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    Default The Stick Awards II: Second Edition (Results and General Commentary)

    Welcome to the Second Edition of The Stick Awards, where we celebrate the best that The Order of the Stick has to offer!

    What are The Stick Awards? Originally created by Nazzo, the 102nd back in 2007, they were designed for us to decide what the best strips of OOTS were as chosen by our fellow Playgrounders. I have asked Nazzo, the 102nd if I could re-start this project from the beginning since so much time has passed since it first started (and we have so many new Playgrounders), and he very graciously gave his permission to let me relaunch The Stick Awards.

    The format is very simple. Every week we will vote on what we think is the best strip out of the ten listed. Simply post which one (and ONLY one - no ties allowed ) strip out of the ten you thought was best. After the week is over, a winner is declared and we move on to the next set of strips. Each set of strips will have its own thread so people won't be confused as to which one we are currently voting on.

    When we have voted on one hundred strips, we take a bit of a break and figure out the best of those previous strips. The winner of each of the previous ten threads will be entered into a one week playoff to determine the Best of the Hundred. If we should reach one thousand strips, the winner of the ten previous Best of the Hundreds will determine the Best of the Thousand.

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    EDIT: 7/22/13: After some discussion in thread, I am going to go with a semi-final/finals tournament for the Best of the Hundreds. The winners of the Stick Awards from the first five rounds will be in one semi-final, the winners of the second five rounds in the second semi-final. Each of these semi-finals will last only five days.

    The winner of those two 'semi-finals' plus the two strips that got the most votes during those 'semi-finals' move on to the 'finals', which will also last five days. Think of these two extra strips as the 'wild card' entrants.

    Each winner of the Best of the Hundred will move one to the Best of the Thousand tourment, which will be held when we reach 1000 strips.

    Once the Best of the Hundred tournment is up, we move back to the Stick Awards, where we left off.

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    And if we should ever catch up with the main strip? We'll have a quick runoff of winners that are still there (Best of the Rest?) and start off all over again with the Stick Awards III.

    We will start with the very first set of strips in the archive, which I will post after I see if there is any discussion on the format of The Stick Awards II.

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    Please use this thread if you have any suggestions, questions or comments about The Stick Awards as they unfold.

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    And, of course, many thanks to Nazzo, the 102nd for coming up with the original Stick Awards, whose results can be read here.

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    OFFICIAL RESULTS FOR COMICS #1 - 500 (Spoilered for length)

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    Rounds for Comics #1-100
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    0001 - 0010 (62 Total Votes):
    1st) 4 The Power of Music
    2nd) 7 Thor Prayer
    3rd) 10 Like Enthrall, Only Boring

    0011 - 0020 (54 Total Votes)
    1st) 13 - Plot, Ahoy!
    2nd) 16 - Turn of Phrase
    2nd) 20 - Arcanolypse Now


    0021 - 0030 (37 Total Votes)
    1st) 24 - Do You Hear What I Hear?
    2nd) 22 - Leadership in Action
    2nd) 25 - Armor Begon


    0031 - 0040 (41 Total Votes)
    1st) 38 - Spontaneous Artistic Expression
    2nd) 37 - Evil, But Cost-Effective
    3rd) 40 - The Gods Must be Busy


    0041 - 0050 (35 Total Votes)
    1st) 50 - The Semi-Secret Origin of Elan & Nale
    2nd) 41 - Just Take the AoO
    3rd) 49 - Collect the Whole Set


    0051 - 0060 (38 Total Votes)
    1st) 51 - Stupid Isn't Always Cute
    2nd) 58 - First Aid
    3rd) 60 - Everything Comes Together


    0061 - 0070 (43 Total Votes)
    1st) 64 - Transference
    2nd) 65 - The Magic Words
    3rd) 69 - Hey, It Was Worth a Shot
    3rd) 70 - That's Just Mean


    0071 - 0080 (37 Total Votes)
    1st) 80 - Replacement Cleric
    2nd) 77 - A Battle of Attrition
    3rd) 75 - The Blame Game


    0081 - 0090 (43 Total Votes)
    1st) 90 - Consequences of a Failed Skill Check
    2nd) 84 - Saddest. Comic. Ever.
    3rd) 81 - First Church of Banjo


    0091 - 0100 (38 Total Votes)
    1st) 92 - Reading is Fundamental
    2nd) 91 - Proof That I am Deeply Disturbed
    3rd) 95 - Dead Men Tell Tales


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (1-100)
    Semi-Final #1: 50 - The Semi-Secret Origin of Elan & Nale
    Semi-Final #2: 80 - Replacement Cleric
    and 90 - Consequences of a Failed Skill Check (co-winners)
    Wild Card: 24 - Do You Hear What I Hear?
    Finals: 90 - Consequences of a Failed Skill Check

    Rounds for Comics #101-200
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    0101-0110 (43 Total Votes)
    1st) 110 - Revenge is Best Served Really Cold
    2nd) 102 - Lowbrow is the Best Brow
    3rd) 103 - Practice Makes Perfect


    0111-0120 (39 Total Votes)
    1st) 120 - The End of the Beginning
    2nd) 114 - Exciting Climax
    3rd) 112 - Shatter
    ---) 113 - Memories, Like the Edges of My Sword


    0121-0130 (38 Total Votes)
    1st) 122 - Adventurers Are Coming! Adventurers Are Coming!
    2nd) 128 - The More You Know...
    3rd) 121 - The Return of Mail Call


    0131-0140 (35 Total Votes)
    1st) 131 - Money Makes the World Go Round
    2nd) 132 - Kindred Spirits
    3rd) 135 - Potionomics
    ---) 136 - It's Not a Gaming Session Until Someone Quotes Monty Python


    0141-0150 (34 Total Votes)
    1st) 149 - Cultural Differences
    2nd) 150 - A Comic as Lovely as a Tree
    3rd) 141 - Horse Sense


    0151-0160 (30 Total Votes)
    1st) 151 - Learning Experience
    2nd) 153 - Priorities
    3rd) 154 - One Bird with Two Dozen Arrows
    ---) 157 - A Lesson in Leadership


    0161-0170 (34 Total Votes)
    1st) - 162 Soliloquy
    2nd) - 169 The Enemy of My Enemy is a Tree
    3rd) - 161 Captives


    0171-0180 (34 Total Votes)
    1st) 179 - Liar, Liar
    2nd) 173 - It Is Always Exactly Where They Intend It to Be
    3rd) - 172 Cure Moderate Hurt Feelings


    0181-0190 (28 Total Votes)
    1st) 190 - A Lesson in Resource Management
    2nd) 183 - Spit and/or Swallow
    3rd) 185 - The Time Killers
    ---) 186 - Return of the Elf


    0191-0200 (30 Total Votes)
    1st) 200 - The Confrontation
    2nd) 192 - Everything Sits Better on a Ritz
    3rd) 191 - Dungeon Real Estate
    ---) 196 - The Diary


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (101-200)
    Semi-Final #1: 149 - Cultural Differences
    Semi-Final #2: 200 - The Confrontation
    Wild Card #1: 179 - Liar, Liar
    Wild Card #2: 110 - Revenge is Best Served Really Cold
    and 122 - Adventurers Are Coming! Adventurers Are Coming! (co-winners)
    Finals: 200 - The Confrontation

    Rounds for Comics #201-300
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    0201-0210 (29 Total Votes)
    1st) 202 - Scanning...
    2nd) 203 - Just the Facts, Ma'am
    3rd) 209 - Multiclass Discrimination


    0211-0220 (31 Total Votes)
    1st) 216 - Perfect Combo
    2nd) 212 - Dirt Farm
    ---) 213 - The Man Knows His Limitations
    ---) 215 - Taking Charge


    0221-0230 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 223 - Love, in the Abstract
    2nd) 226 - Who's On the Throne?
    3rd) 230 - The Law Strikes Back


    0231-0240 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 236 - Mean Girl
    2nd) 234 - The Ultimate Sacrifice
    3rd) 232 - Because They Got Lonely in the Bag
    ---) 233 - No Thread Left Untied
    ---) 235 - Oddly, He Can Still Get Dressed in Under a Minute
    ---) 237 - Growing Some
    ---) 238 - You Try Rhyming 'Assassin'
    ---) 239 - Roy's Angels


    0241-0250 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 250 - Oh no, he DIDN'T!
    2nd) 247 - It's Just Aphasia She's Going Through
    3rd) 245 - Easy Come, Easy Go
    ---) 249 - Return of the Trouser Titan


    0251-0260 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 255 - Meep meep!
    2nd) 253 - Larry Gardener and the Angry Half-Orc
    3rd) 251 - A Piece of His Mind


    0261-0270 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 270 - Dueling Egos
    2nd) 262 - All You Need is Love and Improvised Thieves' Tools
    ----) 264 - I Cannae Tell a Lie
    ----) 267 - The Cat Behind the Throne


    0271-0280 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 277 - The Crayons of Time: Breaking Up is Hard to Do
    2nd) 271 - The Prosecution's Case
    ----) 275 - The Crayons of Time: World 2.0


    0281-0290 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 285 - A Moment of Truth
    2nd) 284 - Shattered Expectations
    3rd) 281 - Get the Lead Out
    ---) 283 - Rock the Vote
    ---) 289 - Senility Now!


    0291-0300 (29 Total Votes)
    1st) - 298 The Future is Forged in the Fires of Today
    2nd) 300 - Pick Your Doom
    3rd) 294 - Contracts, Shmontracts


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (201-300)
    Semi-Final #1: 250 - Oh no, he DIDN'T!
    Semi-Final #2: 298 The Future is Forged in the Fires of Today
    Wild Card #1: 223 - Love, in the Abstract
    Wild Card #2: 270 - Dueling Egos
    Finals: 298 - The Future is Forged in the Fires of Today

    Rounds for Comics #301-400
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    0301-0310 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 301 - A Brief Intermission
    2nd) 306 - Power Word: Annoy
    3rd) 309 - My Dinner with Elan


    0311-0320 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 316 - The Moment of Truth
    2nd) 313 - Words Fail
    3rd) 319 - Healthier Living Through Repression


    0321-0330 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 327 - The Test of the Mind
    2nd) 326 - Getting Ahead in Business
    3rd) 325 - The Test of the Body
    ---) 329 - The All-Seeing Oracle


    0331-0340 (30 Total Votes)
    1st) 337 - Brief and to the Point
    2nd) 331 - For the Future
    3rd) 335 - A Grand Experiment
    ---) 339 - C.P.P.D. Blues


    0341-0350 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 344 - A Walk in the Park
    2nd) 345 - He Invented the Magic System
    3rd) 347 - On the Map
    ---) 348 Someone Was Looking For You


    0351-0360 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 352 - The Turnaround
    2nd) 357 - Pen Beats Sword
    3rd) 360 - Hail to the Chief


    0361-0370 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 367 - Innocent Man
    2nd) 369 - Fight!
    3rd) 365 - Caught in the Act


    0371-0380 (28 Total Votes)
    1st) 379 - Perform IS on the Aristocrat's Skill List

    2nd) 374 - Black and Blue
    3rd) 372 - Pot v. Kettle


    0381-0390 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 385 - A Sympathetic Ear
    2nd) 387 - The Cliffport Redemption
    3rd) 389 - As Good an Explanation as is Forthcoming


    0391-0400 (19 Total Votes)
    1st) 393 - Truth
    2nd) 397 - Leggo My Ego!
    3rd) 398 - We All Just Want to be Held Sometimes


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (301-400)
    Semi-Final #1: 337 - Brief and to the Point
    Semi-Final #2: 367 - Innocent Man
    Wild Card #1: 379 - Perform IS on the Aristocrat's Skill List
    Wild Card #2: 344 A Walk in the Park
    Finals: 367 - Innocent Man

    Rounds for Comics #401-500
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    0401-0410 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 406 - A Moment of Truth
    2nd) 407 - Fading
    3rd) 409 - Intercession


    0411-0420 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 419 - A Special Pre-Approved Offer
    2nd) 417 - The Most Important Place to Be
    ---) 418 - It's a Type of Boat


    0421-0430 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 428 - It Takes a Thief
    2nd) 421 - Oratory of the Stick
    ---) 422 - March to War
    ---) 430 - Rematch


    0431-0440 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 435 - Amoral Dilemma
    2nd) 439 - Seeing Orange
    3rd) 431 - My Three Xykons
    ---) 432 - Let Slip the Dogs of War
    ---) 440 - Flew the Coop


    0441-0450 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 449 - Land of the Rising...
    2nd) 445 - A Song for the Departed
    3rd) 448 - Just Crazy Enough to Work


    0451-0460 (29 Total Votes)
    1st) 456 - Saved Game
    2nd) 451 - Change of Direction
    3rd) 457 - Anti-Human Resources
    ---) 458 - Exit Strategy
    ---) 459 - Negative Feelings


    0461-0470 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 464 - Not for Everyone
    2nd) 465 - No One Likes a Tattletale
    3rd) 462 - Good Idea, Bad Idea


    0471-0480 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 475 - Crashing the Party
    2nd) 472 - I'll Hold Them Off
    3rd) 477 - Shock and Awwwwww


    0481-0490 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 490 - Final Review
    2nd) 484 - At the End of the Day
    3rd) 485 - Hey! You! Get Off of My Cloud!


    0491-0500 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 496 - Responsible
    2nd) 492 Things to Do in Heaven When You're Dead
    3rd) 500 A Reason to Keep Trying


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (401-500)
    Semi-Final #1: 449 - Land of the Rising...
    Semi-Final #2: 464 - Not for Everyone
    Wild Card #1: 406 - A Moment of Truth
    Wild Card #2: 496 - Responsible
    Finals: 464 - Not for Everyone


    Best of the Hundred Winners
    1-100) (37 total votes)
    1st) 90 - Consequences of a Failed Skill Check
    2nd) 50 - The Semi-Secret Origin of Elan & Nale
    3rd) 80 - Replacement Cleric


    101-200) (29 total votes)
    1st) 200 - The Confrontation
    2nd) 179 - Liar, Liar
    3rd) 122 - Adventurers Are Coming! Adventurers Are Coming!


    201-300) (21 total votes)
    1st) 298 - The Future is Forged in the Fires of Today
    2nd) 270 - Dueling Egos
    3rd) 250 - Oh no, he DIDN'T!


    301-400) (25 total votes)
    1st) 367 - Innocent Man
    2nd) 344 - A Walk in the Park
    ---) 379 - Perform IS on the Aristocrat's Skill List


    401-500) (27 total votes)
    1st) 464 - Not for Everyone
    2nd) 406 - A Moment of Truth
    ---) 449 - Land of the Rising...


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    Last edited by Porthos; 2015-10-22 at 04:56 PM.
    Concluded: The Stick Awards II: Second Edition
    Ongoing: OOTS by Page Count
    Coming Soon: OOTS by Final Post Count II: The Post Counts Always Chart Twice
    Coming Later: The Stick Awards III: The Search for More Votes


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