The race for the top 100, 2007
- Boyd LudlowDenmark
This graph (and this list) shows the top 100 as it was at the end of 2007. Some of the games now in the top 100 weren't at the beginning of the year and some did not even have a ranking back then. Unfortunately to fit a hundred games into a graph that will remain readable requires a graphic that is too big to be displayed on your average monitor so you'll need to scroll about to see it all.
The legend on the right of the graph shows the games in the same order as they are on the last day of the year. To follow the progress of a particular game you can start on the right hand end of the graph and follow the line back through the year. Hopefully the colours a distinct enough for those of you who are colour blind.
I think that the graph immediately shows three things. Firstly that for a game to break into the top ten is quite hard, new popular games can have a rapid assent up the rankings but tend to reach a point where they stall or slow significantly and this point is always outside the top 10. Secondly that as you travel down the rankings the volatility increases with games swinging in and out of favour and games having notable peaks and troughs though the year. Thirdly new games that are considered good by the BGG community can climb the rankings at a phenomenal rate as can be seen by the several 2007 games to now grace the top 100.
I had been planning this list for quite some time but wanted to wait until a nice round time unit like a year existed. I thought that 1000rpm had stolen my thunder with his list last month http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27105 but he only looks at individual games and not their interactions with each other.
So let's look at the top 100 games and the year that they had. Perhaps others can help explain why some of these games have performed the way that they have better than I.
- [+] Dice rolls