Top Non-Top 200 being played in July 2009
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Sorry for the long delay I've been on Vacation aka Holiday, but I'm back. Charles is still having trouble with the script, so it's going to be a bear bones list (no number of play, Isamoor 10, Randy Cox 10, Economic Downturn 10, or even HM#1, #2, 500 or 1000)

Then when working on it, realized the data was messed up and had to go completely by hand. So, it just sat there for a while. So, I'm doing two list at once.

Falling out were Guillotine going down to 12. Dominion Intrigue lost it's 'ranking' so it dropped off the list completely. I'm not sure how I feel about that and think that debate is best left for other places, either way it would have lost it's spot on this list by going into the Top 200.

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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) sauron 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: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:574]
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Rolling back into the Number one Spot is Roll through the Ages.

I fun little dice rolling game. We'll probably talk more about this in a list or two.

694 plays by 291 people
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2. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:605]
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Snowing keeps failing down....

Best played not to win I think. Can be a blast. But, a bit harder then it seems.

393 plays by 254 people


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3. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:317]
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Tales tells us that it's something to be looked at.

I've still not experienced it myself, but others have enjoyed it.

244 others in July 403 times
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4. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:537]
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Finca,

What does that mean anyway?

falling just under Tales with 240 people playing it 401 times
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5. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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No Thanks!

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6. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1274]
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FITS right in here.

Quick, easy to learn and teach.

463 plays by 223 people

I'd actually think there would be more plays per person of this game.
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7. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1030]
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Since I'm doing all this manually, I should have go ahead and included the stats for Bang! the Bullet. But I didn't.

I may have shot the sheriff though as I played Bang (under Bullet) 3 times this month.

460 plays by 207 people
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8. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:576]
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Another game with reduced stats.

But, it's 'raw data' would place it here.

359 plays by 174 people.
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9. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1198]
 
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Wasabi!

Hot again?

Well even I pulled it out and tried it again (twice this month).

I'm still only ok on it, but it plays ok to play again.

290 plays by 170 people (including me)
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10. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1074]
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Pickomino returns to number 10 spot.

329 plays by 167 people
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11. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:719]
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Games #11-#15 (game/plays/players)

TransAmerica 284 166
Guillotine 357 163
Dixit 367 151
Saboteur 278 147
Ca$h 'n Gun$ 272 126
Can't Stop 293 126
Tsuro 293 126
Dice Town 182 117
Incan Gold 285 116
Apples to Apples 187 114
Bridge Troll 150 114
Shadow Hunters 247 113
Red November 171 112
Diamant 205 110
Fairy Tale 262 110
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12. Board Game: Witch's Brew [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:681]
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HM#1

Recently came up in conversation. Showing up close to hitting this list.

Interesting little game I should try again soon.

125 plays by 96 people
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13. Board Game: Diamonds Club [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:976]
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HM#2

Should this be honorable mention?

I find this one interesting in the opposite. Is the love affair over? Or is it still just that low in circulation?

91 plays by only 73 people
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