Excellence in Session Report Writing Awards
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05/22/2011 - 05/28/2011




This week we induct a pair of geeks into the annals of this award geeklist...and zombies return to the awards!


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2010-2011
The Many Deaths of Father Pedo, Lady Luck His Concubine

2009-2010
Diplomacy In The Classroom

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In Which the Peoples of the Galaxy, Wowed by Boobs...


Here are some statistics for the Excellence in Session Report Writing Awards for the week of 05/22/2011 - 05/28/2011:

First session report: Field Commander: Alexander
Reporter: Sphere

Last session report: Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook
Reporter: tallgrant

Most thumbsup session report (link): "This is kind of like Small World, but..." (Chaos in the Old World - 43 thumbs)
Reporter: dragonnyxx

Total reports: 90 (+14 from previous week)
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1. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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Honorable Mention:

Link to Writer: Raharanor
Link to Report: A...somewhat...inspirational tale of three heroes!

At this point in BGG's collection of session reports, there were probably 10 or so reports coming out every day about this popular card game, so it's no wonder this compelling story of adventure and daring was lost in the shuffle. But here's your chance to turn back the clock!
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2. Board Game: Battle Cry: 150th Civil War Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:905]
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Honorable Mention:

Link to Writer: pete belli
Link to Report: Franco-Prussian War Scenario -- Gravelotte 1870

I think we've gotten to the point where we can all agree that just about any session report that Pete produces is worthy of a deeper look. This may not be the most famous or well-documented military battle of all time but Pete's attention to historical detail (in this case the superior artillery of the Prussians) is second to none. Great work!
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3. Board Game: Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:2603]
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Honorable Mention:

Link to Writer: dragoncymru
Link to Report: The Stones of Kalibryan

I love rewarding all of these geeks for their excellent reports, but when that geek also happens to be the designer of the game he's reporting on...well, that's just a bonus! The series of brief posts that constitutes this report almost makes me think of rwinder's recent foray into the world of Twitter to report on plays of Arkham Horror. In addition, Simon is one of the most attentive and helpful designers here on the geek and is always willing to help a newbie to his game with getting started. An excellent report and a great game to boot!
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4. Board Game: Circus Imperium [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3877]
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3rd Place, and recipient of the Beethoven Prize (1 POINT):




I’m sure my toga is waaaay too short

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Right off the bat, the title of this report should indicate that this is not going to be your classic tale of danger and intrigue in the Circus Maximus. I really don't know that I can classify the feel of this report. Is it Sparticus a la Monty Python? I don't know...heck, why don't YOU be the judge? Excellent read!
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5. Board Game: Dawn of the Zeds (First edition) [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:3810]
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2nd Place, and recipient of the Bach Prize (2 POINTS):




The Horror of it All - A Dave Spangler DotZ AAR

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I usually don't have the time to read reports of this length in one sitting but I made a special exception in this case. It's part rollercoaster, part seesaw but all terror and mayhem as the inhabitants of the little hamlet of Farmingdale try to hold off the zombie horde. Great work and welcome to the awards!
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6. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:269]
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1st Place, and recipient of the Mozart Prize (3 POINTS):




Target: Professor John Kendall - a novelization

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I believe we've seen this before, but I'm always amazed when a geek has one report to their credit...and that's a Mozart prize winner! Terse and a nail-biter to the end, you're never really sure who's going to prevail in this epic battle. Great job!
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7. Board Game: Points Total [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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OVERALL AWARDS:

"The Classicists" (1st Honors – Garner 100 Points)

"The Baroquists" (2nd Honors – Garner 60 Points)

"The Romantics" (3rd Honors – Garner 40 Points)


Current standings (01/26/2008 - 05/28/2011):

38 Points
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35 Points
Pete Belli
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19 Points
Neil Thomson

18 Points
DeePee

13 Points
Bloodybucket, desertfox2004

12 Points
Malacandra

11 Points
GeneSteeler

10 Points
filwi, mattriceten

9 Points
da pyrate, jgrundy, Kozure, mbourgeois

8 Points
erak, MerricB, thinwhiteduke, zombiegod

7 Points
alexd, Eldil, UndeadViking

6 Points
chengr05, cvandyk, grubman, HiveGod, manowarplayer, mdornbrook, Mscrivner, oneilljgf, SeanXor, SevenSpirits, TrotskyTrotsky

5 Points
Buggy, Diis, Get Earthworm, Grotius, Morgan, Nat Saamanen, Quasimedoc, revgiblet, the pete, WiiGame

4 Points
barteus, HamsterOfFury, Jonathan68, loofish, Mike Sisson, Noogs, Phytoman, Sagrilarus, Shad, Thiessi

3 Points
Aarontu, Almighty Dave, almo1705, Amnese, banyan, badweasel, batman, bigtex01, birdman37, bobxyzp, BradyLS, bryanwinter, Buck Tarbrush, cecrow, Chairman7w, chrisjwmartin, christmasape, cjfoster, Cleitus the Black, conky, corross, Cruo, Dam the Man, darkwombat, Darth Headbutt, denverarch, Devon Harmon, djbcrawford, djklaus, DKahnt, Dunyazad, Geirerik, Gentilhombre, gentsrugby, Gola, GreyLord, gungagreg, IronMoss, JacquesDeMolay, jdavias, jerryyeti, joshp, jpat, jss05a, Kathelm, Kingdaddy, kvezner, le_cygne, marktowler, mattprice, MichaelLavoie, Noun Sequitur, One Fat Pug, ousgg, pusherman42, Raid1280, RedMonkeyBoy, RexBrynen, rhoubhe, RJ Lee, rsolow, rwinder, sdonohue, Silas1510, SkipM624, Snowman, Solan, StocktonDave, Styfen, swinkelp, TaleSpinner, tallgrant, TheKinginYellow, Tholok, tlmirkes, tppytel, Unknown Ediology, victoryzine, vivafringe, VolcanoLotus, whatambush, ynnen, YoClaudio, zboat, Zerosum, ZeroZilla, zoe79

2 Points
aaxiom, amberaleman, amosmj, baba44713, BarryRoy, biglime, blackstratguy, Bridger, brokenimage321, cmontgo2, Cumber, Dagerr, dagobal, devonps, doubtofbuddha, DougAcker, dougadamsau, Dr Lucky, ekted, Electric Joe, enzo622, eracer68, FerretOfTindalos, fingersandteeth, Flyboy Connor, fograsher, Fromme, FuManchu, Furyn, Garf, GOOSE1968, grognard72, Gutrender, HillKing, Holmes!, HORST324, Howitzer_120mm, Icing, Impr3ssion, Infomanohio, IrishFire, jayquirk, Kaffedrake, karlkrlarsson, KentuckyKid, Kiboko Hippo, kjamma4, kuhrusty, leroy43, LittlePegasus, LongTom, loopster70, m_hamburg, Major Sholto, meskue, MisterG, mjornelles, modivarch, mudtiger, oeolycus, Old Dwarf, Oogie Da Bruce, ooogene, Ozvortex, pHr0sT, pigasuspig, Poltergeist_2000, princemousey, Psitticine, ReinhartTR, revengeisnotjustice, Rliyen, RoadBlock, RobertaTaylor, sbarrera, Scammer, seanmac, selwyth, Teeaniknik, ThatFedoraGuy, thecvw, troubadour, tyvek, Uncle G, vinniebrasco, Warbringer25, wargamer55, Weloi Avala, wifwendell, wytefang

1 Point
14cross, alexanderastartes, anson, auburnate, baditude, bapadget, baron22, bestbandis, bholmes4, Biofury, boathouselooper, bryce_z, catosulla, ccarlet1, celiborn, chaswick, chengr05, cher, ciscokidnj, Coyote13, CRogers, dan_percival, Danjell, DaveD, Dearlove, Dieroll Honker, dlgcp, duchamp, Duglis, ElCid91, fanaka66, fusag, gberry, Ghetty, giganticus, grayskale, Gunmetal1986, Hatchling, hedonisticnihil, Herr Niemand, HitchKennedy, jeRm!, Jrtolf, kilroy_locke, Larry Welborn, LordHellfury, Lublang, Ludotopia, Mantidman, mark.gamer, Marx09, miggor, MikeWhit, Natdday, Norsehound, oberjt, ogermino, onigame, otaku, Paul Shabatowski, pigi314159, ragados, Red Ghost, roboman, RockyMountainNavy, rukiosu, Sekreth, Sherwood925, Shijuro, Shyne, spazard1, Spexyjaj, Superhawk2300, SwingCorey, Taran01, Tezza, The_Piper, thyren, Timw, tinkle_s, tk421, TrekkerMJ, tryggvib, tsilver33, vappel, VuduJoie, Wind Mage Soren, wmcduff, Xookliba
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