Good morning one and all.
I have heard, here and in other corners of the internet, a fair amount of "complaining" of the fact that the top 100 on BGG is skewed towards older games. And, truthfully, they don't seem to have any sort of dynamic system. I understand BGA is trying to be more dynamic in their rating system, and that is something I am appreciative of. But, I am also interested in more static systems such as presented by BGG.
Anyways, I decided to go through the top 100 on BGG and break it down by year. I sorted it by the published year, according to BGG. This is sorta weird, because it feels like there are a number of games that should be considered to be published a year or even two after the "official" published date.
Anyways, without further ado.
2020: 2 games. Highest is number 15 with #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion.
2019: 10 games. Highest is number 21 with #Wingspan.
2018: 9 games. Highest is number 3 with #Brass: Birmingham.
2017: 11 games. Highest is number 1 with #Gloomhaven
2016: 13 games. Highest is number 4 with #Terraforming Mars.
2015: 13 games. Highest is number 2 with #Pandemic Legacy: Season 1.
2014: 6 games. Highest is number 24 with #Orléans.
2013: 4 games. Highest is number 18 with #Concordia.
2012: 7 games: Highest is number 11 with #War of the Ring: Second Edition.
2011: 4 games. Highest is number 14 with #The Castles of Burgundy.
2010: 3 games. Highest is number 58 with #7 Wonders.
2009: 1 game, number 82 with #Dominion: Intrigue.
2008: 4 games. Highest is number 45 with #Le Havre.
2007: 3 games. Highest is number 19 with #Brass: Lancashire.
2006: 1 game, number 44 with #Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization.
2005: 3 games. Highest is number 9 with #Twilight Struggle.
2004: 1 game, number 38 with #Power Grid.
2003: 0 games. The highest rated game from this year is #Yinsh at number 182.
2002: 1 game, number 27 with #Puerto Rico.
2001: 0 games. Highest ranked game from this year is #Dvonn Board Game at 466.
2000: 0 games. Highest ranked game from this year is #Princes of Florence at 177.
This gives us 96 games. The remaining games are:
1997 #Tigris & Euphrates number 90.
1995 #El Grande number 72.
1876 #Crokinole number 67.
Anyways, so there are several observations I draw from this list.
It looks like 2015 and 2016 were really strong years. They both have 13 games on the top 100, this means that between them they have over 25% of the top 100 games on BGG.
I am surprised at how high newer games are scoring. 2019 has 10 games????
2020 however has only two games. I do wonder if when lockdown restrictions ease up and allow more in person multiplayer games if there will be more 2020 games to make the cut. There are also some 2019 games that really weren't in broad circulation until 2020 that did make the cut for the top 100, #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and #Marvel Champions: The Card Game are the two examples that come to mind.
I did especially notice three older games that were the number 1 game on BGG for a while. These games are still ranked pretty high, in fact, they are still ranked higher than any other game from that year or from before. The games I am thinking of are:
- #Twilight Struggle this is a 2005 release and is at number 9 overall. There isn't a game in front of it that is less than 10 years newer than this game. that is fascinating to me.
- #Puerto Rico was the king of BGG for awhile after it came out in 2002. Today it is still ranked highly at number 27 overall. If it came out today, with today's graphic design and theme sensibilities I believe it would hit the hotness, and skyrocket up the charts. It is a truly great mid-weight euro.
- My last one here is ranked 90 overall, and it is the 1997 hit release, #Tigris & Euphrates. The next newest game in the top 100 is 5 years newer. I still here/see people talking about raving about this game. I wish it would come back into print. *Edit.... I when I wrote this part about Tigris & Euphrates I forgot about the 1876 hit #Crokinole. That is quite a bit older than 1997, and it is ranked higher, at number 67.
Anyways, I am really curious to see how the BGA rankings will shake out as the user base continues to grow, and the number of rankings continues to increase.