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  1. Well, got to see some of the new sports in the games now. What’s people’s thoughts? For me, a bit of mixed reaction so far. I’ve watched a fair bit of the skateboarding street event, and was a bit underwhelmed. Not quite as spectacular as I’d expected - looked highly technical and few wow moments. Best thing to me was seeing the two 13-year-old medallist’s in yesterday’s women’s (girls) event. Cute. Maybe the park events will be a bit more spectator-worthy. Surfing? Hmmm. First few days too was a bit tedious to watch. Most of it was watching a few people out in the surf waiting for waves. A bit like watching the tide come in. That said, by theta me it came today to watch some Aussies in the quarter and semi finals, and getting a bit of an idea about the scoring and tactics, it did start to have some excitement. Probably would be even better under bluer skies, in bluer waters against whiter sand. I still like Paris’ idea of having in in Tahiti. I’ll keep my eyes out for the others. Climbing sounds intriguing.
  2. Watching the men’s road race now - looking forward to seeing the circuits around Fuji. But already, gotta say, it’s nice to see crowds along the track. Starting to feel like a games.
  3. Just when I thought I’d got out, they drag me back in. Yes, I’m back for Tokyo. It seems we have an active board for the first time in god knows how long. Nice to see, especially at what’s usually the board’s holy grail time - Games time. Okay, so how about a bit of fun for the games? Get the board rocking again. I hereby announce the GamesBids Tokyo 2020+1 Sweepstakes. It’s simple - put your name down here to be put in the draw for a national; team to support for the games. I will draw those names against the teams that finished at the top of the medal table at Rio 2016. For example, if we get 10 people joining the sweep, they will get drawn one of the top 10 countries of Rio’s medal table. At the end of Tokyo 2020+1, the countries’ medal tallies will be compared to how they went at Rio. Each country will be awarded 1 point for each bronze medal they won above what they got in Rio. 2 points for each silver above their Rio tally and 3 points for each extra gold won at Tokyo compared to Rio. The sweepstakes winner will be the one whose country has most improved since Rio. See, simples. Sign up here, get drawn a country, and cheer your adopted team on to victory! Feel free to get into the spirit of it too - feel free to support your adopted team in your signature, board icon or even a new board name for the duration of the games. So, who’s in?
  4. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will kick off Games Volunteer Programme registration from 26 September 2018 until December 2018. https://tokyo2020.org/en/news/notice/20180912-01.html
  5. And welcome back everyone for the Quarter Finals of the GamesBids Olympic Logo Winners' Cup! And we've sure got some mouthwatering quarter finals lined up! Thanks for everyone that voted - and sorry if I've had to spam to get people involved - just as I've mentioned elsewhere, without status updates, it's hard to promote these comps now. And it's about time Blake contributed something useful to the board. Anyway, in the pool round we had a mix of clear results and a few draws, where I've (and I must say, it's for the first time ever in these comps) had to cast the deciding votes/take the penalty kicks. My decisions were based on a number of factors - my pure aesthetic preferences, evening out some of the finalists who got through and an eye to what sort of match-ups they would produce in these quarter final rounds. For these Quarter Finals - from Groups A and C. The results were: Group A: Tokyo - clear winner with 7 votes. Prague, runner up with 6 votes (including one from me). Aomori (3) and Sochi (1) were eliminated. Group C: Paris - winner on 7 votes (including one from me). Toronto - runner up with 6 votes. Christchurch (5) and Rio (0) were eliminated. Danny's Rio logo was the only one not to get any votes in the pool stages. Which sets us up with two intriguing Quarter Finals. QF1 matches up (in the first of two such match-ups in the QF round) the two heavyweights - Paul and aismanggo. Paul's Tokyo takes on aismanggo's Toronto in a tough round yo see who will get through. Good luck to both! QF2 is the Battle of Britain. Davey versus Rob. I'm sorta sorry to bring these two up against each other, and, yes, I could have avoided it by my penalty kick. But this is how it was shaping up yesterday and I sorta got to like the Brit battle aspect of it. So its Davey's Paris versus Rob's Prague. Good luck guys! Okay, rules: 1) It's one vote per person, per Quarter Final. You can vote in a both matches, or only one, as you wish. 2) You have a week to vote - voting in this stage is open until Wednesday December 14. 3) The winning logo in each quarter final at the close will progress to the next round - the Semi-Finals. 4) If there is a tie between any 2 logos in any match, I reserve a casting vote/penalty kick. I will not vote in the regular voting time, & if I do need to use a casting vote, I will base it first on my own subjective opinion. At the end of this Quarter Final round, the Semi-Finals will be arranged according to the draw diagram from which the two surviving finalists will be chosen for the Grand Final which should culminate on December 31, just before submissions close in our regular logo comp (Kathmandu 2030 and Hamburg 2032/Havana 2032). You can vote for yourself if you want to. They're all great logos battling it out now - may the best of them now reign over the rest. Good luck to all! And one last thing - if you're looking at these and inspired - please get out your graphics packages and make sure you're in this year's comp. Go to this thread to enter!
  6. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/08/19/olympics/critics-tokyo-2020-venues-misguided/
  7. With 30 members voting, we're now down to a top four in the Tokyo 2020 logo comp. Unfortunately, we now see barrack's design drop out! Thanks for entering barrack, it was great to see a past champ entering again, and making the finals in both sections. Well done! The final results were: A (nzl) - 10 B (barrack) - 1 C (mr.bernham) - 3 D (paul) - 12 (one vote from stir.ts re-allocated from E to D) E (aismanggo) - 4 (see above) All votes cast were valid. Okay, onto round 2: This voting round will be open for (approximately) 24 hours - it will close after 7am, Thursday January 15, Sydney time (8pm Jan 14 GMT). Voting will now be conducted in rounds until one entry has an absolute majority and is declared the winner. In this and following rounds, the logo with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated at the close of the poll. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY now vote for their own logo if they wish. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of December 1 2014 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this, or any subsequent rounds, unless a tie-breaker vote is needed. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT. Let's see if anyone's preferences short intros round. Good luck to all our remaining entrants! __ Godzilla watch: Sorry to say, Osaka has copped the lizard's wrath! The rampage is relentless. The people of Tokyo, and the cities in its path, are praying we find a winner quick. Make it so!
  8. Okay, hit it Kirsten, Thanks to the beautiful and talented Kirsten Dunst for helping us all Turn Japanese for the summer leg of the GamesBids Tokyo 2020 Logo Comp. And welcome everybody to Yoshi's Island, which I presume is somewhere in the seas around Japan. Soyoshi and Palette have kindly agreed to host us on the island for the duration of the 2020 vote, and in return have a special task for us to complete during our time in pixel land. But more on that later. More to the point, it's now time to decide our short list of five entries from the 17 Tokyo 2020 logo designs submitted above. All our heavy-hitters from the 2022 vote are back, plus a few new entrants. There's a couple of new designs there also that GamesBidders will not have seen yet. Entry O is from the 2022 WOG logo winner, aismanggo. Mr Bernham has submitted a new updated entry (F). Entry L is from a long-established member who has requested he remain anonymous for the time being. Let's see what you think of the design before unmasking our last-minute entrant. So, onto the rules: Vote in the poll above for your nominations for the Tokyo 2020 shortlist from the selections above. You may vote for UP TO Five (5) member's logos from the selections. You may vote for less than five, but if you vote for more your votes will not be counted. Entrants MAY NOT vote for their own logo. You MAY post your reasons for your decisions, but try to be respectful please. Voting will last approximately 24 hours. The poll will close after 8am Tuesday January 13 2015, Sydney time (9pm January 12 GMT). After this time, the votes will be collated, and the top five logos in terms of votes will proceed to the first elimination poll round. In the event of a tie for fifth (or higher) place giving us more than five logos, all tied logos will also move on to the elimination rounds. Voting is limited to members of GamesBids as of December 1, 2014 with a bona fide posting history. The judge's (my) decision on what constitutes bona fide, and the validity of votes, is final. I'll decide any other rulings on the fly if necessary. I will vote in this round. Those are the basic rules. Also, as mentioned, Soyoshi has a special request while we're on the island. It seems Godzilla has been awoken from the depths and is very impatient for a Tokyo 2020 logo to be chosen. Every round we go without crowning a winner, he will lay a new city in Japan to waste in his fury and frustration (he has already razed Fukushima as this poll starts)! Only when we have a majority verdict and a logo winner, will he quieten down and agree to come to Yoshi's Island and leave the home islands alone. He has about five stops before he destroys Tokyo itself - can we choose a winner before he does so and so save the 2020 games? It's up to you to stop him - and the only way to do that is to reach consensus in time. We have only two ways to delay him if the voting rounds take too long for his taste: I can play my special tie-break card if we are forced to a tiebreak run-off: Or, any round in which Pikachu is still alive in the comp, he may (if Puppy lets him off he leash) delay Godzilla from smashing the next city in his path into smouldering atomic rubble. Okay everyone. Satisfy Godzilla! Save Tokyo! And crown our next Logo Winner! Good luck to all our entrants!
  9. Sir Rols: Yes, Herr Bach. I’ve paid Puppy off. I’m sure he’ll be back to cause trouble, but you can go on now. Sir Rols: Thank you Herr Bach for that colourful musical opening. While you make your costume change and before I hand the microphone back to you, I also want us all to put our hands together to the IOC Executive Committee members as the cabaret girls. I never thought Coatsey would look so good in fishnets. Anyway, what’s that Herr Bach? You’re ready. Okay, let me hand back over to our emcee tonight, IOC President and Olympic Gold medallist in Fencing in 1976, the Wunder von Wurzburg, Herr Thomas Bach! *applause* Thomas Bach: Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Monsieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, Wilkommen und Ho! Ho! Ho! Frohliche Weinachten, Merry Christmas to all of you. Especially to our hosts, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, who haff graciously invited us into their home for ziss festive season. The fact ve haff sacrificed our Christmas komforts to komm here out of season to Monte Carlo shows how seriously ve take der burden ve haff set ourselves - to secure the very future off the Olympic Games through mein meister battle plan, Agenda Tventy-Tventy! To demonstrate just how serious ve take our task, this year ve dedicate the 8th Annual GamesBids Olympic Logo Competition to Agenda Tventy-Tventy. To ziss end I haff decreed that the summer logo challenge ve set you ziss year vill be to brand our upcoming celebration of the games of that year in the city of Tokyo, Japan. Und the vinter city logo, it vill be Tventy-Tventy Too!. Almost. Ja, ve know zat for 2022, now that the Norwegians haff betrayed us, ve are but left now with scheisse! Zis kann not be! Therefore I haff asked advice from mein colleague on the USOC, Herr Probst, und sent invitations to cities around the vorld, asking for expressions off graphic interest in their hosting off those Games. Ve will choose the host from whoever is chosen by you as the best logo from these cities. To let you know the vinter candidate cities, and to outline the terms und conditions off the contest, I vill hand you back to mein Hauptwerker-Elf, Sir Rols. You vill follow his orders, und you vill all haff ein wunderbare festive season und contest. Get mit der Agenda und Viel Gluck! *all stand and applaud* ___________________ Okay, now that Puppy forced my hand, down to business and explanations. Summer: Tokyo 2020 I’ve had lots of people suggesting cities to me this year. And by far the most common suggestion was Tokyo. And the timing was right - this may be our only opportunity to do it. So, in the tradition of our previous Rio 2016 logo comp, this year you’re being asked to give TOCOG a hand and design the logo for Tokyo 2020. They might even notice us. The brief is: Make Tokyo interesting! Give us something that will raise our enthusiasm and anticipation for our upcoming journey to Japan. Let’s see some creative and contrasting approaches to branding 2020. Futuristic or Tradtional? Woodblock or Manga? Edo or Harajuku? Hokusai or Miyazaki? Let’s see how you’d sell Tokyo 2020 to the world. The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership. This is a host logo, so the Olympic rings are to be used. Post your preliminary submissions on the Tokyo 2020 Logo thread I will start. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. If you do post publicly, feel free to post as many logo designs as you like. You will get critiques and feedback, for better or for worse. When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on ONE official logo as your official entry. The deadline for submissions is midnight (Sydney time) on December 31 – ie, you can submit your logos before the end of this year. All final logos will be displayed for some time before voting commences early in the new year. I anticipate we’ll vote on this in the traditional “IOC Host City Selection” format when the time comes. More details on voting when it’s time. Winter: 2022 - The Magnificent Seven This time I thought we’d use the winter side of the comp to experiment. Like any good reality show, to bring in some format tweaks and gimmicks. I thought of setting the twins against each other in Blood versus Water, but desisted. Instead, it's multiple choice-multiple entry. It's specifically designed to for try and get a BIG field. You are asked to submit logos for any of the following seven cities for the Winter Olympic Games of the year 2022: Anchorage, USA Santiago, Chile Melbourne, Australia (it’s about time, we’ve never had an Aussie city in these comps!) Harbin, China Borjomi, Georgia Barcelona, Spain, and, in tribute to Eurovision 2015 Salzburg, Austria You may submit logos for as many of those cities as you wish from the list. In other words, you can have up to seven entries, one for each city. All logos are to be posted in the Winter 2022 Logos thread I will start. You may post as many preliminary submissions as you wish for critique and feedback. Before submissions close, however, you will be asked to nominate a single logo for each city (or as many cities you entered) as your official entry/entries. You can, as in the summer comp, contact me to submit privately. The deadline for submissions, as in the summer section, is midnight (Sydney time) on December 31. Soon after, all official entries will be displayed for a period of time. Voting will commence soon after. The reason we want a big field is I want to try out a different voting format on this one. One that's been persistently championed to me all year by yoshi. For his sins, he's gonna have to bloody well accept an official role as Werker Elf #2 in this. More details when the times comes, but it will be an attempt to make a live and dynamic voting "event". A few Eurovision fan members here have had had experience with the format. It should be fun. It may be a mess. But hopefully we’ll have some laughs trying. More, come the New Year. As usual, I will rule on any disputes with either section of the comps. Don't listen to Pups. Unless I say you can. Just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Try to keep the spirit friendly. I'll shut up now. Good luck everyone!
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