Games where the manufacturer-suggested age may not be quite right
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I play games almost exclusively with my kids, so I spend a lot of time looking for games that are appropriate for them. I often use BGG to filter by minimum-suggested age, but as I browse games I find that often BGG users have suggested ages that are off in both directions by several years from what the manufacturers suggest. So I decided to do some analysis of games based on BGG user-suggested ages.

On the way I got curious about which games were the furthest "off", so I got sidetracked and decided to create this list. Here are the parameters for the list:

- Must have at least 10 user-suggested age votes (to filter out the noise)

- User-suggested age is determined as the mean of all votes (not the mode as is apparently stored in the BGG database)

So are BGG users more trustworthy than the manufacturers? Not necessarily, but in my experience the BGG user mean minimum age has been quite accurate for my family. If people have experience with these games and can comment on which number is more accurate, I'd appreciate the feedback.
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BGG User Age: 8.0
Manufacturer Age: 26
Difference: -18.0

There are always anomalies, and number one on the list happens to be an anomaly. I don't know what the deal is with this game, but someone clearly tampered with the polls.
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BGG User Age: 8.4
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BGG User Age: 7.1
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BGG User Age: 8.8
Manufacturer Age: 14
Difference: -5.2
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BGG User Age: 15.1
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BGG User Age: 12.9
Manufacturer Age: 18
Difference: -5.1

For Pete's sake. Somehow this game even makes it onto an objective geeklist...
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BGG User Age: 16.9
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16. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:394]
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BGG User Age: 8.5
Manufacturer Age: 13
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18. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:425]
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19. Board Game: Tiki Topple [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2072]
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20. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:778] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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21. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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23. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:825]
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24. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragon [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
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25. Board Game: Emperor's New Clothes [Average Rating:3.46 Overall Rank:16765]
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