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Meeple Mountain Board Game Zeitgeist - 2018 header

Running a website, being a father to 4 kids, and having a full time job really cuts into game time, so this year’s stats are lower than I’d like. But I still got in some solid game time. Let’s take a year at the numbers and see what sort of meaning we can find.

Overall Stats

Total Plays 367
Unique Players 266
Unique Games 186
Unique Locations 32
H-index * 6

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

Charts and graphs

overall stats for 2018

As mentioned, the number of games I played this year dropped off significantly, but I still recorded a lot of plays, 367, down from 406. 2018 was a great year for Meeple Mountain, with publishers regularly sending review copies. That means the number of new and unique games I played this year is pretty high, at 109.

A big surprise for me was the fact that my oldest son (10 years old) swapped places with my daughter (13) for my most common gaming partner. While I’m excited to play more games with him, it’s tempered with a bit of sadness that my daughter isn’t playing as many games with me as before. But she’s a teenager now and has other interests.

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

I played 100 two player games this year, and there my daughter is still in the lead. We fizzled out on our Pandemic Legacy campaign, with both of us losing interest. We enjoy the game, but it’s hard to get a longer game like that played, and if you don’t get it to the table often enough it’s easy to lose momentum. My other 3 kids are also playing more games with me in general which makes me happy!

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New Additions

So many board games released this year, which meant that there were lots of great ones. I added lots of games to my collection this year, with some notables being: Space Base, The Estates, Strike, Skull, and Ca$h ‘n’ Gun$.

Fun

True to character, some of this year’s favorites were smaller, shorter games like Majesty for the Realm, Kariba, Eco-Links, and Ganz schön clever. But I also made time for some heavier games as well. Root, Endeavor: Age of Sail, Dice Settlers, Dice Hospital, and Scorpius Freighter topped that list.

Flops

When you play as many games as I do, there’s bound to be some disappointments. It doesn’t mean that these are bad games, just that they’re not my cup of tea. Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game, Bad Maps, and Not Alone all fell flat for me.

The Full List

Finally, here’s the full list of games I played in 2018.

# Game Plays Places Players
1 Strike 9 4 7
2 Kariba 9 6 16
3 Ganz schön clever 7 2 7
4 Diamant 6 4 11
5 Majesty: For the Realm 6 4 10
6 Reef 6 4 12
7 Drop It 6 1 5
8 Kartel 6 4 12
9 Sprawlopolis 5 3 7
10 Raccoon Tycoon 5 3 10
11 Ticket to Ride: New York 5 3 7
12 Space Base 5 2 8
13 Las Vegas 5 5 9
14 Kingdomino 5 4 7
15 Sparkle*Kitty 5 4 10
16 Istanbul: The Dice Game 4 4 9
17 Team Play 4 3 12
18 Santorini 4 1 2
19 The Last Spike 4 3 7
20 Azul 4 4 6
21 Fold-it 4 3 8
22 Monster Match 4 2 5
23 Scarabya 4 2 6
24 Jetpack Joyride 4 4 10
25 Terrace 4 2 3
26 What’s Up 4 2 5
27 Toc Toc Woodman 4 2 6
28 Sundae Split 4 4 8
29 Hippo 4 3 12
30 Paramedics: Clear! 3 2 3
31 Indigo 3 2 8
32 Dice Age: The Hunt 3 3 7
33 Seikatsu 3 3 5
34 Star Realms 3 2 3
35 Herbaceous Sprouts 3 3 6
36 Sorry Sliders 3 2 5
37 Root 3 3 7
38 Paleolithic 3 2 6
39 No Thanks 3 2 8
40 Scare It 3 3 9
41 Five Crowns 3 3 11
42 Marrakech 2 1 5
43 Codenames 2 1 3
44 Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 2 1 2
45 The Climbers 2 1 4
46 Dozen’s Donuts 2 1 2
47 NMBR9 2 2 6
48 Candygrams 2 1 4
49 Circle the Wagons 2 2 3
50 Heroes Welcome 2 2 4
51 Fire in the Library 2 2 3
52 Manhattan 2 2 3
53 Cobra Paw 2 1 3
54 Battle Sheep 2 2 5
55 Harry Hopper 2 1 2
56 Mancala 2 1 3
57 Cat Lady 2 2 4
58 Sequence 2 1 4
59 Urbino 2 1 2
60 Zip-It 2 1 2
61 Onitama 2 1 2
62 TopSpin 2 1 3
63 Frogriders 2 1 5
64 Dragon Castle 2 2 4
65 The Noodle Game 2 1 5
66 Kerala: The Way of the Elephant 2 1 4
67 Slide Blast 2 1 2
68 Gizmos 2 2 5
69 River Dragons 2 2 6
70 Eleminis 2 1 3
71 Robotech: Force of Arms 2 2 3
72 Ca$h ‘n Guns 2 2 8
73 Deep Sea Adventure 2 2 8
74 Gingerbread House 2 2 7
75 Skull 2 2 10
76 Ice Cool 2 2 6
77 Eco-Links 2 1 5
78 Spell Smashers 2 2 5
79 Gunkimono 2 2 3
80 Dice Settlers 2 2 3
81 Canasta Caliente 2 2 8
82 Dr. Eureka 1 1 4
83 Favelas 1 1 4
84 Isle of Skye 1 1 4
85 Rattus 1 1 4
86 King of Tokyo 1 1 4
87 PitchCar 1 1 4
88 Camel Up 1 1 4
89 KLASK 1 1 2
90 Lords of Vegas 1 1 3
91 Hardback 1 1 3
92 Fantasy Realms 1 1 3
93 Star Cartel 1 1 3
94 Santa Maria 1 1 3
95 Mini Park 1 1 2
96 Planet Defenders 1 1 3
97 Broom Service 1 1 4
98 Zombie Kidz 1 1 3
99 Livingstone 1 1 4
100 Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters 1 1 4
101 Through the Desert 1 1 3
102 Coal Baron: The Great Card Game 1 1 4
103 Funky Chicken 1 1 4
104 Pile-Up Rush 1 1 2
105 Grimm Forest 1 1 4
106 Cubist 1 1 2
107 Keyflower 1 1 3
108 Hive 1 1 2
109 Tides Of Time 1 1 2
110 Honshu 1 1 2
111 The Chameleon 1 1 5
112 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle 1 1 4
113 Piratenpoker 1 1 5
114 Modern Art 1 1 5
115 Sunset Over Water 1 1 2
116 Straw 1 1 2
117 Hamsterrolle 1 1 4
118 Not Alone 1 1 3
119 Match Madness 1 1 2
120 Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin 1 1 6
121 Fleet 1 1 2
122 Fight for Olympus 1 1 2
123 Excape 1 0 4
124 King’s Road 1 1 3
125 Topiary 1 1 3
126 Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy 1 1 2
127 Ticket To Ride 1 1 3
128 Tenzi 1 1 4
129 Kitty Paw 1 1 2
130 Panic Mansion 1 1 2
131 10 Days in the USA 1 1 2
132 Evolution 1 1 3
133 Forbidden Desert 1 1 3
134 Kahuna 1 1 2
135 Raiders of the North Sea 1 1 2
136 Best Treehouse Ever 1 1 3
137 Bärenpark 1 1 2
138 Hey, That’s My Fish!” 1 1 2
139 Chinatown 1 1 4
140 Saint Malo 1 1 4
141 Mars Open: Tabletop Golf 1 1 4
142 Bandido 1 1 4
143 GoTown 1 1 2
144 Viticulture 1 1 3
145 Rajas of the Ganges 1 1 3
146 Piranha Pedro 1 1 2
147 Coal Baron 1 1 3
148 Cryptocurrency 1 1 3
149 Splendor 1 1 2
150 Blue Lagoon 1 1 2
151 Liberation 1 1 2
152 Forbidden Island 1 1 3
153 Century: Spice Road 1 1 4
154 6 Nimmt 1 1 3
155 10 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower 1 1 4
156 Railroad Rivals 1 1 4
157 Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game 1 1 3
158 Pocket Sub 1 1 2
159 Tsuro 1 1 3
160 Bad Maps 1 1 2
161 7 Wonders Duel 1 1 2
162 Ginkgopolis 1 1 3
163 Imhotep 1 1 3
164 Rise of Tribes 1 1 3
165 Skulk Hollow 1 1 2
166 Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates 1 1 5
167 Unlock! The House on the Hill 1 1 7
168 Ethnos 1 1 3
169 Spirits of the Forest 1 1 4
170 Dice Hospital 1 1 2
171 Formula D 1 1 4
172 Flip City 1 1 2
173 Stop Thief! 1 1 5
174 Dark Side Of The Mine 1 1 3
175 Power Grid 1 1 3
176 The Estates 1 1 3
177 Sailing Toward Osiris 1 1 3
178 Balloon Pop! 1 1 2
179 New York Slice 1 1 3
180 Scorpius Freighter 1 1 3
181 Black Skull Island 1 1 4
182 Endeavor: Age of Sail 1 1 4
183 Spirit Island 1 1 2
184 Whistle Stop 1 1 4
185 The Magic Labyrinth 1 1 2
186 Spoons 1 1 5

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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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