Thursday 16 February 2023

Board Game Geek rates BBB 8.7 out of 10

Board Game Geek is an online resource with more than 2,000,000 registered users that reviews and rates games of all kinds, including wargames. This is a serious site, so I am gratified to report that "Bloody Big Battles!" is listed on BGG with a current rating of 8.7. (The four scenario books are listed as well under Expansions but people don't seem to have discovered them to rate.) Just for context, this is what BGG's rating guidelines suggest 8 or 9 should mean:

  • 9 - Excellent game. Always want to play it.
  • 8 - Very good game. I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and will never turn down a game.


Slight disclaimer: it's not a huge number of responses (25 at time of posting), and eight of these followed me mentioning BGG on the BBB group, so there's a degree of self-selection from among BBB's fan base. But it was 8.3 even before that, and any game has its fans. The fact that people are willing to make the effort to register on BGG and share their opinions tells us something.

The respondents' comments are illuminating as to why they rate BBB so highly. It's not everyone's cup of tea - some players prefer a lower-level game with more tactical detail, some don't share BBB's focus on historical refights, etc - but those who like it seem to love it. I'm happy that it is giving so many people the kind of game they want.

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