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I'm pleased to announce that at long last we have reinstated game recommendations!

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Toby Mao (captaintobs), an engineer from Netflix, has been working with us to integrate a new game recommendation system based on millions of user ratings. You can find a short list of recommendations after the Reviews module on game pages, and a full list by clicking "See All" or clicking "Fans Also Like" from the drop down menu.




A huge thanks to Toby and his expertise to get this long requested feature up and running! Comments about this new system are welcome.


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If it looked like the pic above it would be kinda cool. Instead of showing the games in a grid its a list which makes the page scroll longer.

Would be cool to have options to that display. List vs. Grid, smaller thumbnails, etc.

I guess its a grid when going from the menu. Wish we could take it off the Overview page.
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Great stuff, I have a question. So what is exactly driving the data behind this? Ratings or being a "fan", or both?
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Sounds great. What is the algorithm?
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Cool. Checking various different types of games now, I see it giving much more plausible/reasonable recommendations than the old system did.

(Does anyone else remember the old system strangely often recommending Tiddlywinks...?)

Laporbo wrote:
If it looked like the pic above it would be kinda cool. Instead of showing the games in a grid its a list which makes the page scroll longer.
FWIW it looks like that example grid layout for me.
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Finally. But it’s just "ok" in comparison to https://recommend.games/ by
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His site uses personal ratings to recommend games and offers configuration options on top. (Thread: Board game recommendation engine).
By the way: It’s open source

PS: For those people (like me) who don’t need or want BGG’s recommendations: Get rid of them with BGG UI Customizer.
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Finally. But it’s just "ok" in comparison to https://recommend.games/ by
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His site uses personal ratings to recommend games and offers configuration options on top. (Thread: Board game recommendation engine).
By the way: It’s open source
Impressive. And it is telling me that the game badly missing from my personal collection is Cosmic Encounter, by far! Interesting! Does not sound wrong!
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Nice job. thumbsup
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russ wrote:
FWIW it looks like that example grid layout for me.
What I see is list format on the Overview page and grid format using the 'More' link.

IMO the Overview page should simply display the first horizontal row (or even two) of recommendations rather than the vertical list with all that white space.
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Impressive. And it is telling me that the game badly missing from my personal collection is Cosmic Encounter, by far! Interesting! Does not sound wrong!

Must be a bug. I got the same result.
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yzemaze wrote:
Finally. But it’s just "ok" in comparison to https://recommend.games/ by
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His site uses personal ratings to recommend games and offers configuration options on top. (Thread: Board game recommendation engine).
By the way: It’s open source

PS: For those people (like me) who don’t need or want BGG’s recommendations: Get rid of them with BGG UI Customizer.
Apparebtly I need KD:M and Too Many Bones. I can't afford to use his site surprise
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TimTix wrote:
kissgg wrote:
Impressive. And it is telling me that the game badly missing from my personal collection is Cosmic Encounter, by far! Interesting! Does not sound wrong!

Must be a bug. I got the same result.
No, it isn't. Your score for that is only 9.1, while for me, it is 10.5! So it effectively tells me to buy it - like today!
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I’m really pleased to see this feature back! Great work
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kissgg wrote:
TimTix wrote:
Must be a bug. I got the same result.
No, it isn't. Your score for that is only 9.1, while for me, it is 10.5! So it effectively tells me to buy it - like today!

Must be a bug it isn't a 10.5 for me
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Nice!

More importantly though, can you ask Toby to get the Netflix algorithm to stop recommending I watch Bright. Not gonna happen Netflix.
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Not a fan to 'Fans Also Like'. Remind me of the not helpful Amazon's 'People also bought' too much.

Could you work into the settings an option to not see this section?
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Hmm, I find it quite nice actually.
It's the first time, since "revamping" the site, that I like something.
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Hmm, I find it quite nice actually.
It's the first time, since "revamping" the site, that I like something.
(And it's worth noting that this is a functionality thing, not a visual appearance thing; we'd have liked it just as much with the old game page appearance.)
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Are you guys using neo4j for this or some other graph database? I've only played around with graph dbs, but I've never had a chance to use one in a production environment, but I've heard they're perfect for features like this.

I'd love to read a more technical break down of what you did to build it

Very cool!
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yzemaze wrote:
Finally. But it’s just "ok" in comparison to https://recommend.games/ by
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His site uses personal ratings to recommend games and offers configuration options on top. (Thread: Board game recommendation engine).
By the way: It’s open source

PS: For those people (like me) who don’t need or want BGG’s recommendations: Get rid of them with BGG UI Customizer.

Good grief, you're rude.
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Very slick! This is awesome.
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Yeah this is cool. While I don’t need it personally at this point, it would have been great to have something like this 5 years ago as the old one was pretty bad (as everyone knew).

This feature is repeatedly asked for and I’m glad that BGG once again is listening to its users.

Like Daniel mentioned above, it would be cool to see a little more on how it works.

Edit: also what do the crowns mean? Edit again: oh rank, duh.
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First impression. Not impressed. Tried it on the War Chest page and "The Duke" is not listed anywhere. That is as easy of a suggestion as you could possibly make. Back to the drawing board.
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For me it is recommending (theoretically) similar games, half of which I have already tried and deeply hated. But I guess it is not a bug, it is not lying. I says "Fans Also Like". Probably many of them do - just not I.
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For older games it seems to recommend other older games, many of which are not similar in game play. I guess people who rated one 200X game "also liked" other 200X games.

Edit: Fun feature.
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