The Ultimate Card Game Tournament: Round 1
- Tony Ackroyd(1000rpm)United Kingdom
Now I'm interested in knowing how an open competition between lots of these great card games would turn out. No doubt you'll be familiar with the format of this list, but I don't think its ever been done for card games. Hopefully this round will determine the 32 best card games ever - and we'll move on from there.
1. Vote once for the better card game in each match-up
2. Vote by clicking on the link underneath the picture of the game you want to win or add in a comment under the game.
This round ends Sunday, April 22nd at 11:00 pm BGG time.
I took the games from a variety of geeklists about the best card games available and the general games rankings list for card games. The definition of a 'card game' is quite wide and as such includes a diverse selection. Some games you may not consider a card game, such as St Petersberg, Taboo, Werewolf, etc. If your view is that it isn't a card game then the solution is simple: Don't vote for it. Maybe even vote for the opposition. And maybe put a comment saying that you don't think its a card game.
If you think there is an excellent card game that should be included which isn't (e.g. perhaps you consider Wings of War a cardgame - on a borderline decision I decided to exclude it) then add it as another WildCard entry.
I seeded the games exactly according to their BGG rankings. Seeded games have then been split across the 64 games in the match-ups so that in theory the higher seeded games should meet up later in the tournament. All the lowest ranked card games have been entered as WildCards.
The Wildcard system works like this:
After the 64 seeded games there are a number of Wildcard entries. You can vote for these in the same way as the seeded games, but they are not matched up against each other. What will happen is that any Wildcard game that gets more votes than the winner of a matchup will bump that winner out of the top 32 and take its place.
The advantage of doing this is that the tournament will still be settled in 6 rounds, but it allows a lot more than 64 games to enter.
I've added 12 Wildcard games myself, but the list is open for people to add more.
I may re-seed round 2 based on the number of votes each game got to aim to get a meaningful last 16. In addition, if a game wins a match-up but gets a lot of votes then I may let it re-enter under WildCard rules if a match-up winner gets a lot less votes.
I'm not sure how much interest this geeklist will get, if it doesn't get much of a response I may compact the competition into less rounds (e.g. rounds 3 & 4 could be combined as could round 5 & 6).
Update Note: The guideline I tried to stick to when deciding if a game was a cardgame was whether cards were the main component and no board was required. For instance in St. Petersberg there is a board, but it is really only a placeholder for marking the number of card spaces, the board doesn't really play a part in the game. And with Wings of War, although no marked 'board' is required, a large table or space IS, and the manuevers there are the main part of the game rather than the cards being played. Its a fine line and I don't see a lot of point debating it - if you disagree, add the game you want and democracy will decide.
UPDATE: Since my posting this list the rules on have changed and I have been credited with a huge number of on my profile for all the votes I've got. I've changed the rules so you can vote by comments now instead. I didn't plan this - honest!
VOTING NOW CLOSED! ROUND 2 IS HERE:
- [+] Dice rolls