The Consolidated Top 250 Solo Games 2014 - 2019
Kevin Erskine(kerskine)United States
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Well the good news is that the Consolidated List of the All Time Best Solo Games Ever is back!!! Here is the 2019 Edition and it will be, as it was last year, based purely on the published data and rankings given in Kevin's Top 200 Solo games lists for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019.
You don't know about the Top 100 Solo Games list run by Kevin?! Well here are some useful links to his great work over the past 6 years.
2019 Top 200 Solo Games
2018 Top 200 Solo Games
2017 Top 100 Solo Games
2016 Top 100 Solo Games
2015 Top 100 Solo Games
2014 Top 100 Solo Games
Please remember that this is purely for fun! I totally understand that whichever way you try to rank the best solo games of all time is subjective. However, at the risk of being shot down here is what I have done.
How it works
I have looked at the rankings provided in the geeklists for the past 6 years and allocated the game in each ranking a score between 0.05 (if the game was 200th in the list) and 10 (if the game was first in the list) with increments of 0.05 per position. I have then added those scores together for each game on the list.
So, for example if a game was on the list 3 times at position 18, 25 and 44 it will have been awarded 9.15, 8.8 and 7.85 respectively. I have then totalled those scores and applied a modifier. For a game that has scores in 5 of the 6 years you can simply add together the 5 scores, for a game with 6 scores it will be the average annual score multiplied by 5. For games with 4 or less years on the Top 200 I have done something slightly different to last year, but these games will get a proportion of their average 5 year score so a 4 year game will receive 96% of its average score. A game with 3 years receives 90% and games with 2 and 1 years on the Top 200 receive a lower percentage.
What does this mean?
It means the list will skew towards games with 5 or 6 years on the Top 200 although games with 3 or 4 years on the Top 200 can still score quite highly. Games with only 1 or 2 years in the Top 200 can and do break into the list, but they will typically not break into the Top 100.
I know it's subjective and I could have used a myriad of different calculations, but quite frankly there is no perfect method (look at the discussions on BGG ratings) and remember this is just a bit of fun. I do think the method I have employed this year will benefit the rankings once we have 250+ games that have been in the Solo Top 200 for 5 years or more.
So what is the Consolidated Top 250 exactly?
Well, I am not to sure really, but think of it, if you like, as the Album chart to the Top 100's Singles chart. For those that are old enough to remember the charts and vinyl records . For the younger generation that analogy was probably lost on you, sorry.
Ultimately it is intended to remind you that we now have a great many games that can be played solo and some of them are no longer on the 2019 Top 200, but that definitely does not mean that they are not worth looking at.
EDIT 14/2: I have updated to reflect two or three games where Kevin bundled the editions, versions etc. together at some point between 2014 and 2018. I have taken some licence and consolidated these games for the purposes of this list and so Hoplomachus has now disappeared, but it will return.....
EDIT 15/2: Thanks Morten for pointing out that the colon on Pandemic the Cure was missing causing an issue with the order. I have updated this now.
EDIT: 16/2 this is becoming a daily occurrence, but I decided to remove all the single entries of the D&D game series and just include the consolidated view, selecting the best score from each year.
So here is the list in reverse order from 250 to 1
Here are my proposed update dates
250-241 / 13/2
240-226 / 14/2
225-201 / 15/2
200-176 / 16/2
175-151 / 18/2
150-126 / 20/2
125-101 / 22/2
100-76 / 24/2
75-51 / 26/2
50-26 / 28/2
25-11 / 01/3
10-6 / 03/3
5-1 / 05/3
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