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WBC Sand Plaquers

A celebration of finishing 6th.

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Unofficial WBC Sand Plaques.pdf

A celebration of finishing 6th and obtaining the rarest of rare and holiest of holies; a WBC sand plaque.

Back in 2003, during the roll-off for a 6th place PoG wood, Jason Levine first introduced a few of us to the legend of the "the way of the sand". He pointed out that each year, only a few events at WBC are "6" rated (ex: Paths of Glory, Victory in the Pacific, etc) awarding these gems. Approximately 155 sand plaques have been awarded in the course of human history. He articulated "The Way of the Sand" for us and a few of us grasshoppers to follow.

The current Grand Sandman is Jim Eliason with 4 awards. All hail Jim! The Deputy Grand Sandman is Rich Atwater with 3 awards. Rounding out those with multiple sand plaques (2 in this case): Jennifer Thomas, Mark Pitcavage, Paul Van Bloem and Scott Pfeiffer. You can check the PDF file above to see if you are a member of this fraternity. And, as an added bonus, we remain Reiff-free in 2011.

In 2010, we held our first sandbash at WBC. We hope to make the Thursday nite of the WBC - late - in the bar (10 PM) - a sand plaquer tradition. We had 20 show up in fez's (thanks to sandman Tim Rogers), hawaiin shirts and djellaba - and even a few packing their sand plaques. A great time was had by all. We took some pictures (I'll post when available) and conducted the First Annual Sand Plaque parade - which was a hoot. Even got Mr.Greenwood to walk proudly in the parade sporting a fez. Highlights included the applause from many that believe 6th is good enough in these trying times. We also presented a fez at to the newest B-17er at their after-action-report event on Friday nite. We also dropped a few fez's to the BPA award team to hand out as they saw fit. In the future, we will try to have a new fez on hand for each new sand plaquer (or, they can pick them up at the following WBC). Finally, we had a hard laugh at the many schemes we heard in 2010 to try to secure such a coveted piece of wood.


The Sandbash at the 2011 WBC was another rousing success with Jimbo's yearly recounting of his humiliation of barely missing obtaining a sand plaque, a few words of wisdom from the Grand Sandman, the rolloff for the PoG 2011 sandman (won by Tom Gregorio  - his second), induction of new sand people and the annual parade thru the convention.

Anyways, see you fellow sand people in 2012 at WBC and wear your fez's proudly in the meantime.


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Comment by Herr Dr on August 2, 2013 at 11:29pm

Any AAR or pic's from the gathering of the sand tribe at WBC in 2013?

Comment by Patrick Mirk on July 8, 2013 at 5:28am

Stephanie, is that you putting on those humanist seminars? I was interested in the topics, and plan to attend some. Since entering my new life, I have become interested in some things I pushed aside in my younger days. I sometimes forget that each WBC attendee has a second life that they return to Sunday afternoon (as do I). See you in three weeks. Have Fez, Will Travel! Pat Mirk

Comment by Jim Eliason on July 8, 2013 at 12:07am

We need an energetic leader.  Herr Doktor was ideal.  Last year was kind of a bust since HD wasn't there and I was plagued by a temporary speech palsy.  I was ready to follow, but was unable to lead or inspire the troops.  Most of the sand people were in hiding (Aniken Skywalker was rumored to be on the premises for a Star Marines tournament).  We ended up with no parade at all. :-( 

Being a semiretired teacher I've much experience putting people to sleep.  In fact I sometimes describe myself as a pediatric anesthesiologist.  Hopefully we can have a nice party and parade this year.  We won't let Tom wimp out.

Comment by Stephanie W on July 7, 2013 at 6:41pm

Doc -- I'll be so sad if you're not there!  A couple years ago you told me "the world needs content;" well I've put together some powerful content now, and though the venue may seem unusual, have signed up to give seminars at WBC as practice in distributing it, on account of your influence.  :)  I was late in getting my updates into the program so I think the titles are off a little from the final versions, but the theme is "How to Win at Being Human: It's Easier When You Know the Rules to the Game." Hoping you'd inspire the Sand Crew to come out in support (or I can just talk to a couple of bored spouses, haha!).

Comment by Herr Dr on July 7, 2013 at 6:30pm

Damm! Ok...i'm going to try to work it to attend for at least the weekend.

Comment by Francis Paul Czawlytko on July 7, 2013 at 6:16pm

Egads indeed, Tom. Not only do we need someone to lead the parade, but we will be setting up an enlarged map version of ToC in the lobby... you must attend Herr Doktor!

Comment by Tom Gregorio on July 7, 2013 at 5:59pm

Unfortunately, I'm not much of a parade sandman, I'm of the variety that puts people to sleep by putting crap in their eyes.  =)

More importantly - what could be more important than WBC that week?  Egads.

Comment by Herr Dr on July 7, 2013 at 10:11am

I hope so. You've got to lead the parade this year; doesn't look like I will be attending.

Comment by Tom Gregorio on July 7, 2013 at 8:48am

I hear there is a caravan of gamers heading to the PA hinterlands, will the People of the Sand be ready to strike?

Comment by Herr Dr on August 10, 2012 at 2:40pm


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