Your Twitter friends told us about their perfect game night. Now find out the numbers behind that game night. Weight, year released, and more.

I decided to create a separate post for those of you who might want the raw data, along with some basic analysis. I thought it might be interesting to break down the games by a number of different criteria. Yes I know this is way overboard, but how often to you get information like this? Might as well right?

All of the data was retrieved from BoardGameGeek via their public API. I used the boardgamegeek Python library along with some handwriten code.

Game Night Games by Year

As you'd expect games from the last 5-10 years dominate the selections, but it was nice to see love for older games. Here's to hoping that publishers will see this and more rapidly reprint older games to get them into the hands of those of us who are new to the hobby.

20164
201514
20148
201313
20129
20116
20108
20096
20086
20076
20062
20057
20043
20022
20012
20003
1990-199911
1980-19899
1970-19714
1800-19505

Game Night Games by Weight

From this chart it looks like the love for the middle weight games is high! Lighter games like 7 Wonders and Pandemic, to heavier games such as Through the Ages and Dominant Species.

4+5
3+26
2+55
1+38
< 17

Games by Category

The category system on BoardGameGeek isn't perfect, but it does at least allow publishers to apply tags to their games. "Card game" and "economic" shouldn't both be considered categories, but as long as they're all applied equally it should be fine.

37Card Game
32Economic
21Fantasy
14Science Fiction
12Fighting
11Medieval
11City Building
11Bluffing
10Deduction
9Wargame
9Dice
9Adventure
8Movies / TV / Radio theme
8Horror
7Territory Building
7Negotiation
6Party Game
6Ancient
6Abstract Strategy
5Spies/Secret Agents
5Renaissance
5Novel-based
5Miniatures
5Industry / Manufacturing
5Humor
5Farming
5Civilization
4Nautical
4Mythology
4Exploration
4Environmental
4Animals
4American West
3Word Game
3Travel
3Religious
3Political
3Action / Dexterity
2Transportation
2Trains
2Sports
2Space Exploration
2Real-time
2Puzzle
2Memory
2Medical
2Maze
2Mafia
2Comic Book / Strip
2Collectible Components
2Children's Game
2Arabian
1Zombies
1World War II
1World War I
1Video Game Theme
1Racing
1Print & Play
1Prehistoric
1Pirates
1Age of Reason

Game Night Games by Votes

Lastly here's the most popular games as submitted by the 34 people in this list.

9Codenames
66 Nimmt!
57 Wonders
4Terra Mystica
4Castles of Burgundy
4Power Grid
3Sentinels of the Multiverse
3Pandemic
3Lords of Waterdeep
3Dominion
3Betrayal at House on the Hill
3Las Vegas
2Yspahan
2Trajan
2Ticket to Ride
2Through the Ages
2TIME Stories
2Settlers of Catan
2Puerto Rico
2Keyflower
2Hanabi
2Flick 'Em Up!
2Five Tribes
2Dominant Species
2Carcassonne
2Burgle Bros
2Blood Rage
2Bang!
2Alchemists
2Magic: the Gathering
1Zhanguo
1Zendo
1Yakitori
1Witch of Salem
1Viticulture
1Twilight imperium 3rd
1TurfMaster
1Tokaido
1Times Up: Title Recall
1Tichu
1The Speicherstadt
1The Resistance
1The Networks
1The Grizzled
1The Great Dalmuti
1The Gallerist
1Takenoko
1TI3
1Survive
1Succession
1Steam Works
1Star Wars: Rebellion
1Small World
1Sheriff of Nottingham
1Shadows over Camelot
1Set
1Sentinels of the Universe
1Samurai
1Rococo
1Resistance
1Redacted
1Railways of the world
1Race For the Galaxy
1Ponzi Scheme
1Pathfinder
1Parade
1Pandemic Legacy
1Orleans
1Oh Hell
1Nyet!
1Neue Heimat
1Munchkin
1Montage
1Monopoly
1Medici
1Mahjong
1Mage Knight
1Macao
1Luna
1Love Letter
1Libertalia
1Liars Dice
1Legends Untold
1Legendary Encounters: Aliens
1Le Havre
1La Boca
1King Of Tokyo
1Infamy
1Illuminati
1Greed
1Gold West
1Glory to Rome
1Ginkgopolis
1GOSU
1Four Dragons
1Forbidden Desert
1For Sale
1Food Chain Magnate
1Firenze
1Finca
1Feng Shui RPG
1Dungeons & Dragons
1Dungeon Lords
1Diamonds
1Dead of Winter
1D&D 5th Edition RPG
1D&D 5e
1Crokinole
1Coup
1Council of Four
1Concordia
1Concept
1Colosseum
1Chaos In the Old World
1Caverna
1Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game
1Carson City
1Call of Cathulu
1Ca$h n Gun$
1Bruges
1Broom Service
1Brass
1Bora Bora
1Biblios
1Battlestar Galactica
1Battlemist
1BattleLore 2nd Edition
1BattleCon
1Arkham Horror
1Arcadia Quest
1Animal Upon Animal
1Android: Netrunner
1Anagrams
1Agents of SMERSH
151st State
1Turn the Tide
1Forbidden Island
1Isle of Skye
1Cockroach Poker


Download the raw data in Google spreadsheet format if you're interested in working with it on your own.


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