2009 - Personal Highlights of the Seven Year Gaming Itch
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I've been playing boardgames since I was a wee lad learning Chess from my dad. In December 2002 I signed up at here at the 'geek, and inspired by others who tracked their plays, starting keeping track myself.

I posted two previous geeklists about my gaming to commemorate six and five years of gaming data (see Happy Sixth Geekday to Me! and Since I Started Keeping Track - Five Years of Game Play). This is my third vanity list.

My stats say that since I started keeping track back in 2003, I've played 177 different games (not including expansions).

2009 was a banner year for gaming in my household - I had lots of opportunities to play, and I took them. I played 92 different games for 380 unique plays.

Here are some of the highlights starting with the top 10 played games of 2009, and some of my gaming wishes for 2010.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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I played a lot of TS this year.

No, really. A LOT.

100 PLAYS!

So out of 380 games played this year, over 26% was TS. Gotta love that!

This does not include the ACTS ladder games I've played in this year (8).

For those keeping track at home, I've played...

44 straight up
37 with the Chinese Civil War variant
16 ITSL variant games (US gets +3ip)
2 late war scenarios
1 with the new deluxe edition cards

I'd like to thank my partner in crime

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for playing 86 of those games with me, only five of which were face to face.

I think if I get half as many plays done in 2010 I'll be lucky, but my passion for this one is still high.
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2. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:1546] [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
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Bananagrams came into my house at Christmas in 2008, and has been a popular filler with us. It was the second most played game with a total of

49 plays

I really like this game. It scratches the same itch as Scrabble does but in much less time. We keep this one near our dining table and pull it out whenever we feel like something quick.
 
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This was another game that came at Christmas 2008, and it's proven popular with my daughter. We got it to the table for

15 plays
 
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4. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:731] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Acquired in a trade in 2008, this game has been pretty popular with my daughter and sometimes with other gamers.

14 plays
 
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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I wasn't sold on Pandemic the first time I played it, but I warmed up to it. Then along came Pandemic: On the Brink, which pushed it from a "6" to an "8" for me.

13 plays

6 of them with the OTB expansion.
 
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6. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:955]
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My daughter's turning into a gamer, which is a great thing. We played this a fair bit in the first half of the year, but then her interest in it seems to have tapered off.

10 plays
 
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7. Board Game: Die Siedler von Catan: Junior [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3764]
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My little one's interest in Gulo Gulo may have waned because of this little gem. I wish it were available in English because it really deserves a wider audience.

This version has pirate ships and strongholds, a helpful parrot, and a ghost captain to boot. An excellent game that holds my interest as well. I really recommend this one highly.

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8. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15341]
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I know this one gets knocked quite a bit at the geek, but I like this game as a harmless filler. We played this with my daughter on gaming nights before her bedtime.

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I really wish I could have landed this one on the table more often. I love this game, and would happily play it a lot more often than I was able to this year.

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10. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:380]
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I got this in a trade earlier this year (along with Tier auf Tier and it's a big favorite in our house. I love the asynchronous turn order and how you have to balance time spent researching with getting out to the dig sites to get the goodies before everyone else. Everyone I've introduced to it has enjoyed it.

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11. Board Game: Win, Place & Show [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2244]
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Honorable Mention

Fives & Dimes not listed above:
Old Maid (the German ASS Schwarzer Peter edition) - 7
2 de Mayo - 5
Jambo - 5

I keep track of PBEM games separately, and there are a few highlights I'd like to add here.

1. Go - I got 30 plays in over at the Dragon Go Server
2. Chess - I got 12 plays in over at Playchess

And on on another note, Scrabble is the only game for which I've recorded at least one play every year since I've been keeping track.

Of the 92 individual games I played in 2009, half were played only once, but 13 were played at least 5 times each.
 
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Goal for 2010 - Play more wargames

I managed to play 24 different wargames in 2009, and that's a trend I'd like to see continue.
 
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Goal for 2010 - Go to BGG.Con (again)

I had an amazing time at BGG.Con 2009, my first con ever, and will hopefully get there again this year.
 
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Goal for 2010 - do another 12 in 12

Gerry and I played 12 different wargames in 2009, and we're going to go for it again in 2010. With Jonathan and Jeff along for the ride, this one should be easy to get done.
 
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Goal for 2010 - one of everything

I have all the CC:E series and expansions, as well as CC - I want to play at least one scenario from each set. Between Jonathan's 365 in 365 quest and my 12 in 12 with Gerry, odds are good.
 
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Goal for 2010 - Trade down my collection

My game collection is over 250 items again, not to mention all the RPG stuff in the closet that isn't catalogued here on the geek.

I have this idea that I could get it down to 100, which I simply know isn't true, but I would like to get it down to the point where I'm not playing Tetris in my closet to get a game I want onto the table.

Math trades for non-game items will be my friend this year. And I'm going to try very hard to get games under a 6 rating out of the house one way or another.
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