2018 New Challenge: Raise your H-Index
There are a bunch of challenges around, most of them stimulating diversity (100 x 1, get your Magic Number to zero, Alphabet challenge, 52 game challenge, etc.).
For those that want to play a game more often, there are a number variants of X x X (10x10, 5x5, 17x17 etc.).
I enjoy all of these, but decided to try something new next year.
This challenge is about raising your H-Index. This will stimulate me to revisit games I have played before, and gives me an alternative challenge that entails playing games more than once.
I will not be moderating this, but if anyone feels like joining me, feel free to add an entry to this list! Just set a goal for yourself and try to reach it.
I will exclude expansions (as my games with expansions would count double for me otherwise).
For those not aware of what your H-index is:
To calculate your h-index, sort the games you have played by number of plays and start counting them. Your h-index is the index of the last game in the sorted list that you have played a number of times that is equal or more than the position of the game in the sorted list.
For example, this list has h-index of 4:
- Game 1: 23 plays
- Game 2: 21 plays
- Game 3: 18 plays
- Game 4: 9 plays
- Game 5: 3 plays
(Copied from https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/953084/whats-your-h-index, see that post for a more extensive explanation)
Board Game: Qwixx
[Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:682]
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton
A Hug a Day keeps the Doctor away!
I like this idea, see how I do...
My current h-index is either 15 or 14 because I log plays for the base and expansion used in every game.
I'm going to aim for
Currently my plays are:
7 Wonders 39
Spot it! 34
Sentinels of the Multiverse 21
7 Wonders: Wonder Pack 20
Machi Koro 19
Dominion: Prosperity 18
The Resistance: Avalon 18
Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia 17
Dominion: Intrigue 16
The Castles of Burgundy 14
Mice and Mystics 14
Port Royal 14
Core Worlds 13
Dungeon Scroll 13
The Mines of Zavandor 13
Race for the Galaxy 13
Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm 13
World Without End 13
Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm 12
Migration: A Story of Generations 12
Notre Dame 12
The Pillars of the Earth 12
The Pillars of the Earth: Expansion Set 12
Machi Koro: Harbor 11
Port Royal: Ein Auftrag geht noch... 11
Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends 11
Dominion: Seaside 10
Double Bananagrams 10
Eight-Minute Empire 10
Elder Sign 10
Pandemic: The Cure 10
I was just thinking about adding this challenge to my list for the Extreme Challenge, so this is perfect. My H-index is currently 29 and I'm hoping to make it over 35 by the end of 2018. Thanks for the challenge!
As of 4/17/18 25/35 completed
Dice Masters 383
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn 201
Star Realms 191
Pokemon TCG 109
Pathfinder ACG: Rise of the Runelords 93
Star Wars: Destiny 67
Roll Player 50
Elder Sign 49
King of Tokyo 47
Forbidden Desert 40
Munchkin CCG 37
Arcadia Quest 37
Galaxy Trucker 37
Zombicide: Black Plague 36
Legendary DBG 36
One Deck Dungeon 35
Can't Stop 32
7 Wonders 32
Small World 31
Terraforming Mars 30
Dino Dude Ranch 29
Pass the Pigs 28
Crystal Clans 27
Dice City 24
Shadowrun: Crossfire 24
Dresden Files Coop Card Game 24
Starving Artists 22
Star Wars LCG 21
Mystic Vale 20
Board Game: Time Bomb
[Average Rating:5.45 Unranked]
New South Wales
I will probably bomb this.
I am currently at H=12 (I think!)
I will aim for:
Current plays (from five and dimes):
Codenames Duet 38
Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails 33
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania 26
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries 20
Hive Pocket 17
Ticket to Ride: Märklin 17
7 Wonders Duel 15
Evolution: Climate 13
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia 11
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland 11
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game 10
Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 10
Ticket to Ride: Switzerland 10
Viticulture Essential Edition 10
Current H-Index is 17.
I'll aim for 23 by year's end. fnord.
Here's the starting lineup. Not all will survive until the final day of 2018. New games will be added. Old friends will fall into obscurity. Some won't even need to be played at all (but probably still will).
I'll check in about once a month to see how things progress...
35 Rat-a-Tat Cat
31 Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
27 Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
24 Burgle Bros.
23 Kingdom Death: Monster
22 Dr. Eureka
21 King of Tokyo
20 Ticket to Ride: First Journey (U.S.)
19 Jenga Xtreme
17 Deep Space D-6
17 Forbidden Island
17 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
13 Doodle Dice
12 Lost Cities
11 Leaving Earth
10 Comanchería: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire
08 Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
07 A Feast for Odin
I'm in! This is more or less a placeholder item at the moment and I'll come back later to fill it up properly. My H-Index is 12 and I used Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 for this item because once my partner and I complete it my H-Index will rise to 13!
Arghh! A new challenge!
I just said I wasn't going to join any new challenges. Darn it, Olaf, why you gotta get in my head this way!
*sighs loudly in an empty room*
This is within reach: current H=27. GOAL: H=30.
It might be easier or harder than I think. Depends on what I play. One thing I know is that I don't want raising the number to drive decisions about what to play.
I will check back in quarterly and update.
H=30 on April 17, 2018
Next goal: Pre-positioning ... Raise five other games which are currently below 30 and not on my 20x18 by 3 more plays each (Grand Austria Hotel, Imhotep, Baseball Highlights: 2045, Starving Artists, Pyramid Arcade and / or Planetarium). I should be able to do this by November 1st. I will update progress in July.
Hoping to return to the enjoyment of logging games and looking at my stats this year - I haven't been regularly logging here since April but I think the rest of my life is back in enough of a balance that I can swing this. This H-Index challenge may help keep drawing me back to logging games regularly.
Starting H-Index (12/26/17) of 17.
On 1/26/18 my H-Index was 18.
On 4/15/18 my H-Index was 19.
My base goal is to raise it to 20 - if I hit that, then I'll push myself even farther.
Amy (Other Amy)
Oh, good idea. My current H index is 5, because I have been completely scattered for my first full year of board gaming. I am planning to actually finish a 10x10 twice (normal and hardcore) next year. (Or rather, I'm planning to finish the normal and fully expect to fail the hardcore.) So I should have an H index of 10 by the end of 2018. I'm not quite brave enough to go for 20 right now, because who knows what I'll do actually do in 2018, and 20 games 20 times (even with some help from my existing plays) seems a bit much to specify. So I'll split the difference.
is my number, and my number shall be 15!
Current games for H:
One Deck Dungeon: 12
Roll Player: 6
Arkham Horror: LCG: 6
Too Many Bones: 5
Board Game: Catan
[Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279]
[Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
“Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.” ― Gary Gygax
This could go great or terribly.
My current H index is 17, falling at Android: Netrunner on the list below, increases to 18 or 19 are fairly achievable.
My modest goal is 20 (minimum plays required = 19)
My challenging goal is 22 (minimum plays required = 49)
My "why did I even put this in writing" goal is 25 (minimum plays required = 112)
Current top 28 games I have played with fewer than 28 plays
19 Ticket to Ride
20 Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
18 Memoir '44
18 Can't Stop
0 Dinosaur Island
17 Android: Netrunner
17 Sentinels of the Multiverse
15 Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
15 Eminent Domain
15 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
15 No Thanks!
15 Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
15 NanoBot Battle Arena
14 Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
14 Twilight Struggle
12 Xenon Profiteer
12 The Resistance
11 Flip City
11 Martian Dice
11 Angry Dice
11 The Battle for Hill 218
10 Port Royal
01/01/18 - H Index = 17
03/01/18 - H Index = 17
??/??/18 - H Index = ??
I wear my Halloween costume all year round!
This sounds like a fun challenge!
I'm not quite sure how I'm going to track my H-index; the BGG logs aren't ideal because they don't aggregate base game and expansion plays. So I looked at my Friendless stats, but that seems like it may be double-counting. Probably I'll just go with easiest BGG-log method, which will count some games (but not plays) twice while excluding others; it should more or less even out in the end.
25 - starting H-index on January 1
Games* currently at 30
78 Jump Drive
75 Star Realms
55 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
41 20th Century Limited
40 Star Realms: Colony Wars
39 Flash Point: Fire Rescue - 2nd Story
39 Flash Point: Fire Rescue - Urban Structures
38 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull and Shackles
37 Trains: Rising Sun
36 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous
34 Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom
33 Innovation: Echoes of the Past
33 Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
32 Dominion: Intrigue
31 Abandon Ship
29 The Game
29 Kingdom Builder: Crossroads
29 Race for the Galaxy
27 Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts
27 Tiny Epic Galaxies
24 Castles of Burgundy
24 Tigris and Euphrates
24 Timeline: Historical Events
22 Flash Point Fire Rescue: Dangerous Waters
21 Roll for the Galaxy
21 Shadow Hunters
20 Cthulhu Realms
20 Seasons: Path of Destiny
19 Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
16 Fabled Fruit
16 Flash Point Fire Rescue: Honor and Duty
16 Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition
15 10 Days in Africa
11 Near and Far
10 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask
I didn't list all games with 10-20 plays, just those that I think we might actually consider playing to 30. It would be a good excuse to get another copy of Pandemic Legacy 2....
I will try to update this monthly. I have no numeric goals, but I will do my best to increase the count each time.
Unfortunately, this not completely accurate as I was not logging plays when I first joined BGG. For example, TtR should have a lot more that 14 plays. But I am sure everyone as issues like this. Whatever the real number is, I am here to look for increase in my H-Index, so this starting point is fine. I have updated this to match the concept of "my plays", rather than "my games". It was easy to remove plays from January to get the right number.
FYI: I log plays for games+expansions as plays of the base game, because I find it difficult to aggregate the data if I log them separately.
While I am at it, I will try to decrease my Magic Number. We have many games on Kickstarter "pre-order", so this could get out of hand ;-).
Games at zero plays: Sky Galleons of Mars, The Order of Vampire Hunters, All Hands on Deck, Fairytale Games: The Battle Royale, Grimslingers, Charterstone, Planet Steam, Twisted, Hnefatafl, Dystopian Wars, Humans!!!, The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary.
Preorders: Brass: Birmingham, Brass: Lancashire, Founders of Gloomhaven, Middara, Lords of Hellas, The 7th Continent, Andoria Battlefields, Too Many Bones, Ninjitsu!, Village Attacks, Fireteam Zero, Spirits of the Forest, Dicetopia, Batman: Gotham City Chronicles, Dice Throne: Season Two.
End 2017: Magic Number = 13.
Jan 2018: Magic Number = 13 (In: Sagrada, Azul, Terraforming Mars, Triplock, Planet Steam, The Walking Dead: N/S [+6]; Out: Sagrada, Azul, T.Mars, Triplock, Android, Black Fleet [-6])
Feb 2018: Magic Number = 12 (In: Mythic Battles, The Shipwreck Arcana [+2]; Out: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Mythic Battles, The Shipwreck Arcana [-3])
Mar 2018: Magic Number = 11 (In: - ; Out The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary [-1])
Apr 2018: Magic Number = 13 (In: Glyph, Alhambra, The 7th Continent [+3]; Out: - Glyph [-1])
End 2017: H-Index = 19.
Jan 2018: H-Index = 19. Dammit, no change!
Feb 2018: H-Index = 20. Right on the heels of 21.
Mar 2018: H-Index = 22. Increasing by ~1 a month; this won't last.
Index Plays Name
14 26 Ninjitsu!
15 25 Backgammon
16 24 Abyss
17 23 Dungeon Roll
18 23 Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
19 23 Tides of Madness
20 22 Othello
21 22 Arkham Horror
22 22 Villages of Valeria
23 20 Relic Knights: Darkspace Calamity Does not count.
24 18 7 Wonders Does not count.
25 17 Arkham Horror: The Card Game Does not count.
Do you wanna play a game?
We are all prisoners inside the cage of our own flesh.
My current h-index is 27. For now let's set the goal to reach 30 this year
I'm also noting down number of plays since the last h-index (blue numbers in the brackets).
CURRENT H-INDEX: 28 (reached: 2018-03-06)
[225 plays]last played:
[190 plays]last played:
[83 plays]last played:
[79 plays]last played:
[65 plays] (+4)last played:
[65 plays] (+1)last played:
[53 plays]last played:
[48 plays]last played:
[41 plays]last played:
[38 plays] (+9)last played:
[37 plays]last played:
[36 plays]last played:
[31 plays] (+2)last played:
NOT YET, BUT CLOSE
[23 plays]last played:
[22 plays] (+5)last played:
[20 plays]last played:
[19 plays]last played:
[19 plays]last played:
I've only been seriously recording plays since 2015, but whatever. My current H-index is 12. I should be able to raise that to 15 by the end of the year, with a stretch goal of 18. I tend to play games once or twice and move on to the next hotness, but my focus for 2018 is to play more games multiple times, so this is a good challenge for me to focus on.
Board Game: Scythe
[Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
The Trevithick Family
My current H-index is 9, my goal is to get it 14 by the end of this year. 16 will be my stretch goal here. I've recently acquired Scythe, Dominant Species, Great Western Trail, and some others which should help me reach my goal.
You can track my plays here
Current H-Index: 12
Terraforming Mars 45
Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure 25
The Resistance 21
King of Tokyo 18
Love Letter 14
7 Wonders 14
Tuscany Essential Edition 12
7 Wonders: Duel 8
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small 7
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I'll give this a shot.
My current H-Index is 16. I include online and app plays.
I'm going to shoot for an even 20.
I'll get a list up later