PunchBoard Media's 50 Modern Classics
- Brandon Kempf(Vacabck)United States
Opinionated Gamers and sometimes joins us over on WDYPTW, Chris Wray, proposed an idea to the Opinionated Gamers and relayed it to me and I instantly wanted to try the same experiment with PunchBoard Media, the media network that we are a part of.
What we wanted everyone to do, or everyone who was comfortable doing it in our case, was to vote and rank 15 games from the time frame of 1995 - 2015 in order of importance (we wanted to leave the hotness out of this). A first place vote garnered 15 points and a fifteenth place vote garnered 1 point. The OG did things a bit differently, they allowed 15 votes as well, but they valued them from 5 to 20. Our voters could add any games that they wanted from that time frame to their list, I only really gave them these guidelines:
The games picked should be subjectively good (i.e. the writer liked the game) and objectively good as well, even just a little bit (i.e.they’re well regarded and available in the modern hobby).
I didn't offer up anyone else's list to anyone. I kept everyone's voting secret as I didn't want someone seeing one of their favorites in 25th place and intentionally voting it up by placing it above something that they may not have otherwise. So for the 26 who answered, out of 52 people that I sent this request to, this is their first time seeing the full list of PunchBoard Media's Top 50 Modern Classics.
Let's dig into some numbers:
26 of the 52 people I emailed with this request responded, and I thank them for that. This was a lot of fun for me to put together. I won't reveal who those 26 voters are, that's up to them if they want to spill those beans.
I believe that the Opinionated Gamers list ended up being just under 100 different games. We here at PunchBoard Media had 185 different titles in our list, this is just the Top 50.
Two designers had four games in our Top 50, Vlaada Chvátil & Antoine Bauza. With two designers right behind them with three games in the Top 50, Matt Leacock & Uwe Rosenberg. Uwe just missed having four in the Top 50, Bohnanza only needed 1 more point to make the Top 50.
We have 7 Spiel des Jahres winners in our Top 50, but only 1 Kennerspiel winner.
We have 9 Deutscher Spielepreis Award winners on our list.
We have 7 International Gamers Award Winners.
I believe we have three games in the Top 50 that have held the #1 spot on Board Game Geek at one time or another.
Also, if my count is correct, only 6 of these titles started out as Kickstarters.
Titles By the Published Year:
I know there are glaring misses in our list that are sure to just cause some folks to have a meltdown of some sort. Twilight Struggle(3 Lists/11 Points), there is no Caylus (1 list/1 point) or Ra (3 lists/9 votes) nor would I necessarily expect them to be in there knowing our group, which skews predominately to a younger demographic, both in age and in gaming experience when compared to The Opinionated Gamers. I am still a bit befuddled that we didn't even get one vote for The Princes of Florence and the OG had it in their Top 5.
What I would like to try to do is encourage some discussion here. I'm going to ask our voters and others who are in PunchBoard Media to chime in if they feel comfortable and have the time, but we'd also love to hear from you all, the readers.
Oh and here is a link to the start of the articles over on Opinionated Gamers as well.
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