Matthew Gray
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The geek database contains games published this year and games published centuries ago. For some years, there are no games listed. For others, there is a single game.

So, from 1880-present:

No games published: 1881, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1901, 1902, 1908, 1924

Games for which no other game in the database appears in the same year:

Year Game [gameid]
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1883 Banking [20175]
1885 42 [12131]
1889 Office Boy [14244]
1892 The Good Old Aunt [14221]
1906 Touring [2253]
1909 L'Attaque [9246]
1911 Pirate and Traveler [2326]
1912 Boy Scouts [13535]
1916 Game of Famous Paintings [15134]
1917 Peter Rabbit's Race Game [12426]
1921 Wonderful Game of Oz [14261]
1944 SHOC [2744]
2005 Caylus [18602]

Though, I hear some murmuring that Caylus may not actually be the only game published in 2005, despite how it may seem.

The year prior to 1880 which had the most games published is 1810 with 4 games:

Poker, Skat, Jubliee and "Bell and Hammer".

I hear there was quite the uproar when Skat beat out Poker for the SdJ. Unsurprisingly, Reiner Knizia didn't even make the nomination list.

 
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Dane Peacock
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I'm really enjoying this statistic of the week feature Matthew.

What's kind of interesting is the number of years, particularly in the 1890's, with multiple games published.
 
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There are a couple of games listed that were published this year 2005 in Japan and Korea, such as Happy Dog and King of History.
 
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Jason M. Brown
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It was a joke, David!
 
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zombiemonkey wrote:
It was a joke, David!


I know. I would have listed a whole lot more if I had had the time, as part of the joke, but I had a couple of first graders at my elbow wanting me to go to their classroom.
 
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