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The 2019 People’s Choice Top 200 Solo Games No Prize Contest

Morten Monrad Pedersen
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The contest is over and the winner of the NoPrize (TM) is


Rule added: I've added a new No Prize category: Winner among those who have reported their score at least once before rank #6 of the Top 200 has been revealed.

So, there's the usual category where the winner is the participant who report the score at latest five (120 hours) days after the rank #1 of the Top 200 has been revealed and there's the new one which has the same deadline.

The reason for the new category is that I think it would be annoying if someone didn't report in until some days after the contest is over. It'd be like after a long race where a racer passed the finish line first only to 4 days later to be told that "Oh, I've been racing in my invisible car and I arrived before you, so I win."




Once more into the breach, dear friends - once more the time of wounded wallets wailing in pain are upon us: The 2019 People’s Choice Top 200 Solo Games is here.
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As in previous years, I’ll host a contest, where the winner gets to go home with the world famous No Prize™ award. It can be picked up at my house somewhere in Europe on the 42mattnd of Febtember in the Year of the Penguin.

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



Last year I made significant changes to the questions shortly before posting the contest and didn’t think things through. The results were – well, let’s just say it gave Gary plenty of ammo for taunting me.

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Photo of a participant in last year’s contest after reading the questions.



To avoid repeating that debacle, I’ve made a simpler system this year. It’s a series of hopefully easy to understand yes-no questions. Unless you take this contest more seriously than intended, you don’t need to spend much time: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoPQ-Kq9y0O1mKkxj1...

To participate you must follow the link and answer the questions.

In case you want to get serious about winning the contest you can consult last year’s list when answering the questions: 2018 PC Top 100.

The first question "Will Mage Knight be #1?" is worth 3 VP all other questions are worth 1 VP each.

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 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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Cherry on top.



The winner is the participant who has the most VP after all 200 games have been revealed. In case of ties the winner is the participant whose username is hardest for me to pronounce backwards.

Have fun and may you lose spectacularly!



At irregular intervals, I'll go through the submissions and send out each set of answers to the person who submitted them.

The only way I could find to make it possible for you to access your own answers is to have them automatically sent via email after completing the form. But to do that, I'd be forced to add email address as a mandatory field and I don't want to make giving me your email address mandatory to participate in the contest.

If someone knows of a better way to do this in Google Forms, then I'd love to know about it.




Rankings:

14 jesslc

12 jwml
12 Demiss
12 MadMihi
12 mortenmdk

11 Albia
11 flaeryn
11 Lumpy75
11 Qwirk

10 Donutz McGoo
10 johsahaahr
10 mattwood1221
10 ROMagister
10 vins
10 willshaw67

9 josseroo
9 Jy0831
9 Kush7
9 RHReiss
9 Rainstar
9 rockmeamadeus
9 settlerdave
9 WingTale

8 budkin
8 chimpy21
8 Daemonsson
8 DJStudley
8 Firedrake
8 jgatkinsn
8 garyrbrooks

7 athletics616
7 Hooloovoo42
7 HRune
7 mikolajl
7 Robbus
7 wavsite

6 ArianneH
6 atomicnate
6 bikefreak
6 briezee
6 Cayca

5 GomJabbar
5 joehyuk
5 shockaday

4 tweiland
4 weyrbrat

3 Geroid
3 myw85
3 teatabletopper

2 Mixo

1 wcordewiner

Participants with no reported score:

LewisatForth16
littlechandler
MAJBrown22
JohnKean
Gattsu
oduh
Seamless
leanderk
marcuslind1
tdakanalis
Fran BS
PiHalbe
Chinkster
marctimmins89
Baagaard
ZombieBoard
batdog
luckystreak
Tigiba
darkpact
AndrePOR
boredbeyondbelief
Satch83
berrell1983
Sara Kaijuwolf
hankheyming
pikkusiili2000
jeremym
cyberalien18
jeremymr
tylorio
Zach66827
kldonnelly
brotherj
srkishy
Kurunir
maloma
longtom
Bigeeh
Blitzbuff
nbdy
Eastwoodk
Rabidkiwi143
toledoesilva
Lillebror666
Pointnthink
carlospuntoge
paulradagast
Rook96
schmittrs
Bbhalla
GameOSX
troytbyrne
Broslam
terminicus
KenYamamoto
WarlikePoet
7eat51
Arven
hoangart
Robble
The Wrong One
Conesofdunshire
cotj73
lbaixinho
klaun86
TimTix
juegoego
borsook
THWDP
gustave154
Alanluo282
wolfit
SoloMaru
mithoron
414448
jittle
suspension engineer
Sloop John V
Rainstar
TimAK87
clmdvd
albcann
ayhansaygili
katarakt
pissopossum
Esben_Arild
Rustyd
DoOddTask
Venkaz
Bubblefuzz
Papesec
yetikeeper
OgdenTwohorn
bbq_smoker64
Charlygeek
threepointthed
virginis
necrohexel
Chicobrew
edulg
warlord76
Sffr
Gnl_Zod
houdinimaster11
henriquedsr989
kladan
vernad
Baldred
william_assis
Fusionkast
terna
Bigsnoot McSnuff
ajlaw
manu0801
petole
Aaxiom
dtwiley
stevehaley24
emoasyou
Mgreer87
zipzipskins
ayumequi
Falath
ploucas
mkomaltilov

3 usernames were not found in the BGG database:
- "Rustyd"
- "Young, rich and sexy"
- No username provided


Correct answers so far and percentages of participants who got it right

{Worth 3 VP} Will “Mage Knight” be #1 (1 -> 1)
NO 32.4%

Will “Gloomhaven” be in the top 5 (7 -> 5)
NO 29.1%

Will “Lord of the Rings LCG” (6 -> 6) rank better than “Arkham Horror LCG” (5 -> 7) NO 53.7%

Will "The 7th Continent" be in the top 10 (22 -> 12)
NO 48.3%

Will Race for the Galaxy” be among ranks rank 11-20 (13 -> 17)
YES 41.0%

Will “Roll Player” (41 -> 26) rank better than “This War of Mine: The Board Game” (30 -> 27): YES 67.0%%

Will “Glass Road” be among ranks 31-45 (44 -> 39): YES 46.2%

[b]Will “Nusfjord” (614 -> 68) rank better than “Agricola” (40 -> 40):
YES 31.4%

Will “Dragonfire” be among ranks 61-80 (411 -> 79)
NO 61.7%

Will Unbroken” (507 -> 99) rank better than “Legacy of Dragonholt” (94) YES 49.1%

Will “Great Western Trails” be among ranks 81-100 (164 -> 98)
NO 47.4%

Will “Sprawlopolis” be among ranks 125-10 (124)
NO 56.6%

Will “Myth” be among ranks 131-150 (134 -> 141)? NO 73.1%

Will “Rallyman” be among ranks 151-170 (75-> 140)?
NO 58.9%

Will “Mechs vs. Minions” be among ranks 181-200 (103 -> 179)?
NO 59.4%
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