Back from the Dead...Excellence in Session Report Writing Awards for 8/24 - 8/30
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So, did you guys miss me?

(crickets)

Well, fine then! I'm back because I really wanted to continue giving all those hard working Session Reporters the praise they deserve. For those of you who might not remember what this is all about, click on the link below, which summarizes this endeavor:

The Return of the Excellence in Session Report Writing Awards!

One of the reasons these weekly Geeklists were getting difficult was because I was running out of free classical music online. That, combined with the surprising work involved in choosing just the right piece for each winner from a very small pile of available music made the awards more time-consuming than ever. Because of this, I have decided to suspend the handing out of musical prizes in order to once again continue the awards. I hope this won't be too much of a disappointment, though maybe in the future, I will be able to resume this extra incentive.

But now I'm back to serve these excellent writers and, as always, the Geekgold (and possibility of placement in one of the honors categories) remain the same...which leads me to my next point. If you enjoy what you see from these Geeklists, please contribute a little bit to their continuation. I enjoy rewarding these great writers, but the coffers are running a bit low. Won't you help a Geek in need today?

Here are the results for the Excellence in Session Report Writing Awards for the week of 8/24 - 8/30:

1st Session Report: Tannhauser
Reporter: WinterWolf

Last Session Report: Race for the Galaxy
Reporter: Poruchik

Total reports: 114 (-1 from previous week)

Most popular game reported: Agricola (10 reports)

Most prolific reporter: MerricB (6 reports)
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1. Board Game: Tannhäuser [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1637]
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Honorable Mention:

Link to Writer: WinterWolf
Link to Report: Manorhouse commentary... Team Obscura for the win!

Short and sweet, this SR gives a great idea of the feel of this game to newbies and veterans alike. Great job!
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2. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2944]
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Honorable Mention:

Link to Writer: EndersGame
Link to Report: New World Records: Celebrating the 2008 Olympics with Knizia's Decathlon

Meticulously detailed, complete with some pictures, this SR is sure to please fans of the game as well as admirers of well-crafted, informative reports. Bravo!
 
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3. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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3rd Place, and recepient of the Beethoven Prize:

Link to Writer: onigame
Link to Report: Video: A Sample 3-player game, with strategy commentary

All right, so a video SR does push the envelope of the reward system but...it's SO informative to fans of this game that I just couldn't resist! A must-watch for anyone interested in learning or mastering the game. Excellent job!
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4. Board Game: BANG! The Bullet! [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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2nd Place, and recepient of the Bach Prize:

Link to Writer: Bloodybucket
Link to Report: I made a five year old cry his eyes out, and then they gunned me down

Not only is this an absolutely hilarious report of how a father was ganged up on and gunned down by his "cruel" family, but it has one of the funniest titles of any SR I've seen to date. Good job!
 
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5. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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1st Place, and recepient of the Mozart Prize:

Link to Writer: swinkelp
Link to Report: Arkham Horror - The Manuscript of Joe Diamond

The first SR for this Geek, and already a 1st Place award! A great story of one of the many investigators charged with ridding Arkham of its...Horror. Excellent read!
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