Movers in the Top 100
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This geeklist is something I've been mulling over for a while. It looks at some of the changes in rank of some of the games that are in, or have now dropped out of the Top 100.

I've picked some of the more radical movers. I've not looked at every game, so have quite probably missed some interesting ones. The list is in a rough order of:
- Interesting Movers
- Essen 2005 Successes
- Essen 2006 Successes
- Essen 2007 Successes

The data is a bit limited in that for most games only the Top 100 rank data is available (thanks to jmsr525 for this data), but for some I have used the rank tracking that has been done for Essen 2006 & Essen 2007 lists.

If there is a game that you are interested in seeing the movement of then add it to the list - it has to have been in the Top 100 for a decent amount of time.

Apologies for not making all the graphs with the #1 spot at the top of the graph, for the majority of these graphs the bottom of the graph is the #1 ranking, so a decline is positive for the game.
Top of Graph=Bad, Bottom=Good

Also see, by Mr Penguin:
The race for the top 100, 2007
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1. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:560]
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Antike entered the Top 100 in May 2006, took off in September 2006 and began to fall from favour in August 2007.
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2. Board Game: Dungeon Twister [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:760]
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After being a big player (briefly in the Top 30), Dungeon Twister disappeared from the Top 100 on 15 March 2006, never to return?
 
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3. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:267]
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Descent was greeted by a surge of popularity and quickly made it to #50 in the rankings, but swiftly fell back and has hung around in the 80s for most of the time since.
 
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4. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:319]
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Fell out of the Top 100 on 17 October 2007.
Looks like it might break back in again any day soon.
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:235] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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I haven't badged this as an Essen release - it entered the Top 100 in late April 2006.
 
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6. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:218]
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There was a change to the ranking system in late March 2006. This affected some games more than others. We see here that it dumped Antiquity out of the Top 100 and it took it nearly 6 months to fight its way back in.
The rating system change
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7. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Sometimes They Come Back

Arkham Horror shows there is hope for games that fall out of the top 100 - they can come back, stronger than before.
 
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8. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Essen 2005 New Entry

For a while Caylus was the game that might knock PR off the #1 spot, but it couldn't take the pace....
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9. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Essen 2005 New Entry

Railroad Tycoon was an instant success, but has maintained its position around #20 with amazing stability.
 
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10. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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Essen 2006 New Entry

Hard to see on the scale here, but Through the Ages has consistently risen in ranking and looks like it will continue to do so for a while yet - possibly into the Top 30.
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11. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
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In contrast to Through the Ages, Yspahan seems to have stabilised around the 68-70 mark.
 
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12. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:413]
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Essen 2006 New Entry

Note: some mssing data between the tracking after Essen (ended 3 March 2007) and its eventual appearance in the Top 100 on 2 October 2007.
 
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13. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:968]
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Essen 2006 New Entry

Disappeared from the Top 100 on 7 August 2007.
 
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14. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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Essen 2006 New Entry

Looks like it has stabilised around #22-24.
 
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15. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:231]
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Essen 2006 New Entry

After being stable around #44 for 6 months, Pillars has begun to slide down the chart.
 
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16. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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Essen 2006 New Entry

Shogun continues to show potential to rise, flirting with #8.
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17. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:253]
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Essen 2006 New Entry

BattleLore continues a slow slide from its high at #5. The question is where will it fall to? Probably not below C&C Ancients at #15.
 
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18. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
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Essen 2007 New Entry

Looking good to go Top 10.
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19. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Essen 2007 New Entry

No fighting about that blip now.
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20. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Not as steep a climb as the other Essen 2007 successes, but looking good to continue its steedy rise for a while yet.
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21. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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Axis Now Reversed - Top of Graph=Good, Bottom=Bad

Just to show I can do a graph with the #1 position at the top. Is it much better? Or does it just confuse you after seeing all the other graphs?

So who remembers the big fuss when loads of playtesters rated War of the Ring a '10' even before its release? Its rating and ranking haven't fallen TOO much from those days...
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22. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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23. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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The rise & rise of Twilight Struggle. #2 and Power Grid is in its sights.
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24. Board Game: Monkey Auto Races [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:9846]
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