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BGTG 147 - A Look Back at 2013 (with David Gullett)

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It's a little crazy to finally publish this long-delayed episode, but I'm doing it nonetheless. A look back at 2013 is kind of ridiculous in July of 2014, but I think it's interesting nonetheless because we also talk about broader topics like gaming statistics (personal & community), gaming trends, and looks forward into the "new" year (that's now half-over!).

Year-end stats often start with number of plays, and number of games. In my case, those numbers include online plays--which aggravates Dave!--but we're both beyond actually arguing about that. My numbers have remained remarkably consistent for many years: right around 300 plays, 150 titles. The actual numbers were 342 plays, 155 titles, 60 new-to-me. Dave's are somewhat higher (325 plays, 126 titles), but NOTABLY higher when you realize he's a purist that only includes face-to-face plays. However, I prove my point with a story about a game of Timeline: Music & Cinema that the two of us played online just prior to recording the podcast.

Another well-worn statistic within our hobby are the "Fives & Dimes," which even predate BGG and Mark Jackson's tally of this data. Sure, it always skews toward the shorter games, but even I get a good feeling when I see a beefier title like Brass show up.

Mark's dimes
Board Game: Brass: Lancashire
Board Game: Oregon
Board Game: Vinci
Board Game: Napoleon at Waterloo
Board Game: R-Eco
Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow

Mark's nickels
Board Game: Thurn and Taxis
Board Game: Firenze
Board Game: Industrial Waste
Board Game: Pergamon
Board Game: Maori
Board Game: Vikings
Board Game: Qwixx
Board Game: Risk Legacy
Board Game: Skyline

Dave's quarters
Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game

Dave's dimes
Board Game: Qwixx
Board Game: Las Vegas
Board Game: Dominion
Board Game: King of Tokyo

Dave's nickels
Board Game: Kingdom Builder
Board Game: Time's Up!
Board Game: Würfel Bohnanza
Board Game: Blink
Board Game: Firenze
Board Game: Suburbia
Board Game: Stress

Keeping basic stats is about all I do. I know some people keep more detailed game journals about their plays (either here on BGG or elsewhere, such as a physical notebook). I really love that concept, and even did it for a time several years ago, but didn't stick with it. Do you record data? I'd love to hear about that. I'll post a poll at the bottom, and encourage you to leave feedback.

Dave & I also have an opinion or two to share about these titles that were released in 2013. Not a whole lot, so don't get your hopes up, but no review of 2013 should omit this part. I'll really get into the 2013 games in about 2015, knowing me...

2013 games
Board Game: Glass Road
Board Game: 1775: Rebellion
Board Game: Rialto
Board Game: Spyrium
Board Game: Russian Railroads
Board Game: Forbidden Desert
Board Game: Lewis & Clark: The Expedition
Board Game: Prosperity
Board Game: Francis Drake
Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set
Board Game: Eldritch Horror
Board Game: Amerigo
Board Game: A Study in Emerald
Board Game: Rise of Augustus
Board Game: Coal Baron
Board Game: Steam Park

Last is a touchy-feely part (but fun for me!) to reflect on the year that passed, and the year ahead. More than just statistics or new titles, now I'm thinking about more holistic, meta, or memorable aspects of the hobby. Still with me? Ha! Between the two of us, we mention things like wargaming, online plays, family gaming, a boardgame road trip (that you heard here on this podcast!), and getting old favorites back to the table. Looking ahead, I'm very much looking forward to attending BGG.con this year, and hope to meet some of my listeners!

Poll: BGTG 147 Poll
Do you keep records about your boardgaming? What sort of records do you keep? Click all that apply to you.
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