Category Archives: TopXX Games

My Top Ten Hand Management Games

These lists are addictive. I don’t think my stats program helps. I might just need an intervention.

But following on from yesterdays list that I generated I can now do my Top 10 games based on the mechanics listed in that list!

So here are My Top Ten Hand Management Games…

  1. (Top 100 position – 3) Star Wars: Destiny
  2. (Top 100 position – 5) Viticulture Essential Edition
  3. (Top 100 position – 6) Kemet 
  4. (Top 100 position – 10) Neuroshima Hex!
  5. (Top 100 position – 13) Android: Netrunner 
  6. (Top 100 position – 16) Memoir ’44
  7. (Top 100 position – 18) Imperial Settlers 
  8. (Top 100 position – 20) Zombicide 
  9. (Top 100 position – 23) A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) 
  10. (Top 100 position – 25) Cry Havoc 

I love the hand management in Star Wars: Destiny. It starts when you deal your starting hand of five cards. Do you mulligan to try and get the card you really need for that opening round? If so how many cards do you keep? If any? Then during the round you are having to decide whether to play a card (if you can afford to pay the cost to use it) or discard it to re-roll dice in your dice pool. At the end of the round you then have to decide from the cards you have left in your hand if you want to discard any before drawing back up to five. Tie in having to read the current “board state” as well to influence your decisions about which card to play, and when. There is some real tough decisions to make at times. You want to re-roll but then all the cards you have in hand are good, and can’t afford to through one away. That’s a really hard decision to make. But then this is what helps make Star Wars:Destiny so much fun. Much, if not all of this also applies to Android: Netrunner. Another game I also love.

Neuroshima Hex! is probably one you are thinking what? Hand management? It uses tiles. And I thought that. But then you are managing those. Draw three, chose one to discard, play or keep the remaining two. If you keep any from the previous turn you draw back up to three. And repeat. So you are managing a small hand of tiles.

Looking at the list. Yeah I do like games with hand management in them. Not one of the list is outside of the Top 25. That’s impressive.

I’ll try and stay off the list posts for a while but I can’t promise anything. They are addictive.

Top 10 Mechanics in My Game Collection

This morning when I drove into work I thought “I wonder how many games I have by mechanic? Just what are the top mechanics in my collection?”

So after trying to get some sql written to extract that information for me, I gave up and wrote the functionality I wanted in Python in a fraction of the time.

So here are the Top 10 Mechanics in My Game Collection.

  1. Hand Management (90 games)
  2. Dice Rolling (80 games)
  3. Variable Player Powers (70 games)
  4. Set Collection (44 games)
  5. Card Drafting (43 games)
  6. Modular Board (40 games)
  7. Player Elimination (36 games)
  8. Co-operative Play (31 games)
  9. Area Control / Area Influence (28 games)
  10. Deck / Pool Building (23 games)

It should be noted that the games could have (and most probably will) more than one game mechanic, so will have been counted more than once.

However it’s still interesting to see this sort of information. I would have never in a million years thought that I had that many games with a hand management mechanic.

I might write a small version of my ranking engine to allow me to rank these game mechanics, and also maybe publisher and designer. If I look at my rankings only four of my Top 10 games that I own have this mechanic. Which is 40%. While the mechanic itself is approximately 41% of my collection. So in this case there does seem to be some correlation between the two.

With this new information in hand I can do a series of posts now of my Top 10 games by popularity of the mechanic in my collection.

Ranking Engine Update

I feel like I have been doing lots to this project this week with not much to show for it.

As you can see I’ve just edged over the 25% mark for the number of pairwise comparisons that I need to do for my game ranking of my collection.

I’m not going to bore you with another “look at my current top 10”. Instead I’m going to bore you with my top 10 worker placement games based on my current rankings of games. 

What this really show cases is the start of the next stage of my stats engine. After a bit of behind the scenes rewriting of code, I’ve started a gui front end (see below). It’s an ugly, not designed gui. I’ll sketch something out over the weekend. 

But basically I can select a game mechanic and find all the games in my collection that have that mechanic. 

It then takes those results, and finds out how I’ve ranked them, followed by printing out the top ten. 

So before I add categories, designers and publishers I need to sort out the gui. That’s the major effort. 

Once that’s been done I’ll expand the stats to look at the bgg hotlist, followed by the bgg all time top 100. 

I then have more stuff on the road map. Wait did I just type that? That almost makes me sound like professional and I’ve planned it. But in reality I haven’t and I’m not. I’m making things up as I go along. I have ideas that I really should write down before they are lost. In away these posts are acting as my dev notebook. Well hopefully gentle reminders. 

Hopefully you can see things are progressing both code wise and rankings wise. I also hope you are finding the verses posts interesting. Which were a surprise spin off from this project.

Anyway I’ll see you in my next post.

Top 10 After 15% Completed

I’ve hit 15% or 3476 of the total pairwise comparisons that I have to do to rank my game collection. Which I thought was a good point to stop, take a snapshot of the top 10 (well it’s 11 really because I forgot to take zero into account).

Interesting to see what I consider (will this exercise back up that gut feeling?) to be my favourite Pandemic, Iberia drop out of the top 10. Also Tiny Epic Galaxies has also dropped to just outside the top 10.

I also have a new number one game at the moment. I think that the top 3 has been settled on. These will just be jostling for which of the top 3 places they take. The remaining top spots I’m expecting possibly three to be replaced by other games. But we will see. There are still some epic match ups to come.

An Early Top 10 Games of All Time

I’m just over 7% into my journey/experiment in ranking my game collection. That’s 1659 pairwise comparisons (so far).

I have an initial version of the lists/stats engine, that pulls off the results, calculates a value for each game in the collection, and then sorts that list into descending order. That sorted list is then printed out to the screen.

So running the lists/stats engine python script gives me the following 11 games as my Top 10 games (so far). Naturally as I complete more pairwise comparisons this list will change as more results are available. With more results the more reliable and accurate the list will be. I must do some research into at what point do the results generated become truly representative (is that the correct word?) There must be a tipping point where doing more tests is irrelevant because it doesn’t impact the results.

Anyhoo (and I bet that gets up the noses of some folks) here is the first very temporary top ten games of all time.


My Current Top 9 Played Games

Like a virus or allegedly funny meme the hashtag #mytop9boardgames is doing the rounds on social media.

So jumping on the bandwagon in a way. Here are my current top nine played games since I began recording game plays.

I chose to use my top played games because it’s measurable and I can explain why they are there. 

Once the pairwise comparison ranking has completed I’ll be able to do this list and then tell you where they fit in my rankings. Plus I’ll be able to do my #mytop9boardgames and know that they are exactly that, and the list is not entirely subjective and potentially influenced by what I’ve just bought and playing.

I am curious to see where these nine games end up in the rankings. I suspect they will end up being high up in the list. I’m calling it all top twenty. 

So what are your top nine played games?