The World Boardgaming Championships is a gaming convention, held yearly since 1999 by the Boardgame Players Association. This convention replaced AvalonCon which had been run from 1991 to 1998 by Avalon Hill.
Last year I showed up without much pre-planning, and without any goals beyond (1) play games, (2) have fun. This year I decided in advance which tournaments I wanted to try to win, and actively practiced those games at Ludus and other gaming opportunities. Noteably, I decided to skip Age of Renaissance, which I like to play, but (1) takes too much time, and (2) is not one of my strongest games.
Most of the tournaments are structured with several qualifying heats (enter as many times as you like, must win one or more), followed by single-elimination semi-finals and finals. Others are strictly single-elimination rounds, played until there's a single winner. Since there are 100+ tournaments running over the course of 6 days, there's a lot of overlap. Consequently, my performance in some of the early heats will dictate my schedule for the following days. In particular, Sunday morning there are 4 different final rounds that I might be eligible for, depending upon how well I do throughout the week.
More or less in order, I'll be participating in these tournaments: