Friday, April 3

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

Which was the jingle for an advert in the UK. No idea what it was an advert for though.

So the BoardGameGeek competition seems to be working. Yesterday several people commented how my games were near the top of the BGG Hot Games list, and Reiver Games was the hottest company. Today it's even better. Carpe Astra is the hottest game (with It's Alive! at number 3 and Sumeria at number 7), Yehuda, Dirk, R. H. Aidley and I are in the Hottest people list (though fairly near the bottom!) and Reiver Games is still the hottest games company (just ahead of Fantasy Flight!). As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've been keeping track of the BGG statistics in the run-up to this competition, so I could see what a difference the competition makes. Probably the two most interesting statistics are Owners (i.e. people who have bought the game and can be bothered to record the fact on BGG) and Num. Views (the number of people who have looked at a game). Here's the average increases before and during the competition (though I've only got two days data for during!):

It's Alive! Carpe Astra Sumeria
Owners Num. Views Owners Num. Views Owners Num. Views
Before 0.69 42.67 0.23 38.00 0.00 28.83
During 0.50 1167.00 2.00 2395.50 0.00 558.50

The number of daily views for each game has increased by between 19 and 63 times (1900% and 6300%). I wouldn't expect a spike in owners buying each day yet, as I imagine people will wait to see if they've won the competition first. Fingers crossed I'll notice a boost in sales within a month though.

8 comments:

Mal said...

What do the figures in the Owners column actually mean? I presume there are more than 0.69 owners of It's Alive! :-/

Jack said...

All the figures quoted are an average increase per day. I tracked the statistics for 13 days before the competition started and separately for the two days that the competition has been running so far. On average (over those 13 days) the 'Owners' statistic on BGG increased by 0.69 per day - i.e. roughly 7 new people listed it as owned every ten days. Similarly for the other numbers quoted.

Cheers,

Jack

n_r_a said...

... or there is only one owner and he is one of the characters in It's alive. You know, with both arms left, for example. Hence the 0,69.

;-)

Néstor

byronfrombyron said...

Even better, Sumeria's now at 5. Looks like this has gotten you major attention, at least within the hobby. Great news, we need more quality publishers afloat. Hope this draws more sales and games to you, Jack!

Byron

Jack said...

Thanks Byron, it certainly seems to be doing the trick...

Cheers,

Jack

n_r_a said...

Just curious...

How many copies of Sumeria are there?

Néstor

Ove said...

Of course You're ahead of the FFG. They are big bunch of people and I know maybe only two of them... But many of us have seen You (or know You) and know that You're all right. In that case also the company must be all right :D

Looking forward for the results :)

Jack said...

Hiya Nestor,

At the moment about five! When they've been made there will be 3,000 again, same as It's Alive!

Ove,


You're alright too!

Cheers,

Jack