The Society of Losers
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Are you like me, constantly entering BGG contests and having nothing to show for it but a new microbadge to remind you of yet another loss?
Then you are eligible for membership in the Society of Losers!
Here, you are free to commiserate with other losers as you lament all the time you spent researching answers to those questions about minutiae in game rules. You can rail against the unfairness of it all as you see how many BGG new users win, while you, a decorated BGG veteran, are left merely with leaving a congratulatory comment. Or, if you're like me, you can come to boast and brag about your record of contest losses.

Here's how to join:

d10-1 Enter a geeklist item. Preferably, choose a game that you didn't really want but entered to win anyway, just because you wanted to win a contest. Or, if you never did that, a game you wanted to win so badly you named a pet and/or child after it. Or some other game.

d10-2 Let us know how many microbadges you have for lost contests.

d10-3 Tell us which SOL (that's Society Of Losers) trophy you've earned. (Ultimately, I would have preferred these to be official microbadges, but they were rejected.)

Here are the trophy levels:

Level 1: Glass- awarded for losing 25 contests
Level 2: Bronze- awarded for losing 50 contests
Level 3: Silver- awarded for losing 100 contests
Level 4: Gold- awarded for losing 250 contests
Level 5: Platinum- awarded for losing 500 contests
Level 6: Chocolate- awarded for losing a whopping 1,000 contests

And, because deep down we all want to win, you can also let us know when you've earned the Former Loser trophy, for actually winning a contest!

So say it again, and say it out loud: "I'm a Loser, and I'm proud!"
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1. Board Game: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Perry Fergin
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Now, don't get me wrong: Quarriors looks like a cool game. I'd love to have it if I actually had someone to play it with. But what good will an expansion do me if I don't have the base game? I guess I hoped I'd win and could trade it for something else.

Anyway, that was loss #13 for me.

Ah, I still remember my first contest: Cargo Noir. Looked like a fun game. In my mind, I had already one. I just saw myself begging my wife to play it with me...

So young...

So naive...

But here I am, older and wiser, and able to boldly proclaim that I have officially lost

77 contests

(with 2 pending)

and have earned a

Level 2 SOL trophy: BRONZE

And so, I boldy announce, "I'm a loser, and I'm proud!"
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2. Board Game: Cargo Noir [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1579]
Chris B
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I entered this contest cuz I thought the game looked kind of cool, a bit light but what the heck, it's a contest!

As of today I have 40 MB's for contests I've entered and lost so I'm at the Glass level, pushing on to Bronze SOL. Should be there in early 2013!

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3. Board Game: Tanto Cuore: Romantic Vacation [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:2402] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Bryon Petrie
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This is one of the 33 I have lost. Glass on my way to bronze.

Depressing, isn't it?
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4. Board Game: Treasure Fleet [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:9918]
Curt Collins
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The first game that I entered to win (that was awarded a microbadge) was Treasure fleet. That was in 2006.

I have lost a jaw dropping 105 contests straight that offer microbadges, and many others that didn't. Sometimes with a minimal number of entrants through geeklist entries. I estimate around 30 or so of these. One i lost in particular because of a local guy that when he saw i was trying to win a copy of Hameln (I think) with a thumbs up popular comment contest by asking a handful of people to give my comment a thumbs up, he went and got his friends to vote up an opposing comment. Real stand up guy.

Another guy in my club recently won two contests on the same day.

I've been in drawings multiple times where there were 2 or 3 winners picked from a whop[ping 20 or so entries. Still nothing. Regardless of how you count it, I get the level 3 SILVER SOL trophy.
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5. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:637]
Mike Ricotta
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108?!?

Dear lord, who knew? I may be off by a few becasue who can count that high?

I picked can't stop not becasue I want the game but becaue I can't stop entering the dang things. I don't even try to research many of them anymore I just guess...sometimes I'm a good guesser!

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6. Board Game: Democracy: Majority Rules [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:8992]
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Democracy was one of the more recent games that was a prize in a contest that I didn't mind if I won or not. There have been many, many that I would have loved to win, however this wasn't one of them.

I've just lost contest 112! Which makes me eligible for:

Level 3: Silver- awarded for losing 100 contests

and to commemorate the occaision I commissioned this MB: mb

EDIT: Now 182...


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7. Board Game: Fallen City of Karez [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:15613]
Nuno Silva
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Proud to be a Loser!

Former SOL Bronze Level (65 losses)

I got kicked for winning the amazingly looking Fallen City of Karez (yet to receive it...)

I returned and achieved already the SOL Glass Level (29 losses)
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8. Board Game: Lost Valley [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1327]
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One of the earlier contests I loss (for the updated version of this game) - I only entered to pick up the microbadge at the time. Now, what better place for a loser to hang out than "Lost" Valley?

Proud of my 32 54 80 108 losses!
 
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9. Board Game: Top This! A Pizza Flicking Game [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:10793]
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"I'm a Loser, and I'm proud!"

contest MBs: 93
contests still running: 2
contests won: 0
 
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10. Board Game: Mutant Meeples [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2365]
Chris Fee
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Alas, I only entered 58 before I was kicked out of the SoL by winning a copy of Mutant Meeples.

But in an attempt to redeem myself, I have lost 69 contests since then.
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11. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:55]
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We even probably already owned this game at the time of the contest. 115 losing contests strong! So that puts me at silver. At this rate, I have to keep my streak of NOT winning a contest to feel good about myself.
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12. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2077]
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Adding this item as it was my first contest.

So far I'm at 69 contests, putting me at level 2
 
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13. Board Game: Born Loser [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Greg Parkinson
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I just entered 2 more to put me at an even 300 with 0 wins!!! I guess that means I've won gold here - thereby making it all worth it!!!
 
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14. Board Game: Happy Hour: No winners, just losers! [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
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I do not qualify even for Glass Level in our Society of Losers, but lost 3 contests in the first day I was browsing this lovely community.

Actually, I am awarded 3 microbadges by virtue of 3 lost contests.

Post scriptum: I will update this asap.

Post post scriptum: this game I have posted is nitwit blubber oddment tweak. I am actively trying to earn the Former Loser trophy and win Eclipse (...all'arrembaggiooo!!! arrrh)
 
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