Top 10 non-top 200 games being played in January 2008
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Here's my top 10 of non-top 200 games that saw game play (at least logged) for the month of January.

Dropping out this month are Apples to Apples and Pickomino going down to 12 and 37 respectively.

Sorry for the delay. The stats came in of Friday afternoon and I had a more important task on Friday evening. My gaming night. An then of course was the weekend with lots of things going on with the kids.

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One thing I dislike about some people's monthly lists, is after a while they stop explaining their reasoning behind them. So, if you've read mine before (or you don't care) you can skip on to the list now. But, here's the full why:

I'd like to thank Charles (czrdup)sauron again for writing script for me so I didn't have spend 30-45 minutes copying and pasting. It's the Jones and Smith show.

IMHO, some games are good because others say they are good. And so get more play; "all these people are playing this game, let's play it". While other good games sit around with little notice because they aren't being talked about. So, a last year I decided to start looking at those games that are getting played a lot that AREN'T part of the top 200. You may ask why top 200 and not 100? Or for that matter 300? 'Because'.

IMO, if a lot of different people are playing a game, it must have some value to someone somewhere. That's not to say that the Top 200 AREN'T good games or there aren't games out there that are good that aren't getting any play. I'm just trying to show some games out there that different people are playing 'because they are fun' and not just because they have the best press. Over the past couple months, I've gotten a couple comments about 'well these are on BSW (or what not)'. To that I have to say "ah but you have heard of [them].." Again, I'm not saying there aren't MORE good games out there.

I've also had a suggestion about adding weight to longer games. A complaint is that these are short (filler) games because people are more likely to play shorter games. Well, isn't that the point? Showing some games that people in your group might be willing to play. Plus, I'm doing it on number of users playing it, not number of times. IMHO The length of a game does not measure enjoyment. For my gaming tastes I get more enjoyment playing 3-6 different games in the same time the other table is playing one game of TI3.

Obviously, expansions skew this. It's just going by how they were logged. So, if someone logged Niagara while others logged the game under spirits, it's just got Niagara.

Comments are limited, because; I like, many of you, may not have these games, yet. Besides, I'm sure you'd want to make your own assessment.

So, here's some 'good' press for games that may not be showing up on 'top lists'.

I'm allowing additions, but let's keep it to those games that are good (to your group), get played a lot, but aren't ranked in the Top 200.

My HM are games that look interesting that just stay under these 10 or that I've played recently and are just outside the top 10. I've also added a Top500 HM and Top1000 HM. The most played (by different users, not number of times) that is ranked higher then 500 and 1000 and not on this list already.

I've added a few more items recently. While I don't think that time equates to good, I've added a weight factor based on the est. time for one game. It still doesn't use total play time. I don't want some games like Diamant that can be played 10 times in a sitting to have anyone more weight then one game.

I've also added based on actual game weight. Games greater then 2, 3 and 4 lists. But these and the time weighted lists will be listed as one item. With the 'most' interesting one representing them.

I must say each month I've gone ahead and picked up a few games off of this list and for the most part have been VERY pleased. Most people in the group are buying the top games and I've been adding to the game library by adding these gems. The lone exception really was Poison. I some how thought there would be more to that game then counting to 13.
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1. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1086]
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So, this looked a bit too cute. But, then my daughters saw a picture of it and I knew it was too cute. But, they convinced me to get it. So, when it came in I read the rules. I really don't think I want to be this mean to my girls

But, I did take it to work. I was talking to a fellow BGGer at work and said it's an awful cute theme for Friedemann Friese. His reply was, well you know what you do with a sack full of cats don't you? So, I guess the cute theme is just on the surface.

This one fell just above For Sale on the list this month. Fairly fitting as I've seen people compare the two. Well, I've learned both this month and I have to say that I like Felix better. In fact I really enjoy how it's a bidding game with a little bit of press your luck. In that you have this little voice in the back of your head going. You know if you bid again and someone passes you'll get to see one more card to know if it's worth it. Of course, that when you bid and everyone passes sticking you with a bad sack of cats.

248 people took sacks to the lake 421 times. (including me)
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2. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
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Ok, so here it is again. This month this came in right about Thebes. hhhmmm both about digging? I wonder what would happen in Thebes if you added an 'explosion' tile to the bag? That could be fun. Some more random Chaos?

227 miners did dig 440 times (or should I say 2200 times?).
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3. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1018]
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I wonder if the stats here might be hurting a bit now that Bullet is out. I know that I played Bang! once in Jan, but it's not included in these stats because I logged under Bang! The Bullet.

Still a fun game to pull out from time to time.

Fell right above No Thanks! I can't say anything clever about No Thanks! as I haven't played it.

191 pistoleers attended 432 shootouts (how many times did the sheriff survive?)
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4. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
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I finally got Charles to bring this game over again during January. I still had fun. This time my son joined us. I figured my wife would have a cow seeing him point a gun at people. But, she ignored it.

We played with the undercover cop. That was fun, but it seems a bit easy for the undercover cop to win.

This game fell just about St. Petersburg, another game I haven't played, but unlike No Thanks! I've been wanting to try that one.

181 gangstas fought over the cash 377 times (including me)
 
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5. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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So, why are 6 Nimmit pictures in with Cat 5, when Slide 5 has been segregated? So, I played this last month, but mine is logged as Slide 5. Maybe I should add the two together? Seems like a lot of work for such little return.

As it is this one got played by more people then El Grande, one of my favorite games of all time.

174 people played it 336 times.
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6. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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... loving you...

But, I can't get myself motivated to try this game.

This fell right above Amyitis, the next game on this list.

154 others played it 384 times.

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7. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:796]
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I didn't get this when it was on Tanga. But, someone in the group did. I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

It fell above Princes of Florance, another game I like. Probably will like better then this?

154 people played it 190 times.
 
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8. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:897]
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I picked up vexation last month, but I have yet to find time to pull this out again. I guess that's pretty sad, how much time does ti really take anyway?

146 people found time to play it 352 times (almost 3 times each).

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9. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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So, do I reserve my comments until next month? I played this finally in February. That's the problem with waiting so long to post this list. But, I don't know if this will be on the list next month, so I guess I should say something now. WOW, I really enjoyed this game. From reading about it, I expected complex rules. The rules are 'about' 4 pages long. I found it quite easy to learn and to play, but at the same time very complex in accomplishing what needed to get done. One person playing with me HATED it because he 'didn't have any control in what happened to him'. Well, I had the opposite experience, I felt I had control most of the time. But, I guess it's perspective. He wanted to 'control' what items he delivered to his own part of the island. I wanted to control what items I produced and how much people paid for them and to control what items I bought and what people would pay for them. And what items would be delivered to the island. When and what I bought on the island was secondary to me (even though that's the victory condition).

This fell above Vegas Showdown. Wow, I'd have to say I'd play this any day before Vegas. Of course, three months from now I'm sure I or someone will be looking at my logged games going, 'hey you played Vegas a lot more'. There's the problem, I think more people are going to like and play Vegas.

144 people played it 200 times (not me until next months list).

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10. Board Game: Oregon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:987]
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Another new game.

This one somehow hasn't grabbed my attention. I don't know why, but I haven't had any desire to look to closely at it or buy it.

124 people played it 216 times.
 
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11. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1069]
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HM#1

Ok, so this one I picked as Honorable mention because after all these months of it appearing on and off this list, I finally picked up a copy. I still don't get it. Yes, it's quick but there are a lot of quick games that are better.

But, is it quick? I played one game that lasted way over an hour. Because only one person had a chance of winning and so EVERYONE was doing everything they could to take from each other and not the middle. So as to prolong the game.

Nope, I don't get this game.

99 players played it 188 times.
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12. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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HM500

What more to say.

122 players played 229 times (or 387 days)
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13. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6641]
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HM1000

Here it goes again! Here it comes again!

Now that Zombie Fluxx is out, why play this ever again?

75 people played it 267
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14. Board Game: Key Harvest [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1311]
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The top ten games, not in the Top 200 with a weight >2.

I recently picked this up (I think as a one per purchase). It's not the prettiest game, but it looks very interesting.

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Oregon
Darjeeling
Scrabble
Poker
Key Harvest
Phoenicia
Condottiere
Betrayal at House on the Hill
 
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15. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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The top ten games, not in the Top 200 with a weight >3.

It's worth posting again.

This list is probably my favorite of them. I really need to check out more of them. There are a few here I don't know enough about.

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El Capitán
Khronos
World of Warcraft: The Boardgame
Hermagor
Napoleon's Triumph
Marvel Heroes
Conquest of the Empire
Glory to Rome
 
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16. Board Game: Asia Engulfed [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1977]
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The top games, not in the Top 200 with a weight >4 and 5 or more distinct players.

This one is new. This list has been fairly stagnant since I've added it. So, it good to see new blood. Not sure if I have any more chance of playing this one then the others.

Asia Engulfed
Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648
1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire
 
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17. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1082]
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Games being played with under 300 rankings (which I always call votes for some reason). Not a lot of new games being played this month. Oregon is the only game in the top 100 games played by user last month. Looks like we have the second level of Essen releases.

1. Oregon
2. Darjeeling
3. Key Harvest
4. Cold War: CIA vs KGB
5. Mordred
6. Patrician
7. Cutthroat Caverns
8. König von Siam
9. Zombie Fluxx
10.Château Roquefort
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List of previous lists.
 
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