Here’s our AI, we call it Dirk

Allow us to introduce you to Dirk!

Dirk is our in-house, self-coded AI, and it does all the magic board game analysis and “deep-thinking”. We call it “Dirk”. Dirk helps us look at the categories and mechanics of games you love, games you want, games you’ve preowned and games you don’t want. Dirk puts this all together in a big blender and advises us of what to put in your crate. We love Dirk, and after it has picked you a few games for your crates we’re sure you’re going to love Dirk too.

Why “Dirk”?

Quite simply, Dirk is a reference to the game Alhambra, one of the games in our collection that we love playing. If you’re only two-players the game’s rules tell you to add a third imaginary player, called Dirk (its own reference to the designer, Dirk Henn). If you’ve ever played Alhambra with two players then you’ll love Dirk too.

We analyse your board game collection

Dirk will walk through your entire collection and analyse the games you have, to discover your most loved categories and mechanics of board games.

Whether you prefer fantasy card-games that feature variable player powers and area control, or family orientated American-West action programming games (that’s Smash-up or Colt Express!), our Dirk will match them all and then tell you your top ten most owned categories and mechanics from your collection.

Customise your crate to how you want it

With our custom crate preference options, you can define how closely we follow your existing library when we select the games for your crate, and we work hard to make sure that you get games that fit those preferences. We make sure the board games allocated to your crate are the best the industry can offer. We won’t fill your crate with nonsense, we make sure they’re games you will love playing again and again.

More than one collection?

In our latest features update we included the ability to link more than one BoardGameGeek collection to your account. This means if you play as a group of friends, or your family or partner also has a BGG collection then we can make sure you won’t receive games that others already own.

How complex should the games be

When we analyse your collection we’ll also look at the complexity levels of the games you enjoy playing. You’ll easily be able to see how your collection looks and within your crate options you have the ability to say how complex the games we send you should be. We make sure you’ll never receive a game that’s outside of your comfort zone.

What other options can I set?

As well as telling us how closely you’d like us to stick to your existing game library for your categories and mechanics, you can also define the minimum number of players each game has to support, so you can be assured of receiving games you can play the moment they arrive.

There’s also the ability to manage a list of games you don’t want, as well as curating your own wishlist. Both of these options can also be brought down from your Board Game Geek account, and you can tell us how closely you’d like us to stick to your wishlist!

What features are coming?

There’s always a new feature, or option, on its way. As well as board gamers we’re also avid software developers. Here’s a list of what we’re working on, in addition to all the great features already available.

  • Ability to set preferences around the suggested age range of games received
  • A new feature to set a preference for the length of time the games in your crate should take to enjoy

Ready to get some great games?

Grab a subscription before the next crate window closes and you could receive great games straight to your door, picked specifically for you by Dirk. Don’t delay, the crate window closes on the 1st day of each month.