The Somewhat Intersting But Mostly Useless Thrift Statistics for 2008
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2008 is done, and with its passing comes the traditional listing of the useless statistics.

If you're looking for the crowning of the King of the Thrifters, sorry, this isn't the list for you. You won't find any practical information in this list, but maybe, just maybe, there will some items that make you go "Hmmmm....", and one of more that elicit a "What th...?!?"

Most of the obvious questions, like "who got the most thumbs" and "who reported the most finds" will remain unanswered until after the Thrift King Inauguration Committee has determined our monarch.

If you have any requests for particular stats (eg, how many times was 'The Lord of the Rings' reported on a Tuesday [8 times]), let me know.
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1. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1500]
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in 2008, 670 different users reported at least one find to the weekly thrift finds lists.

As a shock to no one, the vast majority of these users are from the United States of America. The Dominion of Canada makes a respectable showing in second, followed by the United Kingdom in third and the ever popular "Parts Unknown" in fourth. Discounting "Parts Unknown", 24 different countries are represented, including Nepal.

count | country
-------+----------------
489 | United States
59 | Canada
40 | United Kingdom
14 | unknown
12 | Netherlands
10 | Australia
8 | Germany
8 | Belgium
4 | Sweden
4 | England
3 | France
2 | Switzerland
2 | Scotland
2 | Ireland
2 | Denmark
2 | Finland
1 | Poland
1 | Iraq
1 | Japan
1 | Israel
1 | South Africa
1 | Chile
1 | New Zealand
1 | Austria
1 | Nepal


["We the People" has been found 3 times in 2008]
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2. Board Game: Game of the States [Average Rating:4.69 Overall Rank:19560]
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105 States / Provinces are represented, with the most popular being Parts Unknown. California and Washington list the most active thrifters. The first non-US province to make an appearance is my own, Ontario, at 12th on the list. I believe that Hampsire, England is the first region outside of North America to make an appearance.


Note that I'm not accounting for different spelling / representation. For example "BC" and "British Columbia" are listed separately, as are "Quebec and Québec".


count | state_prov count | state_prov
-------+--------------------- -------+---------------------
65 | unknown 2 | Essex
39 | California 2 | Tennessee
38 | Washington 2 | Louisiana
29 | Michigan 2 | Noord-Holland
27 | Ohio 2 | Noord-Brabant
27 | Oregon 2 | Québec
24 | Wisconsin 1 | SK
21 | Virginia 1 | Wyoming
21 | Texas 1 | Middlesex
21 | Pennsylvania 1 | Stirlingshire
19 | Minnesota 1 | Maine
19 | Ontario 1 | Surrey
18 | Arizona 1 | Delaware
17 | Colorado 1 | Nottinghamshire
17 | Illinois 1 | Northants
14 | Utah 1 | Arkansas
13 | Florida 1 | UT
12 | Massachusetts 1 | IL
11 | New York 1 | VIC
10 | New Jersey 1 | SOUTH YORKSHIRE
10 | Indiana 1 | Lancashire
9 | Georgia 1 | kent
9 | Maryland 1 | WV
8 | Kansas 1 | Cornwall
7 | New Mexico 1 | Montana
7 | British Columbia 1 | New England
7 | Idaho 1 | Bucks
7 | Unspecified 1 | Skåne
6 | Missouri 1 | Aichi
6 | Alberta 1 | EU
5 | Quebec 1 | Alabama
5 | Connecticut 1 | Surrey / London
5 | Kentucky 1 | Bedfordshire
4 | Hampshire 1 | limburg
4 | South Carolina 1 | Kent
4 | Nevada 1 | West-Vlaanderen
4 | Rhode Island 1 | Gauteng
4 | BC 1 | ontario
3 | Manitoba 1 | West Sussex
3 | West Virginia 1 | WA
3 | North Carolina 1 | Zuid Holland
3 | Iowa 1 | Over The Hills & Far Away
3 | Alaska 1 | Noord Brabant
3 | Victoria 1 | B.C
3 | Oklahoma 1 | Saarland
3 | Nebraska 1 | Derbyshire
3 | Saskatchewan 1 | ACT
2 | East Sussex 1 | North Somerset
2 | North Dakota 1 | OK
2 | Dorset 1 | Nordrhein-Westfalen
2 | Wiltshire 1 | SA
2 | Western Australia 1 | Somerset
2 | New Hampshire


Interestingly, it appears that someone is living within a Led Zeppelin song. Many times I've wondered, indeed.

[Note: Game of the States was found 5 times in 2008]
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3. Board Game: Fun City Game [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:15994]
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Combining the city, state/province and country fields, 570 distinct 'municipalities' are represented. many of these have 'unknown' in one or more fields, with five being completely unknown.

To the surprise of no one, Portland Oregon has the most active trifters reporting in at 13. Seattle Washington is next at 8, followed by "Parts Unknown Virginia" with 6. I've always wanted to go there.

Note this does not take into account any proximity concerns -- such as Minneapolis / St Paul, Ottawa / Gatineau, etc.

There are far too many to list the entire results, so I'll just for for communities having 4 or more. Why 4? Because that's where Ottawa falls!

count | locale
-------+-------------------------------
13 | Portland Oregon, United States
8 | Seattle Washington, United States
6 | unknown Virginia, United States
5 | Columbus Ohio, United States
5 | unknown unknown, unknown
5 | unknown California, United States
4 | unknown Florida, United States
4 | Milwaukee Wisconsin, United States
4 | Toronto Ontario, Canada
4 | Lawrence Kansas, United States
4 | Ottawa Ontario, Canada


[Note: Fun City game was found 3 times in 2008]
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4. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2097]
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Of the 670 users, a large number reported less than 10 finds:

users | finds
-------+--------
7 | 10
13 | 9
16 | 8
11 | 7
20 | 6
28 | 5
31 | 4
52 | 3
65 | 2
216 | 1


The surprising number is the 216 that reported a single find. Were they scared off from the regulars volume of posting, or were they stealth thrifters coming out for a moment to crow about an awesome purchase?

[Note: 10 Days in Africa was found 7 times in 2008]
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5. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: 20th Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:19703]
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In the 11 to 20 finds range, we see 71 users:

users | finds
-------+--------
3 | 20
6 | 19
5 | 18
7 | 17
11 | 16
4 | 15
8 | 14
9 | 13
10 | 12
8 | 11


Note: Trivial Pursuit - 20th Anniversary Edition was found 11 times.
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6. Board Game: Clue: 50th Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5923]
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Likewise, 71 users reported between 21 and 50 finds.

28 users reported between 51 and 100 finds.

41 users reported more than 100 finds.

I shan't break it down further, until the king is announced. I don't want to give a clue as to the number of items the most frequent buyers have been reporting.

Note: Clue - 50th Anniversary Edition was found 7 times in 2008.
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7. Board Game: Statis Pro Baseball [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:3350]
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Various Intriguing Stats:

14908 items were reported.
69 were 'outside the scope of BGG'
98 were 'Unpublished Prototype' (presumably new games to add to the database)

163909 thumbs were given (or an average of just less than 11 thumbs per find)

count | thumbs
-------+--------
1155 | 0
1202 | 1
1112 | 2
993 | 3
881 | 4
804 | 5
699 | 6
685 | 7
574 | 8
538 | 9
503 | 10
465 | 11


5297 finds were given more than 11 thumbs.

Note: 29 various "Statis Pro" games were found in 2008.
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8. Board Game: People Weekly [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
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The trend in posting and thumbing over the week is interesting. Here's a breakdown on the number of posts and thumbs given for each day of the week (Sunday == 0)

dow | finds | thumbs
-----+-------+--------
0 | 1276 | 8807
1 | 3029 | 44948
2 | 2314 | 29507
3 | 2314 | 25396
4 | 1979 | 21103
5 | 1991 | 18417
6 | 2005 | 15731

So more games are posted on Monday than any other day. This seems the time that many folks post their 'weekend finds' when they get some time.

And it also appears that the early items garner more thumbs than the late -- 6.9 thumbs / find for Sunday compared to 14.89 (!!) for Monday.

Note: People Weekly was found 1 time in 2008.
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9. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1775] [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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The tile ghouls have harvested 148 copies of Scrabble.

The games with the most finds are:


objectname | gameid | count
------------------------------------------------+--------+-------
Scrabble | 320 | 148
Battleball | 6795 | 109
Risk | 181 | 104
Acquire | 5 | 98
Guesstures | 2379 | 95
Liar's Dice | 45 | 90
Masterpiece | 1501 | 87
Scotland Yard | 438 | 87
aMAZEing Labyrinth, The | 1219 | 77
Moods | 4659 | 73
HeroQuest | 699 | 73
Risk - The Lord of the Rings - Trilogy Edition | 8107 | 65
Mille Bornes | 590 | 65
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10. Board Game: Feed the Kitty [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:19707]
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Number of kittens rescued in a thrift store in 2008: 0

This number will increase dramatically (at least 100 times the 2008 number!) in 2009.

Note: Feed the Kitty was found 4 times in 2008, or 4 more than the number of actually kitties fed.
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11. Board Game: Let's Go Shopping [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A number of establishments have been frequented. Here are the number of times some of the popular ones have been mentioned:

Goodwill (includes 'GW'): 2622
Salvation Army (includes Salvos,Sally Ann, SA): 668
Value Village (includes Savers,VV,Unique): 1754
Deseret Industries (include DI): 568
Saint Vincent de Paul (includes SVdP, SVP): 120
'Boot': 105
'Church': 190
Craig's List: 100
Tuesday Morning: 75

Note: This is a horribly inaccurate substring search on the item descriptions, but it should give a general sense of the most oft-mentioned stores. No, I have no desire to increase this tally's accuracy!

Note: Let's Go Shopping was found once in 2008.
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12. Board Game: Smath [Average Rating:4.35 Overall Rank:19084]
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Most items listed in a week: 428 (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33591)
Fewest: 152 (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27625)

400+ items were listed 2 times
301-400 items were listed 16 times
200-300 items were listed 32 times
150-200 items were listed 2 times

Hey! That totals 52!

Note: Smath was found once in 2008.
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13. Board Game: Tal der Könige [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:4772]
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The game with the lowest ID that we did not find was Game ID 4: Tal der Könige.

The games with IDs less than 50 that were found:

gameid | title
--------+-----------------------------
1 | Die Macher
2 | Dragonmaster
3 | Samurai
5 | Acquire
7 | Cathedral
8 | Lords of Creation
10 | Elfenland
11 | Bohnanza
12 | Ra
13 | Settlers of Catan, The
14 | Basari
15 | Cosmic Encounter
18 | RoboRally
22 | Magic Realm
24 | Twilight Imperium
25 | Battlemist
26 | Age of Renaissance
27 | Supremacy
28 | Illuminati: Deluxe Edition
30 | Dark Tower
31 | Dark World
32 | Buffalo
34 | Arkham Horror
37 | Dragon Masters
38 | Runes
39 | Darkover
41 | Can't Stop
42 | Tigris & Euphrates
44 | David & Goliath
45 | Liar's Dice
46 | Medici
48 | Krieg und Frieden
49 | Mamma Mia!
50 | Lost Cities
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14. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
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The highest ranked game we did not find was Twilight Struggle, ranked 4 at the time of this writing.

Hmm...Game ID 4. Game rank 4. What is it about the number 4 that hates us thrifters?

Games in the top 50 that were found:

rank | title
------+------------------------------------------
1 | Agricola
2 | Puerto Rico
3 | Power Grid
5 | Tigris & Euphrates
7 | El Grande
8 | Caylus
11 | Princes of Florence, The
13 | War of the Ring
17 | Paths of Glory
18 | Shogun
19 | Die Macher
20 | Pandemic
21 | Ra
22 | 1960: The Making of the President
23 | Goa
24 | Railroad Tycoon
26 | Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
28 | BattleLore
29 | Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
30 | Go
32 | Battlestar Galactica
34 | YINSH
37 | Crokinole
38 | Settlers of Catan, The
41 | Memoir '44
42 | Advanced Squad Leader (ASL)
43 | Samurai
44 | Ticket to Ride: Europe
45 | Taj Mahal
48 | Ticket to Ride
49 | Dune
50 | Modern Art
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15. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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The highest average thumbs per find? 68. But that is for a single listing. If we want to tighten up things, let's toss out the the single digit finders...
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16. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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So if we average thumbs per find and then toss out everyone that got less than ten finds, we end up at 87th place to get the highest average thumbage at 28.21429.

The lowest average thumbage for 10 or more finds is
1.733333.
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17. Board Game: Worst Case Scenario: The Game of Surviving Life [Average Rating:3.54 Overall Rank:19235]
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I'm prepared to hand out one award, and I'm sure it's no surprise to any of you. It's for the 'most thumbs for a horrible game' award.

It was actually closer than you might think, and it all depends on how you define 'horrible'. In the end, I decided to say any game with a rating under '5' qualifies. But the further you are under five, the more each thumb counted towards this...ahem...'award'.

So without further ado, the award for the most thumbs for a horrible game goes to:

Dannysland for Turista Nacional!

Here are how the top 10 in this category faired. The total is (5 - rating) * thumbs to give a weighted 'thumbs for suckage' value.


username | thumbs | rating | title | total
--------------+--------+--------+------------------------------+-------
Dannysland | 27 | 3 | Turista Nacional | 54
Tom Vader | 15 | 2.5 | Monopoly - Alaska's Iditarod | 37.5
artfuldodge2 | 31 | 3.89 | Star Fleet Missions | 34.41
sq498 | 20 | 3.33 | Tower of Bunnies | 33.4
mistermarino | 11 | 2 | Triple Traveler | 33
wiz8mom | 11 | 2 | Knights and Castles | 33
newboy1721 | 22 | 3.67 | Dragon's Lair | 29.26
autumnweave | 11 | 2.67 | Busytown Board Game, The | 25.63
PatK | 15 | 3.33 | Magor the Magician | 25.05
Meat | 24 | 4 | Wind in the Willows, The | 24


Congrats Dannysland!

Note: Worst Case Scenario The Game of Surviving Life was, surprisingly, not found in 2008. I guess we have *some* standards.
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18. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:144]
Board Game: Paths of Glory
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The game found with the highest Wargame Rank is Paths of Glory.

In all, 385 games found have a Wargame Rank associated with them. The top 15 finds with the highest Wargame Rank are:


wargame_rank | title
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20 | Paths of Glory
38 | Here I Stand
45 | Berlin - Red Victory
53 | War of the Ring
55 | Advanced Squad Leader (ASL)
62 | Up Front
70 | On To Richmond
72 | Shogun
80 | Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
81 | Bataille D'Auerstaedt, La
91 | BattleLore
92 | Third World War, The
114 | Stonewall Jackson's Way
118 | Tide of Iron
133 | Memoir '44


[There was but a single Paths of Glory found in 2008]
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19. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:3492]
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
I got THIS #179 finally, for "Geek Chat"! cool
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