The top games of stats lovers
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This is a list of the games that appear the most times in the personal top 10 of people who have the "statistics fan" geekbadge. I did this because, well, it's fun to make stats on people who like stats. Also, I like stats.

There are 111 statistics fans on boardgamegeek, and about 20 of those did not have a personal top 10.

The data was gathered on 2009-01-05.

It became a fun race for me to add up the numbers, with Tigris & Euphrates being in the number 1 spot for a long time, chased by Age of Steam and Puerto Rico. Then something happened...

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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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In the end it became a clear victory, with Puerto Rico appearing on 25 different top 10 lists.

This modern classic clearly has a wide appeal with the stats crowd.
 
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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And what do we find in second place if not the new number one here on the geek! So far we're following the general opinion closely!

Appears on 18 top 10 lists.
 
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Not surprising at all we find another classic in the top, but it has to share the third spot with two more games! This is where Tigris & Euphrates finally ended up, and they are joined by Race for the Galaxy.

All three games appear on 17 top 10 lists.
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4. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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Age of Steam had a good following of fans among the stats, but it lost steam towards the end...

Ah, I couldn't help myself!

15 top 10 lists!
 
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5. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Yet another expected result, but this was at least beaten by a game outside the top 10.

13 top 10 lists and 7th place!
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6. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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This classic commands respect amongst the general gaming body, and gets love from stats lovers too.

12 top 10 lists!
 
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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And then we have a totally different kind of game! The gateway game #1 makes it onto enough lists to take the final spot in the top 10 of this list, and it's joined here by another game that often is considered a good gateway, Carcassonne!

Ten top 10 lists is good enough for #10 on this list!

Offical top 10 games missing from this top 10:
Twilight Struggle, Dominion and Through the Ages. All of these appear on some lists, and for our next entry we have...
 
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8. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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...Twilight Struggle, clearing a path to the 11th most loved game by stats lovers. It is joined here by a game that has little to nothing in common with this giant, but that is a giant in it's own right; Settlers of Catan!

9 top 10 lists each!
 
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9. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Enter the horror! A favourite of many, and at least of 8 people who define themselves as fans of stats. A different kind of horror, one that strikes your wallet, joins AH for spot #13, it's Magic: The Gathering CCG!

8 top 10 lists!
 
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10. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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The Princes of Florence appeals to this crowd, as does Lord of the Rings and Ra.

7 top 10 lists!

Ra's little brother Razzia! had entries on two lists.
 
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11. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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From here on the spots get a little more crowded. Goa is joined by:
Saint petersburg
San Juan
Struggle of Empires
Taj Mahal
Tichu
TtR: Märklin


All for 6 entries on the top 10 lists of stats lovers.
 
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12. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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For our final entry we have an epic game of good and evil. With the games on this enrty we come to 30 games total, a nice and even number to end the list on. Joining the war is:
Battle Line
Go
Imperial
Lost Cities
Poker


5 top 10 lists!

A couple of true classics here! Interesting to see Battle Line, that must be the statistical analytical side of us that shines through. Its predecessor Shotten Totten made it onto 3 lists itself, showing that this type of game really hits a spot with this crowd.
 
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13. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Where is Dominion? Die Macher? C & C: Ancients? Brass?

They are there, on a few lists, so they aren't forgotten, it just seems they don't get the most attention around here. The highest rated game to not appear on the top 10 list of any statistics fan is Paths of Glory. Unsure why, as several other wargames have fans in here. But maybe it makes sense, the next game to not appear is Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear, that along with Hammer of the Scots and PoG are the only top 50 games to not appear in a single top 10 list.
 
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14. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1135]
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This needed to be added. Nothing screams stats like the Strat-o-Matic boardgame series!
 
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