WBC Sand Plaquers


WBC Sand Plaquers

A celebration of finishing 6th.

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Latest Activity: Aug 13, 2014

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 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

Comment by Herr Dr on August 10, 2012 at 2:39pm
Comment by Herr Dr on August 9, 2012 at 3:23pm

The Sand


aka The Defender of the Faith for our tribe needs a badge!

Comment by Herr Dr on August 9, 2012 at 2:50pm

Comment by Herr Dr on August 9, 2012 at 2:26pm
And, a big thank you to the sand curmudgeon, for keeping our membership free of such interlopers. Henceforth, you will be known as "Defender of the Faith". The Sand Credential Committee also offers its sincerest apologies to Cursus Honorum Class E Wixson & Gregorio for this affront to your spectacular achievement. SAND!
Comment by Herr Dr on August 9, 2012 at 2:13pm
A few days ago it was claimed that two individuals were members of Cursus Honorum Class Y....
Did some checking myself (after prompting from a sand curmudgeon) 

2004: Arthur 1st BAT 2nd TKL, UNP 3rd MEX 4th AUC 5th PRO 6th AMR 

Auction was only a 2 rated event....no PLAQUE for 4th....Amur-Re was only a 3 rated event....no PLAQUE for 6th....NO SAND! 

2006: Kirchner 1st Ysaphan 2nd Race for the Galaxy 3rd Navegador 4th san Juan, Vagas Showdown 5th Hawaii 6th Santa Fe Rails 

Santa Fe Rails only a 1 rated event no PLAQUE for 6th...NO SAND! 

The interlopers have been exposed! The Council of Sand Elders, The Grand Sandman and the sand tribe will discuss suitable punishment at our next meeting in WBC 2013. 

So, no one has even been awarded Curcus Honorum Class Y (1,2,3,4,5,6 WOOD in one year).
Comment by Herr Dr on August 8, 2012 at 12:44pm


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