What's getting your game time?
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I, like most geeks, have a relatively large game collection (100+). Of course the reallity of that is that I have some games that get a lot of play and some games that have been in their boxes for years. All geeks know when they buy a game that if it's too long or complicated or if it doesn't fit their group then it might not hit the table very often.

In order to help us figure out what games are "playable" or what games are "hot", there have been a lot of geeklists written regarding what games get the most plays. I think that maybe a better way to judge is table time. One game of El Grande takes the same amount of table time as four games of Lord of The Rings: The Confrontation. Other games like Crokinole which have short playtimes have lots of plays because each game is short.

In this list I would like to know, What games are getting the lion's share of the table time with you and your group lately?
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1. Board Game: Battleground [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1741] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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I've been playing a lot of Battleground lately. By the time you add in army selection, set-up, and play, a session is taking 3-4 hours. I love this one though. Every time I play, win or lose, I find myself thinking about the game the next day. The variability is amazing and the different strategies available are endless.

By the way, I play orcs and my buddy plays humans. I hate longbowmen. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching my trolls kill those dudes.
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2. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
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I love this one. Of my Christmas purchases this gets the most play time. I love the loony combos and the fact that the games doesn't end right when you get your killer combo together. You actually get to run with it for a while. Truly great game.
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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El Grande is another Christmas purchase. It is our group's current choice for a heavy Euro. I love the fact that it's an aggressive, even mean, Euro. I also love the fact that it plays so well with five players. It deserves it's classic status.
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4. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:637]
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This one gets pulled out when there isn't enough time for Battleground. With eight armies and near infinite board layouts, this one has great replayability. It's very light but the system allows for a lot of decision making and clever play. I like it.
 
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5. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Tichu is our card game choice. What can I say that hasn't been said? It's a truly great partnership card game.

[i][/i]These five games probably account for 90% of the table time in our group in the last month or two.
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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I have two friends and we all seem to be into the Commands & Colors games. We've also played a lot of Memoir '44, a little bit of BattleLore and even dug out my Battle Cry game.
 
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7. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:334]
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I play games at home with family, as well as out of the house with friends, so it's not just one group. When I play games at a group game night, there tend to be multiple tables, and I can't keep track of everything that is getting played. So my answer is what I have played the most minutes of recently.

The games I have played the most minutes of over the past two months are Nexus Ops (4 plays) and Battlestar Galactica (2 plays).
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8. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:63]
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This has seen play at 4 out of 5 of our weekly meetings this year, which is an almost unheard of number of plays in such a short time and in terms of player time it has already beaten the figure for the second most played game of 2008.
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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I realize that many people consider this a "filler" game, and that setup, playing, and take down is a lot less time than most games - especially when playing it with a total of 2 players which is how I almost always play it.

However - I sure do play this a lot. I'd say that the actual amount of "table time" that I play this game is more on average than any other game in my collection over the past three months.

I would like to comment that I think a good reason *why* this game gets so much "table time" is precisely because it is so fast to setup and actually play.

If certain other games didn't take so long to setup and play (like C&C:A, Agricola, or certain wargames) then I would probably get more table time with other games than I currently do.

I guess its a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy - I only have 30 to 45 minutes and want a quick game of something, RftG fits the bill, so it gets played more often.
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10. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Dominion is definitely the clear leader right now. Easy to teach. Easy to play. A little bit different every time. Short play time.
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Both this and Tichu are getting the most table time for me the past 3 months and the most plays. Both are great games and I've got different sets of friends hooked on one or the other, so when we hang out there is usually a request (some might say demand when it comes to Tichu) for one or the other.
 
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