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Richard Smith
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One thing that I liked was that BGG used to have a rating for how many players this game played best with. Sadly it has vanished in the mists of time. For example, you could quickly see that a game played best with 4 people.

Anyone know why this useful feature was pulled?

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Best with . . .
The best with would be very nice to have, but is subjective. I do not remember it ever being available on a per game basis.

If your curious, I have been collecting this information on "Best with x people" from various geeklists. Check my games owned list for the comments showing the "Best with" entries.

There ought to be a better place for me to put that information than in the comments, but at least that exports to my database of games.
 
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I don't remember this being a feature either
other than as subjective comments in various lists or articles about the individual games.
 
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Not exactly a rating...
It was not a rating per say, but in 'collection' where you rate the game a place where you could say how many people this game was good for. (It was beside the own check box, the add to wish list check box, etc.)
I was always careful to add this information on the games that I rated and was disapointed that the ability to do so went away. If a game is much better (or worse) with some number of players I try to add a comment to my rating.

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Meanwhile there is "75 GeekLists About Number Of Players: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8" http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
 
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It's subjective, no?
One of the things that's struck me as I've read bgg content is that one person's "fabulous" is another persons "yuck." Some people like vanilla Settlers with 4 players, some people hate it (too crowded).

Nevertheless, I would love to see this information. I'm always wondering things like: Does it really work for 2? Does it really scale up to 5? Is it ideal for 3? A completely different animal at 6 than at 2? It would be cool if there was a distinct place for this info. Even better if you could find out how many say it's best at 3, or the distribution of answers.
 
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In the collection bit?
Ah well it presumably went sometime before September 2003 when I found BGG because I don't remember seeing it.

Yes it is subjective, but then again so are the ratings. I see no particular problem with that.
 
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opinions, opinions.
Naomi:
I agree that some people think a game works best with 3 to 4, where as others like 4 to 6. If you had a lot of data you could average it. The problem is that trying to average ranges is a lot tougher problem from a user interface standpoint than averaging a single number.

You could have a number of boxes: "Plays best with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8to10, 11to15, 16orMore" People can check which ever boxes they want and then the program just shows a histogram of the votes.

Such a system would even work for those games that have two sweet spots. (Play well with 2 people or well with 5 but nothing in the middle.) Such a game is mighty rare (I can't think of any off hand, might make a cool geek list...). On the other hand, a game might end up with that distribution if there were a couple different STYLES of playing it.

(Scrabble can be played very defensively when you try to not let the other player get a big score, or hyper agressively where you do not care. In the aggressive games, play is much faster and the game works well with more players; in the defensive game there is so much down time, I would not want to play it with more than 3 people. The designer of Scrabble stated that they always play the fast aggressive game.)

Thanks to everyone who has replied!!!

Rick
 
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