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Changing of the guard

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Cristyn and I have had several games that we played a lot: games that became our default game to play, that we'd play several times in a session.

The first of these was Dominion, shortly after it came out. We bought Intrigue, but didn't pick up expansions after that.

At some point, we got Race for the Galaxy and stopped playing Dominion. Race had the advantage that there wasn't as much setup for each game, so we could easily play three hands at a sitting.

Later, it was Sentinels of the Multiverse. We started using it as a laundry day game. One game of Sentinels took about as long as a load of laundry, so it filled the dead time in between sorting and served as a kind of timer.

Then we got Spirit Island, which has been our laundry day game pretty much ever since.

Evidence for this progression is my list of most-played games. Spirit Island has nearly caught up to Race for the Galaxy, but it has half as many plays as Sentinels.

Here's the current stats...

Sentinels of the Multiverse: 694 plays
Race for the Galaxy: 352 plays
Spirit Island: 348 plays
Dominion: 259 plays

Other games which we played a ton for a while include Escape: The Curse of the Temple and Altiplano, although we didn't play those to the same extent.
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