Board game rank change report for 2014Q2

I’m late in posting this month, but on July 1, I captured the state of the board game rankings at BoardGameGeek so that I could compare them to the rankings from the end of last quarter, as usual. So here are the games that have for whatever reason (sudden popularity surges, being recategorized, etc.) shown large positive movement within the top 500 in the past quarter.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
087 (+107) Lewis & Clark
186 (+314) Splendor
260 (+240) Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
288 (+104) Bruxelles 1893
305 (+195) Star Realms
320 (+129) BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
342 (+158) One Night Ultimate Werewolf
354 (+113) Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
377 (+123) Madeira

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
169 (+331) Star Realms

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
252 (+248) Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath
270 (+230) Heroes of Normandie

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
019 (+481) Splendor
032 (+468) Yspahan
090 (+410) Nefertiti
153 (+347) Machi Koro
177 (+323) Carcassonne: South Seas
185 (+315) The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus
233 (+267) Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension
284 (+216) Cube Quest
288 (+212) SOS Titanic

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
006 (+494) Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
033 (+467) Blue Moon
072 (+406) Weiß Schwarz
077 (+423) My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game
117 (+383) Conquest Tactics
119 (+381) Mage Knight

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
173 (+327) Risk 2210 A.D.
239 (+261) 1911 Amundsen vs Scott
291 (+209) Might & Magic Heroes
292 (+208) King & Assassins

Board game rank change report for 2014Q1

Every quarter, I compare the current board game rankings at BoardGameGeek with the rankings from three months ago to see what new games have appeared and what old games have enjoyed sudden surges in popularity. Games tend to climb the charts more slowly in the overall ‘Board games’ category, so I list them when I see a jump of +100 ranks, whereas in other categories I only note jumps of +200 ranks. Sometimes classic games are added to new categories and will jump up for probably no other reason. Also, I only keep track of the top 500 games in each category from quarter to quarter, so it’s theoretically possible for a game to gain ranks slowly and never show up. But with those caveats in mind, here are some lists of games that have popped up on the charts in the past quarter.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
014 (+143) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
051 (+109) Nations
059 (+228) Eldritch Horror
060 (+160) Russian Railroads
194 (+161) Lewis & Clark
220 (+232) Concordia
274 (+226) Glass Road
281 (+106) Amerigo
297 (+203) Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
318 (+167) Firefly: The Game
329 (+171) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
370 (+130) BattleLore (Second Edition)
373 (+127) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #3
378 (+122) Francis Drake
392 (+108) Bruxelles 1893
396 (+104) 1775: Rebellion
Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
199 (+301) BattleLore (Second Edition)
223 (+277) BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
273 (+211) A Study in Emerald
Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
019 (+481) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #3
020 (+480) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
043 (+457) BattleLore (Second Edition)
067 (+255) The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
165 (+335) Diplomacy
256 (+244) Sails of Glory
Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
055 (+445) Ingenious: Travel Edition
069 (+431) Mahjong
088 (+352) Steam Park
128 (+372) TurfMaster
151 (+349) Blueprints
222 (+278) Fantastiqa
287 (+213) Cinque Terre
Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
012 (+488) Warhammer: Diskwars
016 (+484) Dungeon Command: Blood of Gruumsh
021 (+479) Star Realms
109 (+318) Huntik: Secrets and Seekers Trading Card Game
114 (+386) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
058 (+442) Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
098 (+402) Space Cadets: Dice Duel
117 (+383) TurfMaster
156 (+344) Police Precinct
185 (+315) Leader 1: Hell of the North
203 (+297) CV
216 (+284) Silent Death
227 (+273) Galaxy Defenders
229 (+271) HeroQuest Advanced Quest
276 (+224) Dark Moon
289 (+211) Super Fantasy: Ugly Snouts Assault

Most popular Star Trek novels

To arrive at a rough guess of the popularity of all original Star Trek novels to date, I began with Wikipedia’s list of Star Trek novels, and I built Goodreads shelves for original novels related to each of the Star Trek TV series and one shelf for crossover/miscellaneous original fiction titles, separating out adaptations and young adult novels onto their own shelves as well. Then, I calculated the cube of the current rating for each novel (expressed as a percentage) times the log of the number of folks rating the novel, resulting in the rankings below. As usual, I’ve eliminated the Goodreads data, leaving only the orderings. YMMV.

The 57 most popular of 570 original Star Trek novels

  1. David Mack, Lost Souls (Misc.; Star Trek: Destiny, #3)
  2. Andrew J. Robinson, A Stitch in Time (DS9)
  3. David Mack, Mere Mortals (Misc.; Star Trek: Destiny #2)
  4. David Mack, Gods of Night (Misc.; Star Trek: Destiny #1)
  5. Diane Duane, Spock’s World (TOS)
  6. Peter David, Q-Squared (TNG)
  7. Peter David, Imzadi (TNG)
  8. David Mack, The Persistence of Memory (TNG; Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #1)
  9. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Federation (TOS)
  10. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy (VOY)
  11. Marco Palmieri, The Lives of Dax (DS9)
  12. Janet Kagan, Uhura’s Song (TOS)
  13. David R. George III, Raise the Dawn (Misc.; Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #7)
  14. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Prime Directive (TOS)
  15. A.C. Crispin, Time for Yesterday (TOS; Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2)
  16. Peter David, Stone and Anvil (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #14)
  17. A.C. Crispin, Sarek (TOS)
  18. Diane Duane, My Enemy, My Ally (TOS; Star Trek: Rihannsu, #1)
  19. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle (VOY)
  20. S.D. Perry, Unity (DS9)
  21. Peter David, Q-In-Law (TNG; Star Trek: The Next Generation, #18)
  22. A.C. Crispin, Yesterday’s Son (TOS; Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)
  23. James Swallow, The Poisoned Chalice (Misc.)
  24. David Mack, A Ceremony of Losses (Misc.)
  25. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide (VOY)
  26. Peter David, Gods Above (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #13)
  27. Diane Duane, Doctor’s Orders (TOS)
  28. Peter David, Requiem (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #9)
  29. David Mack, Silent Weapons (TNG; Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #2)
  30. David Mack, Storming Heaven (Misc.; Star Trek: Vanguard, #8)
  31. Peter David, House of Cards (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #1)
  32. David Mack, Reap the Whirlwind (Misc.; Star Trek: Vanguard, #3)
  33. Christie Golden, Homecoming (VOY; Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming, #1)
  34. Peter David, Renaissance (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #10)
  35. Peter David, Restoration (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #11)
  36. Una McCormack, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice (DS9)
  37. Peter David, Once Burned (Misc.; Star Trek: The Captain’s Table, #5)
  38. William Shatner, Collision Course (TOS; Star Trek: Academy, #1)
  39. William Shatner, The Return (TOS; Star Trek: Odyssey, #2)
  40. Barbara Hambly, Ishmael (TOS; Star Trek, No 23)
  41. Peter David, Being Human (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #12)
  42. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm (VOY)
  43. Greg Cox, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (TOS; Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #1)
  44. Peter David, Into the Void (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #2)
  45. Peter David, Fire on High (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #6)
  46. Julia Ecklar, The Kobayashi Maru (TOS; Star Trek: The Original Series, #47)
  47. Peter David, End Game (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #4)
  48. Jean Lorrah, The Vulcan Academy Murders (TOS)
  49. Jeri Taylor, Mosaic (VOY)
  50. John de Lancie, I, Q (TNG)
  51. Margaret Wander Bonanno, Strangers from the Sky (TOS)
  52. Peter David, The Two Front War (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #3)
  53. Peter David, After the Fall (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #15)
  54. Greg Cox, The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 2: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (TOS; Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #2)
  55. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book Two (DS9)
  56. Peter David, Dark Allies (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #8)
  57. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book One of Two (DS9)

The 20 most popular of 195 original Star Trek: TOS novels

  1. Diane Duane, Spock’s World
  2. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Federation
  3. Janet Kagan, Uhura’s Song
  4. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Prime Directive
  5. A.C. Crispin, Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2)
  6. A.C. Crispin, Sarek
  7. Diane Duane, My Enemy, My Ally (Star Trek: Rihannsu, #1)
  8. A.C. Crispin, Yesterday’s Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)
  9. Diane Duane, Doctor’s Orders
  10. William Shatner, Collision Course (Star Trek: Academy, #1)
  11. William Shatner, The Return (Star Trek: Odyssey, #2)
  12. Barbara Hambly, Ishmael (Star Trek, No 23)
  13. Greg Cox, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #1)
  14. Julia Ecklar, The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series, #47)
  15. Jean Lorrah, The Vulcan Academy Murders
  16. Margaret Wander Bonanno, Strangers from the Sky
  17. Greg Cox, The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 2: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #2)
  18. Diane Duane, The Romulan Way (Star Trek: Rihannsu, #2)
  19. Diane Carey, Best Destiny
  20. J.M. Dillard, The Lost Years (Star Trek: The Lost Years, #1)

The 12 most popular of 120 original Star Trek: TNG novels

  1. Peter David, Q-Squared
  2. Peter David, Imzadi
  3. David Mack, The Persistence of Memory (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #1)
  4. Peter David, Q-In-Law (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #18)
  5. David Mack, Silent Weapons (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #2)
  6. John de Lancie, I, Q
  7. Peter David, Vendetta: The Giant Novel
  8. David Mack, A Time to Kill
  9. Diane Duane, Dark Mirror
  10. David Mack, The Body Electric (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #3)
  11. Keith R.A. DeCandido, A Time for War, A Time for Peace
  12. David Mack, A Time to Heal (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time, #8)

The 6 most popular of 57 original Star Trek: DS9 novels

  1. Andrew J. Robinson, A Stitch in Time
  2. Marco Palmieri, The Lives of Dax
  3. S.D. Perry, Unity
  4. Una McCormack, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice
  5. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book Two
  6. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book One of Two

The 4 most popular of 39 original Star Trek: Voyager novels

  1. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy
  2. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle
  3. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide
  4. Christie Golden, Homecoming (Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming, #1)

The 2 most popular of 13 original Star Trek: Enterprise novels

  1. Andy Mangels, The Good That Men Do
  2. Christopher L. Bennett, Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures

The 11 most popular of 109 miscellaneous original Star Trek universe novels

  1. David Mack, Lost Souls (Star Trek: Destiny, #3)
  2. David Mack, Mere Mortals (Star Trek: Destiny #2)
  3. David Mack, Gods of Night (Star Trek: Destiny #1)
  4. David R. George III, Raise the Dawn (Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #7)
  5. Peter David, Stone and Anvil (Star Trek: New Frontier, #14)
  6. James Swallow, The Poisoned Chalice
  7. David Mack, A Ceremony of Losses
  8. Peter David, Gods Above (Star Trek: New Frontier, #13)
  9. Peter David, Requiem (Star Trek: New Frontier, #9)
  10. David Mack, Storming Heaven (Star Trek: Vanguard, #8)
  11. Peter David, House of Cards (Star Trek: New Frontier, #1)

The 4 most popular of 38 original Star Trek young adult novels

  1. John Vornholt, Capture the Flag
  2. Rick Barba, The Delta Anomaly (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, #1)
  3. Rudy Josephs, The Edge (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, #2)
  4. Alan Gratz, The Assassination Game (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, #4)

The most highly rated films of 2013

As I’ve done in past years, I’ve taken the feature films that IMDb counts as 2013 releases and multiplied their IMDb Bayesian average rating times their Rotten Tomatoes critic percentages. Excluded were films with fewer than 2000 ratings, films with fewer than 20 critic reviews, and all documentaries. And so here are the top ~30 films—all that scored over 6.0:

Votes   IRaw    Bayes   RT%     RT%*B   Title
======  ===     =====   ==      =====   ===================================
31521	8.6	8.499	97	8.244	12 Years a Slave (imdb)
220952	8.3	8.287	97	8.038	Gravity (imdb)
41002	8.1	8.044	98	7.883	Before Midnight (imdb)
13099	8.1	7.941	96	7.623	The Past, a.k.a. Le passé (imdb)
4653	8.6	8.089	93	7.523	Her (imdb)
68849	8.1	8.066	93	7.501	Captain Phillips (imdb)
81273	8.3	8.266	89	7.357	Rush (imdb)
9505	8.0	7.809	94	7.340	Inside Llewyn Davis (imdb)
43115	7.9	7.856	93	7.306	American Hustle (imdb)
159357	8.2	8.184	89	7.284	The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (imdb)
9374	8.0	7.807	93	7.261	Dallas Buyers Club (imdb)
16064	8.1	7.967	90	7.170	Blue is the Warmest Color, a.k.a. La vie d'Adèle (imdb)
50570   8.1     8.054   89      7.168   Frozen (imdb)
9367	7.8	7.642	93	7.107	The Great Beauty, a.k.a. La grande bellezza (imdb)
15170	7.6	7.518	94	7.067	Fruitvale Station (imdb)
4576	8.1	7.735	91	7.039	Nebraska (imdb)
5950	7.9	7.648	92	7.036	Philomena (imdb)
7723	7.3	7.218	96	6.929	Enough Said (imdb)
27158	7.6	7.552	91	6.872	Blue Jasmine (imdb)
245632	7.9	7.892	87	6.866	Star Trek Into Darkness (imdb)
15028	7.5	7.430	92	6.836	The Spectacular Now (imdb)
6779	7.2	7.132	93	6.633	All Is Lost (imdb)
128729	8.1	8.082	82	6.627	Prisoners (imdb)
43054	8.7	8.620	76	6.551	The Wolf of Wall Street (imdb)
144990	7.6	7.590	86	6.527	The Conjuring (imdb)
48653	7.5	7.476	85	6.355	The Way Way Back (imdb)
78896	7.1	7.095	89	6.314	The World's End (imdb)
16809	7.8	7.704	81	6.240	Saving Mr. Banks (imdb)
170667	8.2	8.185	75	6.139	The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (imdb)
9942	7.2	7.150	84	6.006	Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (imdb)

And here are the top documentaries:

Votes   IRaw    Bayes   RT%     RT%*B   Title
======  ===     =====   ==      =====   ===================================
12483	8.1	7.934	98	7.775	Blackfish (imdb)
5715	7.8	7.567	100	7.567	Sound City (imdb)
3237	6.7	6.776	93	6.302	We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (imdb)

Board game rank change report for 2013Q4

Noticeable rank changes at Boardgamegeek.com since October 4, 2013.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
157 (+343) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
160 (+340) Nations
220 (+280) Russian Railroads
233 (+142) Bruges
256 (+112) Trains
261 (+198) Forbidden Desert
287 (+213) Eldritch Horror
321 (+179) Spyrium
342 (+158) Coup
355 (+145) Lewis & Clark
376 (+116) Yedo
387 (+113) Amerigo

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
054 (+446) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
058 (+442) Nations
088 (+412) Russian Railroads
160 (+340) Lewis & Clark
168 (+231) Spyrium
204 (+296) Amerigo
214 (+286) Concordia
252 (+248) Glass Road
254 (+246) Francis Drake
282 (+218) 1775: Rebellion
299 (+201) Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
093 (+407) Cuba Libre
095 (+405) A Distant Plain
249 (+251) Navajo Wars

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
077 (+423) Evo (second edition)
135 (+365) Coal Baron
149 (+351) Timeline: Historical Events
172 (+328) Rampage

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
028 (+472) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Original Series
049 (+451) Berserk: War of the Realms
050 (+450) Serpent's Tongue
095 (+308) Epic Trading Card Game
162 (+338) Eragra: The Game of Eras and the First Step

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
022 (+478) Eldritch Horror
078 (+200) Firefly: The Game
085 (+218) Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
147 (+353) Freedom: The Underground Railroad
197 (+303) Dawn of the Zeds (Second edition)
199 (+301) Level 7 [Omega Protocol]
223 (+277) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Original Series
270 (+230) Dark Darker Darkest
275 (+225) Lost Legends
283 (+217) Carnival Zombie

Notable SF/F of 2013

In 2012 and 2013, I tracked all the SF/F releases mentioned on SFSignal’s monthly round-ups of new books, and I gathered Goodreads scores for all of them and re-ranked them by the square of the score (expressed as a percentage) times the log of the number of people submitting ratings.

Defining SF/F for this purpose involved tons of purely subjective and terribly biased judgments, but the data suggested that either young adult and urban fantasy fiction are objectively better than SF/F that doesn’t qualify for those labels or else (far more likely) some selection bias or differences in their audiences’ judgment criteria cause the genres to be rated on different scales. So I tried to remove UF/YA, at least for this project. I removed sequels for the same reason. I also removed horror, new age, and mainstream allegorical fiction. And of course I removed reprints (though not translations or novels published earlier in the UK).

If the list of things I removed isn’t enough to make this project dubious, I should add that I’ve read half the books that popped up as notable for 2012, and I wouldn’t say this effort helped me in finding the ones I liked most–I’d have found them by other means anyway. I’ve also read about a third of the books on the 2013 list, and I could have done without many of them too. That’s sort of the backstory to why I’ve begun a different experiment, reading so many sample chapters for new books instead of going by Goodreads scores. Goodreads scores have given me interesting results under other circumstances, but I’ll probably discontinue this particular way of using them.

Anyway, with those caveats in mind, the top 25 results for 2013 are below, and from what I know, these books all merit general notice, even if I’m not the ideal reader for all of them.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni
Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
Brian McClellan, Promise of Blood
Miles Cameron, The Red Knight
Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Guy Gavriel Kay, River of Stars
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
Django Wexler, The Thousand Names
Yangsze Choo, The Ghost Bride
Marcus Sakey, Brilliance
Lauren Beukes, The Shining Girls
Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao
Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
Rachel Bach, Fortune's Pawn
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur
Mira Grant, Parasite
Donato Carrisi, The Lost Girls of Rome
Jason M. Hough, The Darwin Elevator
Nathan Ballingrud, North American Lake Monsters: Stories
Catherynne M. Valente, Six-Gun Snow White
Nicola Griffith, Hild
Karen Lord, The Best of All Possible Worlds
Robert Jackson Bennett, American Elsewhere
Will McIntosh, Love Minus Eighty

Board game rank change report for Black Friday 2013

In case you’re wondering what to get the board gamers in your life for Christmas this year, here’s a list of the games in the top 500 that have appeared at a high rank or that have gone up over 100 ranks since 01/01/2013 in BGG‘s ‘Board games’ category and over 200 ranks in other categories since either 01/01/2013 or 03/03/2013 (I missed the ‘Strategy games’ category on 01/01/2013, so its section is the one covering a shorter period).

Big movers among 'Board games':
007 (+129) Terra Mystica
027 (+231) Mage Wars
032 (+292) Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island
046 (+448) The Resistance: Avalon
048 (+452) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Base Set
055 (+253) Keyflower
070 (+225) Mice and Mystics
089 (+358) Suburbia
095 (+253) Sentinels of the Multiverse
098 (+310) Love Letter
105 (+395) Bora Bora
111 (+167) Hanabi
115 (+168) Zombicide
146 (+314) Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
152 (+348) Star Wars: The Card Game
164 (+336) Clash of Cultures
172 (+328) Kemet
176 (+104) The Manhattan Project
202 (+298) Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
242 (+103) Escape: The Curse of the Temple
244 (+256) Ginkgopolis
246 (+246) Myrmes
255 (+191) Libertalia
275 (+225) Legends of Andor
283 (+217) Trains
289 (+211) Archipelago
291 (+209) Bruges
300 (+200) Dixit: Journey
312 (+188) CO₂
319 (+181) Merchant of Venus (second edition)
333 (+167) Forbidden Desert
347 (+153) Tammany Hall
350 (+150) Snowdonia
351 (+149) Spyrium
355 (+145) Targi
358 (+142) Polis: Fight for the Hegemony
364 (+136) Andean Abyss

Big movers among 'Strategy games':
091 (+279) Kemet
150 (+350) Trains
151 (+349) Bruges
179 (+321) Russian Railroads
182 (+318) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
186 (+314) Spyrium
213 (+287) Yedo
223 (+277) Nations
261 (+239) Rialto
264 (+236) Pax Porfiriana
266 (+234) Ascension: Immortal Heroes
270 (+230) Guildhall
295 (+205) Amerigo
300 (+200) Viticulture

Big movers among 'War games':
036 (+464) Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear (second edition)
054 (+446) 1775: Rebellion
113 (+387) The Guns of Gettysburg
128 (+372) Fading Glory
136 (+364) Cuba Libre
139 (+361) A Distant Plain
154 (+346) D-Day Dice
194 (+306) Hordes
199 (+301) Star Trek: Attack Wing
206 (+294) World at War: The Untold Stories
277 (+223) Saints in Armor
300 (+200) It Never Snows

Big movers among 'Family games':
043 (+457) Forbidden Desert
066 (+434) Guildhall
077 (+423) Evo (second edition)
108 (+392) Augustus
118 (+382) Mus
125 (+375) Eight-Minute Empire
169 (+331) Timeline: Historical Events
176 (+324) Tokaido
187 (+313) The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet
191 (+309) Qwixx
211 (+289) Timeline: Discoveries
213 (+287) Divinare
216 (+284) The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
234 (+266) Flash Duel: Second Edition
245 (+255) The Red Dragon Inn 3
248 (+252) La Boca
249 (+251) Sushi Go!
253 (+247) Mesopotamia
256 (+244) Rapa Nui
279 (+221) Boss Monster: Master of the Dungeon
291 (+209) Qin

Big movers among 'Collectible games':
013 (+487) Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath
015 (+485) Krosmaster: Arena
019 (+481) Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins
048 (+452) Serpent's Tongue
067 (+433) Kanzume Goddess
090 (+410) Berserk: War of the Realms
100 (+361) X610Z
116 (+384) Guerra De Mitos
159 (+341) Eragra: The Game of Eras and the First Step

Big movers among 'Thematic games':
005 (+495) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Base Set
055 (+445) Duel of Ages II
070 (+430) Yedo
083 (+213) Castaways
108 (+392) Space Cadets
109 (+391) Firefly: The Game
117 (+383) DC Comics Deck-Building Game
119 (+381) Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
131 (+369) Relic
135 (+365) Room 25
138 (+362) The Red Dragon Inn 3
145 (+355) Nothing Personal
154 (+346) City of Remnants
168 (+332) The Road to Canterbury
178 (+322) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game
195 (+305) Samurai Sword
202 (+298) Fief
211 (+289) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Original Series
212 (+288) Dawn of the Zeds (Second edition)
217 (+283) Crimson Skies
228 (+272) Darkest Night
250 (+250) Eldritch Horror
254 (+246) Game of Thrones
259 (+241) The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game
260 (+240) Space Marine
262 (+238) Warhammer Epic 40,000
265 (+235) Dawn of the Zeds (first edition)
268 (+232) BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia
275 (+225) Dragon Rampage
281 (+219) Level 7 [Omega Protocol]
282 (+218) Munchkin Booty
290 (+210) Lost Legends
296 (+204) Zpocalypse

Board game rank change report for 2013Q3

Noticeable rank changes at Boardgamegeek.com since June 30, 2013. The format for this report has changed slightly; it’s now sorted by the current rank, followed by the change in rank over the last quarter.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
054 (+133) Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island
107 (+393) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Base Set
368 (+132) Trains
375 (+125) Bruges
397 (+103) Targi

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
186 (+306) Trains
194 (+263) Bruges
283 (+217) Ascension: Immortal Heroes

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
024 (+476) EastFront II
090 (+410) 1775: Rebellion
123 (+377) The Guns of Gettysburg
146 (+354) D-Day Dice
148 (+352) Lost Battles
179 (+321) WestFront II
223 (+277) Mordheim: City of the Damned
279 (+221) Star Trek: Attack Wing

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
057 (+443) Forbidden Desert
171 (+329) Carcassonne: Wheel of Fortune
209 (+291) The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet
235 (+265) The Red Dragon Inn 3
287 (+213) Samurai Sword
289 (+211) Dungeon Roll

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
056 (+444) Kanzume Goddess
098 (+363) X610Z
113 (+387) Guerra De Mitos

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
007 (+493) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Base Set
054 (+446) Archipelago
060 (+440) Duel of Ages II
134 (+366) The Red Dragon Inn 3
186 (+314) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game
191 (+309) Samurai Sword
196 (+304) Fief
202 (+225) Nothing Personal
262 (+238) Dragon Rampage
278 (+222) Firefly: The Game
281 (+219) Zpocalypse
293 (+207) Cave Evil

Most popular Star Wars novels

Based on this list, I pulled Goodreads ratings for over 350 original Star Wars fiction releases and re-ranked them by the cube of the rating (expressed as a percentage) times the log of the number of raters.

By that metric, here are the 50 most popular Star Wars novels:

 1. Timothy Zahn, The Last Command (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #3)
 2. Timothy Zahn, Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #2)
 3. Timothy Zahn, Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #1)
 4. Drew Karpyshyn, Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #1)
 5. Drew Karpyshyn, Dynasty of Evil (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #3)
 6. Karen Traviss, True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3)
 7. Karen Traviss, Order 66 (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #4)
 8. Karen Traviss, Hard Contact (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #1)
 9. Karen Traviss, Triple Zero (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #2)
10. Drew Karpyshyn, Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #2)
11. Timothy Zahn, Vision of the Future (Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn, #2)
12. Aaron Allston, Wraith Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing, #5)
13. Timothy Zahn, Specter of the Past (Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn, #1)
14. Michael A. Stackpole, I, Jedi
15. Karen Traviss, Sacrifice (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #5)
16. Michael A. Stackpole, Rogue Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing, #1)
17. Aaron Allston, Iron Fist (Star Wars: X-Wing, #6)
18. Aaron Allston, Solo Command (Star Wars: X-Wing, #7)
19. Michael A. Stackpole, Wedge's Gamble (Star Wars: X-Wing, #2)
20. Matthew Stover, Traitor (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #13)
21. Karen Traviss, 501st
22. Michael A. Stackpole, The Bacta War (Star Wars: X-Wing, #4)
23. Timothy Zahn, Allegiance
24. Aaron Allston, Starfighters of Adumar (Star Wars: X-Wing, #9)
25. Troy Denning, Star by Star (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #9)
26. James Luceno, The Unifying Force (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #19)
27. James Luceno, Darth Plagueis
28. Troy Denning, Invincible (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #9)
29. Michael A. Stackpole, Isard's Revenge (Star Wars: X-Wing, #8)
30. Karen Traviss, Revelation (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #8)
31. Aaron Allston, Fury (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #7)
32. Troy Denning, Inferno (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #6)
33. Michael A. Stackpole, The Krytos Trap (Star Wars: X-Wing, #3)
34. Timothy Zahn, Survivor's Quest
35. Troy Denning, Abyss (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #3)
36. Karen Traviss, Bloodlines (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #2)
37. A.C. Crispin, Rebel Dawn (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #3)
38. Timothy Zahn, Outbound Flight
39. Aaron Allston, Outcast (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #1)
40. Steve Perry, Shadows of the Empire
41. A.C. Crispin, The Hutt Gambit (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #2)
42. A.C. Crispin, The Paradise Snare (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #1)
43. Troy Denning, Apocalypse (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #9)
44. Aaron Allston, Betrayal (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #1)
45. Aaron Allston, Backlash (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #4)
46. Christie Golden, Allies (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #5)
47. R.A. Salvatore, Vector Prime (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #1)
48. Timothy Zahn, Choices of One
49. Troy Denning, Vortex (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #6)
50. Aaron Allston, Exile (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #4)

Most popular Warhammer Fantasy fiction

Based on this list plus some hunting around on Goodreads for the omnibus editions, I pulled 199 Goodreads ratings for various Warhammer Fantasy fiction releases and re-ranked them by the square of the rating (expressed as a percentage) times the log of the number of raters. The results require finer distinctions than usual to describe them, because of the omnibus editions and the way that series ratings are inflated the deeper you go into the series.

Out of the top 55 titles, these are the most popular Warhammer Fantasy series with omnibus editions, ranked most to least popular:
 
1. Dan Abnett, The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade (Vol. 1 / Vol. 2).
2. William King, Gotrek & Felix (Vol. 1 / Vol. 2).
3. C. L. Werner, Brunner the Bounty Hunter.
4. Nathan Long, Blackhearts.
5. Gav Thorpe, The Sundering.
7. Graham McNeill, The Legend of Sigmar.
8. Jack Yeovil, The Vampire Genevieve.
9. Steven Savile, Vampire Wars.
10. Nick Kyme (et al.), Dwarfs.
 
And here are the standalone novels and series firsts with no omnibuses that managed to rank among those having omnibus editions in popularity:
 
1. William King, Blood of Aenarion and Sword of Caledor from the ongoing Tyrion & Teclis trilogy.
2. Nathan Long, Bloodborn, Bloodforged, and Bloodsworn from the as-yet uncollected Ulrika the Vampire trilogy.
3. Sarah Cawkwell, Valkia the Bloody, a standalone from the Warhammer Heroes line.
4. C. L. Werner, Dead Winter from the ongoing Black Plague trilogy.
5. Josh Reynolds, Neferata from the Blood of Nagash series.
6. Ben Counter, Van Horstmann, a standalone from the Warhammer Heroes line.
 
The book by Sarah Cawkwell may be notable not only for being well-ranked but also for apparently being the only title out of 199 that was written by a woman.