Essen 2013 - Most Played Top 20
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This geeklist tracks the plays for the Essen 2013 releases in their first year, and ranks them by total plays over the year.
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Total plays: 12341

Max plays in a month: 1801 (#3)
Max players in a month: 621 (#8)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #16
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #2



It may not have been the highest ranked of games, but it's seen the most total plays over the year, being consistently played all year, and total plays increasing rather than decreasing, and still getting more plays per month than any game other than Machi Koro.
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2. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:15]
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Total plays: 11672

Max plays in a month: 1915 (#2)
Max players in a month: 877 (#3)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #1
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #3



The highest BGG ranked Essen game, but second when it comes to being played. Huge peak in the month it hit general release.
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3. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:69]
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Total plays: 10205

Max plays in a month: 1272 (#6)
Max players in a month: 769 (#5)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #3
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #4



Seems to have seen a steady decrease in plays since its peak in January.
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4. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:97]
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Total plays: 9272

Max plays in a month: 1558 (#4)
Max players in a month: 920 (#2)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #2
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #7



Another game with a huge peak of plays on release, second only to Machi Koro in total number of people playing it in its peak month, but it has seen a steady decrease in plays ever since, dropping to be the 7th most played game.
 
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5. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:207]
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Total plays: 8025

Max plays in a month: 1324 (#5)
Max players in a month: 702 (#7)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #6
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #12



Glass Road has had an even steeper drop in players than most of the other buzzed Essen games, dropping to only the 12th most played game at this point.
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6. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:135]
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Total plays: 7982

Max plays in a month: 1223 (#7)
Max players in a month: 730 (#6)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #4
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #6



The 4th highest ranked game, but a bit of a slower starter than many of the other highest ranked Essen games, with the game not getting its wider distribution until April. Since then it has seen a sharp decrease in plays, like most of the Essen release, but still manages to be 6th most played Essen 2013 release.

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7. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:740]
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Total plays: 7542

Max plays in a month: 3136 (#1)
Max players in a month: 1399 (#1)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #20
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #1



Machi Koro bucks the trend of most of the Essen games, as it didn't get widespread release until October 2014, at which point it wasn't just the highest played Essen 2013 release, but one of the top most played games on BGG full-stop!
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Total plays: 6896

Max plays in a month: 1211 (#8)
Max players in a month: 771 (#4)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #14
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #11



Traditional post-Essen games curve - huge peak then a steady drop in plays.
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9. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:22]
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Total plays: 6634

Max plays in a month: 685 (#13)
Max players in a month: 495 (#10)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #5
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #5



Unlike most of the Essen release, Concordia hasn't seen a big drop-off in plays over the year, instead seeing fairly steady play throughout. This generally implies a game that will have a bit more longevity and not be a one-year wonder.
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10. Board Game: Concept [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:567]
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Total plays: 4094

Max plays in a month: 703 (#12)
Max players in a month: 405 (#12)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #22
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #8



Not the highest ranked BGG game, but its SdJ nomination has certainly given it a good number of plays, particularly last June.
 
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11. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:265]
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Total plays: 4057

Max plays in a month: 773 (#9)
Max players in a month: 537 (#9)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #8
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #21



What an impressive fall in plays from the initial amount!!
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12. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:721]
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Total plays: 4029

Max plays in a month: 566 (#14)
Max players in a month: 332 (#13)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #23
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #10



Blueprints looks like it might be bucking the usual trend - in recent months the number of plays has increased rather than decreased.
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Total plays: 3691

Max plays in a month: 725 (#10)
Max players in a month: 313 (#16)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #18
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #20



Yet another game with a steady decrease in plays over time.
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14. Board Game: Coconuts [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:753] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Total plays: 3642

Max plays in a month: 516 (#15)
Max players in a month: 159 (#26)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #30
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #9



Not many players for this game, and one of the lowest ranked Essen 2013 games to make the list, but its getting a good number of plays per month despite that.
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15. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:599]
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Total plays: 3615

Max plays in a month: 710 (#11)
Max players in a month: 464 (#11)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #15
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #19



Another Essen release with a standard play decay curve.
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16. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:372]
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Total plays: 3490

Max plays in a month: 504 (#17)
Max players in a month: 279 (#19)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #11
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #16



Another one with a later initial peak than many of the Essen releases, and a much smaller peak and drop than most.
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17. Board Game: Steam Park [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:676]
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Total plays: 3161

Max plays in a month: 508 (#16)
Max players in a month: 332 (#14)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #19
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #15



Not such a sharp drop in plays as many games, and looks to be recovering in recent months.
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Total plays: 3096

Max plays in a month: 381 (#23)
Max players in a month: 279 (#20)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #7
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #14



Much more consistent number of plays than most of the other Essen 2013 releases.
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19. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:533]
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Total plays: 2987

Max plays in a month: 496 (#18)
Max players in a month: 301 (#17)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #12
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #18



Standard curve, but not such a sharp drop as many of the others.
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20. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:197]
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Total plays: 2946

Max plays in a month: 388 (#22)
Max players in a month: 295 (#18)

Essen 2013 BGG Rank: #9
Oct 2014 Most Played Rank: #17



Bit of a resurgence in plays in June, presumably due to its SdJ nomination.
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21. Board Game: Space Cadets: Dice Duel [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:944]
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Other games on more than 1500 plays:

2846 Space Cadets Dice Duel
2833 Coal Baron
2220 CV
2049 Francis Drake
1962 Koryo
1861 Carcassonne: South Seas
1819 Madeira
1807 Theseus
1704 Lost Legacy

Francis Drake and Madeira are notably low in this list, given their BGG ranking. Lost Legacy on the other hand is much lower ranked, but is doing very well in overall plays, especially recently.
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