The Best Gateway Game - Round 4 - Top 20 [POLLS]
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The contest continues to find the best Gateway games. 210 nominated games entered the contest and in the last round the Top 50 games fought it out with nearly 400 users voting.

The BGG Glossary says:
Gateway Game: n. A game with simple rules that are easy to teach non-gamers in order to attract new players into boardgaming as a hobby.

Gateways are the kind of game that will open someone's eyes to a new kind of game and make them want to play again.
The right choices will build the non-gamer's trust in your ability to select other games they will enjoy playing in the future.

The voting process is simple. Rate as a gateway game all the games you have played and then upgrade a single game in each bracket from "Awesome" to "Best". If you don't have an "Awesome" in the bracket you won't have a "Best".
The average rating for each game and determine a shortlist for the next poll - maybe a Top 20.

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The Best Gateway Game - Round 5 - Top 10 [POLLS]
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1. Board Game: The Analyst Game [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
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So what happened in the last round? The main measure used for qualification for this round was Average Rating. To calculate this points were awarded for each rating: Best (4), Awesome (3), Great (2), Good (1), Okay (0), Bad (-1), Awful (-1)*. I don't publish the results of the average ratings to retain some mystery to the contest.
* - Not sure there are any awful left, so giving that the same impact as Bad.

Just missing the cut for the Top 20 based on average rating were:

Time's Up!
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Forbidden Desert
Category 5/6 Nimmt!
Coloretto
PitchCar
TransAmerica
Lords of Waterdeep
Wits & Wagers / Gambit 7
Jaipur
Bohnanza
Timeline
Hey, Thats My Fish!
Ingenious

Top 10 by Most 'Best' Votes:

1 Ticket to Ride/TTR Europe
2 Carcassonne (all)
3 Dixit
4 King of Tokyo
5 Settlers of Catan
6 Pandemic
7 Dominion
8 The Resistance (& Avalon)
9 Stone Age
10 For Sale

This list is a straight count of the games getting the most 'Best' ratings in the last round. Seven of these are also in the best by Average Top 10.
All of these make the cut for this round.

Top Ten Most 'Awful' Votes in the Top 50

1 Dominion
2 Agricola: All Creatures Big And Small
3 Tokaido
4 Settlers of Catan
5 King of Tokyo
6 Escape: The Curse of the Temple
7 Crokinole
8 The Resistance (& Avalon)
9 Winners Circle
10 Lords of Waterdeep

This list is a straight count of the shows getting the most 'Awful' ratings in the last round.
Five of these makes the cut for the Top 20: Dominion, Settlers, King of Tokyo, Crokinole and The Resistance.

Top 10 Most Rated (aka Most Well Known)

1 Ticket to Ride/TTR Europe
2 Carcassonne (all)
3 Dominion
4 Settlers of Catan
5 Pandemic
6 Bohnanza
7 Stone Age
8 King of Tokyo
9 Lost Cities
10 Dixit

This is a straight count of ratings. Two games on this list don't make the cut for the Top 20: Bohnanza and Lost Cities

Top 5 Least Well Known Games that made the Top 20

1 Takenoko
2 Crokinole
3 Hanabi
4 Diamant/Incan Gold
5 Survive!

So these are the games to watch and have on your radar if you are looking to get some new gateway games. I'm surprised to see Hanabi and Diamant on there.
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2. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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A quick note on how the brackets work. Firstly the games have been allocated to the brackets based on their performance in the last round to equalise the brackets.

Also I won't be limiting the number of games that can come through from any one bracket, so a bracket that has loads of great games will not be greatly penalised. I will look at the average scores across all the games to determine the cut for the next round.

The game selected for each geeklist item is one of the least well known games in the bracket.

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Rate as a Gateway game the games you have played, select only 1 "Best" in each bracket  
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Ticket to Ride/TTR Europe
The Resistance (& Avalon)
Stone Age
Survive!
Crokinole
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3. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Carcassonne (all)
Dominion
For Sale
No Thanks!
Hanabi
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4. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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Dixit
Pandemic
Love Letter
Can't Stop
Forbidden Island
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5. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
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King of Tokyo
Settlers of Catan
Diamant/Incan Gold
Alhambra
Takenoko
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