Jan 142015

Boardgaming flowchart

I found this the other day through the random vagaries of my facebook news feed. Not exactly timely, it was originally posted in 2012, but it’s new to me so there’s that. Also, it was somewhat strangely posted on an online casino page originally. Which seems like a bit of a non sequitur.

And no, before you ask, no one asked me to write this, not this time, even though I am providing a link to the page on the casino site. I am compelled to do so for proper attribution: it is where I found the image.

But I digress. This is not about a casino. It is about the diagram. How ambitious! To map out all of the best games and a decision process to determine which to play at any time!

The fragment I’ve posted above does not do it justice: the entire diagram is HUGE; several pages long. Here’s a link that does not require visiting the casino site.

Check it out, it is quite the piece of work.

I won’t claim that it represents canon, because some of the best games aren’t even on the diagram (Netrunner, Hero-Clix, others). And I disagree with some of the specific paths: for instance, there is one path that starts with “Hardest Rules Ever” and ends with “Risk”. Which makes no sense at all.

And I seriously disagree with the fact that the only the choices if you are over 50 years old are Cribbage, Backgammon, Chess or Go.

Nonetheless, the scope of this thing is totally through the roof. Where else will you find a recommendation tool that ranges from “Candyland” through “Last Night on Earth”? That includes mass market games like “Yahtzee” and hobby games like “Agricola”?

From Scattergories to Steam. From Jenga to Puerto Rico. What an ambitious and wide-ranging effort!

I applaud the intent, even as I argue with the outcome.

So chart! Much choices.

🙂 😀 🙂

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Comments (1)
  1. These pseudo flowcharts are always a bit of fun 🙂

    And we should all definitely be playing more board games!

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