2018 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 5 - Elite Eight - COMPLETE
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Continuing the 15th Annual Geek Madness Tournament!
32 games took part in Round 4. Here the winners progress the the Elite Eight!

Every Spring, we pit the top games 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 advances to the next round. This year we will follow the same structure as last year, with 116 games in the main contest including 4 Super-seeds.

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 legitimate voters, and rib the other team - just keep it moderately civil! Please feel free to comment on the games and match-ups, and most importantly, have fun!
Voting for this round will end probably around midnight Sunday 15th April.

IMPORTANT: This is meant as a fun competition. Please only vote with your main User account, i.e., ONE VOTE PER PERSON PER MATCH-UP PER ROUND. Do not create "dummy" or shill accounts to vote multiple times as those votes will be voided if discovered.


To view the prediction bracket contest, check out this: 2018 Geek Madness Prediction Competition

Interesting Round 4 Tid-Bits:
At least 1,880 voters (1,486 Round 3)
14123 Total Votes (7,479 last year)
883 average votes per game (467 last year) compared to 677 Round 3.
Zero of 8 Upsets by Lower-seeded Teams (4 last year)

No upsets in seed terms, but it was a big surprise to see previous winner 7 Wonders lose so badly to Terraforming Mars and Terra Mystica go out to Pandemic Legacy.
And now we are left with seeds 1-9 (minus 8) in the last eight. Not sure that has ever happened before in Geek Madness!
And a huge voter turnout!

Highest single vote (winner): Gloomhaven with 1025 Votes
Lowest single vote (winner): Through the Ages with 834 Votes
Biggest Loser: Stone Age with 699 Votes
Highest single vote (loser): Pandemic with 869 Votes
Most Heated Race: 5 Gloomhaven defeated 12 Scythe 1025-851 with 1,876 Combined Votes
Coldest Race: 7 Through the Ages (combo) defeated 55 Stone Age 834-699 with 1,533 Combined Votes
Biggest Blowout: 5 Gloomhaven defeated 12 Scythe 1025-851 with 174 vote difference (9%)
Tightest Race: 1 Castles of Burgundy defeated 17 Puerto Rico 879-861 with 18 votes difference (1%)

Shame PR couldn't pull off that upset after a late rally!

Previous Rounds:
2018 Geek Madness Tournament: Preliminary Round
2018 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 1 -VOTING COMPLETE
2018 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 2 - VOTING COMPLETE
2018 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 3 - Last 32 - VOTING COMPLETE
2018 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 4 - Sweet Sixteen - VOTING COMPLETE

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

Voting is over for this round. The next round is here:
2018 Geek Madness Tournament: Round 6 - Final Four - COMPLETE
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1. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:4]
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1 The Castles of Burgundy
9 Terraforming Mars
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Round 4 1 Castles of Burgundy defeated 17 Puerto Rico 879-861
Round 3 1 Castles of Burgundy defeated 32 Brass 842-463
CoB entered in Round 2 as the #1 Super-seed as 2017's winner

Round 4 9 Terraforming Mars defeated 40 7 Wonders 973-830
Round 3 9 Terraforming Mars defeated 41 Codenames 815-655
Round 2 9 Terraforming Mars defeated 65 Roll for the Galaxy 793-393
Round 1 9 Terraforming Mars defeated 112 Star Wars X Wing 1103-365

Terraforming Mars has never made it this far in The Madness before and was impressive in its defeat of 7 Wonders. It is the lowest seed left in the contest.

GM 2017 Champion, Castles of Burgundy, found the Puerto Rico challenge tougher than last year, but took it out and remains top seed.
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2. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:8.92 Overall Rank:1]
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5 Gloomhaven
4 Agricola
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Round 4 5 Gloomhaven defeated 12 Scythe 1025-851
Round 3 5 Gloomhaven defeated 84 Azul 798-662
Round 2 5 Gloomhaven defeated 61 King of Tokyo/New York 594-593
Round 1 5 Gloomhaven defeated 116 Captain Sonar 812-538

Round 4 4 Agricola defeated 45 Carcassonne (series) 970-861
Round 3 4 Agricola defeated 29 A Feast for Odin 790-467
Agricola entered in Round 3 as the #4 Super-seed

BGG #1 Gloomhaven has never made it this far in the Madness either and with the highest vote count last round cannot be written off for pulling off an upset here.

Agricola is a contest steamroller on BGG, but last year it went out in Round 4. Can it get back its GM-cred here?

Edit: Just for interest:

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Have you played both?
Yes and voted for Gloomhaven
Yes and voted for Agricola
Yes and didn't vote
Only played Gloomhaven and voted for that
Only played Agricola and voted for that
Only played Gloomhaven and voted for Agricola
Only played Agricola and voted for Gloomhaven
Not played either and voted for Gloomhaven
Not played either and voted for Agricola
Not played either and didn't vote
Other(?!)
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3. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:35]
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2 Power Grid
7 Through the Ages (combo)
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Round 4 2 Power Grid defeated 47 Pandemic 946-869
Round 3 2 Power Grid defeated 34 Le Havre 843-457
Power Grid entered in Round 3 as the # 2 Super-seed

Round 4 7 Through the Ages (combo) defeated 55 Stone Age 834-699
Round 3 7 Through the Ages (combo) defeated 26 Orléans 610-576
Round 2 7 Through the Ages (combo) defeated 58 Patchwork 599-515
Round 1 7 Through the Ages (combo) defeated 114 Shogun/Wallenstein 760-352

MahoganyRhino can correct me but I don't think Through the Ages has made it to the QFs for some time, if ever!

Power Grid shrugged off the challenge of Pandemic and according to history and seeding should make short work of TtA before the serious business of the Semis.
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4. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.65 Overall Rank:2]
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6 Pandemic Legacy (combo)
3 Ticket to Ride (series)
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Round 4 6 Pandemic Legacy (combo) defeated 11 Terra Mystica 873-830
Round 3 6 Pandemic Legacy (combo) defeated 38 The Voyages of Marco Polo 784-492
Round 2 6 Pandemic Legacy (combo) defeated 59 Tigris & Euphrates 630-553
Round 1 6 Pandemic Legacy (combo) defeated 115 Biblios 823-435

Round 4 3 Ticket to Ride (series) defeated 46 Dominion (combo) 988-834
Round 3 3 Ticket to Ride (series) defeated 35 Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 834-567
Ticket to Ride entered in Round 3 as the #3 Super-seed, and was last year's runner-up in the Madness!

Is this the furthest Pandemic Legacy has ever made it in the Madness? Last year it went out in Round 3.

TtR is the lowest ranked game left in the tournament. Last year it was the GM runner-up. Can it head into the Semis again?
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