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The 2022 People’s Choice Top 200 Solo Games No Prize Contest

Morten Monrad Pedersen
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The yearly People’s Choice Solo Games event has become a fixture of the 1 Player guild and the host, Kevin Erskine has kicked off the 2022 edition. As usual, I’ll be hosting a contest that runs in parallel with the event.

If you’re silly enough to think that you have what it takes to make the best predictions about how this year’s top 200 list will be, then please read on. If you’re in touch with reality and realize that you don’t have what it takes, then please read on anyway .

As always, the winner of this contest gets to go home with the world famous and highly coveted No Prize™ award, which will be delivered to the winner if they claim it before the 30th of October 2022.

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Photo of the world famous No Prize™ award on display.

Over the years several people have remarked how the No Prize™ bears an uncanny resemblance to the No Bell Prize:
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Photo of the obscure No Bell Prize award on display.

It’s an easy mistake to make, but if we zoom out, we can see the difference:

From gallery of Addiction2k

Two No Prize™ awards on display. Photo credit: Bryan Winston

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Photo of several No Bell Prize awards on display.

Quite different, right? You can see how the No Prize™ is superior to the No Bell Prize because the former has ™ in the name while the latter hasn’t and because the resolution of the zoomed out No Prize™ photo is much higher than that of the No Bell Prize.

Joining the contest

To participate follow this link and answer the questions. Unless you take this contest seriously, it shouldn’t take long to answer the questions and if you do take it seriously, then you’ve missed the point .

In case you did miss the point, you can go here to see the rankings from last year, which will help you answer the questions

After submitting the answers, you’ll hopefully receive an automated email with your answers for use when scoring, but if you don’t want to share your email address, just enter garyrbrooks@isgoingto.lose as the address and note down your answers for yourself.

You can submit your answers until Kevin reveals the first entry on the list.


Scoring is done each time Kevin reveals a set of games. Answering a question correctly gives you 1 VP unless noted otherwise in the question and getting it wrong is worth a staggering 0 VP.

I won’t be doing the scoring for all of you. Instead, you have to report your VPs in the comment section below this post as you gain them. I’ll keep a ranked list up to date. Doing it this way gives more opportunities for banter and interaction.

Please, please, pretty please with many cherries on top, report your total score instead of only the VP gained since last time and use a new comment each time instead of updating a previous comment (I get notifications about new comments, but not about updates to existing ones).

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Cherries to put on top.

The winner is the participant who has... drumroll... the most VP after all 200 games have been revealed.

In case of ties the winner is the one who registered their account on BGG first. For the rule lawyers I’ll clarify that the tiebreaker is only used among those who tied for most VP.

Validity of scores

1) Your score becomes invalid if you don’t post it at least once before Kevin reveals which game is ranked 100.
2) Your score becomes invalid if you don’t post your score at least once after Kevin has revealed which game is ranked 100 and before he reveals rank 20.
3) Scores posted more than 120 hours (5 days) after rank #1 was revealed are invalid.

I apologize for these fiddly rules, but the core of this contest is the race and the banter, it’s not about a one time reveal of a winner. For that to work we must all report our scores multiple times during the contest and I encourage you to report your score after each reveal if possible.

I’ll post the questions in a comment below this post.

Have fun and may you lose spectacularly!

23 VP

22 VP

21 VP

20 VP

19 VP

18 VP
Polly Math (extrapolated bot)

17 VP
Monty Karlo (random bot)

16 VP

15 VP

14 VP

13 VP

12 VP

11.5 VP (using Ludographer's non-compliant scoring system)

11 VP

10 VP

9 VP

8 VP

7 VP

6 VP

5 VP

4 VP

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