The Contest of the Fourteen

There are rumored to be 14 different races in the land of Small World, all vying for supremacy in a merciless land grab. Next week will be your chance to lend one of them a charitable hand, by voting, rooting and campaigning hard for the one you deem worthy to rule them all!

Starting on Wednesday, January 28, we will be running a contest of a very different kind…

The prizes: Ten copies of the next Days of Wonder big box game (and no it ain’t a card game – there aren’t even cards in this one); and enough bumper stickers to satisfy the masses, or at least those that vote well. But read on…

The contest: It’s a popularity contest with a twist. Once all has been revealed next week, you will be invited to vote for the 3 races that you believe will garner the most top votes from fellow players.

A dedicated page on will display the current tally of votes in favor of each race, and give you a chance to vote for the three races that you believe will prove to be the most popular by the time the contest ends, on Wednesday, February 18 at noon CST.

The first ten players to correctly guess – as judged by the time and date of their vote in the contest – in correct order, which three races will garner the most top votes by contest’s end will win a free copy of Small World.

And ALL the players who correctly guess the top race (but not necessarily the next two) will receive a free Small World bumper sticker as a thank you bribe from the winning race!

How it really works: If you vote early, you will know little of your fellow players’ preferences; so guessing the top three races might be tricky. But… you get a chance to influence fellow voters by your early choice since the race you selected as your topmost one will display one vote in its favor. And you will have plenty of time to campaign hard, root for, chat, trick, seduce or bribe fellow players into voting your way.

If you vote late, you will likely know more about your fellow players’ inclinations (what do you mean, Tritons are number 1?!!!); but you run a much higher risk of being late to the party, with more than 10 fellow players having already correctly picked the winning trifecta, thus missing out on the big prize by being too conservative.

Of course, at any point during the course of the contest (and starting now, if you like lobbying early), you are welcome to talk and cajole friends, family members and co-workers to go register on boardgamegeek and vote your way.

So go ahead, start campaigning hard and fun, but remember… It’s a Small World, after all!

The masters of the known universe – well, Small World, that is – at Days of Wonder

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12 Responses to “The Contest of the Fourteen”

  1. Raviv says:

    An interesting contest.
    But when will we hear something about the game itself ?

  2. Chris says:

    Raviv, they wrote “Once all has been revealed next week”. So I guess we’ll find out next week.

  3. Raviv says:

    I was afraid “all” means all 14 races. They don’t have to reveal anything about gameplay for this contest.
    Anyway, Tritons, Skeletons and Amazons ? (from the races listed so far).

  4. Kevster says:

    Well we know it has something to do with a landgrab. Im sure more details will follow. Good update DoW. Contest sounds fun.

  5. Javier says:

    Sounds like another collectible board game? Race expansions and the winner race would be included with the base game… I’m guessing.

  6. Courtney says:

    Sorry, but this is not a contest I’ll be entering. Any time there’s a race to be the first person to submit an entry, I lose all interest. There’s no way I’m sitting by my keyboard watching the second hand on a clock to submit my guess. No game is worth all that for just a chance at winning a copy. If, however, there’s a BoardGameGeek sponsored contest where you need to answer questions and the winner is picked randomly, then count me in.

  7. Eric Hautemont says:

    You must have misunderstood how the contest will work. It’s not a race in that sense of the term! You can submit your guesses at any time, not just when the contest starts.

    Besides, given the number of possible combinations, it’s highly unlikely that all first ten correct guesses would occur anywhere near the start of the contest…

  8. RanDomino says:

    yes yes that’s all very nice, but what IS it?
    It’s not like I’m going to rush out and buy a game I have no interest in just because it has an effective marketing campaign.

  9. John N says:

    I am pretty sure they are going to let us know all about the game before it actually comes out. And then we can all rush out and buy it!

  10. Chris says:

    “It’s not like I’m going to rush out and buy a game I have no interest in just because it has an effective marketing campaign.”

    *shakes head sadly*

    What is the world coming to when people don’t base all of their decision on effective marketing campaigns?

  11. Andrea says:

    So it will be a game of mass killing (slaughter) and laugh (laughter)… ?

  12. 2fat4me says:

    how come it isn’t on BGG yet?

    the game itself, not the contest.

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