BGG Top 50 ranked by Avg No. of Plays per Player (Oct 2013)
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Description: This is a GeekList to re-rank the BGG Top 50 by the average number of plays per BGGer who has logged plays for that game (known henceforth as "Player"). This can be a useful indicator for addictiveness, replayability, and even how much table time a game gets on average (see the last item on this list).

An interesting aspect of doing it this way is that it sort of gets at the fundamental question of how enjoyable a game truly is WITHOUT taking a BGGer's subjective rating for each game into account at all. It is hoped that this takes away the effect of many people rating a game 1 out of spite - you can only drag a game's ranking down by playing it once and never playing it again (or at least never logging any plays - though I have no idea why s/he would keep on playing a game s/he hates).

Inspiration: I first thought about making a "plays per owner" GeekList but it turns out that's been done before by
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here. In the comments section of that list though,
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remarked that the list would have been better if we could filter out owners who don't log their plays on BGG. While I was trying to figure out how to do that efficiently, I happened upon BGG's feature to let us see all the users who have logged at least 1 play for that game. I quickly realised the appeals of using that statistic instead.

Potential Biases: This list is susceptible to one user recording an absurdly high number of plays for a game. For example, the number of plays for Go was bumped up by one BGGer logging exactly 10,000 plays; however, without him, the Avg would still have been 18.94, placing it only one rank below where it is now.

Of course, looking at the results, there seems to be a rather strong bias towards shorter games (for obvious reasons). That's why I have also included as a last item of this list (on page 3) what the ranking would be like if we use "Average Total Playing Time per Player" (i.e. multiplying the average number of plays per user by the Playing Time listed by BGG) instead.
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 24.54

Plays: 421,207

Players: 17,161

Owners: 39,292
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2. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:135]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 23.62

Plays: 50,490

Players: 2,138

Owners: 10,190
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3. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 21.05

Plays: 258,167

Players: 12,264

Owners: 24,691
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4. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:130]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 18.41

Plays: 85,155

Players: 4,625

Owners: 9,709
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5. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 16.22

Plays: 68,274

Players: 4,210

Owners: 11,558
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6. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:78]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 15.41

Plays: 50,320

Players: 3,266

Owners: 3,104
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7. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:61] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 11.03

Plays: 69,284

Players: 6,284

Owners: 19,336
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8. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 9.58

Plays: 135,609

Players: 14,151

Owners: 25,488
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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 8.57

Plays: 139,021

Players: 16,215

Owners: 35,257
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10. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 8.44

Plays: 130,162

Players: 15,421

Owners: 34,659
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11. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:108]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 7.78

Plays: 23,660

Players: 3,041

Owners: 6,540
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12. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:119]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 7.10

Plays: 14,590

Players: 2,055

Owners: 4,263
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13. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:35]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 7.09

Plays: 41,885

Players: 5,911

Owners: 11,070
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14. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:173] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 6.78

Plays: 12,953

Players: 1,910

Owners: 5,360
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15. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:98]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 6.57

Plays: 12,907

Players: 1,964

Owners: 3,674
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16. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:20]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 6.53

Plays: 95,861

Players: 14,683

Owners: 34,702
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17. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:84] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 6.26

Plays: 65,991

Players: 10,537

Owners: 17,051
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18. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:5]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 5.38

Plays: 40,989

Players: 7,622

Owners: 18,355
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19. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:22]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 5.24

Plays: 23,334

Players: 4,455

Owners: 7,028
 
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20. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:36]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 5.10

Plays: 70,635

Players: 13,853

Owners: 28,352
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21. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:48]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 5.05

Plays: 41,562

Players: 8,224

Owners: 16,033
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22. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:40]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 5.01

Plays: 34,539

Players: 6,889

Owners: 12,038
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23. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:72]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 4.92

Plays: 35,283

Players: 7,170

Owners: 16,024
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24. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 4.79

Plays: 25,915

Players: 5,411

Owners: 9,087
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25. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:65]
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Avg No. of Plays per Player: 4.44

Plays: 39,982

Players: 9,014

Owners: 16,055
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