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Here is a chance to have a bit of fun (I hope) and to possibly win some geekgold while you're at it. Or, you can just play along for the heck of it.

To preface, this isn't exactly an original concept but I've tweaked this to customize it to BGG

MABBY wrote:
The online game/ website "geoguessr" http://www.geoguessr.com/ basically plops you down somewhere in the world, using Google Earth "Street View".
You then have a look around a bit, and try to guess where they've placed you, on a key map. There are five segments in each game, and you gain points by how close you come to the actual location.
So then, in the game mentioned above, there are two different approaches that you can take. One is to have a quick look around for visual clues and then just guess (probably the intent of the developer) OR you can move around quite a bit until you can locate the name of something on a sign or a vehicle, and then do more research to narrow down your guess. You can score quite high using the latter method.

But, for our purposes, you will not be able to move around on screen. So it is very likely that will have to do some extra research to determine each location, unless you are a geography savant or an extremely well-traveled person--with a good memory to boot.

NOTE: I have chosen the images in each geekitem because they do contain a clue to the actual location. I may have thrown in a few false leads as well, however, so the obvious guess may not be the real one.

CONTEST CLOSED!Here, then, are the rules for the contest:

1) You do not have to "pay" anything to participate. A thumb would be nice, to keep the geeklist on the active/ hot listings so that more people can see it, though. And a thumb on an item will remind you of the answers that you know or have already done... whistle

2) What you want to determine is the name of the country that the image is taken of. If you also know the city then that is nice for you, but it won't help or hurt your chances in the draw.

3) The prize, 25 30 35 25 GeekGold, will be randomly selected from of the entries I receive amongst the people who send me the correct hidden code. There will be at least 2 3 4 winners now.
Send me a private geekmail (use the subject "Where on Earth?", if you wouldn't mind) with your answer(s).

4) Please do not add any comments or guesses to the geeklist items.
If you have a particular issue with something, geekmail me and I'll try to answer you. I'm online every day.

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In an attempt to prove that not everyone will read through the entire set of rules, I will suggest here that you look at item #22 before you begin...

6) The game chosen for each geeklist item was picked for a reason, although it may not be apparent until after you've answered. Even then, my mind makes strange connections sometimes and it might not make sense to you. But it should be a handy way to figure out if you have guessed correctly.

7) This is NOT a race!! I will keep the contest open for at least a couple of weeks. Being done first does not improve your chances. It is basically a random draw and there will be many complete entries (assuming that a lot of people see this). The contest will close at noon, Mountain Daylight Time, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

8) Remember: The initial objective is to determine the name of the country that each image is taken of.
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20. Board Game: Rigamarole [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:16509]
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21. Board Game: Monty Python's Really Silly Board Game [Average Rating:4.22 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: The Spoils [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:3701] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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Once you have looked over each image carefully, I fully expect that you will go off and look up a name or a clue that you've spotted before finalizing your guess.
Sometimes the clue in the image will be apparent, other times it may be small, or even require a bit of fancy thinking to know where to look for an answer.
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Then, when you have determined the name of each country, write down the first letter of the name (in order).

Note: If the country has a two- or three-part name, like "Central African Republic" for instance, then only use the first letter of the first word; "C" in that example. There are 21 images, so 21 letters are required.

The letters will spell out a hidden statement, which will prompt you to learn a codeword. When (if) you send your geekmail entry to me, you can either send a list of all of the country names or just send me that codeword, since it will be apparent that you've worked out most, if not all, of the images.

You will also be able to use the hidden code to better determine if your answers are correct, or to help choose between answers if you can guess what the first letter is going to be.

Aren't you glad that you read rule 5 in the main header now?
Good luck!
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23. Board Game: Net Results Soccer [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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First of all, I would like to say thank-you to everyone who sent in an entry, and all of the well wishes that I received. I'm very pleased that everyone was able to have fun with this.
Out of 123 entries, 105 of them were correct. Or at least "correct enough". I was very forgiving on deciding if you got entered into the draws; all you really had to send me was the word
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CANDLE

Some entrants, however, went out of their way to track down the exact locations. And when I say exact, I mean it (see the notes below)!
I "met" some very nice people along the way, through the geekmails that I received, and I appreciate you taking the time to personalize your responses in those cases!

So then, without much further ado, here are your "winners":

Winner #1 N/A
And the last shall be first! He sent me his answers on the 24th of September, and his was the last correct answer (#105) that I received!

Winner #2
NICK KOUKOS
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(Entrant #86)

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Now I need to thank everyone who tipped me geekgold on this page. It was not really necessary, since I've got plenty, but I was able to spread the wealth around this way, so it was not wasted on me.
In fact, I have an additional 10.86 geekgold left over, after giving out the 4- 25 geekgold prizes above. So...

Winner #5
Paul Brillantes
United States
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Paul told me that he actually went in search of the exact screenshots that I had used for this contest. Ai-yi-yi!! Such dedication! It was an impossible task, as you will learn if you go back and read the spoiler clues for each entry that I've added.

Winner #6
René van Bussel
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René tells me that he was able to guess most of the images without further research. He figured out #15 from the yellow and red traffic sign alone.

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Randall's entry made me laugh, a lot. He was the only person to have every answer incorrect. His strategy (a flawed one, as it turns out) was to guess "France" for each entry except #12. On that one he guessed "don't know", and that is the one image that looks like the Arch de Triomphe, in Paris, but isn't.

Oh, and one final thing: I unlocked the comments today, so you can add notes to items now, if you want to.

MABBY previously rolled 1d105 = (105) = 105 (Winner #1)
MABBY previously rolled 1d104 = (90) = 90 (Winner #2)
MABBY previously rolled 1d103 = (47) = 47 (Winner #3)
MABBY previously rolled 1d102 = (86) = 86 (Winner #4)
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24. Board Game: Pick A Dilly [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:16878]
Board Game: Pick A Dilly
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My choice of country names was quite limited for some letters. There is only one "O" country, for instance.
I really wanted to use an image for one country in particular (not Oman), but it would have had to have been a street map view, not an image view.
For consistency's sake, I went a different way.

So here is the image that I couldn't use, as a bonus item. See if you can track it down. (Answer is in the spoiler!)
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Near the city of Dili, East Timor
No "streetview" available, but I would have loved to have tried to get a roadside passing image of "Hotel California"!
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