Games you've played over 100 times
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Just a simple list that lets people add which games they've played over 100 times. If people from the 100 Play Challenge want to use this as a little post-mortem of their 100 plays, all the better!

The Rules: Whether you count face-to-face plays or plays against human opponents over online platforms is your choice, so is whether you count plays against AIs in computer implementations of board games, and solo plays, and plays submerged under water while standing on your head. As long as you think a play counts as a valid play, it is.

Personally, I've recorded plays on BGG that I won't add here, because they were solo against an AI while driving in public transport ... but whether you follow suit with that is your call.

Them Contents: What would be tremendously interesting is, of course: What makes this game so replayable to you? Would you play it over 100 times again right now? - but feel free to write whatever you want.

So, let's hear it!

Please add games that you've played over 100 times.

Oh, and the first five people that add an entry get 5 each
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1. Board Game: Puzzle Strike (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:875] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Kickstarting the list with a game I got through Kickstarter (me so funny), with this one I have recorded...

285 plays

Most of them were online, though I've had some face-to-face plays, too. I already owned Puzzle Strike with the wooden chips, but the tweaks of the new version and the fact that my ancient one didn't combine with Puzzle Strike Shadows made me want the new one.

What made this game so replayable to me for over 100 plays?

Of course, there was the 100 plays challenge that drove this one - but if it was only that, I'd have stopped after 100 plays, not nearly thrice as much. No, every character has different optimal plays, different chips they're strong or weak with, different combinations that work early or late. Essentially, the game is slightly different with each one of the characters - and yet, every matchup, with every bank, both players stand a chance. The impact of randomness is relatively limited (and what remains is relatively easy to calculate or guesstimate). What's much more important is your game plan, and how and when you adapt to what the other player does.

Would I play it over 100 times again right now?

It depends. Face-to-face, definitely, given the time - but the time is not a given. Online ... who knows. It interests me more than Yomi right now, because there's more reasoning and deduction in the kind of skill this game requires - currently, that interests me more than the "reading" aspects of Yomi. I guess Android: Netrunner beats both though. Still, this remains one of my top ten games, and hasn't fallen out of favor as much as Yomi did after I stopped playing it regularly. Gah, now I spoiled the next GeekList item's conclusion for you, didn't I?

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Yep; I've written a blog about 100 Plays of Puzzle Strike, which I did as part of the 100 Play Challenge.
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2. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:765] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Also set in the Fantasy Strike universe and designed by the very same controversial David Sirlin, this game got a whooping...

252 plays

Just as with Puzzle Strike above, most of my plays were online. More recent plays (less than half a year or so) were face-to-face - though the expansion to 20 characters was kickstarted a while back, and I fully expect to play with renewed vigor once it's out

What made this game so replayable to me for over 100 plays?

Perceived depth, methinks. And I thought that I continuously got better at it, because the more I played, the more I realized that I could beat the top-ranked players as well, occasionally. I saw that as progress of my skill at that point.

Would I play it over 100 times again right now?

Nah (not yet, not until my sons are older). Meanwhile, I believe that the impact of skill on the outcome of any given play is relatively limited. There is definitely hand management and deck knowledge involved - but that only goes so far. You reach the cap of that skill after 10-20 games. And then, the impact of luck is so high (because you can always be "out-yomi-d" whatever you do) that everybody can win.

All IMHO, of course.

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Just this review I made for the game a while ago: Yomi: First Impression After 100 Plays - I don't agree with everything I wrote back then. Meanwhile, I see Yomi as a lovely and quickly learned distraction; very thematic and with interesting mechanisms, but nowhere near as deep a game as I had thought it was.
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3. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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Notable about this game is that I never played it online. I think that counts double? Nah ... all face-to-face, here I got...

119 plays

I used to play this Our playing recently slowed down quite a bit; we used to play this about once per week on average, and now haven't played in months (due to other games mostly). I have to start looking into playing online; the last tournament I was at really showed how rusty I am...

What made this game so replayable to me for over 100 plays?

It never gets old. It wouldn't get old for weeks and months and probably years if no new cards were ever to come out (as the continued popularity of the old Netrunner illustrates), but new cards are coming out all the time, the meta constantly shifts, new strategies become viable and old strategies get new tricks and tools.

And of course, the base game itself is rock solid, has interesting mechanisms, a high impact of skill over luck (both in deck building and actually playing the game), and it plays quickly enough to be playable during a lunch break. Oh, and it's utterly portable - just a deck box, with tokens and two decks, and you're ready to go.

Would I play it over 100 times again right now?

Definitely. I plan to renew our weekly Android: Netrunner lunches, and maybe play online, too. This game captures my thoughts like only few others can.

Additional stuff I want to say?

Of course I'll keep buying two of each pack of cards that comes out, even though I intend to play online more often - just in case Fantasy Flight Games reads this ninja
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4. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2546]
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More than 170 plays against hexy. Maybe 20 face to face games.

If you don't know why anyone would ever play this game more than 100 times, I reckon you've never tried playing hex.

For a game with two paragraphs of rules you get a VAST amount of game. Ladders, template, escapes, chains (weak and strong) and proper opening theory makes this game tremendously replayable.

Holy moly this is good.
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5. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:568]
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Interesting question! When I researched the answers for me I found some unexpected answers.

BGG Logged Plays
I don't have any game with over 100 BGG logged plays. The highest is Coloretto at 35. If I'd been logging games since my childhood then for sure I'd have over 100 logged games for Chess, Connect 4, Guess Who and maybe some card games. I don't log online games.

Yucata
Looking at my Yucata stats, I have lots of 100+ games. My most played game is Roll Through the Ages with 367 games. Then:
231 Vinci
213 Pompeii
202 Stone Age
196 Oregon
122 Maori
121 Hey That's My Fish
107 Can't Stop
101 Zooloretto Dice
100 Saint Petersburg

What makes this game so replayable to you?
Yucata is probably the biggest factor here. It makes it incredibly easy to play great games against real people and the turn-based system means it fits into my time-poor lifestyle. The meta-game keeps me playing - rising in those ranks.
But for a few of the specific games:

Roll Through the Ages - I love dice games and Civ games. This one brilliantly boils a Civ game down to its basics and has lots of strategies in a little game.

Vinci - Probably my favourite game on Yucata. This is the game that was the basis for Small World. It is a slight step up in complexity from Small World and I really appreciate the differences. The combination of balancing powers, anticipating the other players and point optimisation hits a chord for me. The theme sweetens it beautifully.

Stone Age - I love the way the complex scoring system turns this dice game into a brain burner. The best players do things that just don't look like a good idea, but are.

Would you play it over 100 times again right now?
I'll keep playing all these games. I've definately slowed down on RTTA and Pompeii though. Hardly play those now.
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6. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:414] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Simply the game of my life.

35,000+ plays

I've played in several chess clubs over the years and I count real life games from championships (2+ hours per player), rapid tournaments (15-60 min per player) as well as online games (rapid, blitz and bullet). Thanks to automatic counting on online platforms, I have an idea of how many games I played in my life in total, otherwise I would have lost the count long ago.

What made this game so replayable to me for over 100 plays?

The depth is amazing. I play for more than 14 years now and there is still so much I don't know about this game. There is always the next level waiting for you to be explored, so there is always something you can accomplish, which makes it infinitely replayable. Even the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (who has won everything there is to win in chess) once said that he is far from knowing everything about Chess and that he is always eager to discover and reveal new secrets.

Would I play it over 100 times again right now?

I look forward to another 35,000 games and I will play this game until my brain stops working.


Edit: Here is a short blindfold game I played back in 2011: Blindfold game at the pool. It won a small BGG award for session reports.

Edit 2: You can challenge me on Chess24: https://chess24.com?ref=benoni
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7. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:496] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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We liked the board game (still do), but when this came out for the iPad we just went nuts over it.
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8. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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140 plays so far. More coming this week.

This is a simple elegant battle game that plays in about an hour. It's easy to get in 3-4 games in an evening by switching sides and playing the scenarios again. Plus with 6 expansions, there are quite a few battles to choose from.
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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If you are counting digital versions, I have played the online version (boardgamearena) of Race for the Galaxy 932 times. This game has the very rare combination of speed and depth to keep me coming back again and again.

You never know what kind of galactic civilization you are going to build until you start drawing cards. And over the 932 times I've had the chance to see some weird ones come out in the winning circle.

Edit: I am ready for my next 100 games, and I hope to get 100 games in real life (which is always a lot harder I admit) under my belt at some point. An "evergreen" game if there ever was one.
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10. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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164 plays

Most of these are solo, although I've played with others several times. Although I've found some willing to dedicate themselves to learning and playing this, we are usually more than 4 of us and don't get to pull it out that often.

What made this game so replayable to me for over 100 plays?

It's all about theme here. I am a total Tolkien fanboy and find the story element of this game extremely entertaining. Besides, the competitive nature in me absolutely refuses to give up after getting destroyed repeatedly. "Okay, but NEXT time, if I do THIS instead, I just KNOW it's gonna work!" or "Wait, my deck is PERFECT - I just drew bad encounters, so let's try this ONE MORE TIME." Yeah, famous last words, I know.

Would I play it over 100 times again right now?

Absolutely. I don't always pick this game when looking to play something solo. But when I do, it's never for just one game. I tend to go in large spurts with this one, playing it multiple times nightly for a week or more, then shelving it for a season before grabbing it and having at it again.

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The Adventure Packs add so much here, each one presenting a new challenge. Granted, some are easier solo than others, and after finding a winning deck/strategy, I may not pull that scenario out again. BUT, (and that is one BIG "but"), having only played the base game encounters with other players, there is SO MUCH MORE still to experience here. I L-O-V-E this game!
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11. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
Cliff Roberts
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108 plays

I'd say that maybe half of these are solo plays. Being a pure co-op, playing as multiple firefighters works extremely well. My sis and bro-in-law enjoy this game almost as much as me and my wife. Although we only get to play together during vacation visits, we usually play it every single time we're together. My wife will play this ANY time I suggest it. My kids enjoy it well enough to play, although they tire of losing. And I enjoy the challenge of maximum firefighters as a solo attempt.

What made this game so replayable to me for over 100 plays?

The fact that my wife enjoys it nearly as much as I do is a HUGE plus. But even if she didn't really enjoy it (or even hated it), I'd likely play it solo still, although my play count would be considerably less. My Mom enjoys co-ops too, but for whatever reason REFUSES to play this one. She'd rather have the world overrun by fatal diseases than have us all die in an inferno. But, that doesn't stop the rest of us from playing while she's around.

Would I play it over 100 times again right now?

Yes, and not just because it has so many expansions. I just enjoy the game! The challenge of it, the super-thematic element to it, and the "realism" of fighting fires - all of those contribute to making this a game I enjoy EVERY SINGLE TIME I pull it out to play.

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Travis at Indie Boards and Cards is a top-notch guy. He has run some of the hands-down BEST Kickstarter projects I've ever had the pleasure of backing. His dedication to the hobby and support for this game pretty much ensures that I'll insta-buy all things Flash Point as long as they are still being made. Go get a copy yourself and see if it "sparks" something for you too! (yes, pun intended)
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12. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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100+ plays per year

I have been playing this game off and on since 1997 and have easily played over 100 times each year. Always play multiple games when we have a MTG session. No online play with this one. Mostly played multiplayer games and head to head.

I am sure I will play this another 100 times by next year
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13. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Three games over 100:

1) Magic the Gathering: 537 To be fair I had over 100 plays before I knew what BGG was. I am estimating 537. It is probably far more. Still play occasionally. A lot less now.

2) Catan: 168 THE Gateway Game. I will still play this occasionally.

3) Pandemic: 123 What a beautifully designed game. Still play it frequently.


Almost 100:

TransAmerica 92
7 Wonders 78
Ticket to Ride 74
The Resistance 61
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14. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1202] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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126 plays

Overall Record: 75-49-2
Ranked Games: 56-44-1

Bizarre Streak: I've never lost 3 games in a row of VITP. Some of these are face-to-face and some are play-by-email games that can take 2-4 months; I always record by the games in order of finishing time. Statistically, I certainly ought to have a couple of losing streaks bigger than 2, but things have fallen in just the right order.

Why I play it so much: I think this wargame strikes a great balance between abstract games like chess / most modern CDGs where you generally move one piece or formation at a time, and it can be the same piece each time while your other forces do nothing - and the older hex & counter games where one side moves everything and attacks while the other side is frozen, since here both sides move out units alternately in a few groups, and then both sides fight each other simultaneously. Something I realized recently is that this game is somewhat like being an American football coach, but of wargame pieces. Both coaches (gamers) set up their players (ships & LBA) in formations (arrangements among the sea zone) and call their plays (tactical decisions), and then hope the players execute (roll dice). And sometimes players just make the play when the coach goofs, or blunder when the coach has the perfect call, but the better job coaching on a particular day has the best chance, and an elite coach can take his rolls and beat your rolls, or take your rolls and beat his.
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15. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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412 face to face plays so far. Plus probably another 50 or so before I started logging plays.
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16. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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One of my other half's very favourite games and, once it is set up and ready to go, we tend to get through two or three games on the trot at least, often more. The addition of Dominion: Prosperity last year and Dominion: Intrigue this year have given it added variability and interest even if, for me, it is not my most highly rated game. I do enjoy the change of pace between a "Prosperity" game (Platinum on the board) and a "Base" game, and the different setups, at least when one factors in the expansions, make for games with strongly divergent characters. Too often, though, it is over almost before it starts, but maybe that is just the nature of the beast. Even so, I prefer the epics!


104 plays

This got off to an inauspicious start, the iconography defeating the both of us during our very first game. Cue deep breaths, a long break and another try. Since then, however, our enjoyment of this has grown and grown and we finally added our first expansion earlier this year, Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts, even if, like so many, we have yet to play with The Orb. All these plays have been 2P, and we recently adopted the advanced version where each player chooses two actions rather than one. As with tackling the original game for the first time, this was tricky at first, indispensable soon thereafter. This game always feels fresh and interesting and throws out constantly surprising routes for building your tableau. Kudos also to Lehmann for such a superb design. A winner - 200 plays? No problem!
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17. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:2723]
Stephen McHale
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All plays are face to face, that is all I log.

207 plays and counting. It is the perfect game for our group.

What makes this game so replayable to you?

I would have to say that what makes this most re-playable is that every game is different and even though some games I could not tell you if I won or lost I always have fun.

That is why I play games, to have fun.


Also:

Love Letter - 181 Plays.
Kingsburg - 168 Plays.
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18. Board Game: Oh Hell! [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1879]
Eddy Sterckx
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Number of plays ? Who knows ? Couple of hundred times at least if not more. I got taught this great cardgame back in the summer of 1981 when I was 15, and we've been playing it with in essence the same bunch of guys (and now their kids) for over 30 years. Whenever we get together, that's the game we play while drinking beer and bs'ing.

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19. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:373]
David Janik-Jones
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Great War Commander, Cats were once worshipped as gods and they haven't forgotten this, Combat Commander Europe, The Raven King (game publisher) ... that's me!, Combat Commander Pacific
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Owned continuously since it was released 31 years ago (1983) and on my third copy after wearing the first two out. During those three decades I have played

2,200+

times, and still actively play 3-4 games every week. I have diaries of my plays dating back to 1985, though I don't bother recording every play on BGG. My overall win-loss record is just over 55%-45%. Best wargame ever made offering a never-ending tactical puzzle each time as you adapt to the countless elements of the gameplay and changing environment. Would I play 100 games right now? Hell, yes!

I've also recorded less than half of my games played of


so I've probably got 150 plays of that in as well. Here it's about managing chaos in a WW2 setting at a tactical scale that keeps me coming back.
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20. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:682]
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I've only recorded plays since 2009, so I'm sure several of my games probably are at 100 that aren't on the list (Pandemic, Ticket to Ride USA/Europe/Nordic, Dominion, Citadels, Bang!, Connect 4, Boggle, Scrabble, Rummikub, etc.). I also only record face-to-face games.

Loopin' Louie (178ish Plays) - fast, fun, and every time you play, you end up playing about 10 games. This one is great for kids and adults. I don't drink, but if I did, I imagine this would be an awesome drinking game.

Crokinole (128 Plays) - a game I learned as a kid and continue to love. Some games take a long time; others are done very quickly. It's my favorite dexterity game by far.

Hive (110 Plays) - I have had several roommates who loved this and hence, it got more plays. It's a great two-player game and very portable.

Coup should break into this list in a week or so. It's at 92 plays, but that's a guesstimate. Some gaming runs, you just have to guess how times you played it.

Quarters or two bits include: Sorry! Sliders, No Thanks!, We Didn't Playtest This At All, Pandemic, Category 5, Ca$h 'n Gun$, Wits & Wagers, Jungle Speed, For Sale, Dixit, Coloretto, Guillotine, Magic: The Gathering, Telepathy, UNO, Big Boggle, Love Letter, Boggle, Incan Gold
Ingenious, Fairy Tale, Taluva, Archaeology: The Card Game, 10 Days in the USA, Dominion, Tsuro, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Citadels, Coconuts, Hey, That's My Fish!, The Settlers of Catan


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21. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
David Hailey
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My records indicate 304 plays of 265 different scenarios, including a campaign game or two, since 1985. I'm sure I missed a few along the way as well. Most of the guys I play have recorded 2 to 10 times as many, if not more. ASL has that black hole quality. I was sucked in deep back in the 90s, followed by about a 5 year hiatus, and now average 10-12 a year - Hey wait! - That's roughly my average for 30 years! Now I know I missed a few.
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22. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1543] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
Larry Kruger
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163 plays of Bananagrams. What's not to like? Speed-based, tons of game stress as I compete against other players, and constant change from adding tiles to my word puzzle. Plays fast, and it's easy to play a handful of games without realizing how fast the time goes.

Crokinole at 103 plays. Tournament play runs the game count up, and we love us some Crokinole in the Milwaukee, WI area.

It's such a great game, easy to teach, and being a dexterity game makes it even better. Singles or team play makes it truly lots of fun.
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23. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
James C
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105 plays

And that's all from this year. My wife and I usually play best out of 5.

Agricola ACBAS close at 75 and Suburbia close at 74. Again, that's all from this year which means by the end of the year we'll hit 100 each probably.

Edit: Oh yeah, no official count but I know I'm way past 100 plays where Scrabble is concerned.
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24. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Marty "26 days until summer" Malone
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127 and counting.

This game has hit the family table more than any other. Only been logging since Jan of 2013 with hundreds of plays prior to the logging. If I could guess I would say closer to 500. We purchased in 2009 and played this exclusively before finding BGG and joining a local gaming group in 2013. Plays have slowed way down due to all of the amazing new purchases made but still holds a special place as my first love of something other than what was found on the chain store shelves. This was the first game I ever ordered online.
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25. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
Jon Enns
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421 plays since I started recording. Many more before that.

It is an accessible game that people that would never play a board game or even other card games might play. Therefore easy to get to the table.

The biggest reason that I have played so many is because I befriended a 70 year old man that, shall we say is not of the upper class, but can use a friend. Most of these plays are with him. Another 100 will be very likely if he lives long enough. His health is not very good.
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