Train of Thought is #13!

Looks like Train of Thought must be available in some stores because in one day the number of people who have ranked Train of Thought on the website went from 41 to 82!  Now, based on everyone who has ranked the game, it is currently the 13th best Party Game (of all time!) according to users of!  That’s amazing!  Thanks to all those who ranked it!  It’s great to see so many people enjoying the game.  Of course this ranking will fluctuate as more people play it and rank it – but I’m happy to see it so high!  Here’s the link to see for yourself (though it probably will change depending on when you click this link!).  Here’s the screen grab to prove it! 🙂


The first column is the ranking, the second is a picture, third is the title, the 4th is if I’ve personally ranked it (yes I ranked my own game a 10 – wouldn’t you? 🙂 ), the 5th column is called the Geek Rating and the 6th is the average rating, and finally the last column is how many people have rated it.

So the Average Rating is literally the true average of everyone’s rating.  The Geek Rating throws in a bunch of 5.5 votes to ensure a game with 7 votes of all 10s (from the designer and his family!) isn’t rated the #1 game!  So the true average rating is a more accurate indication of what people think of a game.  Any way you slice it – man I’m happy!

-Jay Cormier

4 thoughts on “Train of Thought is #13!

  1. Even more impressive when you consider Telestrations and Eat Poop You Cat are essentially different versions (commercial vs. public domain) of the same game.

    It’s interesting just how different the BGG “top rated party games” differs from what are probably the top grossing party games (presumably Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, etc) — I couldn’t find a list of those.

    Do you think game geeks’ taste in party games is different than the average consumer? Or do you think the average consumers are simply buying whatever the major publishers throws at them, and would like these games better if they only knew about them?


  2. No, I think the games that are highly rated by BGGers are specifically rated *for* being a bit different from the mainstream norm when it comes to Party Games. That said, it doesn’t mean a BGG champ can’t be a commercial success.


  3. I think there was an error as it’s back down around the 50 mark, which is where it originally was.

    50 Train of Thought (2011)

    GEEK RATING – 6.378
    AVG. RATING – 7.58

    I prefer the #13 ranking, personally!


  4. No, there was some kind of hiccup on Board Game Geek last week which temporarily doubled the number of ratings for all games in the database for a day or two.

    It was interesting to see what it did to the Bayesian averages for some games. Apparently it even created some shuffle within the sites Top 100 — giving favour to games with fewer total ratings.


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