2014 Geek Madness Tournament & Summary: Aldie Award Winner!
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Last year shook up the Madness like no other. Two new games came to the title bout, one a rookie. This year, some of the old patterns returned while other new faces made it to the Elite 8, though none as in dramatic finish as last year. Agricola was the only top 4 seed making it to the Final 4; and with 7 years experience, was the only representative of the "Old" Guard in the semi-finals and beyond.

The Semi-Finals were half new. Both 7 Wonders and Dominion pushed past their Quarter-Finalist stall and finished as Semi-Finalists. New to the Quarter-Finals were this year's rookie sensation Terra Mystica and long-time Participant Battlestar Galactica. Power Grid and Puerto Rico rounded out the Quarter-Finalists. The votes are processed, and we now crown the 2014 Aldie Award Winner, Champion of the Geek Madness Tournament!

This year's final was almost the same results. And while having the most disparity in votes (for the second year in a row), it actually moved into the second largest gap based on percentage of votes. Android: Netrunner becomes the third back-to-back game to become Champion.

The Aldie Award Winner is Android: Netrunner.
Congratulations!


Key:
6-0 Record ... CHAMPION and Aldie Award Winner: Gold Medal
5-1 Record ... Geek Certified Finalist Award: Silver Medal
4-1 Record ... Geek Certified Semi-Finalist Award: Bronze Medal
3-1 Record ... Geek Certified Quarter-Finalist Award: Purple Medal
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1. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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Road to the Gold:
Original Seed: #5
First Round: d. Love Letter* 1,093-837
Second Round: d. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Combo) 890-663
Third Round: d. Race for the Galaxy 1,097-967
Fourth Round: d. Puerto Rico (Combo) 1,013-887
Fifth Round: d. 7 Wonders 1,225-996
Sixth Round: d. Agricola  1,186-865

Overall Record: 12-0
Total 2014 Votes: 6,504-5,215
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #3
First Round: d. Hanabi* 978-690
Second Round: d. Crokinole 1,114-529
Third Round: d. Ticket to Ride (Series)* 1,018-909
Fourth Round: d. Terra Mystica 886-665
Fifth Round: d. Dominion 965-880
Sixth Round: lost to Android: Netrunner 865-1,186

Overall Record: 30-5
Total 2014 Votes: 5,826-4,859
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3. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #16
First Round: d. The Princes of Florence 1,086-341
Second Round: d. King of Tokyo* 965-624
Third Round: d. Twilight Struggle 1,002-848
Fourth Round: d. Power Grid 895-854
Fifth Round: lost to Android: Netrunner 996-1,225
3rd Place Finish: d. Dominion (Series) 651-558

Overall Record: 11-4
Total 2014 Votes: 4,944-3,892
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #18
First Round: d. Mice and Mystics* 905-652
Second Round: d. Caylus 922-558
Third Round: d. The Settlers of Catan* 1,125-742
Fourth Round: d. Battlestar Galactica 933-785
Fifth Round: lost to Agricola 880-965
4th Place Finish: lost to 7 Wonders 558-651

Overall Record: 18-6
Total 2014 Votes: 4,765-3,702
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5. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #8
First Round: d. Galaxy Trucker* 950-653
Second Round: d. Star Wars: X-Wing 1,031-624
Third Round: d. Mage Knight Board Game 1,042-625
Fourth Round: lost to 7 Wonders 854-895
5th Place Finish: d. Puerto Rico 682-548; d. Battlestar Galactica 619-478

Overall Record: 51-7
Total 2014 Votes: 3,877-2,797
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6. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #23
First Round: d. Summoner Wars: Master Set 806-551
Second Round: d. Le Havre 854-695
Third Round: d. Eclipse 859-855
Fourth Round: lost to Dominion (Series) 785-933
6th Place Finish: d. Terra Mystica 592-567; lost to Power Grid 478-619

Overall Record: 10-6
Total 2014 Votes: 3,304-3,034
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #4
First Round: d. Carcassonne* 912-862
Second Round: d. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Combo) 1,053-584
Third Round: d. Suburbia* 963-666
Fourth Round: lost to Android: Netrunner 887-1,013
7th Place Finish: lost to Power Grid 548-682; d. Terra Mystica 537-431

Overall Record: 44-10
Total 2014 Votes: 3,815-3,125
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8. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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Recap of the Journey:
Original Seed: #6 (Write-In)
Second Round: d. Tigris & Euphrates 763-641
First Round: d. Cosmic Encounter* 757-703
Third Round: The Castles of Burgundy 770-671
Fourth Round: lost to Agricola 665-886
8th Place Finish: lost to Battlestar Galactica 567-592; lost to Puerto Rico (Combo) 431-537

Overall Record: 3-1
Total 2014 Votes: 2,955-2,901
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9. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2242]
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Recap of the Journey: d. Spacer 1 218-217

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
Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Elite 8 (Rd. 4) - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: Final 4 (Rd. 5) - VOTING CLOSED
Official 2014 Geek Madness Tournament: CHAMPIONSHIP - VOTING CLOSED

Total Votes per Round:
Round 1: 42,716 - 667.4 average
Round 2: 24,314 - 759.8 average
Round 3: 14,159 - 884.9 average
Round 4: 6,918 - 864.8 average
Round 5: 4,066 - 1,016.5 average
Round 6: 2,051 - 1,025.5 average
TOTAL: 94,224 - 747.8 average

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10. Board Game: March Madness [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:7530]
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Thank you to everyone who participated, making this yet another successful Madness Tournament! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I. the goal for next year will be to top 100,000 votes in the complete competition!

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Thanks again!
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