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Each January, I make a geeklist, using the ratings on BGG to determine who was the (subjective) best board game designer.

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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1. Board Game Designer: Richard Ulrich
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.86 (# 1)
2008 - 7.88 (# 2)
2007 - 7.93 (# 2)
2006 - 7.92 (# 2)
2005 - 7.92 (# 2)
2004 - 7.91 (# 2)

Total Ratings
2009 - 14587 (# 27)
2008 - 11533 (# 26)
2007 - 8609 (# 23)
2006 - 6230 (# 18)
2005 - 4243 (# 15)
2004 - 2379 (# 13)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 15 (# 52)
2008 - 15 (# 58)
2007 - 15 (# 44)
2006 - 14 (# 40)
2005 - 14 (# 29)
2004 - 11 (# 27)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - El Grande - 8.06
2008 - El Grande - 8.09
2007 - El Grande - 8.14
2006 - Princes of Florence - 8.17
2005 - Princes of Florence - 8.21
2004 - Princes of Florence - 8.19

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Hot Dog - 5.48
2008 - Hot Dog - 5.38
2007 - El Caballero - 6.83
2006 - El Grande: Grandissimo - 6.72
2005 - Hot Dog - 5.37
2004 - El Caballero - 6.88

Most rated game:
2009 - El Grande - 6409
2008 - El Grande - 4904
2007 - El Grande - 3497
2006 - El Grande - 2405
2005 - El Grande - 1653
2004 - El Grande - 893

Comment: Richard takes the top spot, after five years! OK, it's more because Andreas went down. People may justly say that Richard's success is because of Kramer, but I think it's worth noting that whenever Kramer collaborates with Ulrich, an excellent game comes out.
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2. Board Game Designer: Matt Leacock
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.84 (# 2)

Total Ratings
2009 - 4098 (# 82)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 4 (# 81)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Pandemic - 7.86

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Lunatix Loop - 6.28

Most rated game:
2009 - Pandemic - 4009

Comments: Okay, Matt barely makes the list, having just enough ratings. But with more games coming out, I expect him to do very well - although I doubt he'll keep # 2 on this list after next year.
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3. Board Game Designer: Andreas Seyfarth
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.80 (# 3)
2008 - 7.89 (# 1)
2007 - 8.01 (# 1)
2006 - 8.14 (# 1)
2005 - 8.26 (# 1)
2004 - 8.49 (# 1)

Total Ratings
2009 - 30484 (# 7)
2008 - 21988 (# 7)
2007 - 14511 (# 7)
2006 - 8541 (# 9)
2005 - 4787 (# 11)
2004 - 1753 (# 19)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 13 (# 56)
2008 - 11 (# 67)
2007 - 10 (# 52)
2006 - 8 (# 51)
2005 - 8 (# 36)
2004 - 5 (# 31)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Puerto Rico - 8.36
2008 - Puerto Rico - 8.45
2007 - Puerto Rico - 8.52
2006 - Puerto Rico - 8.62
2005 - Puerto Rico - 8.75
2004 - Puerto Rico - 8.93

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Waldmesiter - 6.06
2008 - Waldmeister - 5.91
2007 - Waldmeister - 6.04
2006 - Waldmeister - 6.00
2005 - Waldmeister - 5.99
2004 - Waldmesiter - 5.81

Most rated game:
2009 - Puerto Rico - 14127
2008 - Puerto Rico - 10659
2007 - Puerto Rico - 7469
2006 - Puerto Rico - 5069
2005 - Puerto Rico - 3047
2004 - Puerto Rico - 1395

Comments - Well, Andreas has finally fallen from # 1, but it's a small fall - even with more games, he's still holding strong. Perhaps the Puerto Rico rating fell because of the war with Agricola this past summer?
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4. Board Game Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
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2009 - 7.76 (# 4)

Total Ratings
2009 - 5457 (# 62)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 11 (# 65)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Through the Ages - 8.26

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Graenland - 6.98

Most rated game:
2009 - Galaxy Trucker - 2194

Comment: In my opinion, Vlaada is the hottest name in designing right now. Everything he touches is on fire, and his games seem to be sold out everywhere. And his diversity is amazing! Let's watch and see what he produces this year.
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5. Board Game Designer: Corey Konieczka
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2009 - 7.70 (# 5)

Total Ratings
2009 - 7398 (# 47)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 13 (# 56)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Battlestar Galactica - 8.03

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - World of Warcraft: the Adventure Game - 6.67

Most rated game:
2009 - Starcraft - 1592

Comment: Corey would have been # 1 last year, if he'd met all the criteria. With BSG becoming extremely popular, he might hold this position next year. Keep an eye on him!
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6. Board Game Designer: Francesco Nepitello
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.64 (# 6)
2008 - 7.65 (# 4)
2007 - 7.85 (# 3)

Total Ratings
2009 - 6109 (# 55)
2008 - 4862 (# 51)
2007 - 3108 (# 52)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 14 (# 65)
2008 - 12 (# 65)
2007 - 9 (# 54)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - War of the Ring: Battles of the 3rd Age - 8.30
2008 - War of the Ring: Battles of the 3rd Age - 8.31
2007 - War of the Ring: Battles of the 3rd Age - 8.56

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Hector and Achilles - 5.66
2008 - Flying Circus - 5.55
2007 - Hector and Achilles - 6.1

Most rated game:
2009 - War of the Ring - 3900
2008 - War of the Ring - 3081
2007 - War of the Ring - 2261

Comment: These guys come out with one major game every couple of years. The next big one is Conan. Will we see it make a dent in the ratings?
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7. Board Game Designer: Mac Gerdts
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.59 (# 5)
2008 - 7.69 (# 3)

Total Ratings
2009 - 5688 (# 58)
2008 - 3289 (# 75)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 5 (# 80)
2008 - 3 (# 75)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Imperial - 7.90
2008 - Imperial - 7.92

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Princes of Machu Picchu - 7.30
2008 - Antike - 7.49

Most rated game:
2009 - Imperial - 2383
2008 - Antike - 1505

Comment: I don't understand people's fascination with Imperial, but Mac seems to come out with a hit each and every year. Perhaps Princes will be his first "not huge hit"?
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8. Board Game Designer: Friedemann Friese
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.51 (# 8)
2008 - 7.46 (# 6)
2007 - 7.46 (# 6)
2006 - 7.37 (# 7)
2005 - 7.24 (# 13)

Total Ratings
2009 - 21750 (# 13)
2008 - 14511 (# 15)
2007 - 9032 (# 19)
2006 - 5108 (# 26)
2005 - 2513 (# 27)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 33 (# 23)
2008 - 25 (# 37)
2007 - 25 (# 27)
2006 - 19 (# 31)
2005 - 15 (# 27)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Power Grid - 8.25
2008 - Power Grid - 8.22
2007 - Power Grid - 8.24
2006 - Power Grid: Italy/France - 8.25
2005 - Power Grid - 8.15

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Formidable Foes - 5.64
2008 - Paparazzo - 5.52
2007 - Paparazzo - 5.45
2006 - Paparazzo - 5.75
2005 - Landlord - 5.86

Most rated game:
2009 - Power Grid - 9018
2008 - Power Grid - 6137
2007 - Power Grid - 3825
2006 - Power Grid - 2108
2005 - Power Grid - 833

Comments: A large addition in ratings means this popular designer is still going strong. I doubt Power Grid will be replaced for a long time, and it certainly is the most "normal" themed of all his games.
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9. Board Game Designer: Bernd Brunnhofer
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.51 (# 9)

Total Ratings
2009 - 7088 (# 50)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 6 (# 77)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Stone Age - 7.79

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Greyhounds - 6.34

Most rated game:
2009 - Saint Petersberg - 4390

Comments: One of the designers behind the name "Tummelhofer", his Stone Age is doing well enough to shoot him up on the list. Enough people liked playing it this year, that's for sure!
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10. Board Game Designer: Francis Tresham
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.51 (# 10)
2008 - 7.58 (# 5)
2007 - 7.57 (# 4)
2006 - 7.54 (# 3)
2005 - 7.51 (# 5)
2004 - 7.45 (# 5)

Total Ratings
2009 - 5811 (# 56)
2008 - 6239 (# 40)
2007 - 5015 (# 36)
2006 - 3932 (# 33)
2005 - 2774 (# 25)
2004 - 1824 (# 18)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 29 (# 25)
2008 - 29 (# 31)
2007 - 28 (# 23)
2006 - 27 (# 21)
2005 - 14 (# 29)
2004 - 12 (# 26)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - 1830 - 7.69
2008 - Advanced Civilization - 7.92
2007 - Advanced Civilization - 7.86
2006 - Revolution: the Dutch Revolt - 7.86
2005 - Revolution: the Dutch Revolt - 8.5
2004 - Advanced Civilization - 7.79

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - 1829: Mainline - 6.36
2008 - Spanish Main - 6.31
2007 - 1829 Mainline - 6.37
2006 - Spanish Main - 6.36
2005 - 1825 - 6.05
2004 - 1825 - 5.66

Most rated game:
2009 - Civilization - 2724
2008 - Civilization - 2249
2007 - Civilization - 1779
2006 - Civilization - 1356
2005 - Civilization - 740
2004 - Civilization - 609

Comments: Advanced Civilization had been attributed to Francis until this year, when it was corrected. Thus the change in the stats.
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11. Board Game Designer: Kevin Wilson
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.46 (# 11)
2008 - 7.32 (# 15)
2007 - 7.20 (# 19)
2006 - 7.09 (# 24)

Total Ratings
2009 - 21226 (# 15)
2008 - 12550 (# 22)
2007 - 6706 (# 30)
2006 - 2633 (# 46)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 20 (# 33)
2008 - 16 (# 57)
2007 - 18 (# 40)
2006 - 11 (# 43)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Cosmic Encounter - 8.26
2008 - Descent: Journeys in the Dark - 7.55
2007 - Descent: Journeys in the Dark - 7.55
2006 - Descent: Journeys in the Dark - 7.86

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Magdar - 5.33
2008 - Magdar - 5.41
2007 - Magdar - 5.45
2006 - Magdar - 5.5

Most rated game:
2009 - Arkham Horro - 5838
2008 - Arkham Horror - 3546
2007 - Arkham Horror - 1787
2006 - Arkham Horror - 728

Comments: For those who are particular, Kevin was only the developer on Cosmic, his highest rated actual game is still Descent. For my money, though, not only is Kevin a tremendous designer - but he's the BEST developer in the business. Look at him move up the ranks - it's exactly what he deserves.
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12. Board Game Designer: Thomas Lehmann
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2009 - 7.46 (# 12)
2008 - 6.97 (# 43)

Total Ratings
2009 - 10212 (# 62)
2008 - 4025 (# 61)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 17 (# 58)
2008 - 15 (# 58)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Race for the Galaxy - 8.05
2008 - Race for the Galaxy - 8.03

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Suzerain - 5.96
2008 - Age of Exploration - 5.98

Most rated game:
2009 - Race for the Galaxy - 4927
2008 - To Court the King - 1144

Comments: There's one reason Mr. Lehmann shot up on the list, and one reason only - Race for the Galaxy. What a game!
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13. Board Game Designer: Urs Hostettler
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.44 (# 13)
2008 - 7.44 (# 8)

Total Ratings
2009 - 4617 (# 72)
2008 - 3456 (# 71)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 38 (# 25)
2008 - 34 (# 25)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Tichu - 7.78
2008 - Millionen von Schwalben - 7.86

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Schraumen - 5.66
2008 - Schraumen - 5.63

Most rated game:
2009 - Tichu - 2292
2008 - Tichu - 1650
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14. Board Game Designer: Christian T. Petersen
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.44 (# 14)
2008 - 7.44 (# 9)
2007 - 7.28 (# 13)
2006 - 7.27 (# 12)
2005 - 6.64 (# 32)

Total Ratings
2009 - 20057 (# 19)
2008 - 14040 (# 19)
2007 - 7870 (# 26)
2006 - 4889 (# 27)
2005 - 2523 (# 26)


Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 42 (# 17)
2008 - 40 (# 17)
2007 - 37 (# 15)
2006 - 31 (# 14)
2005 - 29 (# 11)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Twilight Imperium: 3rd Edition - 7.90
2008 - Tide of Iron - 8.04
2007 - Twilight Imperium, 3rd Edition - 7.88
2006 - A Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings - 8.21
2005 - Twilight Imperium, 3rd Edition - 8.78

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Diskwars: Legend of the 5 Rings - 5.03
2008 - Diskwars: Legend of the 5 Rings - 4.90
2007 - Diskwars: Legend of the 5 Rings - 4.83
2006 - Diskwars: Legend of the 5 Rings - 4.96
2005 - Diskwars: Legend of the 5 Rings - 4.78

Most rated game:
2009 - A Game of Thrones - 3700
2008 - A Game of Thrones - 2916
2007 - A Game of Thrones - 2067
2006 - A Game of Thrones - 1383
2005 - A Game of Thrones - 785

Comments: And TI3 is back on top, after a brief rule from Tide of Iron. Tide of Iron is still an excellent game, but some have cooled towards it over the last couple of years. Christian and Kevin make quite the team, don't they?
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15. Board Game Designer: Kris Burm
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.42 (# 15)
2008 - 7.40 (# 11)
2007 - 7.46 (# 5)
2006 - 7.51 (# 4)

Total Ratings
2009 - 8301 (# 38)
2008 - 6555 (# 38)
2007 - 4894 (# 38)
2006 - 3340 (# 36)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 23 (# 42)
2008 - 23 (# 42)
2007 - 22 (# 30)
2006 - 21 (# 27)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - TZAAR - 7.99
2008 - TZAAR - 8.25
2007 - YINSH - 7.91
2006 - YINSH - 7.97

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Balanx - 5.44
2008 - Balanx - 5.35
2007 - Balanx - 5.42
2006 - DiceMaster: Doom Cubes - 5.35

Most rated game:
2009 - YINSH - 1794
2008 - YINSH - 1427
2007 - YINSH - 1038
2006 - DVONN - 761

Comments: Critically acclaimed abstract games, they've done well - is there life after the Gipf series?
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16. Board Game Designer: Richard Borg
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.40 (# 16)
2008 - 7.41 (# 10)
2007 - 7.41 (# 8)
2006 - 7.25 (# 15)
2005 - 7.30 (# 9)
2004 - 7.22 (# 12)

Total Ratings
2009 - 30368 (# 15)
2008 - 21967 (# 8)
2007 - 13779 (# 9)
2006 - 7900 (# 12)
2005 - 4748 (# 13)
2004 - 2175 (# 14)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 56 (# 8)
2008 - 46 (# 15)
2007 - 36 (# 17)
2006 - 28 (# 20)
2005 - 20 (# 19)
2004 - 13 (# 23)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Commands & Colors: Ancients - 8.05
2008 - Commands & Colors: Ancients - 8.08
2007 - Battlelore - 8.51
2006 - Memoir '44: Eastern Front - 8.29
2005 - Memoir '44 - 8.09
2004 - Battle Cry - 7.73

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Trivia Game - 4.09
2008 - Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Trivia Game - 4.16
2007 - Warriors - 5.23
2006 - Warriors - 5.44
2005 - Pig Pile - 5.82
2004 - Pig Pile - 5.82

Most rated game:
2009 - Memoir '44 - 5866
2008 - Memoir '44 - 4644
2007 - Memoir '44 - 3460
2006 - Memoir '44 - 2034
2005 - Battle Cry - 898
2004 - Battle Cry - 543

Comments: Well, it's interesting to watch the progression of the game's popularity. Battlelore is dying out, but Commands and Colors seems to be growing in popularity.
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17. Board Game Designer: Stefan Feld
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.38 (# 17)
2008 - 7.46 (# 7)

Total Ratings
2009 - 7131 (# 49)
2008 - 3524 (# 70)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 6 (# 75)
2008 - 4 (# 74)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - In the Year of the Dragon - 7.61
2008 - Notre Dame - 7.72

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Rum & Pirates - 6.51
2008 - Rum & Pirates - 6.52

Most rated game:
2009 - Notre Dame - 2942
2008 - Notre Dame - 1744

Comments - Well, it's the first designer whose games I don't enjoy very much. Yet he does have a devoted following, and while he's slipped in the rankings, he's still pretty high.
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18. Board Game Designer: Karl-Heinz Schmiel
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Average Rating
2009 - 7.36 (# 18)
2008 - 7.34 (# 14)
2007 - 6.98 (# 30)
2006 - 6.93 (# 30)
2005 - 6.91 (# 23)
2004 - 6.90 (# 21)

Total Ratings
2009 - 5479 (# 61)
2008 - 3642 (# 67)
2007 - 3058 (# 54)
2006 - 2247 (# 49)
2005 - 1627 (# 37)
2004 - 1073 (# 31)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 23 (# 36)
2008 - 22 (# 44)
2007 - 22 (# 30)
2006 - 21 (# 27)
2005 - 19 (# 22)
2004 - 15 (# 22)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Die Macher - 7.98
2008 - Die Macher - 8.05
2007 - Die Macher - 8.2
2006 - Die Macher - 8.21
2005 - Die Macher - 8.12
2004 - Die Macher - 8.15

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Suppernkasper - 5.65
2008 - Suppenkasper - 5.74
2007 - Democrazy - 5.47
2006 - Democrazy - 5.46
2005 - Democrazy - 5.56
2004 - Democrazy - 5.60

Most rated game:
2009 - Die Macher - 2083
2008 - Die Macher - 1588
2007 - Die Macher - 938
2006 - Attila - 624
2005 - Attila - 490
2004 - Attila - 327

Comment: Die Macher has been the one game associated with Mr. Schmiel for a while, but I wonder if he has another masterpiece in him? Tribune, for me at least, came close.
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19. Board Game Designer: Martin Wallace
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.36 (# 19)
2008 - 7.36 (# 13)
2007 - 7.39 (# 9)
2006 - 7.36 (# 8)
2005 - 7.46 (# 6)
2004 - 7.29 (# 8)

Total Ratings
2009 - 25322 (# 10)
2008 - 17535 (# 12)
2007 - 11985 (# 12)
2006 - 6338 (# 17)
2005 - 3281 (# 21)
2004 - 1304 (# 25)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 51 (# 11)
2008 - 35 (# 23)
2007 - 43 (# 11)
2006 - 39 (# 11)
2005 - 36 (# 10)
2004 - 24 (# 10)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Brass - 8.11
2008 - Age of Steam - 8.05
2007 - Age of Steam - 8.06
2006 - Age of Steam, Expansion # 1 - 8.29
2005 - Age of Steam, Expansion # 1 - 8.3
2004 - Age of Steam, Expansion # 1 - 8.55

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Secret of the Tombs - 4.80
2008 - Secret of the Tombs - 3.23
2007 - Secret of the Tombs - 4.62
2006 - Secret of the Tombs - 4.94
2005 - Secret of the Tombs - 5.00
2004 - WeiBe Lotus, de - 5.96

Most rated game:
2009 - Railroad Tycoon - 3587
2008 - Railroad Tycoon - 2556
2007 - Age of Steam - 1819
2006 - Age of Steam - 1216
2005 - Age of Steam - 699
2004 - Age of Steam - 374

Comments: I still think that the name Wallace will one day eclipse Knizia (at least among gamers). Anyway, Brass finally displaces the powerful Age of Steam. Will "Steam" outshine them both?
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20. Board Game Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.31 (# 20)
2008 - 7.38 (# 12)
2007 - 7.44 (# 7)
2006 - 7.48 (# 5)

Total Ratings
2009 - 15759 (# 24)
2008 - 11801 (# 24)
2007 - 7778 (# 28)
2006 - 4834 (# 29)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 22 (# 40)
2008 - 18 (# 54)
2007 - 17 (# 42)
2006 - 13 (# 42)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Goa - 7.86
2008 - Goa - 7.91
2007 - Goa - 7.95
2006 - Goa - 7.97

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Ex Und Hopp - 5.49
2008 - Ex Und Hopp - 5.5
2007 - Ex Und Hopp - 5.6
2006 - Ex Und Hopp - 5.58

Most rated game:
2009 - Goa - 3770
2008 - Goa - 3124
2007 - Goa - 2152
2006 - Goa - 1447
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21. Board Game Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.28 (# 21)
2008 - 6.93 (# 45)
2007 - 6.90 (# 31)
2006 - 6.91 (# 32)
2005 - 6.93 (# 22)
2004 - 6.96 (# 18)

Total Ratings
2009 - 24810 (# 12)
2008 - 14301 (# 17)
2007 - 10010 (# 16)
2006 - 7416 (# 13)
2005 - 5020 (# 10)
2004 - 2889 (# 9)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 48 (# 13)
2008 - 40 (# 17)
2007 - 38 (# 13)
2006 - 36 (# 12)
2005 - 29 (# 11)
2004 - 20 (# 12)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Agricola - 8.45
2008 - Agricola - 8.49
2007 - Bohnanza - 7.28
2006 - Bohnanza - Erweiterungs - 7.43
2005 - Bohnanza - Erweiterungs - 7.44
2004 - Bohnanaz - Erweiterungs - 7.8

Lowest Rated Game
2008 - Komme Gleich - 4.2
2007 - Titus - 5.02
2006 - Titus - 5.33
2005 - Titus - 5.07
2004 - Titus - 5.04

Most rated game:
2009 - Bohnanza - 7946
2008 - Bohnanza - 6072
2007 - Bohnanza - 4417
2006 - Bohnanza - 3131
2005 - Bohnanza - 1994
2004 - Bohnanza - 1103

Comments: Only one thing to say here. Widspread distribution of Agricola. Major change for Rosenberg. Up the ladder he goes!
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22. Board Game Designer: Peter Olotka
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.27 (# 22)
2008 - 7.24 (# 19)
2007 = 7.27 (# 14)
2006 - 7.26 (# 14)
2005 - 7.29 (# 11)
2004 - 7.32 (# 7)

Total Ratings
2009 - 6806 (# 51)
2008 - 5509 (# 44)
2007 - 4417 (# 43)
2006 - 3569 (# 35)
2005 - 2504 (# 28)
2004 - 1585 (# 21)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 23 (# 36)
2008 - 21 (# 47)
2007 - 21 (# 33)
2006 - 21 (# 27)
2005 - 20 (# 19)
2004 - 19 (# 15)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Cosmic Encounter (FFG) - 8.26
2008 - Dune - 7.76
2007 - Dune - 7.75
2006 - Cosmic Encounter, Expansion # 1 - 8.22
2005 - Cosmic Encounter, Expansion # 1 - 8.23
2004 - Cosmic Encounter, Expansion # 4 - 7.32

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Hoax - 5.95
2008 - Star Trek: The Enterprise Encounter - 5.875
2007 - Hoax - 5.95
2006 - Dune: the Duel - 5.13
2005 - Dune: the Duel - 5.29
2004 - Dune: the Duel - 5.03

Most rated game:
2009 - Cosmic Encounter - 2998
2008 - Cosmic Encounter - 2586
2007 - Cosmic Encounter - 2081
2006 - Cosmic Encounter - 1614
2005 - Cosmic Encounter - 1152
2004 - Cosmic Encounter - 750

Comments: I'm curious as to why the FFG version merits it's own entry. But still, these guys keep doing well, despite no new games. Cosmic Encounter may be the game published by the most publishers ever?
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23. Board Game Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.27 (# 23)
2008 - 7.30 (# 16)
2007 - 7.36 (# 11)
2006 - 7.48 (# 5)
2005 - 7.61 (# 4)
2004 - 7.85 (# 3)

Total Ratings
2009 - 52662 (# 4)
2008 - 39178 (# 4)
2007 - 27313 (# 4)
2006 - 15292 (# 5)
2005 - 8406 (# 5)
2004 - 3604 (# 6)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 33 (# 23)
2008 - 28 (# 33)
2007 - 25 (# 27)
2006 - 17 (# 39)
2005 - 13 (# 32)
2004 - 9 (# 29)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Carcassonne - 7.56
2008 - Carcassonne - 7.56
2007 - Carcassonne: the City - 7.61
2006 - Carcassonne: the City - 7.74
2005 - Carcassonne: Inns and Cathedrals - 7.61
2004 - Carcassonne: Inns and Cathedrals - 7.85

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Anasazi - 5.25
2008 - Anasazi - 5.34
2007 - Dragonriders - 5.33
2006 - Dragonriders - 5.25
2005 - Krone & Schwert - 6.28
2004 - Krone & Schwert

Most rated game:
2009 - Carcassonne - 15804
2008 - Carcassonne - 11946
2007 - Carcassonne - 8166
2006 - Carcassonne - 5443
2005 - Carcassonne - 3346
2004 - Carcassonne - 1717

Comments: Well, Wrede hangs on through the strength of Carcassonne. He's done some other good games, but nothing really that has the same punch.
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24. Board Game Designer: Richard Breese
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.24 (# 24)
2008 - 7.28 (# 17)
2007 - 7.37 (# 10)
2006 - 7.3 (# 10)

Total Ratings
2009 - 6365 (# 54)
2008 - 5063 (# 48)
2007 - 3578 (# 47)
2006 - 2028 (# 53)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 12 (# 61)
2008 - 12 (# 65)
2007 - 11 (# 48)
2006 - 9 (# 50)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Reef Encounter - 7.46
2008 - Reef Encounter - 7.53
2007 - Reef Encounter - 7.69
2006 - Reef Encounter - 7.79

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Keytown - 6.24
2008 - O'Kudos - 6.00
2007 - Keytown - 6.13
2006 - Keytown - 6.13

Most rated game:
2009 - Reef Encounter - 2194
2008 - Reef Encounter - 1669
2007 - Aladdin's Dragons - 1255
2006 - Aladdin's Dragons - 963

Comment: No new game this year, but Breese still has some staying power in his games - particular those that were reprinted by other companies.
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25. Board Game Designer: Sébastien Pauchon
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Average Rating:
2009 - 7.23 (# 25)

Total Ratings
2009 - 4583 (# 74)

Total BGG Listings:
2009 - 12 (# 61)

Highest Rated Game
2009 - Yspahan - 7.42

Lowest Rated Game
2009 - Animalia - 6.41

Most rated game:
2009 - Yspahan - 2647

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