The Life and Times of My H-Index History (Currently 27)
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Hello, and welcome to another installment of useless geeklists. This geeklist follows the timeline of my H-Index which starts with the beginning of my foray into modern boardgaming, back in 2010.

This list will chronicle each game that put me into each level, along with the amount of plays of each game that make up that level. So let's take a look back and see how it all began.

This is mostly for my own curiosity and amusement, but feel free to make comments if you like.
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1. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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H-Index Level: 1
Date Reached: April 10, 2010

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1x Arkham Horror


After getting back into gaming with my old copy of HeroQuest, I stumbled into the recent gaming scene and was surprised at all that was available. I went with Arkham Horror since it was a co-op and I could be one of the good guys as well, instead of always having to be the bad guy.
 
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2. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4473] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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H-Index Level: 2
Date Reached: June 27, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
30x Arkham Horror
2x Zombies!!!


As you can see, we played lots of Arkham Horror before branching out. I wanted to get my family involved with gaming, and since my dad was into zombies, I decided to get him Zombies!!! for Father's Day. The game seemed like it would be awesome, a map that grew as you moved around and explored, a bunch of zombies all over the place. As I was still new to the modern gaming scene, I would come to learn that research is important to do, and not just rely on quick descriptions. Zombies!!! sounded much better than it actually played out, and it didn't get too much play beyond this point. I know we tried a couple of the expansions, but it was quickly dropped afterwards. But that's all part of the learning experience as you go.
 
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3. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:364]
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H-Index Level: 3
Date Reached: August 12, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
39x Arkham Horror
3x Zombies!!!
3x Defenders of the Realm


At this point, I was getting involved with monthly meetup groups, and getting exposed to all kinds of games. As much as I liked Arkham Horror, I loved the fantasy genre and decided to add another co-op to my collection. Defenders of the Realm really brought out the adventure and story that I loved about the genre and was a great addition (and still is!).
 
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4. Board Game: Aquarius [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:3458]
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H-Index Level: 4
Date Reached: September 4, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
41x Arkham Horror
13x Carcassonne
8x Defenders of the Realm
4x Aquarius


More exposure to games at meetups and conventions meant more games added to the collection, and more plays adding up. As you can see, Zombies!!! dropped off the list, while Carcassonne was a big hit. But it was Aquarius that pushed my H-Index into level 4. This was a quick filler game my wife really took a liking to. While I like playing the longer, meatier games, it is these shorter, faster games that can add plays quickly, getting the H-Index level up.
 
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5. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:610] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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H-Index Level: 5
Date Reached: September 8, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
41x Arkham Horror
15x Carcassonne
9x Defenders of the Realm
7x Aquarius
5x D&D: Castle Ravenloft


As much as I liked Arkham Horror and Defenders of the Realm, I was still looking for that dungeon crawl experience that was more like HeroQuest. Castle Ravenloft didn't quite have the amount of gameplay options and breadth of scenario design since there was no GM to run everything, and it was made to be more modular. But it did a good job and was fun.
 
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6. Board Game: Blokus 3D [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:882] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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H-Index Level: 6
Date Reached: September 11, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
41x Arkham Horror
15x Carcassonne
9x Defenders of the Realm
9x Aquarius
7x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
6x Blokus 3D


Even though it wasn't until recently (relatively speaking) that I got into modern gaming, my wife and I still had plenty of mass market party games we played with family and friends. This game was one of the holdovers from the old days that we played a lot, usually before the night's HeroQuest session as we waited for everyone to arrive. Sometimes we'd play a good 3-6 times in a row, and I probably had over 100 plays of this. But since I didn't start recording my plays until I got Arkham Horror, all my play counts were reset to 0, and this is what pushed me into level 6.
 
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7. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1270]
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H-Index Level: 7
Date Reached: September 26, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
42x Arkham Horror
31x Carcassonne
12x Aquarius
11x Defenders of the Realm
10x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
10x Blokus 3D
7x DungeonQuest


While I liked Castle Ravenloft, I still had the dungeon crawler itch, and since I was still new to games and in a buying frenzy, I got Fantasy Flight's DungeonQuest remake. It certainly didn't come any closer to being a typical dungeon crawl, but it was a fun, arcade-style push-your-luck game that ended in a lot of death.
 
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8. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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H-Index Level: 8
Date Reached: November 23, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
46x Arkham Horror
40x Carcassonne
20x DungeonQuest
16x Blokus 3D
15x Aquarius
14x Defenders of the Realm
14x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
8x Caylus


Still getting exposed to more games, and really liking heavier strategy games and the efficiency puzzles they provide. I really loved Caylus thanks to its complete lack of randomness. I came to like the worker placement genre as a whole, but still think to this day that Caylus is the best one ever made.
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9. Board Game: Telestrations [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:224]
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H-Index Level: 9
Date Reached: December 31, 2010

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
47x Arkham Horror
42x Carcassonne
20x DungeonQuest
18x Aquarius
16x Blokus 3D
15x Defenders of the Realm
15x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
10x Caylus
9x Telestrations


When it comes to the family, they still prefer the lighter games, and around the holidays when we have larger groups, party games rule the day. Telestrations quickly became a family favorite as it always incites a lot of laughter as we all learn that we can't draw very well.
 
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10. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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H-Index Level: 10
Date Reached: January 10, 2011

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
48x Arkham Horror
42x Carcassonne
21x DungeonQuest
18x Aquarius
16x Blokus 3D
15x Defenders of the Realm
15x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
14x Telestrations
10x Caylus
10x Blokus


I got Blokus as a Christmas gift and I liked it even more than Blokus 3D. It quickly got enough plays to end up in the H-Index list.
 
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11. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:257]
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H-Index Level: 11
Date Reached: February 7, 2011

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
50x Arkham Horror
44x Carcassonne
26x Blokus
21x DungeonQuest
21x Aquarius
20x Blokus 3D
17x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
16x Defenders of the Realm
14x Telestrations
13x Ticket to Ride
11x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation


Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation and Ticket to Ride were also recent Christmas gifts that got a lot of plays quickly as they were pretty accessible to others new to gaming. Caylus, meanwhile, was not as easy to get to the table with as wide a group of players, and therefore it ended up falling off the list.
 
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12. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:1806]
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H-Index Level: 12
Date Reached: February 23, 2011

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
52x Arkham Horror
47x Carcassonne
26x Blokus
22x DungeonQuest
21x Aquarius
20x Blokus 3D
17x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
16x Defenders of the Realm
14x Telestrations
14x Ticket to Ride
14x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
12x Monopoly Deal


Yet another Christmas gift makes the list. This is one of those quick fillers that makes it easy to get a bunch of plays in. With its small footprint, this also becomes a game my wife and I can play on flights on the seat trays.
 
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13. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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H-Index Level: 13
Date Reached: April 16, 2011

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
56x Arkham Horror
48x Carcassonne
30x Blokus
28x Monopoly Deal
25x DungeonQuest
22x Aquarius
22x Ticket to Ride
21x Blokus 3D
21x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
17x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
17x Defenders of the Realm
14x Telestrations
13x Caylus


After a bit of time, Caylus jumps back on the list to push me into level 13. It may be tough to get onto the table often, but I'm going to try!
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14. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:181]
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H-Index Level: 14
Date Reached: October 7, 2011

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
63x Arkham Horror
61x Carcassonne
36x DungeonQuest
34x Blokus
32x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
30x Monopoly Deal
30x Ticket to Ride
28x Aquarius
25x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
25x Telestrations
23x Blokus 3D
21x Defenders of the Realm
15x Caylus
14x Dungeon Lords


And finally, one of my favorite games makes it onto the list. As much as I loved the non-random worker placement gameplay of Caylus, the theme of Dungeon Lords put it over the top for me. A group of my friends loved it as well, and there were a couple times we would play it twice in a row.
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15. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
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H-Index Level: 15
Date Reached: December 7, 2011

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
66x Arkham Horror
63x Carcassonne
44x DungeonQuest
34x Blokus
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
34x Ticket to Ride
30x Monopoly Deal
29x Telestrations
28x Aquarius
25x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
25x Blokus 3D
24x Defenders of the Realm
15x Caylus
15x Dungeon Lords
15x At the Gates of Loyang


Another favorite joins the list. I got At the Gates of Loyang in a trade and really liked it. I think it works best as a 2 player game, which is great because my wife likes it a lot as well.
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16. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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H-Index Level: 16
Date Reached: February 17, 2012

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
68x Arkham Horror
66x Carcassonne
45x DungeonQuest
37x Blokus
36x Ticket to Ride
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
33x Telestrations
30x Monopoly Deal
29x Aquarius
26x Blokus 3D
25x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
25x Defenders of the Realm
17x Dungeon Lords
17x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
16x At the Gates of Loyang
16x Caylus


Once again, Caylus is the game that pushes me into the next level. However, the actual new game added into the list is the follow up to Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon. WoA added some new characters and features to the game, and after playing through it, I would eventually combine everything together for one long campaign.
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17. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1188]
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H-Index Level: 17
Date Reached: August 18, 2012

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
73x Arkham Horror
71x Carcassonne
48x DungeonQuest
43x Ticket to Ride
38x Blokus
35x Telestrations
35x Monopoly Deal
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
30x Aquarius
28x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
27x Defenders of the Realm
26x Blokus 3D
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
19x At the Gates of Loyang
19x Caylus
18x Dungeon Lords
17x Wasabi!


Wasabi joins the list and moves me up another rank. I had the opportunity to get this game for free as a prize at a convention, but chose some other crappy game since I was new to gaming and didn't know any better. So I ended up buying it almost two years later, and it gets played quite regularly. Again, it's one of those easier games that anybody can play without too much trouble.
 
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18. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:810]
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H-Index Level: 18
Date Reached: February 10, 2013

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
78x Carcassonne
77x Arkham Horror
51x DungeonQuest
47x Ticket to Ride
40x Telestrations
39x Blokus
36x Monopoly Deal
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
33x Blokus 3D
31x Aquarius
30x Defenders of the Realm
29x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
21x At the Gates of Loyang
21x Caylus
21x Dungeon Lords
19x Wasabi!
18x Castle Panic


Castle Panic joins the list, and is also in the category of light games. Being a co-op also makes it easy to play with anyone, since we can also help each other (I've never played where we keep track of who kills what). The game was a little too basic for my liking at first, but the expansions helped make it a little more exciting. Arkham Horror gets dethroned as my most played game by Carcassonne.
 
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19. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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H-Index Level: 19
Date Reached: May 11, 2013

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
83x Carcassonne
79x Arkham Horror
58x DungeonQuest
49x Ticket to Ride
40x Telestrations
40x Blokus
37x Monopoly Deal
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
33x Blokus 3D
32x Aquarius
30x Defenders of the Realm
30x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
23x At the Gates of Loyang
23x Dungeon Lords
21x Caylus
20x Wasabi!
19x Forbidden Island
19x The Castles of Burgundy


Entering the list is another favorite of mine and my wife's, The Castles of Burgundy. I played this one at a convention and new my wife would love it. I threw it onto the next game order, and I was correct. It is her number 1 game of all time. Castle Panic dropped off the list for another easy to play co-op game, Forbidden Island.
 
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20. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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H-Index Level: 20
Date Reached: September 28, 2013

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
87x Carcassonne
80x Arkham Horror
59x DungeonQuest
50x Ticket to Ride
42x Telestrations
42x Dungeon Roll
40x Blokus
38x Monopoly Deal
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
34x Blokus 3D
32x Aquarius
31x Defenders of the Realm
30x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
25x Dungeon Lords
24x At the Gates of Loyang
22x Caylus
21x Wasabi!
21x The Castles of Burgundy
20x Forbidden Island


Dungeon Roll jumped high on the list quickly since it plays extremely fast, and can be played solo. I've played dozens of games using the different characters to see how high of a score I could get. Even though Forbidden Island was on the list last time, it would be the one that pushed me to level 20.
 
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21. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
United States
Redford
Michigan
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H-Index Level: 21
Date Reached: December 9, 2013

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
89x Carcassonne
81x Arkham Horror
59x DungeonQuest
51x Ticket to Ride
48x Dungeon Roll
44x Telestrations
41x Blokus
38x Monopoly Deal
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
34x Blokus 3D
32x Aquarius
32x Defenders of the Realm
30x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
26x Dungeon Lords
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
25x At the Gates of Loyang
22x Caylus
22x The Castles of Burgundy
21x Wasabi!
21x Thunderstone Advance
21x Forbidden Island


Once again Forbidden Island trickles onto the list to move me up another level. The big addition this time is another one of my all time favorites, Thunderstone Advance. I was really looking into the Mage Knight Board Game, but after playing it figured it was way too long and involved to ever see much table time. And then I tried Thunderstone Advance, which still has the deck-building and leveling up, and thought it would work fine as a substitute. It was a great decision, because I love it and it gets much more play than Mage Knight ever would.
 
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22. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:325] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
United States
Redford
Michigan
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H-Index Level: 22
Date Reached: May 9, 2014

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
93x Carcassonne
82x Arkham Horror
60x DungeonQuest
53x Ticket to Ride
50x Dungeon Roll
45x Blokus
44x Telestrations
39x Monopoly Deal
37x Blokus 3D
36x Aquarius
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
33x Defenders of the Realm
30x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
27x Dungeon Lords
26x At the Gates of Loyang
26x The Castles of Burgundy
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
24x Thunderstone Advance
23x Caylus
22x Wasabi!
22x Forbidden Island
22x Zombicide


The hype of the original Zombicide Kickstarter campaign got within the last few days of funding and I went all in with it. It was worth it, as it got a lot of plays and was just plain fun. It did have some unthematic wonky rules that were more for balance reasons than anything else, but otherwise I've always liked it.
 
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23. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
United States
Redford
Michigan
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H-Index Level: 23
Date Reached: March 1, 2015

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
99x Carcassonne
83x Arkham Horror
68x Dungeon Roll
66x DungeonQuest
54x Ticket to Ride
50x Tumblin' Dice
48x Telestrations
46x Blokus
40x Monopoly Deal
37x Blokus 3D
37x Aquarius
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
34x Defenders of the Realm
30x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
29x At the Gates of Loyang
29x The Castles of Burgundy
29x Thunderstone Advance
27x Dungeon Lords
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
24x Caylus
24x Wasabi!
24x Zombicide
23x Forbidden Island


Forbidden Island pushes me over again! The big addition is Tumblin' Dice. I found a good price on the version I was looking for and went for it. It is a blast to play, and extremely quick, which got it moving up the list in no time. But other than that, the gaps between levels are getting longer, and the amount of plays for each game go up more slowly since there are now so many choices of games to play.
 
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24. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
United States
Redford
Michigan
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H-Index Level: 24
Date Reached: March 12, 2016

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
127x Tumblin' Dice
107x Carcassonne
85x Arkham Horror
79x Dungeon Roll
67x DungeonQuest
60x Ticket to Ride
52x Telestrations
47x Blokus
43x Monopoly Deal
38x Aquarius
37x Blokus 3D
35x Defenders of the Realm
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
34x The Castles of Burgundy
32x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
32x Thunderstone Advance
30x At the Gates of Loyang
29x Dungeon Lords
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
25x Caylus
25x Wasabi!
25x Zombicide
24x Forbidden Island
24x 7 Wonders


Some significant changes at this level. Tumblin' Dice becomes the new most played game on the list, and along with Carcassonne is in the triple digits. The newcomer to the list, 7 Wonders, is significant as it is the only game in any of my lists since Zombies!!! (back at level 2) that I never owned. This is the first time that it's been over a year since the previous level.
 
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25. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:810]
United States
Redford
Michigan
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H-Index Level: 25
Date Reached: August 14, 2016

List of games and quantity of plays at this level:
155x Tumblin' Dice
108x Carcassonne
85x Arkham Horror
80x Dungeon Roll
73x DungeonQuest
62x Ticket to Ride
52x Telestrations
50x Monopoly Deal
47x Blokus
39x Aquarius
37x Blokus 3D
36x Defenders of the Realm
35x The Castles of Burgundy
34x D&D: Castle Ravenloft
34x Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
33x Thunderstone Advance
31x At the Gates of Loyang
30x Dungeon Lords
27x Wasabi!
26x 7 Wonders
25x D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
25x Caylus
25x Zombicide
25x Forbidden Island
25x Castle Panic


Castle Panic straggles back on to put me at level 25. Other than that, nothing else too significant happened since the previous rank change, other than it only took 5 months when the last one took over a year.
 
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