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Welcome to the 9th Annual Geek Madness Tournament!


Welcome to the annual Geek Madness Tournament! Every Spring, we pit the top 64-ranked teams against each other to crown one game the Geek-Certified Aldie Award winner. This is a single-elimination tournament where the game with the most votes (thumbs) advances to the next round.

The tournament will continue to use the format of previous years. All entries will be posted by a secondary account so that I will not be the recipient of all those valuable thumbs. A thumb for the GeekList is not required but encouraged and appreciated! Please help this stay on the front page to attract the attention of the most voters. Thanks!

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Past Champions of the Aldie Award:
2011: Agricola
2010: Power Grid
2009: Twilight Struggle
2008: Power Grid
2007: Power Grid
2006: Power Grid
2005: Puerto Rico
2004: Tigris & Euphrates

Construction:
This year, a few tweaks were made to the construction of the bracket. I grabbed the top 60 games on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Games that are too similar have been combined as one entry. The higher seed was given the combo while the lower of the pair vacated the seed. Eight games were paired up with their predecessor/variant and the four seeds at the bottom were also given to the nominees with the most votes. Games with an asterisk below received the most votes to fill the vacant seeds. Games were re-ranked on Wednesday, March 7, 2011 for the final seeding.

Tournament Bracketology 101:
It is easy to form seedings throughout a 64 team, single elimination tourney. In the first round, the seeding numbers added together always equal 65 (1 plays 64, 2 plays 63, 32 plays 33…). In the second round of 32 teams, assuming all of the top seeds win, the total of the two seeds will equal 33, and so on. If there is an upset win, then the winner takes over the spot of the higher seeded team it defeated.


Voting Is Closed for This Round

Round 2 Link: Official 2012 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 2 - VOTING CLOSED

Rules:
For each match-up, vote for your favorite game by clicking on the thumbs-up icon.
This round ends Thursday, March 15th, in the afternoon BGG time (Central).

You may vote for any games, whether you have owned or played them. You can vote based on any criteria that is important to you. You can cheer for your team, recruit legitmate voters, and rib the other team - just keep it modestly civil! Please feel free to comment on the games and match-ups, and most importantly, have fun!

IMPORTANT: This is meant as a fun competition. Please only vote with your main User account, i.e., ONE VOTE PER PERSON PER GAME PER ROUND (yes, you may vote for both games in a pairing if you really are undecided). Do not create "dummy" or shill accounts to vote multiple times as those votes will be voided if discovered.




Interesting Tid-Bits:
3 rematches in this round from previous years
11 Rookies & 6 Sophomores for just over 1/4 "new" teams in the Madness
There are 8 write-in teams designated by an "*"
There are 14 games that have been in all 9 tournaments.

Subscriptions:
You may subscribe to this thread to be notified of the new rounds: Geek Madness Subscription Thread.

History:
For more information on the history of the Geek Madness, check out the wiki page: http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Geek_Madness

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51. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:50]
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25 Combat Commander: Europe vs. 40 A Few Acres of Snow

Fun Fact: Only win against another War Game: Up Front in 2008
Overall Record: 1-5
Best finish: Participant

Comment: War games struggle but seem to do well when paired up against each other.
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52. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:142]
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25 Combat Commander: Europe vs. 40 A Few Acres of Snow

Fun Fact: Rookie
Overall Record: 0-0
Best finish: N/A

Comment: Double whammy on this title: war game and Wallace.
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53. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:69]
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26 Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage vs. 39 Shogun

Fun Fact: Original; Rematch from 2007, 2nd Round
Overall Record: 3-8
Best finish: Participant

Comment: War games struggle but seem to do well when paired up against each other.
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54. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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26 Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage vs. 39 Shogun

Overall Record: 8-5
Best finish: Quarter-Finalist 2008

Comment: Most likely due to its euro nature, this war-like game has managed a winning record going as far as the quarter-finals.
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55. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:53]
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27 Goa vs. 38 Go

Fun Fact: Original, Both have been in the competition all 9 years but this is their first meeting.
Overall Record: 10-8
Best finish: Participant

Comment: Does the additional "A" make the game that much better? We will finally know.
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56. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:68]
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27 Goa vs. 38 Go

Fun Fact: Original
Overall Record: 3-8
Best finish: Participant

Comment: Always the great-granddaddy of the tourney, it usually goes back to the nursing home in the first round.
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57. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
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28 Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game vs. 37 Chaos in the Old World

Fun Fact: Sophomore
Overall Record: 1-1
Best finish: Participant

Comment: This Civ looks to expand its record in its 2nd year.
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58. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:59]
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28 Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game vs. 37 Chaos in the Old World

Fun Fact: Battle over FFG
Overall Record: 0-2
Best finish: Participant

Comment: A surprise hit in 2009, this has remained under ground in the tourney. Perhaps with a new expansion, it can take over the competition.
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59. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:44]
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29 Ora et Labora vs. 36 Pandemic

Fun Fact: Rookie
Overall Record: 0-0
Best finish: N/A

Comment: Yet another Rosenberg in the tourney. Does it have a prayer to follow in Agricola's wake?
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60. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:40]
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29 Ora et Labora vs. 36 Pandemic

Overall Record: 5-3
Best finish: Participant

Comment: We are still waiting for Pandemic to break out of its ho-hum record. The best it has done is 2-1, twice now.
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61. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:48]
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30 Troyes vs. 35 Tichu

Fun Fact: Rookie
Overall Record: 0-0
Best finish: N/A

Comment: The newest of the dice-base Euros looks to shake things up in its Rookie year.
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62. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:64]
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30 Troyes vs. 35 Tichu

Fun Fact: Worst winning percentage of 2012 Participants that have won at least once (16.67%)
Overall Record: 1-6
Best finish: Participant

Comment: Even with such a large following, Tichu has struggled to make it past the first round.
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63. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:39]
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31 Crokinole vs. 34 Runewars

Overall Record: 2-7
Best finish: Participant

Comment: Though always high in the rankings, that has not converted to many wins.
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64. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:70]
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31 Crokinole vs. 34 Runewars

Fun Fact: Sophomore
Overall Record: 0-1
Best finish: Participant

Comment: An FFG big box set in their in-house universe, this sophomore hopes to make it to the 2nd round in its 2nd year.
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65. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:83]
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32 Here I Stand vs. 33 Earth Reborn

Fun Fact: Winless
Overall Record: 0-3
Best finish: Participant

Comment: HIS hasn't made any progress in its first 3 years
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66. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:123]
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32 Here I Stand vs. 33 Earth Reborn

Fun Fact: Rookie
Overall Record: 0-0
Best finish: N/A

Comment: Given HIS's past performances, this rookie looks to make it to the 2nd round.
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67. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:244]
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Typically, I have let the rounds run until evening so I can work on the update from home.

Given the craziness of my life right now (baby due in less than 3 weeks, play testing too many games, and just a general confluence of events), end times may need to change. Looking at the end dates of the next 4 rounds, something conflicts in my evenings.

Therefore, the ends times will most be shifted to the afternoon, and will unfortunately be "random" given whatever time I have available that particular day. So consider this fair warning:

We are in the final hours of voting for this round. Ending sometime today.

Push for the final votes now if you planned on doing so. This round will end sometime after 1:00 pm Geek (Central) time tomorrow, Thursday.
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