Multiple paths to victory
- tim pUnited Kingdom
There's this one Games with plentiful paths to victory?, but I didn't really believe some of the entries. I don't have much experience of the top BGG games but I can program, so I decided to just download all the user comments of the top 1000 games and see how often the phrase came up. About 800000 comments. This was done using Java and the XML API guide in the BGG help section.
I've only included games with at least 500 comments. So some of the recent arrivals like Hawaii (which came 4th) have been removed.
Here's the top 25.
I feel that there is a difference between the paths to victory offered in Puerto Rico for example (49th) and Princes of the Renaissance. In PR are the multiple paths a matter of doing the same things but in different combinations? And in PotR the paths involve completely different actions. I haven't played either but like the sound of the options in PotR. I wonder how he balances them?
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the type of strategic choice offered in these games. Please add other games you think have better 'multiple paths to victory'.
I've uploaded the data in a public dropbox. 1000 files of crude XML with username, rating and comments. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/67615841/top%201000%20games%20-%20us...
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