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The 2011 Thrifty Awards
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Greetings Thrifters from across the world, as we gather to celebrate the best of the Thriftdom in the last year. Though our backgrounds are disparate and our interests varied, one thing unites us. We love to get great games cheap, and we love to brag about it.

Before I begin, let me offer an apology. It turns out that I am a moron beyond compare, as the list of stats I gave to Okiedokie accidentally counted three lists worth of finds twice. I feel completely sick about this, and wish it weren't the case, but an anomaly was found when I started running the queries for other awards, and my mistake was brought to light. And for that, I apologize wholeheartedly. It was my mistake alone, and I own it.

What does this mean for the outcome of Crowning of the King and related positions? Luckily, nothing -- the totals have changed slightly, but the King remains the King, and the council remains the council.

*whew* I'm sure glad my mistake didn't ruin anything.

So if nothing is really affected, why bring it up at all? Because, for one, there's this thing called "The Truth", which is of not-insignificant importance to me, and you all deserve to know it. And two, some of the totals in this list might not match what Okiedokie already reported, so I wanted to explain that right off the bat.

So, without further ado, let's get the show started!
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Dean
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As you are already aware, the king has been crowned previously. Please give your regards to the New King:

Jason Hoover
United States
Kyle
Texas
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2. Board Game: Protector of the Empire [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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As is customary, when a new King is crowned a new Lord Protector is named. This is determined by using the same formula as used to determine the king, but only takes into account games categorized as a wargame. This year, meet the new protector, same as the somewhat older protector:

Jason Monroe
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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who, with over 100 more wargame finds than the nearest competition, is the clear choice to safeguard the dominion from our enemies and irritants.
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3. Board Game: Abstracts [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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2010 saw the addition of new positions in the court, which was necessary to keep the massive egos of the King and Protector in line. This year, need of their presence is once again anticipated. The first position is given to the thrifter who has scored the most impressive find of abstract games. This year, our Thrift Royal Philosopher is:

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4. Board Game: Tribbles Customizable Card Game [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:8623]
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When leaving things alone isn't quite enough, you need to bring in a customizer. The thrifter who amasses the best customizable games is named the Thrift Grand Tinkerer. This year, serving in this role is:

Troy
Canada
Stratford
Ontario
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5. Board Game: 50 Card Games for Children [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I believe the children are our future. Lead them well and let them play your games. And then give them a vicious beating to toughen them up while doing a victory dance on their precious little egos.

It's just as well that I'm not in the running for our next position. Our new Thrift Lord Regent for dedication in thrifting children's games is:

N T
United States
Fargo
North Dakota
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And it wasn't even close.
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6. Board Game: The Family Ties Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Families are the cornerstones of our civilization, and our next position corners more stones than any other. Our new Thrift August Patriarch, so awarded for thrifting family games, is:

Chris Dr
United States
Bellevue
Washington
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7. Board Game: Tactics II [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:10661]
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Ottawa
Ontario
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Some folks just know how to get what they want. The next member of our court is one such person, having acquired an impressive collection of strategy games ,making him our new Thrift High Tactician:

Paul Nowak
United States
Greenville
Michigan
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8. Board Game: Pizza Party [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:9679]
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It's a sure bet that the festivities will never flatline when our next court member is present. Ladies and gentlemen, our new Thrift Court Jester is:

G. Gomez
United States
Chula Vista
California
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finding 47 party games found with a thrifty score of 1862.
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9. Board Game: Shakespeare: The Bard Game [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:6473]
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Oozing with theme and chrome, our Thrift Bard steps forward to entertain us all. For an impressive run of thematic games, please welcome to the court:

Bob Pony
United States
San Jose
California
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10. Board Game: Misfits [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Some folks love the misfits, the unloved, the unwanted. One thrifter has shown more love for the discarded oddities than any other, by far.

The Thrifty for Loving the Unwanted in 2011 goes to:

N T
United States
Fargo
North Dakota
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for reporting 188 games that fewer than 20 BGG users admit to owning.
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11. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: Volume 6 [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:9223]
Dean
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Let's face it, volume is important. But even then, some thrifters like to take it to eleven.

The top ten thrifters, by sheer quantity of finds, are:

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United States
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1022 finds

Jason Monroe
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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838 finds

Jason Hoover
United States
Kyle
Texas
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United States
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Arizona
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642 finds

Mr. Ree
United States
Hudson
Wisconsin
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367 finds

G. Gomez
United States
Chula Vista
California
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355 finds

Terry Cromwell
United States
kent
Washington
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339 finds

John Crawford
United States
Renton
Washington
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334 finds

Brian Dunkle
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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332 finds

Troy
Canada
Stratford
Ontario
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327 finds
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12. Board Game: What the F*ck? [Average Rating:5.02 Overall Rank:9454]
Dean
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One of my personal favourites is the WTF award, given to the best find of another wise forgettable or terrible game.

This year, in the unranked games category, the award goes to:

Pete Belli
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for his amazing score of 111.60 given to a set of wonderful Viking components that ostensibly came with a game.
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13. Board Game: What the F*ck? [Average Rating:5.02 Overall Rank:9454]
Dean
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But it's when we limit the category to ranked games that we see the really dedicated thrifters. With unranked games, things are still a bit up in the air. However, ranked games of low average have a substantial number of people all agreeing that the game is terrible, and feel strongly enough about it to let everyone know.

The award for WTF find of a ranked games goes to:

Taylor Harter
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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for his sacrifice in buying The UnGame so that others won't accidentally do so.
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14. Board Game: The Top 10 Game [Average Rating:4.65 Unranked]
Dean
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This year, 54 different thrifters have reported finding a game ranked in the top 10. Last year, we had 47 *games* reported.

Last year, the most top 10 games found by a single thrifter was 3. This year, the third place in this list has 3 finds, second place has 5, and the top spot has 9! And all in one list!

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for an amazingly stupefying haul.
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15. Board Game: Trip 50 [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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Ottawa
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With a quite amazing haul, it's not surprising that this thirfter holds down the next spot as well, with 32 finds in the top 50.

The 50 is Nifty thrifty goes to:

Paul Nowak
United States
Greenville
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for reporting 37 finds ranked in the top 50 on the Geek.
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16. Board Game: 1 vs. 100 Board Game [Average Rating:5.15 Unranked]
Dean
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Ottawa
Ontario
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I'm getting sick of typing this name, and I'm tired of looking at that damn haul.

Yeah, jealous. Very much.

Yadda yadda, you know wins the Thrifty for most games found that rank in the top 100. It is, of course,

Paul Nowak
United States
Greenville
Michigan
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But at least his lead is shrinking.
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17. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:821]
Dean
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Ottawa
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Now onto the top 500 ranked games. They're quite good games, each and every one. Who has thrifted the most? Will overtheboard's juggernaut continue to steamroll over the lot of us, or will someone step forward to kick him in the shins?

In a very close call, overtheboard is shoved aside. By a one point margin, the checker flag in the Thrifty 500 goes to:

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for 81 top 500 finds.
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18. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:5128]
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A top 1000 game is still a good bargain, especially at thrift prices. The most prodigious thrifter in this category is:

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Surprise
Arizona
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for finding 196 in the first Kilo-rank.
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19. Board Game: People Weekly [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
Dean
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Ottawa
Ontario
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In 2010, 7 thrifters reported something on each and every list throughout the year. This year, we see a slide in dedication, as only three thrifters have shown the fortitude and drive to post at least one item a week. They are:

Grand Prince Poutine Lord High Thrifter
Canada
Vancouver
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Burke Nichols
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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and are strangers to no one, I'm sure.
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20. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
Dean
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Ottawa
Ontario
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Everyone loves the thumbs, and posting on the weekly thrift lists is a good way to move toward your golden meeple. I mean, it worked for me. And it's working for the following thrifters as well.

The best average weighted thumbs for thrifters having at least 10 reported finds is:

matt erwin
United States
reno
Nevada
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with 13 finds averaging an impressive 100.08 weighted thumbs.

When we get to those posting 20 or more finds, the best average belongs to:

Kent Fletcher
United States
Eagle Mountain
Utah
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having 26 finds with an average of 72.69 weighted thumbs.

In the 30 or more finds category

Manchuwok
Canada
Mission
BC
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has an impressive 33 finds averaging 63.14 weighted thumbs (narrowly beating FeelGoodND, also with 33 finds but having an average of 60.78)

manchuwok is the leader until 50+ finds are considered, where

Cadrian
United States
Berkeley
California
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takes over with 60 finds averaging 59.92 weighted thumbs.

And then things slow down a bit, as between 61 and 131, one thrifter dominates

Grand Prince Poutine Lord High Thrifter
Canada
Vancouver
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has an amaxing 131 finds with an average weighted thumbs of 58.64.

The next break in the 200+ category, where

Lonnie Kim
United States
San Jose
CA
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has 213 finds averaging 47.66 weighted thumbs

John Crawford
United States
Renton
Washington
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displays amazing consistency of find with 334 posts averaging 39.57 weighted thumbs

And finally,
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Arizona
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astonishes with 642 finds averaging 36.90 weighted thumbs

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21. Board Game: Rate it! [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Ottawa
Ontario
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Ratings are also quite important when thrifting, and the following thrifters have shown consistency in purchasing highly rated games. Using the bayes ratings and breaking them down into categories, your most discerning thrifters are:

Manchuwok
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for listing 33 games that have an average rating of 6.74

Rick
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Savage
Minnesota
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finds 48 games averaging 6.57

Grand Prince Poutine Lord High Thrifter
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Vancouver
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blows the field away with 131 finds averaging a rating of 6.38

and
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Greenville
Michigan
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hits an even 6.00 average rating with 252 finds.
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22. Board Game: Burn Rate [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:3382]
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Ottawa
Ontario
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And on the flip side, there are thrifters who will pick up absolutely ANYTHING resembling a game, regardless of how poorly it is rated. Don't worry, it gets better. I should know, I was one of these in the past.

This year, the winner of the "I never saw a game I didn't buy" is

N T
United States
Fargo
North Dakota
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for finding 54 ranked games that have a bayes average of less than 5.
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23. Board Game: Diamonds Club [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:613]
Dean
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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This text was good enough for the last two years, so I'm using it again.

Hurrah for laziness!

Many games on the Geek are unranked -- they just do not have enough ratings to warrant a ranking. Is it because these games are horrible? Not necessarily -- chances are they are just unknown to the masses. Often times these will show up in thrift stores, ready to be discovered by one who will appreciate them.

And when it turns out to be a hidden gem, we are very happy indeed.

Your winner for the "Looking for Diamonds in the Rough" Thrifty, for finding 102 unranked games is:

N T
United States
Fargo
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with 307 unranked games purchased last year.
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24. Board Game: Speakeasy [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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The winner of the next award should go without saying, but this particular contributor just doesn't work that way. Rarely is there a time where two words would be used when fifteen (or more) could be inserted instead. A veritable font of verbiage, this user is known for discourse and elocution supreme. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the winner of the Thrifty for Excessive Length in Diatribic Pendantics:

Jonathan S.
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for 34 posts averaging 899 characters each!!
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25. Board Game: The Best of Board Wargaming [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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What was the best game found in 2011, according the the Thrifty Formula? How about the find from

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of Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit?

which narrowly beat out a Dune by two measly thumbs.
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