It's been exactly a year since I decided to start my Game Every Day challenge to play at least one game every day in 2016. Not only did a blow that challenge out of the water, but I also hit 730 plays for an average of 2 plays a day. Let's see how this changed my stats from my 2016 Zeitgeist!

Overall Stats

Total Plays730
Unique Players237
Unique Games222
Unique Locations33
H-index *10

Charts and graphs

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Thanks to my Game Every Day challenge, the number of games I played this year skyrocketed from 320 in 2015 to 730 this year. Also, thanks in large part to review copies from publishers the number of unique games I played jumped from 109 to 222.

As was the case in 2015 my primary gaming partners are my three oldest children, Noelle (11), Evan (8), and Mason (6). Interestingly enough I played more games with my father in law, Dean, than with my youngest son, Henry. Nashville Game Night was also a much larger part of my life this past year, which increased the number of players from 61 to 237.

I played 124 two player games this year, with my daughter as my primary gaming partner. My oldest son is quickly moving up the ranks as his grasp of logic and strategy increases. I can't wait!

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

Thanks to the exemplary from BG Stats App, tracking plays and slicing the data is much simpler.

New Additions

This year featured a number of notable new additions. Lords of Vegas, Russian Railroads, World's Fair: 1893, Automobiles, and Imhotep all made their ways into my collection this year, and coincidentally also topped my ratings. View our top games of 2016.

Fun

The Game Every Day challenge was fun for the most part, but resulted in an unfortunate increase in strictly solitaire games. While I respect people who do solo gaming, it's not my cup of tea. I've decided that I'm not going to do solo gaming any more. I'll make exceptions for games I want to learn, or games like Russian Railroads which have an EXCELLENT solo variant (seriously it's amazing).

Board gaming is fun for me, and I don't want to play games for their own sake. I want to enjoy the time I spend with my friends and family as well.

Flops

When you play such a large number of games, you'll inevitably run into some flops. Some of the games that disappointed me most this year were Fresco (which I highly anticipated), Glass Road (too easy for experienced players to run the board), Caladea (I was talked into playing it, don't ask), Targi (also highly anticipated, was just too long). The game which most earned the "flop" moniker was Quilt Show. This game was terrible...I genuinely don't know how it was even published.

Amusingly enough, one of the games I listed as a flop last year was New York: 1901. I played it again this year and really enjoyed it. So just a word to the wise. Your tastes change, and sometimes a great game can just fall flat. Always be willing to try things twice.

The Full List

Here's the full list of games I played in 2016. Check out my Game Every Day challenge if you're interested in a breakdown by week.

#GamePlaysPlacesPlayers
1Mancala2515
2Solitaire2321
36 Nimmt22616
4Las Vegas20826
5PitchCar12213
6No Thanks1229
7Coloretto1117
8World's Fair 189310310
9Rocky Road a la Mode1027
10Star Realms1014
11Patchwork936
12Pickpockets916
13Birds Of A Feather8421
14Exploding Kittens839
15Camel Up839
16Dino Dude Ranch827
17Bullfrogs813
18Animals on Board7413
19Seeland7310
20Deep Sea Adventure7310
21Battle Sheep729
22Oh My Goods725
23Daxu734
24Pandemic The Cure713
25Port Royal6512
26Isle of Skye6412
27Lanterns: The Harvest Festival6510
28Fuse6310
29DC Deck Builder639
30Imhotep659
31King of Tokyo629
32Sushi Go!638
33Automobiles625
34Happy Salmon615
35Rhino Hero615
36Flip City624
37Kingdom Builder623
38Kahuna613
39Imperial Settlers613
40Hive612
41Hornochsen5514
42Barnyard Roundup5311
43Forbidden Island549
44Lords of Vegas537
45Herbaceous536
46Castle Knights526
47Stone Age536
48Pandemic515
49Tsuro515
50Parade514
51Apotheca523
52Rolling America512
53Braverats512
54Tides Of Time512
55Friday521
56For Sale429
57Through the Desert426
58Clue416
59Colony426
60The Siblings Trouble415
61Blueprints425
62Titan Race424
63Russian Railroads424
64Zombie Dice414
65Sagrada424
66Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft413
67Sanssouci412
68Family Showdown3211
69Codenames3310
70Turn the Tide339
71Power Grid339
72Cockroach Poker337
73Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers337
74Ticket To Ride326
75Gold West336
76Moustache Smash326
77The Networks336
78Monopoly Deal Card Game315
79The Castles of Burgundy325
80Crab Stack315
81Spookies315
82Stop Thief314
83The Game of 49314
84Best Treehouse Ever314
85Spaceteam314
86Yspahan324
87Splendor314
88Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension323
89Trambahn323
90Rummikub313
91Jaipur323
92Eminent Domain323
93Quarriors313
94Lost Cities313
95Medieval Academy312
96Spot it! Freeze312
97Thebes: Tomb Raiders312
98Tumblin-Dice312
99Great Fire Of London 1666218
100Istanbul225
101Kitty Paw225
102Forbidden Desert225
103Carnival215
104San Juan215
105Hare & Tortoise215
106Roll For It!214
107Concordia224
108Pit224
109Saboteur214
110Minecraft Card Game213
111Zombie Kidz213
112Lotus223
113This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us213
114Topiary213
115Snow Tails213
116Coin Age213
117Racko213
118Medina212
119The Builders: Middle Ages212
120Kigi212
121Ahead in the Clouds212
122Royals212
123Farmageddon212
124Pie Factory212
125Coup212
126Pass the Pigs212
127Agricola: All Creatures...212
128Pinata212
129Targi212
130The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction211
131Spoons116
132Progress: Evolution115
133Oh Hell!115
134Five Crowns115
135Fuji Flush115
136Swipe115
137Bomb Squad115
138Cape Horn115
139Loopin Louie114
140Fool's Gold114
141Scythe114
142Diamant114
143Survive: Escape From Atlantis114
144The Grizzled114
145The Game114
146Bruges114
147Sequence for Kids114
148Formula D114
149New Bedford114
150Piece o' Cake114
151Control114
152D-Day Dice114
153Betrayal at House on the Hill114
154Coconuts114
155Downfall Of Pompeii114
156Love Letter114
157Wordsy113
158Ghost Stories113
159Celestia113
160Dice City113
161Karuba113
162Grand Austria Hotel113
163Luna113
164Trajan113
165HoverKraft113
166Black Fleet113
167Voyages Of Marco Polo113
168Saint Petersburg113
169Lord Of The Rings: Deckbuilding Game113
170Paris Connection113
171War113
172Castle Panic113
173Blokus: Trigon113
174Quadropolis113
175Dexikon113
176A Feast for Odin113
177New York: 1901113
178Caledea113
179Monopoly Junior113
180Sheriff of Nottingham113
181Uno113
182Champions Of Midgard113
183Ra113
184Between Two Cities113
185Qwirkle112
186The Great Heartland Hauling Co.112
187Mahjong112
188Harbour112
189Checkers112
190Pagoda112
191Cathedral112
192Swish112
193Roll For The Galaxy112
194Alien Frontiers112
195Hamsterrolle112
196JunKing112
197Tiny Epic Galaxies112
198Mille Bornes112
199WWE Superstar Showdown112
200Pirate's Blast112
201Machi Koro112
202Quilt Show112
203Viva Java: The Dice Game112
204Cacao112
205Onitama112
206Ice Cool112
207Potion Explosion112
208Rivals For Catan112
209Gadgeteers112
210The King Is Dead112
211The Blood of an Englishman112
212Unpub - Roses112
213Sylvion112
214Yahtzee Steal The Deal112
215La Granja112
216KLASK112
217Frontier-6112
218Terrace112
219Glass Road112
220Fight for Olympus112
221Tokaido112
222Fresco112

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