I played 176 different games a total of 343 times last year (which is actually the reason for my play 365 games this year resolution). 38 of those 176 games were playtests, both of my games and others, and I played a rather surprising 109 playtests throughout the year, of which 63 were for my games. My most played and/or playtested game was (somewhat unsurprisingly) Gerrymandering, which I played at least 32 times, although it saw even more play than that since I also watched others play on several occasions.
After Gerrymandering came Deception: Murder in Hong Kong with 11 plays, which I wound up getting for Christmas. My wife admitted that the gift was almost as much for her as it was for me as she was thrilled with the game as well. Brain Freeze, Orphanage of Fear and Cheese It, all games I have been playtesting, round out the top five, Cheese It edging out Outflank sadly.
Fast games obviously have an advantage for number of plays, but there are a few standouts for longer games: I got in 3 plays of A Feast For Odin, which I still haven’t won, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each time. It’s definitely one I want to get. Murano also saw only 3 plays, which I found shocking since the game is a blast. And finally Terraforming Mars, which is notable because it took a shocking 3 hours to play the first time, and so far only time I played it, though I am willing to play again.
Next week I’ll talk about what I remember about what stood out to me as memorable from last year, the best games of the year, and maybe some commentary about some games that didn’t quite hit that and the reasons why.
Now for what I’ve been playing:
Suspend, 2 players