Looking Back at 2010 Through a Board Game Lens

Possibly my number one use for Boardgamegeek is recording my game plays. It’s not everything, as I keep noticing on playing a game its all time play number can’t possibly be that low, but it gives a good picture. Go behind the jump to see the numbers and my commentary.

Game Qty
Dominion 38
Space Alert 18
Betrayal at House on the Hill 14
Dominion: Intrigue 14
Pandemic 11
Chrononauts 10
Chrononauts: Lost Identities 10
Pandemic: On the Brink 10
VisualEyes 10
Arkham Horror 9
Carcassonne 7
Fluxx 7
Chrononauts: The Gore Years 6
Dominion: Seaside 6
Red November 6
Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror Expansion 5
Arkham Horror: The Black Goat of the Woods Expansion 5
Fluxx 10th Anniversary Party Promos 5
Arkham Horror: Kingsport Horror Expansion 4
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers 4
Dominion: Envoy Promo Card 4
Dominion: Prosperity 4
The Stars Are Right 4
Talisman 4
Tsuro 4
Zombie Dice 4
Arkham Horror: The King in Yellow Expansion 3
Back to the Future: The Card Game 3
Carcassonne: Inns & Cathedrals 3
Dominion: Black Market Promo Card 3
Give Me the Brain! 3
Hex Hex 3
Hex Hex Next 3
Illuminati: Deluxe Edition 3
Small World 3
Arkham Horror: Innsmouth Horror Expansion 2
Arkham Horror: The Lurker at the Threshold Expansion 2
Battlestar Galactica 2
Carcassonne: Abbey & Mayor 2
Carcassonne: Cult, Siege and Creativity 2
Carcassonne: The Castle 2
Carcassonne: Traders & Builders 2
Forbidden Island 2
Guillotine 2
Incan Gold 2
Pirate’s Cove 2
Revolution! 2
Runebound (Second Edition) 2
A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game 2
221B Baker Street and Expansions 1
7 Wonders 1
Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery 1
Agora 1
Alhambra 1
Android 1
Arkham Horror: Curse of the Dark Pharaoh Expansion 1
Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus Expansion 1
Blokus 1
Camelot Legends 1
Carcassonne: The River 1
Carcassonne: The River II 1
Carcassonne: The Tower 1
Chez Cthulhu 1
Cube Farm 1
Defenders of the Realm 1
Descent: Journeys in the Dark 1
The Doctor Lucky Ambivalence Pack 1
Dominion: Alchemy 1
Dungeon Lords 1
Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game 1
EcoFluxx 1
Epic Dungeoneer: Call of the Lichlord 1
Fence & Fenceability 1
Formula D 1
Formula Motor Racing 1
Frag 1
Girl Genius: The Works 1
Illuminati: Mutual Assured Distraction 1
Iron Dragon 1
Jungle Speed 1
Kill Doctor Lucky 1
Leaders of Small World 1
Liar’s Dice 1
MegaCorps 1
Meuterer 1
Midgard 1
Monty Python Fluxx 1
Munchkin Quest 1
Munchkin Quest 2: Looking for Trouble 1
Nanuk 1
RoboRally 1
San Juan 1
Save Doctor Lucky 1
Save Doctor Lucky on Moon Base Copernicus 1
Small World: Cursed! 1
Small World: Grand Dames of Small World 1
Straw 1
Tales of the Arabian Nights 1
Talisman (Fourth Edition) 1
Tobago 1
TransAmerica 1
TransEuropa 1
Uptown 1
Wiz-War 1
Wyatt Earp 1
Zombie Fluxx 1

So, from January 1st, 2010 to December 31st, 2010, these are the board games I played per session/round. Dominion takes the lead, unsurprisingly. Not because I play the crap out of it — not like when we first all got into it — but because it’s become the default “let’s wait and see who else is coming” game on Tuesday nights. Space Alert gets a mighty eighteen because a game is twenty-five minutes, tops. I played through a lot of those tutorial scenarios, but never got to the actual missions. It’s very sad. But I have passed Space Alert off to a more desiring owner, so all’s well that ends well there.

I’m happy to see Betrayal at House on the Hill come in at number three with fourteen plays, considering I only got a copy of my own in late October. Given that it can play fairly quickly, though not always, and is highly variable thanks to the fifty scenarios, it’s easy to bust out two or three plays in a single night and still have time for other games. Plus, y’know, I love Betrayal at House on the Hill, so I’m always happy to play it and spread its joys to as many others as possible.

After that, the numbers taper off into general play. I’m surprised to see Arkham Horror as high as it is; I guess I got in a fair few plays in the first half of the year, before my ardor began cooling. It’s cooled even more since Carnage, to the point that this last week at Quarterstaff Games, I hauled it along by request, but didn’t actually play. I’m just not in the mood to play it these days — at least not in the time- and fellow player-conscious context of a public game night.

Down among the penny plays, as it were in the sense of counting five and dimes, I like that I can recall the specific times I played the less common titles, like Meuterer and Uptown — both played in Montpelier, as it happens, but at different times and venues.

For contrast, I think I played or GMed about a dozen role-playing games over the course of 2010. Like I wrote last week, that’s all going to change in 2011. No, really.


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