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What was on the table in March?

April 3, 2016 7 comments

March’s gaming was dominated by the big gaming weekend I wrote about last week, where Miss B and I got to play loads of games, not all together.  We also got a little more play in over the Easter weekend, when we were visited by assorted members of S’s family, some of whom joined us for a play or two.

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Pivot: probably our only ever play of this, which Miss B was not fond of.

The headline numbers are that we had an impressive 31 plays, so an average of one play of something per day, and these plays were of 18 distinct titles.

We had multiple plays of quite a few games: 6, BraveRats and Spyfall had three plays each, and Codenames, Love Letter, Odin’s Ravens, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Pick Up Sticks, Push It, and Tem-Purr-A with two plays a piece.  Of these, Odin’s Ravens was new to us, and was a gift that I am extremely happy with, and Tem-Purr-A was a game owned by Miss B’s aunt and uncle, which turned out to be a lot of fun, and I may have to get a copy of for myself.

One particular play I was really happy with was when Miss B came down to see me and ask if she could play Citadels with me.  We haven’t played this for ages and it’s one of my favourite games, so how could I turn down such a request?  It was also the first time in ages that she has initiated a game play.  These things make me smile.

So for our yearly running totals we now have Push It going into the lead on seven plays, followed by 6 and Wetland with five plays a piece.  There are several games on three plays, and another nine months to go, so we’ll just have to see how things develop.

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What was on the table in February?

March 7, 2016 3 comments

February was a very respectable month for gaming.  My personal gaming actually featured playing at least one game every day of the month (though a few times it was solo gaming), but this blog isn’t about what I played.  Miss B and I together logged a total of 27 plays, taken from 19 different titles.  Not up to last year’s level, but not too far off.

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We even managed to do a bit of party organising with Belle of the Ball.

The multiple plays for the month were led by Push It, a sort of tabletop bowls or curling, where you are trying to get wooden pucks as close as possible to a jack, which we played five times, over a couple of sessions.  Then we had Boggle Flash on three plays; this is a bit of an anomaly here, being an electronic game, but it also feels like playing a physical tabletop game (you are moving things around on the table), just with smart components, so I’m counting it.  Finally, last year’s champion, 6, and evergreen Timeline had two plays each.  As last year, I’m counting all Timeline plays as the same game, regardless of which sets of cards we use; just for information, these plays were with the General Interest set.

It is, of course, way too early to see any patterns for the year, but I’ll just note that at this point, Push It and Wetland are leading the pack with five plays a piece, and only Tsuro and Welcome to the Dungeon have been played both months so far.

 

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What was on the table in January?

February 10, 2016 4 comments

January was a better month for gaming with Miss B than I was expecting. We had 22 plays of 15 different titles. This was helped by two days: one where we met up with some friends in Oxford for an afternoon of gaming at Thirsty Meeples, and the other when we visited some other friends in Bristol.

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We didn’t play Cash ‘n Guns, but Miss B had a lot of fun putting together this diorama.

Our multi-plays were dominated by new arrival Wetland with five plays. This was actually thrown in as a dead-stock freebie with a recent delivery of stuff and, though it is right up Miss B’s alley (a quick abstract game with frogs), there are certain problems with it. Maybe we’ll do a full post on this sometime — or it may never get played again, difficult to say!

We also had three plays of the ancient take-stuff-from-the-piles game, Nimm, and two of yet another abstract, Cambio.

I was particularly pleased to get a play of Between Two Cities with Miss B (plus two more people), as it is fast becoming a favourite of mine, being a very scalable super-filler that just works nicely and generally leaves people smiling.

We’re not doing a 10×10 challenge this year, but it’ll be interesting to see if we do get to hit 10 games 10 times anyway.  We’ll see how it goes…

Our month in gaming: December, plus bonus 2015 roundup

January 10, 2016 4 comments

Happy new year! I’ve been more than a bit tardy with getting back to blogging this year but here, at last, we have the final gaming roundup for 2015…

Scrabble Scramble: a pocket sized, dice based word game; not bad!

Scrabble Scramble: a pocket sized, dice based word game; not bad!


December was a bit of a quiet month for us from a gaming point of view, with only 17 plays of 7 different games. Based on those numbers, you’ll be able to infer that there were some multiple plays, and indeed there were. The biggest game of the month was Codenames, with 6 plays: three plays were just one-on-one games with Miss B and I working for the best score we could, but on Christmas day we had a few games with the extended family, with proper team play, and it was a lot of fun.

Our other multiple plays in December were Loopin’ Louie with 3 plays and Balanx with 2.

And, of course, that brings us to the totals for the year. We got up to an impressive 360 plays throughout the year, so were unbelievably close to averaging a game per day. This is better than we have managed in previous years: 2014 had 223 plays and 2013 had 326.

As for variety, we played 121 different games in 2015, beating 102 in 2014 and 112 in 2013. And, just for the hell of it, let’s work out the mean number of plays per game: 2.98 in 2015, 2.19 in 2014, and 2.91 in 2013.

So, whichever way you cut it, 2015 was a bumper year of gaming by our standards.

I’m sure you can guess what our top game was, based on previous posts, but I’ll go through the games we played at least 10 times in an attempt to build up some dramatic tension.

Apples to Apples, Boggle Slam, Dobble, and Love Letter all had 10 plays each.

Backgammon and Timeline were each played 11 times.

Loopin’ Louie got to 12 plays.

Yardmaster Express had an impressive 16 plays.

But our game of the year, with a walloping 19 plays, was the little tin of dice called ‘6’. This was particularly impressive as our first play of this was on the last day of May, so it only had a little over half the year to amass all those plays. But, like Yardmaster Express, play is quick and we often played more than once in a session.

All this brings us to our final results for the 10×10 challenge. Well, as we only played nine games at least ten times, and some of those weren’t on the challenge list, you can see that we failed. We did manage to get a tenth play of Apples to Apples in over Christmas, but that was about it. Our final scores were as follows…

Game Plays so far
Dobble 10
Plyt 9
Love Letter 10
Empire Express 8
Apples to Apples 10
Piece o’ Cake 7
Gubs 6
Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck 7
Dungeon Roll 4
Timeline 10
Backgammon 10

If we had gone with a “standard” version of the challenge, where we can declare the games we are going for as we go along, we would still have been one short, but then, maybe we would have edged another one over the line. We’re not planning to do the challenge again this year, but I guess we can change our mind later by joining this standard version.

Finally, I guess we have to consider the status of this blog. The truth is that, while Miss B enthusiastically plays some games sometimes, most of the time she would much rather be doing something else. She’s growing up so fast and, while she will always have the opportunity to play games, the priorities of a nine-year-old are not the same as those of the four-year-old I started with.

I expect we’ll keep the blog ticking over for the time being and post occasionally (maybe I will go with the monthly updates at the least), but I expect I might not often get up to even the couple of posts a month that was the norm for last year.

But then again, maybe things will change again. We’ll certainly be playing now and then, and we’ll just see where things go.

Thanks for reading.

Our month in gaming: November

December 5, 2015 4 comments

November was a quieter month for games, and was a bit on the lumpy side: our plays were mostly on a small number of days when we played several games. We had a total of 21 plays of 16 different titles.

We played a game with lasers and mirrors. There might even be a write-up of this one day...

We played a game with lasers and mirrors. There might even be a write-up of this one day…


Our top game of the month was Battleship, yes, the old pencil and paper game of systematic guesswork and calling out coordinates, which we played on actual pencil and paper three times. We also had two plays each of A Piece O’ Cake, Lava Dragon, and new-from-Kickstarter dexterity game, Push It.

All this leaves the annual totals exactly as they were this time last month, with 6 leading the way on 19 plays and Yardmaster Express on 16. Timeline and Backgammon are both still on 11 plays, and Love Letter, Dobble and Boggle Slam are all sitting there on 10. So it looks very much like 6 will be our game of the year, but Yardmaster Express has an outside chance of overtaking. Unless we have something like an insane day of playing Dobble repeatedly (which is not impossible), it’s unlikely anything else will get close. We’ll see soon enough.

As for the 10×10 challenge, it is looking extremely unlikely that we will complete the planned plays. Miss B has gone off some of the games that she originally chose, and it really isn’t worth pushing the issue too hard. We may get one or two more of the games getting to their 10 plays though (Plyt and Apples to Apples are extremely likely — with the latter almost certain to get some plays over Christmas).

For the sake of completeness, our current status is as follows:

Game Plays so far
Dobble 10
Plyt 9
Love Letter 10
Empire Express 8
Apples to Apples 9
Piece o’ Cake 7
Gubs 6
Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck 7
Dungeon Roll 4
Timeline 10
Backgammon 10
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Our month in gaming: October

November 2, 2015 4 comments

I was expecting October to be a bit quiet on the gaming front, but was seriously mistaken as we ended up playing 36 games, of 22 different titles. OK, so most of the games were crammed into a couple of game binge days, and a lot of them were short games that we played more than once, but there were some pretty big games in there as well.

A little off-topic for this blog (I don't really have an appropriate pic for this month) but this is I Know An Old Woman, an entry for a contest on BoardGameGeek that Miss B has helped me with over the last couple of months.

A little off-topic for this blog (I don’t really have an appropriate pic for this month) but this is I Know An Old Woman, an entry for a contest on BoardGameGeek that Miss B has helped me with over the last couple of months.

So the top game of the month, in terms of number of plays, was One Night Ultimate Werewolf, which Miss B loves but we don’t get to play often. In this case we played it a few times with one of her school friends, whose dad later joined us for a couple more plays. Next most popular was the ancient game of Nim, this time played on a bit of paper (rather than with coins or stones), with three plays, followed by a whole bunch of two each: ‘6’, Boggle Slam, BraveRats, Empire Express, Gnomi (a prototype from someone else), Noughts and Crosses, and Sleeping Queens (a former favourite, back after a long absence).

This doesn’t make a huge difference to the year’s standings, as we still have the little tin of dice that is ‘6’ ahead, now with a slightly increased count of 19 plays, followed by Yardmaster Express, still with 16. Way behind, Timeline and Backgammon are on 11 plays each, and Love Letter, Dobble and Boggle Slam all on 10 plays.

Finally we come to the 10×10 challenge. We didn’t make a lot of progress in October but, critically, we did get a couple of plays of the biggest game in the set, Empire Express. We also notched up a play of Plyt and finished off our plays of Love Letter. We now have four games completed and three more only two plays from the target. Miss B has looked at this and seen that the end is definitely in sight and, even though right now she is less than enthusiastic about some of the games on the list, she thinks we might be able to do it…

Game Plays so far
Dobble 10
Plyt 8
Love Letter 10
Empire Express 8
Apples to Apples 8
Piece o’ Cake 5
Gubs 6
Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck 6
Dungeon Roll 4
Timeline 10
Backgammon 10

Will we succeed? Watch this space. It’s going to be close.

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Our month in gaming: September

October 5, 2015 8 comments

September was a much quieter month for gaming than we have had for a long time, with Miss B largely wanting to be doing other things lately, mostly either reading or playing with the vast stash of Zhu Zhu Hamsters (plus accessories) that she blew a chunk of her savings on when we found them in a local charity shop. It has to be said that it was a fantastic value purchase, but it means that the conservatory is now overrun by small, furry, motorized toys with squeaky voices.

It may not look like it, but this is mammoth racing for the September 24 hour game design contest.

It may not look like it, but this is mammoth racing for the September 24 hour game design contest.

Anyway, the score for September was 22 plays of 14 distinct games, though some might consider we cheated a bit because several of those plays were of a couple of prototype games that I have been working on. They’re still games though, so I reckon they count. The most played game of the month, in fact, was one of these prototypes: I Know An Old Woman, which is a contender in the Children’s Game Design Contest on BGG (if you want to see what’s up, the entry thread, including downloadable and printable materials is here), with 5 plays. Timeline (General Interest) had a respectable 3 plays, and Loopin’ Louie and Yahtzee had 2 each.

Yahtzee has been a new introduction, after Miss B played it on a website that she had to visit to do maths homework, and then I pointed out that I could download and print some score sheets and, of course, we have plenty of dice around here. So far she’s been showing a much better aptitude (plus uncanny luck) for the game than I have.

All this doesn’t affect the year’s top games by much, though it does bring Timeline into double figures. We still have ‘6’ in the lead with 17 plays, closely followed by Yardmaster Express with 16. Backgammon and Timeline are on 11 plays and Dobble is still on 10.

As for the 10×10 challenge, we haven’t been doing so well, and Miss B has been losing enthusiasm for the enterprise, so it is looking increasingly unlikely that we will get there. Mind you, we only have 24 plays left to go, with 3 months in hand, so with a bit of a tail wind, 8 plays a month is entirely possible. This could go to the wire…

Game Plays so far
Dobble 10
Plyt 7
Love Letter 9
Empire Express 6
Apples to Apples 8
Piece o’ Cake 5
Gubs 6
Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck 6
Dungeon Roll 4
Timeline 10
Backgammon 10
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