The Arbitrarily Complete and Officially Total Thrifty Awards for 2010
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Two years ago, we had the Completely Unofficial and Totally Arbitrary Thrifty Awards. To mix things up, last year gave us the The completely arbitrary and totally unofficial Thrifty Awards for 2009. Likewise, to shake this up this year, I present for you The Arbitrarily Complete and Officially Total Thrifty Awards for 2010! Never Later, Never Better!

These stats were gathered from the BGG XML API in the middle of January, 2011, and are the same as are used to crown the King. Games stats (ranks, ratings, etc) were gathered some time later. They represent a "snapshot in time", so if the ranks I report here no longer reflect the current reality, that's why.

Enough of my blathering. Let the show begin!
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26. Board Game: Repeat Pete! [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:9095]
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Some thrifters are niche thrifters -- they find a game they like or otherwise want and buy it again and again. The winner of this year's Repeaty Thrifty for repeatedly thrifting the same game repeatedly and repeatedly is:

Rob Rob
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La Mesa
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for his 56 reported finds of Scrabble!

...and we know he has more!
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27. Board Game: Soldiers with Repeating Cannon Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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As you can see above, Scrabble dominates the repeaty thrifty lists. So much so that this category is absolutely necessary.

The 2010 Repeaty Thrifty for thrifting repeatedly, non-Scrabble category is:

Hello Acme... Two Words - Product Liability!!
United States
Surprise
Arizona
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For his 19 finds of Risk!
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28. Board Game: In oder Out [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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Late in 2010, it became fashionable to pick up copies of Yahtzee Jr, solely for the indented dice. Games such as Chunky Fighters, RoboDerby: Express and Dune Express gained unmatched popularity, and an explosion of Thrift and Print and Play activity soon followed.

This does not appear to be a passing fad, and it is speculated that the 2011 stats may show a serious contender to Scrabble and Risk as the most often thrifted games.

In 2010, one thrifter in particular took the lead in snagging every available Yahtzee Jr box in his vicinity, and from many others' as well, I'm sure. The winner of the Thrifty Trend Setter of the Year goes to:

Troy
Canada
Stratford
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for his reported 14 finds of Yahtzee Jr (many of which are 'merged entries' with more than one copy reported.
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29. Board Game: Repeat or You're Obsolete [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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And one thrifter just can't leave a good game alone. This particular member of our team has quite a number of games -- over 500 in 2010. But more interesting, a whopping 93 of those were titles purchased at least two times!

The winner of the "Do I Already Have That, Let's Just Pick It Up Just In Cast" thrifty is:

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Fargo
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30. Board Game: Pirate King [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:6961]
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Yarg Matey! There be great bits in them thar games. Avast! Yon next thrifter has amassed more games found on the Thrifting games to get indented dice and Thrift store games you buy just for the components list than any other (baring the accused, land lubbing Scrabble).

The winner of the ARG!! Matey Thrifty for Component Reuse is:

Bookshelf Game Junkie
United States
Canton
Michigan
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for finding 74 games on those lists!

arrrharrrharrrh
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31. Board Game: Game of the Year [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:10778]
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And now it's time to get into Game Thriftys. I may return to individual Thrifty's later, but I figure it's time to mix it up.

Have you ever wondered which games we tent do value the most as a group? Well, thanks to the advances in modern technology, this information is right at our fingertips. Using the same formula as implemented for the King of the Thrifters (number of finds + weighted thumbs), I am able to say with 100% scientific certainty, that the most treasured game by thrifters is:

Risk

Yeah, I'm surprised too!
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