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After the stress of last year’s Game Every Day challenge challenge I decided to take things a bit easier. Running a website, opening a board game cafe, and being father to 4 kids takes a lot of time. So what does the 2017 Zeitgeist show me this year? Let’s take a look at the trends that popped up this year for me.

Overall Stats

Total Plays 406
Unique Players 204
Unique Games 188
Unique Locations 30
H-index * 7

* Read more about Board Gaming and the H-Index.

Charts and graphs

2017 Zeitgeist chart

As mentioned, the number of games I played this year dropped off significantly, but I still recorded a lot of plays, 406, down from 730. As Meeple Mountain grows in recognition, more publishers are willing to include us in their review copy roster. That means the number of new and unique games I played this year is still a fairly high number; 188 down from 222.

No surprise that my three oldest kids are still my primary gaming partners, but my youngest son is on the move. At 5 he’s still too young for some games, but he really wants to be involved, and it’s great fun to sit with him and be on his team. This year my mother and father in law moved to Nashville and the exciting news is that my father in law enjoys games. So he’s quickly moving up the list as well.

Nashville Game Night still accounts for a large number of my plays, and distinct players.

I played 138 two player games this year, with my daughter Noelle as my primary gaming partner. We’ve even started a Pandemic Legacy: Season Two campaign. My oldest son Evan accounts for almost as many two player games as my daughter which is awesome. I’m also starting to play more 2p games with my middle son Mason.

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

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New Additions

Board games are getting better overall, and 2017 was no exception. Some of the best new games added to my collection were Santorini, Kingdomino, Sagrada, NMBR 9, The Climbers, Tintas, Circle the Wagons, and Topiary.

Fun

Some of my favorite games this year were the brand new card game Team Play, The Climbers, Star Cartel, Hansa Teutonica, and Century: Spice Road.

Flops

Just like last year a few games that I played fell flat, and that’s okay. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad games, it just means they’re not for me. Among that list is Clank!, Steampunk Rally, Castellars, and Arboretum.

I know that having Clank! in that list may cause some head scratches, but I just didn’t enjoy it in my single play. That said we did get some rules wrong, and pretty much every other person who has played it loves it. So I’m willing to give it another shot and who knows, it might end up being like last year’s flop New York 1901 that went on to be an enjoyable game for me. Your tastes change, and sometimes a great game can just fall flat. Always be willing to try things twice.

The Full List

Finally, here’s the full list of games I played in 2017.

# Game Plays Places Players
1 Santorini 30 2 7
2 Kingdomino 11 7 16
3 Sparkle*Kitty 9 3 9
4 PitchCar 8 2 13
5 Circle the Wagons 8 4 7
6 NMBR9 8 5 13
7 The Climbers 7 4 8
8 Tintas 7 3 6
9 Onitama 7 1 5
10 River Dragons 6 3 10
11 Fight for Olympus 6 3 4
12 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle 5 1 4
13 Escape: The Curse of the Temple 5 1 7
14 Excape 5 3 10
15 Fast Food Fear! 5 2 6
16 Cobra Paw 5 2 8
17 Rattus 5 3 12
18 Zoo Ball 5 2 10
19 Balloon Pop! 4 4 6
20 Las Vegas 4 4 13
21 Battle Sheep 4 1 4
22 Mancala 4 2 3
23 Codenames 4 3 14
24 No Thanks 4 2 6
25 Turbo Drift 3 2 4
26 Mint Works 3 2 5
27 New York Slice 3 2 11
28 Dome Crushers 3 2 4
29 King of Tokyo 3 2 6
30 Bärenpark 3 3 5
31 Dokmus 3 3 6
32 Sunset Over Water 3 2 7
33 Mini Park 3 1 6
34 Stockpile 3 3 10
35 Century: Golem Edition 3 3 6
36 Five Crowns 3 2 7
37 The Chameleon 3 2 7
38 Dino Dude Ranch 3 1 5
39 Mini Rails 3 3 8
40 Pile-Up Rush 3 2 4
41 King’s Road 3 3 6
42 Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy 3 2 7
43 Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 3 1 2
44 Topiary 3 2 7
45 Sushi Go Party 3 2 7
46 Uno 2 1 3
47 Automania 2 1 2
48 Lotus 2 2 4
49 The Godfather: A New Don 2 2 5
50 Livingstone 2 1 4
51 Scharfe Schoten 2 2 7
52 Hamsterrolle 2 1 5
53 Burger Up 2 2 7
54 Archaeology: The New Expedition 2 2 6
55 Dozen’s Donuts 2 1 6
56 Medici: The Card Game 2 2 5
57 Mombasa 2 2 2
58 Tokaido 2 2 6
59 Get Rich Quick 2 1 4
60 Century: Spice Road 2 2 7
61 Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture 2 2 6
62 Unlock! The Formula 2 2 7
63 OK Play 2 2 6
64 Diamant 2 2 5
65 Camel Up 2 1 5
66 Automobiles 2 1 4
67 Orléans 2 2 6
68 That’s a Question! 2 2 9
69 Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters 2 1 5
70 Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game 2 2 6
71 Capital Lux 2 2 5
72 The Quest for El Dorado 2 2 5
73 Sorry Sliders 2 1 4
74 Queendomino 2 2 4
75 Ethnos 2 2 7
76 Sagrada 2 2 5
77 Slide Blast 2 1 4
78 Unlock: Squeek & Sausage 2 2 6
79 6 Nimmt 2 2 4
80 Russian Railroads 1 1 2
81 Bubble Talk 1 1 4
82 Through the Desert 1 1 2
83 Istanbul 1 1 2
84 Star Realms 1 1 2
85 Ticket To Ride 1 1 2
86 Sorry! 1 1 2
87 Square Shooters 1 1 2
88 Ice Cool 1 1 3
89 Herbaceous 1 1 2
90 Grand Austria Hotel 1 1 3
91 Formula D 1 1 5
92 Star Wars: Destiny 1 1 2
93 Yspahan 1 1 2
94 World Monuments 1 1 2
95 Coup 1 1 2
96 Morels 1 1 2
97 Paris Connection 1 1 4
98 Champions Of Midgard 1 1 4
99 Spin Monkeys 1 1 3
100 Ginkgopolis 1 1 4
101 Imperial Settlers 1 1 4
102 Trambahn 1 1 2
103 Copycat 1 1 3
104 DC Deck Builder 1 1 2
105 Eminent Domain 1 1 3
106 First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express 1 1 4
107 Barcelona: The Rose of Fire 1 1 3
108 Dragoon 1 1 3
109 El Grande 1 1 3
110 Pod-X 1 1 3
111 Farkle 1 1 3
112 El Gaucho 1 1 2
113 Discoveries 1 1 2
114 Concordia 1 1 3
115 Tammany Hall 1 1 3
116 Five Tribes 1 1 4
117 Waggle Dance 1 1 4
118 Dungeon Roll 1 0 3
119 maskmen 1 1 3
120 Blood Rage 1 1 4
121 Can’t Stop 1 1 4
122 Qwirkle 1 1 3
123 Terraforming Mars 1 1 3
124 Terra Mystica 1 1 5
125 Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia 1 1 3
126 Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure 1 1 4
127 Lift it! 1 1 4
128 Flip City 1 1 3
129 Jump Drive 1 1 4
130 Watson & Holmes 1 1 3
131 Port Royal 1 1 3
132 Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension 1 1 3
133 The Blood of an Englishman 1 1 2
134 Animals on Board 1 1 2
135 Medieval Academy 1 1 2
136 Quests of Valeria 1 1 2
137 Dingo’s Dreams 1 1 3
138 Minecraft Card Game 1 1 3
139 Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft 1 1 2
140 Kingdom Builder 1 1 2
141 The Great Zimbabwe 1 1 4
142 Medina 1 1 3
143 Hansa Teutonica 1 1 5
144 Arboretum 1 1 2
145 Royals 1 1 4
146 Dice City 1 1 4
147 Best Treehouse Ever 1 1 3
148 Roll For It! 1 1 3
149 Biblios 1 1 4
150 Sanssouci 1 1 3
151 World’s Fair 1893 1 1 3
152 Forbidden Island 1 1 3
153 Flatline: A FUSE Aftershock Game 1 1 4
154 10 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower 1 1 3
155 Castellers! 1 1 2
156 Lancaster 1 1 2
157 Ra 1 1 3
158 Hellas 1 1 3
159 Cacao 1 1 2
160 Agricola: All Creatures… 1 1 2
161 The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire 1 1 5
162 Skyward 1 1 2
163 Stop Thief! 1 1 5
164 Banana Bandits 1 1 4
165 Debtzilla 1 1 3
166 For Sale 1 1 4
167 Downforce 1 1 4
168 Lords Of Waterdeep 1 1 4
169 Tsuro 1 1 4
170 Sushi Go! 1 1 2
171 Steampunk Rally 1 1 6
172 Hornochsen 1 1 5
173 Cockroach Poker 1 1 4
174 Lanterns: The Harvest Festival 1 1 3
175 Stop Thief 1 1 3
176 Bananagrams 1 1 3
177 Stone Age 1 1 2
178 Cottage Garden 1 1 2
179 Patchwork 1 1 2
180 Sundae Split 1 1 3
181 Whats Up 1 1 2
182 Dr. Eureka 1 1 3
183 Dr. Microbe 1 1 3
184 Dream Catchers 1 1 2
185 Odin’s Ravens (second edition) 1 1 2
186 Star Cartel 1 1 2
187 Team Play 1 1 4
188 Rollers Deluxe 1 1 3

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Andy Matthews

Founder of Meeple Mountain, editor of MeepleMountain.com, and software engineer. Father of 4, husband to 1, lover of games, books, and movies, and all around nice guy. I run Nashville Game Night, and Nashville Tabletop Day.

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