Game(r) Graphs (more clusters)
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For those of you following my recent lists/posts, I've been fiddling with game(r) clusters a lot lately. The 5-cluster grouping that I posted about in my other recent list (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/18879) seems to work pretty well.

While some games strongly and primarily match one cluster or another, others are more spread between clusters. Further, if you take a particular gamers Top 10, noone is going to exclusively match one cluster. The results of these matches are a little complex to interpret, so I made a way to visually represent it, and I think it's very neat.

It's a "spider plot"/"cobweb plot"/"radar plot", of the quality of match of each of the 5 clusters where the clusters have been ordered in a way that seems to make sense. The size of the "web" corresponds to the match quality.

In this way, you can generate a "fingerprint" for a game, a gamer, a game group (by entering the top/most played games of that group), a designer, or any number of other game related things. I've posted a few. The tool to make the graphs is at: http://mkgray.com:8000/cgi/gamercluster2
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:165]
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This is the shape of a family Euro:
 
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2. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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Puerto Rico is the iconic game of the Euro-1 cluster, and is a spike:

 
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3. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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A "Weuro":

 
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4. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:125]
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A wargame:

 
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5. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:97]
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An abstract is "smaller" because it doesn't as strongly match the clusters:

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6. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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An Amerigame:

 
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7. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:225]
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8. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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9. Board Game: Personal Preference [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5071]
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My personal graph (based on my top 10):

 
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10. Board Game: Ranke & Vyle [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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BGG Top 10 (by rank):

 
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11. Board Game: Owner's Choice [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2665]
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BGG Top 10 (by ownership):

 
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12. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:33]
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Reiner Knizia (his top 10 games):



(given that this is his top 10 games, this is skewed to be shaped more like the BGG top 10 ranked games than a random sampling of his works might produce)
 
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