Family Games that SHOULD rank high but DON'T
- Joe GoltonUnited States
But what games are great to recommend for a typical family that miss the top 100 list? These should be games that you have recommended or seen other people recommend to typical families - and then seen that those families enjoyed the game, playing it a lot.
EDIT: I manually re-ordered this list by Thumbs Up votes frequently the first week this list was discussed, and a couple times per year thereafter.
Here's what the BGG list of 100 top-ranked family games looks like:
And here's a 538 article attempting to datamine BGG for good family games:
Yes there's a few games in the top 100 BGG family games list I'd recommend and 3 of them make the top 10: Pandemic, Stone Age, and Ticket to Ride. And there's a couple more as you go further down the list, such as Settlers of Catan. But 2 games we play frequently are nowhere to be seen on the top 100 list - Dominion and Bananagrams.
There's two reasons for the odd family list:
1) BGG ranks reflect an audience of game hobbyists, not typical families.
2) Some great family games don't even appear on the list because of the group vote system for establishing category. For example, Dominion received 66.2% votes for Strategy, 20.8% for family, which gets it classified as strategy only.
However, many of us have seen how various games do with a typical family, and know what works. In fact, that has inspired me to write a series of game reviews on my blog, aimed at typical families. I kicked it off a couple days ago with a Dominion Review (http://www.filterjoe.com/2016/07/05/dominion-review-game-i-r...).
So - please add to the list which I started off with Dominion and Bananagrams. The idea is to add games which aren't on the top 100 family games, but are actually really great family games. So no need to post games that already made the top 100 list.
Again - these should be games that you have recommended or seen other people recommend to typical families - and then seen that those families enjoyed the game, playing it a lot.
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