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Hi I am a board game designer and was wondering what determines what game is at the top of the BGG hotness list?
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Hi I am a board game designer and was wondering what determines what game is at the top of the BGG hotness list?


The game with the most shill visits gets the hotness. You need to get your game on Kickstarter, create a really good looking box cover image, and include 180 miniature alien zombie vampires. Eight or ten stretch goals and you're set. You can start working on the rules in six weeks.

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"[T]he Hotness reflects the dynamic popularity of items based on recent viewings."

From the Wiki which can be searched using the top search bar. (Use the pull down menu to change from "Board Game".
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Pretty much what Sagrilarus said. Which makes it completely useless. Which is why for me (and others) it's not visible at all. It's hidden (via settings). And the extra screen real estate is extremely welcomed.
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curtc wrote:
Pretty much what Sagrilarus said. Which makes it completely useless. Which is why for me (and others) it's not visible at all. It's hidden (via settings). And the extra screen real estate is extremely welcomed.


Yup marketing hype which to me makes it a game to stay away from.

Hidden though for me too.
 
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For someone like you guys were do you look to learn about new games?
 
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I find rules questions posted in the games feed often catch my attention. As often as not I'm clicking on the game's page instead of the question's page.

The industry is much more fractured now. It's harder to find the gems than it used to be.

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Petting Zoo wrote:
For someone like you guys were do you look to learn about new games?

News, geeklists, announcements from trusted publishers, blogs, etc. There is no good single source (without being ridiculously overly noisy), regrettably.

The industry is highly seasonal, so if you look at reports people post from Essen and GenCon, and look for patterns, that will get you 90% of the good games that come out each year. Well, there's also the Kickstarter monster, if you're into that. My recommendation is to stay far far away from that, at least until you feel saturated from already-published games.
 
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I have geek bubbies that either talk a lot here or that I just have very similar tastes. I am subscribed to them and see what they are takking about.
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Petting Zoo wrote:
For someone like you guys were do you look to learn about new games?


I'm assuming you're referring to newly released games?


I do refer to The Hotness to an extent. If I've seen a game mentioned in the regular or games forums repeatedly and it's currently "hot", I may click and check it out.

I sometimes read the BoardGameGeek News "New Game Round-up" announcements.

I regularly look at my favorite OLGS's upcoming/preorder page to see what new games might interest me. They use thumbnails of the game boxes, so appealing artwork plays a part.


I don't look at new releases on Kickstarter. Likewise, if a game is mentioned in the press release or crowdfunding forums, I generally ignore it.

I don't use social media, read blogs, or subscribe to publishers' newsletters.
 
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Wow Petting Zoo, welcome to the jaded old guard who consider checkers to be an untried newcomer with too much glitz and glam to actually be a good game! laugh As concerns the hotness, they are not totally pessimistic though. Many kick starters have backers thumb images etc for social stretch goals to get on the list and give their games some exposure. Those that go on and stay on are the more established games that draw crowds to their games page.
 
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I find BoardGameGeek News useful.

While I'm sure people try to manipulate The Hotness, when my gaming group is talking about a new game, it's generally on The Hotness. Scythe is the current example.

Also, I listen to my group: if they aren't interested, it isn't going to be played.
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Hotness indicates absolutely nothing other than page hits. The hotness, according to BGG admin, is whatever is getting the most views. This is from ANY view hits like google search, etc. This is why a game may jump all of a sudden. Sometimes what will climb hotness is a game thats currently generating alot of trouble or controvercy in some form. Doom that Came to Atlantic City or Myth.

Followed by pages with alot of activity.

Also there are some people on BGG who think its funny to artificially boost a game.

The Hotness is less than worthless as its also edited. There are games that will not appear ever.
 
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