Break-Out Hits
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One thing I have noticed in the years of playing games with my family is that when they find a game that they really love it will get requested time and time again until I stop bringing it to game nights. Some times it takes a little while for a game to get this kind of preferential treatment, but other times they burst right out of the gate with unexpected success. I like to call these "Break-Out Hits."

So I thought I'd talk about some of our Break-Out Hit games. In order to narrow down the field, I decided to look for games that we played 10 or more times within the first month (that is one month from the date we first got it to the table.) Yes, this does somewhat lean towards games that play in a shorter timeframe and ones that we can play multiple times in a night, but those are also the kind of games that my family loves anyways.

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1. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1277]
Ben Lott
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This is the game that gave me the idea for this list. It currently holds the title for biggest Break-Out Hit in Lott family history! Within the first month of playing this game we have already got it played 15 times!

Rikki is constantly requesting it, and even when I continue to win she wants another try in order to beat me just once. I haven't had any family or friends dislike this game, and most of them request it regularly now.
 
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2. Board Game: Villa Paletti [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1403]
Ben Lott
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Our second best Break-Out Hit. This little gem of a stacking game took exactly one month to get played 14 times.

This one is a perfect example of the "let's try that again" syndrome. Everyone wants another crack at it. It's so simple to teach and fun to play so it works with all different ages of people. After a hiatus I've just recently started breaking this gem out again.
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3. Board Game: Sorry! Sliders [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1496]
Ben Lott
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Another dexterity game that grabbed my families attention when we first purchased it. The reason this one easily made the Break-Out Hits list is because you can't really play just one game. So thanks to us usually playing 2 to 4 times in one sitting, this gem hit 12 plays in the first month.

I still enjoy cracking this one out. It doesn't quite take the place of a Crokinole board (which I'd love to own someday,) but for the price it's awesome!
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4. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:631]
Ben Lott
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Push-your-luck games always have some sort of initial buzz in my family. And this one had the biggest because of it's simple yet strategic gameplay. With exactly 10 plays in the first month, it's a winner.

This is still a highly-requested game in our family and continues to hit the table again and again without fail. Our friends love it, the youth love it, it's got everyone hooked. So much so that I'm a little sick of it.
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5. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:766]
Ben Lott
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The best value trade I've ever made (based on the number of plays I would have gotten with the old game vs. the number of plays I have with the new game) was Settlers of Catan for this gem. I love the simplicity and the speed of the game and that's why we played it 10 times in the first month.

This is a staple in our game bag now. Whenever we are at a friend's house and we need a quick game to fill in, this is the one we grab. And the youth love the fact that we can play with 8 players in about 10 minutes!
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6. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice Jr. [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3911]
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I would have to go with Tumblin-Dice Jr.. Although it's only a two player game, as soon as it was brought out, everybody wanted to give it try.
Being a short game, it is easy to play one game right after another. This went over well during football season. As soon as halftime came up... we turned down the volume and squeezed in a few games.
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7. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1197]
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I only log 'official' games played w/ my game group. Unofficially, though since I picked up Wasabi! a couple of weeks ago, my daughter asks for this EVERY night She's a huge Iron Chef America (and of Morimoto)) and Food Network fan. So this let's her 'make recipes' AND play a game with Daddy killing two birds w/ one stone. Sometimes Mommy even joins in the fun
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8. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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This is one that had that effect for us. The first time I played, I wanted to play immediately again - and again after that. We played it in game groups all the time and then on Brettspielwelt until it finally got played out. Of course, once Dominion: Intrigue came out, the same thing happened again.
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9. Board Game: Portobello Market [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1717]
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Got this one this Monday...already played 7 times, my wife even played once

My son loves it and I like it quite a lot as well. Really surprised how much I like this game. It scales well too.
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10. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Kevin Cachia
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My roommate and I purchase way too many games, probably a vain attempt to recapture the gaming joys of our youth. Remember those days? Some new game would come along, you'd buy it, and you'd play the heck out of it for the next year. In those days, new games were few and far between, there wasn't some shiny new game right around the corner.

In my early 20s, that game was Cosmic Encounter/More Cosmic Encounter. I played that game constantly, it feels like for two years.

But now, when my roommate and I both have a bad habit of putting in free-shipping-sized game orders multiple times a year, games barely make it out of the shrink wrap before we move onto the next one. There are few exceptions.

Some cooperative games have managed such exceptions, none more than Arkham Horror. Sometimes, we're just more in the mood for a co-op, and we both really enjoy AH. My girlfriend enjoys it too, which is a plus.

Props also to Pandemic, which also gets lots of plays. It's great to have another co-op with a shorter game length (and sometimes just the easier setup is a plus).
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11. Board Game: Finito! [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3315]
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19 times in first 30 days. Find out for yourself why
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12. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Jason Lott
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The real breakout hit for my gaming groups has been Pandemic. There are some folks who get downright obsessed with it, and since I first pulled it out here, 2 other couples bought it in no time.

For my birthday this year we had games going on in multiple rooms. The library became "The Pandemic Room" because there were 4 players that couldn't stop, and played it 3 times in succession!
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