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A December of games — and a 2013 of games!

January 5, 2014

Happy new year, one and all! I hope 2014 brings lots of joy and excitement for you.

The end of 2013 was a little light on gaming for us as there was a lot of other stuff going on, but we managed to get in 9 plays of 7 different games. The only games played more than once were the Crazy Creatures of Doctor Doom and Eco Fluxx, both of which had two plays in one sitting.

So that concludes our year of gaming and so it is time to sum up what we got up to throughout the year.

Completely dispensing with the traditional reverse order listing and going straight to the top, I can confirm that Love Letter was our most played game of the year, with 22 plays. I also played this a good number of times with groups not including Miss B, so in terms of number of plays this has been an astonishingly good value purchase. On time spent playing it probably wins too, as our games usually take about 20 to 30 minutes, so great value for a less-than-£10 game.

The runner up was Sleeping Queens with 19 plays; I have a hunch that it would have been the most played game of 2012 if we had been keeping track. Recently though, Miss B seems to have outgrown it a bit, though the game comes out very occasionally and is enjoyed when that happens.

The other games that got into double figure numbers of plays were quite a way behind the leaders, but were Dobble (impressive as we only got that in September, though it usually gets played more than once in a sitting), Goblins Drool Fairies Rule, Gubs, and Hey That’s My Fish (the digital version, on my phone).

I’d like to give a few honourable mentions, too.

Fluxx would have also been in double figures (though not catching the leaders) if I had bundled Family Fluxx, Eco Fluxx and vanilla Fluxx as one game. Miss B definitely likes these games.

Apples to Apples is almost always played when we have a decent sized family gathering, which is not often, but the game is definitely one Miss B really looks forward to, and always makes her laugh a lot.

Runebound is definitely a favourite, though it is such a long game that we only played it a couple of times through the year. I expect next year will be much the same.

Finally, a couple of traditional games that we played quite a few times were pick-up-sticks (aka Mikado), a dexterity game that Miss B really enjoys, and what I have been labelling “Micky Mouse” whist, a simplified whist game that has gradually mutated into a 7-card-hand version of German Whist, one of my favourite two-player card games.

So, there we have it, another year of gaming and a lot of games played. I make it a total of 326 plays of 112 different games, which is kind of epic. This year I think I’d like to get more deeply into some games, so we can maybe have a bigger list of games getting into double figures play-wise. But, when it comes down to it, it’s Miss B’s choice. Luckily, though, she is still keen to keep going with this blog and wants us to record plays for this year. So in 12 months’ time it should be interesting to compare the statistics.

Here we go…

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  1. Barnetto
    January 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Happy New Year.

    Our Christmas hit game has definitely been The Little Prince: Build Me a Planet. We only got it on Christmas day (I gave it as a present to myself!) and it must already be into double figures in terms of plays. It’s easy enough to play with non-gamers (several Christmas visitors) and children, but has enough choices and decisions to keep adults interested. And if anyone is familiar with the book, then it delights further as there is a very good connection between the game and the book. The only downside would be that it is much better to play with three or four than two.

  2. Rob
    January 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Cool. I picked up Build Me a Planet a little while before Christmas, but have only played it a couple of times, once with Miss B (she wants to play it again before we write it up) and once with a group at work. I’m impressed so far (it’s very cute, and I like the “visualness” of it), but we just haven’t got around to playing it again. We will do soon, I’m sure.

    The game is certainly different with two players to more players.

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