Gaming in May
Our consumption of games picked up again quite a lot in May after the quiet April. This time we played 19 different games over the month (and Miss B played a few more that I didn’t), for a total of 25 plays.
The top game of the month was Dungeon Roll, which was played 3 times, followed by Chess, Coloretto, Flippin’ Fruit and Om Nom Nom, each with 2 plays.
I should also add a special mention as, if we were counting the total amount of time playing a game, Runebound would come out on top for May. We only played it the once, but it took us about 4 hours to play (plus some extra time as we took a couple of breaks along the way). This is an example of where this idea of counting plays breaks down as a metric for the popularity of a game. Runebound is definitely one of Miss B’s favourite games, but it takes so long for us to play (even using the “short game” rules) that we need to allocate most of a day, and so it rarely hits the table. It’s fun when it does though.
Another special mention goes to Lords of Waterdeep, which is a lovely introduction to the world of worker placement games. We haven’t played this for some time, and in the past the game has gone really rather slowly as, in common with most worker placement games, it involves players taking a great many very short turns, and this has previously involved having to remind Miss B that it is her turn every time. With adults I would expect the game to typically take in the region of an hour; with Miss B the game has previously taken more than double that and required a break mid-game. This month we managed to complete the game in less than 90 minutes, which speaks volumes about how far Miss B has come.
To round off, though, we have the totals for the year. So far we have three games vying for the lead: Dobble, Love Letter, and Plyt, with 6 plays a piece, and Plyt retaining its record of at least one play each month. In fact, Plyt nearly got a second play in May but minds got changed at the last minute.