Thank you to everyone who entered the Music Firsts challenge in conjunction with #DataPlusMusic! If you missed it, be sure to check out the recap post! After a short break, we’re excited to be back with a brand-new #IronQuest challenge! This month as we have another community project collaboration for you; our second this year!

For the month of July, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be teaming up with the #GamesNightViz project to visualise Nostalgic Games!

What is #GamesNightViz?

#GamesNightViz is a new community project, launched back in November 2021.

The project, led by Will Sutton, Tina Covelli and Louis Yu, focuses on using data from your favourite games to improve your skills with data visualisation, data preparation and visual design. Each month, they share a theme and a range of datasets, with a challenge to prepare one of the datasets and a principle of design to focus on. Datasets come with a difficulty scale to help those newer to data visualisation or those with limited time to practice. #GamesNightViz covers all types of games: card games, board games, video games, party games, game shows, and the list goes on!

The Theme

I’m excited to announce this month’s #IronQuest theme is ‘Nostalgic Games’. 

We’re challenging you to take a trip down memory lane to visualise data relating to the games you used to play in your childhood. Whether that be video games, board games, card games or even school playground games, we can’t wait to see what you come up with for this challenge!

For data source inspiration, I encourage you to check out the #GamesNightViz data archive where you’ll find a broad range of pre-curated game-themed data sets.


Below we’ve collected some vizzes from the community which represent the theme to inspire you. There are so many game-related vizzes on Tableau Public. These are just a few that caught our attention!

Welcome to Pixel World by Louis Yu

Untangling Mega Man by Zach Bowders

The Many Worlds of Monopoly by Kimberly Furdell

Pinball Across the U.S. by Ryan Callihan

Street Fighter V by Luke Abraham

How do I enter?

The process is simple:

  • Source your data and build a viz that somehow touches upon the chosen theme for the month.
  • Upload your viz to Tableau Public or somewhere where it can be openly viewed online. 
  • Fill in the submissions tracker (embedded at the bottom of this post) so we can keep track of who is participating. This step is essential if you want to request feedback or be credited in the wrap-up blog post.
  • If you opted in for feedback in step 3, the co-hosts and I will provide some constructive feedback on your viz after the submission period closes.

Top Tips

  • You can use any data set which fits the theme (assuming you have permission to share it publicly).
  • Always remember to credit your data source/s on your viz.
  • Refrain from using any images or logos on your viz unless you have permission to do so.
  • Remember the Iron Viz judging criteria and try to focus on all three; Design, Storytelling and Analysis.
  • Think outside the box!

Meet the Co-hosts

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaming up with the #GamesNightViz leaders this month!

Will Sutton

Will is a Consultant at The Information Lab and recently became this year’s Iron Viz champion at Tableau Conference in Las Vegas.

He’s been using Tableau since 2014 and after seeing the amazing work from the Tableau Community he was inspired to develop his data skills further, regularly participating in community projects like #PreppinData, #RWFD, #IronQuest. Now he co-hosts the community initiative #GamesNightViz, which is a monthly data viz, prep and design challenge featuring data from all types of games.

Tina Covelli

Tina has been in the data visualization space since 2015 and is a gamer for life! She joined the #datafam and Tableau Public community in 2021 and it has been such a welcoming experience.

Tina is very passionate about both games and data viz and enjoys working with Will and Louis to bring this passion forward for all!

Louis Yu

Louis has been working in various industries in the past decade but finally found his way into the video game industry as a Senior Data Analyst, driving customer insights and building dashboards for 2K Games.

He spent a good chunk of his growing up playing games as he always enjoyed a good jRPG or anything with an immersive narrative. This probably explains why he is fascinated by the storytelling potential of data vizzes!

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for submissions is midnight PST on Sunday, July 31st. Please use the submission form below to submit your entry.

Feedback will be provided (to those who request it) via a conversation recorded and posted to YouTube between the co-hosts and me, shortly after the deadline date. On the submissions form you can specify if you require feedback focused on the Iron Viz scoring criteria (design, storytelling and analysis) or more general data viz feedback.

Please note, that if we receive a large number of feedback requests (more than we can cover in two hours), we’ll initially prioritise those from Tableau beginners or those entering #IronQuest for the first time. Any remaining feedback will be shared with the authors directly via email.

Continue the conversation and connect with other participants by following the #IronQuest hashtag on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Look out for the feedback video and recap blog post after we complete this challenge!

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing your entry!

Header image by Carl Raw on Unsplash

Submissions Form