The Boardgames Association Cup [POLLS] - Round 3 Proper - VOTING OVER
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The trauma of this year's Geek Madness is nearly behind us, so it seems like a good time to resume The BA Cup!

So here we are at the Third Round Proper, where the big guns finally deign to join in! To get here we've had four geeklists which have simulated 13 knock-out rounds of competition, where 983 boardgames have competed. 20 of those games have made it to this round, where they are joined by 44 games from ranks 1-46.

This contest is the BA (Boardgames Association) Cup, based on the structure of the FA (Football Association) cup - the oldest football competition in the world, first held in 1871-72. It takes a knock-out format with no seeding. Clubs of all standards compete (meeting certain minimum criteria), so has the potential excitement for "giant killing", when small football clubs go up against the biggest. There are many rounds in the competition, with multiple stages: preliminary, qualifying and 'proper', with clubs joining at different stages based on their current position in the FA leagues, with the biggest clubs finally joining in the 3rd round proper, the most exciting of rounds.

This contest simulates the FA cup for Boardgames. To prevent it dragging on endlessly and the keep the workload to a reasonable level I will short-cut the tournament somewhat. For instance this round simulates two "real world" rounds of knock-out with each bracket of 4 representing a 4 -> 2 -> 1 process. In the latest FA cups nearly 800 clubs took part. This contest features 1027 boardgames: the BGG Top 1000, minus some duplicates, plus some wild cards.

The contest will be something like this:

Extra & Preliminary rounds (X): 400 games take part - games from BGG ranks 628-1000 and 57 Wild Cards (W).
Qualifying 1 (Q1): 25 games qualify from X, 359 new games enter from ranks 269-627
Qualifying 2 (Q2): 24 games qualify from Q1, 168 new games enter from ranks 105-268
Round 1 & 2 Proper (P1): 24 games qualify from Q2, 56 new games enter from ranks 47-104
3rd Round Proper (P3): 20 games qualify from P1, BGG Top 44 enter
5th Round 16 games qualify from Round 3 & 4
6th Round 8 games qualify from Round 5
Semi-Final 4 games qualify from Round 6
Final 2 games qualify from the Semi-Final

I might combine Round 5 & 6 depending on the interest level at that stage.
Games have their entry point appended to their name for tracking purposes.

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1. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:4282]
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What happened in Round One Proper?

24 games qualified from Qualifying Part II, 56 new games entered from ranks 47-104, minus some duplicates. They were randomly allocated to the brackets. Only 20 could qualify for this round. The qualifiers (one winner from each bracket of 4 games) were (by number of votes):

219 Ticket to Ride (2004) (P1)
202 The Settlers of Catan (1995) (Q2)
168 Small World (2009) (P1)
167 Alhambra (2003) (Q1)
163 Cosmic Encounter (2008) (P1)
156 King of Tokyo (2011) (P1)
156 Carcassonne (2000) (P1)
148 Splendor (2014) (P1)
147 Thurn and Taxis (2006) (Q2)
145 Love Letter (2012) (P1)
142 Bohnanza (1997) (Q2)
130 Suburbia (2012) (P1)
128 Galaxy Trucker (2007) (P1)
128 Acquire (1964) (Q2)
124 Dixit (all) (2008) (P1)
114 Hive (2001) (Q2)
112 Memoir '44 (2004) (P1)
105 Glory to Rome (2005) (P1)
104 Steam (2009) (P1)
104 Goa (2004) (P1)

So Alhambra is the single game that has survived the furthest in this contest so far - from Qualifying stage I. Five games pushed on through from Qualifying stage II: Catan, Thurn and Taxis, Bohnanza, Acquire and Hive.

The following were closest to qualifying for this round:

125 Ra (1999) (P1)
122 San Juan (2004) (Q2)
118 RoboRally (1994) (Q2)
111 Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2014) (Q2)
109 Forbidden Desert (2013) (Q2)
108 Kingsburg (2007) (Q2)
104 Dungeon Lords (2009) (P1)
102 Seasons (2012) (Q2)
100 Bora Bora (2013) (P1)
95 Mice and Mystics (2012) (P1)

Preliminaries Games (W) & (X)
All Preliminaries Games have been eliminated.

Home Advantage?
Analysis of the games at 'home' (the geeklist entry) - they got an average of 101 votes compared to 93 votes for other games. Yet again a decent advantage! But probably distorted though by three big "home" winners: Cosmic Encounter with 163 votes, Alhambra with 167 and Small World with 168.
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2. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:103]
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Round 3 & 4 Proper

20 games qualify from Round 1 Proper, 44 new games enter from ranks.
The 64 games here are made up of rank 1-46, minus some duplicates, plus the 20 qualifying games from the Qualifying Rounds and Round 1 Proper. They have been randomly allocated to the brackets. In each bracket select the game you like most. One game from each bracket will qualify for Round 5.

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Cosmic Encounter (2008) (P1)
Twilight Imperium (3rd Ed) (2005) (P3)
A Game of Thrones (Board Game) (2003/2011) (P3)
Galaxy Trucker (2007) (P1)
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Sci-fi and Fantasy battle it out. Twilight Imperium is the highest ranked at #29.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne (all) (2000) (P1)
Steam (2009) (P1)
Android: Netrunner (2012) (P3)
Troyes (2010) (P3)
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#7 ranked Netrunner takes on the ever-popular Carcassonne
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4. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:53]
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Lords of Waterdeep (2012) (P3)
Race for the Galaxy (2007) (P3)
Acquire (1964) (Q2)
Puerto Rico (2002) (P3)
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Acquire comes through from Qualifying II to join this group of death, with Puerto Rico highest ranked (#5) and fresh from a Geek Madness runner-up spot.
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5. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:348]
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Thurn and Taxis (2006) (Q2)
Commands & Colors: Ancients (2006) (P3)
Crokinole (1867) (P3)
Caylus (2005) (P3)
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Q2 entrant Thurn and Taxis takes home advantage and that could be enough to secure an upset against a relatively weak group, with Caylus highest ranked at #17.
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6. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:113]
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Goa (2004) (P1)
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (2006) (P3)
Caverna: The Cave Farmers (2013) (P3)
Eldritch Horror (2013) (P3)
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The group with the highest ranked games facing off: Through the Ages #3 vs. Caverna #6.
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7. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (2012) (P3)
War of the Ring (2004/2012) (P3)
Eclipse (2011) (P3)
Hive (2001) (Q2)
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Q2 veteran Hive has a tough draw with #8, #15 and #16.
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8. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:78]
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Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2005/2012) (P3)
Battlestar Galactica (2008) (P3)
Agricola (2007) (P3)
Pandemic (2007) (P3)
      440 answers
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A relatively nice draw for #4 ranked Agricola though Pandemic could put up a decent challenge amidst the unpredictability of a 4-way poll.
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9. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:229]
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King of Tokyo (2011) (P1)
Brass (2007) (P3)
Dominion (all) (2008) (P3)
Russian Railroads (2013) (P3)
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P1 qualifier King of Tokyo's home spot looks pretty good, but Dominion could be a banker.
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10. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:91]
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Ora et Labora (2011) (P3)
El Grande (1995) (P3)
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game (2012) (P3)
Suburbia (2012) (P1)
      395 answers
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Will X-Wing benefit from the splitting of the Euro vote? Highest ranked El Grande (#20) has been a bit of run recently in voting contests, so could shoot first.
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11. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:5]
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Twilight Struggle (2005) (P3)
Dominant Species (2010) (P3)
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game (2014) (P3)
Bohnanza (1997) (Q2)
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#1 seed Twilight Struggle takes home advantage against a mixed bag of challengers, including Q2 qualifier Bohnanza.
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12. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:79]
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Stone Age (2008) (P3)
Power Grid (2004) (P3)
The Castles of Burgundy (2011) (P3)
Love Letter (2012) (P1)
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Another group of death as #10 takes on #11 and astonishingly popular micro-game Love Letter and stalwart Stone Age in the mix
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13. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:20]
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Mage Knight Board Game (2011) (P3)
Tigris & Euphrates (1997) (P3)
Terra Mystica (2012) (P3)
Memoir '44 (2004) (P1)
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#2 ranked Terra Mystica up against fellow beasts Mage Knight and T&E. Memoir could be the unlikely victor of this clash of the heavies.
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14. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:152]
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Glory to Rome (2005) (P1)
Ticket to Ride (all) (2004) (P1)
Alhambra (2003) (Q1)
Le Havre (2008) (P3)
      422 answers
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Three qualifiers come together to take on #12 ranked Le Havre. TTR's to lose?
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15. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:44]
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Keyflower (2012) (P3)
7 Wonders (2010) (P3)
The Settlers of Catan (1995) (Q2)
Small World (2009) (P1)
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A brutal gathering of popular games as #18 ranked Geek Madness champion 7 Wonders tries to fend off a troublesome threesome.
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16. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:183]
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The Resistance (inc. Avalon) (2009/2012) (P3)
Trajan (2011) (P3)
Splendor (2014) (P1)
Mage Wars (2012) (P3)
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A lucky draw for these four with Resistance being the highest ranked at #27.
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17. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:198] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Dixit (all) (2008) (P1)
Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island (2012) (P3)
Nations (2013) (P3)
Paths of Glory (1999) (P3)
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#13 ranked Robinson Crusoe might struggle to prevent an upset against P1 qualifier Dixit.
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