Official 2012 Geek Madness Tournament: Preliminary Round - CLOSED
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Welcome to the 9th Annual Geek Madness Tournament!

Welcome to the annual Geek Madness Tournament! Every Spring, we pit the top 64-ranked teams against each other to crown one game the Geek-Certified Aldie Award winner. This is a single-elimination tournament where the game with the most votes (thumbs) advances to the next round.

This year will be based on the changes implemented last year with a few more tweaks based on the feedback received last year. First off, only games in the top 60 will be automatically included. The final four spaces will be reserved for community nominated games. Second, we are combining games that are too similar to free up a couple more spaces. Therefore, games such as Dominion and Dominion: Intrigue will be combined under Dominion (the original version of the game).

Rules:
1) The decision to combine games is based on how similar the games are to each other. Is the second version similar to an expanded version of the base game? Is it a reprint or special edition? Is it by the same publisher? Games will go under the original game of the combo but given the higher rank.

2) You may nominate up to 5 games by posting an entry for them by Monday, March 5th, at 12:00 pm BGG time (Central). The games receiving the most votes by the ending time will be included in the official tournament. The top 8 will fill the slots 57-64.

3) The currently ranked games in the 61-64 position will be included below to fight to retain their inclusion (not necessarily their position).

4) You may votes for as many games as you like. You may vote for games that you nominate (in other words, I am only counting thumbs).

5) Do not renominate a game that has already been nominated (and check to make sure after your post that there wasn't a simultaneous post) - instead, please vote for it by thumbing it.

6) Games will be sorted by rank within the GeekList. This will also determine ties (highest rank gets in).

7) Please only included published games. If a game is in the distribution pipeline currently, that may be included. Generally, newer titles won't do as well so you may not want to waste your nomination on them.

8) I reserve the right to make modifications as we go along to better fit the spirit of the competition.

Voting for this round ends Wednesday, March 7th, at approximately 12:00 pm BGG time (Central).

You may vote for any games, whether you have owned or played them. You can vote based on any criteria that is important to you. You can cheer for your team, recruit legitmate voters, and rib the other team - just keep it modestly civil! Please feel free to comment on the games and match-ups, and most importantly, have fun!

IMPORTANT: This is meant as a fun competition. Please only vote with your main User account, i.e., ONE VOTE PER PERSON PER GAME PER ROUND (yes, you may vote for both games in a pairing if you really are undecided). Do not create "dummy" or shill accounts to vote multiple times as those votes will be voided if discovered.


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201. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:1923]
Ludovic Roy
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Highly entertaining and suspenseful game, much shorter than BSG.
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202. Board Game: Jutland [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2495]
Rainer Kraft
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Which other game has adults crawling around the floor for hours?
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203. Board Game: Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2603]
Charles Kidwell
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St. Louis area
Missouri
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My favorite tactical starship combat game. It is fast paced, lots of carnage, and is just plain fun.
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204. Board Game: Sutter's Mill [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3209]
Christopher Bird
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Toronto
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Every year somebody nominates Busen Memo or Global Survival as a joke. Well, no more! We need a Geek Madness entrant who is true to the spirit of low-ranked March Madness seeds. #16 seeds in March Madness aren't bad basketball teams, after all - they're good little teams who happen to be wildly outclassed by the likes of Duke or Kansas. Global Survival and Busen Memo are not the boardgame equivalents of UNC-Asheville, East Tennessee State or Winthrop.

No, the equivalent of a #16 March Madness seed in Geek Madness is something like Sutter's Mill. It's a perfectly fun little game with a respectable rating that's ranked #2413 at present. It is a game that will get curb-stomped by Twilight Struggle in the first round, but not because it is a bad game! THIS is the sort of game that should lose in the first round against a giant!
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205. Board Game: Fifth Frontier War [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:4036]
Charles Kidwell
United States
St. Louis area
Missouri
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My favorite space strategic war game. It has fleets and armies, secret units,leaders, plotted movements, and it is a simple game to play, even with 720 counters to set up and move around.
 
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206. Board Game: Trenchzone [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:4673]
Glen Kehoe
United Kingdom
St Helier
Jersey
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A simple card driven WW1 game set in the trenches of WW1 depicting the sheer hell of war.
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207. Board Game: Ultimate Stratego [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5047]
Efrain Rivera Junior
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Irving
Texas
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A four player version of Stratego? YES! And it's awesome.
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208. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:5076]
Efrain Rivera Junior
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Awesome Card game that has survived the test of time.
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209. Board Game: Command Decision III [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:6285]
Charles Kidwell
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Miniture tank wrecks litter the battlefield, tiny trees and rocks obscure the laser pointers beam-rats!No chance to hit! WWII miniture battles at its best!
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210. Board Game: The Sinking of the Titanic [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6970]
David Dawn
United States
Monroe
Michigan
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The Cinderella story of the tournament! The sinking ship mechanic finally get its due.
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211. Board Game: Geronimo [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:7996]
David Dawn
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Monroe
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We took their land ... let'm win the tournament!
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212. Board Game: Safe Return Doubtful [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:8234]
David Dawn
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May the publicity of the tournament result in a reprint!
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213. Board Game: Princess [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:8737]
Wanda Davies
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Olympia
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Succinct and beautiful.
 
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214. Board Game: My Little Pony Hide & Seek [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:10685]
Grant Fikes
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Abilene
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I personally dislike this game, but again: how has this one not been nominated yet?

And that's the last of my five nominations.
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215. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10954]
Grant Fikes
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Abilene
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How has this game not been nominated yet? You've fallen asleep on the job, BoardGameGeek!
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216. Board Game: Crocodile Pool Party [Average Rating:4.43 Overall Rank:11090]
Frank M.
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Just wondering how many people will read this far down the list.

Thumb this in tribute to Tom Vassel!
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217. Board Game: Global Survival [Average Rating:1.85 Overall Rank:11133]
Grant Fikes
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Abilene
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While I've never gotten to play it, I think this game has a good chance of surviving this tournament. Anyone who disagrees is incorrect.
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218. Board Game: LCR [Average Rating:2.92 Overall Rank:11180]
Grant Fikes
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Abilene
Texas
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Let's Create Redemption for this amazing game of strategy!
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219. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
Dr. Urza, PhD of Dungeon Crawl
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Washington
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Another Civ/Advanced Civ combined entry.
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220. Board Game: You Can't Check Me!: The Basketball Card Game [Average Rating:1.76 Unranked]
Grant Fikes
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Abilene
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I haven't had a chance to play this game yet, but from what I've read, it's a game replete with good things. It looks like a winner to me!
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221. Board Game: Hanabi & Ikebana [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
Jérôme Morel
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222. Board Game: The Monkees Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Bill Gallagher
United States
Torrance
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In memory of Davy Jones (30 December 1945 - 29 February 2012).
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223. Board Game: Cuba: El Presidente [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Tobias Kriener
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with this extension Cuba is a great game - grossly underrated in my opinion
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224. Board Game: WYPS [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Rio Malaschitz
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225. Board Game: Taikyoku Shogi [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
Thrift Thopter
United States
Massachusetts
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Gaze upon its rules and despair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taikyoku_shogi
Either that, or despair at my bringing it up for the umpteenth time.
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