BoardGameGeek offers a lot of features to users, hidden behind their somewhat clunky interface. Their collection manager is my favourite feature, but I’ve not been using it as fully as I could. I record the games that I own and maintain rough ratings for many of them, but I’d like to use the site to record more data. I’d like to record how often I play these games.
There are many reasons to record plays. These games are expensive and take up a lot of space. I’d like to know what games are giving me my money’s worth and what games are just dead weight. I’d also like to have information to reflect on and inform future purchases. It might also inform culls or cuts to the collection.
Turns out, there’s an app that is going to make this super easy. BG Stats is an app that is specifically built for recording played games and producing statistics based on your recorded plays. It’s also a lot easier to use than the BGG interface, but syncs with your BGG collection and copies your plays onto the site.
In preparation for giving this a serious go on the new year, I went through my couple hundred existing plays on BGG and deleted them. Most were from 2013 to 2015, lacked any notes or detail, were often several plays lumped together, covering estimated plays over the previous year or so… It was all very messy. Better, I reckon, to just start with a clean slate.
I’m looking forward to this. It will also be interesting to see what games I am actually good at! That won’t make much difference to what I play, but it will be interesting. I recorded a few plays already, taken from Saturday, when I had a guest round for a few games of Hero Realms and a game of Twilight Struggle.
Here are pictures of the app in action: