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fun with BGG URLs, part II

Okay, so I’ve been playing a bit more with the “plays” data on BGG. I went through and looked at the top 20 games from the years 2003 to 2010, sorted by the number of unique players. In other words, which games had the most unique players each year?

When I tried to track each game until it fell out of the top 100, all I got was this rather uninteresting and fairly linear mess:

I then decided to take a page out of László K‘s book and just include the top twenty games each year. The graph is both more interesting and more readable:

So what is this exactly? Take a look at 2003: there should be 20 games along that line. The ones that take up the most vertical space had the most unique players that year. Same for all the other years. If a game persists across the entire graph (quite an achievement), this means that the number of unique players for that game has been in the top 20 on BGG from 2003 to 2010.

Looking at the number of unique players of a game gives you an idea of its popularity; if a game remains popular for a long time, it’s probably a fairly good game.

So what games stand out? Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Lost Cities, Citadels, Carcassonne, and Bohnanza. But look also at the big impact Agricola, Dominion, Pandemic, and Race for the Galaxy have had.

Some years you get a bunch of new games cracking the top twenty; other years it all stays pretty much the same. 2004 saw the introduction of both TtR and Power Grid, while 2008 saw the introduction of both Stone Age and “the big four” above.

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  1. July 29, 2013 at 9:35 am

    That’s a pretty cool analysis. There are even a few games on that list (mostly from older years) that I’m not personally familiar with, so this gives me a reason to check them out.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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