Lust. Top 266 Wargame Analysis.
- David Dockter(Herr Dr)United States
In June, I performed an analysis of the Top 266 Wargames according to BGG (Top defined as a wargame with at least 100 ratings) and authored a 33 page report regarding the analysis. Recently, I updated that analysis and have began to examine other items of interest contained in the Top 266 Wargame database. One item, was that these games get an average of 1 new rating a week. Consequently, the new hurdle rate is 113 ratings (20 new games passed the 100 mark, so I'll be pruning the database to reflect a few new entries and remove a few games that failed to keep pace).Recommend
This list takes the Top wargames and examines the relationship between the number of BGGer's wanting to trade the game and the number of BGGer's wanting to acquire the game; believing that this relationship would be THE rating i.e. Do you want the game, or do you want to get rid of it? Essentially, the LUST Ratio.
Top on the list - no surprise: A WWII East Front Tactical game that was also recently the Top rated wargame: Conflict of Heroes. ONE person wanting to trade it vs 170 BGGers lusting after it: a lust ratio of 0.01 (1/170)
I've listed the ratio's for the other top wargames (ratio = # of BGGers trading it vs # of BGGers wanting to acquire the game). The lower the ratio, the higher the lust for the game.
At least 40 BGGers had to want the game for it to be included on this list.
Seven of the 25 games are Card Driven Wargames and seven of the wargames have a game weight of 3.74 or more - true heavyweights. Only 2 wargames on the list before 2001: We the People and Breakout Normandy (although Russian Campaign v4 is of course an update of that classic we grew up on during the 70's).
13 games were published between 2005 > 2008. Only 2 multiplayer games on the list - and both CDWs: HIS and SOR. 12 WWII games (WWII seems to always be 50% of the hobby - however one cuts the analysis). 14 strategic level games.
Good mix of publishers (8 different ones), with GMT (6) leading the way and MMP (4) in second place.
Some correlations: -0.35 between age and lust ratio (makes sense, the classics just don't the love they deserve anymore), -0.51 between lust ratio and overall BGG rating (should be higher than that you would think) and -0.01 between lust ratio and game weight (no relationship).
The Top 266 wargame analysis discussion board is here:
..and the 33 page analysis is here:
...and a discussion board on BGG related to the Top 266 Wargame analysis
I've also put together a list that is the flipside of this one: those games that have the highest ratio of trade to want; the you don't love me anymore list:
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