The Boardgames League - The Minors April '13 [POLL]
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This is the third 'season' of the Top 100 Boardgames League, previously known as the "BGG Top 100 Promotion/Relegation Battle". This list is part of the evolution of the contest, which you can see explained in the first Majors list: Top 100 Boardgames League - The Majors Apr '13 [POLL]

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?

This will be run on a roughly monthly basis. The Major Leagues contest will be run in tandem about 2 weeks later to determine the games demoted into the Minors. The top four games from the Minors will be promoted into the Majors.

Vote for a maximum of 3 teams from each tier in priority order. Select what you think are the Best games, whatever your personal criteria for that are. The Bottom 4 teams will be Relegated to the next-lower level. The Top 4 teams on each tier will be Promoted. Number of 1st place votes will be used as a tie-breaker, and 2nd too, if required. The Bottom 5 teams from League 5 will be eliminated from the contest.

In order to stay informed about future rounds, subscribe to the BGG Top 100 Promotion/Relegation Battle 2012 - SUBSCRIPTION THREAD
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1. Board Game: Number One [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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League 1

The initial construction of the Minor Leagues is a bit of a mish-mash. The top games are those that made it into the Top 100 of the Hardcore League that hadn't survived the Top 100 Boardgames League.
Next are the newly relegated games from the Majors.
Then come The Contenders and The Wannabees tiers.
Then games that featured in Geekmadness or nominees for it.
Finally a selection of games that were relegated from The Boardgames League.

Demoted into League 1 for this round:
Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery (2007)
Tichu (1991)
Zooloretto (2007)
Crokinole (1867)
Navegador (2010)

Poll
Pick up to three, in order of preference
  1st 2nd 3rd
1960: The Making of the President (2007)
Chaos in the Old World (2009)
Die Macher (1986)
Here I Stand (2006)
Sentinels of the Multiverse (2011)
Merchants & Marauders (2010)
Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery (2007)
Tichu (1991)
Zooloretto (2007)
Crokinole (1867)
Navegador (2010)
London (2010)
Thebes (2007)
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (2010)
Cyclades (2009)
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2005)
Dune (1979)
Seasons (2012)
Yspahan (2006)
Airlines Europe (2011)
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2. Board Game: Fief 2 [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:5017]
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League 2

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Formula D (2008)
Kingdom Builder (2011)
Tales of the Arabian Nights (2009)
Tobago (2009)
Colosseum (2007)
Tsuro (2004)
Backgammon (-3000)
Taj Mahal (2000)
Imperial (2006)
Vegas Showdown (2005)
TransAmerica (2001)
Terra Mystica (2012)
Torres (1999)
Blue Moon City (2006)
Louis XIV (2005)
Jambo (2004)
Poker (1810)
Last Will (2011)
HeroQuest (1989)
Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India (2004)
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3. Board Game: Super 3 [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:13061]
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League 3

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  1st 2nd 3rd
La Città (2000)
Reef Encounter (2004)
Letters from Whitechapel (2011)
Tribune: Primus Inter Pares (2007)
Betrayal at House on the Hill (2004)
BattleLore (2006)
Homesteaders (2009)
1830: Railways & Robber Barons (1986)
Space Hulk (2009)
Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game (2007)
Automobile (2009)
Merchant of Venus (1988/2012)
Paths of Glory (1999)
Scrabble (1948)
Blood Bowl: Living RuleBook (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game (2011)
Nexus Ops (2005)
Claustrophobia (2009)
A Few Acres of Snow (2011)
Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (1996)
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4. Board Game: Situation 4 [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:6136]
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League 4

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  1st 2nd 3rd
Combat Commander: Europe (2006)
YINSH (2003)
Shogun (2006)
Carson City (2009)
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game (2012)
Biblios/Scripts & Scribes (2007)
Egizia (2009)
Jaipur (2009)
Container (2007)
Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie (2004)
History of the World (1991)
Indonesia (2005)
Scotland Yard (1983)
Liar's Dice (1987)
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
Advanced Squad Leader (1985)
Guillotine (1998)
Union Pacific (1999)
Saboteur (2004)
Struggle of Empires (2004)
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5. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:579]
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League 5

The 5 games that perform the worst will be relegated from the Minors. As it will take a couple of rounds for these leagues to settle down, games that are related early will get a second chance at some point.

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  1st 2nd 3rd
Napoleon's Triumph (2007)
Taluva (2006)
The Downfall of Pompeii (2004)
Maria (2009)
Battles of Westeros (2010)
Vinhos (2010)
Defenders of the Realm (2010)
Runewars (2010)
Washington's War (2010)
Earth Reborn (2010)
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics (2010)
Age of Industry (2010)
Hanabi (2010)
Biblios (2007)
Telestrations (2009)
Axis & Allies (1981)
Britannia (1986)
Vasco da Gama (2009)
Dungeon Petz (2011)
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork (2011)
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6. Board Game: Jump the Queue [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
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The Queue

This is the queue of games that will enter the contest as others are eliminated from it. Five games will enter each round.
The initial couple of rounds are a little unpredictable, so at some point I'll be giving the initial eliminated games a 2nd chance.

If you think a game should have a chance in the contest you can nominate it here by adding a comment. The one(s) that get the most thumbs will join the Queue.

The initial Queue is made up of games from 2011 onwards.

Belfort (2011)
Eminent Domain (2011)
Lancaster (2011)
Gears of War: The Board Game (2011)
Star Trek: Fleet Captains (2011)
Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game (2011)
Risk Legacy (2011)
Mansions of Madness (2011)
Quarriors! (2011)
Takenoko (2011)
Ascending Empires (2011)
Vanuatu (2011)
Core Worlds (2011)
Yggdrasil (2011)
Elder Sign (2011)
Mice and Mystics (2012)
Mage Wars (2012)
Star Wars: The Card Game (2012)
Suburbia (2012)
The Manhattan Project (2012)
Love Letter (2012)
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game (2012)
Clash of Cultures (2012)
Keyflower (2012)
Zombicide (2012)
Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island (2012)
Escape: The Curse of the Temple (2012)
Virgin Queen (2012)
Myrmes (2012)
Rex: Final Days of an Empire (2012)
Wiz-War (2012)
Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery (2012)
Ginkgopolis (2012)
Libertalia (2012)
D-Day Dice (2012)
Legends of Andor (2012)
Yedo (2012)
Bora Bora (2013)
Tammany Hall (2007)
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