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I have been looking over my gaming stats in recent days and I came up with a horrific series of stats that I thought I might share with you all. For years, pre BGG, I would record my games, when I got them, how many times they were played, who played and perhaps the scores. Since around 2004 I have recorded my plays on BGG but, to a lesser degree in detail.

Over the years I refined my data and started to use the information gathered to 'manage' the collection'. I tried to ensure as large a proportion of 'the collection' was played in any one year as I could. I still only managed around 38% or so for 2013. I also had alert bandings set up which indicated that a game has current plays, has not been played for two, three, four or five years and the 'crisis set' those not being played in more than five years. This I then used to 'evict' under-performing games from 'the collection' to hone it to good games or games that were of interest to me.

In a previous role I was a bookseller and as such things like stock turn were obviously of interest to me. I applied a similar model to my game 'collection'. Here the premise is that I was rarely going to get a 'game turn' of four or five or more from the titles that I have, especially as I now predominantly have war or war themed games. Realistically I set a parameter which I thought was reasonable for my play style and titles whereby for each year I owned a game I would expect it to have a play. This didn't mean it had to be actually played every year that I owned it but, just that if I had a game for fifteen years I would like to see that I had at least fifteen plays; hence a 'game turn' of 1.

This and the banding helped me to select games that were perhaps being neglected or allowed me to fully realise that perhaps their day had come and gone and thus the title could be 'weeded'.

This year I took this logic one step further and thought to myself if I needed or wanted to get my current 'collection' in a position that it all had a minimum 'game turn' of 1, then just how many titles were shy of this and by how many individual plays. Thus, continuing the above example, if my game owned for fifteen years only had a total of twelve plays over its life then I would need to play it three more times to bring it upto the minimum 'game turn' of 1.

Now if you apply this to the 'collection' as a whole and for each game you have calculated the number of plays required to end the deficiency in plays over years owned then you have a 'deficiency quotient' which represents the number of plays required to improve the 'game turn' health of the collection.

Below you will find the awful truth of just how far away I am from having a healthy 'game turn' for my current collection. If you are interested and can be bothered to work out your equivalent 'deficiency quotient' then feel free to add your results to this list.

So what! Well what can I do about this 'deficient quotient' ; I like to think that I will be able to use the detail behind the number to improve the perceived health of the collection by reviewing which games can be brought up to he 'game turn' minimum of 1 quickly or realising that a particular title has had it's time and can be moved on elsewhere. I feel it is an interesting management tool which aids me in understanding 'the collection' and doing something about it...I want to feel like the collection is 'earning its keep' and this stat seems to go some way toward showing which game is and which game isn't... Anyway, just a thought for those who like stats and stuff...be careful though because it can sharpen a certain reality in your collection demographics that you would rather not know!
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1. Board Game: Dixie: Shiloh [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:5565]
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This game is representative of the problem. Dixie Shiloh is a game I have had for ages but it always seems to get sidelined by others in the series; consequently it has few plays for the numbers of years that I have owned it. This title has a deficiency of 16 meaning I need to play it 16 more times by the end of 2014 just to get it to a perceived healthy status of a 'game turn' of 1.

Now, that just is highly unlikely to happen however I could attempt to reduce its high 'deficiency' by playing it more or ditching it or programming in a couple of years of increased plays just to get it back in line with the other games in the collection.

In terms of the 'collection' as a whole and its 'deficiency quotient' here are the stats for my collectio:

My collection currently stands at 133 games; of these some 49 games are below the minimum 'game turn' of 1 and the total number of games required to be played to 'restore' the deficiency' would be 192 game plays or to put it another way I have a 'deficiency quotient' of 192!

Here is the detail behind the number:

Owned 32 years
Samurai 7

Owned 26 years
Britannia 9
Druid 13
Hannibal 13

Owned 25 years
Escape from Colditz 7

Owned 23 years
Red Storm Rising 8
War of 1812 5

Owned 21 years
Red Empire 4
Arnhem Bridge 6
Republic of Rome 12

Owned 19 years
Victory at Waterloo 7
Dixie Shiloh 16

Owned 18 years
Eagles 3

Owned 16 years
Dixie Gettysburg 5

Owned 9 years
Battle for Normandy 3

Owned 8 years
Wings of War 2

Owned 7 years
Forum Romanum 1
Dogfight 1
London's Burning 1

Owned 6 years
Lock ' N Load Band of Heroes 3
Lock 'N Load Swift and Bold 4
SPQRisikio 4
East Front 1
Ludus Gladiatoris 3
Little Round Top 5
Command and Colours Barbarians 2

Owned 5 years
East Front Tank Leader 1

Owned 4 years
Alexander the Great 3
Caesar at Alesia 4
Jena 20 3
For the People 2
Gettysburg Badges of Courage 2
Conquest of the Empire 3

Owned 3 years
Pelloponessian War 2
Western Front Tank Leader 3
Raid on St Nazaire 1
SPQR 2
Conquest of the Empire 4
Lock 'N Load Not One Step Back 2

Owned 2 years
English Civil War 1
Conquest of Gaul 2
Caractacus 2
Caesar Civil War 2
Seelowe 2
Lock 'N Load Noville 2

Owned 1 year
Desert Steel 1
Devil's Den 1
Up Front Banzai 1
Up Front Desert War 1

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2. Board Game: Win, Place & Show [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2230]
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I don't really have a way to calculate this; I don't keep track of when I add a game to my collection. But I can estimate that using the year I first played the game; for games which I first played prior to 1995, I cut the total off at 20. That's probably too high an estimate - there are a large number of games I don't pick up until the year after I first play them, and some which take even longer.

In any event, of the 299 games currently in my collection, for 232 of them I have no deficit. Of the others (all using the data from the end of 2013):

History of the World / Brief History of the World - deficit of 1
Cribbage - 9
Pico 2 - 1
Sindbad - 6
Advanced Civilization - 6
Air Baron - 3
Banana Republic - 6
Bist Du Sicher? - 1
Black Box - 12
Die Fugger - 3
Die Mauer - 5
Die Schlacht der Dinosaurier - 5
Entenrallye - 4
Eurorails - 7
Filthy Rich - 6
Gateball? - 3
Hammer of the Scots - 1
Hotel Life - 2
Minister - 3
Mr. President - 8
Nautilus - 1
Ogallala - 6
Pit - 7
Quartier Latin - 10
Siesta - 5
Smess - 11
Spekulation - 1
Spinnentwist - 2
Teutopolis - 3
The Game of Politics - 7
Thinking Man's Golf - 13
Time Agent - 4
Traumfabrik - 4
Troia - 1
Tyranno Ex - 7
Vinci - 1
War of 1812 - 7
Wolf im Schafspelz - 2
A House Divided - 14
Hanafuda - 4
Ironman Football - 5
New Oreleans Big Band - 5
6-Tage Rennen - 6
Alpenexpress - 3
Älpler-Stafette - 1
Auf Achse - 2
Axis & Allies - 12
Botts & Balls - 1
Collegiate Crew - 10
Deduce or Die! - 3
Die de los Muertos - 2
Die Schlangen von Delhi - 2
Dry Gulch - 7
Elfenroads - 8
Friesematenten - 8
Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage - 6
In Teufels Küche - 2
Iron Dragon - 11
Keywood - 10
Mare Mediterraneum - 2
Royal Turf - 4
Stratego - 13
The Prestel Architecture Game - 3
Um Reifenbreite - 6
Wallenstein - 2
We the People - 13
Win, Place and Show - 15

A lot of these are inaccurate; Quartier Latin, for instance, I only owned for 2 years, and played much more than twice, but the two years were separated by a decade. There aren't as many errors in the other direction, but I did own Ironman Football for the better part of a decade before I played it.

I've never set a goal of playing a game once per year, and I'm not interested in the goal, because some games are just more enjoyable played occasionally. Ironman Football is a good example; I have no desire to play the game more often than once every other year, even though I do enjoy those plays.
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3. Board Game: Dixie: Shiloh [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:5565]
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This is an update of last years stats as we have now crossed into 2015!

My collection currently stands at 136 games; of these some 46 games are below the minimum 'game turn' of 1 and the total number of games required to be played to 'restore' the deficiency' would be 186 game plays or to put it another way I have a 'deficiency quotient' of 186!

Here is the detail behind the number:

Owned 33 years
Samurai - 8

Owned 27 years
Britannia - 10
Druid - 14
Hannibal - 13

Owned 26 years
Escape from Colditz - 8

Owned 24 years
Red Storm Rising - 9
War of 1812 - 6

Owned 22 years
Red Empire - 5
Arnhem Bridge - 7
Republic of Rome - 7

Owned 20 years
Victory at Waterloo - 8
Dixie Shiloh - 14

Owned 17 years
Dixie Gettysburg - 6

Owned 10 years
Battle for Normandy - 4

Owned 9 years
Wings of War - 2

Owned 8 years
Dogfight - 1
London's Burning - 1

Owned 7 years
Lock 'N Load Swift and Bold - 3
SPQRisikio - 5
East Front - 2
Ludus Gladiatoris - 3
Command and Colours Barbarians - 3
Ambush - 1

Owned 6 years
East Front Tank Leader - 2

Owned 5 years
Caesar at Alesia - 5
Jena 20 - 4
Gettysburg Badges of Courage - 2

Owned 4 years
Pelloponessian War - 1
Western Front Tank Leader - 2
Raid on St Nazaire - 1
SPQR - 3
Lock 'N Load Not One Step Back - 1

Owned 3 years
Caractacus - 3
Caesar Civil War - 3
Seelowe - 3

Owned 2 years
Devil's Den - 2
Up Front Banzai - 2
Up Front Desert War - 2
Storm Over Arnhem - 2
Ambush Purple Heart - 2

Owned 1 year
Lee Takes Command - 1
1776 - 1
Dictator - 1
Unhappy King Charles - 1
Paul Koenig's Eindhoven Bridge - 1
Mowhawk - 1

So minimal change over last year but, progress has been made. Hopefully better progress will be made over 2015..check back next year to see if there is any improvement!




 
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