Celebrate the 1st Birthday of the Session Report Awards!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SESSION REPORT AWARDS!

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I thought I'd take a break from catching up on the session reports I've left to read to celebrate the completion of my first year running the "Excellence in Session Report Writing" awards.

Below you'll find something for everyone:

d10-1 statistics
d10-2 accolades
d10-3 a fun and exciting poll for "BEST SESSION REPORT OF 2008-2009" (10 bag award to the winner)
d10-4 the requisite GG begging


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Here are some statistics I compiled over the course of the year (and get a load of the glare on the picture I chose...the mods would go crazy!):

Total reports: 6212

Even if I just clicked through every report without so much as reading a word...that's STILL a lot of reports! You geeks are very prolific with your stories: everything from in-depth, play-by-play AARs to creative writing projects to the "I really just want some GG" SRs, which make up the vast majority. It was also interesting to see how the reports for the "big" games utterly exploded onto the scene: first it was Agricola and lately it has been Battlestar Galactica. It'll be interesting to see what comes to the forefront in the next year.

Lowest week: 74

Highest week: 184

Average week: 117

I have to say that 184 reports in a week is rather difficult to slog through but as long as there are some gems in there, I don't have a problem. I have a feeling that next year's average will increase, as I've noticed the first few months of 2009 have had close to record weeks (most have been 130+ reports). I think this is due to more and more geeks finding this great site and becoming more involved. I also think it might have something to do with the cold weather, so there might be a decrease in the weekly average during the coming warm months.

Oddity:

First week of year: 158 reports
Last week of year: 158 reports

What are the chances?
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Here are our Mozart Prize leaders thus far:

Leo Zappa
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(2 Mozart Prizes)

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(2 Mozart Prizes)

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(2 Mozart Prizes)

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(2 Mozart Prizes)


The first overall prize, "The Romantics," is awarded at 10 Mozart Prizes (and also comes with a 15GG reward), so these geeks have a way to go...let's cheer them to provide us with more excellent reports!
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And here are the diverse nationalities represented by all Mozart Prize winners this past year:


32 Mozart Prize winners


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2 Mozart Prize winners


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1 Mozart Prize winner


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1 Mozart Prize winner


1 Mozart Prize winner
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Our "Impresarios" (those generous geeks who have given 30+ GG to ensure that these awards continue):

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Take joy from your wins; take lessons from your losses.
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Our "Patrons" (those generous geeks who have given 15-29.99GG):

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Last, but not least, our "Benefactors" (those generous geeks who have given 0.01-14.99GG):

1000rpm, 7ofAnn, Aarontu, ad79, amberaleman, anomander64, badweasel, BaSL, bestbandis, blackstratguy, bleakgeek, Bloodybucket, cmontgo2, ColtsFan76, Cruo, cvandyk, darkwombat, DaveD, deckhand, derk, desertfox2004, DKahnt, EndersGame, Fairer Sex, fretless1962, gamer72, GeneSteeler, GoPanthers, grinch, grognard72, Hatchling, HiveGod, inscrutable hahn, itsmarty, jpat, juheimbu, klide, krainer, Lajos, loquitur, manowarplayer, mdornbrook, Meander, Meerkat, Mike A, monkeyrobot, Nat Saamanen, Neil Thomson, nycavri, okiedokie, Ombwiri, oneilljgf, Pathirtle, Poltergeist_2000, Raid1280, Reish Galuta, revgiblet, sbauer9, Schlupp, ScottMcChesney, SiddGames, The Bearded One, thinwhiteduke, timstellmach, troubadour, Vaughn, WoofWarpWeft, ZeroZilla, zombiegod
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Fellow geeks, I need your help. I would like to award the title of "Best Session Report of 2008-2009" (and a grand prize of 10 GG) to one of the Mozart Prize winners below, but I tried and tried, and I just can't bring myself to eliminate anyone else. So here's the deal:

The poll below will represent the "semifinals," in which I encourage you to vote for UP TO FIVE session reports to move on to the finals. I will keep this poll open for a week, which should give you time to read all the reports below (most of them are of medium length). Next week, I will announce the finalists and conduct a "finals" poll to determine whose is the "Best Session Report of 2008-2009!"

I invite the semifinalists to participate as well because if YOU'RE not proud of the work you've done, who will be?! So voting for (or shamlessly plugging) your own work is allowed and encouraged. Have fun and vote early, vote often!

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Finally, the business part of our celebration is at hand...here are some numbers:

GG awarded weekly: 10

GG awarded yearly: 520 (not including special awards)

Now, I know some of you savvy geeks will say that I should simply reduce my award scale and save some GG, but I would like to leave that as a last resort. Presently, the coffers are hovering right around 160GG. In order to stay solvent through this year, therefore, the awards will need a massive GG infusion...

To those of you who have given: THANK YOU!! ...but can I have somemore, please?

To those of you who enjoy the GeekLists, but who have not given: WHY NOT?! PLEASE GIVE!


I have had a lot of fun doing these awards this past year, and hope to be able to continue to provide you with what are some of the best (I think) reports out there week-to-week. And who knows, maybe some day I'll actually catch up to the present day reports!
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