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Among the disadvantages of being new to the world of gaming is that when you arrive, others have already abbreviated everything and you have no clue what you are talking about. Hold on, that doesn't just affect new gamers, I have been gaming for pretty much all of my 44 years, and I keep myself somewhat informed, but still I often have no clue what games people talk about when they abbreviate them all (it's not getting any easier by not being a native English speaker and having to transfer the perfectly easy German original name of a game to an unfamiliar English one before guessing the abbreviation). And you? Come and find out in

TGBGAQ!*

*(The Great Board Game Abbreviation Quiz!)

Here's how it works: I will post 20 items to this geeklist. In each item, I will abbreviate a game. Some of these will be very easy, as you have seen them around everywhere. Others will be somewhat harder, and some outright tough. If you have trouble finding out the games behind the abbreviations, you might want to think twice before you abbreviate game names yourself in the future.

To participate, send me a geekmail with the names of the games I am looking for. In the entirely possible case that an abbreviation fits more than one game, I reserve the right to accept different solutions (might learn something myself here). UPDATE: Please note: I will only accept titles searchable as an entry to the database. I had some entries concerning special cards within games and such, which I will not count. But if you submit a solution that works and is a valid entry in the database, you will get a point for that.
At the end of your geekmail, let me know how many correct solutions you think the average participant will submit (as a tiebreaker). You may use fractions here.
Submission deadline: November 1st, 2014. Something like Midnight, German time.

DO NOT POST SOLUTIONS INTO THIS LIST, PLEASE. Other comments are welcome.

Of course you can also win something:

1st prize: 50 gg. (that's "geekgold", by the way)
2nd prize: 20 gg.
3rd prize: 10 gg.

I will also give out 10 prizes to randomly drawn participants. These will share ten gg plus the tips to this list among them.

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And here are our winners...
First prize:
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(tiebreaker: 18.9)
Second prize:
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(tiebreaker: 18)
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(tiebreaker: 17.9999)

Other participants (in order of submitting):
1. dragontrainer
2. Incredible Culp
3. Thesp
4. yaverot
5. mrickert
6. Makun
7. extherci
8. wizcreations
9. pavunisi
10. emunkki
11. slinkydink
12. Green_wombat
13. Gti70
14. RoaringPossum
15. Zathraz
16. de_la_poer
17. TheOrange
18. callmemajor
19. tequila_j
20. Carmilla

I will determine the winners of the door prizes by geekrolls, by rolling a d20, then a d19 etc. all the way down to a d11. Then I will count down the row, ignoring previous winners each time, thus getting to ten unique winners.
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Rolls added - door prizes go to:
1. yaverot
2. tequila_j
3. emunkki
4. Green_wombat
5. TheOrange
6. Carmilla
7. Zathraz
8. Thesp
9. wizcreations
10. dragontrainer

I will send out gold later, but I think I should post the answers first.

EDIT:
Oh my, while writing up the solutions I found two wrong entries in my chart. Unfortunately, they change the overall results, as the average number of correct solutions is no longer 18.47, but 18.39. That means the first places go to:

WINNER:
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(tiebreaker 18)

SECOND PLACE:
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(tiebreaker 17.9999)

THIRD PLACE:
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(tiebreaker: 18.9)

I am very sorry about this mistake, but at least it's the same users, just in a different order. Ah well, just so that nobody is frustrated who might have read this before, I will simply give 50 gg to each of the first three places. They are close enough to each other, after all.
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I was looking for:

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19 out of 23 participants found this one. The rest...

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...may not have looked at my avatar too closely.
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This was of course:

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Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas, one of the most brilliantly named games I have come across. Now I just need to find a copy to play...


22 out of 23 of you found this one.
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Ok, I admit this one was mean. It was one of the inspirations for this list. 18 out of 23 participants found it anyway.
 
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Everyone found this, but it was an abbreviation that puzzled me the other day, as I had no clue what the person who used it was talking about. It started my first idea about the list, and then came item 18 and confirmed that it might be a good idea.
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Another solution I got:

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