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Death to the Cult of the New: Top 100 wargames without grade inflation
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Tired of seeing the new games boosted with inflated ratings due to the cult of the new?

Took all wargames that had at least 100 ratings (in mid 2008), were published 2008 or before and put them thru a magic ratings inflation muffler. Started with 2008 and subtracted .9 for that year and backed it down to .845 for 2007 and .045 every subsequent year until I hit 0 (1987).

Why did I start with a 0.9 hit to a rating for a game in 2008? Seemed consistent with other stuff I've done regarding the inflation factor these days on BGG vs the days of yore (prior to 1990). I've felt that the cult of the new/grade inflation pushes up BBG ratings by at least a point (vs the times of yore), but thought I would taper it a bit.

Also, I just utilized the simple BGG rating for the game; not the BGG Bayesian average formula, with its other bells and whistles.

Anyways, the top 100 wargames is listed in descending order. A number of BIG differences from the current BGG top 100 wargame list; you can compare that list:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wargames/browse/boardgame/page/...

...with this list. Again, the reason that some of the current top BGG ranked wargames didn't make this list is because they didn't yet have a 100 ratings when I first put this list together in mid 2008. I think about 1/3 of the current BGG top 100 wargames were published in just the last three years; talk about a cult of the new.

Some summary stats regarding the games here:

Games are heavier than the current BGG top 100: this group checks in at 3.4 game weight....21 4.00 or heavier.

Games are MUCH older than the current BGG list (of course, due to the grade inflation penalty): average publish date 1991. Only 10 published in the last 5 years....33 in the last 10 years....49 over 20 years old.

By game co: AH Classic 25, Columbia 5, GMT 21, MMP 7, SPI 8 (hooray) and VG at 10 (surprised?).

Only a 1% decline across the whole 100 games in BGG rating in the last three years....and a 1.8 lust ratio for the entire group (those wanting the game divided by those trading the game).

I think this list will end my lastest plunge into the BGG wargame rankings. This list follows four inter-related that I recently posted:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/67923/lust-revisited-a...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/67908/the-morning-afte...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/67809/what-cdws-are-ag...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/67513/wargames-on-our-...

You can also check out a newer list regarding wargame rankings in 1980 vs 2011:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/74949/wargame-ratings-...

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26. Board Game: Panzergruppe Guderian [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1211]
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An SPI game at 26....Dunnigan...you don't see many of those (any?) on the current top 100 wargame BGG list. A number of SPI titles on this list.
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27. Board Game: The Longest Day [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1732]
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Another big honkin monster...and, the designer of 1776.
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28. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:654]
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a 37 year old game at 28
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29. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:186]
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...a 4 year old game at 29
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30. Board Game: The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:1009]
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a newer big honkin monster
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31. Board Game: Blue Max [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1053]
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...another air game...this one at 31
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32. Board Game: Ardennes '44 [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:909]
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...the bulge at 32...this game appears on too many best of wargame lists. Guess I'll have to break down and purchase my first bulge game sine Wacht am Rheim. I think only 3 bulge games made this list of top 100.
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33. Board Game: Hell's Highway [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1892]
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...more Victory Games...

1st Mn Drives Down Hell's Highway: HH Bootcamp on 1st Mn Retro Day Jan 16, 2015
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34. Board Game: Battles for the Ardennes [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:2214]
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...more bulge
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35. Board Game: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1319]
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...the parade of Victory Games continues....6 in the top 35. Glad I scored a copy a couple of years ago. Still haven't managed to play it. Nels Thompson's Moby Dick (Nels played a few years back and posted a blog on Consimworld regarding the game).
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36. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:359]
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....a CDW...
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37. Board Game: Downtown: Air War Over Hanoi, 1965-1972 [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:1215]
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...more air
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38. Board Game: Flat Top [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1050]
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...more WWII
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39. Board Game: Bitter Woods (fourth edition) [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:1581]
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...more bulge
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40. Board Game: Napoleon's Last Battles [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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...more SPI
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41. Board Game: SPQR [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1317]
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cool series at 41
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42. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:615]
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...more CDW....
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43. Board Game: Storm over Arnhem [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1054]
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43...3 operation market garden games on the list?
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44. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:738]
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Great 34 year old game.
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45. Board Game: Wellington's Victory: Battle of Waterloo [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:2270]
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...and yet another SPI classic
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46. Board Game: Totaler Krieg! [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:1543]
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WWII again at 46. 4 Strat level WWII Europe games (only 1 whole enchilada - WIF....still waiting for that to be replaced) on the list vs the 6 WWII Pac strat level games.
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47. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:618]
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47...3 ACW strat level games on the list (HD, FtP and The Civil War). I think the only three grand strategic ACW games that have ever crack the difficult design code in their own way; at least per the BGG ratings.
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48. Board Game: Terrible Swift Sword [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:2001]
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...yep, should be in the top 50.
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49. Board Game: Battle for Germany [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1535]
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49...five SPIs in the top 50. Interesting Dunnigan title. BIG contrast with current BGG top 100 wargame list.
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50. Board Game: Turning Point: Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1208]
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rounding out the top 50...25 WWII games in the top 50....yep, WWII is still half the hobby.
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