Recently I’ve been working on a dear project of mine: boardgame club stats service. It’s in Finnish, unfortunately. Still, go see it and try clicking the link “Lista peleistä, for example to see how it works. That’s the list of games. “Lista pelaajista” is a list of players.
It began with the very basics: a web interface for game results. Since then, I’ve integrated other stuff in it: two other web sites and some Excel worksheets I’ve had. So, besides showing the games played, you can find the reviews people have given for the games, you can get recommendations of games based on the reviews you’ve done, and there are tons of different little statistics about games and players. There are also descriptions of most games.
Next I’m planning to add a feature so that each club member can mark which games they own. Then anyone could go and browse the lists, perhaps use the recommendation service and the descriptions to find an interesting game, then click a link and a notification would be sent out to the owners of the game so they’d know to bring it with them to the next meeting of the club.
Now I’ll just have to get people to use the system… But I like it and I think the stats and the recommendations and all that is fun, that’s the most important thing. I’ve also learned a lot about PHP programming while I’ve been doing it, that might prove to be valuable some day. Or even if it doesn’t, it has been entertaining.