A few days ago I wrote about how 2015 was the year I dove into board gaming. While that was fun to write, it was light on details. So given that this is a new year I thought I'd analyze my plays and see what I came up with. It should be mentioned that the BGStats iOS app makes entering plays, and viewing graphs about your plays MUCH easier. I heartily recommend this app if iOS is your mobile platform of choice. Having said that, here's some fun facts.

Overall Stats

Total Plays320
Unique Players61
Unique Games109
Locations17
H-index *8

Charts and graphs

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My main gaming partner by an overwhelming margin is my 10yo daughter, followed in close succession by my 2 oldest sons (5 and 7). We also game fairly often during holiday visits to my in-laws so they're represented highly as well. We also play games at my office semi-regularly, 5-6 times a month or so.

Given that I play games with my daughter after my sons are in bed, it makes sense that 2p games comprise the bulk of my player counts. She and I play some purely 2p games such as Kahuna, Agricola: All Creatures..., Longhorns, and Patchwork, but we also play other games that we both enjoy such as Istanbul, Medieval Academy, and Yspahan.

My wife will play games with me if asked, but games aren't her preference. That said the games she prefers tend to be games such as Five Crowns, Canasta Caliente, and Kigi. She simply doesn't enjoy games with too many pieces, or ones where the rules take more than a few minutes to explain.

I was happy to see that my plays by day of the week distribution is so even. Again, that's a result of playing games with my daughter.

Finally, because the monthly game night I run rotates venues, I play in more locations than perhaps some other people do.

New Additions

As I mentioned in my previous article, 2015 was the year I really jumped into board gaming. It was obvious as my game collection went from virtually non-existent to where it is now. My kids are mostly too young to play some of the heavier games in my collection, but I look at all of these purchases as investments towards the future, hopefully the not too distant future.

Fun

Some of the games on my most-played list are true favorites of mine, while some of them are simply games I enjoy playing with my kids. Some of the games I enjoyed most in 2015 were Stone Age, Roll for the Galaxy, Gold West, Medieval Academy, Istanbul, Yspahan, and Medina. I'd play any of those games any time someone asked me.

Flops

When you play as many games as I did last year, there's bound to be some disappointments. Some of the games you most look forward to playing end up being your least favorite. I felt that way about Belle of the Ball, Viceroy, Harbour, Smash Up, Firefly Shiny Dice, and New York: 1901. All of those games just fell flat for me and I likely wouldn't play them again.

The full list

Here's the full list of games I played in 2015. I'm looking forward to 2016 where I'm going to be trying to play at least 1 game every single day. You can follow along with the hashtag #MMGameEveryDay.

#GamePlaysPlacesPlayers
1Battle Sheep18411
2Mancala1724
3No Thanks10312
4Splendor926
5Lanterns: The Harvest Festival937
6Biblios839
7Kigi834
8Tsuro8210
9Codenames7311
10Cacao6412
11Star Realms613
12Tides Of Time624
13Flip City637
14Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension626
15King of Tokyo627
16Sushi Go!633
17Quarriors614
18Survive: Escape From Atlantis628
19Racko513
20Istanbul533
21Blokus: Trigon528
22Medieval Academy524
23Forbidden Island5410
24Pinata412
25Jaipur423
26Tiny Epic Galaxies413
27Zombie Kidz413
28Dice Bazaar313
29Labyrinth313
30Longhorn312
31Qwirkle326
32Jamaica336
33Best Treehouse Ever324
34Braverats313
35Survive space attack312
36Eminent Domain324
37Yspahan324
38Exploding Kittens3211
39Welcome To The Dungeon323
40Kahuna323
41Between Two Cities316
42Volcano Cove223
43Crab Stack214
44Deep Sea Adventure223
45Patchwork213
46Hive212
47Bullfrogs204
48Pandemic: Contagion215
49Moustache Smash215
50Five Crowns226
51The Resistance214
52Isle Of Trains212
53Stop Thief214
54Carnival213
55Black Fleet225
56Rhino Hero226
57Isle of Skye226
58Roll For It!214
59Sequence212
60Agricola: All Creatures...212
61Cockroach Poker2110
62Lost Cities213
63Port Royal114
64Rolling America104
65Pandemic The Cure112
66Pandemic114
67Ticket To Ride: Marklin103
68Farkle114
69Stone Age113
70Ticket To Ride114
71Machi Koro112
72Favor Of The Pharoah104
73Zeus On The Loose112
74Tahiti113
75Monopoly Deal Card Game112
76Two By Two112
77Medina113
78Firefly Shiny Dice112
79Phase 10114
80Guillotine112
81A Series Of Unfortunate Events113
82Dungeon Roll112
83Spyfall116
84Pit112
85Sail To India112
86Lords Of Waterdeep114
87New York: 1901114
88Swipe103
89Zombicide112
90Sorry Sliders114
91Get Bit113
92Love Letter112
93Harbour112
94Gold West114
95Chronicles Of Narnia113
96One Zero One112
97Roll For The Galaxy112
98Go112
99Smash Up113
100Munchkin113
101Kingsburg112
102Enigma112
103Masquerade116
104Kobayakawa112
105Eminent Domain: Microcosm112
106Viceroy114
107Belle Of The Ball112
108Cribbage112
109Dominion114

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