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GameChat League: Swedish Meatball Division

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GameChat League: Swedish Meatball Division was formed in May 2011 when Lee Ambolt (ldsdbomber) realised the most interesting content he was reading on BGG was on the geeklists created by the Amoeba, Phoenix, and Mafia GameChat Leagues. Lee emailed a few guys on his geekbuddy list, asked a few of those guys to recommend a few names, sent out some geekmails and lo and behold, there we were. A few geeklists later, a quick intro to the Geek Wiki by

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and we were off!

A Word In Advance

If you are reading this page it means that you are (probably) interested in finding out more about this GCL. Please, browse around in our archives, and let us know what you think. That said, sadly this GCL's archives have numerous holes in them owing to the odd policy of BGG deleting anything created by a member when that member leaves the website. For reasons which needn't concern you, founder Lee Ambolt has had a bit of a traffic light-relationship with BGG, culminating in the creation, deletion, re-instatement, and then mostly permanently deleting for the second time a sizable number of lists authored by him. There is little we can do about this save inserting some placeholder markers to indicate content which is no longer there... or at least not in a coherent form, as individual contributions continue to exist in members' own contribution histories.

Although we as Meatballs are saddened by the thought that Lee has now left BGG for what seems to be for good, we are forever indebted to him for having founded the Meatballs. Which is why we affectionately continue to refer to him as Our Glorious Founder.

What This GCL Is About

The Meatballs are a group of experienced gamers with (on average) a focus on the heavier eurogame. But that average says very little, to be honest. We can talk fondly about cardgames, abstracts, family games, and experience games too. We speak fondly of Splotter designs, and some members are pretty adept at 18xx-style titles as well. We try to make a point of not being swayed by hype, hotness, and cult-of-the-newness; we have little interest in the flood of Kickstarter-releases; and instead prefer to play proven favourites, and speculate whether a new kid in town has got what it takes to survive repeated plays.

Although we take the game of the games we play pretty seriously, we are a good-humoured and friendly lot... although admittedly less excitable than the average BGG denizen. But don't let that stop you from joining in any of our discussions. Fresh and interesting perspectives are always welcome in our little corner of the website.

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Martin G
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Hungary
Budapest
Hungary
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Membership of this exclusive club happens through invitation. Apart from the rest of the Meatballs, you'll be the first to know, promise.

Meatball Madness

The Meatball Madness tournaments are legend. The Meatballs nominate various games—which ones, well, that is their call—and then pit them together in a merciless 1-on-1 voting contest, reducing the number of competitors by half on every iteration. Most of the lists showing the competitions' progress were sent to /dev/null at some point (see above). All that remains are the winners:

  • 2012 Winner: TIGRIS & EUPHRATES
  • 2013 Winner: AGRICOLA

Geeklists

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Introductory Lists

Most of the content of these lists was lost when Our Glorious Founder left BGG (again), so their value is rather limited.

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