Board game rank change report for Black Friday 2015

As usual, to help with holiday shopping, I’ve run a special report to find out what games advanced the most in BoardGameGeek rankings over (roughly) the past year. This year, the report compares data from 11/27/2015 with that from 11/28/2014. Naturally, some older games continued to advance in that timeframe.


Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
007 (+493) Pandemic Legacy
011 (+489) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
035 (+465) Roll for the Galaxy
038 (+462) Codenames
046 (+414) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
056 (+444) Alchemists
061 (+251) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
069 (+431) Patchwork
072 (+428) The Voyages of Marco Polo
074 (+138) Imperial Settlers
094 (+406) Fields of Arle
095 (+405) Viticulture
120 (+380) Arcadia Quest
122 (+378) La Granja
126 (+374) Sheriff of Nottingham
137 (+363) 7 Wonders: Duel
168 (+332) Orléans
170 (+330) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
196 (+304) Forbidden Stars
208 (+292) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
214 (+286) King of New York
218 (+282) Blood Rage
225 (+275) Pandemic: The Cure
227 (+273) Tajemnicze Domostwo
229 (+271) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
233 (+267) Deus
250 (+250) Power Grid deluxe: Europe/North America
255 (+245) Kanban: Automotive Revolution
262 (+238) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
269 (+231) AquaSphere
270 (+230) Spyfall
273 (+227) Mysterium
278 (+128) The Duke
289 (+211) Star Wars: Armada
291 (+209) Elysium
298 (+121) Sushi Go!
306 (+194) Colt Express
321 (+179) Evolution
326 (+174) Abyss
331 (+169) Ca$h 'n Guns (second edition)
338 (+162) Paperback
347 (+153) XCOM: The Board Game
352 (+148) Cthulhu Wars
353 (+147) Fire in the Lake
362 (+138) Panamax
369 (+131) One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak
370 (+130) Camel Up
372 (+128) The Battle of Five Armies
373 (+110) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
380 (+120) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
381 (+119) Specter Ops
392 (+108) Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
002 (+498) Pandemic Legacy
022 (+478) Roll for the Galaxy
034 (+466) Fields of Arle
036 (+464) The Voyages of Marco Polo
037 (+348) Alchemists
056 (+262) La Granja
057 (+213) Viticulture
058 (+442) 7 Wonders: Duel
079 (+421) Orléans
092 (+408) Forbidden Stars
099 (+401) Blood Rage
105 (+395) Power Grid deluxe: Europe/North America
108 (+392) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
123 (+377) Kanban: Automotive Revolution
135 (+266) Deus
140 (+360) Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
151 (+253) AquaSphere
163 (+337) Elysium
175 (+325) Cthulhu Wars
196 (+304) Paperback
198 (+302) Evolution
216 (+284) Specter Ops
219 (+281) San Juan (second edition)
225 (+275) ZhanGuo
226 (+269) Tragedy Looper
239 (+212) Hyperborea
241 (+259) Level 7 [Omega Protocol]
244 (+245) Lords of Xidit
251 (+249) Argent: The Consortium
253 (+247) Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
258 (+242) Saint Petersburg (second edition)
259 (+241) Brew Crafters
270 (+230) Wir sind das Volk!
275 (+225) Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
276 (+224) Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set
277 (+223) The Gallerist
293 (+207) Baseball Highlights: 2045
294 (+206) Tiny Epic Galaxies
299 (+201) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
024 (+476) Star Wars: Armada
044 (+456) Churchill
075 (+425) Triumph & Tragedy
091 (+340) Quartermaster General
096 (+404) Nexus Ops
116 (+338) Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game
179 (+321) Warhammer: Diskwars
188 (+312) D-Day at Tarawa
216 (+284) Enemy Action: Ardennes
220 (+280) Warmachine
236 (+264) Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins
246 (+254) W1815
254 (+246) Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack
286 (+214) Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
003 (+368) Patchwork
024 (+476) Pandemic: The Cure
055 (+445) Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
060 (+440) Smash Up: Monster Smash
071 (+429) Love Letter: Batman
072 (+428) Red7
075 (+425) Steampunk Rally
078 (+422) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends
089 (+411) Between Two Cities
096 (+404) Diamonds
098 (+402) Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
101 (+201) La Isla
102 (+398) Cacao
107 (+393) Flick 'em Up!
109 (+391) Broom Service
115 (+385) Nations: The Dice Game
119 (+381) Star Trek: Catan
122 (+378) Arboretum
138 (+362) Medieval Academy
141 (+359) Loony Quest
149 (+267) Rhino Hero
154 (+346) Timeline: Diversity
156 (+344) Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
164 (+336) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite
166 (+334) Welcome to the Dungeon
177 (+323) Samurai Spirit
192 (+308) OddVille
193 (+307) Lost Legacy: The Starship
205 (+295) New York 1901
206 (+294) Pantheon
219 (+281) VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game
236 (+264) Le Fantôme de l'Opéra
246 (+254) Dead Man's Draw
259 (+241) Mangrovia
265 (+235) Harbour
287 (+213) Deep Sea Adventure
295 (+205) Artifacts, Inc.

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
002 (+498) Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set
003 (+497) A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition)
007 (+493) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
008 (+492) Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
014 (+486) Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn
025 (+475) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous – Base Set
039 (+461) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil
042 (+458) Vs. System 2PCG
043 (+457) Epic
045 (+455) Blue Moon
056 (+444) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation – The Next Phase
081 (+419) Nature of the Beast: Farm vs. Forest
085 (+415) Warmachine: High Command
114 (+386) Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn vs. Jake
115 (+385) Ortus Regni
118 (+382) Krynea Battlefield
121 (+379) Battle Scenes
133 (+367) ApocalypZe Card Game
156 (+344) Guerra De Mitos II
163 (+204) Schneller als Kurz
182 (+318) Shadowrun Duels

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
001 (+499) Pandemic Legacy
003 (+310) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
016 (+484) Blood Rage
027 (+473) Star Wars: Armada
030 (+470) Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death
034 (+405) Cthulhu Wars
036 (+464) T.I.M.E Stories
043 (+457) Mysterium
049 (+451) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
069 (+431) Specter Ops
071 (+429) XCOM: The Board Game
085 (+415) Baseball Highlights: 2045
101 (+399) Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide
105 (+395) Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
106 (+394) Legendary Encounters: A Predator Deck Building Game
111 (+389) Kingdom Death: Monster
113 (+387) Thunderstone Advance: Numenera
114 (+386) Race! Formula 90
116 (+384) Flick 'em Up!
120 (+380) Witness
131 (+369) Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
140 (+360) Above and Below
148 (+352) The Grizzled
160 (+340) TurfMaster
161 (+339) XenoShyft: Onslaught
164 (+336) Fallen
189 (+311) Fury of Dracula (third edition)
191 (+309) Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game
204 (+296) Kingsport Festival
223 (+277) Onward to Venus
224 (+276) Dead Men Tell No Tales
226 (+274) Mistfall
228 (+272) Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers
232 (+268) Ancient Terrible Things
236 (+264) Rum & Bones
237 (+263) The Bloody Inn
247 (+253) Hostage Negotiator
248 (+252) DungeonQuest Revised Edition
254 (+246) Thunderbirds
257 (+243) Risk: Star Wars Edition
259 (+241) Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King
260 (+234) Chaosmos
264 (+236) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil
277 (+223) Space Cadets: Away Missions
287 (+213) Article 27: The UN Security Council Game
288 (+212) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation – The Next Phase

Board game rank change report for 2015Q3

On October 1, I compiled the usual stats on board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past quarter. Standard caveats about recategorization, new editions (etc.) apply.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
083 (+105) Patchwork
097 (+259) The Voyages of Marco Polo
163 (+337) Codenames
167 (+220) La Granja
262 (+238) Forbidden Stars
277 (+118) Orléans
299 (+201) Spyfall
307 (+159) Elysium
324 (+144) Star Wars: Armada
396 (+104) Specter Ops

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
120 (+380) Forbidden Stars
186 (+314) Fire in the Lake
298 (+202) Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
069 (+431) Churchill
092 (+408) Nexus Ops
220 (+280) Triumph & Tragedy
231 (+269) Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins
267 (+233) Enemy Action: Ardennes

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
094 (+406) Diamonds
151 (+349) Broom Service
162 (+338) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite
180 (+320) Steampunk Rally
189 (+311) OddVille
209 (+291) Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
213 (+287) Flick 'em Up!
221 (+279) Discoveries
261 (+239) Tiny Epic Galaxies

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
002 (+498) Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set
017 (+483) Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
027 (+473) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous – Base Set
044 (+456) Vs. System 2PCG
045 (+455) Epic
055 (+445) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation – The Next Phase
095 (+405) Ortus Regni
117 (+383) Krynea Battlefield
153 (+347) Guerra De Mitos II

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
041 (+459) Cthulhu Wars
120 (+380) Witness
155 (+345) Flick 'em Up!
178 (+322) Legendary Encounters: A Predator Deck Building Game
218 (+282) Onward to Venus
224 (+276) Ancient Terrible Things
246 (+254) Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers
247 (+253) Hostage Negotiator
262 (+238) Blood Rage
277 (+223) Mistfall
282 (+218) Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation – The Next Phase
298 (+202) NOIR: Deductive Mystery Game

Popular mid-to-late 20th C. innovative fiction

In 1998, a short fiction collection from Dalkey Archive Press titled Innovations: An Anthology of Modern & Contemporary Fiction included at the end a “A Highly Eccentric List of 101 Books for Further Reading” selected by the editor, Robert L. McLaughlin, and sorted by author. Below, I’ve re-sorted those suggestions by the log of their current number of readers on Goodreads multiplied by the square of their current rating (treated as a percentage). As usual, I’ve omitted the Goodreads data itself.

1. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
2. Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
3. David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
4. Gabriel Garcia Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
5. Joseph Heller, Catch-22
6. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
7. Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
8. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of Night
9. Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch
10. Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
11. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
12. Don DeLillo, White Noise
13. Paul Auster, New York Trilogy
14. Mario Vargas Llosa, Conversation in the Cathedral
15. Günter Grass, The Tin Drum
16. Georges Perec, Life: A User’s Manual
17. William Gaddis, The Recognitions
18. Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars
19. John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor
20. Raymond Queneau, Exercises in Style
21. Alasdair Gray, Lanark
22. Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
23. Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds
24. Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
25. Manuel Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman
26. David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress
27. Richard Brautigan, A Confederate General from Big Sur
28. Thomas Bernhard, Concrete
29. Richard Powers, The Gold Bug Variations
30. José Donoso, The Obscene Bird of Night
31. Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren
32. Samuel Beckett, Murphy
33. William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
34. William Carlos Williams, Imaginations
35. Danilo Kiš, Hourglass
36. Steven Millhauser, Edwin Mullhouse
37. Carole Maso, AVA
38. Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Three Trapped Tigers
39. Josef Škvorecký, The Engineer of Human Souls
40. Carlos Fuentes, Terra Nostra
41. Robert Coover, The Public Burning
42. Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
43. Fernando Del Paso, Palinuro of Mexico
44. Alexander Theroux, Darconville’s Cat
45. José Lezama Lima, Paradiso
46. William T. Vollmann, The Ice Shirt
47. Janice Galloway, The Trick is to Keep Breathing
48. William H. Gass, The Tunnel
49. Tadeusz Konwicki, A Minor Apocalypse
50. Gilbert Sorrentino, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things
51. Joseph McElroy, Women and Men
52. Nicholas Mosley, Impossible Object
53. Harry Mathews, Cigarettes
54. Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jealousy
55. Donald Barthelme, Snow White
56. Kathy Acker, Empire of the Senseless
57. John Hawkes, Second Skin
58. B.S. Johnson, House Mother Normal
59. Jacques Roubaud, The Great Fire of London
60. D. Keith Mano, Take Five
61. Felipe Alfau, Chromos
62. Marguerite Young, Miss Macintosh, My Darling
63. Paul Metcalf, Genoa
64. Stanley Elkin, The Living End
65. John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire
66. Claude Simon, The Grass
67. Rikki Ducornet, Phosphor in Dreamland
68. William Eastlake, Castle Keep
69. Gert Jonke, Geometric Regional Novel
70. Karen Gordon, The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales
71. Robert Pinget, The Inquisitory
72. Henry Green, Back
73. Edmund White, Forgetting Elena
74. Ann Quin, Tripticks
75. Coleman Dowell, Island People
76. Christine Brooke-Rose, Thru
77. Julián Ríos, Larva
78. Juan Goytisolo, Makbara
79. Michel Butor, Mobile
80. Carol De Chellis Hill, Henry James’ Midnight Song
81. Curtis White, Memories of My Father Watching TV
82. Nathalie Sarraute, Do You Hear Them?
83. Brigid Brophy, In Transit
84. Gabrielle Burton, Heartbreak Hotel
85. Severo Sarduy, Cobra & Maitreya
86. Luisa Valenzuela, He Who Searches
87. Piotr Szewc, Annihilation
88. Ralph Cusack, Cadenza
89. Claude Ollier, Mise-en-Scene
90. Susan Daitch, L.C.
91. Julieta Campos, The Fear of Losing Eurydice
92. LeRoi Jones, Tales
93. William Demby, The Catacombs
94. Alf MacLochlainn, Out of Focus
95. Eva Figes, Ghosts
96. Reyoung, Unbabbling
97. Osman Lins, The Queen of the Prisons
98. Margaret Dukore, A Novel Called Heritage
99. Wallace Markfield, Teitlebaum’s WIndow
100. Charles Newman, A Child’s History of America
101. Alan Burns, Dreamerika!

Board game rank change report for 2015Q2

On July 1, I compiled the usual stats on board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past quarter. Standard caveats about recategorization, new editions (etc.) apply.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
188 (+180) Patchwork
189 (+131) Fields of Arle
356 (+144) The Voyages of Marco Polo
384 (+104) XCOM: The Board Game
387 (+113) La Granja
395 (+105) Orléans

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
150 (+350) The Voyages of Marco Polo
161 (+339) Power Grid deluxe: Europe/North America
243 (+257) Elysium
291 (+209) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
036 (+464) Star Wars: Armada

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
070 (+430) Smash Up: Monster Smash
112 (+388) Star Trek: Catan
158 (+342) Love Letter: Batman
172 (+280) Nations: The Dice Game
180 (+278) Loony Quest
211 (+289) Cacao
232 (+268) Le Fantôme de l'Opéra
237 (+263) Welcome to the Dungeon
280 (+220) Arboretum

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
038 (+462) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
051 (+449) Star Wars: Armada
073 (+427) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
095 (+405) Specter Ops
098 (+402) Thunderstone Advance: Numenera
112 (+388) Baseball Highlights: 2045
147 (+353) TurfMaster
150 (+350) Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
192 (+308) XenoShyft Onslaught
205 (+295) Kingsport Festival
261 (+239) Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game
267 (+233) Article 27: The UN Security Council Game
276 (+224) Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King
280 (+220) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil

Board game rank change report for 2015Q1

Earlier this week, I compiled the usual lists of the board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past three months. My standard caveats about recategorization, new editions (etc.) apply.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
032 (+331) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
078 (+142) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
120 (+122) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
139 (+361) Roll for the Galaxy
148 (+221) Sheriff of Nottingham
158 (+342) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
167 (+333) Alchemists
201 (+131) King of New York
220 (+193) Viticulture
257 (+220) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
269 (+165) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
280 (+220) Pandemic: The Cure
290 (+210) Arcadia Quest
305 (+195) Deus
320 (+180) Fields of Arle
327 (+173) AquaSphere
335 (+165) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
363 (+137) Kanban: Automotive Revolution
364 (+136) Mysterium
368 (+132) Patchwork

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
064 (+436) Roll for the Galaxy
097 (+403) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
115 (+228) Fields of Arle
124 (+376) Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
236 (+264) Level 7 [Omega Protocol]
272 (+228) Paperback
275 (+225) Orléans

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
087 (+413) Nexus Ops
171 (+329) Diplomacy
281 (+219) Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
064 (+436) Paperback
181 (+319) Lost Legacy: The Starship
196 (+276) Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
260 (+240) Samurai Spirit
272 (+228) VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
025 (+475) Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn
038 (+462) Ascension: Apprentice Edition
129 (+371) ApocalypZe Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
076 (+424) XCOM: The Board Game
109 (+391) Race! Formula 90
131 (+369) Scoville
167 (+333) Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
188 (+312) Fallen
189 (+311) Argent: The Consortium

The most highly rated films of 2014

As I’ve done in the past, I’ve taken each feature film IMDb counts as a 2014 release and multiplied its IMDb Bayesian average rating times its Rotten Tomatoes critic percentage. Excluded were films with fewer than 2000 ratings, films with fewer than 25 critic reviews, and all documentaries. And so here are the top ~50 films—all with a combined score over 6.0:

 Votes  IMDb  Bayes  RT%   RT%*B   Title
======  ====  =====  ===   =====   ===================================
 11646  8.8   8.635   96   8.290   Whiplash (imdb)
 89725  8.4   8.381   98   8.213   Boyhood (imdb)
 20608  8.7   8.608   93   8.005   Birdman (imdb)
 55829  8.1   8.076   95   7.672   Nightcrawler (imdb)
  2236  8.1   7.671  100   7.671   Leviafan (imdb)
171881  7.9   7.893   96   7.577   The Lego Movie (imdb)
 18801  8.4   8.315   90   7.483   The Imitation Game (imdb)
222804  8.1   8.094   92   7.446   The Grand Budapest Hotel (imdb)
357306  8.2   8.196   90   7.376   Guardians of the Galaxy (imdb)
325608  8.1   8.096   91   7.367   X-Men: Days of Future Past (imdb)
127592  8.0   7.990   92   7.351   How to Train Your Dragon 2 (imdb)
  9183  8.0   7.873   93   7.322   Pride (imdb)
  4788  7.7   7.529   97   7.303   Paddington (imdb)
215839  8.3   8.293   88   7.298   Gone Girl (imdb)
 10789  8.7   8.531   85   7.251   Kis uykusu (imdb)
  5349  8.2   7.965   91   7.248   Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (imdb)
  4852  8.3   8.028   90   7.225   Mommy (imdb)
252439  8.0   7.995   90   7.196   Edge of Tomorrow (imdb)
  5751  7.9   7.724   93   7.183   What We Do in the Shadows (imdb)
 35426  8.2   8.159   88   7.180   Big Hero 6 (imdb)
  3817  7.5   7.336   97   7.116   '71 (imdb)
200887  7.8   7.795   91   7.093   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (imdb)
  8546  7.5   7.417   94   6.972   Deux jours, une nuit (imdb)
301090  7.8   7.796   89   6.938   Captain America: The Winter Soldier (imdb)
  3727  7.0   6.939   97   6.731   Mr. Turner (imdb)
 31117  6.9   6.894   97   6.687   The Babadook (imdb)
  3913  7.5   7.339   91   6.678   Wild (imdb)
 20332  7.5   7.463   89   6.642   Calvary (imdb)
 32602  7.7   7.671   85   6.520   John Wick (imdb)
380387  8.9   8.894   73   6.493   Interstellar (imdb)
 22221  7.3   7.275   89   6.475   The Drop (imdb)
  9861  7.6   7.518   86   6.465   Foxcatcher (imdb)
 21628  7.0   6.987   92   6.428   Frank (imdb)
 73260  7.3   7.292   88   6.417   Chef (imdb)
148218  8.0   7.991   80   6.393   The Fault in Our Stars (imdb)
  4174  7.5   7.347   87   6.392   Still Alice (imdb)
 57398  8.1   8.076   79   6.380   The Raid 2: Berandal (imdb)
 31704  7.0   6.991   91   6.362   A Most Wanted Man (imdb)
  4162  7.3   7.186   87   6.252   The Good Lie (imdb)
  2845  7.1   6.999   89   6.229   Top Five (imdb)
 15750  7.7   7.641   81   6.189   The Theory of Everything (imdb)
  2570  7.5   7.279   85   6.187   Kraftidioten (imdb)
 21082  6.8   6.796   91   6.184   The Guest (imdb)
 96022  7.9   7.888   78   6.153   Fury (imdb)
  8651  7.5   7.418   82   6.083   The Book of Life (imdb)
 10267  7.0   6.974   87   6.067   The Skeleton Twins (imdb)
150296  7.2   7.197   84   6.045   22 Jump Street (imdb)

And here are the top documentaries, using the same criteria:

 Votes  IMDb  Bayes  RT%   RT%*B   Title
======  ====  =====  ===   =====   ===================================
  3317  8.1   7.778   98   7.622   Life Itself (imdb)
  2927  8.2   7.821   93   7.274   The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (imdb)
  3644  7.6   7.408   97   7.186   20,000 Days on Earth (imdb)
  2967  7.4   7.226   89   6.431   Bears (imdb)
  2969  7.7   7.451   81   6.035   Fed Up (imdb)

Board game rank change report for 2014Q4

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new quarter, so I’ve compiled lists of the board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past three months. The usual caveats about recategorization (etc.) apply. Incidentally, FiveThirtyEight put out a very interesting article yesterday featuring graphs of some BGG user rating data: how user ratings related to board games’ year of publication, maximum number of players, and average play time. Anyway, on to the lists.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
036 (+132) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
112 (+304) Five Tribes
159 (+331) Imperial Settlers
220 (+280) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
242 (+258) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
332 (+168) King of New York
363 (+137) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
369 (+131) Sheriff of Nottingham
382 (+118) Sushi Go!

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
104 (+396) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
214 (+286) Lords of Vegas
221 (+279) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
258 (+242) Abyss
263 (+237) Alchemists
272 (+228) Pandemic: The Cure
273 (+227) Patchistory
278 (+222) Panamax

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
010 (+490) War of the Ring (first edition)
075 (+425) The Battle of Five Armies
151 (+349) Warhammer: Diskwars
160 (+340) 1944: Race to the Rhine
222 (+278) Warmachine
257 (+243) Wir sind das Volk!
268 (+232) Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
030 (+470) King of New York
038 (+462) Sheriff of Nottingham
062 (+438) Abyss
066 (+434) Pandemic: The Cure
079 (+421) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends
094 (+406) Colt Express
138 (+362) Timeline: Diversity
144 (+356) Evolution
150 (+350) Port Royal
161 (+339) Black Fleet
170 (+330) Riff Raff
171 (+329) Pantheon
174 (+326) La Isla
200 (+300) Patchwork
220 (+280) Indigo
271 (+229) Red7
295 (+205) Viva Topo!

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
007 (+493) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
009 (+491) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
037 (+463) Blue Moon
059 (+441) Warmachine: High Command
075 (+425) Nature of the Beast: City vs. Suburb
099 (+401) Adventure Time: Card Wars – Finn vs. Jake
103 (+397) Battle Scenes
166 (+334) Shadowrun Duels

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
023 (+477) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
057 (+362) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
073 (+427) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
082 (+418) Arcadia Quest
088 (+237) The Battle of Five Armies
097 (+403) Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death
101 (+399) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
126 (+374) Mysterium
142 (+358) Evolution
222 (+278) Greenland
223 (+277) The Battle at Kemble's Cascade
227 (+273) Thebes: The Tomb Raiders
290 (+210) Assault on Doomrock