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Subject: Deciding what game to play for large groups... rss

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Marcus Perry
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It always seems to be a tricky issue at large board game meetings... how do you decide what game should hit the table next? I would really like a program that all attendants could list their top ten choices and the program aggregates and tells the group what is the best option for the largest number of people. Anyone know of a program that would do this?
 
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I'll sometimes let the winner of the last game choose. But it usually isn't that big of a conflict.
 
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Once you get that program written, tested, and debugged, you can work on the program that determines a numerical rating for how much each player wants to play each game, with the specified people, at that exact moment. Good luck with that.
 
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Not a conflict... just sometimes a lack of initiative in choosing a direction.
 
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I would not want it to be that complicated. I am just thinking of an app where people could enter 10 games that they're open to playing at a given event. We all have phones so... if the app exists this could be done quite efficiently. Kind of similar to the way that Survey Monkey can be used to schedule a meeting among lots of different schedules.
 
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I've used my companies optimization software to be able to take everyone's preferences for a given large set of games and divide them into tables which would maximize people getting to play what they want, but it wouldn't do you much good without the enterprise level software that runs the model. I'm working on making it available on the cloud, but this might be more complex than you are looking for.
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J C Lawrence
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I'm fond of: Grab a game, put it on the table and start setting up and playing. If other people join you, so much the better.
 
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Richard Roberts
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Sometimes the hardest game of the night is "picking the game" game
 
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Kirk Roberts
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clearclaw wrote:
I'm fond of: Grab a game, put it on the table and start setting up and playing. If other people join you, so much the better.

I'm a fan of this approach as well. Less talking, more action. Pick one unilaterally and go. Sometimes a game gets taken out and put away without playing it, but at least it gets the ball rolling.

In the end what game you play with a large group really doesn't matter THAT much. No need to debate endlessly.
 
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