Plays best with 2? 3? 4? 173? You tell me! Ultimate Optimum # of Players List (BGG Top 288)
- Kevin HCanada
***UPDATE*** Make sure you check out my companion geeklist: Ultimate Optimum # of Players List (BGG Top 288) RESULTS SO FAR...
A little over a year ago I got fed up with having to wade through forums to find out if a game was "light enough" for my family or "heavy enough" to interest me. So, I created a geeklist "Is it Light? Is it Heavy? Is it Something Inbetween? You tell me!" http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/9628
Thanks to your input, within a week or two, Aldie & friends saw the use of such a weight rating system and implemented it! WOOHOO!
So now, I am again fed up. Fed up with wading through forums to find out how many players a game plays well with; the given player range doesn't seem to be very useful in many cases...
So I've created this list in order to compile everyone's "player #" ratings. Each night I will update the figures for each game. I hope that this too will one day be added to each game page, and as part of the advanced search function. If not, then at least the #'s in this list should be helpful.
Okay, this is how it will work:
For each game, I will list the player range. If you feel you have enough experience with a game to tell if it plays well with a certain number of players then you can indicate it with a or a
Give thumbs up to a # of players which a game plays "very, very well with" (i.e. you CAN give thumbs up to more than one # of players per game).
Give thumbs down when you don't think a game works well with that # of players (e.g. you would rather play something else at that # of people).
So there are FOUR rules to follow:
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1.) Stay within the stated player range (i.e. no "but I cooked up a great 1 player variant"). If the stated player range sucks or is inaccurate, I will not change it...that would be too much on my plate.
2.) You can either give a thumb up to a certain number, a thumb down, or leave it blank (especially if you have no experience with certain #'s of players). DO NOT take expansions into consideration, only the base game.
3.) Don't fall into "the more the merrier" synndrome. If a game range goes up high, to something like 7...don't get stuck with the mentality that it is only worth playing at the maximum # of players. You can still vote this way if you'd like, but try and be rational about it.
4.) Don't be a fanboy. This is not intended to be a place to rate the game as a whole, that's what game ratings are for. You CANNOT give thumbs up to every # of players for a game. But this does not mean you have to give any of them a thumb down either. Instead, you are allowed to give a thumb up to as many # of players for a game...MINUS ONE. Example: Puerto Rico's range is 2-5, if you really, honestly think it scales wonderfully, you can still only give thumbs up to 3 of the 4 #'s of players (e.g. thumbs up to 3, 4, 5...but not 2).
5.) Don't be a hater. This is not intended to be a place to rate the game as a whole, that's what game ratings are for. You CANNOT give only thumbs down to any or all of the #'s of players for a game. You MUST give at least one thumb up to a game. Example: You just played Puerto Rico with 2 players and didn't like it. You CANNOT give Puerto Rico a thumb down with 2 players UNLESS you give it at least one thumb up somewhere else.
A post I'm looking for would look something like this...Example: Puerto Rico, player range 2-5:
3, 4, 5
Also acceptable would be:
3, 4, 5
(notice that 2 is left blank...because you CANNOT give thumbs up to all options in the player range)
Unacceptable would be:
2, 3, 4, 5
(you CANNOT give thumbs up to all options)
2, 3, 4, 5
Neither would be:
3, 4, 5
Also no to:
(You MUST give thumbs up to at least one option)
Another example with Up Front, player range 2-3:
Acceptable would be:
None of the following would be acceptable:
(You cannot give thumbs up to all options in a player range)
(You MUST give thumbs up to at least one option in a player range)
That's everything. As I said, try and give with the number of players you think a game plays "very very well" with; this is independent of the quality of the game itself. We are trying to determine with which numbers of players each game plays best with (or very very well with). You can be as liberal or stingy with your thumbs as you prefer (within the rules of course).
That might be a lot of rules for this, but I tried to build in some anti-shill rules, so hopefully they prove useful.
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So to sum up:
1.) give and to # of players within the stated range (you can also leave out some #'s of players, i.e. you do no need to rate all #'s of players in a range). when a # of players works "really really well" and when you would probably not want to play with that # of players. DO NOT include expansions into your thinking.
2.) You CANNOT give thumbs up to all #'s of players in a range. You have to leave at least one blank (or give at least one thumb down).
3.) You CANNOT give thumbs down without giving at least one thumb up.
Well that's it. Have fun everybody
Having trouble finding the game you clicked this for? Here is the list of games. If you press the "ctrl" button on your keyboard, hold it, and press "F", and then enter the name of the game you're looking for to see what page it is on. You can do the same thing to quickly find the game on that page as well.
Games in BOLD have few votes and need more votes!!! (but you can always vote on any game you wish)
Tigris & Euphrates
Princes of Florence
Age of Steam
War of the Ring
Settlers of Catan
Ticket to Ride Europe
Struggle of Empires
Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride - Marklin Edition
Game of Thrones
Through the Desert
Maharaja: Palace Building in India
Roads and Boats
Traders of Genoa
Carcassonne - The City
Web of Power
Thurn and Taxis
Princes of the Renaissance
Shadows over Camelot
Republic of Rome
Carcassonne - Hunters and Gatherers
Descent: Journeys in the Dark
Fury of Dracula
Scepter of Zavandor
Blue Moon City
Mu and Mehr
Star Wars - The Queen's Gambit
Runebound Second Edition
Here I Stand
In the Shadow of the Emperor
Conquest of the Empire
Lord of the Rings
Ark of the Covenant
Edel, Stein & Reich
Hey! That's My Fish!
A Gamut of Games
Axis & Allies: Revised
Revolution: The Dutch Revolt
Elasund: The First City of Catan
History of the World
Oltremare - Merchants of Venice
Tales of the Arabian Knights
Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
Fury of Dracula
I'm the Boss
Empires in Arms
Doom: The Boardgame
Siedler von Nurnberg
Tower of Babel
Middle Earth CCG
Settlers of Catan - Travel Edition
Starfarers of Catan
Leonardo da Vinci
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
Wings of War - Famous Aces
Downfall of Pompeii
Settlers of Canaan
Downtown: Air War Over Hanoi
Full Metal Planete
Merchant of Venus
Age of Renaissance
Settlers of the Stone Age
Sword of Rome: The Conquest of Italy
End of the Triumvirate
Die Saulen der Erde
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Great Battles of Alexander: Deluxe Edition
Wits & Wagers
Wings of War - Watch Your Back!
World of Warcraft
Man O War
O Zoo le Mio
Risk 2210 A.D.
Turn the Tide
- [+] Dice rolls