Determine What Game to Play: Systematic Consensus Decisioning [RESULTS]
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This geeklists summarises and analyses the results of a previous geeklist: [geeklist=163105]
Thanks to the 362 users who responded and answered one or more polls in that list.

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.

The previous 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, users rated their Resistance from Zero (no objections to this option) through to Ten (completely against this option).
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1. Board Game: BGG: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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The first poll asked people to rate the BGG Top Ten Ranked games.
What I have done is calculate the average Resistance value of all the respondents to the poll. So the lowest value would be the game that we would choose to play:

Average Resistance
3.3 Power Grid
3.4 Terra Mystica
3.5 Through the Ages
3.7 Twilight Struggle
3.7 Agricola
3.8 Puerto Rico
3.9 Eclipse
4.1 Le Havre
4.2 Mage Knight Board Game
4.3 Android: Netrunner

So quite a small range of results, and the most selected option was Zero, i.e. "no objections to playing". Not surprising given that we are all gamers.

Most "Zero" Results (zero resistance to playing)
80 Twilight Struggle
69 Power Grid
67 Agricola
65 Through the Ages
57 Terra Mystica
51 Mage Knight Board Game
50 Eclipse
45 Puerto Rico
44 Android: Netrunner
41 Le Havre

Most "Ten" Results (i.e. Maximum Resistance)
30 Android: Netrunner
26 Agricola
26 Mage Knight Board Game
24 Le Havre
22 Twilight Struggle
14 Puerto Rico
13 Power Grid
13 Eclipse
11 Terra Mystica
9 Through the Ages
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2. Board Game: Zero Down [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3222]
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The next poll had the same games but with an option that the presenter gave us. A "Zero Option". This is something that is a choice against all the other options. In this case "not playing any of these".

Average Resistance
2.9 Power Grid
3.3 Terra Mystica
3.3 Through the Ages
3.5 Puerto Rico
3.6 Eclipse
3.9 Agricola
3.9 Twilight Struggle
4.1 Mage Knight Board Game
4.2 Android: Netrunner
4.2 Le Havre
7.0 Zero Option

So "not playing anything" was by far the least favourite option. Interestingly having this extra 'negative' option in the poll had a side result of reducing the resistance against most of the other options, probably because of the great contrast between the zero option and the others.
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The next poll was with the Top Twelve of the Boardgames League, the games that are winning the ongoing popularity/quality contest to see how they do on a negative vote.

Average Resistance
3.1 Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
3.3 Power Grid
3.4 7 Wonders
3.6 The Castles of Burgundy
3.7 Agricola
3.7 Through the Ages
3.8 Pandemic
3.9 Puerto Rico
3.9 The Resistance
3.9 Dominion
3.9 Twilight Struggle
4.2 Ticket to Ride
6.9 Zero Option

Interesting results! Tzolkin goes from 9th to 1st, while Agricola drops from 1st/2nd to 5th. Power Grid holds its position. Castles moves from 10th to 4th.
These positive moves I would guess are being driven by people who haven't played these games and want to try them.
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Then the Top 12 from the "Want to Play" stage of Le Tour de Geek...

Average Resistance
3.2 Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
3.2 Power Grid
3.3 7 Wonders
3.4 Galaxy Trucker
3.7 Agricola
3.8 The Castles of Burgundy
3.8 The Resistance
3.9 Eclipse
4.2 Twilight Struggle
4.3 Mage Knight Board Game
4.3 Battlestar Galactica
4.5 Cosmic Encounter
7.6 Zero Option

Again we see Tzolkin move up and top the table, though only 1 place. The Thematic games generally move down, perhaps due to slightly higher resistance to high theme games.
 
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5. Board Game: The Games We Played [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Then the games most played in September 2013 (by unique users)...

Average Resistance
3.0 Love Letter
3.0 Lords of Waterdeep
3.2 Hanabi
3.4 7 Wonders
3.5 King of Tokyo
3.6 Trains
3.7 Agricola
3.8 Pandemic
3.8 Dominion
4.2 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Base Set
4.4 Android: Netrunner
4.5 Carcassonne
7.3 Zero Option
 
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6. Board Game: Owner's Choice [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4180]
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Then the most owned games, (excluding the ones that had been in lots of the polls already)....

Average Resistance
3.0 Race for the Galaxy
3.3 Stone Age
3.5 Pandemic
3.6 Small World
3.9 Ticket to Ride
4.1 Citadels
4.3 Carcassonne
4.5 Bohnanza
4.7 Settlers of Catan
4.7 Lost Cities
5.2 Arkham Horror
6.6 Scrabble
7.0 Zero Option
7.1 Risk
7.9 Munchkin

So here we finally find some games that have a higher than 5.0 resistance and in two cases more resistance than the Zero Option! We really don't like Munchkin (but so many of us own it).
 
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7. Board Game: Light Division [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:11660]
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And a bunch of popular light games...

Average Resistance
3.2 For Sale
3.4 Dixit
3.4 Coloretto
3.6 No Thanks
3.7 Forbidden Island
3.8 Can't Stop
3.8 Ingenious
4.0 Liar's Dice
4.1 Tsuro
4.1 Fairy Tale
4.3 Loopin Louie
4.6 Quarriors
4.7 Werewolf
4.8 Saboteur
4.9 Qwirkle
5.3 Bang!
6.7 Zero Option

So most of us would rather play a light game than nothing at all.
See below to see whether we'd rather play a Party game than nothing at all....
 
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8. Board Game: All Wound Up [Average Rating:4.92 Overall Rank:16779]
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So, what happens if we combine the results of all those polls? Which of the 55 options have the most and least Resistance?

2.95 Love Letter
2.99 Lords of Waterdeep
3.02 Race for the Galaxy
3.13 Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
3.18 Power Grid
3.19 For Sale
3.24 Hanabi
3.27 Stone Age
3.33 Terra Mystica
3.37 7 Wonders
3.38 Galaxy Trucker
3.40 Dixit
3.41 Coloretto
3.47 King of Tokyo
3.51 Through the Ages
3.59 Trains
3.64 No Thanks
3.65 Small World
3.68 Forbidden Island
3.69 The Castles of Burgundy
3.70 Pandemic
3.72 Puerto Rico
3.74 Agricola
3.77 Can't Stop
3.79 Ingenious
3.80 Eclipse
3.86 Dominion
3.86 The Resistance
3.93 Twilight Struggle
4.04 Liar's Dice
4.05 Ticket to Ride
4.07 Tsuro
4.09 Fairy Tale
4.12 Citadels
4.15 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords - Base Set
4.18 Mage Knight Board Game
4.20 Le Havre
4.28 Loopin Louie
4.32 Android: Netrunner
4.34 Battlestar Galactica
4.38 Carcassonne
4.47 Cosmic Encounter
4.52 Bohnanza
4.60 Quarriors
4.68 Settlers of Catan
4.70 Werewolf
4.75 Lost Cities
4.84 Saboteur
4.87 Qwirkle
5.16 Arkham Horror
5.26 Bang!
6.62 Scrabble
7.09 Zero Option
7.15 Risk
7.91 Munchkin
 
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9. Board Game: Abstracts [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
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How will Abstracts fair? The Zero Option = Play none of these.

Poll
Rate the games from Zero Resistance (No objections to playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mahjong
YINSH
Qwirkle
Torres
Tsuro
Go
Through the Desert
Hey, That's My Fish!
Ingenious
Blokus
Hive
Chess
Backgammon
Cribbage
Taluva
Ricochet Robots
Zero Option
      101 answers
Poll created by 1000rpm


Remember, Zero = Good. Ten = Bad. If you got that wrong, click Questions and try again!
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10. Board Game: Party Mania [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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And how about the red-headed stepchild of BGG, Party Games?
This is selecting the highest rated/most well known party games on BGG, excluding games already covered.

Poll
Rate the games from Zero Resistance (No objections to playing) to Ten (completely against playing)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Time's Up!
PitchCar
Wits & Wagers
Shadow Hunters
Ca$h 'n Gun$
Saboteur
Jungle Speed
The Great Dalmuti
Pit
Balderdash
Taboo
Apples to Apples
Scattergories
Pictionary
Cranium
Fluxx
Pass the Pigs
Trivial Pursuit
Zero Option
      94 answers
Poll created by 1000rpm
 
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