is the 13th BPA tournament to be conducted online, either on a play-by-email (PBEM) basis or - for the first time this year - in real time via VASSAL. This year's tournament is being run by two GMs, Darren Kilfara and Jonathan Lockwood.


Each round in this year's tournament is expected to last no more than 16 days. Players entering the tournament must therefore complete each of their games in just over two weeks (spanning three full weekends). The default method is that all games should be played on VASSAL in real time, but asynchronous PBEM games will be allowed between players with proven track records of being able to move quickly and complete an average of one PBEM turn in less than 48 hours.


The latest news regarding the tournament is shown below.




SIGN-UPS BEING TAKEN: If you're interested in participating this year's tournament, email Jonathan Lockwood no later than Sunday, 28 June. All entrants are required to be members of the Boardgame Players Association - see the BPA website for details about joining. (For a history of previous BPA War at Sea tournaments, click here.)


The tournament format will consist of a double-elimination Preliminary Stage followed by a single-elimination Knockout Stage: the latter will begin at the end of the round of games in which either a) only one player remains undefeated and untied, or b) two players remain undefeated and untied and there are eight or fewer players with one loss. For more information about the tournament format and other rules and guidelines, click on the relevant links at the top of the page.