2014 - Geek Minor League Championship - FINAL RESULTS
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The results for the Geek Minor League Championship of 2014 are in!

- Total votes for the Finals: 410 (102.5 average)

The champion of 2014 is...



Board Game: Small World



Previous rounds:
Preliminary Round 1

Preliminary Round 2

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Finals

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1. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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2014 GEEK MINOR LEAGUE CHAMPION!

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The road to the Championship:
Rd 1: d. Battle Line (141 x 100)
Rd 2: d. Die Macher (84 x 50)
Rd 3: d. Fresco (126 x 81)
Qter-finals: d. Hive (137 x 76)
Semi-finals: d. Survive: Escape from Atlantis! (128 x 86)
Finals: d. Kingsburg (119 x 97)

Comment: At the start the match was even, but once Small World pulled ahead, things were over for the former champion. As I said before, Small World is, really, a Major League game, and basically it cruised here, in the Minors - its closest match was in the Finals, where it received "only" 55% of the votes. Will Small World be here next year? I don't know, what I do know is that with two, three, four games rising in the rankings per year, more and more heavy hitters will enter the Minors - a prospect that excites me.
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2. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:333]
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2014 GEEK MINOR LEAGUE - 2nd Place

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Preliminary Rd 1: d. Indonesia (83 x 37)
Preliminary Rd 2: d. Amun-Re (99 x 52)
Rd 1: d. Shogun (109 x 69)
Rd 2: d. 1960: The Making of the President (83 x 42)
Rd 3: d. Dune (116 x 68)
Qter-finals: d. Notre Dame (105 x 75)
Semi-finals: d. San Juan (106 x 88)
Finals: lost to Small World & Small World Underground (138) (97 x 119)

Comment: So it finally happened - Kingsburg lost a match. It took no less than 24 matches (with 23 consecutive wins) for it to be defeated. But it fell honorably: it gave Small World its closest match, and, around the first couple of days of voting, sometimes Kingsburg was ahead, but the Dragon came in the winter and Kingsburg wasn't prepared for it. Anyway, Kingsburg made a fine run, winning against fan favorites like San Juan (this year 3rd place) and Notre Dame (the 2013 2nd place). Nothing to be ashamed here!
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3. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:274]
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2014 GEEK MINOR LEAGUE - 3rd Place

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Preliminary Rd 1: d. Modern Art (96 x 43)
Preliminary Rd 2: d. Neuroshima Hex! (107 x 46)
Rd 1: d. Tichu (126 x 69)
Rd 2: d. Arkham Horror (84 x 50)
Rd 3: d. Memoir '44 (108 x 89)
Qter-finals: d. Innovation (110 x 73)
Semi-finals: lost to Kingsburg (88 x 106)
Finals: d. Survive: Escape from Atlantis! (114 x 80)

Comment: I will be honest: after San Juan sent Arkham Horror home, I kind that wanted it to lose, and lose bad. But then I remember I actually enjoy this game, so I let my bitterness go. And, yet again, San Juan took the 3rd place (last year, it also won the 3rd place match, that time it won against Village). In a related news: I will probably, soon, be a new owner of copy of San Juan.
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4. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:271]
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2014 GEEK MINOR LEAGUE - 4th Place

Preliminary Rd 1: d. London (95 x 62)
Preliminary Rd 2: d. Egizia (82 x 62)
Rd 1: d. Nations (120 x 86)
Rd 2: d. Alien Frontiers (67 x 64)
Rd 3: d. Merchants & Marauders (96 x 71)
Qter-finals: d. Saint Petersburg (92 x 90)
Semi-finals: lost to Small World & Small World Underground (138) (86 x 128)
Finals: lost to San Juan (80 x 114)

Comment: A somewhat bitter - with two defeats - end for a game that sent home a next year's Major player (Nations) and a usual strong competitor (Saint Petersburg). Anyway, Survive was the game that made the biggest stir in this year competition, with many debating the merits of Survive and why it kept going on in the competition. Well, even with a less than stellar finish, Survive still came ahead than ever (in 2012 it finished in 65th place! In 2013 it came in 7th place). So, in the end, a fine showing.
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5. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2658]
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Vaguer Space

Rd 1: d. Vague Space (21 x 20)

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Overall Rank Seed Name

1st 86 21 Small World & Small World Underground (138)
2nd 179 94 Kingsburg
3rd 147 72 San Juan
4th 161 84 Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

5th 140 66 Saint Petersburg
6th 124 52 Hive
7th 121 50 Notre Dame
8th 168 90 Innovation

9th 105 36 Dungeon Petz
10th 80 19 Memoir '44
11th 129 57 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
12th 89 22 Bora Bora
13th 155 79 Fresco
14th 163 86 The Pillars of the Earth
15th 118 48 Merchants & Marauders
16th 108 39 Dune

17th 102 33 Alien Frontiers
18th 92 25 Dungeon Lords
19th 119 49 Magic: The Gathering
20th 95 28 Dixit Odyssey & Dixit (97)
21th 79 18 Glory to Rome
22th 133 61 Wallenstein (first edition)
23th 61 7 Glenn Dover's Empires: The Age of Discovery
24th 69 12 Die Macher
25th 82 20 Navegador
26th 98 30 Arkham Horror
27th 172 14 Forbidden Desert
28th 126 54 Mansions of Madness
29th 90 23 1960: The Making of the President
30th 103 34 Endeavor
31th 110 41 Antiquity
32th 107 38 Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

33th 114 44 Battle Line
34th 106 37 Samurai
35th 64 8 Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
36th 112 42 Seasons
37th 53 1 Nations
38th 96 29 Sentinels of the Multiverse
39th 71 13 The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
40th 109 40 Civilization
41th 55 2 Go
42th 60 6 Imperial & Imperial 2030 (84)
43th 99 31 Risk Legacy
44th 104 35 Cyclades
45th 117 47 In the Year of the Dragon
46th 59 5 Eldritch Horror
47th 66 9 Russian Railroads
48th 101 32 Kemet
49th 113 43 A Few Acres of Snow
50th 58 4 Here I Stand
51th 68 11 Hansa Teutonica
52th 115 45 Jaipur
53th 94 27 Space Hulk (3rd Ed.)
54th 56 3 Tichu
55th 67 10 Shogun
56th 125 53 Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
57th 78 17 Claustrophobia
58th 157 81 Roads & Boats
59th 75 15 Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook & Blood Bowl (3rd Ed.) (135)
60th 76 16 Earth Reborn
61th 116 46 BattleLore
62th 91 24 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
63th 123 51 Zombicide
64th 93 26 Advanced Squad Leader

65th 128 56 Descent: Journeys in the Dark
66th 149 74 Egizia
67th 132 60 Macao
68th 146 71 Blood Bowl: Team Manager
69th 158 82 Automobile
70th 137 64 Amun-Re
71th 148 73 Lancaster
72th 156 80 Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin
73th 164 87 Neuroshima Hex!
74th 130 58 Hammer of the Scots

75th 139 65 London
76th 131 59 Ghost Stories
77th 136 63 Tikal
78th 171 93 At the Gates of Loyang
79th 145 70 Clash of Cultures
80th 154 78 Taj Mahal
81th 151 76 Letters from Whitechapel
82th 162 85 The Manhattan Project
83th 169 91 Heroscape Master Set: Rise of Valkyrie
84th 142 68 Conflict of Heroes: Awakening of the Bear! Russia 1941-1942
85th 153 77 Modern Art
86th 141 67 Struggle of Empires
87th 143 69 Up Front
88th 160 83 Star Wars: The Card Game
89th 150 75 Maria
90th 127 55 Indonesia
91th 134 62 Napoleon's Triumph
92th 170 92 The Republic of Rome
93th 166 88 Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
94th 167 89 Vinhos
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7. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2658]
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Rd 1: lost to Vaguer Space (20 x 21)

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For 3 years now, I make two preliminary rounds, basically to allow more games to enter the tournament. This year the games that entered the preliminary rounds where those from the raking 127 (Indonesia) to 179 (Kingsburg). For next year, I might do something a little different: instead of taking game solely due to their ranking, I could add in the tournament games with greater appeal among BGG users. How would I do it? Well, the 20 games that lost in the Preliminary round 1 of one year, can't enter next year tournament. This would mean that these following games would be out in 2015:

London
Ghost Stories
Tikal
At the Gates of Loyang
Clash of Cultures
Taj Mahal
Letters from Whitechapel
The Manhattan Project
Heroscape Master Set: Rise of Valkyrie
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening of the Bear! Russia 1941-1942
Modern Art
Struggle of Empires
Up Front
Star Wars: The Card Game
Maria
Indonesia
Napoleon's Triumph
The Republic of Rome
Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
Vinhos

In their places there are two ways to go: by ranking. The 20 games that would enter (if the ranking was the same one year from now, which won't, but for this, let's say it would):

Innovation
At the Gates of Loyang
1989: Dawn of Freedom
Takenoko
Citadels
Command & Colors: Napoleonics
Glen More
Ingenious
LAbyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001-?
Star Trek: Fleet Captains
Airlines Europe
Defenders of the Realm
Belfort
Carson City
RoboRally
Time's Up
Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
DVONN
Warhammer: Invasion

The other option would be go with popularity (all with 4000 or more owners). In this way the 20 games to enter next year competition would be:

Innovation
At the Gates of Loyang
Takenoko
Citadels
Glen More
Ingenious
Carson City
RoboRally
Warhammer: Invasion
StarCraft: The Board Game
Nexus Ops
For Sale
Vikings
Chicago Express
Cuba
PitchCar
Thurn & Taxis
Fury of Dracula
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Thebes

Therefore, which way seems to be the best for you? Please vote in the poll bellow (and/or add a comment to say something about it). Thanks in advance!

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Should the Geek Minor League change for 2015?
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