The Most Popular Game Designers - 2009 Edition
Some criteria/disclaimers for the list...
1.) I used a simple formula - I took the sum total of all the ratings for all games and expansions that the designer had on boardgamegeek, and found the average. This list is in the order of the highest average rating, and descending. So if Bob Smith has Settleropoly with 30 ratings (average 7.3), Carcaclue with 100 ratings (average 6.6) and Axis and Settlers with 5 ratings (average 9.5), his average would be
6.86 = [(30*7.3) + (100*6.6) + (5*9.5)] / 135
2.) To make the list, a designer had to have
- at least 4000 total rankings (750 more than last year)
- more than two games (or variations of a game).
3.) It took me a bit to gather all this information together, with the great help of Matthew Gray and Aldie, so some of the information has already changed slightly - but not enough to drastically change my numbers.
4.) When I ranked the designers for each of the three statistics, I only ranked them against the eighty-two designers who met the criteria.
5.) I've also listed the top-rated game of each designer, their lowest rated game, and the game that has generated the most exposure (i.e. has the most ratings.) I did not count expansions or minor variations this year - so you'll see their top rated GAME. Both of these games must have at least 30 ratings.
6.) I'm using normal ratings, not Baynesian
7.) I've also included the numbers from 2008 (in which there were 77 designers included), 2007 (in which there were 57 designers included), 2006 (in which there were 53 designers included), 2005 (in which there was 37 designers included), and 2004 (in which there was 32 designers). If a designer has no stats for those years, then this is the first year they've made the list.
8.) Several numbers went down on the "listings on BGG". This is because several game entries were combined, and because I no longer include "phantom" entries - or entries that no one had given a rating to.
9.) I only included the top 75 people. Here's the folks who missed the list.
# 76 - Tom Wham - 6.44
# 77 - Steve Jackson - 6.41
# 78 - Paul Petersen - 6.41
# 79 - Alex Randolph - 6.38
# 80 - Todd Breitenstein - 6.08
# 81 - Andrew Looney - 6.04
# 82 - James Ernest - 5.97
# 83 - James Dunnigan - 5.91
All statistics on this list are as of January, 2009
Comments on 2009 ratings as a whole...
- I think that EVERY designer on this list is fantastic, and has done a great job. Let's not get hung up on if a designer is # 12 or # 13, it's not that big a deal.
- Several excellent designers didn't make the list because they didn't have enough ratings, or because they only published two or fewer games. This includes Jason Matthews, William Attia, Richard Launius, Stefan Stadler, Jason Hill, and many more!
- Thank you to Matthew Gray and Aldie, who allowed me to bug them to gather up some of this info.
- I apologize to all those folk whose favorite designer is lower than they wished.
- Yeah, Knizia sinks lower every year. Don't shoot the messenger. I can't help it that many of his modern games are mediocre.
Thumb the designer you like best and/or leave a comment. Who should have been higher, lower, on the list? What are your predictions for next year?
Oh, and as we can see - several designers are missing pictures. If you have 'em, upload them!
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