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So I got wondering, what's the highest ranked game in the bgg database that an average person on the street would recognise?
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Possibly Ticket to Ride: Europe at place 84. Lots of copies sold and has been around for over a decade. I knew about I well before I got into hobby boardgaming.
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Possibly Ticket to Ride: Europe at place 84. Lots of copies sold and has been around for over a decade. I knew about I well before I got into hobby boardgaming.


I guess I still think of that as a "hobbyist" board game. Maybe Go at #109?
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If you truly mean 50+ out of 100 people would recognize it you'll have to go all the way down to Go (109) at least or perhaps Magic (150). In fact, I would bet that would be pushing it! You'd probably have to get down to Chess (408).
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If you truly mean 50+ out of 100 people would recognize it you'll have to go all the way down to Go (109) at least or perhaps Magic (150). In fact, I would bet that would be pushing it! You'd probably have to get down to Chess (408).


Ah, chess! I didn't even consider that one. Thanks
 
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Most people on the street around here (a city in the Midwest of the USA) would not recognize Go or Magic The Gathering. I agree with Chess as the highest-ranked game that an average person on the street would recognize.
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My thought for next-highest ranked after Chess would be Poker (provided the people on the street see people playing it).
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Depending on which street, Go, followed by Catan.
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Codenames is listed #8 for best selling board games at Walmart. I think that is plenty to qualify something as mass market.

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Codenames is listed #8 for best selling board games at Walmart. I think that is plenty to qualify something as mass market.



I'm not sure if it's there yet, but Codenames is close. There's a Disney version of it for gosh sakes.
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Codenames is listed #8 for best selling board games at Walmart. I think that is plenty to qualify something as mass market.



I'm not sure if it's there yet, but Codenames is close. There's a Disney version of it for gosh sakes.


...and Codenames: Marvel
 
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goldspire wrote:
If you truly mean 50+ out of 100 people would recognize it you'll have to go all the way down to Go (109) at least or perhaps Magic (150). In fact, I would bet that would be pushing it! You'd probably have to get down to Chess (408).


If you give 100 people 100 seconds to list as many games as they can, you'd probably would need to go to Chess for more than 50%.

Would be fun to see what other games showed up on a list like that.

(Question format stolen from the BBC gameshow Pointless)
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psson73 wrote:

If you give 100 people 100 seconds to list as many games as they can, you'd probably would need to go to Chess for more than 50%. :D

Would be fun to see what other games showed up on a list like that.

(Question format stolen from the BBC gameshow Pointless)


I'm guessing Monopoly, Uno, Candyland, and Scrabble would show up.
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Average person in China or Japan: Go (109)
Average person in US: Chess (408) or Ticket to Ride (112), which I think has become very close to mainstream.

Here's my very unscientific list of the number of hits I get doing a google search for the name of the game + "game":
Go: 717 million
Chess: 61 million
Monopoly: 60 million
Uno: 53 million
Poker: 42 million
Ticket to Ride: 25 million
Scrabble: 15 million
Candyland: 9.7 million
Pandemic: 8.1 million
Trivial Pursuit: 1.4 million
Codenames: 545k
Catan: 477k
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If we're including non-IP games then Go or Chess

If it's only IP games but the average person has a decent chance of recognizing, then probably Catan or Magic: The Gathering, or maybe Axis & Allies

If we're talking Monopoly or Clue levels of awareness here, then the answer is Scrabble, way down at rank 1445

(1,500 individual games were looked at and many Bothans died to bring this information)
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just asked the lads in the canteen today.
1 said chess rank 408

2 mentioned warhammer 40k I found 8 editions so grabbed last one at rank 4,512

5 of them chose monopoly ranked 14,705

so is it chess with the highest rank or monopoly because more people chose it?

A good deed was done today as the two guys that picked Warhammer 40K are now arranging a battle after discovering they share the same hobby.
good job.
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Here's a geeklist I did almost exactly 10 years ago.

Go was ranked #22.
Crokinole was ranked #38.
Bridge was ranked #131.
Chess was ranked #196.
Mahjong was ranked #199.
Cribbage was ranked #253.
Xiangqi was ranked #301.
Poker was ranked #350.
Scrabble was ranked #549.
Stratego was ranked #1803.
Clue was ranked #3347.
Dominoes was ranked #3558.

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27338/top-games-100-50-ye...

...

Here's another geeklist I did almost exactly 10 years ago.

Dune was ranked #47.
Acquire was ranked #52.
Civilization was ranked #60.
Squad Leader was ranked #114.
Diplomacy was ranked #150.
Cosmic Encounter was ranked #195.
The Russian Campaign was ranked #285.
Strat-O-Matic Baseball was ranked #323.

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27258/top-games-100-25-ye...
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Just saw a prime time commercial on tv from the dutch biggest online retailer, promoting games for the holidays: Classic Monopoly, Escape Room the boardgame and Codenames.
If it gets put into in the same commercial as monopoly I think it’s safe to say it’s a mass market game, so yes Codenames.
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"average person" is such a vague concept as to be almost useless. I think a lot of this would be determined by their socio-economic background and their geographic location.

You would get different answers in the inner city compared to suburbs compared to the country, older adults would have different answers than college students etc.
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Depending on which street

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goldspire wrote:
If you truly mean 50+ out of 100 people would recognize it you'll have to go all the way down to Go (109) at least or perhaps Magic (150). In fact, I would bet that would be pushing it! You'd probably have to get down to Chess (408).


My money would be on Chess in the western world and Go in the east. Magic, Catan, Ticket to Ride would likely be restricted, if by nothing else a more recent generation. They just haven’t been around long enough to become part of the wider culture. Perhaps if you restricted the question to Germany?
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John Rogers wrote:
goldspire wrote:
If you truly mean 50+ out of 100 people would recognize it you'll have to go all the way down to Go (109) at least or perhaps Magic (150). In fact, I would bet that would be pushing it! You'd probably have to get down to Chess (408).


My money would be on Chess in the western world and Go in the east. Magic, Catan, Ticket to Ride would likely be restricted, if by nothing else a more recent generation. They just haven’t been around long enough to become part of the wider culture. Perhaps if you restricted the question to Germany?


Everybody knows Catan (or Settlers as it's known) here in Denmark.
 
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goldspire wrote:
If you truly mean 50+ out of 100 people would recognize it you'll have to go all the way down to Go (109) at least or perhaps Magic (150). In fact, I would bet that would be pushing it! You'd probably have to get down to Chess (408).


My money would be on Chess in the western world and Go in the east. Magic, Catan, Ticket to Ride would likely be restricted, if by nothing else a more recent generation. They just haven’t been around long enough to become part of the wider culture. Perhaps if you restricted the question to Germany?


Everybody knows Catan (or Settlers as it's known) here in Denmark.


The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (the guy who used to be an "anchor" on The Daily Show, who got his own spin off show by that name mentioned) did a very brief mention saying "... or why someone would enjoy playing Settlers Of Catan", so it's gotta have some traction if it was brought up to a more general audience.
 
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"average person" is such a vague concept as to be almost useless. I think a lot of this would be determined by their socio-economic background and their geographic location.

You would get different answers in the inner city compared to suburbs compared to the country, older adults would have different answers than college students etc.

remember, the "average" person has one testicle, one breast and less than 2 arms
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Chess.

Most people don't know Go or Magic.

Pete (thinks Telestrations might actually be a possibility and #202, but thinks probably not)
 
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