[POLLS] 32 Years of Spiel des Jahres - Which One is the Best of Them All? ROUND 1
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It all started in 1979, when Hare & Tortoise won the first Spiel des Jahres award. 31 years later, Dixit took what is nowadays probably the most prestigious award in the gaming industry.

Down the years, there have been some great games that won the award, games that stood the test of time and even now are still regarded as brilliant designs. And just like as it happens with any other awards, there have been years when the judges pick was met with criticism by the gaming community.

During the next few weeks, with your help, I'll try to have the next question answered: "Which is the best Spiel des Jahres title to date?".

How this is going to be ran? Well, the first round will be a simple match-up between the first and last titles left in the list. This seems the fair way to arrange the initial matches, as there are no favorites yet. So, the first heads-up match will be between the two games mentioned above: 2010 - Dixit vs 1979 - Hare & Tortoise. Next: 2009 - Dominion vs 1980 - Rummikub. Once the first voting round will be completed (Sunday, 27th of March), the game that won it's heat by the largest margin will take the #1 seed, the second highest percentage will take #2 seed and so on. The first seed will be pitche3d in the next round against the last, second with the second last and so on, until we'll have all the titles asigned. In case there is a tie when the voting ends, I'll post a quick "one day" tie-breaker (and hope it's not going to be a tie again).

As there are 32 titles, after the 5th voting round we should have the winner. And I'll have my curiosity answered: which SdJ title is Geek's favorite.
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1. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:787]
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The first match brings Dixit and Hare & Tortoise face to face. Do you think the underdog will manage to pull it off, or will the favorite rake in the votes?

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Dixit Vs. Hare & Tortoise - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Dixit
63.9% 474
Hare & Tortoise
36.1% 268
Voters 742
This poll is now closed.   742 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am


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2. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:1385]
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By simply looking at the BGG rankings, this could be one very unbalanced tie. Will Dominion confirm the hype, or is Rummikub able to score a big round one upset?

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Dominion Vs. Rummikub - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Dominion
78.7% 707
Rummikub
21.3% 191
Voters 898
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Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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3. Board Game: Focus [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1922]
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This is a very interesting heads-up match, not necessarily because of the two games involved: Keltis and Focus, but because of the two titans that designed the games: Reiner Knizia and Sid Sackson. So, which one will it be?

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Keltis Vs. Focus - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Keltis
68.5% 361
Focus
31.5% 166
Voters 527
This poll is now closed.   527 answers
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Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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4. Board Game: Enchanted Forest [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:3745]
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This tie is all about good times with your loved ones. Kids, family members or non-gamer friends will definitely enjoy the two games that are going head to head in this match: Zooloretto representing the Family Game genre and Enchanted Forest for the Children's Games category. Which one is going to tip the balance in their favor?

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Zooloretto Vs. Enchanted Forest - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Zooloretto
74.7% 478
Enchanted Forest
25.3% 162
Voters 640
This poll is now closed.   640 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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5. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:847]
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In my humble opinion, two good games have been pitched one against the other in this tie. I really enjoy the deduction mechanism from Scotland Yard and own a copy of Thurn and Taxis. I will have a hard time deciding which one gets my vote. Will it be easier for you?

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Thurn and Taxis Vs. Scotland Yard - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Thurn and Taxis
44.6% 347
Scotland Yard
55.4% 431
Voters 778
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6. Board Game: Dampfross [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2176]
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In this heads-up match, David Watts Dampfross takes on Thomas Liesching Niagara. I would say this looks like a well balanced tie. Yet, the votes might prove me wrong. Which one you'd rather see through?

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Niagara Vs. Dampfross - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Niagara
68.0% 344
Dampfross
32.0% 162
Voters 506
This poll is now closed.   506 answers
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Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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7. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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A very, very tough opponent for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. Ticket to Ride is known as one of the most influential gateway games around and looks like a huge favorite to advance. Will it cruise, or will Sherlock find a way to unlock TtR mystery and sneak through?

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Ticket to Ride Vs. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Ticket to Ride
82.5% 642
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
17.5% 136
Voters 778
This poll is now closed.   778 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am

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8. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1194]
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Another designer's "clash of the titans". Wolfgang Kramer's Heimlich & Co. versus Dirk Henn's Alhambra. Another tough tie, at least in my books. Who's going to get your vote?

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Alhambra Vs. Heimlich & Co. - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Alhambra
76.2% 496
Heimlich & Co.
23.8% 155
Voters 651
This poll is now closed.   651 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
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9. Board Game: Auf Achse [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1809]
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Here we have two games, each representing a genre that have their fair share of fans here on the 'geek. "Pick-up and Deliver" and Auf Achse taking on "Dexterity Games" and Villa Paletti. Are you in one of the two boats?

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Villa Paletti Vs. Auf Achse - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Villa Paletti
41.6% 192
Auf Achse
58.4% 269
Voters 461
This poll is now closed.   461 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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10. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1507]
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The first (from the many) SdJ awards won by Klaus Teuber, Barbarossa is up against a colossus: Carcassonne. Do you believe Barbarossa has what it takes to stands it's own ground against one of the most successful games in the history?

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Carcassonne Vs. Barbarossa - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Carcassonne
89.2% 659
Barbarossa
10.8% 80
Voters 739
This poll is now closed.   739 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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11. Board Game: Café International [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1512]
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I guess we could call this "the tile placement heads-up match": Café International versus Torres. Which one you think is the best?

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Torres Vs. Cafe International - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Torres
78.9% 401
Café International
21.1% 107
Voters 508
This poll is now closed.   508 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
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12. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:879]
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The two most successful designers in the SdJ history are competing for a place in the last 16. Klaus Teuber, winner of 4 SdJ awards brings Hoity Toity to the table, hoping to get past Tikal, designed by Wolfgang Kramer, winner of 5 SdJ awards. Remarkable achievements for both designers, don't you think?

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Tikal Vs. Hoity Toity - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Tikal
76.2% 490
Hoity Toity
23.8% 153
Voters 643
This poll is now closed.   643 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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13. Board Game: Wacky Wacky West [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1675]
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Another Klaus Teuber game, Wacky Wacky West trying to make it's way through to the last 16 at Elfenland's expense. Who's your favorite to win this one?

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Elfenland Vs. Wacky Wacky West - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Elfenland
80.5% 391
Wacky Wacky West
19.5% 95
Voters 486
This poll is now closed.   486 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
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14. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:750]
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I don't know if it's going to count that Um Reifenbreite has only been published in German and it's harder to get in US, but Mississippi Queen is a good game on it's own. Is the cycling game able to sprint over the lazy river and claim the victory?

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The Mississippi Queen Vs. Um Reifenbreite - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Mississippi Queen
52.5% 235
Um Reifenbreite
47.5% 213
Voters 448
This poll is now closed.   448 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
Closes: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:00 am
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15. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:397]
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Liar's Dice from Richard Borg (better known for his C&C System) is up against one of the best SdJ designs from Wolfgang Kramer: El Grande. At first glance, it might look like another unbalanced match, but don't count out the underdog just yet.

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El Grande Vs. Liar's Dice - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
El Grande
76.4% 555
Liar's Dice
23.6% 171
Voters 726
This poll is now closed.   726 answers
Poll created by Chuckila
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16. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:745]
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And last, two gateway games going at it: Manhattan challenging Catan, the game that started the "designer's gaming boom" in the mid 90's. Is this a case of a clear winner, or do you think there is room for the upset?

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Settlers of Catan Vs. Manhattan - cast your vote
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Catan
80.2% 598
Manhattan
19.8% 148
Voters 746
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Poll created by Chuckila
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