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Board Game Matchmaker? Trust Level?

Owner

Please hear me out and give some feedback!

What if there was a way to "match" users with one another based on their preferences? 

From being part of this community, I've experienced again and again that my interest level on a game can spike up when a user I share preferences with speaks highly about a certain game. It could also be that I've already done plenty of research about a game, and that one user could be the tipping point that makes me buy the game. It's this level of "trust" that I'd love to be able to easily see when I'm looking up or trying to buy a game.

So what do you think about this feature? I'm thinking we could have compare users' owned/played lists and their ratings, so that we can obtain the level of your "match" with another user. I'm thinking this could serve in various ways:

  1. Fun metric - I'd be so curious to see how my tastes closely match someone's or how different we are from one another. More than anything, it will be fun!
  2. Inform your buying decisions - I always check out user reviews before I buy a game. But, unless it's an indisputable work of art, the chances are that opinions will vary dramatically from person to person. Having a match % next to the reviews could help out with this so that you can filter out the opinions of those who match closely with you. At the same time, maybe you'd be interested in the thoughts of those with a super low match %... and be aware that the game may not be what you expect?
  3. Discovering who to follow - We're redesigning the Discover page to make it more fun to check out content creators, publishers, designers, artists, and others you might have missed out on. Seeing a high match % (or a low one) with a content creator could be an additional push to follow their content. It could also serve as a push for you to follow a user in the forum, so that you can get updates on what they're up to.

Let me know what you think!

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52 days ago

I'm gonna swipe right on all of you

Premium User52 days ago

This reminds me when I suggested a tinder for board games and everyone just thought I was weird.

Supporter52 days ago

Turns out everyone was probably right. 

52 days ago

Premium User52 days ago

You know they definitely were 

52 days ago

Lmao🤣🤣

52 days ago

Nah that's just kinky

52 days ago

I am a huge fan of this idea and it would help set apart BGA from the rest.  

One of my favorite features of BGG is being able to add buddies, and then run analysis of games (ratings and comments) based on the feedback from those buddies.  It allows me to view the averaged rating of a game, filtered through a trusted list of like-minded gamers, that I've personally curated.  Any functionality that allows for finding people with similar tastes, to ultimately find good games, is helpful!

52 days ago

I've heard some great things about the BGG buddy system as well and I like the idea of having something similar on BGA, although the term "% match" conjures up images of online matchmaking/dating services and that may be a little strange...

52 days ago

In my experience, the BGG buddy system isn't creepy or awkward.  It's really hard to know if someone has added you as a "buddy".  For me, the feature has been helpful to find people with preferences similar to mine, that might have games in their collection they enjoy, which I don't own.  I'm not using the feature to meet new people, I'm using the feature to find new games.

If the issue is perception, maybe referring to it on BGA as a "gamer similarity score" or something, would make it easier for people to accept.

52 days ago

Fun idea! It's always good to connect with other gamers!

Owner50 days ago

Hope to get a working version early next year! And it's been great to have you here :)

52 days ago

😘

Premium User52 days ago

LOVE this idea. I think myself and would match up pretty well. I definitely don't need anything further to get me to buy games. Just give me a video on #Poetry For Neanderthals and I'm sold lol (I seriously bought this by the way). That being said, it would be a really cool metric to check out. And it looks like it would encourage more people to rate games! Great idea guys!

52 days ago

Yeah you and I would match up pretty well, I'm sure

Supporter52 days ago

I think you would play well with just about anyone. You seem like that sort of person. 

52 days ago

Haha play well, yes. Match up taste-wise, no.

52 days ago

How could anyone not love #Poetry For Neanderthals? It's the most ridiculous game on my shelf. Maybe except for #Throw Throw Burrito: Kickstarter Edition

52 days ago

I'd love that idea. I'm skeptical of all reviews because I know people have widely different opinions, so I'd love to see the opinions of people who play similar games that I do.

Premium User52 days ago

What makes you skeptical of all reviews? I could see paid reviews giving me pause but there are a few reviewers out in the world that I trust.

52 days ago

Oh I trust most reviewers, because most of them give unbiased pros and cons, then give their personal opinions. I meant I'm skeptical of normal peoples' reviews that are shown below product on buying sites

Premium User52 days ago

Ohhh gotcha. Yeah that makes sense. Always good to have a review of someone you trust!

52 days ago

indeed

51 days ago

Sounds like an interesting idea

51 days ago

Seems like it could be fun! But as someone else noted, assuming there's always option to turn it off?  What if you implemented a friends system as well sort of like on Goodreads where you can see if your friends read the same book and what they rated it as. 

47 days ago

I use Goodreads religiously, so it would be awesome to have something similar to games! 

46 days ago

Love Goodreads!  I'm not the most detailed review writer, but its been great being able to see what books I've read over the years I've been on it.