five and dime 2013
Phil Dreizen
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My games played 5+ more times in the year 2013.

I haven't been keeping exact records, so this is from memory. My plan for 2014 is to keep track of my plays.

2013 was a year heavy with cooperative games. But what's interesting is the wide variety of styles: Hanabi, Buffy, Pandemic, Sherlock... They're all quite different than each other.
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1. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:318]
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It plays quick, so it's no surprise I played this more than 5 times in 2013 in spite of getting it late in the year. Just a brilliant cooperative game that deserves to be treated as more than a filler.
 
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2. Board Game: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1844]
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A surprise favorite of mine. I bought this for my girlfriend when I discovered she liked dungeoncrawls - I already knew she liked Buffy. Among the more thematic games I've played, it creates memorable moments that resemble the show. I expect it to have a lot of replay value too: so far, we've only played seasons 1 and 2 and it hasn't gotten repetitive. There are 2 more seasons in the box that we haven't played, and 3 more fan made scenarios available online. The game plays 2 people as well as it plays 5, so I can bring it to the gaming group.
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3. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:100]
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I've played Avalon more than 10 times this year. Unfortunately. It's the one game I've played plenty of that I don't really enjoy. My gaming group often ends with this one, and I find myself dragged into the game more than I like. I'm hoping the fad will end soon.
 
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
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A game that was popular years ago that I wish was more popular now. The difficulty in teaching it makes it hard to get to the table with new players. I have plans to get the game played more often, but I should probably be happy I got to play it as much as I did. (Maybe the Alien Artifacts expansion will bring back interest in the game for 2014).
 
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5. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:252]
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A great game that I would consider a gateway. It's easy to teach but feels meaty - there are lots of cards that can work together in interesting ways. It is a training of sorts for Race for the Galaxy, but works on its own. It's a lot easier to get to the table than RftG, and fortunately I like it.
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6. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:310]
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Played almost exclusively with my girlfriend - we got a lot of plays in this year, but we've been slowing down.
 
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7. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:175] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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I want to play this more. A lot more. I don't get to play 2 player games as often as I would like. Summoner Wars is so brilliantly made. The rules are simple, the decks appears balanced, the game is highly tactical. I've had plenty of plays, but not nearly enough.
 
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8. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:74]
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I love Pandemic, and I'm happy I got to play it as much as I did. People I've introduced the game to it often ask to play it again. Except for one time, all my plays have been with the base game, so I expect a lot of replayability in the future as we go through the On the Brink variants (our game with the bio-terrorist was awesome).
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9. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:185]
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For how long this game is (especially given the AP), I've played this a lot (over 10+, probably 15+). I like it a lot - particularly for the roll and place mechanic. But as my play count has increased, I've decided that the game is quite chaotic when more than 2 people are playing. The game has made it so that I want more plays of less chaotic worker placement games (like Stone Age or Tzolkin).
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Doesn't get broken out as much in the game group as I would expect, given how popular it is, but I played quite a few games.
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11. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:69] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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I played exactly 5 cases in 2013! What a great game!
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12. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:278]
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The only filler game I have that's actually used as a filler game: it usually gets played as one group of people is waiting for another group to finish their longer game. And it's happened more than 5 times, but not quite 10 yet I don't think.
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13. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:626]
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All my plays have been solo on my iPad. I played it a lot of times when I first downloaded it, and then have stopped. I like it though - I should play it some more.
 
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14. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1628]
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(This is a lie - I only played it 4 times in 2013! But I really don't wanna leave this off the list....)
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15. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:21]
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For a game so loved on BGG, this is hard to get played! People either have no interest, or are burnt out on it. But if I include iOS plays, including ones against the AI, I've had a fair share of plays this year.

Recurring theme: I wish I played this one more!
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