BGG’s Most “Owned” Designers

Board Game Geek has done some research and looked into what game designers have the most games out there that people actually own.
How do you feel about the list? Any major surprises?



From the post:

This is a list of the top 20 game designers in terms of how many of their games BGG users own. I was curious about this statistic, so I did some addition and figured I might as well share it with everyone here as well!

Since this is a number that is constantly changing, I rounded up the numbers to the nearest thousand. I’ve also included the top 5 owned items from each of these designers.

These numbers do include expansions. I would be curious to see a list like this that didn’t include expansions, but that is a list for another day.


  • Soulfinger

    As interesting as the post was, is Tim Rice associated with BGG? If he is not then equating his forum post to BBG doing some research is kind of like saying “TGN slammed another shoddy game” whenever I make a post. There are plenty of interesting posts like that on their site and others, but damn, why not just cut to the chase and post the “Best Geeklists on the Geek” geeklist.

    • Grindar

      Not even close. His usage stats include having 1 forum thread and 1 forum reply, he’s basically a new user there.

  • Gallant

    That was kind of a weird list. Including expansions might not have been the wisest idea.

    Also, why are people still buying copies of Settlers of Catan?

    • elril

      There are new gamers being born every miniute… ?

    • Soulfinger

      I still don’t own a copy. Plus, they have it at Walmart now, so that’s opened up the whole ‘XXXL Muscle Tee Ironic” demographic.

      • odinsgrandson

        He made a second version of the list without expansions (standalones are still in).

        And I’m also not into Catan. But I guess some people really love it.

        • thetang22

          Catan and Carcassonne are generally the 2 best games to introduce non-gamers to the gaming hobby. They are icons of this hobby that are easy to digest, and appeal to the largest demographic. They may fall off the radar for hardcore gamers, but are almost always a safe bet for casual/non-gamers.

          • Soulfinger

            I should clarify that I wish that I owned Catan. It is a great game, although I wouldn’t say that it is the best game for introducing non-gamers to the hobby.