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

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

Board game rank change report for Black Friday 2014

Every year, in anticipation of holiday shopping, I run a special report on all games that have appeared in the data I’ve collected quarterly from BGG since January 1. Most of these games have already shown up in the quarterly reports, but sometimes a game will advance in the rankings too slowly for me to catch it in a snapshot. A few showed up before January 1, because sometimes a game will continue advancing gradually for a while (particularly as it works its way to the very top). And there are definitely a few games here that are old but that show up because they were recategorized or whatnot. Anyway, there are still a lot of games that have done well in BGG’s rankings in 2014.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
007 (+150) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
027 (+260) Eldritch Horror
039 (+121) Nations
042 (+178) Russian Railroads
054 (+446) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
072 (+283) Lewis & Clark
080 (+372) Concordia
097 (+403) Star Realms
111 (+389) Splendor
134 (+366) Five Tribes
145 (+116) Forbidden Desert
174 (+326) BattleLore (Second Edition)
178 (+322) BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
180 (+320) Istanbul
185 (+315) One Night Ultimate Werewolf
195 (+139) Targi
200 (+142) Coup
201 (+299) Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
205 (+295) Glass Road
212 (+288) Imperial Settlers
221 (+279) Bruxelles 1893
228 (+159) Amerigo
241 (+259) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
243 (+257) Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
245 (+255) 1775: Rebellion
258 (+227) Firefly: The Game
286 (+214) Rococo
307 (+193) Francis Drake
312 (+188) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
318 (+182) Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
331 (+169) Freedom: The Underground Railroad
334 (+166) Among the Stars
337 (+163) Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
338 (+162) Quantum
343 (+157) Madeira
358 (+142) Terror in Meeple City
362 (+138) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
366 (+134) A Study in Emerald
380 (+120) Pax Porfiriana
391 (+109) Bang! The Dice Game
392 (+108) Coal Baron

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
062 (+438) Star Realms
070 (+430) Five Tribes
072 (+428) BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
098 (+402) Istanbul
105 (+249) Bruxelles 1893
119 (+381) Imperial Settlers
158 (+342) Freedom: The Underground Railroad
165 (+261) Madeira
175 (+325) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
204 (+296) Quantum
213 (+287) Lords of Vegas
214 (+270) A Study in Emerald
224 (+276) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
250 (+250) Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
296 (+204) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
018 (+482) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #3
021 (+479) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
024 (+476) BattleLore (Second Edition)
026 (+474) Fire in the Lake
053 (+447) Kemet
074 (+248) The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
115 (+385) Heroes of Normandie
135 (+365) The Battle of Five Armies
144 (+356) Sails of Glory
155 (+345) Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer
156 (+344) Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
168 (+332) 1944: Race to the Rhine
175 (+210) France '40
211 (+289) Dungeon Command: Heart of Cormyr
233 (+267) Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath
279 (+221) Cruel Necessity

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
009 (+491) Splendor
016 (+484) Istanbul
028 (+472) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
061 (+379) Steam Park
075 (+425) Machi Koro
077 (+423) King of New York
085 (+415) Abyss
096 (+404) Nefertiti
102 (+398) Blueprints
117 (+383) Camel Up
118 (+382) Linko!
131 (+369) Carcassonne: South Seas
145 (+355) TurfMaster
151 (+349) Sheriff of Nottingham
160 (+240) CV
162 (+338) Port Royal
171 (+329) Colt Express
174 (+326) Riff Raff
191 (+309) Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension
198 (+302) Evolution
201 (+299) Coconuts
208 (+292) The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus
215 (+285) Fantastiqa
218 (+282) Indigo
231 (+269) Black Fleet
239 (+261) Timeline: Music & Cinema
240 (+260) Wok Star
247 (+253) Cinque Terre
258 (+242) Cube Quest
268 (+232) SOS Titanic
274 (+226) Asante
289 (+211) The Builders: Middle Ages
295 (+205) Tsuro of the Seas

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
005 (+495) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
006 (+494) Star Realms
008 (+492) Doomtown: Reloaded
009 (+491) Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
013 (+487) Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
014 (+486) Warhammer: Diskwars
017 (+483) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
024 (+476) Dungeon Command: Blood of Gruumsh
071 (+429) Nature of the Beast: City vs. Suburb
077 (+423) The Card Game of Oz
078 (+396) Weiß Schwarz
096 (+404) My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game
100 (+400) Mechwarrior: Dark Age
125 (+375) Mage Knight
128 (+372) Conquest Tactics
129 (+298) Huntik: Secrets and Seekers Trading Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
007 (+493) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
026 (+474) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
040 (+460) Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
060 (+440) Thunder Alley
080 (+420) Galaxy Defenders
085 (+415) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
101 (+399) Space Cadets: Dice Duel
106 (+394) Ascension: Rise of Vigil
114 (+386) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
117 (+383) Space Hulk (fourth edition)
128 (+372) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
135 (+365) The Battle of Five Armies
143 (+357) Tragedy Looper
158 (+342) Arcadia Quest
160 (+340) Shadowrun: Crossfire
161 (+339) Zombie 15'
162 (+338) CV
167 (+333) Police Precinct
169 (+331) Heroes Wanted
174 (+326) Evolution
182 (+318) Shadowrift
202 (+298) Leader 1: Hell of the North
224 (+276) Mysterium
231 (+269) HeroQuest Advanced Quest
236 (+264) 1911 Amundsen vs Scott
237 (+263) Rivet Wars: Eastern Front
242 (+258) Silent Death
243 (+257) Thebes: The Tomb Raiders
255 (+245) Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom
277 (+223) Super Fantasy: Ugly Snouts Assault
279 (+221) Greenland
280 (+220) The Battle at Kemble's Cascade
291 (+209) King & Assassins
295 (+205) Might & Magic Heroes

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)

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