The completely arbitrary and totally unofficial Thrifty Awards for 2009
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Last year we had the Completely Unofficial and Totally Arbitrary Thrifty Awards. This year, I wanted to do something a little different, so I now present to you the Completely Arbitrary and Totally Unofficial Thrifty Awards.

For these prestigious awards, the stats relating to games found were gathered in the middle of January, 2010 using scripts devised by myself to scrape the information from the weekly thrift lists. Stats relating to the games themselves (ratings, ranks, owners, etc) were gathered at the end of January. So if you're reading this at a later date and compile the data yourself, there's a good chance that it no longer matches up as the database changes. These awards are based on a snapshot in time. For example, the day I did the scrape Agricola was the number 1 ranked game (according to the Agricola page) and Puerto Rico was number 2.

All the information is loaded in a database to which I have easy access. If you can think of an award that I have not yet covered, please suggest it. If it's possible to coax a winner from the database I will do so.

Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention. Unlike the King tabulations, these stats will include ALL posts to the weekly thrift lists -- including Outside The Scope and RPG finds. So if you see a count here that doesn't exactly match up to the KotT lists, that's why.

Now enough of this boredom! On with the awards!!

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This year's king has been crowned in another ceremony, the council and lords appointed and the serfs and peasants determined. Please see the King of the Thrifters 2009 list for details.

Congratulations to the New King:

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Such was the king's dominance this year that he lead in all categories -- number of finds, number of thumbs and weighted thumbs.
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2. Board Game: Protector of the Empire [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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With the king, a new Lord Protector of the Realm must be appointed. This is the thrifter who has achieved the highest thrifting rating when only thrifted wargames are considered. Surprising no one, the King is also the leader in this category. However, as it is impossible for one single person to handle the duties of both King and Lord Protector of the Realm the title then passes to the next highest rated thrifter. This year, I am please to present to you he who will protect the kingdom with his dying breath:

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3. Board Game: The Worst-Case Scenario Card Game: Dating & Sex [Average Rating:2.80 Unranked]
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Some finds are great. Some, now so much. In fact, they can be downright terrible. But often the have a good story attached to them, or a very high What Th...?!? factor. Every year, we honour the thrifter who has achieved the highest score for a truly horrible game. This year's winner of the "Best Find of a Horrible Game" award is:

Cindy Nowak
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4. Board Game: Outburst! [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5537]
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Thrifting highly rated games is always a thrill, and it scarcely gets more thrilling than thrifting a Top 10 ranked game. 39 times a top 10 game has been reported, with 5 thrifters with an outstanding 2 Top 10 finds each. As no one reached 3 such finds, I was forced to determine the winner by tiebreaker. The obvious choice is on game rank, but then I noticed that Puerto Rico and Agricola have been trading the top spot recently. In fact, the day I did the scrape Agricola was number 1, yet today it's number 2. Insufferable ages were spent agonizing on how to handle this.

It turns out that it didn't matter, as the winner of this award happened to snag BOTH top ranked games on the geek. Your winner for Excellence in Finding Top 10 Ranked Games, for finding both Agricola AND Puerto Rico in the same year is:

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5. Board Game: Con-Tra '50 [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Not quite as glamourous as the Top 10, Top 50 finds are also quite nice. And nicer for me in that the leader is easier to determine without resorting to a tie breaker. This year, 12 thrifters posted 3 finds in the top 50, 5 posted 4 top 50 finds, 5 and 6 finds were each reported by 3 thrifters. But only one person thrifted 7 top 50 ranked games. Your winner for the "50 is Nifty" Thrifty is:

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When we start to look at the top 100 ranked games things start to spread out some. The top of the list of most Top 100 Finds is no stranger to us. As a former King he has served us well. With an amazing 17 finds of Top 100 ranked games, I present your winner:

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7. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:7413]
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And our last stop on game rankings is the top 1000. Here, our new King is starting to show his dominance, but our former liege is pressing strong. It was very much a two horse race to determine the winner. With a scant 7 find margin at the end of the year, the winner of the "Achievement in Thrifting Top 1000 Ranked Games" Thrifty with 161 finds is:

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8. Board Game: Bargain Day [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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For many of us, thrifting is a year round event, with multiple trips to stores every week. A very few, however, exhibit such dogged determination to find bargains that they have averaged over one thrift find per day! Lead by our King, who himself averaged over two finds per day, here is your "Thrift A Day" All Star Team!

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9. Board Game: People Weekly [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
Board Game: People Weekly
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Some people take the "Weekly Thrift" to heart. One person has taken it quite literally. In the entire thriftdom, one member was able to post at least one find on each of the 52 lists created in 2009. Your "It's a Weekly List And I Mean It" Thrifty winner is:

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10. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Thumbs? A great measure of the quality of a find, or the greatest measure of the quality of a find?

This year, I'm going to announce a team of thrifters of various levels of activity who have achieved an impressive average number of thumbs per post.

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is appointed in the over 10 finds category for his 13 finds averaging 47 thumbs.


is next in the over 50 finds category for his 63 finds averaging 32.8 thumbs each.

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continues to impress with his appointment in the over 100 category with 195 finds averaging a staggering 30.1333 (repeating, of course) thumbs per post.

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provides some Canadian Content in the over 200 finds category with 232 finds averaging 22.3 thumbs

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continues the Canadian Cause in the over 300 category, taking an average of 20.37 thumbs for his 321 finds

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our newly crowned king, takes the spot in the over 400 category with an average of 17.29 thumbs on his amazing 798 finds.
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11. Board Game: Lonely Heart [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Thrift stores are filled with lonely games, those unloved both by their previous owners and those on the Geek. I'm considering 'unloved' to be any game where fewer than 10 BGG users will even admit to owning it.

Your rescuer of the most unloved games, who has personally salvaged 61 such gems is, not surprisingly:

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12. Board Game: Tell Me: The Grand Quiz Game [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:19025]
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Game rating is often a good measure of the quality of a find. The following users have exhibited a consistency of highly rated games over a number of finds.

As I did with ranking, I will create a team based on the number of reported finds, with the leader of each category taking a spot on the team. For consideration in these scores, a game must have over 10 ratings.

Friends, here is your "Consistency In Quality" team for 2009!

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in the over 10 category for 12 finds with a rating average of 6.99


as the representative for the over 50 group, with 61 finds averaging a rating of 6.6

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takes his spot for the over 100 crowd, with 182 games with an average rating of 6.52

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rounds out the team in the over 200 category, with 373 finds and an average rating of 6.26

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13. Board Game: Burn Rate [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5795]
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And for the flip side, and by popular demand, it is my great pleasure to acknowledge a fine thrifter, one who never saw a game he didn't like. No one has thrifted more lower rated games than he has, not by a long shot.

I was going to fill out a team as I did with similar awards for high ratings, but he would take up three of the spots. It is my honour to award the "I'll Try Anything Once" Thrifty to:



170 of his finds had over 10 ratings, with an average rating of 5.33. In fact, 135 of his finds had a rating of less than 6.
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14. Board Game: Diamonds Club [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1336]
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Many games on the Geek are unranked. They just do not have enough ratings to warrant one. Is it because these games are horrible? Not necessarily -- chances are they are just unknown to the masses, Often times these will show up in thrift stores, ready to be discovered by one who will appreciate them.

And when it turns out to be a hidden gem, we are very happy indeed.

Your winner of the "Looking For Diamonds In The Rough" Thfifty is, having found 179 unranked games, is our new king:

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15. Board Game: Gold Digger [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8432]
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It's a simple fact that many thrifters use their finds to mine for Geek Gold, either by submitting images, game entries, reviews or session reports. In 2009, two thrifters have accumulated over 500 GG from submissions related to games that appear on their 'trifted games' list.

Your "Geek Gold Miners Extraordinaire" are:

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who accumulated 536.99 GG on apparent thrifting activity

And:

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who was right behind with 523.41 GG
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16. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:11610]
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Thrifting, while being something we do for ourselves, also has a greater benefit to the general Board Game Geek community. By scouring the second hand shops, we frequently find games that have heretofore been unknown to even the geekiest of geeks here.

In 2009, 124 games that appear on weekly thrift lists were added to the database. Of those, over 1 in 5 were submitted by one person. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that the recipient of the "I'm Doing It For The Greater Good, No Really, I Am" Thrifty is:

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with 25 finds added to the database in 2009.

And that's just the ones that made it to the thrift lists...

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17. Board Game: Image [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:19385]
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Another fine reason to thrift games is to photo document some of the lesser known items so that others may get a chance to see what they look like. It is a particular hobby of mine, and I will confess to picking up an otherwise terrible game, simply because it has fantastic bits waiting to be photographed. It appears that I am not alone in this passion.

The thrifter who snapped the most pictures of games that that were also reported as thrift finds, with an amazing 523 pictures, and your winner of the "Are You Ready For Your Closeup" Thrifty is:

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With an honourable mention to

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for his 466 pictures submitted in 2009.
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18. Board Game: Tip-It [Average Rating:5.04 Overall Rank:18900]
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Another source of income in the Thriftdom is plain old tips for Geek List Comments. This year, two participants have acquired over 100 GG from generous fellow thrifters. Leading the pack, and the winner of the "Don't Forget To Tip Your Server" Thrifty is the organizer of the Thrifty Lottery himself:

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who has taken in 162.45 GG in tips.
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19. Board Game: Pseudon's GiveAway [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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And the recipient of the next award will come as no surprise. This thirfter has started the Thrifty Lottery and donated vast sums of GG to random finds. It's one of the quirky little things done here that make all this so much fun.

The award for "Extreme Generosity in Tipping", having sent 324.45 GG out of his bank and into others in Geeklist activity is:

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20. Board Game: The Interstate Haul Trucking Game [Average Rating:3.83 Unranked]
Board Game: The Interstate Haul Trucking Game
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Some thrifters are just plain lucky. Maybe they're the only ones in the area thrifting with any regularity. Or perhaps it's being at the right place at the right time. Possibly they have talked their spouses into hitting the stores that they themselves can't go to on a particular day.

Whatever the reason, these thrifters at times need to rent a vehicle of some sort to bring their massive hauls home.

My friends, it is my pleasure to award the "U Haul Huge Haul" Thrifty award, for 48 finds posted on a single day with a combined thrifty rating of 1250.35, to the former king:

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Impressively, he also takes the second place spot on this list.
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21. Board Game: Duplicate Ad-Lib Crossword Cubes [Average Rating:5.69 Unranked]
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Many games are hard to resist, no matter how many copies we already have. Perhaps the plan is to give these copies away or sell. Maybe there's a Do It Yourself project that requires more and more bits. Whatever the reason, many of us find ourselves thriting the same game over and over.

Our former king is no stranger to this phenomenon. In 2009, he has started to make a Bandu stack out of Bandu finds, and is well on his way to achieving his goal. With 14 finds of Bandu / Bausack, the winner of the "Can't Have Too Much Of A Good Thing, Single Game That Is Not Scrabble Category" is:

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22. Board Game: Scrabble Duplicate Crossword Game [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
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Scrabble is a game that is like none other. No other game is stripped bare of its essentials and sold to the scrapbook market quite like this old crosswords building game.

And while it appears that folks have slowed down their reporting of Scrabble finds, it is still the most often thrifted game on our lists, and by far the most often duplicated find by thrifters.

This year's Great Achievement In Ghouling is, once again, our new king:

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With 29 finds of "Scrabble" or "Scrabble"-branded games.
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23. Board Game: Multiple Mutations [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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And to finish the category I'll be brief, because frankly I'm getting tired of announcing this thrifter as the award winner. It should come as no surprise that the winner of the "Don't Leave A Good Game Behind, Highest Number of Duplicated Titles" Thrifty is our new king:

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with 47 titles thrifted at least twice (49 if you include Outside the Scope and Misc Gaming Accessory...)

Now let's find some awards that the King can't win!
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24. Board Game: Shrink [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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