Top 10 non-top 200 games being played in January 2009
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January is a bit late. Well with BBG down and then it being slow I didn't get it down on the 1st or the 2nd and the time kept passing. So, here it is two weeks in. So, the data is fine, Charles did his part in time although the bellow ranks may be off a bit.

Dropping out were Apples to Apples and Bang! falling to 19 and 13 respectively.

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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) again for writing script for me so I didn't have spend 30-45 minutes copying and pasting. He actually went an extra step and did a full report this month. I guess he doesn't have many exams to grade. (OH and now I guess he's unemployed) It's the Smith and Jones 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.

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 on BGG (you decide), 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: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1185]
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Wasabi!!!!!!!!!!!

So, is it hot or what? I'm actually surprised it's still hanging in here. It's an ok game, but I didn't fall in love with it as much as I thought I would.

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2. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1467]
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Still holding on to number 2 spot.

I've got some geek buddies that have been playing this, I guess I should give it another try.

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3. Board Game: Sorry! Sliders [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1486]
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Picking up speed again. I don't recall this hitting the actual top 10 list before. Fun quick dex game.

I had actually slipped off playing it after it's initial splash, but picked it up for a couple plays again this past month.

1100 plays by 246 people.
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4. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1342]
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Well last months poll results are in. Only 21 respondents. But, it was 10 to 11. So, really dead even. So, I guess I'll just get the one that's most cost effective when I buy.

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5. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Now that it's back out of the Top 200 I suppose it will be a main stay on this list.

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6. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:430]
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So, is this Formula De or not?

How much change is there?

Is it worth picking up if you already have the first?

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7. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1005]
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ok, so now we get pictures of people playing and not reading the rulebook.

Wow, I'm not sure about this game. Interesting and complex game. But, to me it boils down to a 'blind bidding' game. Can it get to a reasonable time frame though?

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8. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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Cat 5.

Just had a discussion of Slide 5 and the rules of that game. So, anyone play with 5 card rounds instead of 10 cards rounds?

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9. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:958]
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Not high on the multiple plays per month per player.

Looks like for most people one play a month is enough.

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10. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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Coming in right before the chopping point. Guillotine is back on the list. Once a mainstay on this list, it's now on again off again as it's not sure it can make the cut.

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11. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:853] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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Games #11-#25

Saboteur 154 players
Ca$h 'n Gun$ 150 players
BANG! 148 players
Pickomino 148 players
TransAmerica 146 players
Diamant 140 players
Tsuro 140 players
Can't Stop 133 players
Apples to Apples 133 players
Blokus 3D 132 players
Jamaica 129 players
Powerboats 121 players
Witch's Brew 115 players
The Princes of Machu Picchu 114 players
Qwirkle 106 players
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12. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:721]
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HM 500

Been starting to hear more about this one. Not sure I'll like it, but some of you might.

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13. Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2594]
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HM 1000

ok, I'm not a Fluxx hater any more.

But, it is just fluxx, where's the zombies?

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14. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
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Games weight between 1 & 2
1. Wasabi!
2. Sorry! Sliders
3. Keltis
4. No Thanks!
5. Formula D
6. 6 nimmt!
7. Guillotine
8. Saboteur
9. Ca$h 'n Gun$
10. BANG!
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15. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1154]
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Games weight between 2 & 3
1. Red November
2. Steel Driver
3. Talisman (Revised 4th Edition)
4. Scrabble
5. Lord of the Rings
6. Metropolys
7. Poker
8. A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game
9. Oregon
10. Royal Palace
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16. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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Games weight between 3 & 4
1. The Princes of Machu Picchu
2. Chess
3. Container
4. Titan
5. Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition
6. Sylla
7. Combat Commander: Pacific
8. After the Flood
9. Amyitis
10. Cavum
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17. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1005]
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Games >4 weight and Number of players > 5
1. Android
2. Magic Realm
3. Steam over Holland
4. Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648
5. 1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire
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18. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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The Isamoor item. Games not in the Top 200 that are more then 5 years old and still getting played.

6 nimmt!
Guillotine
BANG!
TransAmerica
Can't Stop
Apples to Apples
Blokus 3D
Chess
Gulo Gulo
Scrabble
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19. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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The Isamoor 10

6 nimmt!
Guillotine
Can't Stop
Chess
Scrabble
Loopin' Louie
Poker
Fluxx
Condottiere
Catan Card Game
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20. Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2594]
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Sorry it's late. Here are the most played games with under 300 votes

1. Monty Python Fluxx
2. Fast Flowing Forest Fellers
3. Royal Palace
4. Snow Tails
5. Diamonds Club
6. Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition
7. Yahtzee Free for All
8. Sylla
9. 2 de Mayo
10. Municipium
11. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
12. Leader 1
13. Bananagrams
14. Strozzi
15. Timber Tom
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