Games that have provided me with the most happiness 1996-present
Joe Huber

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Some years back now, I came to realize that 5&10 lists contained an unfair bias towards shorter games - and that this bias was easily overcome. What I did was to calculate a happiness product:

(rating-5)*time spent playing

The following is a list of the games which have provided me with the most total happiness since I started tracking what I play back in 1996.

Updated 1/19/06. Ursuppe and Acquire dropped off the list (to positions 26 and 28 respectively, FWIW). I've deleted comments that were connected to games that have moved or disappeared.
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1. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:489]
Joe Huber

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8613 Total Happiness Units. This is what happens when I play a game I really enjoy 100+ times a year. Well, at least until 2005...
 
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2. Board Game: 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2619]
Joe Huber

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540 Total Happiness Units. Other than for Bridge, other games are on reasonably equal footing. 2038 wins out mostly because I not only enjoy the quite long game, but also frequently drag it out more than once a year.
 
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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406 Total Happiness Units. It's worth noting that I played both 2038 and Die Siedler von Catan in 1995, though I have no idea how many times each. I suspect Die Siedler von Catan might be ahead if I had the data.
 
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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305 Total Happiness Units. The first game here that I don't rate a 10 - a testament to the number of times it's made it out anyway.
 
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5. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:824]
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Has moved from 13th to 5th in just over a year, as it moved to regular play after years of occasional play.
 
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6. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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248 Total Happiness Units. Remained in 6th in spite of being passed by Mü.
 
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7. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2054]
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240 Total Happiness Units. A great example of how a short game can still do well by getting played time and time again. Should hit my 100th play in 2006.
 
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8. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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204 Total Happiness Units. Great example of how quickly games can appear - well, when I really, really enjoy them and play them repeatedly, at least. Climbed from 10th to 8th in 2005.
 
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9. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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200 Total Happiness Units. Advanced Civilization rakes THUs in when it comes out - it just doesn't come out as often as others on this list.

 
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10. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:553]
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180 Total Happiness Units. Came out a lot when first released, and continues to receive enough play to keep climbing slowly.

 
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11. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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173 Total Happiness Units. Managed to climb to the #11 slot on this list in just six months.
 
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12. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:696]
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144 Total Happiness Units. Showed up from off the list previously; not bad at all for an older game.
 
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13. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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120 Total Happiness Units. If there's a flaw with E&T for me, it's that I wish the games lasted a bit longer.
 
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14. Board Game: Show Manager [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1033]
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116 Total Happiness Units. Another game making it to this list primarily on _lots_ of play.
 
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15. Board Game: Time Agent [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:3891]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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112 Total Happiness Units. Once a year is plenty to lift a long, fun game into this list - and even let it climb a slot in the past year.
 
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16. Board Game: Fresh Fish [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1995]
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110 Total Happiness Units. I love this game.
 
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17. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3416]
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106 Total Happiness Units. I've been playing it less, unfortunately, but still love the game.
 
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18. Board Game: Res Publica [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4194]
Joe Huber

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105 Total Happiness Units. Seems to have peaked.
 
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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102 Total Happiness Units. Has lost four slots; I suspect it will lose more in the next year.
 
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20. Board Game: Foppen [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3320]
Joe Huber

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99 Total Happiness Units. A game that took off after four years of occasional play, and has now moved back into occasional play.
 
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21. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1539]
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98 Total Happiness Units. A game that I consider notably flawed, but really enjoy anyway. Received a fair bit of play in 2005, allowing it to move up two slots.
 
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22. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:985]
Joe Huber

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96 Total Happiness Units. Good fun; likely to slip off this list in the next year.
 
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23. Board Game: Timbuktu [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1428]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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96 Total Happiness Units. Though part of me wants to award it bonus points for the reactions it causes in Greg Schloesser, in saner moments I realize that I'm probably the only person in history who will _ever_ play the game twice with Greg, and so best to leave things be. Might move up in the next year when Rio Grande starts carrying it.
 
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24. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
Joe Huber

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94 Total Happiness Units. 10+ plays a year (until 2005), and even a game this short will approach 100 THUs - if ever so slowly...
 
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25. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1148]
Joe Huber

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Massachusetts
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90 Total Happiness Units. I'm not sure exactly how this got here - I consider it a very enjoyable passtime, moreso than a great game. But here it is...
 
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