I wrote the following answers in response to some questions on Facebook. I'm crossposting here.
1. Best new-to-me surprise of 2015: China. I was taught Web of Power in June. That prompted me to get a copy of China, which replaced WoP. I've now played 16 times. It is highly strategic, but simple and quick to play. I can almost never tell who's won until we tally it up. Before learning Web of Power, I don't think I'd even heard of it.
2. Biggest new-to-me disappointment of 2015: Suburbia 5★. It makes the set-up more complicated and has a few overly complicated rules. I'm honestly unsure how Alien Mountain would work, but luckily nobody's ever bought it. To be clear, it's not the worst thing I played this year. It's just the biggest disappointment. I fear this has killed Suburbia at Zombie Planet (the venue where I play), which is a shame because Suburbia's still among my favorite games.
3. Most-played game of 2015: Far and away, Sentinels of the Multiverse. My wife and I play several games every laundry day to fill time while waiting for machines.
Second-most was Roll for the Galaxy, again mostly 2-player with Cristyn.
Nearly tied for third-most are Bandu and Kingdom Builder, predominantly at Zombie Planet. I'm glad we have been getting Kingdom Builder to the table more.
P.D. Magnus' ruminations on gaming, along with shrill promotion of his own designs.
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