All-Time Designer Ranking: 2018
- Tony ChenTaiwan
Welcome to year two of my annual All-Time Designer Ranking! The main purpose of this list is less for drawing conclusions from the rankings, and more for welcoming in-depth discussions on the differences in style and technique between the most popular designers.
A designer’s rating is determined by a magical formula. It is based on how well a designer’s games are ranked on bgg. An extra game can never hurt a designer’s rating, because the formula gives positive credit for games ranked in the top ~1000, and ignores anything worse than that. The formula probably favors prolific designers over designers with a focused number of hits. The specific formula is:
Sum(i=1 to N) [100/(1+0.00003*Ri^1.8)]*[1/(1+0.002*i^2)]
While compiling the ratings this year, I noticed that game rankings fluctuate a lot from year to year. It seems that games’ stay at the top of the rankings are nowadays more short lived than ever. However, the designer ratings generally do not fluctuate as much as individual games' do. Perhaps this is a testament to the strength of my formula!
Feel free to comment, discuss, and debate on the different styles of each designer, or propose a designer you'd like to see added. Lastly, if you enjoy this list, please give it a thumb!
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