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2013 Geek Madness Tournament & Summary: Aldie Award Winner!
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While the Championship game was a bit one-sided, this year's tournament seemed full of surprises. The #2 seed, Through the Ages, fell early in a bracket that saw 3/4 of the underdogs prevailing in Round 1. The #1 seed collapsed in the 3rd Round as Twilight Struggle was passed by the eventual runner-up. Two-time reigning champion, Agricola, was plowed in the Quarter-Finals as was long-time favorite Puerto Rico, ensuring that none of the top four seeds made it into the Semi-Finals.

The Semi-Finals were almost all brand new. Finishing four years of the exact same Final Four, only the multi-record holder Power Grid was the familiar face. The new match-ups led to an all new title match, something not seen since the inaugural year in 2004. The votes are processed, and we now crown the 2013 Aldie Award Winner, Champion of the Geek Madness Tournament!

While both games did well throughout the tourney, it was clear one was the favorite while the other lagged behind. The point spread hovered around 200 points. Although that is the most disparity in votes, it is actually only the third largest gap based on percentage of votes. Android: Netrunner becomes only the second rookie (of course, that includes the first year!) to become Champion.

The Aldie Award Winner is Android: Netrunner.
Congratulations!


Key:
CHAMPION and Aldie Award Winner: Gold Medal ... 6-0 Record
Geek Certified Finalist Award: Silver Medal ... 5-1 Record
Geek Certified Semi-Finalist Award: Bronze Medal ... 4-1 Record
Geek Certified Quarter-Finalist Award: Purple Medal ... 3-1 Record
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1. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:7]
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Road to the Gold:
Original Seed: #6
First Round: d. Arkham Horror* 685-599
Second Round: d. Commands & Colors: Ancients  617-525
Third Round: d. Caylus  732-599
Fourth Round: d. Agricola  1049-1038
Fifth Round: d. Power Grid  982-921
Sixth Round: d. Race for the Galaxy  926-727

Overall Record: 6-0
Total 2013 Votes: 4,991-4,409
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:23]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #17
First Round: d. Carcassonne* 751-622
Second Round: d. Dominant Species 721-552
Third Round: d. Twilight Struggle 740-697
Fourth Round: d. Small World* 1084-767
Fifth Round: d. Eclipse 856-787
Sixth Round: lost to Android: Netrunner 727-926

Overall Record: 16-6
Total 2013 Votes: 4,879-4,351
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:11]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #7
First Round: d. Memoir '44* 858-416
Second Round: d. Age of Steam / Steam (Combo) 869-392
Third Round: d. Space Alert* 914-434
Fourth Round: d. Pandemic  1077-767
Fifth Round: lost to Android: Netrunner 921-982
3rd Place Finish: d. Eclipse 665-511

Overall Record: 48-6
Total 2013 Votes: 4,639-2,991
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4. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:9]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #5
First Round: d. Dixit* 723-552
Second Round: d. Twilight Imperium  735-435
Third Round: d. Dominion (Combo) 752-716
Fourth Round: d. Puerto Rico (Combo) 957-949
Fifth Round: lost to Race for the Galaxy 787-856
4th Place Finish: lost to Power Grid 511-665

Overall Record: 4-2
Total 2013 Votes: 3,954-3,508
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #3
First Round: d. The Settlers of Catan* 880-542
Second Round: d. Lords of Waterdeep  867-552
Third Round: d. Ticket to Ride* 859-663
Fourth Round: lost to Android: Netrunner 1038-1049
5th Place Finish: d. Pandemic 753-493; d. Puerto Rico 575-494

Overall Record: 25-4
Total 2013 Votes: 3,644-2,806
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #4
First Round: d. The Resistance* 879-457
Second Round: d. Descent: Journeys in the Dark  909-613
Third Round: d. 7 Wonders  774-740
Fourth Round: lost to Eclipse 949-957
6th Place Finish: d. Small World* 826-402; lost to Agricola 494-575

Overall Record: 41-9
Total 2013 Votes: 3,511-2,767
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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:41]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #50
First Round: d. Blood Bowl: Living RuleBook 757-312
Second Round: d. Twilight Imperium 622-449
Third Round: d. Galaxy Trucker * 642-636
Fourth Round: lost to Power Grid 767-1077
7th Place Finish: lost to Agricola 493-753; d. Small World* 572-445

Overall Record: 11-5
Total 2013 Votes: 3,077-2,844
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8. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:105] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #57 (Write-In)
First Round: d. Le Havre 728-582
Second Round: d. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game 734-653
Third Round: d. Mage Knight Board Game 721-587
Fourth Round: lost to Race for the Galaxy 767-1084
8th Place Finish: lost to Puerto Rico 402-826; lost to Pandemic 445-572

Overall Record: 8-4
Total 2013 Votes: 2,950-2,906
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9. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1527]
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Spacer 2 Wins Big!
Recap of the Journey: d. Spacer 1 199-181

Previous Rounds:
Official 2013 Geek Madness Tournament: Preliminary Round - CLOSED
Official 2013 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 1 - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2013 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 2 - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2013 Geek Madness Tournament: Sweet Sixteen (Rd. 3) - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2013 Geek Madness Tournament: Elite Eight (Rd. 4) - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2013 Geek Madness Tournament: Final Four (Rd. 5) - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2013 Geek Madness Tournament: CHAMPIONSHIP - VOTING CLOSED

Total Votes per Round:
Round 1: 35,753 - 558.6 average
Round 2: 20,934 - 654.2 average
Round 3: 11,337 - 708.6 average
Round 4: 7,688 - 961.0 average
Round 5: 3,546 - 886.5 average
Round 6: 1,653 - 826.5 average
TOTAL: 80,911 - 642.2 average

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10. Board Game: March Madness [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5288]
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Thank you to everyone who participated, making this the most unique Madness Tournament ever! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I and look forward to 2014 when we do it all again.

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If you thought this Tournament turned out exactly like you thought it would, check out the Challenge here and join us next year:

2013 Geek Madness - Bracket Challenge - Entries

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Thanks again!
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