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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 Plays406
Unique Players204
Unique Games188
Unique Locations30
H-index *7

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

Charts and graphs

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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.

#GamePlaysPlacesPlayers
1Santorini3027
2Kingdomino11716
3Sparkle*Kitty939
4PitchCar8213
5Circle the Wagons847
6NMBR98513
7The Climbers748
8Tintas736
9Onitama715
10River Dragons6310
11Fight for Olympus634
12Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle514
13Escape: The Curse of the Temple517
14Excape5310
15Fast Food Fear!526
16Cobra Paw528
17Rattus5312
18Zoo Ball5210
19Balloon Pop!446
20Las Vegas4413
21Battle Sheep414
22Mancala423
23Codenames4314
24No Thanks426
25Turbo Drift324
26Mint Works325
27New York Slice3211
28Dome Crushers324
29King of Tokyo326
30Bärenpark335
31Dokmus336
32Sunset Over Water327
33Mini Park316
34Stockpile3310
35Century: Golem Edition336
36Five Crowns327
37The Chameleon327
38Dino Dude Ranch315
39Mini Rails338
40Pile-Up Rush324
41King’s Road336
42Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy327
43Pandemic Legacy: Season 1312
44Topiary327
45Sushi Go Party327
46Uno213
47Automania212
48Lotus224
49The Godfather: A New Don225
50Livingstone214
51Scharfe Schoten227
52Hamsterrolle215
53Burger Up227
54Archaeology: The New Expedition226
55Dozen’s Donuts216
56Medici: The Card Game225
57Mombasa222
58Tokaido226
59Get Rich Quick214
60Century: Spice Road227
61Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture226
62Unlock! The Formula227
63OK Play226
64Diamant225
65Camel Up215
66Automobiles214
67Orléans226
68That’s a Question!229
69Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters215
70Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game226
71Capital Lux225
72The Quest for El Dorado225
73Sorry Sliders214
74Queendomino224
75Ethnos227
76Sagrada225
77Slide Blast214
78Unlock: Squeek & Sausage226
796 Nimmt224
80Russian Railroads112
81Bubble Talk114
82Through the Desert112
83Istanbul112
84Star Realms112
85Ticket To Ride112
86Sorry!112
87Square Shooters112
88Ice Cool113
89Herbaceous112
90Grand Austria Hotel113
91Formula D115
92Star Wars: Destiny112
93Yspahan112
94World Monuments112
95Coup112
96Morels112
97Paris Connection114
98Champions Of Midgard114
99Spin Monkeys113
100Ginkgopolis114
101Imperial Settlers114
102Trambahn112
103Copycat113
104DC Deck Builder112
105Eminent Domain113
106First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express114
107Barcelona: The Rose of Fire113
108Dragoon113
109El Grande113
110Pod-X113
111Farkle113
112El Gaucho112
113Discoveries112
114Concordia113
115Tammany Hall113
116Five Tribes114
117Waggle Dance114
118Dungeon Roll103
119maskmen113
120Blood Rage114
121Can’t Stop114
122Qwirkle113
123Terraforming Mars113
124Terra Mystica115
125Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia113
126Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure114
127Lift it!114
128Flip City113
129Jump Drive114
130Watson & Holmes113
131Port Royal113
132Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension113
133The Blood of an Englishman112
134Animals on Board112
135Medieval Academy112
136Quests of Valeria112
137Dingo’s Dreams113
138Minecraft Card Game113
139Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft112
140Kingdom Builder112
141The Great Zimbabwe114
142Medina113
143Hansa Teutonica115
144Arboretum112
145Royals114
146Dice City114
147Best Treehouse Ever113
148Roll For It!113
149Biblios114
150Sanssouci113
151World’s Fair 1893113
152Forbidden Island113
153Flatline: A FUSE Aftershock Game114
15410 Minute Heist: The Wizard’s Tower113
155Castellers!112
156Lancaster112
157Ra113
158Hellas113
159Cacao112
160Agricola: All Creatures…112
161The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire115
162Skyward112
163Stop Thief!115
164Banana Bandits114
165Debtzilla113
166For Sale114
167Downforce114
168Lords Of Waterdeep114
169Tsuro114
170Sushi Go!112
171Steampunk Rally116
172Hornochsen115
173Cockroach Poker114
174Lanterns: The Harvest Festival113
175Stop Thief113
176Bananagrams113
177Stone Age112
178Cottage Garden112
179Patchwork112
180Sundae Split113
181Whats Up112
182Dr. Eureka113
183Dr. Microbe113
184Dream Catchers112
185Odin’s Ravens (second edition)112
186Star Cartel112
187Team Play114
188Rollers Deluxe113

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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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