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. He also won 11.77 Geekgold!

You can pick up your copies in Essen at the Heidelberger booth.

And as we have previously stated, everyone who didn’t win now still has a chance . We draw the name of a geeklist contestant at 17 p.m. on 23rd October at the Heidelberger booth in Essen. The first player to look into the authors’ eye and claim they are the owner of the drawn nickname gets the prize.

We have also started another game where you can win Krysis – see it here.

See you in Essen and have fun!




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Play and win one of the four copies of the fantasy-themed eurogame Krysis in Essen!

Tell us which three or more characters from the basic 18 cards (you can see them in the gallery of the game) bear the closest resemblance to the public people of our real world in economy crysis. So for example, which one is like
*a top speculator/stock-broker, or like
*an impostor,
*swindler,
*a busted executive (maybe of a Bank),
*a real estate speculator,
*a corrupt politician etc.
You may provide explanation or even a photo in case you think of an actual person. The similarity can be based on their looks, or the suspected behavior of the fantasy characters or whatever you think connects the fantasy illustrations to the real personalities.

(Edit: as there are some visibility problems with the previously uploaded pics - they can't be seen using Internet Explorer -please use the images uploaded later with the text (IE compatible version, please use this one in the contest.) )

Place your tips/votes/comments about at least 3 person/characters here in this geeklist (using some appropriate or intentionally inappropriate game for the entry) until 18th October. Don’t forget to also give a :thubsup: to this geeklist to let everyone know about this contest.

The entry (with 3 character comparisons) that gets the most thumbsup until midnight (USA Central time) on 19th October wins 10 geekgold and also any possible further GGs this geeklist receives.

Furthermore,
4 signatured copies of Krysis will be given away to the winners in Essen Spiel 09 (at the Heidelberger booth) :

1. The harsh but unjust choice: the authors (like me) decide which entry is the most original and let you know their name here on 20th of October (so if you don’t come to Essen you still can ask a geekbuddy to pick up your copy there).
2. The unverifiable but just choice: we select a winner by a draw and let you know their name here on 20th of October.
3. The unjust but inspiring choice: the user whose entry got the most thumbsup here until midnight (USA Central time) on 19th October gets not only the GGs mentioned above but also a copy of Krysis, if you attend Essen!
4. The not too serious but just choice: we draw the name of a contestant at 17 p.m. on 23rd October at the Heidelberger booth in Essen. The first player to look into the authors’ eye and claim they are the owner of the drawn nickname gets the prize.

You may choose there if you want the English (Rio Grande) or the German (Heidelberger) version of the game.


Have fun!
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1. Board Game: Krysis [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5963]
Rik Van Horn
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This gentleman obviously works on the floor at the stock market. He's armored and prepared to battle for pork bellies and other nasty futures.
Do not let him near small children or puppies.


Here we have my paperboy. He consistently and maliciously destroys my landscaping and mercilessly duns me and my family for money.
I'd shoot him on sight, but he never delivers the paper at the same time each day.
I have no doubt he will grow into an investment banker.


The most perfidious merchant of doom: The CEO. Note that he never goes anywhere without his golden parachute strapped to his back. It not only contains his ill gotten funds, but memorabilia from others he has destroyed, such as fingers, ears and noses.
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2. Board Game: Twin [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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1 - The first picture is undoubtedly based on Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack.

I mean, LOOK AT THAT UNIBROW!!!





 



2 - Here we have the Big Three Automakers Card.

The basket is obviously for the bailout they expect you to pay for.





 



3 - Phil Gramm

"Some people look at sub-prime lending and see evil. I look at sub-prime lending and I see the American dream in action."






 






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3. Board Game: Easy Money [Average Rating:4.92 Overall Rank:13408]
Mousey
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I present to you: Nicolas Sarkozy, the French precident, small guy, thinks he's Napoleon and owns everything!


Here is Madoff, he just took everything:


Last but not least: Berlusconi. Here he tells us he also wants those other diamonds:


Edit Oct 12th:
How could I forget: Michael Schacht, the Zooloretto Panda Bear gave him away. But what I don't get is what he is doing in this game?:


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4. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:148]
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There were three main factors in this Krysis and now you see their faces:

1. The Banks

This agent is clearly Josef Ackermann without his human skin.

Here you see the former chef of the "Deutsche Bank" presenting his horns after being cleared of all charges of bribery.
 


2. The Politicians

Also found under the agents in Krysis is a former "Kanzler" (Prime minister) of Germany: Helmut Kohl

Here for comparison a shot of this "great" politician. Not only did he widen his area of control by playing the right cards at the right time, which got him the former DDR, no he tossed germany in the greatest washout of the old millenium and cut himself a big piece of the pie, never getting caught and never telling the truth about it.


3. The Church

And last but not least, this agent is clearly a manifestation of Benedikt XVI., the pope, the famoust german in the world.

For comparison here the picture, which the great artists Péter Zelei and Sándor Zubály took as guideline:
 

Now you ask:"What has the pope to do with the Krysis?". Everything i say, he could have stoped the crisis with a sit down with his supervisor, instead of billing all those managers with a conscious for "Ablassbriefe" (letter of indulgence).
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5. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: Dark Tales [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
Ivica Crljenica
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Csilla: Grandpa, grandpa, who are these strange people? What are they doing with my game?

János: Aaa, it's one from the Old Days. It brings back memories ...sigh...
Csilla: Grandpa, are you OK?
János: Yes sweetie. Let me tell you a story about that picture.
It was just before everything changed. We couldn't afford a lot, but we still could afford a smaller holiday in Croatia. At least we could be on the sea. That one in the middle, that's me.
Csilla: But it's nothing like you!

János: Yes, but back then we were quite different. I should have another picture of me somewhere... Here it is

Csilla: That is my scooter!
János: Yes it is. After The Crashes we learned to take care of things. And see, here is also the picture of my brother László

He is the one on the left on your picture. And next to him is his wife Edit. The ones on the right are György and his wife Margit, some friends of mine. I also have a picture of György here

Csilla: But how could you all be so big?
János: He had plenty and we ate well.
Csilla: But mummy says we eat well.
János: Yes you do. But it was different in the Old Days. And we were lucky. Our size helped us get through The Crashes.
Can you guess who is this on my left, whose head you barely see?
Csilla: The one with the strangely coloured hair?
János: Yes. That is grandma Orsolya.
Csilla: But I can't see her. Do you have any other pictures of her?
János: No, it was too hard watching them... Ask your mum, maybe she has some.
But I promised you a story, and now I go and get lost in memories, silly me. We were in an apartment on the sea. The Crashes didn't start yet, but we were feeling them approaching. We hadn't any special cups, we had these bright red mugs we got free from, I think, coffee.
Csilla: Free mugs from coffee, how is that possible? Why did they give them for free? But they are nice, even if a little bland.
János: They thought that people would buy more coffee if they got the mugs free.
Csilla: That is silly. Everybody knows that you don't buy anything that you don't need.
János: Those were the old days.
It was a hot day, and there was no air conditioning
Csilla: Grandpa, what is air conditioning?
János: Didn't you learn that in your history class?
Csilla: No, I don't remember.
János: Well, it was a box that made hot air cold.
Csilla: Hmm. That sounds like a good idea in summer.
János: Yes it was.
But as we didn't have any, we went on the terrace to play a game. It was a cheap game that was easily available.
Csilla: But it looks just like my game, the game that mummy gave me.
János: And it is. It is the same game. I gave it to your mum, and now she passed it on to you. One day you will have your own children, and you should do the same.
Csilla: Is that why you put the picture near this one of the card holders I made for playing with mummy?

János: Yes, it is. My little boardgamer.
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6. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3645]
Kris Verbeeck
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Well people. I'm here to tell you to not get fooled by this competition.
while there is some resemblance to figures in the economic crisis the resemblance to users here is much higher.
What's more they are all geekbuddies of mine.



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Andy just got married. Congratulations Andy! HE is a well known Saboteur.

I hope his card isn't the way he will look in couple of years time.



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Well I have to admit I wasn't so sure about Alex his part.
Caesarmom who I met in Essen 2009 was my first choice. I met her at Essen last year and while she can play a mean game of BSG I wasn't too sure at all and looked further.

He refers to the dragon as coming out the great wall of China. However his comment on damage in the game Wings of War: Famous Aces is a clear tell. Alex took the damage control in his own hands claws.




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Well if you meet him he has allways some games on hand. Not sure what he is pushing here.
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7. Board Game: Krysis [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5963]
Donald Dimitroff
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Another fantasy team of monstrous creatures!




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8. Board Game: Tax & Spend [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Here's Barney Frank and Chuck Schumer, who lack sufficient eyes to see the state of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac:




And here is the 9/11 attack, against world trade:

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9. Board Game: Wahlspiel [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
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Those cards resemble famous politicians right back out of germanies (post-war) past:

is Konrad Adenauer


is Hans-Dietrich Genscher


is Franz-Josef Strauß
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10. Board Game: Finance and Fortune [Average Rating:4.88 Overall Rank:12529]
Željko Kumer
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since i've been following this whole "recession" and "financial downturn" deal for quite some time now i'd be happy to write something about it. and if it gets me a game all the better...

so here goes my entry:
and it all starts here
GREED

one of the most basic things in a human being. WE WANT MORE! and those who can - do. yes my fellow humans we are greedy and if we get the chance we'll stuff our pockets until they burst.
the small guy on a turtle? yes, because he has "that" kind of an expression on his face and the thing is that much like the guys that were responsible for this whole mess, he's riding on something that's much bigger than him and probably dragging us all with him.

CAPITALISM

it's a form a social system where capital (money or anything else with value) is everything. so what did you expect to happen? and picture? that's us boys and girls. the mighty workforce pulling the never ending cart full of fees and taxes. but even a social system where human-well-being comes second can work well if governed properly by:

LAW
and if there is something i hate more than the people who break it, it's those people who "adjust it" so that the ones who do can get away with it. and here comes in:
Mr. Phill Gramm


who, and i quote "engineered the most dramatic deregulation of the financial industry since Emperor Hien Tsung invented paper money in 806 A.D.". essentially he wrote a bunch of laws that made impossible to keep track of all "questionable investments" and gave a way for big companies to grow to gigantic proportions without any real value behind them. furthermore when confronted with the problems of the common american folk he replied "We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness."

and then come those who used those laws and the non-regulated opportunities. perhaps most known of them all is
Mr Joseph Cassano


who used and exploited those unregulated markets to trade with things like "collateralized-debt obligation" and "credit-default swap" in the name of AIG which could then claim a huge rise in assets but without any real money behind it. Mr. Cassano claimed that "it is hard for us, without being flippant, to even see a scenario within any kind of realm of reason that would see us losing $1 in any of those transactions". shockingly AIG then posted the largest quarterly loss in American corporate history, some 61,7 billion $.

of course nothing in this story can go without the involvement of "the government". and what does an efficient government do? apparently not what the American one did at that time and that was - give more money to those who lost it already. and the one who dealt it away was:
Mr. Henry Paulson


who was given $350 billion for financial "bailouts". so who got money? no one knows with certainty. and i quote again "The situation with the first TARP payments grew so absurd that when the Congressional Oversight Panel, charged with monitoring the bailout money, sent a query to Paulson asking how he decided whom to give money to, Treasury responded - and this isn't a joke - by directing the panel to a copy of the TARP application form on its website"

and a particular bunch of people i'd also like to mention here are:
the regulators and auditors
the people that should be on THEIR asses like this

watching their every move, checking every suspicious transaction like a watchdog. instead they are probably warming their arses in cozy chairs playing minesweeper 'till the day is over. and i quote again "it was pretty easy to make the regulators look the other way by offering them the services of the opposite sex"

of course there are far more people involved in all of this and i doubt that all of them are American. but it is a fact that it all has roots there.

also other notable mentions are
Mr. Angelo Mozilo


who was Head of Countrywide Financial (1969-2008) the biggest provider of subprime mortgages and who, quote again, "specialized in predatory loans that put broke people in mansions". Also "Condé Nast Portfolio ranked Mozilo second on their list of "Worst American CEOs of All Time""

Mr. John Thain


who was the CEO of Merrill Lynch (2007-2009) and in that time concealed $15 billion hole in Merrill balance sheet until government subsidized the sale of his company. But he did manage to propose s $10 million bonus for himself.

Mr Richard Severin Fuld, Jr.


who was CEO of Lehman Brothers (1993-2008) and led Lehman to largest ­bankruptcy in U.S. history with Lehman holding over $600 billion in assets. but managed to earn $22 million the year firm went bust

and also the granddaddy of it all:
Mr. Alan Greenspan



and there are many, many more...but I'm running out of time, and out of pictures on the cards.
dang, I know i took this too seriously because i made more entries than needed...but whenever there is this subject on the menu something in me just breaks.
how can people really be this selfish? this greedy? this possessive? to destroy everything and then simply take his bonus and go ski...
i don't know. my guess is neither do you. but there are such people. the only problem is that they are the CEO's. not us.
and i'll make one more quote
"The best way to understand the financial crisis is to understand the meltdown at AIG. AIG is what happens when short, bald managers of otherwise boring financial bureaucracies start seeing Brad Pitt in the mirror."
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11. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:53]
Attila Safar
Hungary
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I think, he is Putyin.


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This is clear...
Robert Fico (Prime Minister of Slovakia)


3.:
...and one from Hungary

László Kövér (hungarian politician)


And just for fun:


András Réz from Hungary

He is not politician or businessman, but the similarity...

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12. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:175]
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
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An entry out of competition (being a playtester I don't want to "win" a copy):

1. Space Hulk (third edition)

This is the cover guy some years later, having some beard and big belly:

Space Hulk is obviously a symbol of our corrupt and tricky world in which manipulating and counting fanboy reaction a (by the way probably not bad) #69 game's new and updated edition can get into the top 10 while a standalone game like Dominion: Intrigue which is simply a lot better than its 'original' is considered simply and expansion when it gets into the top 10.


2. Agricola goat


Many detesters of Agricola remember the 'conspiracy' that made Agricola get the top position 2 years ago. This world is clearly corrupt.


3. Dominion
 


Maybe the most dividing game in the top10. Some love it, some hate it, and anyone who hates it think it was simply hyped up to the top 10.

I think these 3 are the most obvious examples for BGG gone to crysis.
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13. Board Game: The Roaring 20's [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:10850]
Magnus
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One explanation for the crisis is the over production, which means having more than wanted:

This led to several problems at once:

Only teamwork helped out of this:


P.S.: You didn't say which crisis
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14. Board Game: Connect Four [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:13725]
Oliver Graf
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You won't get a discount for that brand new cart! Audi CEO Stadler tells us the truth: Audi does not get anything for free, so why should there be any discounts for customers?



French president Sarkozy will pull the economy cart out of the mud. He found the guilty one: the french economic model.

Why this character? The nose... do I have to say more?



Bayern Manager (the soccer club) Uli Hoeneß knows the truth: In times of crisis people need fun. Soccer is fun and so he will win from the crisis.

You can see the horns, can't you?



Guide Westerwelles party FDP had it's best result ever in the last Bundestagswahl. Obviously this is a result of the economic crisis.

On the picture he gives us his winners smile.
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15. Board Game: Krysis [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5963]
Bruce Murphy
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The first one is almost a corrupt politician.
Sir Humphrey Appleby, from Yes Minister. Sir Humphrey is the face of government to several generations.



The second Nicolas Sarkkozy, although it might just be something about the nose...




and the final entry, Gordon Brown because he seems to be very likely to be pushing his office contents away in a cart much like this in the next few weeks.


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16. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:119]
Gunnar Johannsen
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1. This one is KARL MAX, he is the founder of all economics....








...the bomb would be represent his most influence book "Capital"...



2. This guy must be Warren Buffett, last year he was the world's richest man...






3. ...and last but not least, this agent is Dagobert Duck, the world's most influence and ultralarge captalist!



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