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More trivial numbers!

I posted recently about the prestige ranking of Decktet games. That was easy to compile using the BGG API. My old Perl scripts also used to tabulate the number of logged plays for each game, but that's not readily available in the XML files.

With a little extra jiggery-pokery, I now have a Python script which loads a bunch of web pages to find the relevant information. The output for every game with at least one logged play is below.

At a glance, the ordering looks a lot like the prestige ranking. Solo games tend to be a bit higher. That seems natural enough. I suspect if I dug in and looked at the number of distinct players who logged plays, solitaire games wouldn't get as much of a bump.

There are some games which are in the top 20 by prestige but not by plays: Dectana, Frogger, Double Knot, and Colour Bazaar. I don't know what to make of that. Surely there are people who rank games but don't log plays, and there are probably a few who log plays but don't rank games. Maybe that interacts with particular types of games?

* * * begin output * * *
game plays
1 Decktet 1979
2 Adaman 1784
3 Magnate 1705
4 Myrmex 606
5 Emu Ranchers 602
6 Bharg 569
7 Jacynth 532
8 Quäsenbö 380
9 Quincunx 216
10 Oh Quay 188
11 Gongor Whist 181
12 Thricewise 165
13 Goblin Market 141
14 Window 133
15 Biscuit 129
16 Hermit 88
17 Head Solitaire 82
18 Second Story 81
19 Fifth Challenge 70
20 Ivory Tower 68
21 Aucteraden 65
22 Nonesuch 61
23 Blulu 58
24 Dectana 53
25 Gasp! 52
26 Bisque 45
27 Solo Hex 43
28 Chancellors 39
29 Chicane 39
30 Colour Bazaar 38
31 Frogger 38
32 Caravan 32
33 Double Knot 32
34 Ascend 31
35 Shed 28
36 Ace Trump 27
37 Wyvern Pass Not 26
38 Emissary: The.. 23
39 Tinker, Sailo.. 22
40 Suzerain 21
41 Terrapin 21
42 Dueling Runes 20
43 Fifes & Drums 19
44 Beluga Cup 18
45 Varg Bid 18
46 Corundum Conu.. 17
47 If Badger was.. 16
48 The Wall 16
49 Snakebit 15
50 Sorcerous Fut.. 15
51 Monster Day 13
52 Hexaract 12
53 Pauntel's Got.. 12
54 Pepper. Corn! 12
55 Centrifuge 11
56 Boojum 10
57 The Four Courts 10
58 The Young Que.. 10
59 The Curious C.. 8
60 Old Janx Spirit 8
61 Turtle Soup 8
62 Kingpins 7
63 Revelation 7
64 Ruta 7
65 Brigand Kings 4
66 Jigger 4
67 Ransom Trump 3
68 Election Day 2
69 Mountebank 1
70 Reino de Ambar 1
71 Ziggurat Demo.. 1
* * * end output * * *
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