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

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

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

Board game rank change report for 2013Q2

Noticeable rank changes at Boardgamegeek.com since March 30, 2013.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
303 (+197) Kemet
348 (+140) Dixit: Journey
183 (+138) Star Wars: The Card Game
082 (+135) The Resistance: Avalon
154 (+125) Bora Bora
166 (+123) Love Letter
385 (+108) Tammany Hall

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
155 (+215) Kemet
331 (+169) Pax Porfiriana

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
197 (+303) World at War: The Untold Stories

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
096 (+404) Evo (second edition)
215 (+285) Augustus
235 (+265) Timeline: Discoveries
236 (+264) Divinare
282 (+214) The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
295 (+205) Qwixx
310 (+190) Eight-Minute Empire
122 (+185) Guildhall

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
012 (+488) Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath
019 (+481) Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins
037 (+463) Krosmaster: Arena
129 (+184) Avatar: The Last Airbender Trading Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
136 (+364) Yedo
218 (+282) City of Remnants
284 (+216) Darkest Night
153 (+191) Relic
148 (+153) Náufragos

Board game rank change report for 2013Q1

In Q2 of 2012, Boardgamegeek.com shut down a significant chunk of their play statistics pages, because they were unoptimized and someone was harvesting them daily or worse.  That also put an end to my quarterly ‘epidemiology’ report.

This January, I finally got around to snapshotting game rankings so that I could at least generate a quarterly report on what games had broken into the top ranks lately.  The report below shows which games have had a significant positive jump in ratings between January 1 and March 31 of this year.

In the ‘Board games’ category, that’s any jump of +100 or better.  In the other categories, the jump currently has to be +350 or better.  There’s no data for ‘Strategy games,’ because I failed to notice my data collection script missed the first page of results for it back in January.

Movers in 'Board games':
030 (+470) Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
217 (+277) The Resistance: Avalon
200 (+247) Suburbia
279 (+221) Bora Bora
280 (+220) Clash of Cultures
253 (+207) Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
299 (+193) Myrmes
156 (+192) Sentinels of the Multiverse
321 (+179) Star Wars: The Card Game
322 (+178) Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
326 (+174) Ginkgopolis
084 (+174) Mage Wars
343 (+157) Successors (third edition)
147 (+148) Mice and Mystics
163 (+145) Keyflower
289 (+119) Love Letter
331 (+115) Libertalia
174 (+109) Zombicide

Movers in 'Strategy games':
No data.

Movers in 'War games':
042 (+458) Successors (third edition)
086 (+414) The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition)
088 (+412) Nexus Ops
139 (+361) Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland: 8-12 December 1939
146 (+354) Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear (second edition)

Movers in 'Family games':
115 (+385) Fleet
116 (+384) Mus
136 (+364) Rosenkönig

Movers in 'Collectible games':
036 (+464) Star Trek Customizable Card Game (Second Edition)
049 (+451) Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Game (second edition)
063 (+437) Veto! Szlachecka Gra Karciana 2 edycja (2ed)
125 (+375) Highlander: The Card Game
146 (+352) Eragra: The Game of Eras and the First Step

Movers in 'Thematic games':
008 (+492) Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
112 (+388) Space Cadets
145 (+355) Talisman (Revised 4th Edition)
149 (+351) DC Comics Deck-Building Game

Board game epidemiology report for 2012Q1

Board games ranked by new players acquired in the first quarter of 2012:

1168 Eclipse
1049 7 Wonders
 890* Ora et Labora
 749 Dominion
 651 Power Grid: The First Sparks
 649 Kingdom Builder
 621 Quarriors!
 619 Agricola
 553 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
 551* Dungeon Petz
 543 Carcassonne
 541* Mage Knight: Board Game
 535 Pandemic
 504 Settlers of Catan
 494 Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game
 480 King of Tokyo
 462 Castles of Burgundy
 462 Resistance
 460 Eminent Domain
 460 Last Will
 454 Ticket to Ride
 452 Puerto Rico
 446 Forbidden Island
 446 Stone Age
 438 Power Grid
 428 Race for the Galaxy

* Games suffering a standard 500 player penalty that other games also suffered in their first appearances too.

Board game epidemiology report for 2011Q4

Board games ranked by new players acquired in the fourth quarter of 2011:

 1033* Eminent Domain
 1024  Quarriors!
 1008  7 Wonders
  872  King of Tokyo
  812  Elder Sign
  803* Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
  649  Resistance
  644* Kingdom Builder
  632  Few Acres of Snow
  597  Dominion
  538  Carcassonne
  524* Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game
  507  Forbidden Island
  499  Agricola
  470  Alien Frontiers
  461  Troyes
  457  Settlers of Catan
  447  Dixit
  443  Pandemic
  420  Innovation
  415  Ticket to Ride
  401  Small World
  393  Puerto Rico
  385  Power Grid
  384  Qwirkle
  383* Panic Station

* Games suffering a standard 500 player penalty that other games suffered in their first appearances too.