Top 100: the PubMeeple Ranking Engine

This post is part of a series discussing my Top 100 Games (of the moment)

The PubMeeple Board Game Ranking Engine is an online tool designed to make it easiet to list your favourite games. It takes a list of games you provide and presents you with a series of comparisons, presenting you with two games from which you select your favourite. After you’ve made many such decisions, the software presents you with the same list of games, now in order of your preferences.

The core of my game list was a collection download from BGG to which I then added games with logged plays that I didn’t actually own for the sake of completeness. I then scrolled through the resultant spreadsheet deleting unplayed games, expansions, and promos. I also deleted all but one of any set of games I wished to consider as a series (e.g., the EXIT games) and removed games that I didn’t think much of; after all, if I know it’s going to be ranked low and I’m mainly looking for the top 100, then why bother including a game that certainly won’t make it? I copied and pasted my final list straight into the engine from the spreadsheet, with the final list being 523 games long.


Using the engine takes time, especially if you have a long list of games to input as I did, and the first time I started I realized 2 things: I was too grumpy to give things a fair shake due to external factors, and I had missed some unplayed games in the list. But a few days later, I finally sat down to use the tool and found the results super interesting. As I said, the comparisons take time, even moving as quickly as I could. To make things easier, I trimmed my (long) list before starting and then loaded up podcasts before settling in with a fresh cuppa to actually rank things. I also took occasional breaks to check Twitter or refresh my mug as, as long as you don’t close the browser window, you can take as long as you like to complete the comparisons. I wish I’d noted how many decisions I actually had to make, but it was certainly a lot! I then copied and pasted the final table of results into a new spreadsheet to allow me to assess the data later, once I’d taken an Adventure Zone break.

The main thing I found interesting about my results was likely due to my approaching the comparisons from the perspective of which would I want to play more. I also refused to let myself overthink any decisions, making most in just a second or two. This meant some games snuck in higher than they would have been in my rankings if I chose to assess things more carefully, but from the start I didn’t want to do that. In at at least one case, a game that I enjoy because my husband, who doesn’t game as much, really loves made it high on the list, probably because I have so much fun sharing it with him. This all means that I’m taking the results as indicative of my preferences right now rather than as a definitive list of my favourite games. But stay tuned for upcoming posts every Monday that will present to you my Top 100 board games of the moment.

This post is part of a series discussing my Top 100 Games (of the moment)


One Comment Add yours

  1. whovian223 says:

    I love this tool! If it helps at all, my collection of 127 games on my list took around 500 comparisons.


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