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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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    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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    Firbolg in the Playground
     
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    Default Re: The Stick Awards II: Second Edition (Results and General Commentary)

    People familiar with the original The Stick Awards may note that I've chosen to go for ten strips at a time instead of five. Part of this is pacing as since there is now so many strips around, it'll still take us almost two years to catch up with Comic #887 even if we do them in batches of ten (one week at a time). Also, the original The Stick Awards were originally in batches of ten (when the forum still had a poll feature) before various circumstances made them move to five for the majority of the awards run.

    Now if the forumites would prefer to have The Stick Awards II: Second Edition stay to the five at a time format (and then have the Best of the Quarter as well), I'm down with that. I'm just a glorified curator after all. But if we do stick with the five at a time format, I'm gonna cut the voting time period down to five days. Doing that will mean that it would take a little over two and a half years to catch up with #887. I'm good either way.

    So if anyone wants to make any comments/suggestions before I launch the first batch, nows the time.

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    (Added Aug 7th, 2014 to avoid post charlimit in the OP)

    OFFICIAL RESULTS FOR COMICS #501 - 1000 (Spoilered for length)

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    0501-0510 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 505 - ...Or We Will All Stick Separately
    2nd) 507 - Fantasy Troll-Playing Game
    3rd) 504 - That's a Surprisingly Common Reaction
    ---) 508 - Sure Beats Flatware
    ---) 509 - It Has Flowers, Hearts, and a DC 30 Lock


    0511-0520 (28 Total Votes)
    1st) 520 - The Power of Immediate Gratification
    2nd) 511 - Guerillas in Their Midst
    3rd) 518 - At Least It Wasn't the Fourth Wall Again


    0521-0530 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 530 - Regarding the Speed With Which One Removes Band-Aids
    2nd) 524 - Pretender to the Throne
    3rd) 523 - Orders That Won't Stick
    ---) 525 - Look More Closelier
    ---) 526 - He's Just Pine-ing for the Fjords
    ---) 527 - Pep Talk


    0531-0540 (23 Total Votes)
    1st) 538 - Fiend or Foe?
    2nd) 536 - A Brief Tribute
    3rd) 533 - Open to Multiple Interpretations
    ---) 539 - 539 Well There is That "Saint" Prestige Class


    0541-0550 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 550 - +1 BFF
    2nd) 546 - O-Chul's Razor
    3rd) 542 - In Azure City, Shark Jumps You!
    ---) 547 - Endurance Feat


    0551-0560 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 552 - And Yet the Turtle Got Away on His Own
    2nd) 555 - Half-Dragons Are Even Worse
    3rd) 557 - The Puppet Mistress


    0561-0570 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 568 - A Sign That You Have a Problem
    2nd) 570 - Clean Slate
    3rd) 561 - Pop Idolatry


    0571-0580 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 578 - A Slick Getaway
    2nd) 571 - Return Engagement
    3rd) 572 - The Resistance of Memory


    0581-0590 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 587 - What to Expect When You're Expecting Assassins
    2nd) 581 - A Sight for Sore Eyes
    3rd) 582 - Moonlight Rendezvous


    0591-0600 (23 Total Votes)
    1st) 593 Another Choice
    2nd) 596 - Convenience Story
    3rd) 598 - 598 To Say a Few Words


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (501-600)
    Semi-Final #1: 550 - +1 BFF
    Semi-Final #2: 568 - A Sign That You Have a Problem
    and 593 Another Choice (co-winners)
    Wild Card: 538 - Fiend or Foe? and 587 - What to Expect When You're Expecting Assassins (co-winners)
    Finals: 550 - +1 BFF


    Rounds for Comics #601-700
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    0601-0610 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 610 - You're It
    2nd) 602 - Clerical Temp
    3rd) 606 - The Philosophy of Chaos


    0611-0620 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 612 - Technically, the "Fish" Version is a Subset of This One
    2nd) 617 - Power Meeting
    3rd) 615 - It's a Real Life-Saver


    0621-0630 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 628 - Every Parent's Worst Nightmare
    2nd) 626 - Good to the Last Drip
    ---) 627 - Power Outage


    0631-0640 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 639 - If They Pull a Knife...
    2nd) 634 - The Wrong Reasons
    3rd) 640 - Madness


    0641-0650 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 642 - Choice
    2nd) 645 - It's Where the Cool Kids Swim
    3rd) 643 - A Wizard Did It
    ---) 644 - An Unsung Legend


    0651-0660 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 657 - Second Chance
    2nd) 654 - Cages (Steel and Otherwise)
    3rd) 659 - Flight of the Phylactery


    0661-0670 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 661 - The Path of Least Expectation
    2nd) 666 - But Seriously, She Won't
    3rd) 662 - The Price is Right


    0671-0680 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 672 - A Familiar Conclusion
    2nd) 673 - Too Slow
    3rd) 679 - Oh, Right, That Other Problem...


    0681-0690 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 689 - Live Bait
    2nd) 685 - On Friendship
    3rd) 687 - Actually, That's Probably You


    0691-0700 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 696 - Still a Long Way to Go
    2nd) 698 - Stopping for Direction
    3rd) 695 - Paranoia Will Destroy Ya


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (601-700)
    Semi-Final #1: 639 - If They Pull a Knife...
    Semi-Final #2: 661 - The Path of Least Expectation
    Wild Card #1: 657 - Second Chance
    Wild Card #2: 628 - Every Parent's Worst Nightmare
    Finals: 639 - If They Pull a Knife...


    Rounds for Comics #701-800
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    0701-0710 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 704 - Dead Men Give No Speeches
    2nd) 702 - One for the History Books
    3rd) 709 - No Scry Zone


    0711-0720 (20 Total Votes)
    1st) 718 - Spring Break Never Dies
    2nd) 720 -Breakfast of Champions
    3rd) 717 - No Incarceration Without Compensation


    0721-0730 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 723 - Generally Relative
    2nd) 729 - No Real Shocker
    3rd) 722 - Block and Tackle
    ---) 724 - It IS Fairly Spicy, However


    0731-0740 (23 Total Votes)
    1st) 737 - Comparative Mythology
    2nd) 736 - Do You Like Comics About Gladiators?
    3rd) 733 - Collect Call
    ---) 739 - A New Friend


    0741-0750 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 750 - Making Up for Lost Time
    2nd) 743 - Dinner Conversion
    ---) 747 - Make It Three, Just to Be Safe


    0751-0760 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 758 - Spins of the Father
    2nd) 759 - Yes, Apparently
    3rd) 755 - Brought to You By Mace-y's


    0761-0770 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 763 - Plotting Something
    2nd) 766 - Breaking In is Hard to Do
    3rd) 764 - Small Talk


    0771-0780 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 772 - Haley's Commitment
    2nd) 777 - Under the Arena
    3rd) 780 - The Duel Everyone's Been Waiting For


    0781-0790 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 783 - Cold Blooded
    2nd) 781 - Companions
    3rd) 785 - The Cost of Freedom
    ---) 787 - No Time for Losers
    ---) 789 - Also, His Popularity Has Waned


    0791-0800 (26 Total Votes)
    1st) 800 - Right Tool for the Job
    2nd) 793 - Critical Thinking
    3rd) 794 - We Recommend Tsukiko


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (701-800)
    Semi-Final #1: 723 - Generally Relative
    Semi-Final #2: 763 - Plotting Something
    Wild Card #1: 750 - Making Up for Lost Time
    Wild Card #2: 783 - Cold Blooded
    Finals: 763 - Plotting Something


    Rounds for Comics #801-900
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    0801-0810 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 808 - Five Rows Down, Three Columns Over
    2nd) 802 - Took a Level in Sauceror
    3rd) 803 - Saved by the Belt
    ---) 804 - Where Her Loyalties Lie
    ---) 805 - Dropping In
    ---) 807 - Wild Empathy
    ---) 809 - Except Maybe the Undead
    ---) 810 - The Kind That Makes Friends Easily


    0811-0820 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 819 - Parental Insight
    2nd) 817 - General Assistance
    3rd) 811 - A Touch of Death


    0821-0830 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 830 - Tidying Up
    2nd) 827 Crushed
    3rd) 822 - Line Quality
    ---) 826 - Minimal Resistance


    0831-0840 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 833 - Villainy Afoot
    2nd) 832 - Loose Ends
    3rd) 837 - The Name of the Windy


    0841-0850 (23 Total Votes)
    1st) 842 - All in the Family
    2nd) 842 All in the Family
    3rd) :vaasuvius: 843 - Lack of Foresight


    0851-0860 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 859 - Smoked
    2nd) 860 - Wasn't Going to Listen to Orders Anyway
    3rd) 854 - Not Much Chance of That
    ---) 856 - I Guess You Had to Be There


    0861-0870 (21 Total Votes)
    1st) 870 - Death in the Family
    2nd) 864 - Bet It Would Get Funded on Kickstarter
    ---) 866 - Complex Math
    ---) 867 - The First Title Also Still Applies


    0871-0880 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 877 - The Bright Side
    2nd) 880 Getting the Message
    3rd) 878 Little Brother


    0881-0890 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 881 - Temporary Weakness
    2nd) 889 - Get Real
    3rd) 887 - Happy Ending


    0891-0900 (22 Total Votes)
    1st) 896 - Two Paths
    2nd) 895 - Plain Sight
    3rd) 894 - The Last Room


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (801-900)
    Semi-Final #1: 830 - Tidying Up
    Semi-Final #2: 877 - The Bright Side
    Wild Card #1: 881 - Temporary Weakness
    Wild Card #2: 842 - All in the Family
    Finals: 830 - Tidying Up


    Rounds for Comics #901-1000
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    0901-0910 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 906 - Nothing Lasts Forever
    2nd) 901 - Friend of a Friend
    3rd) 910 - Marching On


    0911-0920 (27 Total Votes)
    1st) 913 Independent
    2nd) 914 Last in the Coffin
    3rd) 917 Hold On
    ---) 919 - I Went Down, Down, Down


    0921-0930 (28 Total Votes)
    1st) 922 - Payback
    2nd) 930 - Overshadowed
    3rd) 929 - Through


    0931-0940 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 936 - End of the Line
    2nd) 935 - Caster Fight
    3rd) 931 - My Two Dads
    ---) 934 All Hands on Deck
    ---) 937 - Travel Time


    0941-0950 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 945 - Jumbled Up
    2nd) 946 - It's What's Inside That Counts
    3rd) 944 - All of the Above, Actually


    0951-0960 (31 Total Votes)
    1st) 957 - Takes One to Know One
    2nd) 960 - Collision Testing
    3rd) 959 - It Was Not


    0961-0970 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 969 - It's Only His SECOND Favorite Cuisine
    2nd) 964 - Needs More Gears Though
    3rd) 968 - Next Week They're Getting Drab


    0971-0980 (24 Total Votes)
    1st) 979 Fault Lines
    2nd) 980 - Breaking Up
    3rd) 976 - Hard Sell


    0981-0990 (25 Total Votes)
    1st) 981 - Followers Follow
    2nd) 986 - Inn Doubt
    3rd) 989 - Stares and Stripes Forever
    ---) 990 - Critiquing Suspicion


    0991-1000 (29 Total Votes)
    1st) 1000 - Hel Polls for Thee
    2nd) 999 - The Vote in Gods' Aye
    3rd) 998 - Three Sides to Every Story


    Best of the Hundred Tournament (901-1000)
    Semi-Final #1: 936 End of the Line
    Semi-Final #2: 1000 - Hel Polls for Thee
    Wild Card #1: 906 - Nothing Lasts Forever
    Wild Card #2: 981 - Followers Follow
    Finals: 906 - Nothing Lasts Forever


    Best of the Hundred Winners
    501-600) (23 total votes)
    1st) 550 - +1 BFF
    2nd) 593 - Another Choice
    3rd) 568 - A Sign That You Have a Problem


    601-700) (29 total votes)
    1st) 639 - If They Pull a Knife...
    2nd) 657 - Second Chance
    3rd) 628 - Every Parent's Worst Nightmare
    ---) 661 - The Path of Least Expectation


    701-800) (29 total votes)
    1st) 763 - Plotting Something
    2nd) 750 - Making Up for Lost Time
    3rd) 783 - Cold Blooded


    801-900) (27 total votes)
    1st) 830 - Tidying Up
    2nd) 877 - The Bright Side
    ---) 881 - Temporary Weakness


    901-1000) (34 total votes)
    1st) 906 - Nothing Lasts Forever
    2nd) 936 - End of the Line
    3rd) 1000 - Hel Polls for Thee


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    OFFICIAL RESULTS FOR THE BEST OF THE THOUSAND TOURNAMENT

    Semi-Final #1: 464 - Not for Everyone
    Semi-Final #2: 830 - Tidying Up
    Wild Card #1: 367 - Innocent Man
    Wild Card #2: 763 - Plotting Something
    Finals: 830 - Tidying Up


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    Best of the Thousand (48 total votes)
    1st) 830 - Tidying Up
    2nd) 464 - Not for Everyone
    3rd) 763 - Plotting Something
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    Cool thread.

    Two years is a while. How about 20 at a time? Or how about 10 strips every five days?

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    Cool thread.

    Two years is a while. How about 20 at a time? Or how about 10 strips every five days?
    Twenty at a time is just too much, IMO. I want a slightly narrower focus than that.

    Also my comment about two years wasn't so much to say "OMG, this is gonna take forever" so much as instead to say "This is a project where we intentionally want to take our time doing it." A casual stroll through the archives as it were instead of speed run.

    Plus that will give us time to cover the comics that The Giant posts in the meantime.

    Ten strips in five days might be doable though. After all, if people are only responding to the threads for the first four days or so, there's no real reason to wait until going to the next batch. The only real reason I said a week is because that's how long the original Stick Awards was (before shifting to a slightly smaller time period later on). Well that, and I want people who only come onto the forum every once in a while to have the chance to say what they think.
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    I'm fine with 10. With a bigger window you maybe have more hard decisions on the way, which is (I think) more entertaining. (Also 10 is a nice number)

    As for the Top 100(/1000) Play-offs: Since this strips already survived one round, I would maybe consider a different voting approach for them (10 is not the greatest number for that :/).
    Maybe something like first voting on two 5-strip-batches (organized in a determined fashion, so maybe first batch 101-150, second 151-200, or odd decade batch vs. even decade - I would vote on both batches in the same week, but you could add a week for separate voting), first advances to final (or maybe even the two bests advance to half-finals, adding an additional voting-round, with first winner of one batch against second of the other - maybe only adding half-finals for the Top 1000, if we reach them)

    For the update schedule: think 1 week is fine (makes updating easier, since you can just update every <favourite weekday>), other option would be to couple this to the comic-update (like the Favourite Character Tournament), but I would prefer the fixed time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    As for the Top 100(/1000) Play-offs: Since this strips already survived one round, I would maybe consider a different voting approach for them (10 is not the greatest number for that :/).
    Maybe something like first voting on two 5-strip-batches (organized in a determined fashion, so maybe first batch 101-150, second 151-200, or odd decade batch vs. even decade - I would vote on both batches in the same week, but you could add a week for separate voting), first advances to final (or maybe even the two bests advance to half-finals, adding an additional voting-round, with first winner of one batch against second of the other - maybe only adding half-finals for the Top 1000, if we reach them)
    Interesting idea. I'll let it ruminate in my head for a bit to see if there is an easy way to do it. It's gonna be a while before we get to that point anyway.

    TBH, the nerd in me just liked the simplicity of a ever increasing Base Ten cutoff.

    Anywho, look for The Stick Awards II to launch sometime tomorrow. Pending any other suggestions of course.
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    A little bit later than I would have liked. Darned RL getting in the way. But I can now say that The Stick Awards II is OFFICIALLY live!!!

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    Quick question: How do we handle a tie (if it comes to one)? Do we simply advance two strips? Or will there be an additional voting? (One solution I would like (if you are ok with that) is that you cast your vote last, and therefore you could break a tie.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    Quick question: How do we handle a tie (if it comes to one)? Do we simply advance two strips? Or will there be an additional voting? (One solution I would like (if you are ok with that) is that you cast your vote last, and therefore you could break a tie.)
    I think there was a quick 1 or 2 day runoff last time. But I'm fine with holding my vote last to break any ties. It's what I usually do when I am running other contests/officiating rule votes in fantasy leagues elsewhere on the net.

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    A-yup. It's the defending champion. Can't say how close it was though, as the original thread was lost to one of the thread purges.
    Only just seen this answer(on the other thread; I thought my response was probably best put here). I mean... wow. ThorPrayer is a great strip, really funny and everything, but defending champion? Never wudda thunk it. I wonder if it will do as well this time round?
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    Only just seen this answer(on the other thread; I thought my response was probably best put here). I mean... wow. ThorPrayer is a great strip, really funny and everything, but defending champion? Never wudda thunk it. I wonder if it will do as well this time round?
    We're just talking "defending champion" out of the first 10 strips, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird View Post
    We're just talking "defending champion" out of the first 10 strips, right?
    Porthos' answer to me was based on my speculation about the ThoorPrayer strip doing well in the last interation of the contest. So unless there was a misunderstanding somewhere along the line...no, he means that ThorPrayer was the leading strip at whatever point it was that the other version stopped.
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    Porthos is only talking about the vote for strips 1-10.

    Since the old thread including results is still available, you can look it up (only some voting rounds are missing. And In the top1-100 voting thread you can find the top3 of each round before)

    To make it short: there isn't an overall champion listed in that thread, only top100 up to 600 (or 5-batches up to 680)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    Porthos is only talking about the vote for strips 1-10.

    Since the old thread including results are still available you can look it up (only some voting rounds are missing. And In the top1-100 voting thread you can find the top3 of each round before)

    To make it short: there isn't an overall champion listed in that thread, only top100 up to 600 (or 5-batches up to 680)
    Ah. Ok. So it was a misunderstanding, and it was on on my part. thanks everybody.
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    I'm guessing you're using the old format for the results.

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    I'd just add a spoiler tag for the different levels of play offs, also, here are a couple of custom smiley faces threads, cause I think adding a few of them would be neat on strips that feature a character who doesn't have an official smiley.

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    I'm guessing you're using the old format for the results.
    More or less, yeah. Might play with the formatting a bit, but I'm going to use the general format that Nazzo, the 102nd used.

    also, here are a couple of custom smiley faces threads, cause I think adding a few of them would be neat on strips that feature a character who doesn't have an official smiley.

    http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5294429
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    Well aware of them and was already planning on using them. Thanks though for providing the links for easy reference. Much appreciated.

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    I love see this again, BUT it appears you want to re-start from #1???
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    I love see this again, BUT it appears you want to re-start from #1???
    Yep. Already done so, as a matter of fact.

    I figured so much time had passed, and there were so many new people on the board, that a fresh start would be a good idea. After all, it's been over six years since the first batch started. That's like, forever, in Internet Time.

    Also, the Stick Awards was last done a couple of years ago (July 2011). That's another reason I wanted a fresh start. If it had been updated more recently, that would be one thing. As is...

    New coordinator, new beginning, I thought.
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    I love see this again, BUT it appears you want to re-start from #1???
    Quote Originally Posted by Porthos View Post
    Yep. Already done so, as a matter of fact.

    I figured so much time had passed, and there were so many new people on the board, that a fresh start would be a good idea. After all, it's been over six years since the first batch started. That's like, forever, in Internet Time.

    Also, the Stick Awards was last done a couple of years ago (July 2011). That's another reason I wanted a fresh start. If it had been updated more recently, that would be one thing. As is...

    New coordinator, new beginning, I thought.
    Plus, it's a nice occasion to refresh the fading memories of so many strips.
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    And as the old thread jumped to 5batches after 200, we will have other results there anyway. So starting fresh and (hopefully) sticking to the rules has a benefit there, too.

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    I'm curious if Rich reads the Stick Award threads (or if he read the first Stick Awards), and if he gets a kick out of seeing people discussing their favorites.

    For example, I wonder if he's reading the current thread (#11-20) and thinking "no way nobody voted for 18! I remember coming with that joke and so and so..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogall View Post
    I'm curious if Rich reads the Stick Award threads (or if he read the first Stick Awards), and if he gets a kick out of seeing people discussing their favorites.

    For example, I wonder if he's reading the current thread (#11-20) and thinking "no way nobody voted for 18! I remember coming with that joke and so and so..."
    I personally tend to think that Rich reads almost everything that goes into the The Order of the Stick forum. That's because he always posts when he feels that he need to interfere, mostly for moderating issues and ending fruitless debates.

    But he never posted on any of the old threads of the first Stick Awards edition. Maybe because there was never and endless argument in them? Or maybe he likes it and thinks that this should go on forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nazzo, the 102nd View Post
    I personally tend to think that Rich reads almost everything that goes into the The Order of the Stick forum. That's because he always posts when he feels that he need to interfere, mostly for moderating issues and ending fruitless debates.

    But he never posted on any of the old threads of the first Stick Awards edition. Maybe because there was never and endless argument in them? Or maybe he likes it and thinks that this should go on forever.
    That makes sense. We could begin arguing, however, if voting for a particular strip is morally justified

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    That makes sense. We could begin arguing, however, if voting for a particular strip is morally justified
    Nope, that would be a filler thread
    I'd be curious to see what his favorite strips were, though...
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    You know, I gots to admit, I'll a little surprised to see such variance in the voting this time around from the first. OK, the results might be skewed in the early going a bit due to so many people just voting in polls rather than making their views public by actually posting them (what's with that, BTW? It ain't that hard to quickly type a number and hit the Submit Reply button ).

    Still, it is noteworthy. In each of the four rounds so far, there has been a different winner. In fact, in three of them, the winner didn't even crack the Top Three previously.

    Here are the results from the previous version of the contest:

    1-10: 1) 7 2) 3 3) 4
    11-20: 1) 20 2) 14 3) 12
    21-30: 1) 28 2) 25 3) 30
    31-40: 1) 40 2) 37 3) 31

    Now here are the results of the current contest:

    1-10: 1) 4 2) 7 3) 10
    11-20: 1) 13 2) 16 3) 20
    21-30: 1) 24 2) 22 3) 25
    31-40: 1) 38 2) 37 3) 40

    Furthermore, in two out of four cases, two of the top three are different. And in one case, the last winner failed to chart at all.

    Different make up of the board? Small Sample Size shenanigans? Changing tastes? Dunno. But I find it interesting nonetheless.

    Mind, I expect the losing streak to be broken after this week. I've been wrong before though, so who knows?
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    One suggestion for the results: would a "Top3-Smilies-count" be interesting? (so Elan/Durkon scored 3, Roy/V 2 and Xykon/Thor 1 as of Round 4)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    One suggestion for the results: would a "Top3-Smilies-count" be interesting? (so Elan/Durkon scored 3, Roy/V 2 and Xykon/Thor 1 as of Round 4)
    Nice idea. Though people might start complaining about my semi-arbitrary icon choice. I guess I'd just have to put on my big boy pants if that happens.
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    We're coming up soon(-ish) to the Best of the Hundred tournament, and I've been giving some thought to the suggestions given in this thread about how to deal with it.

    So here is a tentative plan that I want to throw out and see what people think:

    Instead of having a one-week Best of the Hundred with all ten winners, there will be a pair of 'semi-final' contests, followed by the 'finals'. Each only lasting five days, instead of seven.

    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'. Think of these two extra strips as the 'wild card' entrants.

    Example:

    Strips 1,11,21,31,41,51,61,71,81, and 91 get in the torunament.

    After Semi Final Number One the totals are:
    1 5 votes
    11 6 votes
    21 6 votes
    31 2 votes
    41 11 votes

    and

    After Semi Final Number Two the totals are:
    51 10 votes
    61 2 votes
    71 9 votes
    81 8 votes
    91 5 votes.

    Which would give:

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    51
    71
    81

    41 and 51 would move on thanks to winning the semi's. 71 and 81 get in thanks to getting the most votes from the non-winners. So, yes, this means that one semi might get three entrants while the other, only one.

    This encourages voting.

    If there is a tie for first, both entrants get in and there is one less wild card.
    If there is a tie for the second wild card, eh, let em both in.
    And if one semi-final winner still ends up with less votes than a strip that isn't a wild card winner? Eh. Winner is winner. Moves on by default.

    The total time to do this would be 15 days. Or, basically, two weeks of normal voting.

    Alternatively, we just do the regular 10 strip vote over seven days.

    I'm good either way. But I must admit I've come to like the idea of giving the runners up a chance as to give a bit of variety in the final vote.
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    Hmm, I think there are merits for both structures. Having a single round of the ten winners seems like the easiest and most logical way to do it, and preserves the format/timing of the previous rounds. Clear, simple and decisve, and takes less time than the alternative.

    The semi-final/final thing looks fun. It is a bit more fiddly, but might be more interesting and produce a more nuanced result. And who cares about taking a little more time?

    I'll happily participate either way, but if forced to choose, I'd go for the semi-final/final structure.

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