Determine What Game to Play: Systematic Consensus Decisioning [POLLS]
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I recently stumbled upon a systematic technique for making a decision with a group of people. Systemisches Konsensieren in German, it was presented to me by a German doctor of mathematics at an Agile conference.

The idea is that everyone involved in the decision rates all the options available with a level of Resistance. That is, how much they don't want to take that option. Apparently rating using this negative technique like this avoids problems that exist with rating positively.

I thought it might be an interesting technique to use for deciding what game to choose on game night, not least because I've found on game night that people often veto games rather than make positive choices for them.

This geeklist tests that, using all of us to rate various options based on other measures on BGG of popular game choices. So, for each option, rate your Resistance from Zero (no objections to this option) through to Ten (completely against this option).

Why should you not just vote 10 for all but your favourite choice, gaming the system? This question was asked of the presenter. This has been studied and there are two reasons why not. #1 Because then you are removing any influence you have on the other choices - if your first choice option is not the one chosen then you have rated your 2nd choice as highly as your last choice, so you could end up with your last choice. #2 Because people will see you gaming the system and in future votes may balance this by raising their negativity against your preferred option.

Hopefully most of the results should be nice and visible in the polls, but I'll probably publish an analysis list anyway.
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1. Board Game: BGG: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Vote for the games based on your Resistance to wanting to play them:
Zero = Completely enthusiastic about playing / No objections at all
Ten = Completely against playing this game / Unacceptable option

Haven't played them? No problem, you are rating how much you don't want to play them. Vote on your impression of the game. Or if you have no idea and don't want to influence the decision then abstain and leave that row blank.

Rate the games from Zero (no objections to playing) to Ten (completely against playing)

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Rate the games from Zero (fully enthusiastic about playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Twilight Struggle
Agricola
Through the Ages
Puerto Rico
Android: Netrunner
Eclipse
Power Grid
Terra Mystica
Mage Knight Board Game
Le Havre
      364 answers
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Do not vote like the BGG scale. 10 is bad. Zero is good. If you did this click questions and fix your votes.
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2. Board Game: Zero Down [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3120]
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Lets try that again, but this time with another option that the presenter gave us. A "Zero Option". This is something that is a choice against all the other options. In this case lets go for it as "not playing any of these".

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Rate the games from Zero (fully enthusiastic about playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Twilight Struggle
Agricola
Through the Ages
Puerto Rico
Android: Netrunner
Eclipse
Power Grid
Terra Mystica
Mage Knight Board Game
Le Havre
Zero Option
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Now lets try with the Top Twelve of the Boardgames League. These are the games that are winning the ongoing popularity/quality contest. Lets see how they do on a negative vote.

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Rate the games from Zero (fully enthusiastic about playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Power Grid
Agricola
Dominion
7 Wonders
Twilight Struggle
Puerto Rico
Ticket to Ride
The Resistance
Pandemic
Through the Ages
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
The Castles of Burgundy
Zero Option
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Now lets try it against the Top 12 from the "Want to Play" stage of Le Tour de Geek...

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Rate the games from Zero (fully enthusiastic about playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Agricola
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
Battlestar Galactica
Eclipse
Twilight Struggle
7 Wonders
Mage Knight Board Game
Power Grid
Galaxy Trucker
The Resistance
Cosmic Encounter
The Castles of Burgundy
Zero Option
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5. Board Game: The Games We Played [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Now lets try the games most played in September 2013 (by unique users)...

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Rate the games from Zero (fully enthusiastic about playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Love Letter
Lords of Waterdeep
King of Tokyo
7 Wonders
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Base Set
Dominion
Android: Netrunner
Hanabi
Carcassonne
Pandemic
Agricola
Trains
Zero Option
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6. Board Game: Owner's Choice [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3957]
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Now lets try with the most owned games, excluding the ones that have been in lots of these polls already....

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Rate the games from Zero (fully enthusiastic about playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Settlers of Catan
Carcassonne
Pandemic
Citadels
Ticket to Ride
Small World
Race for the Galaxy
Arkham Horror
Bohnanza
Munchkin
Lost Cities
Scrabble
Risk
Stone Age
Zero Option
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7. Board Game: Light Division [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:11124]
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And now a bunch of popular light games...

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Rate the games from Zero (fully enthusiastic about playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bang!
Dixit
Forbidden Island
Quarriors
Werewolf
Ingenious
Liar's Dice
Saboteur
For Sale
Coloretto
Fairy Tale
Qwirkle
Tsuro
Can't Stop
Loopin Louie
No Thanks
Zero Option
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