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Dale Stephenson
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We can give a game a rating. We can give a game a weight. We can even vote on relationships with other games. Why not allow us to choose "optimal number of players" (or "plays best with")?

Advantages: Aside from the quality of the game itself, this is the key factor for evaluating a game. It comes up in threads nearly every day. It comes up in game folders. It is the subject of over 200 geeklists.

Unlike "weight" or "rating", it's easily defined. We may not agree on what heavy or light means, or what a game needs to be like to be a "7" or "10" or "1". But absolutely everyone at BGG has the same definition of "four players". We would avoid any definitional problems.

Implementation: I think this would work best as a pull-down choice, similar to weight. Probably best to mirror the player options from advanced search (1-9 and 10+).

Display: Unlike rating or weight, an average will not work well here. A game that half think plays best with two, and the other half says plays best with two, should not be displayed as playing best with three! The mode (most popular choice) should be displayed. Possibly, all answers above a certain threshold (20%?) should be displayed, in order of popularity ("Best with: 4, 2, 3"). There should also be a button to bring up a graph of the answers, so you can drill down to see how many voted for each number.

This should also be an advanced search option, matching either the mode or those exceeding the display threshold. It would be absolutely terrific to do a search for games that play best with six!

It's been suggested before. And until it is implemented, it will be suggested again. Tapping the collective wisdom of BGG for optimal players can shed light on thousands of games, not just the ones that come up on the 200+ geeklists and innumerable threads.
 
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I could probably get this back in again.
 
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