The "Wisdom of Crowds" Monthly Shopping List for September
- Joshua Gertz(Gertz)United States
The "Wisdom of Crowds" project was initially a way for me to find new items as I was getting into the hobby, but now that its been over three years, I have a fairly good grasp of what I like and what I dont. I have also been making a concerted effort to game with my wife and daughter Zoe now that she is in the Haba age range. With that said, I think its time to reset the list and start fresh. You can find the original list here and the second year list here.Recommend
So what is the "Wisdom of Crowds"? Well to be brief its the theory that the collective wisdom of a group is much more accurate in pinpointing "hidden" information than an individual, even if the the individual is an expert.
An example of this is the Jellybean Jar contest. Rarely does anyone ever guess the exact amount of jellybeans in a given jar, but they found that if you average out all of the guesses that the average was pretty close to the exact number.
So why not use this same theory to drive my purchases? I ask you, the crowd, to determine what games I buy every month with my budget.
The initial list allowed me to test abroad range of games and themes. The list was being forever updated but as time progressed I found that I wasnt letting it drive purchases because I knew certain items were not something I would likely play myself or ones that I would have a hard time getting to the table. Now I am going to run a single list up until I make a purchase and then create a new one.
This ensures that the list is always full of items I am interested in and items that are in print. It took awhile to knock Vikings off the list for example.
Its easy, as you are looking through the list, thumb the items you like, you can thumb more than one...thumb them all if you like them all. Each month when I make my budgeted purchases I will prioritize the items with the most thumbs, expanding my collection based on the "wisdom of crowds".
In the case of a tie, I choose which game to buy based on user comments.
I will keep this going month after month, removing items purchased and adding new items I find so check back often to leave your input.
Year 1 - Dominion, 7 Wonders, Talisman, Betrayal at House on the Hill, DnD: Conquest of Nerath, Ticket to Ride, Agricola, Agricola Gamers Deck(Order Mix-up) , Letters From Whitechapel, Ascension, Stone Age, Race for the Galaxy, Pandemic, Hey That's My Fish and Elder Sign, Small World, Cosmic Encounter, Power Grid, Blood Bowl Team Manager, Puerto Rico, Summoner Wars Master Set, Heroes of Graxia, Guardians of Graxia, Panzer General Allied Assault, Panzer General Russian Assault, Wasabi, Super Dungeon Explore, Hive, Red November, The Resistance, Tsuro, LotR: Card Game, Lost Cities, Rattus, Dixit, Wiz-War, Nexus Ops, Battlestar Gallactica, Risk Legacy, Nightfall (From Des/Pub Thumb), Rex, Locke and Key (From Des/Pub Thumb), Pizza Theory, Citadels, Lords of Waterdeep, Twilight Struggle, Rapa Nui, Jambo, Onirim, Haggis (From Des/Pub Thumb), Cant Stop, Dungeon Lords, Ingenious, and Epic Spell Warz of Battle Wizards at blah blah blah
Year 2 - Castle Panic, Incan Gold, Space Hulk Card Game, Gloria Mundi, Factory Fun, Road Kill Rally, Cleopatra's Caboose, Chaos in the Old World, Forbidden Island, Finca, Caylus, Tobago, Wits and Wagers, 1st & Goal, Pastiche, Dominion: Intrigue, Malifaux, Homesteaders, Castles of Burgundy and Survive: Escape from Atlantis, Trajan, Merchants & Marauders, Seasons, Isla Dorado, Black Gold, Android, Steam, Steam Map Pack #1, Rock Band Manager, Lemonade Stand, Descent 2nd Edition, Dungeon, Mageknight, Escape: The Cursed Temple, Castle Ravenloft, Legends of Andor, Deadwood, Lord of the Rings: Nazgul, Qin, King of Tokyo, Takenoko, Ra, Copycat, Peloponnes, and Troyes
Year 3 - Tzol'kin, Macao, Suburbia, Morels, Libertalia, Rialto, Love Letter, Smash Up, The Resistance: Avalon, Dungeon Roll, Krosmaster: Arena, Tokaido, Augustus, Ladies and Gentlemen, Bruges, Bora Bora, Amerigo, Belfort, Coloretto, Jaipur, Zombie Dice, Legendary, Village, Kingdom Builder, Smash Up: 9000, Smash Up: Cthulhu, King of Tokyo Power Up, King of Tokyo Halloween, Dominion Seaside, Dominion Hinterlands, Dominion Dark Ages, Monza, Monster Chase, X-Wing Miniatures Game, Marvel Legendary: Dark City, Marvel Legendary: Fantastic Four, Goa, The Downfall of Pompeii, Keyflower, Keyflower: Celeste, Ginkgopolis, Netrunner: Android, Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom, Horus Heresy, Spyrium, Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature, Legendary: Paint the Town Red, Concordia, The Cave, Vikings, Freedom: The Underground Railroad, Blue Moon Legends, Kemet, Splendor, Fleet
Year 4 - Legendary: Villians, Timeline: Diversity, Continental Express, The Builders: Middle Ages, Sushi Go, Helios, Praetor, Firenze, Pina Pirata, Blood Bowl: Team Manager - Sudden Death Expansion, Sail to India, Oddville, Ginkgopolis The Masters Expansion, Lewis & Clark, Roll for It
Happy voting everyone.
- [+] Dice rolls