Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Sweet 16 (Rd. 3) - VOTING CLOSED
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The Sweet 16 is now upon us! All winners in this round are guaranteed a title for the 2014 Madness.

Voting Is Closed for This Round

Round 4 Link: Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Elite 8 (Rd. 4) - VOTING CLOSED

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Interesting Tid-Bits:
24,314 Total Votes (759.8 average), an increase of 16.1% over last year in this round.
5 of 16 Upsets by Lower-ranked Teams
Rookies regained on Sophomores in Win/Loss percentage. Sophomores dropped to 1-5 while Freshmen went 2-1 in the second round. Write-in nominees did well advancing 3 of 4 remaining.

Highest single vote (winner): Agricola with 1,114 Votes
Lowest single vote (winner): Suburbia with 607 Votes
Biggest Loser: Brass with 481 Votes
Highest single vote (loser): The Resistance (Combo) with 844 Votes
Most Heated Race: Twilight Struggle vs. The Resistance (Combo) with 1,753 Combined Votes
Coldest Race: Suburbia* vs. Robinson Crusoe with 1,195 Combined Votes
Biggest Blowout: Agricola vs. Crokinole with 35.6% Difference (585 vote difference)
Tightest Race: Suburbia* vs. Robinson Crusoe with 1.59% Difference (19 vote difference)

Previous Rounds:
Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Preliminary Round - CLOSED
Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 1 - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 2 - VOTING CLOSED

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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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1 Twilight Struggle vs. 16 7 Wonders

Second Round: d. The Resistance (Combo) 909-844
First Round: d. Acquire* 884-554

Comment: Struggle … resistance ... Must avoid too many puns … As happened last year, TS was down in the 3rd period but a 4th period push put it on top. It now faces one of the hottest teams this year and will look to avoid missing the Elite 8 for the 2nd year in a row.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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1 Twilight Struggle vs. 16 7 Wonders

Second Round: d. King of Tokyo* 965-624
First Round: d. The Princes of Florence 1086-341

Comment: In the battle of lighter games, 7W conquered its neighbor. With the momentum of the last two rounds, it is looking to upset this former Champion. 7W has the 2nd most total votes this year with 2,051, trailing only Agricola by 41 votes. (As a comparison, the 2004 Madness only gathered 2,158 the entire tournament by all teams!)
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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63 The Settlers of Catan* vs. 18 Dominion (Series)

Second Round: d. Trajan 976-580
First Round: d. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization 889-716

Comment: Since falling out of the Top 64, it has a been a short road for SOC as it continually gets knocked out by the top seeded powerhouses. In a bracket or upset wins, it has a shot at Final 4 this year.
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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63 The Settlers of Catan* vs. 18 Dominion (Series)

Second Round: d. Caylus 922-558
First Round: d. Mice and Mystics* 905-652

Comment: Dominion scored a victory over an old guard. Now it spies an island it hopes to colonize.
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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3 Agricola vs. 46 Ticket to Ride (Series)*

Second Round: d. Crokinole 1114-529
First Round: d. Hanabi* 978-690

Comment: In the battle of wooden discs, Agricola knocked out Crokinole only scoring opportunity. Now it faces its old foe, having beaten it outright twice and completely obliterating Nordic Countries in 2010.
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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3 Agricola vs. 46 Ticket to Ride (Series)*

Second Round: d. Pandemic 923-724
First Round: d. War of the Ring (Combo) 993-491

Comment: Pandemic was eradicated easily. Now TTR looks for a cure to its Agricola problem. This is a repeat match-up of the no. 3 vs. no. 46 seed from last year, where Gric won by nearly 200 points.
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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4 Puerto Rico (Combo) vs. 45 Suburbia*

Second Round: d. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Combo) 1053-584
First Round: d. Carcassonne* 912-862

Comment: PR picks up an easy win and continues a tradition of being a top vote getter in a round.
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8. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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4 Puerto Rico (Combo) vs. 45 Suburbia*

Second Round: d. Robinson Crusoe 607-588
First Round: d. Dominant Species 642-614

Comment: In the battle of rookies, Suburbia developed the more successful plan. And in a strange development, it was both the Coldest race (least amount of voters) and Tightest race (smallest margin of victory). With over 500 votes left on the table, this could have been a drastically different outcome.
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9. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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5 Android: Netrunner vs. 21 Race for the Galaxy

Second Round: d. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Combo) 890-663
First Round: d. Love Letter* 1093-837

Comment: This race appeared to cool down as the voters were iced by two FFG favorites slugging it out. Now it gets a rematch of the central pairing in 2013 out in the remote region of the 3rd rounds.
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10. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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5 Android: Netrunner vs. 21 Race for the Galaxy

Second Round: d. Brass 968-481
First Round: d. Combat Commander: Europe 981-282

Comment: RFTG outraced the industrial age giant. It now sets up a rematch of last year's championship match before the medal-winning phases. This is the first time since TTR in 2009 that the previous year's finalist has failed to place in the next year. It also means at least half of the championship game will be different this year as well.
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11. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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6 Terra Mystica vs. 11 The Castles of Burgundy

Second Round: d. Tigris & Euphrates 763-641
First Round: d. Cosmic Encounter* 757-703

Comment: This appears to be the rookie to watch this year having taken out fan-favorite CE and former winner T&E.
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12. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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6 Terra Mystica vs. 11 The Castles of Burgundy

Second Round: d. El Grande 707-613
First Round: d. Runewars 878-352

Comment: Burgundy avenged the loss of Troyes to put France over Spain. Can it also stop the Golden Geek Game of the Year?
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13. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:31]
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7 Eclipse vs. 23 Battlestar Galactica

Second Round: d. Lords of Waterdeep 823-781
First Round: d. Ra* 779-639

Comment: The Space Race resumes as Eclipse now faces the last remaining survivors of the human race.
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14. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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7 Eclipse vs. 23 Battlestar Galactica

Second Round: d. Le Havre 854-695
First Round: d. Summoner Wars: Master Set 806-551

Comment: Le Havre again exits early as BSG hopes to break its 2-1 record.
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15. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:28]
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8 Power Grid vs. 9 Mage Knight Board Game

Second Round: d. Star Wars: X-Wing 1031-624
First Round: d. Galaxy Trucker* 950-653

Comment: The force was no match for the power of fossil fuels.
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16. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:18]
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8 Power Grid vs. 9 Mage Knight Board Game

Second Round: d. Goa 717-563
First Round: d. Village* 701-580

Comment: It was able to conquer a Village, and overrun an outpost. Now it faces its most utilitarian competition yet.
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17. Board Game: Munchkin Thumb Drive [Average Rating:5.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.61 Unranked]
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