BoardGameGeek and statistics

About a year ago, in an effort to guilt trip myself into reading more, I started logging and reviewing my books on Goodreads.

It really worked! And this was in no small part due to the fact I now had stats on books I was reading (I love me some stats).

Now, one of my friends, V, does the same thing for all of her board game plays on the BoardGameGeek app, and I realised I could do the same for my board games, which lead to one of my board gaming resolutions to be ‘logging my games on BoardGameGeek’.

BoardGameGeek WebpageOne of the things I really like so far is that it gives you an h-index of your games.
For those that don’t know, an h-index shows states that you have played h number of games h number of times.

Since logging, I have played one game three times and two games twice, giving me an h-index of 2.

Once I’ve played three games three times, it will go up to 3 and so on.

The h-index started life as a measure of how ‘good’ academics were based on their number of papers vs number of times they’ve been cited.

In academia, the h-index has been widely criticised as basically just being a gauge of how long a researcher has been publishing papers, rather than a real estimate of quality and it got me wondering how beneficial a boarding gaming h-index would be.

I am slightly worried that I will start playing my favourite games over and over to up my h-index, rather than trying out new things, hence the reason I added the resolution to play at least one new game a month.

My hope is that I will make me start playing those games I quite like, but don’t play as much as my core games, in an effort to get into the double digits.

board game collectionThe app also lets you log who you play with, giving you the corresponding h-index.
While I was again worried that this would end up with me playing with my core group of gamers, it does help solve an issue I have when playing with new people: getting people’s names.

I go to a weekly board gaming group which always has someone new, but I am terrible at asking for, and then remembering, names – there are people I have played games with half a dozen times, but I have no idea what their names are.

The app not only gives a reason to ask for a name, but the act of physically writing it helps me remember.

I’m going to keep logging, and try seeing if it does change my gaming habits as much as Goodreads changed my reading habits. I’ll report back here with my findings.

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