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Over the past nearly three years, lots of articles, reviews, tips, images, etc. have appears on this blog... I was starting myself to get lost trying to find something!

So to remedy that I've created a new geeklist: Ones Upon A Game: Reviews, Mods, Images and Videos Index to refer to find the potentially helpful diamond in the rough.

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Top 20 Played Solitaire Games of 2016

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As I did last April, when I recapped the top 20 solitaire games of all three previous years of the SGOYT (Top 20 Played Solitaire Games of 2015... 2014... 2013...), it's time to revisit the data for 2016.

This combines all the months of 2016 (aka Purple through Square for you Common Core victims students). Therefore below are the top 20 games for 2016*. Games appear on this list solely based on tabulated data. No recommendation or endorsement of these games is implied unless otherwise noted.


Top Solitaire Games for 2016 (LINK)
rank uniques game
1. 132 Hostage Negotiator
2. 122 Friday
3. 100 Shadowrun: Crossfire
4. 98 Viticulture Essential Edition
5. 82 Mage Knight Board Game
82 Rallyman
7. 79 Onirim (second edition)
8. 77 Imperial Settlers
77 Scythe
10. 73 The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
11. 72 Leaving Earth
12. 63 At the Gates of Loyang
13. 61 Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game
14. 57 Bowling Solitaire
15. 56 Elder Sign
56 Gears of War: The Board Game
56 Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
56 Pandemic: The Cure
19. 55 Snowdonia
20. 54 Star Realms
54 Tiny Epic Galaxies


2016 saw a marked increase in participation in the SGOYT initiative. 703 different users 565 in 2015) took part throughout the year, logging entries for 1,548 (2015: 1,321) different games. This was a 24% increase in users and a 17% increase in games.

Unique entries for the year were 8,476, up 36% from 2015's 6,230. This equates to 12.05 unique entries per user in 2016 vs. 11.02 the previous year. Actual entries were also up from 7,417 to 10,456, up 41%. Unique entries therefore averaged 706 per month with actuals averaging 871.

Congratulations to Van Ryder Games for taking the top spot for the year with Hostage Negotiator. This SPO (single player only) game was number one five months of the year and a frequent top 10 occupant the other months.

For all the wonderful new games released in 2016, only one of those made the top 20 for the whole year. Scythe from Stonemaier Games took the solo community by storm upon its initial release. The thematic and strategic hybrid game included an Automa opponent that truly competed against you and could be scaled to include multiple AI as desired. It tied for eighth place overall for the year.

Old favorite Friday by Friedemann Friese, the number one game from 2015 and 2014, fell back to second place this year. It has finished in first or second place all four years of the SGOYT.

And speaking of old, from 1969, the Sid Sackson design Bowling Solitaire surged onto the scene partly due to a reprint from Eagle-Gryphon Games but also due to a widely popular first-time bowling league in the 1 Player guild. Many plays generated during that league were enough to strike this classic into 14th place.

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December 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 games for December 2016*. Games appear on this list solely based on tabulated data. No recommendation or endorsement of these games is implied.

Top Solitaire Games for December 2016 (LINK)
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1. 20 Arkham Horror: The Card Game
2. 19 One Deck Dungeon
3. 12 Friday
4. 9 At the Gates of Loyang
9 Black Orchestra
9 Limes
9 Nautilion
9 Scythe
9 Shadowrun: Crossfire
10. 8 A Feast for Odin
8 Imperial Settlers
8 Onirim (second edition)
8 Snowdonia
8 Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
8 VENOM Assault


In spite of (or because of?) the Christmas holiday season, December 2016 was another record setting month for the SGOYT, setting new highs in three of four tracked categories and just barely missing the last one.

First and foremost, the number of unique plays logged (each game counted once per user in the month) shattered the previous high of 826 set in August 2016. December saw 862 uniques, an increase of 4% from the previous pinnacle and 6% up from November. Actual entries also rose from 1068 in November to a new high of 1132.

Number of unique games that registered at least one solo play increased to 421, up 11 from August 2016.

The only category where December fell (barely) short was in the number of different users taking part in the SGOYT. November 2016 still holds the top spot with 243 users while December was just two shy of tying that high mark. The top 10 months for users participating though are all during 2016 which demonstrates either an increase in solo gaming, an increase in SGOYT awareness, or both.

The always popular deck builder Friday made it back to the top three with 12 unique plays logged. That was its best showing since August 2016 when it logged 17 for second place. December marks its eighth consecutive appearance in the top 10.

There were six-way ties for fourth and tenth place respectively, meaning the top "10" is actually made up of 15 titles this month.

Highlighting the sextet at fourth place (with 9 uniques each) are:

At the Gates of Loyang - The just reprinted Uwe Rosenberg Chinese farming/grocery game returns to the top 10 after a one month hiatus.

Black Orchestra - This newly released game about plotting to kill Hitler (did I just violate Godwin's law???) found itself among the top 10 for the first time. Based on early reviews, it might be here many more to come.

Limes - This quick to play tile placement game dropped one play from November, but stayed in the top 10 for its second month in a row.

Scythe - Stonemaier Games alternate history game gained the 6-7 player expansion in Scythe: Invaders from Afar and has steadily increased its play count over the last three months. It's been in the top 10 the past six.

Bringing up the tail end of this list were another set of six games featuring:

Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game - The ever present (and now out of print) Warhammer based card game (the one with the evil six-sided die) made the top 10 again for the fourth straight month.

VENOM Assault - A newcomer deckbuilder from relative publishing newcomer Spyglass Games, VENOM has been compared to the Legendary series, only adding the variability of dice to combat resolution.

Will 2017 continue to see a rise in the number of soloist taking part in the monthly SGOYT? Will we see more and more games with a minimum player count of 1? Will we see more SPO (single player only) games come to the market?

Only time will tell.

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November 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 games for November 2016 based on their activity on the SGOYT Aggregator. These are based on unique entries for the month where a unique entry is one entry for a game counted per user each month. So while one gamer may have played and listed multiple times, the count is based on only one entry for that user.

Games appear on this list solely based on tabulated data. No recommendation or endorsement of these games is implied.

Top Solitaire Games for November 2016 (LINK)
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1. 24 Arkham Horror: The Card Game
2. 13 A Feast for Odin
2. 13 Terraforming Mars
4. 11 Sylvion
5. 10 Elder Sign
5. 10 Friday
5. 10 Limes
5. 10 Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
9. 9 Onirim (second edition)
10. 8 Fields of Arle
10. 8 Pandemic: The Cure
10. 8 Scythe


As most of us in the 1 Player guild have known, solitaire gaming is on the rise. Either through choice (like me) or forced by schedule and/or life situation the number of solitaire gamers and sessions continues to climb. More and more are publishers recognizing this audience and the need to provide either AI opponents or solo variants for their games. And where they cannot or do not, the gaming community is more than happy to pick up the slack, creating a plethora of AI flavors for games. From the long standing SoloPlay Variants Posted on the Geek to the more recent, but influential Automa mechanic, solo gamers are no longer facing limited and lame options when it comes to playing the majority of games out there.

Except party games. If you're playing those solo, you might have a problem, Sybil.

November 2016 marked a new high in terms of number of gamers taking part in the SGOYT with 243 different members logging a play. This was up from from the previous high set in August and the top four months of users taking part have been the most recent last four months: August, September, October and November.

In addition the actual number of logged plays blew away the previous record (again August 2016), with 1067 vs. 1019. While the actual was higher, the uniques failed by 15 to best August's high of 826.

As far as number of different games with at least one play, while August 2016 again reigned supreme with 410 (yep 400+!), November came within 12 of that record at 398. In fact throughout 2016 as of the writing of this post, there have been 1,490 different games logged by soloists (by 689 different members).

As for game specifics, last month's number one game Terraforming Mars slipped into a tie for second place with 13 unique views. This was the same number it had from October, however, so its popularity appears constant over its first two months.

Three popular small box games were locked in a four-way tie for fifth place this month. The ever-present Friday and Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game made the list with 10 uniques each. In addition 10 unique plays for Limes was its best month ever and tile-placement city builder's first time in the top 10 since it just made the cut in June 2015.

Filling up the basement this month in tenth place with eight uniques each were:

Fields of Arle from Uwe Rosenberg (its best month yet and back in the top 10 since skipping October),
Pandemic: The Cure (last on the list in June 2016), and
Scythe (hanging on for its fifth straight top 10 appearance).

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October 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 games for October 2016 based on their activity on the SGOYT Aggregator. These are based on unique entries for the month where a unique entry is one entry for a game counted per user each month. So while one gamer may have played and listed multiple times, the count is based on only one entry for that user.

Top Solitaire Games for October 2016 (LINK)
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1. 13 Terraforming Mars
2. 12 Viticulture Essential Edition
3. 10 Shadowrun: Crossfire
4. 9 Onirim (second edition)
5. 8 At the Gates of Loyang
5. 8 Baseball Highlights: 2045
5. 8 Elder Sign
5. 8 The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
9. 7 A Feast for Odin
9. 7 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
9. 7 Friday
9. 7 Mage Knight Board Game
9. 7 Rallyman
9. 7 Scythe
9. 7 Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game


October saw an upswing from the previous month in terms of games played and logged on the SGOYT. The 730 unique plays was up 12 from September and was the third highest month on record while the 914 actual entries was an increase of 39 and the second largest count behind August 2016's 1019. Users participating dropped four from the previous month to 214.

In October of last year though, the game count was 557 uniques out of 645 actuals and 190 users taking part. The steady growth of solo gaming and the contributions to it by the 1-Player Guild and SGOYT cannot be underestimated.

The top game for this month was the current BGG hotness leader Terraforming Mars from Stronghold Games and designer Jacob Fryxelius. The science themed hand management strategy masterpiece logged 13 unique plays of 18 actual entries, just edging out Viticulture Essential Edition in second place with 12. Availability of "Mars" has been limited due to a strong showing at the Spiel convention this year and rapid sell out of copies. The second printing is slated to be available this January.

The aforementioned (lawyer talk) wine making worker placement automa driven Viticulture from Stonemaier Games continues to press on each month in the top 10 and shows no signs of dying on the vine anytime soon.

Popular Uwe Rosenberg solo-friendly Chinese-veggie-farmer (you know it had to include farming) At the Gates of Loyang made it back into the top 10 for the first time since March 2016. A guild initiated challenge for the month certainly contributed to the increase but Loyang is always a regular inclusion on the SGOYT having not missed a month since January 2014. This long sought after game will be available again soon as a reprint is schedule to hit shelves this month (pre-orders are already underway).

Loyang finished in four way tie for fifth place with 8 unique plays logged. Others sharing the fifth place spot included two regularly appearing card games: Baseball Highlights: 2045 and The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.

The bottom of the list was again a traffic jam of games with seven titles tied for the the ninth place. Highlighted among these were Flash Point: Fire Rescue, Friday, Rallyman, and Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game. Scythe fell from second place last month, but also chopped its way through the month to hang on to a spot in the top 10. The seven games all had seven unique plays each.

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September 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 games for September 2016 based on their activity on the SGOYT Aggregator. These are based on unique entries for the month where a unique entry is one entry for a game counted per user each month. So while one gamer may have played and listed multiple times, the count is based on only one entry for that user.

Top Solitaire Games for September 2016 (LINK)
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1. 22 Hostage Negotiator
2. 14 Scythe
3. 11 Mage Knight Board Game
4. 10 Shadowrun: Crossfire
5. 8 Forbidden Desert
5. 8 Glass Road
5. 8 Onirim (second edition)
8. 7 Deep Space D-6
8. 7 Friday
10. 6 Fields of Arle
10. 6 Four Against Darkness
10. 6 The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
10. 6 Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
10. 6 Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
10. 6 Star Realms
10. 6 Viticulture Essential Edition
10. 6 Zombicide: Black Plague


Van Ryder Games negotiated its way back to the top of the SGOYT with an impressive 22 unique plays (30 total) of Hostage Negotiator logged in September. It's the first time the game has been on top of the list since April 2016 when it ended a run of five consecutive months at the top.

Coming in a strong, yet distant second (14 uniques/20 total) was the Jamey Stegmaier masterpiece Scythe. Perhaps the newness of the game has worn off a little, but I expect this one to continue to be a top 10 favorite -- especially with a new expansion due out. It had previously topped the chart the last two months.

A monthly challenge (Forbidden Desert Challenge) was enough to quench the thirst of Forbidden Desert fans and drive it to a three-way tie for fifth place (8 uniques/12 total). This was the best month ever for the Matt Leacock design and sister game to Forbidden Island. Though it has been played at least once in 21 different months, it never had more than two unique plays in any month before now.

Also from 2013 and also tied for fifth was the always popular Glass Road (one of the seemingly ubiquitous Uwe Rosenberg entries of the month). It was the first time on the Top 10 since April 2015 when it had six unique plays (tied with May 2015 as its best before now).

The old and the new tied for eighth place with seven uniques as Deep Space D-6 made the list for its third straight month since its published release.

It's normally never a question of IF Friday will make the top 10, but at what position each month. It has appeared on all but one SGOYT list since it started in May 2013 (it was only absent in January 2014). In the past year it has only been out of the Top 10 one time (April 2016). It is currently the top all-time game on the SGOYT with 351 unique plays logged and an incredible 177 different gamers logging at least one play. Wow.

Eight different games tied for the tenth spot on the list this month with six unique plays logged resulting in a top 10 of 17 different titles. Highlighting these that just made the cut were:

Fields of Arle - its first top 10 appearance in spite of it having never missed a month of at least one play since January 2015.
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game - a regular top 10 finisher.
Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game - back in the top 10 for the first time since October of last year, probably spurred by the news of the FFG/GW break-up.
Star Realms - the two-player deck builder has some really excellent solo challenges and is no stranger to the SGOTY and top 10.
Viticulture Essential Edition - no whining about this essentially making the top 10 each month.

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August 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 games for August 2016 based on their activity on the SGOYT Aggregator. These are based on unique entries for the month where a unique entry is one entry for a game counted per user each month. So while one gamer may have played and listed multiple times, the count is based on only one entry for that user.

Top Solitaire Games for August 2016 (LINK)
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1. 23 - Scythe
2. 17 - Friday
3. 14 - Reiner Knizia's Decathlon
4. 13 - Hostage Negotiator
4. 13 - Viticulture Essential Edition
6. 9 - Imperial Settlers
7. 8 - Arkham Horror
7. 8 - Deep Space D-6
7. 8 - Elder Sign
7. 8 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
7. 8 - Sylvion

August was a busy month for solitaire gaming. The SGOTY list shattered existing records for most actual entries (1018), most unique entries (825), most different games played (409) and most users participating (239). Previously the record for most unique entries was 747 set in May of this year. It was the first month that over 1000 actual entries were made beating last month's 872. As the list crossed the 900 mark this month a sprint was on in the last couple of days to make it to 1000 with both lurkers jumping in to take part as well as many quick plays of games to make the "magic" number happen.

As further proof that solo gaming is on the rise, the 239 participants were 26 more than the previous best of 213 in January. 29 more games found a spot on soloists tables as well than July of this year, the previous champion.

Taking the top spot for the second month in a row was Scythe from Stonemaier Games. It's 23 unique plays this month was just three shy of the record and eclipsed its July total of 16. The game still continues to thrill both solo and co-dependent gamers alike. The recent official release of additional Automa decks by Stonemaier allows for 2 or more AI to play along with the human opponent(s).

The Friedemann Friese deckbuilder Friday remained in the Top 10 for its fourth straight month at second place with 17 unique plays logged. In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the dice chucking Reiner Knizia's Decathlon had its most logged uniques since August of last year when it had seven. This was due primarily to a SGOYT monthly challenge for participants.

After its first and only absence from the top chart last month, Van Ryder Games Hostage Negotiator came roaring back with 13 uniques to tie with another regular Viticulture Essential Edition for fourth place.

Just released last month, Deep Space D-6 stayed strong in a five-way tie for seventh place with 8 unique plays for its second top 10 appearance in a row.

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Other Aggregator News

A couple of recent changes in the Aggregator software of note.

1. Added META data for games to allow finding other logged games for a given designer, mechanic, family, genre, etc. More details on that new feature can be found here: Mega Meta Update for the Aggregator.

2. Added a graph to the game and user pages to show activity over time. These charts show each game/user's actual and unique plays logged each month since the first logged activity. So you can tell at a glance the highs and lows and cycles of activity.

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July 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 games for July 2016 based on their activity on the SGOYT Aggregator. These are based on unique entries for the month where a unique entry is one entry for a game counted per user each month. So while one gamer may have played and listed multiple times, the count is based on only one entry for that user.

Top Solitaire Games for July 2016 (LINK)
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1. 16 - Scythe
2. 13 - Viticulture Essential Edition
3. 10 - Bowling Solitaire
3. 10 - Deep Space D-6
5. 9 - Cuba Libre
5. 9 - Friday
5. 9 - The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
8. 8 - Shadowrun: Crossfire
9. 7 - Castellion
9. 7 - Mage Knight Board Game

Publisher Stonemaier Games scored a 1-2 punch for July, taking the top two spots on the chart with the release of Scythe and the persistent popularity of the Viticulture game, this time in the "Essential Edition.".

Just shipped following its successful (and always well run) Kickstarter campaign, Scythe, with few exceptions, has really wowed the gaming community. Featuring amazing art by Jakub Rozalski, the alternate history Post-WW I worker placement, strategy game is a sure fire lock for Game of the Year honors. The solo Automa from Morten Monrad Pedersen, David Studley and Automa Factory gives the game a challenging AI opponent (or more with additional decks soon to be sold by Stonemaier) and has clearly won over many in the solitaire gaming community. With 16 unique logged plays (and 31 actuals!), it reigned supreme it its debut month.

The "all you need in one box" Viticulture Essential Edition has lowered the cost of entry into this wonderful title, also from Stonemaier Games. It would seem that entries would be split between this aggregated (went there) version and those who still own the original with the Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture expansion, but V:EE has a following all its own to lock in spot number two. It has been in the top 10 for five of the last seven months as well.

Another new post-Kickstarter release was the solo-only dice-placement game Deep Space D-6 and it tied with the "from the archives" resurging Bowling Solitaire for third place with 10 unique plays.

Fifth place found three long time favorites holding strong as gamers never grow tired of them. The reprinted GMT COIN Series title Cuba Libre, the ever expanding The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game series from Fantasy Flight Games and the never-to-be-rescued castaway companion Friday split the middle ground with 9 unique plays logged.

Some new releases that surprisingly didn't make the list this month were Star Trek: Frontiers by WizKids and Salvation Road from Van Ryder Games. While the fantasy themed "beta" version ( ) of Vlaada Chvátil's system made the list tied at number nine, Star Trek: Frontiers just missed the cut with six unique plays for July.

Totally out of the running though is Salvation Road. Not sure why the post-apocalyptic non-zombie survivor game didn't resonate this month. My theory is that it's because Scythe and the well-deserved buzz about it just simply crowded the field and the tables of those who owned both. It amassed only a single play for July and in more Van Ryder related news: for the first time since November 2015, Hostage Negotiator failed to make the top 10 (5 uniques for July). However, the soon-to-close Kickstarter for the standalone expansion Hostage Negotiator: Crime Wave is on fire, showing there is still much love for the theme and the series among soloists.

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June 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 played games for June 2016 based on their activity on the SGOYT Aggregator. These are based on unique entries for the month where a unique entry is one entry for a game counted per user each month. So while one gamer may have played and listed multiple times, the count is based on only one entry for that user.

Top Played Solitaire Games for June 2016 (LINK)
(rank. uniques - game)
1. 26 - Bowling Solitaire
2. 16 - 30 Rails
3. 13 - Dawn of the Zeds (Third edition)
3. 13 - Friday
5. 9 - Gears of War: The Board Game
6. 8 - Cuba Libre
6. 8 - Hostage Negotiator
6. 8 - Shadowrun: Crossfire
9. 7 - Castellion
9. 7 - Imperial Settlers
9. 7 - Leaving Earth
9. 7 - Pandemic: The Cure
9. 7 - Rallyman

For the month of June, a 47 year old classic and a print and play newcomer ran away with the top spots on the list. Sid Sackson was one of the most respected and prolific game designers in boardgaming history and his 1969 Bowling Solitaire took top honors this month with an amazing 26 unique plays and 49 total registered plays for the month. Prior to June, the game had only seen 23 total plays since the SGOYT began in May 2013. The solitaire game of bowling (hence its name) saw public recognition with the recently Kickstarted (and already shipping) combo pack of Elevenses for One (with Bowling Solitaire) by Eagle-Gryphon Games. In addition the 1 Player guild is currently running a Bowling League that has proven quite popular and certainly drove up the numbers. (You can find my counter-based version here as well: Getting Down in the Gutter and Converting a 47 Year Old Classic)

The annual 2016 Solitaire Print and Play Contest is in full swing and many great games have come from that one in the past. Its sister contest, the now completed 2016 One Page PNP Contest calls for games to be printable on a single sheet of paper. The 3rd place winner this year won the hearts and minds of soloists in June and 30 Rails took second place with an impressive 16 unique plays and 22 actuals in its first month appearing on the list. This simple and strategic train themed game has picked up a lot of steam (yeah, I said it) and should be riding the rails to many more months of popularity. Don't get sidetracked, be sure to check it out.

The super-dee-duper deluxe third edition of Dawn of the Zeds from Victory Point Games and Hermann Luttmann arrived this month following its blockbuster Kickstarter campaign. Copies made available for general sale after the fact were also quickly snatched up. It's a "no-brainer" then that this one placed high on the list with 13 unique plays (23 actual) recorded to tie for third with another -- albeit different type of -- survival game Friday by Friedemann Friese.

Monthly challenges kept several regular games on the list this month, including Gears of War: The Board Game, Pandemic: The Cure, and Rallyman. Self-published space explorer Leaving Earth showed it still has an out of this world following, keeping on the list tied for 9th place. Hopefully this one will get the attention of a larger publisher and some retail exposure.

GMT Games release a new COIN Series title last month with Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar but also reprinted two of its more popular titles in the series: A Distant Plain and Cuba Libre. The latter reprint is one of the more popular COIN titles due to its ease of (easier?) play and the revolution sparked allowed this insurgent to infiltrate the list in 6th place.

And what would a top 10 be without Van Ryder Games Hostage Negotiator making the list? My guess is that it would be November 2015, the last time this one didn't appear. For June it also had 8 plays to tie for 6th place. Of course their newly released Salvation Road may pull the Van Ryder groupies away as they too battle to survive in a Max Max (ish) world.

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May 2016 - Top Played Solitaire Games

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Below are the top 10 played solitaire games for May 2016 based on their activity on the SGOYT Aggregator. These are based on unique entries for the month where a unique entry is one entry for a game counted per user each month. So while one gamer may have played and listed multiple times, the count is based on only one entry for that user.

This month we have a pair of titles exploring survival on a deserted island and two sibling games seeking to help the human race survive against infectious diseases. And one of these has dethroned the top game of the last several months.

Top Played Solitaire Games for May 2016 (LINK)
(rank. uniques - game)
1. 18 - Friday
2. 12 - Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game
2. 12 - Pandemic: The Cure
2. 12 - Shadowrun: Crossfire
5. 11 - Imperial Settlers
6. 9 - Leaving Earth
6. 9 - Star Realms
6. 9 - Viticulture Essential Edition
9. 8 - Hostage Negotiator
9. 8 - Pandemic
9. 8 - Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

The always popular deck-builder Friday is back on the top of the chart since June of 2015. Perhaps the summer weather, travel and its very portable footprint make this a perfect candidate for a vacation game? It was not even close with 18 different gamers logging a play on the SGOYT, the most for first place since Hostage Negotiator registered 22 in January.

The Van Ryder Games hostage rescue simulation not only was unseated this month from atop the list, it actually fell to ninth place overall with eight uniques. It had held the top spot for the previous five months in a row.

Two games in the Pandemic family both made the list this month. The original Pandemic (not Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, shock) tied for ninth place and returned to the list for the first time since August 2013. The younger Pandemic: The Cure tied for second place with 12 gamers logging plays. This surge was brought on by a SGOYT challenge for June that actually kicked off a few days early, resulting in eight of those 12 players logging on or after May 28. The dice-chucking medical game was last in the Top 10 back in December 2014.

Space exploration seems to be the new frontier and self-published space-race puzzler Leaving Earth continues to thrill soloists and made the top 10 for the second month in a row. A new expansion, Leaving Earth: Outer Planets also just shipped, so expect even more exposure for this one. Portability may also explain the return of Star Realms to the top 10 for its best month since July 2015 and appearance on the list since last November.

Viticulture has been a hit since its release and the more compact Essential Edition has made it even more so for soloists, adding the Automa previously found in the Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture expansion. It too has been on the chart the last two months running.

Finally, the other Crusoe themed title, Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island returns for the first time since last October to round out this month's list.

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