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Wasting some time here, just for the kicks, I gathered some data about the games of the most popular game designers. The following table shows the results, respectively, of top 10, top 100, top 1000 and total amount of games for each designer:

Vlaada Chvátil: 2, 5, 9, 43
Uwe Rosemberg: 2, 4, 14, 107
Stefan Feld: 1, 2, 16, 35
Martin Wallace: 0, 4, 23, 89
Reiner Knizia: 0, 2, 34, 451 surprisesurprisesurprise
Wolfgang Kramer: 0, 2, 21, 201
Bruno Cathala: 0, 1, 14, 89
Friedman Friese: 0, 1, 11, 77
Antoine Bauza: 0, 1, 8, 64

The first thing that came to my mind is that Bauza should be way higher, but ok, maybe when asking to a less gamer community, due to his style of mechanics simplification (I personally love this!).

But most of all, this list made me realize I should play more games designed by Wallace and Kramer, since I may have played only 4 or 5 of each.

How about you? Any thoughts about this?

EDIT: Corrected Feld's top 1000 from 6 to 16.
EDIT2: added total number of games for each designer
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Tsukumo wrote:
Wasting some time here, just for the kicks, I gathered some data about the games of the most popular game designers. The following table shows the results, respectively, of top 10, top 100 and top 1000 games for each designer:

Vlaada: 2, 5, 9
Uwe: 2, 4, 14
Feld: 1, 2, 6
Wallace: 0, 4, 23
Knizia: 0, 2, 34 surprisesurprisesurprise
Kramer: 0, 2, 21
Cathala: 0, 1, 14
FF: 0, 1, 11
Bauza: 0, 1, 8

The first thing that came to my mind is that Bauza should be way higher, but ok, maybe when asking to a less gamer community, due to his style of mechanics simplification (I personally love this!).

But most of all, this list made me realize I should play more games designed by Wallace and Kramer, since I may have played only 4 or 5 of each.

How about you? Any thoughts about this?
Do you typically check Billboard rankings before deciding what you want to listen to?

Pete (is just checking)
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plezercruz wrote:
Do you typically check Billboard rankings before deciding what you want to listen to?

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Nah, as I said, I was just killing some time, it was my first time I decided to do this after talking to some friends about Vlaada and a couple other designers. It's merely a curiosity, or very close to that.

I personally think the theme is very important in the game (provided it's well supported by the mechanic behind it) and thus Vlaada and Uwe are very high to me while Feld and Knizia are not (please don't bash me, I can understand why you guys like him, it's just it didn't go well with my personal taste).
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Can you use their full names for us poor (relative) noobs who are new to the idea of superstar designers?

I only know Uwe (Rosenberg?) and (Reiner?) Knizia
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PandoraCaitiff wrote:
Can you use their full names for us poor (relative) noobs who are new to the idea of superstar designers?


Vlaada: Vlaada Chvátil Ex: Mage Knight, Dungeon Petz, Through the Ages
Uwe: Uwe Rosenberg Ex: Agricola, Caverna, Le Havre
Feld: Stefan Feld Ex: Trajan, Macao, Castes of Burgundy
Wallace: Martin Wallace Ex: Brass, Steam, London
Knizia: Reiner Knizia Ex: Medici, Tigres & Euphrates, Ra
Kramer: Wolfgang Kramer Ex: El Grande, Palaces of Carrara, Nauticus
Cathala: Bruno Cathala Ex: Five Tribes, Abyss, Cyclades
FF: Friedemann Friese Ex: Power Grid, Famiglia, Friday
Bauza: Antoine Bauza Ex: 7 Wonders, Hanabi, Tokaido
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Tsukumo wrote:

Vlaada Chvatil: 2, 5, 9
Uwe Rosenburg: 2, 4, 14
Stefan Feld: 1, 2, 6
Martin Wallace: 0, 4, 23
Reiner Knizia: 0, 2, 34 surprisesurprisesurprise
Wolfgang Kramer: 0, 2, 21
Bruno Cathala: 0, 1, 14
Friedemann Friese: 0, 1, 11
Antoine Bauza: 0, 1, 8


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PandoraCaitiff wrote:
Can you use their full names for us poor (relative) noobs who are new to the idea of superstar designers?

I only now Uwe (Rosenberg?) and (Reiner?) Knizia
Properly edited.
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plezercruz wrote:
Tsukumo wrote:
Wasting some time here, just for the kicks, I gathered some data about the games of the most popular game designers. The following table shows the results, respectively, of top 10, top 100 and top 1000 games for each designer:

Vlaada: 2, 5, 9
Uwe: 2, 4, 14
Feld: 1, 2, 6
Wallace: 0, 4, 23
Knizia: 0, 2, 34 surprisesurprisesurprise
Kramer: 0, 2, 21
Cathala: 0, 1, 14
FF: 0, 1, 11
Bauza: 0, 1, 8

The first thing that came to my mind is that Bauza should be way higher, but ok, maybe when asking to a less gamer community, due to his style of mechanics simplification (I personally love this!).

But most of all, this list made me realize I should play more games designed by Wallace and Kramer, since I may have played only 4 or 5 of each.

How about you? Any thoughts about this?
Do you typically check Billboard rankings before deciding what you want to listen to?

Pete (is just checking)

For me, being new to the hobby, the BGG ranking is one of the ways to make sure I build a collection of solid games. I used to buy at a whim and have ended up with quite some stuff that just isn't that great. Of course I also have some games that don't rate high, but my groups and I still love.
And yes, I have also checked out movies, series, music and books based on 'top x' lists or on 'what's hot right now, let's see what all the fuss is about'. It's been helpful to me more often than not
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Tsukumo wrote:
plezercruz wrote:
Do you typically check Billboard rankings before deciding what you want to listen to?

Pete (is just checking)
Nah, as I said, I was just killing some time, it was my first time I decided to do this after talking to some friends about Vlaada and a couple other designers. It's merely a curiosity, or very close to that.

I personally think the theme is very important in the game (provided it's well supported by the mechanic behind it) and thus Vlaada and Uwe are very high to me while Feld and Knizia are not (please don't bash me, I can understand why you guys like him, it's just it didn't go well with my personal taste).
My post came out a bit harsher than I intended.

Pete (apologizes)
 
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Bruno Faidutti and Michael Schacht do at least as well as some of the people on that list.

Pete (notes that both have 9 in the top 1000)
 
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plezercruz wrote:
Tsukumo wrote:
plezercruz wrote:
Do you typically check Billboard rankings before deciding what you want to listen to?

Pete (is just checking)
Nah, as I said, I was just killing some time, it was my first time I decided to do this after talking to some friends about Vlaada and a couple other designers. It's merely a curiosity, or very close to that.

I personally think the theme is very important in the game (provided it's well supported by the mechanic behind it) and thus Vlaada and Uwe are very high to me while Feld and Knizia are not (please don't bash me, I can understand why you guys like him, it's just it didn't go well with my personal taste).
My post came out a bit harsher than I intended.

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Didn't think so!
 
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Bruno Faidutti and Michael Schacht do at least as well as some of the people on that list.

Pete (notes that both have 9 in the top 1000)
Well, ALMOST as well. I took them both out cause I had to set a limit and they don't have a top 100 game. A bit harsh I guess, but again, the list was supposed to be just for the kicks...
 
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If you like theme, why no Corey Konieczka.

He's got credit in 0,6,15,~60. Fairly competitive with those other guys .
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For Mark Herman, the number* is 0,0,7.

THAT'S how cool Mark Herman is.

*following the original format, before addition of the total
 
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Thunkd wrote:
PandoraCaitiff wrote:
Can you use their full names for us poor (relative) noobs who are new to the idea of superstar designers?


Vlaada: Vlaada Chvátil Ex: Mage Knight, Dungeon Petz, Through the Ages
Uwe: Uwe Rosenberg Ex: Agricola, Caverna, Le Havre
Feld: Stefan Feld Ex: Trajan, Macao, Castes of Burgundy
Wallace: Martin Wallace Ex: Brass, Steam, Longon
Knizia: Reiner Knizia Ex: Medici, Tigres & Euphrates, Ra
Kramer: Wolfgang Kramer Ex: El Grande, Palaces of Carrara, Nauticus
Cathala: Bruno Cathala Ex: Five Tribes, Abyss, Cyclades
FF: Friedemann Friese Ex: Power Grid, Famiglia, Friday
Bauza: Antoine Bauza Ex: 7 Wonders, Hanabi, Tokaido


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I like your list, and I do find these types of things helpful.

I'm a Feld fan - so here's my brag for him from your list: the portion of his total games that make the top 1000 are much higher than anyone else's (his is almost 50%, most others are under 20%).
 
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I don't pay attention to game designers, I pay attention to games where the mechanics sound interesting. I may learn who a designer is AFTER playing one of their games, but I by no means run out to buy more games they designed.

A good game is important, who designed it, Not so much.
 
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I don't pay attention to game designers, I pay attention to games where the mechanics sound interesting. I may learn who a designer is AFTER playing one of their games, but I by no means run out to buy more games they designed.

A good game is important, who designed it, Not so much.



At one time I completely agreed with you. And I still usually play a game a few times before I can remember who designed it. So, yes, I care about the mechanics more than the designer.


But designers tend to have a style. So, if I love one of their games, maybe I'll love another. For me, that was the case with Feld. You can almost guess without seeing the designer's name that he made it.

Wallace is an example for me of "I can sense that he designed this game, but I'm only so-so with it."

And designers sometimes re-use a distinct mechanism in many of their games, like the guy who does the rondels (forget his name right now, the games are Antike, Imperial, Imperial 2030, Navegador, and more).
 
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Tsukumo wrote:
Wasting some time here, just for the kicks, I gathered some data about the games of the most popular game designers. The following table shows the results, respectively, of top 10, top 100, top 1000 and total amount of games for each designer:


Vlaada Chvátil: 2, 5, 9, 43
Uwe Rosemberg: 2, 4, 14, 107
Stefan Feld: 1, 2, 16, 35
Martin Wallace: 0, 4, 23, 89
Reiner Knizia: 0, 2, 34, 451 :surprise::surprise::surprise:
Wolfgang Kramer: 0, 2, 21, 201
Bruno Cathala: 0, 1, 14, 89
Friedman Friese: 0, 1, 11, 77
Antoine Bauza: 0, 1, 8, 64


Vlaada Chvátil: 2, 5, 9, 43
Uwe Rosemberg: 2, 4, 14, 107
Stefan Feld: 1, 2, 16, 35
Martin Wallace: 0, 4, 23, 89
Reiner Knizia: 0, 2, 34, 451
Wolfgang Kramer: 0, 2, 21, 201
Bruno Cathala: 0, 1, 14, 89
Friedman Friese: 0, 1, 11, 77
Antoine Bauza: 0, 1, 8, 64


It's easy when you know a simple trick.
And there are people around here who know even fancier tricks.

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[... like the guy who does the rondels (forget his name right now, ...

Send me a private GeekMail message and I'll give you the address of an internet site where you can look it up.

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I'd suggest Rüdiger Dorn as well the previously mentioned Mac Gerdts
 
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Dave Martin wrote:
I like your list, and I do find these types of things helpful.


I don't find them helpful, but I do find them interesting.

Matt Leacock is 0 1 5, and I'd add the total if I knew how to filter out games that are unreleased as of yet and expansions from a designer's page.
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darthain wrote:
I don't pay attention to game designers, I pay attention to games where the mechanics sound interesting. I may learn who a designer is AFTER playing one of their games, but I by no means run out to buy more games they designed.

A good game is important, who designed it, Not so much.


Generally I don't care who makes a game, but recently I was in The Works looking at Priests of Ra and trying to decide if it was worth a gamble on. And then I spotted Reiner Knizia's name and remembered people saying good things about his games, so I bought it. I'm glad I did
 
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Vlaada Chvátil: 2, 5, 9, 43
Uwe Rosemberg: 2, 4, 14, 107
Stefan Feld: 1, 2, 16, 35
Martin Wallace: 0, 4, 23, 89
Reiner Knizia: 0, 2, 34, 451
Wolfgang Kramer: 0, 2, 21, 201
Bruno Cathala: 0, 1, 14, 89
Friedman Friese: 0, 1, 11, 77
Antoine Bauza: 0, 1, 8, 64


Rudiger Dorn: 0, 1, 10, 44
 
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Ok, this is something I really wish to see:

The average "average weight" of the designer. Of course, we would need a small program in order to do this, but it would be very interesting to check this. Mostly curious about Phil Eklund's, haha.
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