Board game rank change report for 2014Q3

Last week, I saved the state of the board game rankings at BoardGameGeek so that I could compare them to the rankings from the previous quarter, as usual. Here are the games that have for whatever reason shown large positive movement within the top 500 in the past quarter. I’m guessing a couple of these such as Risk Legacy and Kemet were simply categorized to suddenly do well in a new category, but they’re worth mentioning anyway.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
123 (+182) Star Realms
168 (+332) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
242 (+258) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
254 (+246) Istanbul

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
127 (+217) Istanbul
172 (+328) Freedom: The Underground Railroad
173 (+327) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
207 (+293) Five Tribes
239 (+261) Imperial Settlers

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
050 (+450) Risk Legacy
056 (+444) Kemet
116 (+384) Fire in the Lake
214 (+286) Dungeon Command: Heart of Cormyr
252 (+223) Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
024 (+476) Istanbul
025 (+475) Vikings
028 (+472) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
154 (+346) Linko!
180 (+237) Camel Up
253 (+247) Coconuts
284 (+216) Asante
288 (+212) Wok Star
289 (+211) Timeline: Music & Cinema

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
008 (+492) Doomtown: Reloaded
021 (+479) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
042 (+458) Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
072 (+428) The Card Game of Oz
099 (+401) Mechwarrior: Dark Age

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
014 (+404) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
068 (+432) Thunder Alley
081 (+419) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
099 (+401) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
124 (+376) Ascension: Rise of Vigil
171 (+329) Shadowrift
203 (+297) Zombie 15'
208 (+292) Heroes Wanted
217 (+283) Shadowrun: Crossfire
259 (+241) Space Hulk (fourth edition)

Popular titles in the African Writers Series

I was curious about which titles in the African Writers Series from Heinemann were most popular, but I couldn’t find a complete list on their web site with which to begin. So, merging the Wikipedia entry on the African Writers Series with the african-writers-series shelf on Goodreads, I kept every title for which Wikipedia had a volume number and every title that had an edition from Heinemann. That’s probably not perfect. Anyway, I took the log of the number of people rating the book at Goodreads and multiplied it by the cube of the rating expressed as a percentage to yield a “top 40″ list below.

  1. Naguib Mahfouz, Children of the Alley
  2. Steve Biko, I Write What I Like: Selected Writings
  3. Ayi Kwei Armah, Two Thousand Seasons
  4. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  5. Ayi Kwei Armah, The Healers
  6. Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North
  7. Naguib Mahfouz, Midaq Alley
  8. Doris Lessing, The Grass is Singing
  9. Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood
  10. Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
  11. Nelson Mandela, No Easy Walk to Freedom
  12. Ousmane Sembène, God’s Bits of Wood
  13. Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease
  14. Kwame Nkrumah, Neo Colonialism: The Last Stage Of Imperialism
  15. Mariama Bâ, So Long a Letter
  16. Chinua Achebe, A Man of the People
  17. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Petals of Blood
  18. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, A Grain of Wheat
  19. Chinua Achebe, Arrow of God
  20. Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah
  21. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Weep Not, Child
  22. Elechi Amadi, The Concubine
  23. Tawfiq Al-Hakim, Fate of a Cockroach: Four Plays
  24. Pepetela, Mayombe
  25. Tayeb Salih, The Wedding of Zein and Other Sudanese Stories
  26. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Devil on the Cross
  27. Bessie Head, When Rain Clouds Gather
  28. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, The River Between
  29. Bessie Head, Serowe, Village of the Rain Wind
  30. Ama Ata Aidoo, Changes: A Love Story
  31. Bessie Head, Maru
  32. Mia Couto, Every Man Is a Race
  33. Dambudzo Marechera, The House of Hunger
  34. Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen
  35. Okot p’Bitek, Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol
  36. Bessie Head, A Question of Power
  37. Ferdinand Oyono, Houseboy
  38. Hama Tuma, The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor and Other Stories
  39. Flora Nwapa, Efuru
  40. Luís Bernardo Honwana, We Killed Mangy-Dog and Other Stories

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