The Arbitrarily Complete and Officially Total Thrifty Awards for 2010
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Two years ago, we had the Completely Unofficial and Totally Arbitrary Thrifty Awards. To mix things up, last year gave us the The completely arbitrary and totally unofficial Thrifty Awards for 2009. Likewise, to shake this up this year, I present for you The Arbitrarily Complete and Officially Total Thrifty Awards for 2010! Never Later, Never Better!

These stats were gathered from the BGG XML API in the middle of January, 2011, and are the same as are used to crown the King. Games stats (ranks, ratings, etc) were gathered some time later. They represent a "snapshot in time", so if the ranks I report here no longer reflect the current reality, that's why.

Enough of my blathering. Let the show begin!
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Earlier this year, in another ceremony, The King was crowned. No, not Elvis, though our new monarch seems to have the same kind of shimmy employed by E. Please take a minute to reflect on the incredible year had by your new king:

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2. Board Game: Protector of the Empire [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The new king was the previous year's Lord Protector of the Realm. And as happenstance rears its head, we find that the newly appointed Lord Protector is one who is familiar to all. Meet the New Lord, same as the Old King:

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3. Board Game: 6 x 6 Abstract Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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This year, we see an expansion of the court. With the obvious collusion shown between the Lord and King for the past two years it has become necessary to add more voices to the court, so that all regions of our realm can be heard.

The first new appointment has shown excellence in thrifting abstract games. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you your Thrift Royal Philosopher:

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4. Board Game: Soul Sight CCG [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The next court member just can't leave well enough alone, always adjusting and jigging. McGyver ain't got nothing on our new Thrift Grand Tinkerer:

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5. Board Game: 50 Card Games for Children [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: 50 Card Games for Children
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Our next appointee has but one wish: for all the children of the world to hold hands and sing, in a spirit of peace and harmony. Plus lots of money, all encompassing power and some other stuff best left unsaid on a family site. But the kids and the singing. It would be wonderful.

Your Thrift Lord Regent for dedication in thrifting Childrens Games is:

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6. Board Game: The Family Ties Game [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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Family are the ties that bind, and our next court member tied up quite a bit of time in money thrifting family games. Please welcome, for showing devotion in finding games for the family, our new Thrift August Patriarch:

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7. Board Game: Party & Co: Extreme [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:14896]
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Everyone loves a party, and the life of the party is our next court member. Please welcome your new Thrift Court Jester:

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8. Board Game: Strategy I: Strategic Warfare 350BC to 1984 [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:10372]
Board Game: Strategy I: Strategic Warfare 350BC to 1984
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And as long planning as our next court member is, I'm sure it comes as no surprise to him that he is awarded as seat in the court as the Thrift High Tactician. Ladies and Gentlemen, the final member of the court is:

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My personal favourite award is the "What Th..?" award that goes to the worst game with the most thumbs. This year, was there any doubt which would win? Congrats to:

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10. Board Game: Outburst! [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5567]
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Finding great games is always a thrill, and the smaller (numerically) the rank of a game is, the greater the thrill becomes!!

In 2010 we found 47 games ranked in the top 10 on BGG. Of these, chrisdr and gentlegiantglass each found two games. Close, but not quite enough to pull off the award, as our winner picked up three top 10 games, including Puerto Rico AND Agricola! Your winner for the "You Have Got To Be Kidding Me, You Found WHAT?!" Thrifty is:

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11. Board Game: Trip 50 [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Board Game: Trip 50
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And now it gets tricky. 50 isn't only a brew from Labbatt, it's also a mark of a good game, should it be ranked at this level or lower. This is a hotly contested category, with two thrifters each finding 6 games ranked 50 or lower. After painstaking research and reflection, we are proud to award the "50 is Nifty" Thrifty to:

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12. Board Game: Hundred Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
Board Game: Hundred Kingdoms
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A game in the top 100 is still nothing to sneeze at, and is still a very, very good game. Once again it's a battle for the prize, and we see familiar combatants duking it out, and once again it's

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taking the honours for the "Best Under A Hundred" Thrifty, with 12 games.
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13. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1862]
Board Game: Daytona 500
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A Top 500 game is still a very nice find, and marks an excellent game.

It also gives me a bit of a break, as I don't need a tie breaker to decide who gets the checkered flag in the "Thrifty 500"! Congratulations to

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14. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:7388]
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And in terms of rank, there's nothing really bad about a game in the top 1000 -- it's a pretty sure bet that you have a darn good game. Our next winner clearly subscribes to this principle. With 147 finds of games ranked in the top 1000, your winner of the "Thousand Thrifty Buyings" is:

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15. Board Game: Happy Days [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:18816]
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Most thrifters visit shops year round, but the following show a dedication and determination that is unbounded! This team has amassed more finds in the year than there were days, and are your "Thrift a Day" All Star Team for 2010!

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16. Board Game: People Weekly [Average Rating:4.49 Unranked]
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Last, only one person showed enough dedication to post a find on each weekly list. This year many stepped up to the plate, posting something, anything, no matter how ludicrous or terrible on every thrift list in 2010. Here are your Weekly People for 2010!

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Fargo
North Dakota
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Raleigh
North Carolina
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17. Board Game: Munchkin Thumb Drive [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
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Thumb watchers love this next series of awards. Anyone who has gotten a chill after seeing the thumbs roll in knows what I mean (and should probably seek help). But there's no denying the importance of the "Thumbs Up".

Here are thrifters of various levels of activity who have amassed impressive weighted thumb totals in 2010:

John Mendenhall
United States
Unspecified
DE
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is given the award for Impressive Thumb Reception in the Over 10 category for his 1088.76 weighted thumbs over 16 finds for an average of 68.05

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United States
Sacramento
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takes the 30 and Over category for an average of 55.95 weighted thumbs with his 30 finds.

Ken
United States
Portland
Oregon
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I had planned on making the previous award 50 and over, but Ken (evil, selfish Ken) foiled that plan, as his 108 finds would with an average of 52.2 weighted thumbs would have qualified for that award as well! Well, fooey to that idea -- I'm trying to spread these out here! But wow, Ken sure knows how to haul in the thumbs.

An honourable mention in this category goes to

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who was just behind Ken with 105 finds averaging 50.12 weighted thumbs. That's amazing consistency shown by these two!

Brad Miller
United States
Seattle
Washington
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tops the 200+ club with 205 finds with an average weighted thumbing of 38.53, just narrowly beating out our wonderfully magnificent Grand Vizier.

myles
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Mustang
Oklahoma
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The former king, once again, takes the final spot on the team in the 300+ category, having 323 finds averaging 34.02 weighted thumbs.

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18. Board Game: Misfits [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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Ottawa
Ontario
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Sometimes, walking through a thrift store is like visiting the Island of Misfit Toys, as the stacks abound with odd ball games that no one ever heard of and very few admit to owning. Quite a few thrifters have shown compassion for these unloved games and have given them a new home (however temporary). The winner of the "Loving the Unloved" thrifty is:

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for rescuing 37 games that are reportedly owned by 20 users or less.
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19. Board Game: Tell Me: The Grand Quiz Game [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:19040]
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Consistency in posting highly rated games is the mark of a discerning thrifter. Or perhaps one who only shares their greatest finds. In any event, the following thrifters have shown a consistency in picking up highly rated games. Again, these are again broken down into categories based on the number of games reported. Bayesian averages are used.

Rick
United States
Savage
Minnesota
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takes the spot for the 10+ category, narrowly edging out last year's holder, EvilTimmy, with 11 finds with an average rating of 6.72.

Jupiter Jones
United States
Orem
Utah
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assumes the position in the 30+ category, finding 44 games with an average rating of 6.41.

Ken
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Portland
Oregon
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is not surprisingly in the 100+ spot again, with an average rating of 6.23 for his 102 games.

Brad Miller
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Seattle
Washington
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snags the 150+ spot, with 180 games averaging 5.88

Rob Rob
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Tampa
Florida
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finishes the team in the 200+ category, with a staggering 304 games averaging 5.57.
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20. Board Game: Burn Rate [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5805]
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Ottawa
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How about the flip side? Which users have a penchant for picking up games where the cost is comparable to their rating? This year, the winner of the "I won't leave anything -- ANYTHING" behind Thrifty is:

Jason Monroe
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St Louis
Missouri
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for picking up 24 ranked games with a Bayesian average of 5 or less.
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21. Board Game: Mister Diamond [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:17208]
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Many games on the Geek are unranked -- they just do not have enough ratings to warrant a ranking. 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 for the "Looking for Diamonds in the Rough" Thrifty, for finding 102 unranked games is:

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Fargo
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[Note: I'm tired and not feeling particularly witty right about now, so I cut and pasted the text for this award from last year's. And honestly, this pretty much sums up how I feel about this award, and I'm not sure I can improve on it.]
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22. Board Game: 60 Minutes to Save the Earth [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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OK, let's get the show back on track, this time with something entirely new for 2010.

With the recent changes in the BGG XML, it is now simple to gather the comments for thrifters, as well as thumbs received. Naturally, I couldn't resist the chance to create a new category with this information.

In addition to the great stories presented by people who seeming spend all day in thrift stores during the week, we are also blessed with a fantastic group of folks who, while not finding nearly as many games as the councilors tend to, are always there to offer advice, encouragement or just a good old "Well Done!" or "surprisesurprisesurprise" Make no mistake, list commenters are as important as as item posters. Maybe even more so. It is the commenting that truly makes these lists a community.

In 2010, it is my great privilege to present the first ever "Andy Rooney Thrifty for Excellence in Commentary" to:

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23. Board Game: Speakeasy [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
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The winner of the next award should go without saying, but this particular contributor just doesn't work that way. Rarely is there a time where two words would be used when fifteen (or more) could be inserted instead. A veritable font of verbiage, this user is known for discourse and elocution supreme. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the winner of the Thrifty for Excessive Length in Diatribic Pendantics:

Actually, I would think crawling around looking for someone's eye would be a pretty fun game in its own right.
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I think that all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not, and I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.
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24. Board Game: Yahoo! Web Speak [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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The front page of this lists is approaching a close, and one person has yet to receive an award. This just should not be allowed, so it is my duty to invent a category that he could win.

It should have been the previous one, but claymore snuck in with a relatively small number of finds and a higher character per post count. Which is the pinnacle of unfairness if you ask me. Which leaves it my honour to present this special "Sore Sport" award for most massively spamming the lists with nonsense to:

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Ottawa
Ontario
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