4G June & July 2018 - The World Cup
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What the heck is 4G?
The Great Geek Game Giveaway (4G) - Thread III

How do I enter?
Enter by adding an item to this GeekList. In your entry you must select three countries that are competing in the 2018 World Cup. One country must come from the Favorites group; one entry must come from the Contenders group; and one entry must come from the Dark Horses group. (See below for the countries in each group.) As a tiebreaker, please list the number of goals you believe the champions will score during the entire tournament.

Points will be awarded according to how far each of your three chosen teams progress in the 2018 World Cup. The following points will be awarded:

3 - Group Runner-up
5 - Top of Group
5 - Eliminated in Quarterfinals
8 - Fourth Place
11 - Third Place
16 - Runner-up
26 - Champion


Entries close before the kickoff of the first match on June 14th!

Is this a giveaway?
Of course it is! Sometime after the World Cup Final on July 15th, first and second prize will be awarded. First prize gets to choose to receive a gift from:
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Second prize will get a gift from He Who is Not Chosen

The Groups

The Favorites The Contenders The Dark Horses
Argentina Belgium Australia
Brazil Colombia Costa Rica
France England Croatia
Germany Poland Denmark
Spain Portugal Egypt
Russia Iceland
Uruguay Iran
Japan
Mexico
Morocco
Nigeria
Panama
Peru
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
South Korea
Sweden
Switzerland
Tunisia

Anything else?
Good Luck!

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1. Board Game: Egypt [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Current Points
Teams with a + after their point total may still pick up additional points, but have already locked in some points.

0 points
Egypt Morocco Costa Rica Germany
Serbia Tunisia Australia Nigeria
Iran Panama South Korea Iceland
Peru Poland Saudi Arabia Senegal


3 points
Argentina Portugal
Denmark Switzerland
Japan
Mexico


5 points
Spain
Colombia


8 points
Russia

10 points
Brazil
Sweden
Uruguay


11 points
England

16 points
Belgium

21 points
Croatia

31 points
France


My picks

Favorite: Argentina Microbadge: I love Argentina

Contender: Belgium Microbadge: I love Belgium

Dark Horse: Egypt Microbadge: I love Egypt

Tiebreaker: 17

Final Points: 19

Commentary: So I'm banking on Lionel Messi willing Argentina to victory here. I don't care what the experts say about their chances! As a Chelsea fan I've seen a lot of the Belgium contingent at work, and I like what I see. They never seem to play up to their potential, but I'm thinking this is the year they get it right. And Egypt? Well Mo Salah will play at some point, and Group A isn't very strong. I'm sad that Orlando City defender Amro Tarek didn't make the final squad, but I'm hoping that means they are fielding a quality back line.


The Cool Kids
The most popular picks from each group:

Favorite: Germany (chosen 45 times)

Contender: Belgium (chosen 31 times)

Dark Horse: Croatia (chosen 15 times)

Tiebreaker: 17 (this is both the median and the mode)

Final Points: 37

Commentary: Despite the "soccer experts" being fairly evenly split between Brazil and Germany as favorites, 4G greatly favors Germany (45 to 19).


The Cinderellas
The teams that didn't receive a lot of love, but in my opinion still have a chance of doing well:

Favorite: Spain (chosen 9 times)

Contender: Uruguay (chosen 4 times)

Dark Horse: Senegal (chosen 3 times)

Tiebreaker: 18 (the average of all entries was 17.96)

Final Points: 15

Commentary: Spain is undefeated in their last 16 matches. Uruguay is expected to win their rather weak group, but surprisingly only gained about as much support as Russia from 4G. I almost picked Costa Rica for the Dark Horse (remember 4 years ago when they won the group that also had England, Italy, and Uruguay before finally falling to the Netherlands in the Quarterfinals on penalties?) ... but they will probably run headlong into Germany in the Round of 16. So I picked Senegal, which is an exciting team that may actually have a chance of winning in the Round of 16 (if they can get out of their group).


The Hopeless
These teams received the fewest votes:

Favorite: Spain (chosen 9 times)

Contender: Russia (chosen 3 times)

Dark Horse: Iran (chosen 0 times)

Tiebreaker: Does it matter?

Final Points: 13

Commentary: Spain has a shot here at least, but the rest of this group is a train wreck. Russia has a chance to feed on home country advantage, but even getting out of their group is a tall order. Iran is the only team to receive 0 support from 4G. Does everyone think Iran is the worst team at the tournament, or is it just the unlucky draw that saw them placed in the same group as Spain and Portugal? Probably a combination of both.


Other things that may only be of interest to me
Germany, Belgium, and Croatia received the most votes in their respective groups, so unsurprisingly that was also the most selected combination (4 times). But the combination of Brazil, Belgium, and Croatia was also selected 4 times.
England (25) and Portugal (22) were the only other Contenders selected more than 20 times.
Mexico (14) lead the Dark Horses pack for a long time before slipping behind Croatia (15). Switzerland (11) and Sweden (10) were the only others to receive 10+ selections.
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2. Board Game: Helvetia [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1297]
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Favorite: Germany Microbadge: I love Germany

Contender: Belgium Microbadge: I love Belgium

Dark Horse: Switzerland Microbadge: I love Switzerland

Tiebreaker: 23
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3. Board Game: Brasil [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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Favorite: Brazil

Contender: England

Dark Horse: Mexico

Tiebreaker: 21
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4. Board Game: Catan Geographies: Germany [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2832]
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Favorite: Germany

Contender: Belgium

Dark Horse: Tunisia

Tiebreaker: 24
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5. Board Game: Russian Railroads: German Railroads [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
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Favorite: Germany

Contender: England

Dark Horse: Australia

Tiebreaker: 16
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6. Board Game: Australia [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2539]
Board Game: Australia
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1. France - round of 16, quarter final,ssemi final playing Belgium , final - winner , 31 points

2. Belgium - round of 16, quarter finals, semi final playing France , playoff for 3rd and 4th against England - third, 16 points

3. Australia - out with 0 points

4. 23

Total: 47 points?
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7. Board Game: Brazil [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Brazil
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Favorite: Brazil

Contender: England

Dark Horse: Saudi Arabia

Tiebreaker: 25
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8. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game – The Blue Is Calling [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Favourite: France Microbadge: I support France

Contender: Belgium Microbadge: I support Belgium

Dark Horse: South Korea Microbadge: I support South Korea (yeah, I know they're in the GoD)

Tiebreaker: 17
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9. Board Game: Brasil [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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Contender: Portugal Microbadge: I support Portugal!

Dark Horse: Mexico Microbadge: I support Mexico!

Tiebreaker: 15
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10. Board Game: Agri-Cup: The John Deere Farming Game [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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The emphasis in my entry is on John … as in Olivia Newton-John and her version of "Don't Cry for me, Argentina"!

Favorite: Argentina

Contender: England

Dark Horse: Sweden

Tiebreaker: 16





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11. Board Game: Monopoly: World Cup France '98 Edition [Average Rating:5.11 Overall Rank:18531]
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Favorite: Germany

Contender: Belgium

Dark Horse: Croatia

Tiebreaker: 17

I know somewhere between little to nothing about soccer so just picking random teams. That's how this works, right?

On a related note, I thought the GameTek segment on the 1994 Caribbean Cup was super interesting: Ludology Link. Do you fans remember that happening?
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12. Board Game: Barbarossa: The Russo-German War 1941-45 [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:10653]
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Favorite: Germany Microbadge: I love Germany!

Contender: England Microbadge: I love England!

Dark Horse: Sweden Microbadge: I love Sweden!

Tiebreaker: 20 Microbadge: in Back To The Future Part II
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13. Board Game: Brazil [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Favorite: Brazil

Contender: Uruguay

Dark Horse: Morocco

Tiebreaker: 15
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14. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:467]
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Brazil
Columbia
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15. Board Game: Soccero (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:5581]
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Brazil

Belgium

Mexico

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I don’t have a clue.

Now if it were The World Cup for Roque aka the Game of the Century, held at the Overlook Hotel, Colorado each year in the fall, maybe.

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16. Board Game: World Cup Tournament Football [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:7056]
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Favorite: Brazil

Contender: Belgium

Dark Horse: Croatia

Tiebreaker: 24
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17. Board Game: Monopoly: Fifa World Cup 2006 Germany [Average Rating:5.26 Unranked]
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Favorite: Germany
Contender: Colombia
Dark Horse: Mexico

Total goals from Contender: 16

I'm still sad I can't include the Oranje


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Before looking at any other entries, I'll go with

Favorite: Germany

Contender: Portugal

Dark Horse: Mexico

Tie-breaker: 19
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19. Board Game: Captain Clueless: Lost in the Caribbean [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:10337]
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I know nearly nothing about World Cup teams, so I'm semi-randomly going with:

Spain
Colombia
Tunisia
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20. Board Game: That's Pretty Clever! [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:134]
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No idea...

Favorite: Germany

Contender: England

Dark Horse: Morocco

Tiebreaker: 18
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21. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Germany [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1360]
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Now I have 3 teams to pull for!
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22. Board Game: Agricola: Belgium Deck [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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I'm going for a francophone world cup!

Favourite: France (Their captain is a keeper! I love that. Also, Giroud is fun to watch-though I haven't seen him play in a few years)

Contender: Belgium (I've always loved the Belgian national team, and they have a good squad this year)

Dark Horse: Senegal (I ALWAYS want to see a little African country do well. Their supporters are amazing, and you can tell they just love playing at this stage. It's all hard work, determination, love and pride)

Tiebreaker: 28 (shooting high) - There are some GREAT keepers in this tournament, but the defenses don't seem to be as good as in the past- However, I haven't paid any attention to soccer until just now, so maybe that's just me being cynical
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23. Board Game: No Peace Without Spain! The War of the Spanish Succession 1702-1713 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:3725] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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So, I'll start off by saying I don't follow sports. I really don't have an interest. So, I have no clue about any of this.
I chose my entries from the 3 lists before looking at anybody's answers!

Favorite: Spain

Contender: Poland

Dark Horse: Nigeria

Tie breaker: 24


RANDOM CHOICES FOR THE WIN!
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24. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Germany [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1360]
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Favorite: Germany

Contender: Portugal

Dark Horse: Mexico

The way I see it ... Portugal has a great chance to get to the semifinals IF they are the runner-up in group play (Spain wins group B). Then again, I have Mexico playing Brazil in the round of 16, so what do I know?

EDIT 2: changing tiebreaker from 19 to 18
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25. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Favorite: France

Contender: Portugal

Dark Horse: South Korea

Tiebreaker: 11

EDIT: Lowered tiebreaker from 23 to 11
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