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This is something that I've done for a couple months and it has been moderately successful. I have a lot of fun talking about it, so I thought I'd make it a regular thing. Many thanks to

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for getting it all started back in March 2011.

The current list = Games only YOU have played in June 2011
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Shouldn't you wait until the 1st of July to post the list for June? Things can change in those last days...
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teufen wrote:
Shouldn't you wait until the 1st of July to post the list for June? Things can change in those last days...

It's much easier to search the information during the month in question because of that "Plays This Month" link in each game page. If the status changes between the date someone posts a game and the end of the month, well then we'll take credit for inspiring that person to pull out the game.
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Blott wrote:
teufen wrote:
Shouldn't you wait until the 1st of July to post the list for June? Things can change in those last days...

It's much easier to search the information during the month in question because of that "Plays This Month" link in each game page. If the status changes between the date someone posts a game and the end of the month, well then we'll take credit for inspiring that person to pull out the game.


true, but... you could use the same link, and just manually change the date:
games of "play on wordz" played in June: (gamepage -> stats -> games played this month):
http://boardgamegeek.com/playstats/thing/16727/2011-06

games of "play on wordz" played in May: change '06' by '05' in the URL:
http://boardgamegeek.com/playstats/thing/16727/2011-05

Not that it matters that much, it's just my "statistically correct alter ego" that stirred at the idea...
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teufen wrote:
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teufen wrote:
Shouldn't you wait until the 1st of July to post the list for June? Things can change in those last days...

It's much easier to search the information during the month in question because of that "Plays This Month" link in each game page. If the status changes between the date someone posts a game and the end of the month, well then we'll take credit for inspiring that person to pull out the game.


true, but... you could use the same link, and just manually change the date:
games of "play on wordz" played in June: (gamepage -> stats -> games played this month):
http://boardgamegeek.com/playstats/thing/16727/2011-06

games of "play on wordz" played in May: change '06' by '05' in the URL:
http://boardgamegeek.com/playstats/thing/16727/2011-05

Not that it matters that much, it's just my "statistically correct alter ego" that stirred at the idea...

I just didn't want it to be that much work for people. Ideally I wish we just had a program that would list out your games played by the number of others who played them in the month. That way you could just search the low ones (to see if the other logged plays were the people you played with) and be done.
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Blott wrote:
Ideally I wish we just had a program that would list out your games played by the number of others who played them in the month. That way you could just search the low ones (to see if the other logged plays were the people you played with) and be done.


Unfortunatly I don't know how to do it, but I'm sure it can be done using the XML API. Maybe this is a good metric/statistic to get into the extended stats pages by
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I'll ask him about it.
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Blott wrote:
teufen wrote:
Shouldn't you wait until the 1st of July to post the list for June? Things can change in those last days...

It's much easier to search the information during the month in question because of that "Plays This Month" link in each game page. If the status changes between the date someone posts a game and the end of the month, well then we'll take credit for inspiring that person to pull out the game.


I like it towards the end of the month. On the rare occasions where I am the only player of a game, I like checking back to see if I've remained the only player, and I also like the chance to be inspired, or to put it more devilishly, to knock somebody out as the only player in a month. devil
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As far as I can tell, data for the 'number of plays' is not included in the XMLAPI2 results for the game...

e.g.
http://boardgamegeek.com/xmlapi2/thing?id=13

We could ask Jester if he could include it by posting here:
BoardGameGeek XML API

With that information available, a script would need to pull out your games played data for the period... and then pull down the data for each game.. not too tricky to write, but it could take a while to execute, especially if you've played a lot of different games in the month. We may also run into problems of pagination if you've played so many games that the XMLAPI2 splits the data into several pages.


The alternative is a script to do page scrapping, which is not as easy to write.
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than maybe Ben's idea to just do it in the last days of the month is better after all
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Grimwold wrote:
As far as I can tell, data for the 'number of plays' is not included in the XMLAPI2 results for the game...

e.g.
http://boardgamegeek.com/xmlapi2/thing?id=13

We could ask Jester if he could include it by posting here:
BoardGameGeek XML API

With that information available, a script would need to pull out your games played data for the period... and then pull down the data for each game.. not too tricky to write, but it could take a while to execute, especially if you've played a lot of different games in the month. We may also run into problems of pagination if you've played so many games that the XMLAPI2 splits the data into several pages.


The alternative is a script to do page scrapping, which is not as easy to write.

I literally have no idea what you are talking about at all. Sounds neat though!

For now I'll stick with last few days of the month, if someone comes up with some ingenious technological wonder that can pull the data easily, even for the computer dummies like me, I'll reassess the situation at that time.
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It couldn't be total automated because it couldn't know if multiple users were in the same game.
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It couldn't be total automated because it couldn't know if multiple users were in the same game.

Right. That's why I suggested something that just listed your games played for the month and the number of total plays for the month. You could simply skip over all the big numbers and drift down to the ones that might be applicable. What would be really cool is if the numbers were a link that linked directly to the "Games Played for June" page, so you wouldn't even have to do this whole thing:

teufen wrote:
use the same link, and just manually change the date:
games of "play on wordz" played in June: (gamepage -> stats -> games played this month):
http://boardgamegeek.com/playstats/thing/16727/2011-06

games of "play on wordz" played in May: change '06' by '05' in the URL:
http://boardgamegeek.com/playstats/thing/16727/2011-05
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I think there's a faster way to do it, actually- from your plays by date view, click on the "All plays" link. That gives you a by-month summary of all plays for all time, and you can click through to the correct month. (http://boardgamegeek.com/playsummary/thing/36218, for instance)
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I don't have the data for everyone who's played a game, I only gather data for the users of the site. I used to get that data (5 years ago), but the value / bandwidth ratio didn't seem to be worth it.
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Friendless wrote:
I don't have the data for everyone who's played a game, I only gather data for the users of the site. I used to get that data (5 years ago), but the value / bandwidth ratio didn't seem to be worth it.


OK, fair enough!
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OK...final decision for now (barring any technological marvel like the one I described) = Although it may bother Christopher's "statistically correct alter ego" I think I'm going to stick with a few days before the end of each month. The reason is two-fold: 1) I think the "Plays This Month" link is a little more self-explanatory for users to access; and 2) So many of the other monthly lists (New to You, Most-Played Game, etc.) hit right at the beginning of the month so I don't want to get lost in the shuffle of those amazing lists.

If you have a different solution in the future please feel free to contact me through geekmail.
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Games only YOU have played in July 2011
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That was fun. Will we have one for March?
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