Dice Ratings: what are they and why are they useful?

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

6 pips/ 7 plays/ 3.1.2020

So we are sure everyone has heard of “on a scale from 1 to 10”. Well, when rating a game, a scale of 10 seems like to much. A scale of 1 to 5 would be perfect, but we decided to make our scale game themed. So we chose one of the most iconic pieces to gaming we could think of, the D6 (Or 6 sided die). So our scale is called a Dice Rating. It has a scale from 1 to 6, and since those little dots on a die are called pips, we kept ”rolling” with it and say a games Dice Rating is “# pips”.

Now, how do we come up with a games Dice Rating? Well first, we log every game we play in our Hoosier Tabletop database from it‘s "First Play" on. Every player is given a sheet to rate the game experience on our scale.

Dice Ratings scale.

6 - Loved It! Awesome experience. I want to play again soon.

5 - Liked it. It was enjoyable and fun. I would play it again.

4- It’s okay. May play it again sometime

3- No opinion. I neither liked it or hated it. It just did not appeal to me.

2- Nope. This was bad. I don’t want to ever play this again.

1- No way. I couldn’t understand anything. Why did this game even get made?

We are then able to continually calculate it's current Dice Rating by taking the sum of the pips divided by the number of submitted reviews giving us it's current pip rating (# pips), and show how many reviews the game has received. (# pips/ # reviews submitted). Lastly we are able to track the last date the game was played giving us our final Dice Rating format of (# pips/ # reviews submitted/ last play date).

So how does this differ from other rating scales? To start, it is always updating by plays, not by a single one time rating from an individual. Sometimes a game is above the top awesome the first time you play it, so you give it a 6 pip rating. However, as you play the game over and over, it may get repetitive or doesn't seem to feel the same as the first time. With Dice Ratings, a player submits his or her new score each time it's played. After a while, a games Dice Rating may start to drop because it just isn't holding up or even raise in certain circumstances.

By looking at our Dice Ratings, a person is able to know how a game is doing after how many submissions, and if the game is even still being requested and pulled off the shelf anymore. A Hoosier Tabletop Dice Rating can be a quick look into how enjoyable a game may be which can be a strong tool for choosing the right game for you and your family or friends.

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