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This site is an incredible resource for all the amazing trivia and weird information on games you’d ever need. That’s perhaps what I love most about it. Hang around for any length of time and you don’t just learn about the best games that are at the top of everyone’s list, and you don’t just discover the most important facts about gaming.

These are awards for the games, facts, images and other stuff that I’ve discovered on the geek that don’t fit into the 'best' or 'worst' of anything. They’re just cool, interesting or completely bizarre. And they deserve an arbitrary award that has no real value for that!

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1. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:10677]
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The "History Repeating" award to the most interesting game related photo recreation.

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Whoa, nifty. I always thought the photo on Mastermind was a real classic, but I never really thought about what went into making it until I saw this cool recreation of it using the same models years later. There’s some interesting background to the picture under the photo too,
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2. Board Game: Pretty Pretty Princess [Average Rating:4.37 Overall Rank:11054]
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The "Let us never speak of this again" award for the game most likely to cause embarrassing photographs.

People just love taking pictures of loving fathers dressed up as pretty, pretty, princesses while playing with the kids. There are three on the game page itself, and oblique references to the existence of several others held back for possible blackmail material. Come on guys, embrace your inner princess and let the world see .
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3. Board Game: Grade Up to Elite Cow [Average Rating:4.57 Unranked]
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The "I thought wood for sheep was bad" award for the most disturbing trading good in a game.

In the deceptively ordinarily named Grade up to Elite Cow, you learn all about the British beef grading system. Yay! You do this by trading in bull semen to breed and sell the best cattle. Yay? Just think of how much more interesting Catan would be if they threw some of that in the mix. In a manner of speaking.
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4. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:3829] [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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The "Thanks. I guess." award for refreshing honesty in game titles.

Well, at least they’re upfront about it...
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5. Board Game: Careers for Girls [Average Rating:2.40 Unranked]
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The "We’ve come a long way, baby" award for head-smacking sexism in game design.

The normal version of Careers features such professions as "Astronaut", "Politician", and "Big Businessman". Careers for Girls features such professions as "Super Mum", "Fashion Designer" and "Animal Doctor" ("Vet" apparently being too complicated a word). shake

This is not an uncommon thing to find in days gone by (see What shall I be? The Exciting Game of Career Girls), but what makes Careers for Girls such a fail is that it was put out in 1990, when you’d really hope they would have learnt better. No such luck.
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6. Board Game: Kunst Stücke [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3670]
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The "Oh dear" award for the most unfortunate foreign name when read by English speakers.

Oh dear.
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The "It’s the next Mongolian Goat Rodeo!" award for the game you are planning on picking it up based entirely on the name, despite the fact that it isn’t even out yet.

Hey, I don’t care that I’ve not managed to play the game and indeed know next to nothing about it. How can you resist owning a game with a name like that? And the theme is so topical nowadays!
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8. Board Game: Snifty Snakes [Average Rating:5.30 Unranked]
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The "Pandemic, smandemic" award for the game most likely to contribute to the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus.

Swap and change the nosepieces! Spread the fun around! Stock up on the anti-virals!
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9. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:1840] [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
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The "Wait, he was dead all along?" award for the gaming fact that everyone else knew but I only just found out.



Did you know that Apples to Apples was originally called Apples and Oranges before it was mass-produced, and there were oranges and apples instead of green apples and red apples? Considering that the pictures have been up in its gallery for ages, I suspect you do, but I only realized the other week. Neat piece of trivia!
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10. Board Game: Swack! [Average Rating:4.96 Unranked]
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The "That’ll learn ‘em" award for the game that’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.

That’s it kids! Stick your hand in the mousetrap! It won’t hurt! And if it doesn’t hurt in the game, then it’s not going to hurt with the ones daddy bought from the shop the other day either, right?
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11. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:11051]
 
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The "Awwww..." award for the cutest DIY adaption of a commercial game.



Roman Sock made this adaptation, "Pass the Piggies" with the most adorable little crochet piggies you’ve ever seen. And there are special rules and an equally adorable poke for the piggies to be stored in between games. The cuteness is almost sickening. I want them!
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12. Board Game: Revolution! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:756]
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The "Hey, it’s actually kinda cool!" award to the game in which people seem perpetually surprised to find they like.

It’s interesting to see just how many comments and reviews there are of this game showing people being politely surprised that it’s good. I suspect the fact that it’s made by a company that is not actually known for making this type of game has a lot to do with it. For the record, I think it’s neat .
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13. Board Game: Fence & Fenceability [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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The "This deserves PUN-ishment" award for the most groan-worthy word play in a board game title.

Oh god! Make it stop!
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14. Board Game: Kensington [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10536]
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The "See my Mighty Sword!" award for overcompensation in praising your own board game.

The makers of Kensington really like Kensington. They think you will like Kensington too. In fact, everyone loves Kensington! One version of the box has letters of endorsement from such known board gamers as Roger Moore and Omar Sharif. And if you don’t believe them, read the write up on the back about the creation of Kensington!

Some choice quotes:
"Kensington is the brilliant outcome of arduous research by two eccentric British friends..."

"Not since chess and checkers (draughts) first appeared from the east a dozen centuries or so ago has there been such a remarkable breakthrough in the games world..."

"Satisfied at last that they had invented the greatest board game in a thousand years, they were faced with the problem of finding a name for it..."

"...dreamed up for you by a peculiar pair of originals, likened by some of their friends to Laurel and Hardy but preferring to think of themselves as the Rolls and Royce of 1982..."


In summary; Kensington is completely awesome. It’s just the truth, alright?
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15. Board Game: Uncle Wiggily [Average Rating:4.05 Overall Rank:11106]
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The "Questionable Role Model" award for the creepiest children’s character in a board game.

I’m sorry, the 'suspect' picture may be entirely innocent, but the even the name of this guy is kinda creepy. What is he wiggling, man? Do we really want to know?
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16. Board Game: The Campaign for North Africa [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:10128]
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The "And I thought marriage was a commitment" award for the game that just keeps going and going and going...

Playing time with 10 players is listed at around 1200 hours. Holy crap. For the seriously dedicated only.

Actually, I’m now imagining a world in which all games developed to be this long. Week long Carcassonne. El Grande, guaranteed to be done in a month! Campaign Candyland!

Maybe not .
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17. Board Game: Spin the Bottle [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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The "Oh god, what were they thinking?" award to the least appropriate game to advertise playing with the whole family.



Play Spin the Bottle with daddy! Social services will be along shortly!
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18. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11168]
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The "Inching towards madness" award for the mostly insanely awesome game variant on BGG.



The possibilities are endless!


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19. Board Game: Hitler's War [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2744]
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The "Awkward Silences" award for the phrase that should only be used in a board game review.

"Good Things About Hitler’s War..."
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20. Board Game Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Darrin Williams
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Vlaada (Vladimír) Chvátil wins the "Unpronounceable by English Speakers" award for his wonderfully confusing name.
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