Indy Boardgamers -- Most Played Games of 2008
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For anyone not in our group that may be reading this, the Indy Boardgamers (I'm not sure we really have a name, but that's what we've been calling ourselves in geeklists) are a weekly game group that meets on the Northeast side of Indianapolis, Indiana. I started doing weekly geeklists in March of 2007, which chronicled the games played that week and provided a forum for players to discuss said games. 2008, then, is the first complete year of data, and I thought it would be interesting to see what games have seen the most play throughout the year. But before we get to list I'd like to thank a few people.

First of all I'd like to thank Todd, who took over geeklisting duties earlier in the year, and is far more punctual than I ever was. Todd also maintained a meta list which made the geeklists easier for people to find. If you missed any and would like to go back and read them (and possibly thumb Todd's work), the meta list can be found here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/29199

Thanks go as well to Shea and Adam, who filled in on several ocassions to create the lists.

Also thanks to those people who regularly comment on the games in the lists, as stories are a lot more fun to read than just names and numbers.

And lastly I'd like to give a big thank you to our hosts, Dave and Tami Koch, who graciously let us invade their home about 50 times a year.

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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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With 27 plays, Race for the Galaxy clinches the #1 spot. Many will be unsurprised, as most people in the group like it, and a few really like it. It's also the type of game that, when it comes out, is often played multiple times.

However, I think I can safely say that Race for the Galaxy will not be number one in 2009. Like several other games on this list, it was played far more in the first half of the year than the second. People haven't stopped playing the game, but the people who really like it (namely me, Todd, Shea, and Angie) get their Race fix outside the group.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Ah, Dominion. In the short time since the game was released it has racked up 21 plays to take second place for the year. When it hits the table it almost always gets multiple plays. The only question is whether or not it can maintain its popularity in the coming year.
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3. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Now this one was a surprise to me. I knew it was popular, but didn't realize it had been played 17 times to become the third most popular game of the year. Play has certainly tapered off from its peak, but I for one think this will still make the five and dime list of '09.
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Agricola comes in at #4 on the most plays list with 16, but if you look at playing time, you can safely say that it was the most popular game of 2008. It has many fans, and a few diehards (e.g. Ken and Mike) suggest it nearly every week. I don't see it fading away any time soon, and I even think there's a good chance it will be even higher on next year's list.
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5. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
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The first game on the list not published in 07-08, and one of only three games on the 5+ plays list published prior to 2000. Quite frankly I'm surprised it hasn't seen more than its 11 plays -- something to correct this year.
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6. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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9 plays

This is the first game on the list I'm not really fond of. Apparently it has its fans though, as it was the 6th most played game of 2008.
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7. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1087]
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8 plays

And here is the only game on the list that a truly dislike. To those who like it I can only say, It's not your fault you have no taste.

Just kidding.
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8. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:219]
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This is the first of four games tied at 7 plays each.

This is one that a lot of people really like, but it has fallen by the wayside a little. I think people just can't take the punishment after a long game of Agricola.
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9. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Also 7 plays

These seven plays, though, only equal like 30 minutes of play time. I seem to have trouble convincing people of this game's genious,
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10. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Also 7 plays

This one was very popular at the beginning of the year, but people stopped playing it completely after only about a month, I don't know if people stopped liking it, or if it just, like so many other game, got lost in the shuffle of all the new releases.
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11. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
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Also 7 plays

Though it is supposedly the Jell-o of gaming, no one has found time for it in many months. I think it has definitely suffered at the hands of Race and Dominion, which compete for its 1/2 hour time slot.
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12. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:670]
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6 plays

I don't think it's anybody's favorite but hey, it's only 20 minutes.
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13. Board Game: Blokus Trigon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:894]
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The fist of four games with 5 plays.

This is the version of Blokus Dave owns, so it's the one that gets played.
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14. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Also 5 plays

It's good to see a few classics make the list. I think this one would be played even more, but it is a common fixture at the 13th Tribe game days, which have a lot of cross-over with ours.
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15. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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Also played 5 times

I think most or all of these plays came in the few weeks after Dave bought the game, because I haven't seen it on the table in a while.
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16. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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Also 5 plays

Not actually all the same game. Max of StrataMax Games sometimes brings along prototypes to try out on the group.
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17. Board Game: Leftovers [Average Rating:6.01 Unranked]
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Just to round things out...

10 games were played 4 times:
Caylus
Hamburgum
Jambo
Municipium
Pillars of the Earth
RattleSnake
San Marco
Santa Fe Rails
Taj Mahal
Through the Desert

13 games were played thrice:
Antike
Battle Line
Blue Moon
The Downfall of Pompeii
Enemy Chocolatier
Le Havre
Notre Dame
Perikles
Pickomino
R-Eco
Vineta
Wasabi
Zing!

30 games were played twice (which I don't feel like typing up)

and 78 games were played once (which I really don't feel like typing up)
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