2004 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 3: The Great 8
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Welcome to Round 3 of the Geek Madness Tournament!

We are down to the final 8 games. How is your favorite doing?

Rules:
1. Vote once for your favorite game for each match-up.
2. Vote by clicking on the ‘comment’ link underneath the picture of the game you want to win, and type in a short message.

1st round: July 16th to July 23rd (top 32 user rated games)
2nd round: July 23rd to July 30th (sweet 16)
3rd round: July 30th to August 6th (great 8)
4th round: August 6th to August 13th (final 4)
Championship: August 13th to August 20th (Championship)

For those participating in Fawkes' bracketology, find out how you are doing here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

BONUS CONTEST UPDATE:

O.K. so I did not make the final decision on the name for the Championship award, but I did narrow it down to the following nominees:

The Aldie
Geek Madness Award
Geek Certified
The Poppy
Please place you vote on Chaddyboy's list here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...


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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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(1) Puerto Rico v. (9) Age of Steam

How Puerto Rico got here:
1st Round: defeated Advanced Civilization with 74% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Hammer of the Scotts with 62% of the vote.

Puerto Rico was just fifth in total votes for the 2nd round. Is there a chink in the armor? Or is the top seed just pacing itself?
 
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2. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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(9) Age of Steam v. (1) Puerto Rico

How Age of Steam got here:
1st Round: defeated Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage with 51% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Carcassonne with 52% of the vote.

Whew! Age of Steam barely squeaked out wins in both of the first two rounds. However, the wins have come against two quality opponents: A well-loved war game and a perennial gateway favorite.
 
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3. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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(2) Euphrat & Tigris v. (7) Power Grid

How Euphrat & Tigris got here:
1st Round: defeated Robo Rally - Armed & Dangerous with 77% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Modern Art with 68% of the vote.

E&T beat up on its older sibling for its second strong win in a row.
 
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4. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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(7) Power Grid v. (2) Euphrat & Tigris

How Power Grid got here:
1st Round: defeated Princes of the Renaissance with 72% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Ticket to Ride with 53% of the vote.

Power Grid won the nail biter against TTR, making it the only game from 2004 left in the tournament.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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(6) Settlers of Catan v. (19) Ra

How Settlers of Catan got here:
1st Round: defeated Lord of the Rings – the Confrontation with 68% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Go with 59% of the vote.

The modern classic edged out the classic classic. Settlers received the highest total number of votes in the 2nd round with 62. Believe it or not, Settlers and El Grande are the oldest games (1995) left in the tournament.
 
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6. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:135]
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(19) Ra v. (6) Settlers of Catan

How Ra got here:
1st Round: defeated Wallenstein with 63% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Memoir ’44 with 66% of the vote.

Two big upset wins for the new Cinderella. Ra is the lowest seed left in the tournament at (19). Memoir ’44 is the highest seed out of the tournament (3).
 
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7. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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(4) Princes of Florence v. (5) El Grande

How Princes of Florence got here:
1st Round: defeated Acquire with 55% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Raja: Palastbau in Indien with 70% of the vote.

After a tough battle with Aquire, Princes of Florence handily defeats the newcomer, Maharaja, forcing the fantastic match-up of two heavy weights.
 
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8. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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(5) El Grande v. (4) Princes of Florence

How El Grande got here:
1st Round: defeated Taj Mahal with 70% of the vote.
2nd Round: defeated Up Front with 75% of the vote.

El Grande continues to steamroll the competition, as it had the biggest margin of victory of any game in the 2nd round with 75% of the vote. How will it fare as it locks horns with its brother?
 
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