Retro Cult of the New 1994-1997: Semi-Finals
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El Grande enters this season coming off of back to back championships. This year though, a strong crop of contenders joins the fray from the Class of 1997, including Tigris & Euphrates, Bohnanza and For Sale. Does Settlers of Catan have any chance of winning a Season or is it destined to always fall a bit short??? Last season's runner up, RoboRally, is in its last season of eligibility but with the strong influx of younger talent it will be lucky to finish as well as it did last season.

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1. The seasons consist of ranked game versions from a specific 4-year period based on that versions published date.
2. Regardless of how a game does it will be graduated out once its window of eligibility passes. So no game will ever win more than 4 times.
3. I vote in every poll. In case of a tie when the poll closes, my vote becomes null to break the tie.


Bracket Composition
Year__Rnd1__Rnd2__Rnd3__Rnd3
1994:___6_____4_____1_____1
1995:__12_____4_____2_____2
1996:___5_____2_____1_____0
1997:___9_____6_____4_____1

Games that Graduated Out (medals,record):
Magic: The Gathering (GB, 12-3)
Sticheln (4-4)
Beyond Balderdash (0-3)
Lifeboats (2-2)
Man O' War (0-2)
Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel (0-2)
Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game (0-2)
Timbuktu (1-2)

Games that competed last season but weren't ranked high enough to compete this season:
Serenissima (first edition) (1996)
Manhattan (1994)
The Bottle Imp (1995)
Kingdoms (1994)
The Great Battles of Alexander: Deluxe Edition (1995)
Iron Dragon (1994)
Mystery of the Abbey (1995)


Past Season Winners
1993: Magic: The Gathering (1993)
1994: Modern Art (1992)
1995: El Grande (1995)
1996: El Grande (1995)

I will close the polls for Rnd 1 sometime on Nov. 30th.
I will close the polls for Rnd 2 sometime on Dec 3rd.
I will close the polls for Rnd 3 sometime on Dec 6th.
I will close the polls for Rnd 4 sometime on Dec 10th.

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1. Board Game: The Poll Game [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:10851]
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Once again El Grande and Settlers meet. Both times El Grande has come out ahead. Their last meeting went to the tie-breaker to determine the winner. Does Settlers have enough to get past El Grande this season to vie for the Championship?

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Pick one:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1-El Grande (1995)
47.6% 20
4-The Settlers of Catan (1995)
52.4% 22
Voters 42
This poll is now closed.   42 answers
Poll created by Ychor
Closes: Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:00 am

 
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:55]
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Class of 1995

Career
Medals:Gold,Gold
Record: 13-1, 471 votes
1995: #1 seed, def Beyond Balderdash, We the People, Medici, Modern Art, The Settlers of Catan, 1995 Champion
1996: #1 seed, def Mystery of the Abbey, Age of Renaissance, Medici, The Settlers of Catan, RoboRally, 1996 Champion
1997: #1 seed, def Legend of the Five Rings, Löwenherz, Bohnanza. Lost to The Settlers of Catan. Finished ?
 
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Class of 1995

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Medals: Silver, Bronze
Record: 11-2, 413 votes
1995: #3 seed, def Iron Dragon, I'm the Boss!,RoboRally, PitchCar. Lost to El Grande. Finished 2nd
1996: #4 seed, def Kingdoms, 1856, Mü & More, lost to El Grande. Finished 3rd.
1997: #4 seed, def Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Catan Card Game, Primordial Soup, El Grande
 
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4. Board Game: The Poll Game [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:10851]
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Tigris is the new kid in town but comes in hot as the #2 seed. RoboRally managed a runner-up finish last season but Tigris may be just too much for it.

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  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
2-Tigris & Euphrates (1997)
68.4% 26
6-RoboRally (1994)
31.6% 12
Voters 38
This poll is now closed.   38 answers
Poll created by Ychor
Closes: Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:00 am
 
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5. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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Class of 1997

Career
Record: 4-0, 137 votes
1997: #2 seed, def Condottiere, Category 5, For Sale, RoboRally
 
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6. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:339]
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Class of 1994

Career
Medals:Silver
Record: 11-4, 326 votes
1994: #5 seed, def Timbuktu, We the People, lost to Modern Art, finished 5th
1995: #6 seed, def The Bottle Imp, Category 5, lost to The Settlers of Catan, finished 6th
1996: #6 seed, def Manhattan, Category 5, Magic: The Gathering, PitchCar. Lost to El Grande in the final. Finished 2nd
1997: #6 seed, def Show Manager, Medici, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. Lost to Tigris & Euphrates. Finished ??

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