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Identifying long lost childhood gaming treasures... with blazing speed!
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One of the things that BGG is renowned for is being able to correctly identify long lost childhood gaming treasures in the blink of an eye. People flock here from near and far to ask the collective BGG mind what the name of their favorite game from long ago was called. They give us the barest of descriptions and expect the impossible... and we deliver! Time and again BGG comes through for these poor lost souls, and they rejoice in our collective wisdom. This is a tribute to that amazing ability to name that game in three notes or less (see also: item #10 on http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/14257).

This list is an amazingly eclectic mix of games. My hope is that maybe this list will help remind you of a long lost gaming treasure from your childhood, or maybe it will remind you of that one time when BGG came through for you in the clutch and identified the game you were thinking of when no one else in the world could, or maybe it will give you the chance to remedy some of the recent failures of identification that are currently tarnishing our record (see items #4, 8, 12, and 21).

These examples are almost all from only the past few weeks (in reverse chronological order), since I started tagging this type of thread with the tag "identify" only about a month ago. But one of them is from way back in July of 2005, which was when you all helped me re-discover Crash Canyon shortly after I wandered aimlessly into the wonderful world of BGG (see entry #22).

Here are some interesting statistics about the data:

Mean time to identify: 70 minutes
Median time to identify: 16 minutes
Mode time to identify: 5 minutes
Success rate: 82% (18 out of 22)

So keep on identifying those games, let's get that mean time below 60 minutes and that success rate above 90% by the end of the year!

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UPDATE (6/22/07)

It's been just over 9 months since I created this GeekList, so I thought I'd update the data with the additions that have been added in the meantime.

Mean time to identify: 72 minutes
Median time to identify: 16 minutes
Mode time to identify: 5 minutes
Success rate: 92% (59 out of 64)

Although, if you ignore the outlier that is Item # 26 then the Mean time to identify drops all the way down to 47 minutes!

Congrats everyone on increasing the success rate by 10 percentage points, and getting the mean time 23 minutes lower (ignoring Item # 26), keep up the great work

(if anyone wants a copy of the Excel file with this data for any reason just send me a GeekMail)
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51. Board Game: TohuWabohu [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:7303]
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Dan Blum found this one for me back in December '06. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1223959

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52. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:4.93 Overall Rank:10977]
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53. Board Game: Elixir [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:8910]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/166988

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54. Board Game: Wizards [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3315]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/168626

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55. Board Game: Lie Detector [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:7508]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/168645

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56. Board Game: Chutes Away!!!!! [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:8891]
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Blowing my own horn:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1497818#1497818

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57. Board Game: Goldrush [Average Rating:4.95 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/169367

Posted: 9:11am
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58. Board Game: Feeley Meeley [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/169782

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59. Board Game: Godzilla Game [Average Rating:5.17 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/160570

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60. Board Game: Torpedo Run! [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5978]
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61. Board Game: Inner Circle [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:9927]
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62. Board Game: Tower Climb [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/172322

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63. Board Game: Nectar Collector [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/172557

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64. Board Game: Chè: Failed Revolution, Bolivia 1967 [Average Rating:5.09 Unranked]
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65. Board Game: The White Unicorn [Average Rating:5.31 Unranked]
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66. Board Game: Chè: Failed Revolution, Bolivia 1967 [Average Rating:5.09 Unranked]
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Posted: 6/27/07, 8:47 pm
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67. Board Game: Dragon Strike [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:3574]
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Posted: 11:34pm
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68. Board Game: Tower of the Wizard King [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:7006]
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Posted: 6:46pm
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69. Board Game: Torpedo Run! [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5978]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/177666

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70. Board Game: Jerusalem [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:5125]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/178976

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71. Board Game: Full House [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8543]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/180779

Posted: 8:53pm
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72. Board Game: Laser Attack [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8395]
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Posted: 5:11pm
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73. Board Game: Big Deal [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:9582]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/198701

Posted: 6:26pm
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74. Board Game: Oh What a Mountain! [Average Rating:4.54 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/218451

Posted: 10:57am
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75. Board Game: Chè: Failed Revolution, Bolivia 1967 [Average Rating:5.09 Unranked]
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