Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Elite 8 (Rd. 4) - VOTING CLOSED
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We now present your Elite 8, including three previous Champions and three brand new contestants to this round. This is the 2nd year in a row that our #1 and #2 Seeds have not made it to this round.

Voting Is Closed for This Round

Round 5 Link: Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Final 4 (Rd. 5) - VOTING CLOSED

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Interesting Tid-Bits:
14,159 Total Votes (884.9 average), an increase of 24.9% over last year in this round.
2 of 8 Upsets by Lower-ranked Teams
The single Sophomore continues and only 1 of the 2 Rookies. All Write-ins have been eliminated.

Highest single vote (winner): Dominion (Series) with 1,125 Votes
Lowest single vote (winner): Terra Mystica with 770 Votes
Biggest Loser: Mage Knight Board Game with 625 Votes
Highest single vote (loser): Race for the Galaxy with 967 Votes
Most Heated Race: Android: Netrunner vs. Race for the Galaxy with 2,064 Combined Votes
Coldest Race: Terra Mystica vs. The Castles of Burgundy with 1,441 Combined Votes
Biggest Blowout: Power Grid vs. Mage Knight Board GameĀ  with 25.0% Difference (417 vote difference)
Tightest Race: Battlestar Galactica vs. Eclipse with 0.23% Difference (4 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
Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Sweet 16 (Rd. 3) - VOTING CLOSED

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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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16 7 Wonders vs. 8 Power Grid

Third Round: d. Twilight Struggle 1002-848
Second Round: d. King of Tokyo* 965-624
First Round: d. The Princes of Florence 1086-341

Comment: For the second year in a row, the top seed gets knocked out before the final 8. 7W has been one of the hottest titles in this year's madness. But it goes up against the king with most votes, most wins, and most championships titles.
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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16 7 Wonders vs. 8 Power Grid

Third Round: d. Mage Knight Board Game 1042-625
Second Round: d. Star Wars: X-Wing 1031-624
First Round: d. Galaxy Trucker* 950-653

Comment: PG has always been a power house in this competition. But it now faces a wonder in its own right. 7W has accumulated more votes this year than PG while doing it against relatively comparable opponents.
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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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18 Dominion (Series) vs. 23 Battlestar Galactica

Third Round: d. The Settlers of Catan* 1125-742
Second Round: d. Caylus 922-558
First Round: d. Mice and Mystics* 905-652

Comment: Dominion conquered another old guard of the Madness. It has never made it past this round. This year it looks to expand at least once more.

Rematch: Regardless of the opponent, Dominion was facing a rematch from last year. Dominion won against BSG 765-705 where it advanced to lose to Eclipse 716-752.
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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18 Dominion (Series) vs. 23 Battlestar Galactica

Third Round: d. Eclipse 859-855
Second Round: d. Le Havre 854-695
First Round: d. Summoner Wars: Master Set 806-551

Comment: With the lead changing many times, BSG survived landing a medal for the first time. [ Further comments redacted so as not to offend non-fans of the show with 5-year old in-jokes. ]
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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3 Agricola vs. 6 Terra Mystica

Third Round: d. Ticket to Ride (Series)* 1018-909
Second Round: d. Crokinole 1114-529
First Round: d. Hanabi* 978-690

Comment: Once again Agricola faces a rookie deep in the tourney. Last year it lost it to the eventual winner. This year looks to be a different outlook as TM hasn't developed as much support.
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6. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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3 Agricola vs. 6 Terra Mystica

Third Round: d. The Castles of Burgundy 770-671
Second Round: d. Tigris & Euphrates 763-641
First Round: d. Cosmic Encounter* 757-703

Comment: The Golden Geek winner edged out one of Feld's best, eliminating him from the tournament. It will need to pull out all the spades if it hopes to advance any further.
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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. 5 Android: Netrunner

Third Round: d. Suburbia* 963-666
Second Round: d. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Combo) 1053-584
First Round: d. Carcassonne* 912-862

Comment: PR has put up some big numbers this year against weak teams. Now it faces its biggest challenge yet.
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8. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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4 Puerto Rico (Combo) vs. 5 Android: Netrunner

Third Round: d. Race for the Galaxy 1097-967
Second Round: d. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Combo) 890-663
First Round: d. Love Letter* 1093-837

Comment: In the most heated debates, Netrunner dug itself out of an early hole. Will it replicate its 2013 run or be stopped by a corp of fans who have lost and might yet lose to the reigning champ?
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9. Board Game: The Wild Seed Game [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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I am toying with a slight tweak for next year. I am not sure how far I will develop it for next year or if I will spread it out over the next couple of years. I'd like to get some initial feedback on this particular item through a survey here.

Games are ranked 1-64. In essence, games 1-4 are all a "1 seed" of the respective quadrant. Games 5-8 are all "2 seeds" etc. How the seeding is done, is that in the "1 seed quadrant", games ranked 1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 24, 25, 32, 33, 40, 41, 48, 49, 56, 57, 64 are always in the same bracket. So a shift up or down a space or two almost always puts a game in a new quadrant.

This new suggestion would allow each Seed to be voted as to which quadrant it would go to. So for example, the "2 seeds" of Android: Netrunner could have gone to Agricola's quad; Terra Mystica to Through the Ages; Eclipse to Puerto Rico; and Power Grid to TS's quad. They would keep the same seed just in a different quad, effectively moving it up or down no more than 3 total slots. This would be down with all seeds starting with 2 down to the bottom (though I would need to figure out how to accommodate the write-in seeds in this manner). These seedings would be voted on during the time write-in nominations are being taken as a simple poll.

POLL REMOVED - SEE FURTHER CLARIFICATION BELOW.
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10. Board Game: Take Two [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:11743]
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So my previous poll didn't express the idea I am aiming for clearly. I was introducing the baby step instead of the big picture and then how to implement it over the next few Madnesses.

Let me preface this by saying I am not switching the style of Madness. It is based on March Madness (officially NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship), however loosely, so I am not going to do a world cup style or tennis grand slam. For now, I am not even considering a 128 game field as it is too much work for too little gain.

Because of the March Madness, the idea I am toying with is "Regions." The first step in that that would have no impact on the Seeds is just naming them. Perhaps they could be named after the Game, the Publisher, or most likely the Designer of the #1 seed in each quadrant (or "Region"). But eventually I want them to be named after genre. Such as Euro Light, Euro Heavy, Ameritrash, etc.

The problem is coming up with 4 names that best describe the general field. It will never be perfect that exactly 16 games will fit in their regional bracket. But like the real March Madness, teams don't always align in their regional assignment anyway. It is still based on Rank first.

This is where the idea for assigning a band of 4 teams to the 4 different regions came about. If the regions were, for example: Family/Euro Light // Thematic/Ameritrash // Strategy/Euro Heavy // Miscellaneous, you would vote on a the group of 4 as to which one should go to each general category. This may not always make sense (just like a Wisconsin who is farther east goes to the West instead of Iowa who is farther west going to the East, or Texas going to the Midwest while Pittsburgh goes to the South - real seeds in the 2014 March Madness for those not following the sport).

So how would this work? Our top four seeds were Twilight Struggle (1a), Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (1b), Agricola (1c), and Puerto Rico (1d). We would have to, as a group, assign them. maybe TTA goes to Euro Heavy, TS goes to Thematic, Agricola goes to Euro Light and PR is the one ending up in Misc. Or maybe PR nudges Agricola out for Euro Light. However it would be determined, 1a's region would go against 1d's region with 1b and 1c on the other side.

With the above example, Thematic (1a) would go against Misc (1d) on one side and the other side would just happen to be Euro Heavy (1b) vs. Euro Light (1c). But if PR slid into Euro Light over Agricola, then it might be Thematic vs Euro Light and Euro Heavy vs Misc instead.

With this in mind, voting would be based more on these regions than just an arbitrary voting of which top seed a team may face. And since the top seeds are being voted on as well, you wouldn't really know for sure where everyone was going to land unless a group of 4 had some clear divisions.

The other option is to just pull together a small group to do this and see how it goes for next year. But wanting to give people the opportunity to do more voting, thought it would be good as an additional survey during the prelim round.
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