Most Played Games 2012 Edition
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The end of my first real year of intensified and tracked board gaming and it feels like we could have played so much more!

Having put together monthly lists to check in on a year out, and semi-annual lists to mark what rose to the top I figured I might as well go ahead and see what got to the table most in 2012.

At first I thought I would just do games with plays 10 and higher, but that seemed too limiting since some of these were little fillers so I wanted to expand to at least 5 plays over the course of the year. This allowed some newer purchases to show up alongside favorites.
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1. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12882] [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
Steve Kennedy

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When you make a game that can take 2 minutes to play, it is bound to get a lot of plays. So that is the only explanation I have for this being the most-played game of 2012. If you cut the number of plays in half, it sort of moves further down the list.
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2. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:890]
Steve Kennedy

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Growing up I had a couple of war-themed games (like "Chopper Strike") but these do not really appeal to my spouse. This "bonus" freebie is the rare war-themed game in my collection. It gets some solo play and feels the most like a video game. Some boards seems completely impossible to win on your own.
 
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3. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:624]
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Often taken along on trips, this little quick-playing game seems to be fading a bit due to a number of card-based 2-player games that appeared in our collection.
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4. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:257]
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Both this and "Pandemic" have the same number of plays this year. We love both and have yet to even play the 2 new expansion boards.
 
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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New to us in Fall 2011, it is perhaps the one newest game with the most staying power in our collection. With the "On the Brink" expansion, which we use portions of often, it provides with an engaging, easy to teach game.
 
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6. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1412]
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One of my favorite "generic" abstracts. It comes out a couple times a year which is enough since playing the same person can result in rutted strategy playing.
 
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7. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:682]
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Another great travel package that is a fun little game to play. We introduced this to several friends this year and they each ended up buying a copy.
 
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8. Board Game: Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:653]
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Since we play many 2-player games, picking up a Catan game that feels like the base game and lets us get a taste of another favorite in our collection was a perfect fit. It actually travels farely well, but you just need a bigger table than an airplane can give.
 
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9. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:108]
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New to us last spring after many recommendations here on BGG, this is another of our favorite little games.
 
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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The year this does not appear in our "most-played" list will probably worth noting. The new mini-expansions have added more interesting variations and I have begin suggesting it is time for a single tackle tuck box to store these for faster unpacking.
 
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11. Board Game: Don Quixote [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:4234]
 
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A 2011 bargain purchase, this only gets solo play around here and I pulled out this summer when I was bacheloring at home a couple weeks.
 
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12. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
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New this fall to our collection and the fact that it appears here is a sign that it is fast becoming a favorite. Great party game for casual gamers that is easy to teach and fast playing.
 
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13. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:12]
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Our first Feld game that led to many more so it will be fun to see which ones recur year to year. Love the individual player boards and the variations taht occur with every game.
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14. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:79]
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This was new to us in January and it held its own throughout the year as the wife loves this game--actually I think we decided she likes worker placement games in general.
 
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15. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This Either [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4556]
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See the "top" game listed, but this one got added in to the base game for several holiday appearances of goofiness.
 
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16. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:911]
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Last year's Christmas gift was one of our gateway plays for folks this year. It opened the door to try "Ticket to Ride" at least. And even typing this now I sort of want to play this again!
 
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17. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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We spent 2012 working our way through all the expansions and finally made it a year after I received this as a gift. Great game that we love to return to every once in a while. It sort of rotates with "Carcassonne" though it is quite different. Most fun this year was getting to play with more than 2 of us.
 
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18. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1575] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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Since I love crossword puzzles, and this takes no time to play, I suspect this game will hang on each year as we take it with us when traveling rather often. At least if it gets wet nothing is ruined!
 
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19. Board Game: Batt'l Kha'os [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3125]
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A quick filler that is one of our few fantasy-based, barely, themed games. I picked this up at a discount to at least give us a bit of tile-laying games in when "Carcassonne" would take too long.
 
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20. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1010]
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Though one of the most morbid themes, I love this game with its goofy art work. Played a couple games over the holidays where a friend managed to close down the line in his first turn twice.
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21. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:594]
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Another new favorite that we picked up in the Fall so it is working its way up to most plays rather quickly.
 
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22. Board Game: Phoenicia [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1592]
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A surprising appearance on our list. Half of the games we played were really just trying to get a feel for the game. The scoring cylinder and production disc are a bit confusing at first. We did manage to revisit this in December and managed to play through the game without too much difficulty. We'll see if it hangs around...
 
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23. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:288] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I would be surprised if this one drops of my annual list. Our new walnut board will certainly entice us to play even more often in 2013.
 
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24. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:851]
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Part of my KS of "Urbanization", this 2-player abstract is actually a surprise hit here. I really like it a lot and suspect it will only grow on me over time.
 
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25. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:307]
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Another relatively new to me acquisition, this solo game is actually a lot of fun and quite addictive. It shows up here having only been in my collection since the middle of December!
 
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