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It's that time of year, so here's my list. I've put a detailed summary of my games HERE, on my Gaming History geeklist. Looking at games published this year, it wasn't such a hot year for me. Of the games I've tried so far, the best is probably Wabash Cannonball; even that, I currently rate at only an 8. Of course, there are a bunch or reportedly good 2007 games I haven't had a chance to try yet.

This list, however, is for the games I played the most. My Nickels and Dimes are posted as a comment on the geeklist noted above. But I liked the idea of creating a list according to time actually spent playing. Last year I started tracking the duration of all my games. However, I play a lot of games in the play-by-web/email format; using the duration of these games (days, weeks, or even months) would throw things off in a meaningless way. Furthermore, although I enjoy PBW games, the game selection is largely based on availability. Finally, I suspect I spend less time playing, since I only have to account for my own turn times. So, to "normalize" (NOT in the statistical sense) my PBW game durations I substituted the shortest time I had for that game in any format (face-to-face or real-time online). If that wasn't available, I estimated based on suggested game length. I also knocked 60% off of the time.

The following, then, is a list of my most-played games in 2007. It's sorted from most time to least.
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1. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Tichu

Total minutes = 2823 (33 games played). Mostly because I like the game, but my wife LOVES it.
 
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2. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:707]
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Hacienda

Total minutes = 1523 (56 games played). All but one of these were PBW -- I was really on a Hacienda kick!
 
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3. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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Age of Steam

Total minutes = 1426 (24 games played). Includes all the expansions, e.g., about 10 plays of the solo Puerto Rico map!
 
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4. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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Unpublished Prototype

Total minutes = 1311 (26 games played). Gotta love those prototypes!
 
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5. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Twilight Struggle

Total minutes = 853 (5 games played). The last game was online; I lost in 76 min. The other games were all multi-hour events with people (usually me) unfamiliar with the game.
 
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6. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1398]
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To Court the King

Total minutes = 741 (21 games played). I got to play a prototype expansion in August, and have been pushing the game since: once they've played the base game, I can teach them the more fun expansion!

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7. Board Game: Power Grid: France/Italy [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Power Grid - France

Total minutes = 590 (7 games played). Good, but I really need to play the latest maps!
 
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8. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Magic: The Gathering CCG

Total minutes = 576 (28 games played). Mostly in 2 sittings for sealed deck tournaments.
 
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9. Board Game: Phoenicia [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1542]
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Phoenicia

Total minutes = 560 (6 games played). Played it a bunch when it first came out, but then it sits unplayed. Need to get over the runaway leader problem.
 
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10. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1385]
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Silverton

Total minutes = 549 (1 game played!). Fun, but LONG. I wouldn't have ranked this so highly if this list were based on a "fun" scale.
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride USA, 1910, Europe and Switzerland

Total minutes = 547 (17 games played). I'm a bit surprised, since I don't enjoy this game THAT much. But, it's available online and plays quickly.
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12. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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San Juan

Total minutes = 496 (43 games played). LOTS of play on BSW -- good for a 7-10min filler. If only Race for the Galaxy would get onto BSW, I could stop playing SJ completely (or close to it)!
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13. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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Imperial

Total minutes = 467 (3 games played). I really enjoyed this game; need to get it to the table more.
 
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14. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:216]
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Notre Dame

Total minutes = 462 (11 games played). A nice game for 3.
 
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15. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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Friedrich

Total minutes = 438 (2 games played). A terrific game! One of these was PBEM (Cyberbox), which wasn't nearly as much fun.
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16. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:135]
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Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery

Total minutes = 391 (4 games played). One of the best of this year. Unfortunately, one of our group hates area control games !
 
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17. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:351]
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Colosseum

Total minutes = 382 (3 games played). Played it when we got it, but not since; it seems to last a bit too long.
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18. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:709]
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Hansa

Total minutes = 658 (38 games played). About half these games were using the Changing Winds variant, which I like except for 2-player games. Almost all of the games were online, at MaBiWeb.
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19. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:170]
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Samurai

Total minutes = 331 (18 games played). I used to hate this, but after a bunch of games on mabiweb, I'm finally beginning to figure out how to play it!
 
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