What information do you rely on most in buying a game?
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I would like to know what information BGG members rely on most when deciding whether to buy a game.

Please cast your vote(s) by “liking” the information sources in the Geeklist below that you rely on most in a game-purchasing decision.

Here are the sources listed in order of preference according to votes:


   Personal playthrough or watching video playthroughs (experience)
   Video and written reviews (fellow gamers)
   Game attributes (playtime, player count, etc.)
   Critical acclaim (trusted “experts”)

   Price
   Game designer or publisher
   Personal intuition
   Rating (BGG, Amazon, etc.)

   BGG rank
   Other online information (Blogs, guilds, Geeklists, etc.)
   All of the above
   Social media and word of mouth (friends)

   Box front and back
   Product promotion (FLGS recommendations, ads, Kickstarter campaigns, etc.)
   Other sources
   None of the above


(Note: I intentionally didn't check to see if a Geeklist like this has been posted before. If one has, it never hurts to get an updated survey of BGG members. If you previously voted on a similar Geeklist, I hope you will vote again on this list!)
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1. Board Game: Test Drive [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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Personal playthrough or watching video playthroughs
(Experience)

Trying out a game before buying seems like a good way to know if you will like it. Finding a copy to play at game night or to borrow could be a challenge. (Does someone have a spare copy of Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 they can loan me?)

Watching a video playthough isn't as good as a personal playthrough, but sometimes it can be very helpful to see how the game plays. "Watch It Played!" by Rodney Smith comes to mind.
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2. Board Game: Peer Review [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Video and written reviews
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This applies if you watch video reviews or read written game reviews by fellow gamers, such as on the BGG Forum for that game. I often do that to hear what the "ordinary folk" (like me) have to say about a game.
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3. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2364]
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Game attributes
(Playtime, player count, etc.)

Such as, "I never buy games that take longer than 60 minutes to play," or
"I never buy games unless they include a solo variant," or
"I only like ____________-type of games."
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4. Board Game: Critical Acclaim: The Acting Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Critical acclaim
(Trusted "experts")

This applies if you rely on game recommendations by Tom Vasel (The Dice Tower), Wil Wheaton (TableTop), Shut Up and Sit Down, Richard Ham (Rahdo Runs Through), Dan King (Game Boy Geek), Joel Eddy (Drive Thru Review), or anyone else who you consider to be a trusted board game expert.
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5. Board Game: The Price is Right [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Price
"I don't think this game is worth $_______," or
"I never pay more than £________ for a game."


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"I don't care what it costs, I want that game!"
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Game designer or publisher

Such as “This game designer has a proven track record,” or
“___________ game publishing always makes good quality games.”
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7. Board Game: Hunch [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Personal intuition


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Rating
(BGG, Amazon, etc.)

This applies if you check the BGG Geek rating, the BGG user rating, the Amazon one-to-five-star rating, or another rating system.



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9. Board Game: Rank [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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BGG Rank

I'll admit it; I often check a game's BGG rank before buying it. I hope I'm not the only one.
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Other online information
(Blogs, guilds, Geeklists, etc.)

This is a catch-all for any other online sources, both BGG-sponsored and other websites, that you find useful. Please share your favorite other online source in the comments.

For example, I am a member of the 1 Player guild, which is a great resource for finding good solo games.
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All of the above
"I totally research every game I buy!"
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Social media and word of mouth
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Some games become wildly popular because everyone talks about them.
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13. Board Game: The Package [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Box front and back
"I like the look and description on the box."

This is included because a friend of mine who works at Game Night Games, my favorite local game store, told me that box front and back does affect game purchases.
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14. Board Game: It Pays to Advertise [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Product promotion
(FLGS recommendations, ads, Kickstarter campaigns, etc.)
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15. Board Game: The Others [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:578]
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Other sources

For the sources I've somehow overlooked. I'd be interested to know what they are; please add a comment explaining your favorite other source.


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16. Board Game: None of the Above [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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None of the above
"No matter what I do, it's hit and miss!"

So I buy games that look promising and hope for the best . . .
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