Strange BGG Recommendations
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The recommendations that are found on the game pages of BGG can be curious, to say the least. Here are a few that I noticed while hopping between BGG games.
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1. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1555]
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...BGG weak recommendation for...



Never heard of 2038. I see it described as "an 18XX game set in space".

How on earth (hah) do you go from an epic rise-and-fall game to space rails?
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2. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:181]
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Really? A point-to-point CDG about the 15th century which is as much about the Protestant Reformation and the Age of Exploration as it is about war has a recommendation to an obscure, classic hex-and-counter WW2 game?

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3. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1919]
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Seems a bit odd - upheavals in Napoleonic-era Europe depicted in a CDG wargame has any sort of recommendation with a Mexican entrepreneurs employing bandits and other cunning tactics in a capitalist free-for-all game?
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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Well they both have cards... shake (It's not just wargames with bizarre recommendations!)
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5. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:361]
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WTF? Well they were both Avalon Hill publications at one point and are both fine games with a lot of diplomacy and Corsicans I guess. But the resemblance stops there.
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6. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:1018]
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Yeah, I totally get this. A multi-player, diplomacy-heavy, early 19th century strategic level wargame is so similar to a two-player, mid-20th century depiction of naval war. Maybe the recommendation machine thinks the Royal Navy had carriers in 1815.
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7. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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... recommendations for ...

THIS SPACE LEFT INTENTIONALLY BLANK.

That's right, Small World is somehow devoid of recommendations. Not even to Vinci... (which also doesn't point to Small World).

I thought at least it would maybe be a very weak recommendation for...



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8. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:823]
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Weak Recommendation:


Okay, they were both published by Avalon Hill and they both came in a box. But, other than that...
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9. Board Game: The Wreck of the B.S.M. Pandora [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6129]
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Strange recommendations:

Weak recommendations for:

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Outre recommendation:

Very Weak recommendation for:

Yes, of 27 games listed the one that most resembles Wreck gets a Very Weak recommendation--
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10. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:631]
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Weak recommendation:

Very weak recommendation:
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11. Board Game: War [Average Rating:2.21 Overall Rank:16306]
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Very Weak Recommendation:

Age of Renaissance

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12. Board Game: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:6383]
Ian Radford
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What other game should naturally appeal to players of a classic high fantasy hack-and-slash dungeoncrawl?

Why, a game of detection in Victorian London, starring literature's most famous consulting detective, of course! Bring on 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game!



Players of said game of detection will of course soon be restless to move on to their next recommendation: Bullwinkle and Rocky Role Playing Party Game



I think this system may be due for an overhaul.
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13. Board Game: Arena Maximus [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4634]
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A fantasy chariot racing game, has a very weak recommendation for....

Stuff Yer Face



A game where your clown puppet gobbles up marbles. Of course - it's all starting to make sense now.



Nurse!


Nurse!!!
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14. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:20]
Jason Hinchliffe
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A very weak recommendation is...Galaxy Trucker

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Really? They both came out in 2007, they both have cubes, cards and cardboard. I've run out similarities. Seriously. One is strategic, worker placement, with extremely low randomness. The other is frenetic real time puzzling with huge randomness and copious amounts of silliness. They're not just not similar, they are intrinsically polar!
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15. Board Game: Power & Weakness [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4256]
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a game about England in the 5th century; Saxons against Celts! with wizards and whatnot, reccomends:
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Guatemala Café A game about coffee planting and selling in Guatemala.
P&W is an area contro game with interest to people who like the arthurian legends etc, Guatemala Cafe is an Area Enclosure, Commodity Speculation, Hand Management and Route/Network Building game set in middle America.

another weak reccomendation is for Auf Achse a game about trucks that's pick-up/deliver and network building.

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