Top 100 Boardgames League - Round 22 [POLL]
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In many parts of the world, sport leagues use the Relegation/Promotion method of advancement through tiers. Teams in each Tier battle to finish at the top of the standings. Those teams are awarded for doing so by receiving a Promotion to the next-higher level. Similarly, the worst-ranked teams are Relegated to the next tier down.

What happens when we take this approach with board games?

Christian took the Top 100 games as of Friday 2012-04-27 and separated them into 5 tiers of 20 games each. To determine the "Top Games" from each tier vote for the Best 5 games in each tier. The game with the most votes will be the Tier Champion. The Bottom 3 teams on each tier will be Relegated to the next-lower level. The Top 3 teams on each tier will be Promoted to the next-higher level.

Christian wanted a break from running this contest so I have taken over running it and I have a licence to try some variation.
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Round 22 of the BGG Top 100 Promotion/Relegation Battle 2012 will probably end on 28 February. Round 22 will probably be the last round before a pause. The pause will be in place for the duration of Geek Madness at least.
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Round 01 Champions: Puerto Rico
Round 02 Champions: Puerto Rico
Round 03 Champions: Puerto Rico
Round 04 Champions: Agricola
Round 05 Champions: Puerto Rico
Round 06 Champions: Puerto Rico
Round 07 Champions: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 08 Champions: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 09 Champions: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 10 Champions: Puerto Rico
Round 11 Champions: Agricola
Round 12 Champions: Agricola
Round 13 Champions: Agricola
Round 14 Champions: Agricola
Round 15 Champions: Agricola
Round 16 Champions: Power Grid
Round 17 Champions: Agricola
Round 18 Champions: Agricola
Round 19 Champions: Agricola
Round 20 Champions: Agricola
Round 21 Champions: Agricola
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Tier 1
Round 1 Champion: Puerto Rico
Round 2 Champion: Puerto Rico
Round 3 Champion: Puerto Rico
Round 4 Champion: Agricola
Round 5 Champion: Puerto Rico
Round 6 Champion: Puerto Rico
Round 7 Champion: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 8 Champion: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 9 Champion: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 10 Champion: Puerto Rico
Round 11 Champion: Agricola
Round 12 Champion: Agricola
Round 13 Champion: Agricola
Round 14 Champion: Agricola
Round 15 Champion: Agricola
Round 16 Champion: Power Grid
Round 17 Champion: Agricola
Round 18 Champion: Agricola
Round 19 Champion: Agricola
Round 20 Champion: Agricola
Round 21 Champion: Agricola

Promoted into Tier 1 for this round:
Carcassonne (2000)
Le Havre (2008)
Ra (1999) (all straight back up)

Select UP TO 5 of the Best Games currently in Tier 1

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Agricola (2007)
Power Grid (2004)
Puerto Rico (2002)
7 Wonders (2010)
Ticket to Ride (2004)
Dominion (2008)
Race for the Galaxy (2007)
Pandemic (2008)
Twilight Struggle (2005)
Eclipse (2011)
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (2006)
The Settlers of Catan (1995)
El Grande (1995)
Caylus (2005)
Dominant Species (2010)
Tigris & Euphrates (1997)
Stone Age (2008)
Carcassonne (2000)
Le Havre (2008)
Ra (1999)
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Tier 2

Promoted into Tier 2 for this round:
Dixit (2008) (straight back up)
Citadels (2000) (straight back up)
Mage Knight: Board Game (2011) (highest point since round 5)

Demoted into Tier 2 for this round:
Battlestar Galactica (2008)
Acquire (1962) (straight back down)
Small World (2009) (straight back down)

Poll
Battlestar Galactica (2008)
Acquire (1962)
Small World (2009)
The Castles of Burgundy (2011)
King of Tokyo (2011)
Glory to Rome (2005)
Lords of Waterdeep (2012)
Galaxy Trucker (2007)
Magic: The Gathering (1993)
The Resistance (2009)
San Juan (2004)
Cosmic Encounter (2008)
Alhambra (2003)
Bohnanza (1997)
RoboRally (1994)
Brass (2007)
War of the Ring (2004)
Dixit (2008)
Citadels (2000)
Mage Knight: Board Game (2011)
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3. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:197] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Tier 3
Round 1 Champion: Small World
Round 2 Champion: Ticket to Ride
Round 3 Champion: Carcassonne
Round 4 Champion: Memoir '44
Round 5 Champion: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 6 Champion: San Juan
Round 7 Champion: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
Round 8 Champion: Civilization
Round 9 Champion: Dune
Round 10 Champion: Hive
Round 11 Champion: Magic: The Gathering
Round 12 Champion: Arkham Horror
Round 13 Champion: Citadels
Round 14 Champion: Castles of Burgundy
Round 15 Champion: Brass
Round 16 Champion: Roborally
Round 17 Champion: King of Tokyo
Round 18 Champion: Lords of Waterdeep
Round 19 Champion: Dixit
Round 20 Champion: A Game of Thrones
Round 21 Champion: Dixit

Promoted into Tier 3 for this round:
Tikal (1999) (straight back up)
Innovation (2010)
Space Alert (2008) (straight back up)

Demoted into Tier 3 for this round:
Memoir '44 (2004) (straight back down)
Arkham Horror (2005)
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (2011) (straight back down)

Select UP TO 5 of the Best Games currently in Tier 3

Poll
Memoir '44 (2004)
Arkham Horror (2005)
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (2011)
The Princes of Florence (2000)
Kingsburg (2007)
Troyes (2010)
For Sale (1997)
Notre Dame (2007)
Goa (2004)
Trajan (2011)
Lost Cities (1999)
Saint Petersburg (2004)
Steam (2009)
Thurn and Taxis (2006)
The Pillars of the Earth (2006)
Hive (2001)
Village (2011)
Tikal (1999)
Innovation (2010)
Space Alert (2008)
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4. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:213]
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Tier 4
Round 1 Champion: Ticket to Ride
Round 2 Champion: Carcassonne
Round 3 Champion: Cosmic Encounter
Round 4 Champion: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 5 Champion: San Juan
Round 6 Champion: Saint Petersburg
Round 7 Champion: Civilization
Round 8 Champion: Paths of Glory
Round 9 Champion: In the Year of the Dragon
Round 10 Champion: Magic: The Gathering
Round 11 Champion: Ingenious
Round 12 Champion: Citadels
Round 13 Champion: The Pillars of the Earth
Round 14 Champion: Modern Art
Round 15 Champion: Roborally
Round 16 Champion: King of Tokyo
Round 17 Champion: Thurn and Taxis
Round 18 Champion: Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Round 19 Champion: Kingsburg
Round 20 Champion: For Sale
Round 21 Champion: Tikal

Promoted into Tier 4 for this round:
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (2012)
No Thanks! (2004)
Flash Point: Fire Rescue (2011)

Demoted into Tier 4 for this round:
Battle Line (2000)
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! (1982) (straight back down)
Ingenious (2004)

Select UP TO 5 of the Best Games currently in Tier 4

Poll
Battle Line (2000)
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! (1982)
Ingenious (2004)
Railroad Tycoon (2005)
Chess (1475)
Forbidden Island (2010)
Hansa Teutonica (2009)
Hey, That's My Fish! (2003)
Alien Frontiers (2010)
In the Year of the Dragon (2007)
Ora et Labora (2011)
Modern Art (2004)
Summoner Wars (2011)
Endeavor (2009)
Civilization (1980)
Amun-Re (2003)
Twilight Imperium (2005)
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (2012)
No Thanks! (2004)
Flash Point: Fire Rescue (2011)
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5. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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Tier 5
Round 1 Champion: Carcassonne
Round 2 Champion: Notre Dame
Round 3 Champion: Advanced Squad Leader
Round 4 Champion: San Juan
Round 5 Champion: Saint Petersburg
Round 6 Champion: Fresco
Round 7 Champion: Paths of Glory
Round 8 Champion: BattleLore
Round 9 Champion: Magic: The Gathering
Round 10 Champion: Ingenious
Round 11 Champion: Citadels
Round 12 Champion: Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Round 13 Champion: Ghost Stories
Round 14 Champion: Roborally
Round 15 Champion: Bohnanza
Round 16 Champion: Trajan
Round 17 Champion: Ora et Labora
Round 18 Champion: Forbidden Island
Round 19 Champion: For Sale
Round 20 Champion: Summoner Wars
Round 21 Champion: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

Promoted into Tier 5 for this round:
Vikings (2007) (straight back up = SBU)
Fresco (2010) (SBU)
PitchCar (1995)
Thunderstone (2009)
Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery (2007) (SBU)

Demoted into Tier 5 for this round:
Go (-2200)
Commands & Colors: Ancients (2006)
Through the Desert (1998)

Select UP TO 5 of the Best Games currently in Tier 5

Poll
Go (-2200)
Commands & Colors: Ancients (2006)
Through the Desert (1998)
Macao (2009)
Android: Netrunner (2012)
Dungeon Lords (2009)
Coloretto (2003)
Samurai (1998)
Shadows over Camelot (2005)
Diplomacy (1959)
Crokinole (1867)
Tichu (1991)
Zooloretto (2007)
Navegador (2010)
Blokus (2000)
Vikings (2007)
Fresco (2010)
PitchCar (1995)
Thunderstone (2009)
Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery (2007)
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6. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:315]
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The Contenders

Round 14 Champion: King of Tokyo
Round 15 Champion: Guillotine
Round 16 Champion: Coloretto
Round 17 Champion: Kingsburg
Round 18 Champion: For Sale
Round 19 Champion: Glen More
Round 20 Champion: No Thanks!
Round 21 Champion: Vikings

Each round six games will be relegated from The Contenders and will be replaced by the top six Wannabes.
The Contenders aims to bring games into Tier 5 that have the most chance, while giving a second chance to games relegated from Tier 5.

Demoted into The Contenders from Tier 5 this round:
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age (2008) (SBD)
Ghost Stories (2008)
Glen More (2010)
Cyclades (2009)
1960: The Making of the President (2007)

New Wannabes promoted into The Contenders this round:
Can't Stop (1980)
Wits & Wagers (2005)
Airlines Europe (2011)
Yspahan (2006)
Vegas Showdown (2005)
Seasons (2012)

Select UP TO 5 of the Best Games currently in The Contenders
Poll
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age (2008)
Ghost Stories (2008)
Glen More (2010)
Cyclades (2009)
1960: The Making of the President (2007)
London (2010)
Thebes (2007)
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2005)
Backgammon (-3000)
Dune (1979)
Imperial (2006)
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (2010)
Taj Mahal (2000)
Die Macher (1986)
Can't Stop (1980)
Wits & Wagers (2005)
Airlines Europe (2011)
Yspahan (2006)
Vegas Showdown (2005)
Seasons (2012)
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7. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:636]
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The Wannabes

Round 19 Champion: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
Round 20 Champion: Thebes
Round 21 Champion: Can't Stop


The Wannabes aims to maintain the momentum of the contest, give as many games as possible a chance to enter and drive towards an 'answer'. Each round the best six Wannabes will go into The Contenders, the worst six will be expelled from the contest. There are be 12 new Wannabes each round, this round they come from the one-time tier "The Hopefuls". This is probably the last round for the Wannabes - it depends how new entrants are managed when the contest re-starts.

Games entering the Wannabes from The Hopefuls:
Kingdom Builder (2011)
Formula D (2008)
Colosseum (2007)
Last Will (2011)
Tales of the Arabian Nights (2009)
Tobago (2009)
Poker (1810)
HeroQuest (1989)
La Città (2000)
Tribune: Primus Inter Pares (2007)
Louis XIV (2005)
Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India (2004)

Select UP TO 5 of the Best Games currently in The Wannabes
Poll
Jambo (2004)
Terra Mystica (2012)
Tsuro (2004)
TransAmerica (2001)
Torres (1999)
Reef Encounter (2004)
Blue Moon City (2006)
Letters from Whitechapel (2011)
Kingdom Builder (2011)
Formula D (2008)
Colosseum (2007)
Last Will (2011)
Tales of the Arabian Nights (2009)
Tobago (2009)
Poker (1810)
HeroQuest (1989)
La Città (2000)
Tribune: Primus Inter Pares (2007)
Louis XIV (2005)
Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India (2004)
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8. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1080]
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Demoted out of the Top 100 Relegation/Promotion Battle

Three of last turn's six new Contenders went straight out. Nexus Ops was the shock demotee after having looked pretty strong the previous round. Egizia went out for the second time.

Nexus Ops (2005)
Homesteaders (2009)
Liar's Dice (1987)
Egizia (2009)
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
Scotland Yard (1983)

Previously demoted
Automobile (2009)
Jaipur (2009)
Union Pacific (1999)
Advanced Squad Leader (1985)
Carson City (2009)
Axis & Allies (1981)
A Few Acres of Snow (2011)
Saboteur (2004)
Guillotine (1998)
Betrayal at House on the Hill (2004)
Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game (2007)
Cuba (2007)
Merchants & Marauders (2010)
Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (1996)
Space Hulk (2009)
Mr. Jack (2006)
Genoa (2001)
Vasco da Gama (2009)
BattleLore (2006)
Chicago Express (2008)
Lord of the Rings (2000)
Chaos in the Old World (2009)
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game (2012)
Time's Up! (1999)
Age of Steam (2002)
Paths of Glory (1999)
Here I Stand (2006)
Risk (1959)
Bang! (2002)
Tinners' Trail (2008)
Lancaster (2011)
Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game (2011)
Apples to Apples (1999)
Age of Industry (2010)
Catan Card Game (1996)
TZAAR (2007)
Scrabble (1948)
Vinhos (2010)
Munchkin (2001)
StarCraft: The Board Game (2007)
DVONN (2001)
Monopoly (1933)
Heroscape (2004)
Antiquity (2004)
Struggle of Empires (2004)
Up Front (1983)
1830: Railways & Robber Barons (1986)
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! Russia 1941-1942 (2008)
Napoleon's Triumph (2007)
Thunderstone (2009)
Mansions of Madness (2011)
YINSH (2003)
Indonesia (2005)
Earth Reborn (2010)
Blood Bowl: Living RuleBook (2004)
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (2006)
Claustrophobia (2009)
Roads & Boats (1999)
Imperial 2030 (2009)
Washington's War (2010)
Maria (2009)
Runewars (2010)
Dungeon Petz (2011)
Warhammer: Invasion (2009)
Wallenstein (2002)
Railways of the World (2009)
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game (2011)
Shogun (2006)
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001-? (2010)
Neuroshima Hex! (2006)
Risk Legacy (2011)
Defenders of the Realm (2010)
Combat Commander (2006)
At the Gates of Loyang (2009)
Hammer of the Scots (2002)
The Republic of Rome (1990)

Rejected from the Wannabes

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (2002)
Fury of Dracula (2005)
Web of Power (2000)
Runebound (2nd ed) (2005)
Battles of Westeros (2010)
Princes of the Renaissance (2003)
Category 5 (1994)
Stratego (1947)
Clue (1949)
Bridge (1925)
Pirate's Cove (2002)
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics (2010)
Star Trek: Fleet Captains (2011)
Friedrich (2004)
Gears of War: The Board Game (2011)
Fluxx (1997)
UNO (1971)
Zombies!!! (2001)

Failed as 'Hopefuls'

Mage Wars (2012)
Britannia (1986)
Attika (2003)
Cartagena (2000)
Elfenland (1998)
Web of Power (2000)
Middle-Earth Quest (2009)
Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit (2000)
Mystery of the Abbey (1995)
Colossal Arena (1997)
World Without End (2009)
Yahtzee (1956)
Niagara (2004)
Tide of Iron (2007)
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