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So what is the "Wisdom of Crowds"? Well to be brief its the theory that the collective wisdom of a group is much more accurate in pinpointing "hidden" information than an individual, even if the the individual is an expert.

An example of this is the Jellybean Jar contest. Rarely does anyone ever guess the exact amount of jellybeans in a given jar, but they found that if you average out all of the guesses that the average was pretty close to the exact number.

So why not use this same theory to drive my purchases? I ask you, the crowd, to determine what games I buy every month with my budget.

Its easy, as you are looking through the list, thumb the items you like, you can thumb more than one...thumb them all if you like them all. Each month when I make my budgeted purchases I will buy the items with the most thumbs, expanding my collection based on the "wisdom of crowds".

In the case of a tie, I choose which game to buy based on user comments.

I will keep this going month after month, removing items purchased and adding new items I find so check back often to leave your input.

Tracking:


July '11 - June '12 Buys - Dominion, 7 Wonders, Talisman, Betrayal at House on the Hill, DnD: Conquest of Nerath, Ticket to Ride, Agricola, Agricola Gamers Deck(Order Mix-up) , Letters From Whitechapel, Ascension, Stone Age, Race for the Galaxy, Pandemic, Hey That's My Fish and Elder Sign, Small World, Cosmic Encounter, Power Grid, Blood Bowl Team Manager, Puerto Rico, Summoner Wars Master Set, Heroes of Graxia, Guardians of Graxia, Panzer General Allied Assault, Panzer General Russian Assault, Wasabi, Super Dungeon Explore, Hive, Red November, The Resistance, Tsuro, LotR: Card Game, Lost Cities, Rattus, Dixit, Wiz-War, Nexus Ops, Battlestar Gallactica, Risk Legacy, Nightfall (From Des/Pub Thumb), Rex, Locke and Key (From Des/Pub Thumb), Pizza Theory, Citadels, Lords of Waterdeep, Twilight Struggle, Rapa Nui, Jambo, Onirim, Haggis (From Des/Pub Thumb), Cant Stop, Dungeon Lords, Ingenious, and Epic Spell Warz of Battle Wizards at blah blah blah


July '12 Buys - Castle Panic, Incan Gold, Space Hulk Card Game, Gloria Mundi, Factory Fun, Road Kill Rally and Cleopatra's Caboose

August '12 Buys - Chaos in the Old World, Forbidden Island, Finca, Caylus and Tobago

September '12 Buys - Wits and Wagers, 1st & Goal, Pastiche, Dominion: Intrigue and Malifaux

October '12 Buys - Homesteaders, Castles of Burgundy and Survive: Escape from Atlantis

November '12 Buys - Trajan, Merchants & Marauders and Seasons

December '12 Buys (Including Secret Santa and Christmas) Isla Dorado, Black Gold, Android, Steam, Steam Map Pack #1, Rock Band Manager, Lemonade Stand, Descent 2nd Edition, Dungeon, Mageknight, Escape: The Cursed Temple, and Castle Ravenloft.

January '13 Buys - Legends of Andor and Deadwood

February '13 Buys - Lord of the Rings: Nazgul

March '13 Buys - Nothing...broke

April '13 Buys - Nothing...broke

May '13 Buys - Qin, King of Tokyo, and Takenoko

June '13 Buys - Ra, Copycat, Peloponnes, and Troyes

July '13 Buys - Tzol'kin, Macao and Suburbia

August '13 Buys - Morels, Libertalia, Rialto, Love Letter, Smash Up, The Resistance: Avalon, Dungeon Roll, and Krosmaster: Arena

September '13 Buys - Tokaido, Augustus, and Ladies and Gentlemen

Happy voting everyone.

-Gertz
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