2008 Year In Review -- Games played 10+ Hours
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I like Five and Dime lists, but feel that the discriminate against games that are longer, so I just list games I spent 10+ hours on. As usual, this is probably more a list of "Games that I obsessed about for some time" rather than "Games guaranteed to be good." It's now late enough in the year that I doubt any new games are going to show up....
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1. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:489]
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I haven't played much bridge the last few years, but I got in 42 sessions. 3 Sessions is 10 hours (roughly) so that makes 140 hours of Bridge. Plus a few short sessions online (which I don't record).
 
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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In 2008, I played Race (+ The expansion) over 200 times, so call it 75 hours. Still the 'go to' game to open or close a session... Probably the steadiest game of any to appear here, most of the other games had a burst of activity for 2-3 months. (Although there was a lull right before the expansion showed up).
 
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3. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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23 Games of Agricola ... call it 35 hours (mostly 3 player games). This was pretty much one huge burst when the game came out, haven't played in a month or two. Flash in the pan? Perhaps.
 
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:63]
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The latest obsession. 12 plays so far, probably 30+ hours. Despite spending more time with Agricola, BSG is my favorite new game of the year. Although you should check back in 6 months to see if I'm still playing it...
 
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5. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:863]
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OK, pretty much all of this was one week during a cruise at the ship's casino, plus a con tournament. Twenty five hours, and a reasonable profit. God cruise ships are boring.
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6. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1133]
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I played around 30 games of Strat for our league this year. We're slow (we keep detailed stats), so that's 20-25 hours.

I did terrible, thanks for asking. Monstrous bullpen, but no starting pitching...
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7. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:25]
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3 Games is probably 12-15 hours, and the reason why I do my year end list by time. How many gamers aren't going to list Through the Ages (or 7 Ages, or Roads and Boats) because they only played them a few times.
 
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8. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
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19 games is roughly 12-14 hours. Still one of my favorite games from earlier years.
 
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9. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
 
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2 Games (both of which involved new players). Probably under 10 hours, but I'll stretch the point to include this.
 
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10. Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:3766]
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Games that didn't get 10 hours, but got 5-9 include: Stage II, Celebrities, Shadowfist (which normally gets 25-50 hours a year, but I now have a conflict with when the group meets), Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg, Settlers of Catan, Le Havre and maybe Tribune (barely). Le Havre has an outside chance of making it to 10 hours...
 
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