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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 Plays367
Unique Players266
Unique Games186
Unique Locations32
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.

#GamePlaysPlacesPlayers
1Strike947
2Kariba9616
3Ganz schön clever727
4Diamant6411
5Majesty: For the Realm6410
6Reef6412
7Drop It615
8Kartel6412
9Sprawlopolis537
10Raccoon Tycoon5310
11Ticket to Ride: New York537
12Space Base528
13Las Vegas559
14Kingdomino547
15Sparkle*Kitty5410
16Istanbul: The Dice Game449
17Team Play4312
18Santorini412
19The Last Spike437
20Azul446
21Fold-it438
22Monster Match425
23Scarabya426
24Jetpack Joyride4410
25Terrace423
26What’s Up425
27Toc Toc Woodman426
28Sundae Split448
29Hippo4312
30Paramedics: Clear!323
31Indigo328
32Dice Age: The Hunt337
33Seikatsu335
34Star Realms323
35Herbaceous Sprouts336
36Sorry Sliders325
37Root337
38Paleolithic326
39No Thanks328
40Scare It339
41Five Crowns3311
42Marrakech215
43Codenames213
44Pandemic Legacy: Season 1212
45The Climbers214
46Dozen’s Donuts212
47NMBR9226
48Candygrams214
49Circle the Wagons223
50Heroes Welcome224
51Fire in the Library223
52Manhattan223
53Cobra Paw213
54Battle Sheep225
55Harry Hopper212
56Mancala213
57Cat Lady224
58Sequence214
59Urbino212
60Zip-It212
61Onitama212
62TopSpin213
63Frogriders215
64Dragon Castle224
65The Noodle Game215
66Kerala: The Way of the Elephant214
67Slide Blast212
68Gizmos225
69River Dragons226
70Eleminis213
71Robotech: Force of Arms223
72Ca$h ‘n Guns228
73Deep Sea Adventure228
74Gingerbread House227
75Skull2210
76Ice Cool226
77Eco-Links215
78Spell Smashers225
79Gunkimono223
80Dice Settlers223
81Canasta Caliente228
82Dr. Eureka114
83Favelas114
84Isle of Skye114
85Rattus114
86King of Tokyo114
87PitchCar114
88Camel Up114
89KLASK112
90Lords of Vegas113
91Hardback113
92Fantasy Realms113
93Star Cartel113
94Santa Maria113
95Mini Park112
96Planet Defenders113
97Broom Service114
98Zombie Kidz113
99Livingstone114
100Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters114
101Through the Desert113
102Coal Baron: The Great Card Game114
103Funky Chicken114
104Pile-Up Rush112
105Grimm Forest114
106Cubist112
107Keyflower113
108Hive112
109Tides Of Time112
110Honshu112
111The Chameleon115
112Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle114
113Piratenpoker115
114Modern Art115
115Sunset Over Water112
116Straw112
117Hamsterrolle114
118Not Alone113
119Match Madness112
120Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin116
121Fleet112
122Fight for Olympus112
123Excape104
124King’s Road113
125Topiary113
126Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy112
127Ticket To Ride113
128Tenzi114
129Kitty Paw112
130Panic Mansion112
13110 Days in the USA112
132Evolution113
133Forbidden Desert113
134Kahuna112
135Raiders of the North Sea112
136Best Treehouse Ever113
137Bärenpark112
138Hey, That’s My Fish!”112
139Chinatown114
140Saint Malo114
141Mars Open: Tabletop Golf114
142Bandido114
143GoTown112
144Viticulture113
145Rajas of the Ganges113
146Piranha Pedro112
147Coal Baron113
148Cryptocurrency113
149Splendor112
150Blue Lagoon112
151Liberation112
152Forbidden Island113
153Century: Spice Road114
1546 Nimmt113
15510 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower114
156Railroad Rivals114
157Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game113
158Pocket Sub112
159Tsuro113
160Bad Maps112
1617 Wonders Duel112
162Ginkgopolis113
163Imhotep113
164Rise of Tribes113
165Skulk Hollow112
166Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates115
167Unlock! The House on the Hill117
168Ethnos113
169Spirits of the Forest114
170Dice Hospital112
171Formula D114
172Flip City112
173Stop Thief!115
174Dark Side Of The Mine113
175Power Grid113
176The Estates113
177Sailing Toward Osiris113
178Balloon Pop!112
179New York Slice113
180Scorpius Freighter113
181Black Skull Island114
182Endeavor: Age of Sail114
183Spirit Island112
184Whistle Stop114
185The Magic Labyrinth112
186Spoons115

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Andy Matthews

Founder of Meeple Mountain, editor in chief 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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