Hot on the heels of my long neglected 2019 top 10’s list is my list for the long year of 2020: Top 6 books (out of 7 read): This year I have a lot of digital games played because pandemics don’t play well with in person board game activities. Top 10 Steam games (out of… Continue reading 2020 top 10s
I had been sitting on a top 10 ranking of things all last year and decided to post it now, if I was going to post a 2020 top 10 list as well. So here’s the top books and games I enjoyed for 2019: Top 5 books out of 13: Top 10 digital games… Continue reading 2019 top 10s
It’s obvious that my previous blog posts show that I’m a little obsessed with tabletop board games at the moment. Like all people waist deep in their hobby, I’ve been having to steady myself multiple times in the Amazon shopping cart thinking “hmm…am I really interested in this game, or is it just that I’m… Continue reading How Interested In This Thing Am I Really?
War of the Ring is about as close to getting the entire Lord of the Rings experience in a single board game. It’s a masterpiece of theme and well designed game play mechanics where there’s never a dull moment. For such an epic game, I’m dedicating an entire blog post to the first over-the-board play… Continue reading A War of the Ring (with data)
I had the great privilege to give a talk on using data science on data from the board gaming world this year at PAX West. The source data and code used in the talk can be found my github account: https://github.com/scottburger/pax17. The presentation slides can be found below: Over 300 people showed up to the talk,… Continue reading The Data Science of Board Games @ PAX West
Board games have changed. Much of the time when a friend suggests breaking out a board game to play, people will sigh. Monopoly, Life, dare I go so far as to say Checkers too? These are games that have been around forever (and by forever I mean the 1950s), take way too long to play,… Continue reading The Data Science of Board Games – Exploring the BoardGameGeek Database