BoardGameGeek Dataset on Board Games

Citation Author(s):
University of New South Wales, Australia
Submitted by:
Dilini Samarasinghe
Last updated:
Mon, 07/05/2021 - 23:07
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The dataset contains data collected on board games from the BoardGameGeek (BGG) website in Februay 2021. BGG is the largest online collection of board game data which consists of data on more than 100,000 total games (ranked and unranked). The voluntary online community contributes to the site with reviews, ratings, images, videos, session reports and live discussion forums on the expanding database of board games. This data set contains all ranked games as of the date of collection from the BGG database. Unranked games are ignored as they have not been rated by enough BGG users (a game should receive at least 30 votes to be eligible for ranking) which render the quality of games unsatisfactory to be considered for the analysis. Data on board games collected include:

  • Board game id
  • Name
  • Year published
  • Miniminum number of players recommended
  • Maximum number of players recommended
  • Playing time
  • Recommended minimum age of players
  • Number of users that rated the game
  • Average rating received by the game
  • BGG rank
  • Average complexity value of the game
  • Number of BGG registered owners of the game
  • Mechanics used by the game
  • Board game domains that the game belongs to

The dataset is in .xlsx format and is readily accessible.