GCL Phoenix 266: Persistence of the Phoenix (7 February 2016)
- Dave Peters(rynelf)United States
CaliforniaPowers:Coleridge:Milton: Faith...must be, if anything, a clear-eyed recognition of the patterns and tendencies, to be found in every piece of the world's fabric, which are the lineaments of God.That's Tim Powers' fictional Samuel Coleridge "quoting" John Milton in _The Anubis Gates_.
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I recently enjoyed pondering the idea of Staying Power: games that have maintained one's interest for a while. Following the fine example of Eric Brosius' Staying Power metric, I posted my own Games with a tiny amount of Staying Power. On the way there, I needed to build the code to do the work ('cause I'm nothing if not lazy) - and so, for my amusement, thought to discover each of our top couple Staying Power entries. I expect these aren't completely a surprise:
archivists (since 2008): Agricola=47.93 Race for the Galaxy=8.40
BennyD (since 2006): Hansa Teutonica=10.60 Imperial=6.63
chally (since 2010): Twilight Struggle=6.93 Bora Bora=1.81
darker (since 2009): Argent: The Consortium=4.19 Hanabi=0.37
Dormammu (since 2010): Magic: The Gathering=77.30 Race for the Galaxy=16.30
Eeeville (since 2008): Ascension: Storm of Souls=358.87 Ascension: Deckbuilding Game=279.06
enzo622 (since 2008): Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition=12.06 Agricola=7.72
familygaming (since 2008): Agricola=19.93 Eclipse=4.70
hawk-x- (since 2007): Innovation=10.21 Twilight Struggle=4.61
Hawkeye77 (since 2007): Princes of the Renaissance=3.68 Tichu=3.29
indigopotter (since 2009): Magnate=7.49 Yahtzee=3.85
karlfast (since 2012): The Castles of Burgundy=83.49 Carson City=21.98
Lowengrin (since 2010): The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game=14.03 Carcassonne=10.73
Morganza (since 2007): 1830: Railways & Robber Barons=7.66 1846: The Race for the Midwest=7.02
Mr_Nuts (since 2008): Race for the Galaxy=18.66 Innovation=17.31
ravenskana (since 2010): Le Havre=14.08 Innovation=5.35
rynelf (since 2006): Race for the Galaxy=15.47 Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization=9.18
Smintie (since 2014): Tigris & Euphrates=12.64 Pandemic=4.24
Taibi (since 2009): Innovation=24.25 Jet Set=14.83
tjshields (since 2010): Brass: Lancashire=33.24 Innovation=15.97
woodnoggin (since 2006): Agricola=97.45 Race for the Galaxy=18.40
If Staying Power doesn't have a resonance for you (or you've not bothered to chase either of those links; no worries!) The notion is that it provides a kind of decaying average of the number of hours you've played the game in question per year over the past while. Last year (2015, for my calculation) counts for full value - then every year before that at only 5/6ths of the year after it (that's "after" in time; not in the sequence that I've described. Oh, language!)
I ignored games that hadn't been played for three years (except for SJ, since she only started recording plays in 2014); and ignored games that weren't played in 2015 (except for Walt and Aliza, who didn't record many plays of anything last year.)
After that fiddling, I found it a bit unsatisfying. It definitely renders what it wants to: games that one has played often and for a (recent) while. But I found myself wondering about the games that might have missed: things that were played a lot, and for a while - but weren't necessarily the current set.
So following our riff on alternative H-Indices in #264 (as embarrassing as that might be for me, given that I misunderstood the Bendex™ at least twice!) I found myself wondering whether yet another alternative H-Index might describe what I wanted. So I played with a H³-Index: the maximum N where one has played N games (at least) N times for N consecutive years. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, most of us end up with rather small H³-Indices: I'll not list 'em all. (In case you were interested, Rich is the only one of us to get to a 5 - that is, he's the only one to have played five games at least five times in five consecutive years!)
That was unsatisfying, too.
But then I wondered whether there's a more subjective sense of staying power: perhaps a game one wanted to play for years; one that taunted from the shelf (even if it didn't actually get a play); a game one thought about - whether to ponder strategies, or consider how to enhance the bits, or perhaps reimagine into something a bit easier to get into play. I don't know! So I thought I could use this week's bully pulpit to ask you all.
What games have Staying Power for you? And how do you think about the idea?
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