A number of times recently on the podcast, I’ve voiced my dissatisfaction with the rating scale that I’m currently using. Mostly for convenience and consistency with my previous ratings and familiarity of the others in my game group, I’ve always just gone with the BoardGameGeek 1-10 scale to rate games. But especially after realizing that I tend to use the same numbers a lot (mostly 7 for “pretty good” games and 8 for games I really like), I wanted to look for or create something new.
The first thing I wanted to do was to use a greater range of numbers so I could spread out my ratings a little bit. Therefore, I started with the 5/6 split and made it truly the center of my thoughts. A 5 would be “average” with a slightly negative feeling about it (sort of boring, take or leave it), while a 6 would be a pretty decent game that I felt generally good about but wasn’t blown away by.
The other thing I wanted to do was to introduce a few different “dimensions” that might help me find where a game would fit. So for each rating, I gave a simple description, some more in-depth descriptors, a typical quote you might say, a quote about your interest to play, and then a little description of how much the game “haunts” your thoughts between gaming sessions. I like having these different aspects for the ratings, but also worry a little about the consistency from one to another, and hope that most games will fall consistently into the same tier across many of the dimensions.
So anyway, here it is. I plan on starting to use it immediately, both here and eventually re-rating my collection at BGG (which may take some time). And of course, I’m also going to continue to refine and improve it based on actual use and, hopefully, feedback from all of you out there.
Since I couldn’t figure out how to format it properly for my blog, the above is just a picture, but you can also find it on Google Drive at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AumOtUHIT6w4dDJJeEw1MmdOb2VpUFlXZ2UzMEduakE&usp=sharing if you’re interested in copying it.