UPDATE: THIS LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED.   FOR THE CURRENT EDITION, GO HERE.

 

With almost 20 new Starship Captains in the ranks since my last SSCL, I've compiled statistics on all 52 starship captain lists I could find here.  Here's the top ten most listed games, in order of their average ranking in lists they appear in:

1)  Volcano (listed 45 times, averaging 3.44)

2)  Homeworlds (listed 33 times, averaging 3.55)

3)  Zendo (listed 35 times, averaging 3.89)

4)  Zark City (listed 28 times, averaging 5.61)

5)  Martian Chess (listed 40 times, averaging 6.05)

6)  Pharaoh (listed 20 times, averaging 6.50)

7)  World War 5 (listed 29 times, averaging 6.72)

8)  Martian Coasters (listed 29 times, averaging 6.90)

9)  IceTowers (listed 29 times, averaging 7.59)

10)  Treehouse (listed 37 times, averaging 8.46)

(Note: Binary Homeworlds counts as Homeworlds.  Speed Zendo counts as Zendo.)

What has changed?  Homeworlds and Zendo switched places.  Homeworlds now has the edge on average rank, but Zendo still has more listings.  Martian Chess overtook Pharaoh.  World War 5 edged above Martian Coasters, but these games are nearly at a dead heat.  The eponymous Icehouse fell off the list entirely, having insufficient listings to stay in the top ten, joining Pikemen on the congeniality podium.

31 games appear on three or more Starship Captain lists but not in the top ten.

There are only two Captains each for: 3-High, Ambush, Armada, Blockade, Hextris, Infiltrate, Logger, Martian 12s, Rotationary, Sandships, Stack Control, and Zagami.
There were also a number of games that appeared on only one list:  Apophis, Atom Smasher, Bears Foxes and Hares, Boundary, Continuum, Crystal Caverns, Dectana, Drag Race, Edges, Flags, IceDao, IceGolf, Icehouse Arena, Icehouse Plant Game, Ice Palace, IceSickle, Igloo, Landing Zone, Mandala, Martian Mud Wrestling, Martian Race, Martian Shuffleboard, Martian Trickery, Moscow Ice, Mundialito, Pentamid, Plutonian Poker, Pyramideto, Quintazone, RGB, Skurdir, Solace I & II, Stacktors, Take It or Leave It, Toframenn, Tresurion, Trice, Undercut, and Virus Fight.

Zagami now appears on two Starship Captain lists.

P.S.: Here's the previous edition:

http://looneylabs.ning.com/forum/topics/the-stereotypical-starship

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I'm not sure if you got to mine, as I just posted it the other day. I might make one change on it, but if you're only calibrating the top ten of each, it might not make any difference.

 

I'm guessing that my list didn't make your rankings (though I was listed as counted in the other thread). If so, that doesn't explain what happened to many of the ones that had one or two votes in the last edition. 

What happened to Synapse-Ice, Torpedo, TimeLock, Pylon, etc.? In fact, shouldn't Torpedo and TimeLock have gained votes? For instance, there are at least twp (I think three now) who have TimeLock listed (fairly high on my list).

 

 

I got your list, Greg.

Pylon is on six lists.  TimeLock and Synapse-Ice are on four lists each.  Torpedo is on three lists.

Thanks. For some reason, I read the above as 10 games, plus the few from one or two lists. I missed that there were many that didn't fit into those categories.

I find it amazing how diverse we are.  So many single-list items.

By my count, there are 92 games represented here.

Top 10: 10
3+ lists, not Top 10: 31
Two lists: 12
One list: 39

I would be interested in seeing the list of games that appear on 3 or more lists which are not in the Top 10.

 

Edit to add:

By comparison, the Icehouse Pyramid Games family on BoardGameGeek lists 153 games, and icehousegames.org lists 335 games.

GAME, #Lists, #AVG

 


Icehouse 18 5.50
Pikemen 17 6.29
Twin Win 15 8.80
Black ICE 13 8.69
IceDice 12 4.42
Gnostica 12 6.75
RAMbots 12 6.83
Zarcana 9 7.22
Penguin Soccer 8 8.25
Blam 7 5.14
Cracked Ice 7 10.14
Alien City 6 6.67
Pylon 6 7.83
Tic Tac Doh 6 8.33
Thin Ice 6 8.83
Petri Dish 5 6.40
Subdivision 5 9.40
Branches Twigs Thorns 5 9.60
Time Lock 4 4.50
Petal Battle 4 5.75
Synapse-ice 4 6.75
Crosswalk 4 8.25
Moon Shot 4 9.25
Quicksand 4 10.25
Nothing Beats a Large 4 10.75
Drip 4 12.25
Martian Backgammon 4 12.25
Launchpad 23 3 5.33
Armada 3 5.67
Powerhouse 3 7.33
Torpedo 3 7.67
Zamboni Wars 3 8.00

Icehouse 18 5.50
Pikemen 17 6.29
Twin Win 15 8.80
Black ICE 13 8.69
IceDice 12 4.42
Gnostica 12 6.75
RAMbots 12 6.83
Zarcana 9 7.22
Penguin Soccer 8 8.25
Blam 7 5.14
Cracked Ice 7 10.14
Alien City 6 6.67
Pylon 6 7.83
Tic Tac Doh 6 8.33
Thin Ice 6 8.83
Petri Dish 5 6.40
Subdivision 5 9.40
Branches Twigs Thorns 5 9.60
Time Lock 4 4.50
Petal Battle 4 5.75
Synapse-ice 4 6.75
Crosswalk 4 8.25
Moon Shot 4 9.25
Quicksand 4 10.25
Nothing Beats a Large 4 10.75
Drip 4 12.25
Martian Backgammon 4 12.25
Launchpad 23 3 5.33
Armada 3 5.67
Powerhouse 3 7.33
Torpedo 3 7.67
Zamboni Wars 3 8.00

Ah, here are the missing games (Pylon, Time Lock, Torpedo, etc.)! They just didn't get noted above (just the ones with 2 or fewer captain lists).  Sorry for my confusion on that. It's an interesting mix.

 

As a side note, I'll be playing Quicksand tonight... As a recent game with a lot of promise, it will probably end up on my list at some point. Wouldn't be surprised to see that one (among others) creeping up the list as time goes by.

Do you recompile the older lists each time? It just happened that you compiled the list one day after I added my top 20. 

If you recompile them each later, or if not, you might note that Quicksand indeed made it into my top 10.  It was a blast to play. I put it into 4th place, moving the rest down. 

To Greg and Everyone Else Who Cares About the SSCL:

 

Whenever you change your List, tell me on my Comment Wall.

Thanks for taking the time to do this, its an interesting comparison and fun to see the averages!
Gotta say that it's a nice shot of egoboo to see that someone besides me likes ones of my games (Pentamid).  While even I can't claim to like either of my Pachisi-based pyramid games, I'm a bit disappointed that Martian Coaster Chaturanga seems to have sunk without a trace - version 2.0 (current on the Icehouse wiki) tested well, IMO, and I'd like to hear others' opinions - and specifically where they think the flaws are.

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