St Ives, Sydney
Firstly, for those living on Sydney's north shore, I host a friendly social gaming night on Thursday nights in St Ives. If you're interested, drop me an email.
My Top 10 recognises the games I've spent the most time playing over the last 5 years.
My Hot 10 recognises the games I've spent the most time playing over the last 6 months.
I eschew BGG trappings such as avatars and microbadges, and tend to avoid forums and geeklists as well unless something stands out as interesting on the front page. I prefer the simplicity of providing comments as my means of contribution, safeguarding my hobby time for gametime rather than net surfing. I don't support patronage funding on *any* website, but I'm happy to pay for services rendered so I sell games via the Geek and help contribute that way.
In terms of background, I first started playing games as a grown-up hobby in the late 90's, when pretty much the only gaming commentary to be found was rec.games.board and the Billabong site, with the Games Cabinet our friendly rules site. Since then, I've been playing 100+ new titles each year, and these days tend to do 365-400 different titles each year. That adds up to a lot of games.
My ratings are a reflection of how I feel the game stands when played with equally competent opponents, and that this can be the only consistent way to rate. Rating games for their intended audience provides an inconsistent basis upon which to judge the rating as you don't know if the rater's perceived audience is the same as yours. This is particularly true in children's games, when what's a great game for a 5 year old doesn't work for a 7 year old for example. As a result, a lot of my ratings for children's games are low, but I try and address the value of a game and the best target audience in the comments instead.
Games I've spent the most time playing and most times played in each of the years since I started collecting stats:
1999: Diplomacy / Lost Cities (40)
2000: Ra / Zirkus Flohcati (83)
2001: Formula De / Klunker (37)
2002: Sticheln / Zirkus Flohcati (24)
2003: Age Of Steam / Kupferkessel Co. (31)
2004: Die Sieben Siegel / Crokinole (43)
2005: Ticket To Ride / Geschenkt (23)
2006: Indonesia / Fjords (38)
2007: Tichu / Bluff (37)
2008: Through The Ages / Race For The Galaxy (26)
2009: Battlestar Galactica / Dominion (24)
2010: Memoir '44 / Bluff (33)
2011: Lord Of The Rings:LCG (77)
2012: Lord Of The Rings:LCG (164)
2013: Hanabi (64)
2014: Sentinels of the Multiverse / Hanabi (87)