BGG Ownership Levels: Updated February 2012 with Year-in-Review Stats
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Welcome to my fourth annual geeklist surveying ownership levels on BGG.

These lists present the 25 most owned games with stats and commentary, noting raw gains as well as percentage growth. Downward / upward trends are discussed. The second page of the list groups the most owned games into five tiers, so that it's easy to see at a glance which games surpass which thresholds. These tiers also show the ranking order out to the 50th spot or so, for those who are curious. Lastly, I present a quick look at the most likely contenders to keep an eye on in 2012.

Some games are as strong as ever. Some are making impressive surges to the top. And of course, some long-time BGG perennials are slowly fading.

This year, overall percentage growth is down across the board, by roughly 3-5 percentage points. The slow fade of older classics is more pronounced (see Tigris and Euphrates, Calyus, and, for the first time, Puerto Rico). Conversely, aggressive upward momentum is moderate compared to years past. Perhaps this is because the central "prophecy" foretold by this series of geeklists has now come to pass: for the first time, the "new big three" has slotted in directly behind the "original big three." The conquest of Dominion, Pandemic, and Agricola is largely complete.

I invite you to geek out over some stats and trends. Enjoy.

**If you would like to compare this list with last year's list, here is a link:

BGG Ownership Levels: Updated February 2011 with Year-in-review Stats
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:152]
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37837 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 30695
Last year's position: 1
This year's position: 1
12 month increase: 7142
Average monthly increase: 595.17
Percentage increase over last year: 23.26%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 11

The Dual of the Immortals continues apace, with Settlers increasing its lead on Carc from 140 owners to 230. It's amazing to me that their relative positions have remained unchanged for four straight years, but the margin between them is well under one percent. This rivalry has never lead the pack in terms of forward momentum, but with ownership bases of this magnitude, typically only one game can top their raw increases. What title(s) earned that honor this year?
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 30557 Owners
Last year's position: 2
This year's position: 2
12 month increase: 7043
Average monthly increase: 586.92
Percentage increase over last year: 23.05%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 12

Carc continues to settle for second, but no other game on this list will challenge its position in 2012. I always wonder if this year will be the year for Carcassonne to finally nab the crown. What do you think?

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Which game will be the most owned game on BGG in 12 months' time?
The Settlers of Catan
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 23195 Owners
Last year's position: 3
This year's position: 3
12 month increase: 4264
Average monthly increase: 355.33
Percentage increase over last year: 18.38%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 20

For the previous three installments of this list, PR always turned in a solid performance. This year it falters, dropping six places in the growth rankings and losing ground to all but one mass-market game on the list (can you guess how many there are?). We've seen this play out before with titles like Tigris and Euphrates - is it the beginning of a long-term trend?

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Will Puerto Rico's percentage growth rebound next year?
Yes, never under-estimate the staying power of Puerto Rico.
No, it's all downhill from here.
Neither, it will find a home in new collections at about the same rate.
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:29] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 19206 Owners
Last year's position: 5
This year's position: 4
12 month increase: 7424
Average monthly increase: 618.67
Percentage increase over last year: 38.65
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 3

In the header I spoke of the "New Big Three" and "Original Big Three" as nigh-unbreakable establishments. Not quite. Blood is in the water, and Dominion looks to oust Puerto Rico by year's end. However, note the "soft landing:" 216% growth in 2009, 63% growth in 2010, and now 39%. The little-deck-builder-that-could is all grown up. Will it continue to post some of the best stats into 2013?
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 19317 Owners
Last year's position: 4
This year's position: 5
12 month increase: 5504
Average monthly increase: 458.67
Percentage increase over last year: 28.49%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 8

Finally displaced by Dominion after being chased for two years, Agricola is still posting some of the best numbers on the list, despite one of the highest MSRPs. Though its old rankings rivalry with Puerto Rico has faded (soon to be displaced by a TS-TtA standoff?), it continues to chomp at the older title's heels here. The gap continues to narrow, but even with a 12-rank advantage in growth, PR is likely to hold on in 2012.
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6. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:43]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 17124 Owners
Last year's position: 7
This year's position: 6
12 month increase: 5208
Average monthly increase: 434
Percentage increase over last year: 30.41%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 5

Forum activity around Pandemic has fallen off precipitously, and its position in the top 50 ranked games may not be secure for another year, but the ownership numbers tell a different story. Pandemic has finally reached the top of the mountain, sniping long-time target Citadels. It's unlikely to enter the top 5, but it's equally unlikely that any title will displace it in the coming year.

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Yes. It was a fad, and I'm glad it's almost over.
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No. What are you talking about? Give me co-operation or give me Monopoly!
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7. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:209]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 17651 Owners
Last year's position: 6
This year's position: 7
12 month increase: 4390
Average monthly increase: 365.83
Percentage increase over last year: 24.87%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 10

Citadels has always been the unsung hero of this list. Not much glamor, but also not much question that this is one of the major pillars of the hobby. It held off superstar Pandemic for two years, and has too much of a raw-numbers edge to give way to the handful of climbers below it. Previously, Citadels held the distinction of being the only "big group" game on this list. Spoiler alert: it has company.
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:10]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 17064 Owners
Last year's position: 8
This year's position: 8
12 month increase: 3900
Average monthly increase: 325
Percentage increase over last year: 22.86%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 14

Some readers will remember a time when Power Grid was thought of as the "only hope" for supplanting Puerto Rico as the number one ranked game. Some of its allure as a game that appeals to disparate tastes has been diminished, but it's still in solid shape as a go-to game for those just discovering the site and the hobby. Note that, last year, it's growth rank was 8, and the year before that, it's growth rank was 3. Is this a tailspin into Tigris and Euphrates territory, or merely a mild leveling off?
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:80]
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20407 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 16609 Owners
Last year's position: 9
This year's position: 9
12 month increase: 3798
Average monthly increase: 316.5
Percentage increase over last year: 22.87
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 13

Experience has taught me to expect some discussion of the TtR family here, and indeed, younger brother TtR: Europe is farther down the list. Rolling them together would produce a strong third place position, but I suspect a multitude of fans would chime in to voice a strong preference for one over the other.

On its own, the original game continues to do quite well. Another year in the top 10 is almost a given, though three contenders are pounding at the door.
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10. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:271]
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18380 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 15367 Owners
Last year's position: 10
This year's position: 10
12 month increase: 3013
Average monthly increase: 251.08
Percentage increase over last year: 19.61%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 16

Citadels friendlier sibling? This is likely Bohnanza's last year in the top 10, though to be fair, that prediction has been made before. With Race for the Galaxy only 300 owners behind and posting much stronger growth, Sci-Fi may finally find a place among the boardgaming "masses." This remains the predominant "wheeling and dealing" title on the list, with due respect to the Champ.

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11. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:22]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 14040 Owners
Last year's position: 12
This year's position: 11
12 month increase: 4030
Average monthly increase: 335.83
Percentage increase over last year: 28.70%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 7

Locally, gamers are fond of repeating the following RftG adage: there are those who have played Race 10 times or less, and those who have played it 100 times or more.

If that's true, a remarkable number of people who try it are making the commitment. This was Rio Grande Games' first try at a non-imported, expandable, highly replayable, appreciably deep, and relatively inexpensive card game. It continues to be a potent formula. Fans will of course argue that it does all of this better than RGG's Dominion, despite the other title's record-smashing success.

But that ship has sailed. Among this set of card games, there's a new kid in town. Will it usurp RftG?

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Which card game will claim more owners in two years' time?
Race for the Galaxy
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12. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 13549 Owners
Last year's position: 13
This year's position: 12
12 month increase: 3959
Average monthly increase: 329.92
Percentage increase over last year: 29.22%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 6

The second "climber" en route to the top 10, Arkham shows no sign of wavering, proving that a four hour playtime and a 30 page rulebook are mere trifles to be shrugged off, all while flying the AT Banner of... cooperation. Truly, a study in madness.
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13. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:258]
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16725 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 14371 Owners
Last year's position: 11
This year's position: 13
12 month increase: 2354
Average monthly increase: 196.17
Percentage increase over last year: 16.38%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 22

It's the same old story for Lost Cities. There was a moment when accessible, short, but engaging two-player titles were a rarity and Lost Cities walked tall as the exemplar. That moment has come and gone, with LS routinely ranking in the low 20s for growth, year after year. Expect another slide of 2-4 positions next year.
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14. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:101] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 11703 Owners
Last year's position: 17
This year's position: 14
12 month increase: 4629
Average monthly increase: 385.75
Percentage increase over last year: 39.55%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 2

Small World was the unexpected list-crasher in 2011 (growth rank: 1), and this year continues on the warpath. Skeptics may balk, but this has top 10 written all over it in the long run. This is the second year in a row to showcase all three of Days of Wonder's flagship franchises). Sadly, it will likely be the last, with Memoir '44 passing the torch. It's been three years now since DoW produced a crowd-pleaser. Is another one coming in 2012?
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15. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9327]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 12474 Owners
Last year's position: 14
This year's position: 15
12 month increase: 2308
Average monthly increase: 192.33
Percentage increase over last year: 18.50%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 19

Officially shamed by Small World, Risk is now the second-most owned "dudes on a map" game.

Right guys?

Risk also continues to be the most well-represented mass-market title, with a slight edge on Scrabble and Chess. You will not believe which Mass Market Challenger appears most likely to displace it in 2012. At least, I didn't.
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16. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1089]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 12278 Owners
Last year's position: 15
This year's position: 16
12 month increase: 2486
Average monthly increase: 207.17
Percentage increase over last year: 20.24%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 15

Despite posting solid numbers, Scrabble (and Risk, too) looks vulnerable to three titles further down, the nearest of which is Ticket to Ride: Europe. I'm not convinced that the long-term trend will see fewer mass market games recorded as owned on BGG (in fact, the-game-that-shall-not-be-named may show up drunk next year and pee in the corner, while Risk and Scrabble display face-palms of embarrassment).

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17. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:33]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 11974 Owners
Last year's position: 16
This year's position: 17
12 month increase: 1738
Average monthly increase: 144.83
Percentage increase over last year: 14.51% (ouch!)
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 25

Poor T&E! In its storied career, it has held the number 1 spot (ratings, not owners), been hailed as an exemplar of thematic integration by some, vilified as dry, meaningless abstraction by others, sparked hilarious faux-protests over the "significance" of its short-lived fall to Space Hulk, retained the sole distinction of being playable as an "app" of sorts on BGG, and is increasingly seen as the product of a much different phase of the hobby than the one we're in now. As far as ownership goes, it continues to slide, and is likely to lose four spots next year.
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18. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:321]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 11187 Owners
Last year's position: 18
This year's position: 18
12 month increase: 2101
Average monthly increase: 175.08
Percentage increase over last year: 18.78%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 18

Still here. Still wearing that "I heart abstracts" t-shirt, not saying much, taking it all in.
 
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19. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:60]
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Ownership level of 2/15/11: 10478 Owners
Last year's position: 21
This year's position: 19
12 month increase: 2770
Average monthly increase: 230.83
Percentage increase over last year: 26.44%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 9

Ticket to Ride: Europe was a freshman on this list in 2011. At rank 19 and with growth-rank 9, it is likely to be a fixture in the top 25 for a long time. Here's a thought:

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20. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:17]
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12967 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 3490 Owners
Last year's position: 210
This year's position: 20
12 month increase: 9477
Average monthly increase: 789.75
Percentage increase over last year: 371.55% (yowza!)
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 1

I'm the one who spends hours making these lists, and I would have bet against this! Last year I said:

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If this game manages to match Dominion's raw growth numbers from this cycle, it will clear 10,000 owners by this time next year. Of course, by the time that happens, the top 25 owned games will all boast 12,000 or more owners. Still, you never know.


No game has ever added 9,000+ owners in one year, and furthermore, this game shatters Dominion's growth record of 216%. Experiences teaches us to expect a significant cooldown, but 7 Wonders isn't done kicking ass and taking names.

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21. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:2204]
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12840 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: ~9500 (estimated)
Last year's position: 28
This year's position: 21
12 month increase: ~3300
Average monthly increase: ~275
Percentage increase over last year: 34-38%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 4 (actually not much doubt here given the gap between the 3rd and 5th ranked games)

WTF?


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22. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:19]
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12760 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 11073 Owners
Last year's position: 19
This year's position: 22
12 month increase: 1687
Average monthly increase: 140.58
Percentage increase over last year: 15.24%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 24

Like Puerto Rico and Power Grid, Caylus lost considerable momentum in 2012, down from growth-rank 17 to nearly the back of the pack. Unlike those other two classics, Caylus is losing position to other games, and will likely be ranked 24th or 25th next year.

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What will happen if Monopoly claims more owners than Caylus?
1. Ystari games will quickly respond with a friendlier looking edition.
2. Aldie will call for an emergency meeting of industry leaders to form a Monopoly-watch task force.
3. Numerous high-level users will "go nuclear," deleting their contributions and entering exile somewhere in rural Germany. All copies of Caylus on the BGG Marketplace will disappear, and rumors of a network of "Caylus bunkers" will emerge.
4. The King Will be Most Displeased.
5. The earth will continue to orbit the sun, and tastes will continue to differ.
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23. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:159]
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12423 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 10759 Owners
Last year's position: 20
This year's position: 23
12 month increase: 1664
Average monthly increase: 138.67
Percentage increase over last year: 15.47%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 23

Long overshadowed by Race for the Galaxy, San Juan appears to have genuinely run out of steam, finding itself in an increasingly crowded market of snappy, reasonably engaging card games.
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24. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:82] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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12391 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 10397 Owners
Last year's position: 22
This year's position: 24
12 month increase: 1994
Average monthly increase: 166.17
Percentage increase over last year: 19.18%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 17

Though other titles have slowed down more than Memoir '44, it now finds itself in the path of two sure-fire contenders, and possibly a third. It's possible that M44's base is also being sapped by the numerous related versions of the Commands and Colors system, as gamers may now choose between Ancient Warfare (C&C:A), Fantasy (Battle Lore), Napoleonics (C&C:N), and the American Civil War (Battle Cry), in addition to WWII. A popular online implementation may give Memoir a boost, but at best that will keep it in the 26th spot going into 2013.
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25. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:217]
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12113 owners

Ownership level of 2/15/11: 10256 Owners
Last year's position: 23
This year's position: 25
12 month increase: 1857
Average monthly increase: 154.75
Percentage increase over last year: 18.11%
Percentage growth rank (acceleration): 21

RoboRally has long been the oldest game on the list, and more interestingly, the only precursor to Settlers, which looks immovable from the number one spot. Given all of the reprints and re-imaginings going on lately (Cosmic Encounter, Merchant of Venus, Survive!, etc etc), I can't help but wonder if RoboRally will be re-invented, although that may simply spawn a competing entry rather than boosting this one.

Sidenote: look at Acquire down there at position 32.
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