The Games I Played and assorted thoughts: June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020
Last year, I tried something new with my annual recap Geek list. I wrote at length about how the game worked, how to play it, and concluded with my overall thoughts. The result was over 200 pages long when I copied the text into a word processor.Recommend
Yeah, that's too much to expect people to read all at once. I spent several months refining my thoughts, and then launched www.ToPlayOrNotToPlay.net, where I review all sorts of board games. I've had a lot of fun writing those reviews, so please check it out if you'd like to see more. I post a new review (nearly) every Monday. And, while I'm shilling, you can also follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/toplayornot/ or on Twitter https://twitter.com/OrNotToPlay. I post pictures of games I'm playing (sometimes), links to my new reviews, and polls for which game I should review next.
Enough of that, let's get back on topic. Obviously, the pandemic has had a major impact on my gaming habits. Thanks to websites like boardgamearena.com, yucata.de, and dominion.games, I've still been able to scratch the boardgame itch. But, well, it's not the same. The library of available games isn't my own, unintuitive interfaces sometimes lead to gameplay errors that wouldn't happen in person, and half the reason I enjoy board games is the excuse to spend time with friends in person. Nonetheless, video chat has been a decent substitute. And this has been a decent excuse to experiment with new games I might not have tried otherwise. So far, most of those have been pretty successful!
This year, I played 141 unique games a total of 403 times. Last year I played 148 games a total of 393 times. I thought that things would decrease this year after the stay-at-home orders went into effect, but apparently they stayed fairly constant.
Really, the big disappointment is just how many of my games never made it off the shelf. I played less than half of them in the past year. And yes, some of that is because there aren't any online versions of most of my games. But even before I had to shift my gaming online, I wasn't playing many of my own games. We'll see if that changes at all in the coming year, I guess.
Let's get on with the main event. Here's the criteria for games I count:
1. All hobby board and card games played in person
2. All hobby board and card games played online with human players
3. Any mass-market board and cards played in person (Chess, Clue, Monopoly, etc.)
4. No classic card games (Anything that uses a traditional deck of 52 playing cards)
5. No hobby board and card games played against AI
6. No video games that resemble board or card games (e.g. Armello)
As usual, the list is organized from most played to least played, and alphabetically for games I played the same number of times. Enjoy!
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