Meeple Like Us results and stats

Meeple Like Us Results to Date

Academic references for this work (drawing on data not yet publicly available) can be cited from the following papers:

The results shown here may not match with the results reported above for several reasons.

  1. The papers represent figures available from the games available eighteen months into the project.
  2. Even if a similar number of games are sampled in the paper, they may be different games due to the way publication of teardowns work. There are some written teardowns that are a year old and haven’t been published yet.
  3. The papers will become increasingly inaccurate as more games make it from ‘draft’ format to published format for the blog. There are currently around twenty-five games that have been analysed but not posted.

The sets of data are not the same for these contexts, in other words. This is a real time analysis then of the data that has been published to this site. Results are generated using the Meeple Like Us BoardGameGeek plugin. If you want to see some scorecards by publisher, we have those too.

These graphs and statistics are provided under a CC-BY 4.0 license. If you are making use of them in academic work, please cite one of the papers shown above in addition to this page. Thank you!

Notes on these graphs

Individual analyses are bespoke, but a consistent technique is applied when it comes to analysing games. This is to break down (or teardown, in the context of the jargon of Meeple Like Us) accessibility issues through a set of categorical lenses:

 

Category

Description

Colour blindness

Relating to issues where colour is used as the sole channel of information for game state, and how the palette chosen works for that

Visual accessibility

Relating to issues of visual impairment, primarily where there is some degree of ability to differentiate visual information. Total blindness is considered in these sections, but it is not the primary focus. Later work for the project is planned to address this

Physical accessibility

Relating to issues of fine-grained or gross motor control. Issues here include elements of dexterity, precision, and the extent to which a game facilitates play with verbal instruction

Cognitive accessibility

Relating to issues of fluid intelligence and crystalised intelligence. Game complexity is an issue here, but it is not necessarily a predictor of the accessibility of the game in the end. Even very simple games may be cognitively inaccessible. Also included in this category are issues of expected literacy as well as implicit and explicit numeracy

Emotional accessibility

Related to issues of anger and despair, and how they might manifest through score disparities, bullying through game mechanisms, and the extent to which the game requires players to deal with stress or upset

Communication accessibility

Related to issues of articulation and perception of communication. Literacy is discussed here too as are the patterns of communication. In this section we work on the assumption that a group of players has some means by which they can communicate in day to day life, so we address only those elements specific to the game itself

Socioeconomic accessibility

Related to issues of representation, diversity, and inclusion. Also covered in this section are costs and business models including when games have collectible elements or whether they work on the assumption of expansion

Intersectional accessibility

Related to the accessibility issues that might arise particularly through the intersection of other categories above

 

Each game receives a full discussion of issues relevant to each category, and a recommendation is given in standard alphabetic grading. These correspond to the following:

Grade

Numerical value

Meaning

A

14

Strongly recommended—likely suitable for anyone with accessibility concerns in this category

B

11

Recommended—likely suitable for anyone with accessibility concerns in this category, but there may be some issues that need resolved

C

8

Tentatively recommended—can likely be made playable although there are substantive concerns in particular cases

D

5

Not recommended—can possibly be made playable but only with extensive modifications or impact on game enjoyment

E

3

Strongly not recommended—it is unlikely this game will be enjoyable by anyone impacted by issues in this category

F

0

Stay away—it is believed this game is fundamentally incompatible with issues that emerge in this category

Numerical values are used to calculate averages and standard deviations, and standard plus and minus modifiers are used within each letter grade to provide a small degree of nuance. For the purposes of analysis, these have all been collapsed into the descriptive grades used in the charts presented below

Current coverage of BGG

CoveragePercentage
Top Ten30.00%
Top One Hundred20.00%
Top Two Hundred and Fifty22.40%
Top Five Hundred20.80%
Top Thousand13.80%

Colour Blindness Statistics

Average for Category is B

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 10.85, Median of ratings = 11, Std Dev of ratings = 3.45

Visual Accessibility Statistics

Average for Category is C-

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 7.24, Median of ratings = 7, Std Dev of ratings = 3.33

Fluid Intelligence Statistics

Average for Category is C-

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 7.15, Median of ratings = 8, Std Dev of ratings = 3.61

Memory Statistics

Average for Category is C+

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 8.52, Median of ratings = 8, Std Dev of ratings = 3.80

Physical Accessibility Statistics

Average for Category is C+

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 9.27, Median of ratings = 10, Std Dev of ratings = 3.23

Emotional Accessibility Statistics

Average for Category is C+

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 9.38, Median of ratings = 10, Std Dev of ratings = 3.20

Socioeconomic Accessibility Statistics

Average for Category is B

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 10.50, Median of ratings = 11, Std Dev of ratings = 3.16

Communication Statistics

Average for Category is B

N=171, drived only from public results on the Meeple Like Us list of reviews.

Mean of ratings = 11.29, Median of ratings = 11, Std Dev of ratings = 2.96