Monday, February 13, 2017

Mark's Top 200 Games 2017... Twenty by Ten

Later this week, I'll start posting my top 200 games in sets of ten (thus, the 20 by 10 reference in the title.) I chose to do 200 rather than 100 because

a) I'm a glutton for punishment.
b) I was curious.
c) I like a lot of games and wanted to make sure more of them got some recognition.

I'm using the same basic process I used to make my 2014 top 100 list.
  • Since I rate pretty every game/expansion I play on BGG (here's a link to my collection), I chose to download all of those games I rated 7 or better. That gave me a list of over 1000 games & expansions.
  • After removing all of the expansions, I was left with 665 games.
  • I "shuffled" the games and began pitting one game against another...
    • "Which of these games do I want to play more?"
  • That created two piles:
    • like
    • not as much
  • I then shuffled the 'not as much' pile and pitted those games against each other, putting the positive response games into the 'like' pile and creating a new 'not so much' pile.
  • When finished, I once again shuffled the 'not so much' pile and ran the process one final time.
  • The games that ended up in the final 'not so much' are dropped from the system...
  • And then it starts all over again...
Here are the parameters:
  • Unlike previous top 100 lists, this DID include what I lovingly call "kid games". (If you're interested in kid games, my Kid Games 100 would be some great reading material.)
  • The list was actually compiled in November of 2016 - when we get to the end, I'll do a post about the games I've played since then that I think would probably have made it on here.
  • It's not the "best games ever made" - it's my list of the two hundred games I most enjoy playing right now.
  • With that said, there's a lot of flex in the list. Don't invest too much in any individual ranking - if I'd sorted the list on a different day, many of them could be in a different order.
You are welcome - no, encouraged! - to comment, kibitz and/or vehemently disagree... that's part of the fun! The first set will show up very soon!


Unknown said...

Can't wait, though link to your geek collection isn't there, and I assume the list was compiled in November 2016...

Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Nick: thanks for the editing feedback - both problems are fixed.