Essen to Essen: What's most widely played?
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In another list (<A TARGET=BLANK HREF=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=4770)>http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=...id=4770...;/A> I created a list of the games with the most reported playings, month by month. This list is slightly different. This list looks at the top ten most widely played games each month (instead of the most _often_ played). This eliminates games that are played a lot by a few people, and instead rewards those games regularly played by the widest numbers. There aren't many surprises on this list.

The list goes from Sep 03 to Sep 04. I'll update it annually. A game gets 10 points for being first on the list, down to 1 point for being tenth. Ties are broken by most reported plays.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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102 points, 12 appearances. No surprise here. One of three games to hit the list every month. Is also #1 on the companion list.
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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62 points, 12 appearances. Doesn't get played as much as it used to, but is still played a lot. #5 on the companion list.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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60 points, 6 appearances. Yes, it's been #1 every month since release. In some cases 50% more people played this than #2 for a given month. I expect this to stay on the list for a long time. #3 on the companion list.
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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58 points, 12 appearances. The Old Guard of board games. Still very widely played after nearly 10 years. #7 on the companion list.
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5. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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54 points, 7 appearances. Is now regularly in the top 4 each month. #4 on the companion list.
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6. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:563]
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46 points, 6 appearances. Has begun to fade. #6 on the companion list. This is one of my favorite two-player games.
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7. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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33 points, 4 appearances. Now regularly in the top 3. #9 on the companion list.
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8. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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33 points, 8 appearances. The recent expansion popped it back up. It's something you don't find often - filler for more than 5. Great theme, too. #11 on the companion list.
 
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9. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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30 points, 7 appearances. The first of the games to drop. There's definitely a few people that play this a lot. #2 on the companion list.
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:28]
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27 points, 5 appearances. Probably helped the most by looking at widely played vs. number of plays due to length. One of my top 10 all-time favorites. #15 on the companion list.
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11. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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23 points, 4 appearances. There's a lot of people that play this "sometimes." Very good game, but criticisms probably hold it down a bit. #20 in the companion list.
 
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12. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:894]
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17 points, 4 appearances. Good filler. #16 on the companion list. This surprised me by jumping up on this list. I figured it would drop.
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13. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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17 points, 5 appearances. Again, good filler, and very good with 3. #13 on the companion list as well.
 
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14. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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15 points, 4 appearances. Been lurking in the bottom half of the top 10 since release. #10 in the companion list.
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15. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:494]
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14 points, 4 appearances. Faded. This game really lost its appeal the more I played it. #12 in the companion list.
 
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16. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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13 points, 2 appearances. Wouldn't surprise me if it popped up again after Rio Grande releases the expansions. #14 in the companion list.
 
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17. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:392]
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11 points, 3 appearances. As I mention in the other list, it's probably losing play reports because of the expansion. Also #17 in the companion list.
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18. Board Game: Age of Mythology: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2482]
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9 points, 1 appearance. Disappeared from view. It would be interesting if Uberplay could release a 2nd edition of the rules to fix it. Game is simply missing something and the lack of reported plays shows it. #18 in the companion list.
 
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19. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:911]
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8 points, 3 appearances. This will shoot up again after Fearsome Floors arrives in the US. Fun game. #19 in the companion list.
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20. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:710]
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7 points, 2 appearances. Not something to be played frequently, but seems to be good in small doses. #30 on the companion list.
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21. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:860]
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5 points, 1 appearance. The first of the games that only made the list once. Probably won't be back. #25 in the companion list.
 
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22. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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4 points, 1 appearance. Really good game, but just takes a long time to play. #24 in the companion list.
 
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23. Board Game: New England [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1697]
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2 points, 1 appearance. First of the games to not make the companion list. Good game, but dry. Definitely better with four, though.
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24. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:506]
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2 points, 1 appearance. I think this game is underrated. Plays well with three. Didn't make the other list. Is this one of those games that gets better with time?
 
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25. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:342]
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2 points, 1 appearance. I REALLY want to get this on the table. Didn't make the companion list.
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