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Top 20 Games of the Week (11/30-12/6)

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On our weekly newsletters, I always include a section where I highlight the Top 5 most visited game pages of the week and how much they've climbed up or fallen down relative to the previous week. I won't be sending out a newsletter for several days so I thought I'd make a post on the forum!

I'll likely do this in the future as well since it's good for discussion anyway. Also, note that I left out the typical % change in views on the respective game pages because with all of the migration process going on with board game prices, it was a wonky week in terms of data. And before I get into the list, here are several things I observed throughout the past couple of days.

  • After combining BGA and BGP, we have more momentum that's pushing up our game pages to rank higher on google. This has resulted in overall increase in traffic for every game page
  • As someone who's been keeping tabs on BGP's Top 100 visited game pages for the past 1.5 years, it's easy to see how BGA's "culture" has a significant impact on the trend (see #1 game on the list)

Without further ado, here are the Top 20 most visited game pages of last week (if you hover over the game title, you'll get a quick preview showing the box cover and general info):

  1. #Root
  2. #Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy - New release. Hot ever since Quinns at SUSD reviewed this
  3. #Lost Ruins of Arnak - New release. Mixture of worker placement and deck building. 
  4. #Caper
  5. #Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road - New release. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out because it's illustrated by Ian O'Toole! (same artist as #The Gallerist#Lisboa, etc)
  6. #Wingspan
  7. #Everdell
  8. #Brass: Birmingham
  9. #The Quacks of Quedlinburg
  10. #Sheriff of Nottingham - Interesting. I'm guessing it's a result of either a holiday sale or getting mentioned on one of those "board game expert's" recommended games on a big non-hobbyist platform 
  11. #Inis
  12. #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
  13. #The King's Dilemma
  14. #Gloomhaven
  15. #Great Western Trail
  16. #Spirit Island
  17. #Azul
  18. #PARKS
  19. #Nemesis - Wow. Nemesis stayed in the Top 5 (typically on #1) for the majority of 2020, so I'm surprised to see this here
  20. #Catan

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49 days ago

#Root #1 ❤

Partner50 days ago

No surprise that #Lost Ruins of Arnak Is getting som elove, but love the fact that games like #The Quacks of Quedlinburg, #Great Western Trail and #Sheriff of Nottingham are still getting checked out!  I played Quacks last night for the first time in a long while and forgot how much that game makes me smile. 

Owner50 days ago

I got a copy of #Lost Ruins of Arnak last night so that I can give it away at some point! Seems to be on everyone's radar these days.

I really enjoy Quacks, so it was unfortunate that it wasn't really for my wife. She found it too solitaire like. I have a feeling she would've liked it more if we had played with more than 2p and was surrounded by everyone groaning and exclaiming i excitement haha

Partner50 days ago

That's probably my favorite part! When there is only one player left still pulling ingredients, and everybody is cheering them on -- or more likely, pulling for them to bust -- that's a great moment in gaming. 

Premium User51 days ago

Nice mix of the brand new hotness with some relatively older titles plus grandperson Catan sneaking in.

Owner50 days ago

I don't think Catan will ever go away haha. Its staying power is amazing!

51 days ago

Ya I think I'm gonna end up buying #The Quacks of Quedlinburg

Premium User50 days ago

You and me both, buddy!

Partner50 days ago

I'm in a Secret Santa with the Gateway & Filler Games' group on FB and was SHOCKED to open up Quacks AND the expansion AND the Folded Space insert in my gift box. WOW. Best SS yet. 

Premium User50 days ago

That is AWESOME! Now that I know my own SS didn't grab it for me, I'm thinking it will be the first game I purchase post-holiday season.

And honestly, it's all because of self hype. I picked it up for a SS target of mine (wasn't you, I wasn't THAT generous lol), and was like "wow how did I never have this game on my wishlist?!" The rest is history..

Partner50 days ago

I played it last year when we were prepping for Southern Board Game Fest (hey, remember board game conventions....sigh) and I loved it! But our SoBo library has a full copy, so I never bought it and then...well...COVID...so I was happy to put it on my wish list. I think it is right up my wife's alley, and we are going to play it this weekend. 

Is it my favorite Warsch game? Mayyyyybeeeee....(although GWT is just so much fun, it is also 4x as long)

Premium User50 days ago

Yeah I think the main selling point for me was also the feeling my SO will like it. It's honestly bumming me out it's out of stock on Target's website. Mostly because I have a bunch of gift cards there that would make it free or pretty close lol.

Best of luck on your play! Hope your wife likes it!

Partner50 days ago

Just checked again and it is sold out. Bummer! Love the alert feature here, so as soon as the price drops, "get it baw"

Premium User50 days ago

Yeah for sure I'm going to have to use that feature! Or just win a giveaway contest haha

Owner50 days ago

It was Quacks that made me go in search of other bag-builders. Very fun to play as someone who enjoys thrill of luck and strategy :)

50 days ago

Ya I actually want a few more games that have a tad bit of luck in them so that my girlfriend could win a few more

51 days ago

#Azulhas never been my cup of tea, glad others enjoy it

Owner50 days ago

I have fun and will play if someone asks, but I feel like it's too tame unless you play with people who love competition

50 days ago

I think I must just like game with fiddly bits because I love playing with the tiles.  Or as you say, I'm also competitive. 

Owner50 days ago

The tiles are great, I think they're some of the best components you'd find in a board game. And I could smell your competitive spirit even though I've never played with you! lol

For those who've never seen them (picture by my wife :D):

49 days ago

Oooh very nice artsy component picture

Premium User44 days ago

Toooooo competitive

44 days ago

Hey this from the guy who's commenting on old posts to try to up his percentage?  =P  I'm j/k though you're probably right.

Premium User44 days ago

Hey I gotta make up for some of the threads we let die 

44 days ago

Hahaha yeah have to maintain our number of simultaneous convos at around 100

Premium User43 days ago

The best part is all of them are unique. Every single one of the 100. It's quite impressive actually

43 days ago

What would be the point of having 2 of the same conversation? o.o  I mean except for getting more entries into the giveaway lol

Premium User43 days ago

That's me realizing I could totally do that...kinda like when told me I could just talk to myself..

Sorta doing that now I suppose..