Many folks who play board games will provide a year-end report of games they played, often in a form known as a "5 & 10" or "five and dime" report. This is because the report will list all games played 10 or more times and those played 5-9 times - this is obviously an indicator of what people are playing frequently. It does tend to skew results towards lighter fare since longer games don't come out as often.
I didn't keep terribly accurate data on my gaming this year. I was pretty good at keeping things up to date in my GameTracker software, but fell off in the July timeframe. Fortunately this weblog provides a decent log of what I played with groups outside the home; unfortunately many of the games that get brought out casually at my home are missing. Therefore I will estimate some of the numbers.
I will also include online games that I played with other human beings, some in real-time, some via email or play-by-web. In case you are interested, this is what I played online last year:
- Tigris and Euphrates (at the boardgamegeek)
- Settlers of Catan (using Settlers 3D)
- Carcassonne (at BSW, but only because I haven't tried playing some other games like Puerto Rico there)
- 7th Sea (using Apprentice for 7th Sea)
- Magic (just a few games using Magic: the Gathering online)
- Wallenstein (using Mikael Sheik's great PBW version, still in beta)
So here goes the list:
Total Games Played: 309
Total Unique Games Played: 98
Games Played 10 or More Times
- Settlers of Catan (16) - About half of these were played online.
- Euphrat und Tigris (15) - All but two of these were played online.
- Fluxx (15) - Many plays while sitting in a restaurant with the family.
- 7th Sea CCG (14) - I got back into this after getting some deals on eBay. I also played in a couple of online, casual tournaments.
- Apples to Apples (14) - Very popular with extended family and non-gamer friends.
- Carcassonne (14) - Popular intro game, plus I played online 5 or 6 times.
- Can't Stop (12) - A favorite to bring out just before bed for Matthew and Jacob.
- Magic: the Gathering (11) - Still one of my all-time favorite games. I still just play with decks I built 8 years ago or pre-constructed decks for new expansions.
- Liar's Dice (10) - Another family favorite.
Games Played 5-9 Times
- Balloon Cup (8) - Matthew's favorite 2-player game. He beats me at least half the time.
- Puerto Rico (7) - This would definitely be in the top 10 if I would learn to play it on BSW. Any volunteers to mentor me?
- Wyatt Earp (7) - My favorite rummy game.
- Alpha Playing Cards (6) - Didn't get played very much in the second half of the year.
- Fresh Fish (6) - I wish my family enjoyed playing this more.
- Lord of the Rings: the Confrontation (6) - This has been played 3 more times in the past 2 days in our household. Great 2-player game.
- Piratenbucht (6) - Probably our favorite heavier family game.
- Samurai (6)
- Battlecards (6)
- Chrononauts (5) - One of Jacob's favorite games. Very creative.
- Dragon Delta (5)
- King of the Elves (5)
- Mystery Rummy 4 (5)
- Wallenstein (5)
- Zendo (5)
I rediscovered board games about exactly one year ago. The fun I've had this year is immeasurable - and I can't stress enough how good this has been for our family. I want to thank a number of people who welcomed me into their gaming groups and homes over the past year:
- Kevin Graham
- Doug and Mimi Walker
- Ken Rude and family
- Andy Christensen in Redmond
- Angela Gaalema in Colorado Springs
- The Card Benders in Dallas, TX
- Mikael and Jonathan in Brooklyn, NY
- The Arizona Boardgamers
- Scott Alan Woodward in Burbank, CA
- Greg Schloesser and the Westbank Gamers
- The RipCityGamers
Stay tuned for some of my awards and top "n" lists for 2003.