Christmas Leftovers - my first GG contest - And the winners are...
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So, my wife and I have finally got around to putting Christmas away. It's taken us a while to get there. You have to put all these little ornaments away, unwind lights from the tree in a way that makes them capable to be put up again in the future, and then there's the trash. All the forgotten stuff... wrapping paper, gift bags, fruitcakes you have no intention of eating. It finally got to the point where we couldn't wade through the holiday shrapnel anymore. But one thing I didn't count on finding was... well...

Apparently, I went a little nuts on Christmas. I opened a game, punched the pieces, and went on to the next game. It was a gluttonous frenzy of cardboard and plastic. I was amazed by the debris left behind, but at the same time, somewhat mystified. What punch frames went to what game? So I figured that I could recruit the help of my fellow Geeks to sort all this out and get the proper frames with the proper games.

So send me a Geekmail with as many of the guesses you care to offer. Some of them are definitely easier than others. In some cases, that's due to the generic appearance of some of the punches. In others, it's due to my photography... ahem... "skills." But hey, that's what makes it fun.

I'll randomly pick one winner for each item. I'll wrap this up Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Now comes the algabraic equation that is the payout. Now, I'm guaranteeing at least .5 GG for each winner. Now, I'd love to pay out more. Whatever tips this thread gets will be given as payout, with me skimming 10% off the top. If the tips exceed 10 GG, I'll give the excess. Of those three amounts - .5 GG, 90% or anything over 10 GG - I will give the highest total. The reason I'm working it this way is I'm still scrabbling to get my UberGeek badge, and I'm 10 GG short. So if I lose GG, so be it. This whole thing is by way of explanation, not by grovelling.


Post-contest edit: First, thanks to everyone who was willing to tip the list to give me stuff to pay out with. Very generous of you to help redistribute the geek-wealth. And thanks to everyone who took part in the contest. It was a blast going through them all, seeing what other guesses I got... and learning all sorts of names for these: punchboards, punchouts, flats, sprues...

1 GG to every correct pick, along with the bonus for the last selection. Also, I'm giving 1GG to the two people who got all 13: ColtsFan76 and Beowulf. Although I'm not sure they deserve to be rewarded for clearly having no life.

But enough of that. The envelopes, please....
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1. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:215]
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17 correct guesses. No incorrect guesses.

Winner: Haggis
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2. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:341]
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One of the three most selected games. In fact, I should have just created a category in my spreadsheet for those who selected 2,6,9... and that's it. But this one had 28 correct picks. The two incorrect picks were Galaxy Trucker and Cosmic Encounter.

(I'm not sharing wrong answers to mock or shame, but more to inspire the "Huh... I guess I can see that" reaction.)

Winner: Jester
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3. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1021]
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At seven correct picks, this was one of the two that gave me pause as to whether I selected the right game for the bonus points. 4 people said "Railroad Tycoon", but there was also Tide of Iron, Hive, and Hacienda.

Winner: matthan
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4. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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11 correct. Two people both guessed "Giants."

Interesting note: I thought most people who got this would do so because of the distinctive shapes of the awards. But one person mentioned the easily recognizable shape of the contracts.

Winner: EmilyMoby.
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5. Board Game: Merchants of Amsterdam [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1486]
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The other 7-pick game. Tow people picked Thebes, one guessed Hansa, and one gave a very uncertain vote for Cleopatra and the Society of Architects.

Winner: ColtsFan76
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6. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Another of the three layups. 30 correct selections. 2 people guessed wrong, but they had the right publisher when they both picked Descent.

Winner: kilrah
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7. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1626]
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19 correct guesses. One person guessed "Space Alert." Don't know if they just got the wrong name for the right game, but I couldn't count it as right.

Winner: Faethorlv
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8. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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Enough sprawl to this sprue that even as generic as it looks, it was recognizable enough. 13 got it right. One person guessed Twilight Struggle. (So I guess if I get TS, I need to stock up on sandwich baggies first...)

Winner: Glamdryn

Edited: The post below may give you a hint why....
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9. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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So, I thought to myself that with this game being as new as it is and as generic as some of the other punchboards are, maybe I need to get one that is rather distinctive.

Note to self: geeks are all about the new. The winner of the most correctly-selected award. 39 people got this one. And no incorrect guesses. I guess nobody wants to be in a game of Renaissance Europe and suddenly have a Cylon basestar drop out of hyperspace on them.

Winner: Thommy8
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10. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:412]
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Along with Notre Dame, one of my wife's favorite games.

17 correct guesses, two incorrect guesses, both being Starship Catan.

Winner: UnknownParkerBrother
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11. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1344]
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Okay. Having played this six times on Christmas Day (yes, two of these actually came on Christmas and wasn't just part of the schtick...), maybe THIS is my wife's favorite.

11 correct guesses, 2 incorrect, both picking World of Warcraft.

Winner: Mundane
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12. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
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11 correct guesses. One person guessed Strozzi.

Winner: Beowulf
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13. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1072]
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Double GG for this one... note the punch for the expansion in the corner


And this one was worth the bonus. One person mentioned that stating the expansion punch was in the pic was too much of a clue, if I didn't use it, then it would be obvious the game was Mare Nostrum because I used the piece to cover up a big bold printing of the words "Mare Nostrum."

Only 6 people got this one. someotherguy won. No, really.

Winner: someotherguy
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