New To Me in 2012 (and 2011, 2010, 2009...)
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I played 117 games for the first time in 2012 - my lowest total since 2001, if still a good number. 16 of them were unpublished prototypes; ignoring those, I thought I'd go through them. And having done that much, I thought I might as well continue the exercise, back to 1995 (the first year for which I have meaningful data)...
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1. Board Game: Crazy Eights [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:15631]
Joe Huber

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Massachusetts
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I don't yet have any games I rate 9 or 10 which I first played in 2012. This is no surprise - it usually takes a game both plays (at least five for a 9, and ten for a 10) and time before I'll consider giving a game a rating North of 8.

There are currently eight games I played for the first time in 2012 which I rate an 8:

Ginkgopolis
Keyflower
Snowdonia
Trains
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

I'm fairly confident, at this point, that Keyflower and Trains won't move up further for me. Still very enjoyable. I think Ginkgopolis and Snowdonia have a real chance; less certain of Tzolk'in, but I've only played it three times.

Still - five games I rate an 8 from a single Essen works for me...
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2. Board Game: Seven! [Average Rating:5.68 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Massachusetts
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Games I rate a 7 are on the border - I own nearly every game I rate an 8 or higher (the exceptions being games I haven't bought yet or unpublished games) and almost no games I rate below a 7 (to be specific - I own 5 games I rate a 6, and none I rate lower). I own just over a quarter of the games I rate a 7 - but that's biased towards recent releases; I currently own five of the six games listed below, and would own all six save for a trade I wanted to make more than I wanted to hold onto Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small.

So really, the trick here is to figure out which ones will stick around. Würfel Bohnanza will get a free pass - I have what might be a complete collection of Bohnanza, for no particularly good reason. Of the others, I'd give Ab in die Tonne the best chance, followed by Morels. (I have way too many two player games for the time I spend playing with just two.)

Ab in die Tonne
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Morels
Volta
Weykick Minigolf
Würfel Bohnanza
 
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3. Board Game: Six [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3713]
Joe Huber

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A six, for me, is usually a game I'm happy to play if asked - but not one I have any need to control my play of.

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1812: The Invasion of Canada
1865 Sardinia
1st & Goal
Actium
Copycat
Dungeon Star
Feudality
Feuer und Wasser (from Das Spiel)
Frigiti
Gear's Knights
Kalimambo
Kleine Fotosafari
Legacy
Muzundrum
Ora et Labora
Packen-Wir's!
Pari
Saint Malo
Siberia
Step by Step
The Cave
The Swarm
Viva Topo!

Of these, the one with the best chance to join my collection is Copycat, which I only played as a prototype; I like what Friedemann was trying to do, but will need to play the published game to figure out if it's for me. On the whole, I enjoyed trying these games, even if they aren't for me.
 
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4. Board Game: Take Five [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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A 5 game for me is typically one I'm not enthusiastic to play again - but one I'm perfectly willing to play, should others wish to. This usually means, as a practical matter, I stop playing the game. These days, that's usually after just a single play; I'd rather play a game I know and love or a game I haven't played before in preference.

I should note - my ratings are _purely_ subjective. Objectively, I have no difficulty in understanding why Seasons rates much higher than Roman Taxi, to pick just two games from this list. But for me - I have equal interest (disinterest? apathy?) in playing either again.

5 vor 12
Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant
Casa Grande
City Tycoon
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
Drag-Ominos
Helvetia
Magnum Sal
Meltdown 2020
Mondriaan 2020
Mutant Meeples
Nefarious
Plato 3000
Remember the Alamo
Roman Taxi
Santy Anno
Scan
Seasons
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Wanzen Tanzen
Zombie Dice
Zug
 
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5. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1547]
Joe Huber

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I did not participate in the "worst of 2012" discussions because, frankly, it's rarely fun to write about things that _weren't_ enjoyable. But inspired by the discussions, I did write up my list on my private blog - and it was noted that nearly all of the games were very obscure. There's a good reason for that; it's not common that a game which a major publisher has chosen to put out annoys me at the level needed to gain a 1 or 2 rating from me. 3s and 4s, though, aren't so rare.

4s, to me, are exemplified by those games I would prefer not to play; I'd generally lobby to play something else instead. But I could play any of these, if need be - they just aren't my thing.

1812
Africana
Carré
Crazy Creatures of Dr. Gloom
Dicke Dämonen
Disposition
Dr. Shark
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Farmerama
Flowerfall
Indigo
K2
Pizza Theory
Rocket Jockey
Smash Up
Takenoko
The Great Zimbabwe
Tokaido
Tschak!
Vegas
Waka Waka
 
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6. Board Game: I See Three [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Now we're getting in to games I'd strongly prefer not to play. I will, on occasion - but it's typically either because one of my sons asks, or because I want to give a game another shot, usually long after I first encountered it.

There are lots of well-regarded games on this list, I would note. I would strongly recommend _against_ using my opinions on games for anything other than trying to figure out what game to rope me in to. Fortunately, I've found that I've got _some_ overlap with any gamer I've run across, so I'm not stuck continuously playing solo games...

Android
Briefcase
Dao
Express 01
Fortuna
Goblins, Inc.
Junction
Luna
Santa Cruz
Shake Out
Suburbia
Talisman
Trick of the Rails
 
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7. Board Game: Take Two [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:11817]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Now we're getting into the seriously-not-for-me games. Still doesn't make them bad games at all - just games that aren't for me. Often, at this level, there are design decisions I strongly disagree with - for me. But most of these games have fans...

Arriala: Canal de Garonne
Chicorée le Jeu
Input / Output Game
IV-V-I
Making Profit
Mercurius
Rise!
 
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8. Board Game: All for One [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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By the BGG definitely, a 1 is broken. But since (1) I don't believe any game is broken for everyone, and (2) I find it useful to utilize the whole rating space, I definite a 1 rating as "broken for me". And all three of these games definitely qualify...

1830 Cardgame
Application Crunch
Do Move Say

Application Crunch is the least broken of the group, but still not one I care to play again. I found Do Move Say terrible, but at least it was over quickly. 1830 Cardgame is one of the very rare games I would burn, should I find myself owning a copy.
 
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9. Board Game: Guild [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:9069]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2011 discoveries:

Guild 8
King of Tokyo 8
Pantheon 8
Poseidon 8
Trajan 8
Campaign Manager 2008 7
Color Stix 7
Don Q. und die Vermessung von La Mancha 7
Fliegende Teppiche 7
Hanabi (from Hanabi & Ikebana) 7
Kimbo 7
Le Pâtissier 7
Meander 7
Monster-Falle 7
Morgan's A'Comin'! 7
Pergamon 7
Power Grid: The First Sparks 7
Restaurant Row 7
Soldateska 7
String Railway Transport 7
Toc Toc Woodman 7
¡Knock-on-Word! 6
20th Century 6
7 Wonders 6
A Fistful of Penguins 6
Abandon Ship 6
All kinds of flowers Profusion 6
BITS 6
Caper 6
Constantinopolis 6
Darjeeling 6
Das große Kullern 6
De Vulgari Eloquentia 6
Friday 6
Jump Gate 6
Key Market 6
Mare Balticum 6
Nassauer 6
Nyanko-Artist 6
Revolver: The Wild West Gunfighting Game 6
Schnapsen 6
Skyscrapers 6
Slate 6
Spectral Rails 6
Spring Fever 6
String Railway 6
Summertime 6
Sumo! 6
Sun, Sea & Sand 6
The Road to Canterbury 6
Timeline 6
Uluru 6
Vanuatu 6
Voll in Fahrt 6
51st State 5
A Few Acres of Snow 5
Airlines Europe 5
Antics 5
Busstop: The Boardgame 5
Don Quixote 5
Drive 5
Drum Roll 5
Fiese 15 5
Hau La 5
Hey Waiter! 5
Karnaxis 5
Loch Ness 5
Master of Pizza 5
MauseSause 5
Nihonsyoki 5
Paperclip Railways 5
Paris Connection 5
Principato 5
Quarriors 5
Ranking 5
Rapa Nui 5
Singapore 5
Some'R'Set 5
Stirling Moss Rally 5
Strasbourg 5
Timber 5
Top & Down 5
Tournay 5
Walnut Grove 5
Wampum 5
Abtei der Rätsel 4
Belfort 4
Chip-Chip Hurra 4
Die Schätze des Ali Baba 4
Eminent Domain 4
Master Merchant 4
Nostalgia 4
Quebec 4
Rallyman 4
Rugby World 4
Tricky Bid 4
Troyes 4
Verdict 4
1817 3
1880: China 3
Alba Longa 3
Aquileia 3
Carcassonne: Dice Game 3
Coney Island 3
Dallas 3
Excalibur 3
Goblin King 3
Great Western 3
Insidious Sevens 3
Kingdom Builder 3
Lancaster 3
Lao Pengh 3
micropul 3
MIL 3
Queen's Ransom 3
Terra Evolution 3
Tuareg 3
Ubongo: Das Kartenspiel 3
Vicious Fishes 3
Artè 2
Cloudbusters 2
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space 2
Fall of the Roman Empire 2
Olympus 2
Rolling Stock 2
The Curling Game 2
The Last of the Independents 2
Geizen 1
Irondale 1

Looking back at my discoveries of 2011, none of them has taken a step forward to become an all-time favorite. My favorite, at this point, would either be Guild or Trajan - but neither is close to gaining a 9 rating from me. It's a nice group of 7s - none of the seven I own are in great danger of leaving my collection, and I wouldn't be shocked if at least one of them moved up to an 8 rating for me with more play.
 
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10. Board Game: Rails of New England [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4503]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2010 discoveries:

Rails of New England 9
18Neb 8
Adlungland 8
Curling Table Game 8
Die Burgen von Burgund 8
Founding Fathers 8
Inotaizu 8
The major four of Heizei 8
Artus 7
Chronicle 7
Deeku 7
Discover India 7
Glen More 7
Hakahana 7
Jaipur 7
Julchen und die Monster 7
Keltis 7
Lemming Mafia 7
Perpetual-Motion Machine 7
Schinderhannes 7
The Great Downhill Ski Game 7
18AL 6
18TN 6
Ad Astra 6
Armorica 6
Cambria 6
Catacombs 6
Confusion 6
Dinosaur Chess 6
Dragonheart 6
Fauna 6
Fresco 6
Fun Fair 6
Fürstenfeld 6
Game of Prospecting 6
Hibernia 6
Hop Hop Hooray! 6
Jo-Jotte 6
Kineti-Go 6
Level X 6
London 6
Mad Dash 6
Mille Grazie 6
Mine Out 6
Mord Im Arosa 6
Mosaix 6
New York 6
Railroad Barons 6
Schweine-bande 6
Scoop 6
Scripts and Scribes 6
Seeland 6
Seidenstraße 6
Silverton 6
Space Alert 6
The Game of Life Express 6
The Master of the Marchants in the Sakai 6
TurfMaster 6
Ubongo 3D 6
Vasco da Gama 6
Wild Wechsel 6
Witch of Salem 6
Workshop of the World 6
World Without End 6
2 de Mayo 5
Affenzahn 5
Albion 5
Alcatraz 5
Barbarossa 5
BasketBoss 5
Beer & Pretzels 5
Blindside 5
Cardcassonne 5
Cyrano 5
Die Goldene Stadt 5
duck! duck! Go! 5
Dutch Blitz 5
Future 5
Game of Radio 5
Gauss 5
Grand Cru 5
Hamlet! 5
Heist 5
Innovation 5
Livingstone 5
Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel 5
Railways of the World: The Card Game 5
Romeo & Julia 5
Six 5
Snapshot 5
Spanish Main 5
Spot It! 5
Spot! 5
Sum-It 5
The Crow and the Pitcher 5
The Nomination Game (from The Next President) 5
Thunderstone 5
Trader 5
Travel Blog 5
Twilight Struggle 5
Via Romana 5
Xerxes 5
Adios Amigos 4
Arabana-Opodopo 4
Campos 4
Charioteer 4
Cities 4
Islas Canarias 4
Kamon 4
Kassen 4
Merkator 4
Norenberc 4
Pacific Northwest Rails 4
Pampas Railroads 4
Plan-Cheroli 4
Porto Carthago 4
Shifty Gear Game 4
Titania 4
Touring England 4
Cosmic Wimpout 3
Day & Night 3
Downtown 3
Election Night! 3
Era of Inventions 3
Exxit 3
Facts in Five 3
Khan Tsin 3
Moleko 3
Panacea 3
Restefix 3
Seven Card Samurai 3
The Harry Lorayne Memory Game 3
The Speicherstadt 3
Tiki Topple 3
Atlantis 2
Longships 2
Mad Zeppelin 2
Möbelrücken, oder: Wie kommt denn der Toaster ins Schlafzimmer? 2
Namibia 2
Rattus 2
Samurai: The Card Game 2
Space Junkyard 2
Twins 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game 2

One advantage of doing a list this way - where most of the content is in retrospective - is that I actually get to list new-to-me games based upon when I first played them - often, as with Rails of New England, prior to publication.

Rails stands out, but it's also an easy year to look back on and point to my second favorite game - Inotaizu (Kaigan) easily takes that crown. Third place is a more complex battle to sort out.
 
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11. Board Game: Don Q. und der Dreh mit den Windmühlen [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2009 discoveries:

Black Friday 8
Cartel 8
Don Q. und der Dreh mit den Windmühlen 8
Famiglia 8
The Election Game (from The Next President) 8
Armchair Cricket 7
Astron 7
Carrousel 7
Crusader Rex 7
Don Q. hat sich mit den Schafen in der Wolle 7
FITS 7
FleetBoard 7
Gelini Nightlife 7
Keltis Der Weg der Steine 7
Netzwerk 7
Peloponnes 7
Pocket Rockets 7
Snow Tails 7
Tindahan (from Filipino Fruit Market) 7
Tobago 7
Triumvirate 7
Ultimate 7
Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation 7
18VA 6
Alea Iacta Est 6
Arena - Roma II 6
Auction Bridge 6
Bürger, Baumeister & Co. 6
Caveat Emptor 6
Chamelequin 6
Circus Maximus 6
Days of Steam 6
Diamonds Club 6
Dixit 6
Dominator 6
Eine Gegen Eine 6
Finca 6
Finito 6
Halali 6
Imagination 6
Maori 6
MOW 6
Opera 6
Pan-Kai 6
Pixelator 6
Quebec 1759 6
Robo-Tory 6
Royal Palace 6
Schwarzmarkt 6
Steam 6
Texas Glory: 1835-36 6
Till Eulenspiegel 6
Ubongo extrem - Mitbringspiel 6
Würfel Express 6
Yahtzee Free For All 6
A Castle For All Seasons 5
Alice in Wonderland - Parade 5
Automobile 5
Bombay 5
Captain Pirate 5
Channel X 5
Chicken Chase 5
Der Name der Rose 5
Digging 5
Egizia 5
Erosion 5
Fast Flowing Forest Fellers 5
Garibaldi 5
God's Playground 5
Gonzaga 5
Jet Set 5
Keltis: Das Kartenspiel 5
Klickado 5
Knights 5
Majority 5
Memo Street 5
Monuments: Wonders of Antiquity 5
Namutoni 5
Penalty 5
Ra The Dice Game 5
Ramses Pyramid 5
Snit's Revenge! 5
The Heavens of Olympus 5
The Quantumgame 5
Tintenherz Das Spiel zum Film 5
At the Gates of Loyang 4
Baltimore and Ohio 4
Bastos! (from Filipino Fruit Market) 4
Bloom 4
Bonnie and Clyde 4
Build Puzzle Town 4
Conquer Your Market 4
Doubletrack 4
Genial Spezial 4
Homesteaders 4
Last Train to Wensleydale 4
Low Bidder 4
Peeper 4
Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas 4
Space Blast 4
Sutter's Mill 4
Tokyo Train 4
Track-Gammon 4
Waterloo 4
After the Flood 3
Aladdin's Dragons Card Game 3
Alcazar 3
Ammoniten-Rennen 3
Carson City 3
Castellers 3
Dozo 3
Dragon Lairds 3
Dungeon Lords 3
Endeavor 3
Havana 3
High 7 3
Juwelenzauber 3
Kolonial Afrika 3
Löwendynastie 3
Lungarno 3
Power Struggle 3
Robot Master 3
Sing Sing 3
The 3 Commandments 3
Wasabi 3
Dodge City 2
Hansa Teutonica 2
Sylla 2
Wealth of Nations 2
Duck Dealer 1

Odd year - of my five favorite discoveries, two weren't yet published, and two were more than 30 years old. The exception was, by a nose, my favorite of the bunch - a wonderful themed abstract game that really makes me hope for more Don Q. games from Perlhuhn.
 
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12. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:38]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2008 discoveries:

Le Havre 9
Macao 9
Power Grid Factory Manager 9
1829 Mainline 8
Airships 8
Hanging Gardens 8
Hawaii 8
Rapa Nui 8
Sweep! 8
1841 7
…aber bitte mit Sahne 7
18GL 7
Anno 1701 7
Betrayal at House on the Hill 7
Big Points 7
Energie Poker 7
Fibonacci 7
Giants 7
Gondoliere 7
McMulti 7
MinenRäumer 7
Montage 7
Novo Dice 7
Octi 7
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age 7
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Card Game 7
Star System 7
Starfarers of Catan 7
Steel Driver 7
The Generals 7
Tinners' Trail 7
Battleship Express 6
Burgen Land 6
Cavum 6
Cities 6
Cowboys: The Way of the Gun 6
Deukalion 6
Forbidden Island 6
Game of High Spirits 6
Ghost Stories 6
Goldraub in London 6
HysteriCoach 6
Manoeuvre 6
Marrakech 6
Paddle Pool 6
Pick & Pack 6
Powerboats 6
Risk Express 6
Shogun 6
Spite & Malice 6
Terrace 6
The Battle for Hill 218 6
The Penguin Ultimatum 6
Ticket To Ride Card Game 6
Titicaca 6
Ubongo Das Duell 6
Volle Wolle 6
Wicked Witches Way 6
18West 5
Amerigo 5
Asterix & Obelix 5
Blox 5
Byzanz 5
Clue Express 5
Code Omega 5
Command & Colors: Ancients 5
Comuni 5
Container 5
Convention! 5
Das Erbe des Maloney 5
Dschunke 5
Fluch der Mumie 5
Liebe & Intrigue 5
Nefertiti 5
Orient Express 5
Panda, Gorilla & Co., Das Spiel 5
Rail Baron 5
Räuber 5
Revolte 5
Sorry Sliders 5
Sushizock in Gockelwok 5
Toledo 5
Tribune 5
Velo City 5
Zack & Pack 5
1825 Unit 1 4
Am Hofe des Königs (from Allerley Spielerey) 4
Beim Jupiter 4
Blindes Huhn 4
Boss Kito 4
Central Pacific 4
Dawson City Barbers 4
Der Stein der Zünfte (from Allerley Spielerey) 4
Fraud Squad 4
Hab & Gut 4
Helunken Spelunken 4
Ice Flow 4
Mr. Who? 4
Newtown 4
Oraklos 4
Perikles 4
Shadow Hunters 4
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective 4
Sioux 4
Sorry Express 4
The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch 4
Trini 4
Wits & Wagers 4
Zauberzeit 4
Adams Ahn 3
Alhambra Dice Game 3
Arktia 3
Caveman 3
Chang Cheng 3
Confucius 3
Dungeon Twister 3
Heads of State 3
Hexad 3
Kojit-8 3
Magdar 3
Monastery 3
Mother Sheep 3
Phoenix 3
Pròxima Obertura 3
Shanghaien 3
Station Master 3
Stone Age 3
Zanzibar 3
Age of Scheme: Routes to Riches 2
Borneo 2
Burn Rate 2
Double or Nothing 2
Guatemala Café 2
Senji 2
Sodbusters 2
Metropolys 1
Rapscallion 1
Stymie 1

The most recent year when I initially played multiple games that now rate as favorites (9 or 10 ratings) for the first time. Hard to pick out a favorite from among them, but I think on the whole I'll have to go with Le Havre. Though the answer tomorrow might well be Macao...
 
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13. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:130]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2007 discoveries:

Galaxy Trucker 9
Brass 8
Der Prestel Kunstmarkt 8
Hammer of the Scots 8
In the Year of the Dragon 8
Vikings 8
1861 7
18FL 7
Agricola 7
Angkor 7
Australian Rails 7
Barbu 7
Bison 7
Choice 7
Experiment 7
Just4Fun 7
King of Siam 7
League of Six 7
Mare Mediterraneum 7
Münzenfund und alte Knochen 7
On the Underground 7
Perry Rhodan: Die Komische Hanse 7
Ponte del Diavolo 7
RailRoad Dice 2 7
Rocketville 7
SeaSim 7
Stich-Meister 7
Taluva 7
The Case of the Elusive Assassin - An Ellery Queen Mystery Game 7
The Thief of Baghdad 7
Zooloretto 7
24/7 6
Age of Exploration 6
Air Empire 6
Aloha 6
Amyitis 6
And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) 6
Archaeology - The Card Game 6
Beowulf: The Legend 6
Bezique 6
Button Men 6
Byzantium 6
Cash 6
Crazy Rally 6
Cuba 6
Die 1.Million 6
Die Sieben Weisen 6
Die Siedler von Catan Das Würfelspiel 6
Dimension 6
Ekonos 6
Fleet 1715 6
Hamburgum 6
Hermagor 6
Iroquoia - The Beaver Wars 6
Key Harvest 6
Königsburg 6
Laser Battle 6
Looping 6
Magalon 6
Master of Rules 6
Megastar 6
Mentalis 6
Mordred 6
Napoleon 6
Neuroshima Hex! 6
Notre Dame 6
Origin of Falling Water 6
Pagode 6
Poison Pot 6
Port Royal 6
Qwirkle 6
San Ta Si 6
Scottish Highland Whisky Race 6
Space Attack (from P.E.G.S.) 6
Steam Over Holland 6
Territories 6
Tikal 6
Tor 6
Trampelpfad 6
Trapper 6
Über Stadt und Land 6
Venedig 6
Walhalla 6
Wie Verhext! 6
Wildlife 6
Zoodiak 6
Age of Empires III 5
Alles Futsch! 5
Alva (from Tactic Blue) 5
Animalia 5
Antler Island 5
Bull Run 5
Caylus Magna Carta 5
Das letzte Kamel 5
Desert Bazaar 5
Die Händler 5
Dominion 5
Downfall 5
Edison & Co. 5
Executive Decision 5
Fagin's Gang 5
Felix 5
Fugger, Welser, Medici 5
Garten-Zwerge e.V. 5
Giro Galoppo 5
Glory to Rome 5
Go West! 5
Hideout (from P.E.G.S.) 5
High Bid 5
Hill Billy Time 5
Himmelsstürmer 5
Holiday 5
Jantaris 5
Knallbonbon 5
Leaping Lemmings 5
Look In! 5
Management 5
Marquis 5
Medici vs. Strozzi 5
Mr. Jack 5
Palastgeflüster 5
Pecking Order 5
Portobello Market 5
Quirks 5
Railroad Tycoon 5
Rauchzeichen 5
Ruse & Bruise 5
Smart Mouth 5
Socks In The City 5
Stack Market 5
Tahiti 5
Take Your Best Shot 5
Tammany Hall 5
Tekeli-li 5
Terra Nova 5
The Great Chili Cook-Off 5
Toss Up 5
Tulipmania 5
Tumblin-Dice 5
Utopia 5
Vertigo 5
Wabash Cannonball 5
Zaroc 5
Zippy 5
1960: The Making of the President 4
Anno Domini 4
Arbos 4
Before the Wind 4
Bodycheck 4
Box of Golf 4
Bumper Car Arena 4
Catena 4
Chains of Fenrir 4
Colosseum 4
Die Drachenbändiger von Zavandor 4
Dimensions 4
Dragon Parade 4
Elfenwizards 4
Espresso 4
Gipsy King 4
Ishi 4
Laguna 4
Letterflip 4
Lifetime 4
MiniMonFa 4
Oregon 4
Paradise Cab 4
Pizza Box Football 4
Ritter Kunibert's 12er Stich 4
Skyline Of The World 4
The American Goldrush 1849 4
The Bridges of Shangri-La 4
Wayfinder 4
Who Stole Ed's Pants 4
Big League Baseball 3
Fragile 3
High Voltage 3
Kommissar X 3
Leonardo da Vinci 3
Ming Dynastie 3
Robotics 3
Rummikub Dice 3
Skyline 3
Tal der Abenteuer: Die Schatzsuche im Himalaja 3
5 Card Nancy 2
North To Alaska 2
Uptown 2
Chicago Poker 1

Odd to see Galaxy Trucker here; on my first play, about half way through, I was convinced I didn't like it. But by the end of the game, I wanted a copy...

Also to note - Chicago Poker is the only game I have ever actually burned. Which took far more effort than I would have guessed...
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14. Board Game: Canal Mania [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1414]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2006 discoveries:

Canal Mania 9
Factory Fun 9
Der Elefant im Porzellanladen 8
R-Eco 8
Scoozie 8
The Pillars of the Earth 8
The Traders of Carthage 8
Thurn und Taxis 8
Across 5 Aprils 7
Aladdins Erbe 7
Alpenexpress 7
Aquädukt 7
Aton 7
Cherubim 7
Crystal Faire 7
Die Baumeister von Arkadia 7
Die Erbtante 7
Die Nacht der Magier 7
Dry Gulch Junction 7
Elasund: The First City of Catan 7
Gaussian Distribution (from Play Gauss) 7
John Silver 7
Lunatix Loop 7
Mac Robber 7
Marvin Marvel’s Marvelous Marble Machine 7
Mystery Rummy #4: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld 7
Nottingham 7
Offline 7
O'Kudos 7
Robber Knights 7
Russian Rails 7
Seismic 7
Take It To The Limit 7
Through The Ages 7
Zauberschwert & Drachenei 7
1Stein + Co. 6
A Game of Thrones 6
Adam & Eva 6
Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb Zwei 6
Battleship Card Game 6
Blue Moon City 6
California 6
Der Ausreisser 6
Die Dolmengötter 6
Die Säulen von Venedig 6
Electronic Arcade Mania 6
Fifth Avenue 6
Flinch 6
Formidable Foes 6
Gene Pool 6
Halleluja 6
Hart an der Grenze 6
Hive 6
Imperial 6
Jumpin 6
Maka Bana 6
Middle Kingdom 6
Mykerinos 6
Mystery Rummy #3: Jekyll and Hyde 6
Nach dem Regen 6
Op Tile 6
Pathfinder 6
Pepper 6
Salamanca 6
Santorini 6
Space Dealer 6
Tempus 6
Titanic der Mythos 6
Vegas Showdown 6
Yspahan 6
Zong Shi Master Craftsman 6
Aqua Romana 5
Avalanche 5
Blokus Triagon 5
Bobby Lee 5
Bohnkick 5
Chinesische Mauer 5
Cityscape 5
Der Igelwettkampf 5
Eichhörnchenbande 5
Flanderen 1302 5
Flußpiraten 5
Fowl Play 5
Fun Dive 5
Happy Dog 5
Hot Potatoes 5
In10sity 5
Jungle 5
Kubla's Gambol 5
Legie 5
Moguli 5
Sabotage 5
Scalino 5
Sequence 5
Take Stock 5
Tripla 5
Ur 5
Yinsh 5
Zocken 5
Archimedes 4
Augsburg 1520 4
Bolide 4
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 4
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects 4
Darter 4
Diam 4
Finish 4
Greentown 4
Iliad 4
Metromania 4
Null & Nichtig 4
Shipwrecked 4
Star Wars Episode 1 - Collectible Card Game 4
Too Many Cooks 4
Turn or Burn 4
Voltage 4
Wohnprojekt 88 4
Yellowstone Park 4
Celtica 3
Dragonology: The Game 3
Euphrates & Tigris contest of kings 3
Graenaland 3
Il Principe 3
Input 3
Koala 3
Kontor 3
Krumble! 3
Mauer Bauer 3
Shazamm! 3
Ski Gammon 3
SPANC 3
The Traders of Genoa 3
Toppo 3
Treasure Hunters 3
Zig-Zag 3
Crazy Chicken 2
Mission : Planète Rouge 2
Lockhaven 1
Starship Merchants N/A

I'm not sure there's been a game I anticipated as much, in the past decade, as Canal Mania. I'm not sure why, but it really caught my attention, and then didn't disappoint. Factory Fun I had no such expectations for, but it's been nearly as enjoyable.
 
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15. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1987]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2005 discoveries:

Jenseits von Theben 10
Indonesia 9
Jambo 9
Planet Steam 9
Älpler-Stafette 8
Ark 8
Auf Fotosafari in Ombagassa 8
Chinagold 8
Floriado 8
Hamstern 8
Kreta 8
Lines of Action 8
Louis XIV 8
Verflixxt! 8
Akaba 7
Armada 7
Battle of the Bands 7
Baubylon 7
Bist Du sicher? 7
Canasta 7
Cui Bono? (from Das Spiel) 7
Das Kollier der Königin von Saba 7
Das Prestel Säulenspiel 7
Deflexion 7
Diamant 7
Eden 7
Fiji 7
Fjords 7
Gavitt's Stock Exchange 7
Hoppla Lama 7
Hotel Life 7
Ice Lake 7
Jericho 7
Kopernikus 7
Maus Nach Haus 7
Mucho (from Das Spiel) 7
Odin's Ravens 7
Pool Position 7
Rasanto (from Das Spiel) 7
Rat Hot 7
Remmi Demmi 7
Schlangennest 7
Spinnentwist 7
Split 7
Tahuantinsuyu 7
The Game of Life Card Game 7
Ubongo 7
Wilderness War 7
Wolf im Schafspelz 7
Aber Hallo! 6
Antike 6
Atlas & Zeus 6
Bedlam 6
Boccerball 6
Castle Merchants 6
Consensus 6
Dancing Dice 6
Demono 6
Easy Come Easy Go 6
Fairy Tale 6
Farfalia 6
Frankenstein 6
Fredericus 6
Friesen-Törn 6
Gelb Gewinnt 6
Globetrotter 6
Gulo Gulo 6
Heckmeck im Bratwurmeck 6
Industria 6
Johnny Controletti 6
Kippit 6
Knock Out 6
König Salomons Schatzkammer 6
Leapfrog 6
Mad Mate 6
Mark 6
Master Thieves 6
Niagara 6
Oceania 6
Ostfriesenlauf 6
Palatinus 6
Palazzo 6
Pick Two 6
Piranha Pedro 6
Poison 6
Quanta Costa 6
Roma 6
Rook 6
Roundhouse 6
Spelunke 6
Tantalus 6
Time Pirates 6
Tohu Wabohu 6
Tolstoi 6
Trump, Tricks, Game! 6
Weg Damit! 6
Xe Queo! 6
1860 5
Affenraffen 5
Antiquity 5
Attribut 5
Axiom 5
Bakerstreet 5
Blue Moon 5
Bonaparte at Marengo 5
Brettfussball 5
Bumparena 5
Capt'n W. Kidd 5
Clue The Card Game 5
Dracula 5
Empyrean, Inc. 5
Enix 5
Exxtra 5
Fette Fünfzehn 5
Fettnapf 5
Flower Power 5
Freya's Folly 5
Garden Competition 5
Gülle Gülle 5
Haceinda 5
HeroScape 5
Hotu Matua 5
Kaivai 5
King Arthur - Das Kartenspiel 5
König der Maulwürfel 5
Lawless 5
Lift Off 5
Linkity 5
Lucca Citta 5
Manila 5
Mesopotamia 5
Monkeys on the Moon 5
Saga 5
Shadows Over Camelot 5
Shear Panic 5
Silberzwerg 5
Slow Freight 5
Strudel 5
Techno Witches 5
The Nacho Incident 5
Tier auf Tier 5
Tuchulcha 5
Uno Attack 5
Alles Klar? 4
Amazonas 4
Architekton 4
Australia 4
Das Ende des Triumverat 4
Das Gold der Inka 4
Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game 4
Emerald 4
Gold und Rum 4
If Wishes Were Fishes 4
Just Wait 4
Media Mogul 4
Monsters Menace America 4
Municipium 4
Neuland 4
Nuggets 4
Oh Pharaoh 4
Pussy Cat 4
Sackwas 4
Spy 4
Sushi Express 4
VOC! - Founding the Dutch East Indies Company 4
Walk The Dogs 4
Zauber Cocktail 4
Big Book of Outrageous Fun 3
Caylus 3
Cranium The Family Fun Game 3
Domination 3
Dream Team 3
Fiese Freunde Fette Feten 3
Fliegen 3
Gone Fishing! 3
In The Shadow of the Emperor 3
Kon-Tiki 3
Luftschlösser 3
Members Only 3
Murder on the Orient Express 3
Path of Pharaohs 3
Pecunia Non Olet 3
Polarity 3
Spinergy 3
Tower of Babel 3
Trüffeln Schnüffeln 3
Die Pyramide des Krimsutep 2
Dividends 2
Rotundo 2
Snorta 2
Mogelei 1
Pferdewetten 1

2004 was a remarkable year for new games, and (as usual) it took me into 2005 to find them all. I've grown to have a slight preference for Thebes, but I count it as the same game as Jenseits von Theben (unlike BGG), so this entry covers both games for me.
 
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16. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2004 discoveries:

Race For the Galaxy 10
Saint Petersburg 10
Ticket To Ride 10
Geschenkt 9
Goa 9
18EU 8
Bounce It In 8
Der Untergang von Pompeji 8
Indus 8
Lost Valley 8
OltreMare 8
The Prestel New York Architeture Game 8
Anno 1503 7
Attika 7
Big Top 7
Buyword 7
Chain Reaction 7
Clocktowers 7
Das Zepter von Zavandor 7
Der Plumpsack geht um 7
Der Prestel Schlossgarten 7
Die Tafelrunde 2 - Auf der Flucht 7
Einfach Genial 7
Gateball? 7
Hansa 7
Ironman Football 7
Lemming 7
Lucky Loop 7
Ludoviel 7
Memoir '44 7
Orbit 7
Pandemic 7
Pingvinas 7
Power Grid 7
Reef Encounter 7
Rumis 7
Stunt Academy 7
The Great Migration 7
Around the World in 80 Days 6
Battle Beyond Space 6
Battleball 6
Boolean Dice: Bowling 6
Boolean Dice: Spy vs. Spy 6
Cloud 9 6
Coda 6
Corsari 6
Das Magische Hexagon 6
Das Prestel Nasen Spiel 6
Die Weinhändler 6
Favoriten 6
Goldbrau 6
Goldener Drache 6
Landslide 6
Ma Ni Ki 6
Mall World 6
Meuterer 6
Nacht der Sterne 6
Nobody But Us Chickens 6
Null Bock 6
Pole Position 6
Presidential Election 6
Royal Turf 6
Saboteur 6
Schatz der Drachen 6
Sekt oder Selters 6
Sunken City 6
The City 6
Trade 6
Victory 6
Viking Fury 6
Wühltisch 6
Ys 6
Blueprint 5
Boolean Dice: White, Black, or Roll 5
Boomtown 5
Caracalla 5
City & Guilds 5
Code-X 5
Cranium Conga 5
Der Herr Der Wichtel 5
Die Heisse Karten 5
Feenbalz 5
Finale 5
Husarengolf 5
Im Auftrag des Königs 5
In 80 Karten um die Welt 5
La Strada 5
Massai 5
Quadriga 5
Surf's Up, Dude! 5
Tanz Der Hornochsen 5
Tramp 5
Waz Baraz 5
Atta Ants 4
Boolean Dice: The Stack 4
Dos Rios 4
Employee of the Month 4
Iglu Iglu 4
Maharaja 4
Picknick Panik 4
Revolution 4
Tendix 4
There and Back 4
Tom Tube 4
Tongiaki 4
Campaign 3
Cosa Nostra 3
Da geht was ab im Morgenland 3
Das Grosse Fressen 3
Eleusis 3
Familienbande 3
Flucht Aus Mangrovia 3
King Me 3
LifeLinks 3
Manga Manga 3
Typo 3
UFOs! Fritten Aus Dem All 3
Uisge 3
Waldesfrust 3
AxxA 2
Election USA 2
Hedgehog's Revenge 2
Isis' Süsse Sünde 1

Did I mention what an incredible year 2004 was? _38_ games I rate a 7 or higher played for the first time, including three all-time favorites. A lot of this was the plethora of games I love published in 2004, but there was more to it than just that.
 
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17. Board Game: King's Breakfast [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2646]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2003 discoveries:

King Lui 9
Amun-Re 8
Banditos 8
Die Sieben Siegel 8
Light Speed 8
Schwarzarbeit 8
To Court the King 8
10 Days in Africa 7
Breaking Away 7
Cubus 7
Der dreizehnte Holzwurm 7
Die Fugger 7
Dynasties 7
Fantasy Pub 7
Head to Head Golf 7
New England 7
Queen's Necklace 7
Richelieu 7
San Juan 7
Santiago 7
Star Wars Epic Duels 7
Street Soccer 7
Vampir Connection 7
Willi 7
Zwergen Ziehen 7
Alhambra 6
Ars Mysteriorum 6
Au Backe! 6
Balloon Cup 6
Capt'n Clever 6
Cronberg 6
Die Monstermacher 6
Die Ritter von der Haselnuß 6
Dschungel 6
Eketorp 6
FanTan 6
Fette Bäuche 6
Feurio 6
Hamsterrolle 6
Harry's Grand Slam Baseball 6
Justice League Mega-Clash 6
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation 6
Maya 6
Mystery Rummy #2: Murders in the Rue Morgue 6
Napoleon 6
Naval War 6
RailRoad Dice 6
Silk Road 6
Smarty Party 6
Takt Voll 6
Time's Up 6
Viaduct 6
Volltreffer 6
Alibi 5
Bang 5
Battle Of The Blobs (from P.E.G.S.) 5
Bean Trader 5
Cave Troll 5
Chez Geek 5
Coloretto 5
Crocodile Pool Party 5
Delphi 5
Diamant 5
Dino 5
Dwarves 5
Eiszeit 5
Feuer Schlucker 5
Finstere Flure 5
Golem 5
Harry Potter Whomping Willow Game 5
Hornochsen 5
Icebergs 5
Integralis 5
Jenga 5
Kogge 5
Logistico 5
Oskar 5
Palermo 5
Paris Paris 5
Princes of the Renaissance 5
Prinzessin Pimpernell 5
Rapid Transit (from P.E.G.S.) 5
Steam Tunnels 5
War & Sheep 5
Zicke Zacke Hühnerkacke 5
Atlantis 4
Auweier!!! 4
Balmy Balloonists 4
Blink 4
Corda 4
Das Alte Reich 4
Destination Trésor 4
Domaine 4
Eye of Horus 4
Käp'ten Buddel 4
Kells - The High Kings of Tara 4
Magna Grecia 4
Marchands d'empire 4
Password 4
Route 66 4
Rüsselbande 4
Trick 'r Treat 4
Dump (from Indiscretion) 3
Gang Of Four 3
Lifeboat 3
New York New York 3
Pig Pile 3
Rummü (from Mü) 3
Spooks 3
Wheedle 3
Bau Auf! 2
Cheater 2
Fish & Chips 2
Lewis & Clark Exploration Card Game 2
Medieval 2
Zendo 2
Harry Potter Quidditch The Game 1
Burger Joint N/A
Ice Cream N/A

I still find this one of the best fillers out there - though I do wonder if I am not influenced by a design of mine. I had a design that aimed for the same space as King's Breakfast, and worked - but _much_ less smoothly than King's Breakfast, which I find to be an incredibly tightly designed game, with no wasted rules or actions.
 
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18. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:522]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2002 discoveries:

1846 10
Funkenschlag 9
Puerto Rico 9
Sextet 9
Control Nut 8
Hellas 8
Nautilus 8
Numeri 8
Traumfabrik 8
Winhard 8
1851 7
Bonus-Malus (from Indiscretion) 7
Columbus 7
Das Große und das Kleine A… 7
Flowerpower 7
Fundstücke 7
Gold Connection 7
Hanafuda 7
Hick Hack in Gackelwack 7
How-Ruck! 7
Itinerary 7
Kupferkessel Co. 7
Moderne Zeiten 7
Pizarro & Co. 7
Settlers of the Stone Age 7
The Great Divide 7
Trendy 7
Trias 7
Wallenstein 7
Zahltag 7
Ad Acta 6
Age of Arguments 6
Agent 6
Alles im Eimer 6
Blokus 6
Brauerei 6
Canal Grande 6
Cartagena 6
Clippers 6
Combit 6
Cowtown 6
Das Faultier 6
Die Pyramiden des Jaguar 6
Dschungelrennen 6
Evade 6
Fische Fluppen Frikadellen 6
Gold Digger 6
Goldland 6
Hekla 6
Höchst Verdächtig! 6
Keythedral 6
Limits 6
Marino 6
Midnight Party 6
Mogul 6
Pueblo 6
Schmuggler Jagd 6
Station Manager 6
The Game of Ancient Kingdoms 6
The Gnumies 6
Too Many Cooks 6
TransAmerica 6
Tyros 6
Victory & Honor 6
Villa Paletti 6
Vom Kap bis Kairo 6
Wabanti 6
Wizard 6
ZooSim 6
Age of Steam 5
Amazonas 5
An Den Ufern Des Nils 5
Clans 5
Corner 5
Jetsetters 5
Junk Yard 5
Kanaloa 5
Lumberjack 5
Oasis 5
Ocean 5
Roller Coaster Tycoon Board Game 5
Rotten Fish (from Fishy) 5
San Marco 5
Schrille Stille 5
Schuss und Tor 5
Stimmvieh 5
Warp 6 5
Astromagie 4
Cairo 4
Die Chinesische Mauer 4
Die Magier von Pangea 4
Drachenland 4
Ebay The Card Game 4
Fresh Fish (from Fishy) 4
G.O.O.T.M.U. 4
Goldrush City 4
Hydra 4
Labyrinth The Card Game 4
Meridian 4
Papua 4
Road Block 4
San Gimignano 4
Vigo 4
Werner Volle Socke 4
Wie Hund und Katz! 4
3-D Labyrinth 3
Halli Galli 3
Odysseus 3
Palabra 3
Sumo Arena 3
Take Five 3
Udder Madness 3
Ebay Auction Game 2
Golf Masters 2
Janus 2
Mr. President USA 2
Nur Peanuts 2
Operation Corndog 2
Sensationen 2

Another fine year for new discoveries for me. I do wonder about the cyclic nature of my data - but as near as I can tell, it's really just me. 1846 took a while to pick up steam for me, but in 2012 it became the first 18xx game I've played more than 100 times; it might be the only game I did not design which I've played more than anyone else.
 
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19. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:574]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2001 discoveries:

La Città 10
Africa 9
Autoscooter 9
Kardinal & König Kartenspiel 9
Botts & Balls 8
Clash of the Gladiators 8
Gnadenlos! 8
Honeybears 8
Old Town 8
Starship Catan 8
Troia 8
Wyatt Earp 8
Bongo 7
Café International Das Kartenspiel 7
Chrononauts 7
Drahtseilakt 7
Evo 7
Industrial Waste 7
Mystery of the Abbey 7
Sleuth 7
Bali 6
Capitol 6
Castle 6
Crazy Race 6
Crokinole 6
Der Garten des Sonnenkönigs 6
Derby 6
Dorada 6
Druidenwalzer 6
Ganoven Jagd 6
Ikarus 6
M 6
Muscat 6
Savannah Café 6
Serengeti 6
Steinbeisser 6
Stock Car Championship Racing 6
Strand Cup 6
Ur 1830 BC 6
Vector 6
Volldampf 6
Babel 5
Contra 5
Das Amulett 5
Devil Bunny Hates The Earth 5
Dutch Mountains 5
Girl Genius: The Works 5
Piratenbucht 5
Timberland 5
Urland 5
Ebbe & Flut 4
Empires of the Ancient World 4
Gods 4
Harry Potter: Mystery at Hogwarts Game 4
Isi 4
Lord of the Rings 4
Der Stern von Bethlehem 3
Gerüchte Küche 3
Munchkin 3
Bin'Fa 2
Catiline Conspiracy (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 2
Zauberberg 2
Scream Machine N/A

I was reluctant to play La Citta, for reasons that now escape me, other than a many-hour game I saw played at the Gathering. But when I did finally play it, I was hooked. Thank goodness it was still generally possible to buy new, reasonably popular games you didn't latch on to immediately.

Think about it, that's one change I've noticed over the past decade:

* In 2002, most games - even reasonably popular games - seemed to be printed in sufficient quantity to stay in print and available for ~6 months.

* By 2004, many popular games weren't readily available in well under 6 months - and there was no inherent hope of an imminent reprint.

* By 2006, reprints were happening more often, and planned for more in advance.

* By 2008, there started to be reprints with changes from the first printing - not just corrections, but real changes, and sometimes improved components.

* Of course today, between kickstarter and other influences, print runs are often sold out almost immediately upon (or before) hitting stores, but the next print run is often already planned for, sometimes (King of Tokyo?) leading to yo-yo availability, at least until the market is saturated.

A _lot_ of this is the result of the growth of the hobby over the decade. But I'm beginning to wonder if there's starting to be a reasonable niche for larger print runs than have been common to date. (Well, OK - I believe some publishers are doing that.) Probably not, on the whole - the explosion in publishers has likely left the poor-selling games at roughly the same levels as in 2002, even while the popular games have increased significantly in sales.
 
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20. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:635]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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2000 discoveries:

Battle Cry 9
Carcassonne 8
Kardinal & König 8
Tally Ho! 8
The Game of Politics 8
Dia de los Muertos 7
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde 7
Galaxis 7
Kathai 7
Lancashire Railways 7
Morisi 7
Nodwick 7
Ohne Furcht und Adel 7
Schotten-Totten 7
Stephensons Rocket 7
Warhamster Rally 7
500 6
Cape Horn 6
Clash of the Lightsabers 6
Coup d'etat 6
Daytona 500 6
Elchfest 6
HellRail 6
Kardinal 6
Medina 6
Phoenicia 6
Programmer's Nightmare 6
Quack Shot 6
Schweins-Galopp 6
Spiel der Türme 6
The Big Cheese 6
Attila 5
Bambuti 5
Carolvs Magnvs 5
Corruption 5
Democrazy 5
Dolce Vita 5
Dragon Delta 5
Eschnapur 5
Flickwerk 5
Hera and Zeus 5
How Much for the Camel? 5
Make Your Own Change Night (from Change) 5
Marco Polo Expedition 5
Merchants of Amsterdam 5
Pacal 5
Piratenbillard 5
San Francisco 5
The Great Brain Robbery 5
The Reef 5
Tichu 5
Zero 5
Lotus 4
Nicht die Bohne! 4
Riffifi 4
Robin Hood 4
Taj Mahal 4
Titus 4
Woertelboer 4
Wongar 4
Alles für die Katz 3
Buried Treasure 3
Bus 3
Inkognito 3
Keytown 3
Vampire 3
Diminishing Returns (from Change) 2
Ex & Hopp 2
Hexentanz 2
Phase 10 2
Joust N/A

My wargame collection - of any variety - has dwindled to almost none, but Battle Cry remains my favorite, for what it does and how it does it. It's battles - and a war - I'm interested in, played quickly, and is a very clean design.
 
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21. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1295] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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1999 discoveries:

Mamma Mia 9
Ricochet Robot 9
Samarkand 9
Big City 8
Black Vienna 8
Frank's Zoo 8
Klunker 8
New Orleans Big Band 8
Quacksalbe 8
Siesta 8
Spacebeans 8
Spekulation 8
The Princes of Florence 8
Vinci 8
a la carte 7
Battle Cattle 7
Chinatown 7
Die Mauer 7
Hexenstich 7
Kapitän Wackelpudding 7
Komme Gleich 7
Lost Cities 7
Prärie 7
Razzia! 7
Rheinlaender 7
Twin 7
Yukon Company 7
Zirkus Flohcati 7
Advance to Boardwalk 6
Aladdin's Dragon (a.k.a. Morgenland) 6
Apples to Apples 6
Athos 6
Ausgebremst 6
City 6
David & Goliath 6
Dschungel 6
Escape from Atlantis 6
Evergreen 6
Friesematenten 6
Hopfen & Malz 6
Karawane 6
Kersplatt 6
Medieval Merchant 6
Mit List und Tücke 6
Mystery Rummy #1: Jack the Ripper 6
Ta Yü 6
Tin Soldiers 6
Torres 6
Andromeda 5
Around the World in 80 Days 5
Auf Achse - Das Kartenspiel 5
Avoiding Alan 5
Bamboleo 5
Colorado County 5
Die Glücksritter 5
Die Verbotene Stadt 5
Frisch Fleisch 5
Groo 5
Janus 5
Mancala 5
Money 5
Paule Panik 5
Satellit 5
Take Off 5
Targui 5
Union Pacific 5
Willi Wacker 5
Im Schatten des Sonnenkönigs 4
Route 66 Kartenspiel 4
Twitch 4
Verräter 4
Zoon 4
Europa 1945-2030 3
Gipf 3
King of the Elves 3
Refugium 3
T-Rex 3
Beziehungskisten 2
Earthquake 2
Last Card 2
Overthrone 2
Go Wild 1
Transportation Tricks N/A

This is probably about the point where I was playing the highest percentage of German games coming out; a lot were making it to English, and I was regularly ordering from Germany. Mamma Mia and Ricochet Robot both continue to see a lot of play.
 
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22. Board Game: Fresh Fish [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2037]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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1998 discoveries:

Euphrat & Tigris 10
Frisch Fisch 10
Schnäppchen Jagd 10
Flaschenteufel 9
Showmanager 9
Timbuktu 9
Carabande 8
Durch die Wüste 8
Entenrallye 8
Foppen 8
Maestro 8
Olympia 2000 (v. Chr.) 8
Rosenkönig 8
Schützenfest 8
Spinball 8
Stimmt So! 8
Ave Caesar 7
Bazaar 7
Business 7
Caesar & Cleopatra 7
Café International 7
Code 777 7
Collegiate Crew 7
Das Hornberger Schiessen 7
Die Heisse Schlacht am Kalten Buffet 7
Die Safeknacker 7
El Caballero 7
Elfenland 7
Filthy Rich 7
Flinke Pinke 7
Give Me the Brain 7
It's Mine! 7
Keydom 7
Kraut & Rüben 7
Kunst Stücke 7
Lang lebe der König 7
Minister 7
Montgolfiere 7
Quartier Latin 7
Shark 7
Take It Easy 7
Teutopolis 7
Tonga Bonga 7
Volle Hütte 7
Wer Hat Mehr? 7
Billabong 6
British Rails 6
Das große Unternehmen Erdgas 6
Der fliegende Teppich 6
Der Schatz des Pharaos 6
Express 6
Guillotine 6
Iron Horse 6
Mary Dowser 6
Ohio 6
Rainbows 6
Rigatoni Intriganti 6
Samurai 6
Scrabble Up 6
Seven Hills of Rome (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 6
Tycoon 6
X-Pasch 6
Yucata 6
Zoff in Buffalo 6
Basari 5
Carat 5
Cosmic Eidex 5
Freibeuter 5
Holiday AG 5
IDO 5
Kahuna 5
Locomotion 5
Lord of the Fries 5
Meteo 5
Minos 5
Palmyra 5
Plague & Pestilence 5
Rummikub 5
Schnitzel Jagd 5
Senator (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 5
Tri-Balance 5
Tricks 5
Um Kopf und Kragen 5
Vendetta 5
Waldmeister 5
Attacke 4
Ballon Rennen 4
Canyon 4
Die Macher 4
Fluxx 4
Fossil 4
Highlanders 4
Katzenjammer Blues 4
Kohle, Kies und Knete 4
Lieber Bairisch Sterben 4
Magic: The Gathering 4
Nanuuk 4
Nizza 4
Showbiz 4
Bremer Stadtmusikanten 3
Cheops 3
Das Phantom 3
Das Super-Blatt 3
Esels Rennen 3
Extinction 3
Mine! 3
Mini Inkognito 3
Stackaderm 3
Terra Turrium 3
Falling 2
Hotels 2
Saludos Amigos 2
Heuchel & Meuchel 1
Schickeria 1
The Three Stooges Card Game 1

By this point, my discoveries are more often after the fact - sometimes by a year, sometimes by many years as I was still spending a lot of time exploring the back-catalog of German games.

Very successfully, I'd note; Euphrat & Tigris is my third favorite game I discovered in 1998, and a game I really greatly enjoy.
 
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23. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:716]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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1997 discoveries:

Bohnanza 10
Freight Train 10
Merchant of Venus 10
Res Publica 10
Entdecker 9
For Sale 9
Imperium (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 9
Mü 9
Ursuppe 9
6-Tage Rennen 8
Big Boss 8
Dry Gulch 8
Extrablatt 8
Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage 8
In Teufel's Küche 8
Löwenherz 8
Mississippi Queen 8
Sternenhimmel 8
Tante Tarantel 8
Um Reifenbreite 8
Viva Pamplona! 8
Zum Kuckuck 8
1870 7
…und Tschuss! 7
Ab Die Post 7
Alaska 7
Bakschisch 7
Black Spy 7
Detroit/Cleveland Grand Prix 7
Die Schlacht der Dinosaurier 7
En Garde 7
Get the Goods 7
Igel Ärgern 7
Iron Dragon 7
Knightmare Chess 7
Manitou 7
Maritim 7
Mississippi 7
Musketiere 7
Ogallala 7
Sisimizi 7
Suzerain 7
The Last Panther (from Mü) 7
Venture 7
Was Sticht? 7
5ive Straight 6
Bauernschlau 6
Borderlands 6
Campanile 6
Condottiere 6
Dampfross 6
Das Regeln Wir Schon! 6
Die Schlangen von Delhi 6
Empire Builder 6
Fish in the Barrel (from Fishy) 6
Galopp Royale 6
Goldsieber a la Carte 6
Hacker 6
Hallo, Dachs! 6
Hattrick 6
Manhattan 6
Mole Hill 6
Mystic War 6
Netrunner 6
Njet! 6
Paparazzo 6
Pass the Bomb 6
Pico 6
Pico 2 6
Razzia 6
Sahara 6
Schwarzmarkt 6
Settlers of Catan Card Game 6
Sticheln 6
The Praetorians (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 6
The Wheel of History (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 6
Throneworld 6
Tribunal (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 6
Tutanchamun 6
Under Cover 6
Würmeln 6
Ausbrecher AG 5
Chronicles 5
Dilbert: Corporate Shuffle 5
Enchanted Forest 5
Formula Dé 5
Hoax 5
Manager 5
Münchhausen 5
Ole! 5
Serenissima 5
Set 5
Spartacus (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 5
Stamp 5
Suppenkasper 5
Zankapfel 5
Zug nach Westen 5
Balance 4
Caesar (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 4
Dicke Kartoffeln 4
Falsche FuFFziger 4
Ferkelei 4
Formula - Motor Racing 4
Forum Romanum 4
Gammarauders 4
Greyhounds 4
Liar's Dice 4
Medici 4
Mercator (from Neue Spiele im Alten Rom) 4
Mhing 4
Shadowlord! 4
Venice Connection 4
Black Monday 3
Die Hanse 3
Hollywood For Sale 3
Koalition 3
Sunset Blvd. 3
US Rails 3
Abilene 2
Riddles & Riches 2
Wucherer 2
Mystic Wood 1

I attended the Gathering of Friends for the first time in 1997; that's where I managed to play a number of early 1997 releases that populate this entry rather than the previous one.

However, it was actually an Avalon Hill game I first played in 1997 which has most captured my interest. It took a long time - nearly a decade - for it to stand out as an all-time favorite, passing Bohnanza which was long my favorite discovery from this year.
 
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24. Board Game: Elfenroads [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:3182]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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1996 discoveries:

Elfenroads 8
Hase und Igel 8
Marracash 8
Phantoms of the Ice 8
Sindbad 8
Tyranno Ex 8
War of 1812 8
Wildlife Adventure 8
Airlines 7
Das letzte Paradies 7
Der fliegende Holländer 7
Drunter & Drüber 7
El Grande 7
Eurorails 7
High Society 7
Take 6 7
Awful Green Things from Outer Space 6
Die Osterinsel 6
Honor of the Samurai 6
Linie 1 6
Metropolis 6
Scotland Yard 6
Sixteen Thirty-something 6
Tal der Könige 6
Wiz War 6
Family Business 5
Mush 5
Rette Sich Wer Kann 5
Auf Heller und Pfennig 4
Modern Art 4
Schoko & Co. 4
1835 3
Animal Olympics 3
Castle of Magic 3
RoboRally 3
The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game 3
Vernissage 3
Age of Renaissance 2
Isolation 2

Elfenroads, for a long time, was an all-time favorite of mine, but dulled a bit over time. Not by too much, however; it still leads up the year for me, if by a small margin.

By my count, I only played three 1996 releases for the first time in 1996 - Marracash (which I bought in December at Games People Play in Cambridge, and played just before the year was out), Honor of the Samuari, and Age of Renaissance. So it took a while before I caught up enough to join the Cult of the New...
 
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25. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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1995 discoveries:

2038 10
Die Siedler von Catan 10
Santa Fe 9
Time Agent 9
Air Baron 8
Auf Achse 8
Fast Food Franchise 8
History of the World 8
Keywood 8
Outpost 8
The Great Dalmuti 8
1830 7
Banana Republic 7
Elfengold 7
We The People 7
Breakthru 6
Candidate 6
Hol's der Geier 6
Kuhhandel 6
Mid-East Peace 6
1856 5
Adel Verpflichtet 5
Kings 'n' Things* 5
Kremlin 5
Loopin' Louie 5
Master Labyrinth 5
Quarto 5
Twixt 5
1837 4
ICO 4
Quo Vadis 4
Foil 2
INWO 2
Assassin 1

(Side note - boy, is it hard to find a picture of the franckh edition of Die Siedler von Catan.)

While I did not record my plays in 1995, I started doing so in 1996, and one of the items I recorded was the year I first played each game. And as a result, the data for 1995 is quite accurate - though the earlier data is very spotty.

1995 was the year that (1) I got back into boardgames, after a ten year absence (not entirely, but my gaming from Autumn 1985 until early 1995 was sporadic at best), (2) I discovered German games, and (3) I started organizing the game group I still run today. Oh, and I discovered my favorite game - still - in Die Siedler von Catan. Looking back, I actually played more 1995 games in 1995 than 1996 games in 1996 - an effect of my older son being born in 1996, I suppose.
 
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