No 1s, only one 10: applying the BGG ratings to a lifetime of gaming
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What a long, strange trip. I've pretty much been a gamer all my life, but when miar introduced me to BGG in the late summer of 2007, I knew I'd found one of those few www sites I'd stick around on (BUST.com is the most notable other, while fadsites like Myspace & FaceCrack have come & gone).

Today I rated my 200th game. I stick to the BGG ratings guidelines, which are based on how much I want to play something:

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* 10 - Outstanding. Always want to play and expect this will never change.
* 9 - Excellent game. Always want to play it.
* 8 - Very good game. I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and will never turn down a game.
* 7 - Good game, usually willing to play.
* 6 - Ok game, some fun or challenge at least, will play sporadically if in the right mood.
* 5 - Average game, slightly boring, take it or leave it.
* 4 - Not so good, it doesn't get me but could be talked into it on occasion.
* 3 - Likely won't play this again although could be convinced. Bad.
* 2 - Extremely annoying game, won't play this ever again.
* 1 - Defies description of a game. You won't catch me dead playing this. Clearly broken.



I further understand this to mean within a context of all other games being available at that moment. So to me, a 10 is the game that, even if all my 9s are available, I'll probably play first. I feel 10 and 1 are the most important--and most overused--ratings. To me a 1 simply cannot be considered a game, based on our common understanding of what that word means. As a result, I have no 1s.

Here then are the 200 games I've rated, from worst to best. Please feel free to add your thoughts, or to tell me I'm full of shit.
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26. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:11094]
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A pioneer that's long been surpassed. Played it again after a decade and found it dull, very dated, and mechanically distasteful.
Rating: 3
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27. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1392]
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Not the worst rummy-based game, as the mystery rummys are out there. Earned its 3 rating because there are children out there who like it, and I'll play with them if nothing else is available.
Rating: 3
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28. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1131]
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My favourite variants are "Take Two" for no down time, and "Dirty Word Scrabble" for gettin' down time.
Rating: 3
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29. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:44]
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Playing this makes me nauseous. I don't like games where I neither make my own decisions nor pay for my own mistakes.
Rating: 3
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30. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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If PR was a juniorHS science class, I'd be sitting at the back of the room, huffing gas, making spitballs with my buddies, & be relieved to finally get kicked out.

I'd rather play San Juan, or ItYotDragon, or YINSH, or Taluva, or Railroad Tycoon, or....
Rating: 3
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31. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1312]
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Epitomises meh. I can't put my finger on why I don't want to play again, but I know I don't.
Rating: 3
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32. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:78]
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Beautiful components. Great idea. Immersive theme. Too bad the gameplay doesn't hold up. A lot of people around here poo-poo Killer Bunnies because it's too random & luck-based. If any of those folks give this a relatively higher rating, I'll know to disount their opinions entirely as the rantings of bits (neat-o disaster tiles & trippy cd) whores.

This is infuriatingly random: spending 10 fun/frantic minutes planning, knowing that all those plans can be made irrelevant with one fateful card shift is not my idea of grown-up gaming (though I'll grant that D&D-playing kids might like it). Five veteran gamers around the table agreed: Space Alert has far too much randomness to be called a strategy game.
Rating: 3
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33. Board Game: Ice Flow [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1454]
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Our first game we clearly focused too much on existing ice floes, and not enough on introducing new ones. A pretty clever little game, and one which may bridge the generation gap quite well. But not my style.
Rating: 3
 
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34. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:455]
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Why, oh why does the board have to be so painfully ugly? I'd buy this fantastic game in a second if it weren't for the muddled, hard-to-read board. Best game I never want to see--or play--again.

The most in-your-face, vicious, dominate-the-weak auction/area control game I've ever played. Learning it, you'd think it might take 10-15 minutes to play. But this gem will set your brain on fire, and 4 people hovering over the board for a delicious, tension-racked hour is entirely possible.
Rating: 3
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35. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:10678]
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I think this is the first game Dad ever bought us. I'll still enjoy a game with him from time to time.
Rating: 3
 
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36. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:1839] [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
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Not awful, but there are other party games I'd much rather play.
Rating: 3
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37. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:11044]
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Better than Fluxx for its unpretentiousness, and at least it's fun with little kids.
Rating: 3
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38. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:156]
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How can I love the city this much and yet feel such utter indifference toward the game? Oh yeah: see Carcasonne.
Rating: 4
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39. Board Game: High Bohn Plus [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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The race for the best buildings is interesting, but we didn't like the way it turned what was essentially a speed game (Bohnanza) into a much slower one. Still, everyone likes cooking up some bean stew!
Rating: 4
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40. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: Baby Boomer Edition [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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Better than Genus is about the best thing I can say about it.
Rating: 4
 
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41. Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1106]
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Little run-up-the-numbers game by Knizia with a great theme. Nothing like making your friends drink poisoned wine! Damn shame about the huge box and cauldrons, when this should be no bigger than a card box.
Rating: 4
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42. Board Game: Bitin' Off Hedz [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:11113]
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Rating based on 2P. Like prehistory, dull.

But we agreed it could be megatonnes of fun with dino figurines and a group of 6P+.
Rating: 4
 
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43. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:718]
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Good little game that makes me reconsider my rating for Ticket to Ride. Easy to learn, with fun decisions about where to create your own track, and where to piggy-back on the tracks of others. Game ended after 2 rounds, about 12 mins total play time.
Rating: 4
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44. Board Game: De Kolonisten van Catan: Wegwerpcatan [Average Rating:5.06 Unranked]
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Clever postcard-sized version of the ubiquitous game. The 'wheels' are great resource card substitutes!
Rating: 4
 
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45. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:351] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Like being *in* a zombie movie. Good replayability of never-ending board permutations and a plethora of victory conditions. But still a dice-heavy co-op RPG, and those don't usually move me.
Rating: 4
 
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46. Board Game: Portobello Market [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1274]
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Odd little game that seems to create wild point swings by its very nature. Plays either a little erratic or AP-heavy. Gorgeous components.
Rating: 4
 
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47. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
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Has its merits (most notably 6P, very easy to learn), though I prefer Ra/Razzia! or Modern Art for Knizia auction fun.
Rating: 4
 
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48. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:888]
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About as shameless a rip-off as a game gets. I'm not by nature litigious, but if I were Alexey Pajitnov, I'd be calling my lawyer. The most solitary non-solitaire game I've played.
Rating: 4
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49. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:84]
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Easy, fun, and builds some tension with the full 5 players. But with 5P, I wouldn't reach for this.
Rating: 4
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50. Board Game: Sequence [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:3032]
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Excellent interplay saves this from a lower rating.
Rating: 4
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