Release Update #6 – Improving the Core: Recommendations

We’ve been working hard since our last update to improve what we think is the core of the Game Table—the board game recommendations it gives to you!

This update is all about the recommendations:

  • Several improvements have been made to the recommendation engine, thanks to your feedback in our new testing program (enroll here if you haven’t already)! Make sure to rate games you’ve played before to take full advantage of the improvements to the recommendation engine!
  • Now showing: the main reason we think you will love each game we’re recommending to you. Hover over any game on your homepage now to see it.

Because you like grid movement games.

  • Super-powered the game and rating importer: now 10x faster and 99% accurate! Importing games and ratings quickly and accurately means you get better recommendations faster. If you’ve used the old importer before, re-import your collection with the new importer today!
  • Recommend games to your friends directly using messages! Think a new game looks cool? Recommend it to your friend in a message! Want to try out a game with them? Let them know in a message!

Recommend to...

  • Added Luck/Skill ratio and Difficulty level stats to each game. Do you like complex games that depend heavily on skill? Or do you like quick, easy games that rely on equal parts skill and random chance? These ratings will help us find them for you! You’ll see them under the description for each game.

Hard and Mostly luck.

  • Search for friends by username in the quick search bar to find them faster!

Friend!

  • Improved how we handle new game submissions on our end = faster response time to game submissions.
  • A few interface tweaks.

That’s all for now. Happy board gaming!

Join the Recommendation Improvement Program today!

We want to let everybody know about a program we launched privately about a month ago: the Recommendation Improvement Program.

Short version: Board gamers like you can help improve Game Table’s recommendations! Click here to help!

Longer version:

We are always thinking up ways to improve our recommendation engine, which is what picks out personalized board games to put on Game Table’s home page, game night planner, and other pages. When we make any changes to the way those recommendations are picked out, we generate two lists of games for every volunteer (both custom-made for that volunteer, one with the existing engine, one with the new engine), and send them out. Then, you get to vote on which list is better, which tells us if our changes were actually improvements or not. Based on your voice and your vote, we move forward with the better engine and come up with another improvement, always ensuring that Game Table’s recommendations are made better, not worse.

Does that sound like a fun process to be a part of? If you want to give us your opinion from time to time and help us improve Game Table’s board game recommendations, enroll today by clicking here!

Thank you for being a part of our community!