Top 15 games played in 2007

2007 saw a significant increase in the number of plays. More regular gaming, lots of new games bought and more choice to play games at home. This meant that some games were just moving fast to becoming hot in the household.

Ticket to Ride USA:1910 – 116 plays

The number 1 game for me as far as plays went was TTR 1910. Since I had got it only at the end of 2006, the game became such a favorite at home. So much fun but the excitement had finally worn off towards the end of the year. By Nov/Dec people just did not want to play it anyore.

Thurn & Taxis – 52 plays

This was the no 1 2 player game for me and Aarthi. Add the plays of the Power & Glory expansion and we have a real winner!

The Settlers of Catan – 39 plays

Settlers is the no 1 choice for our 3 player afternoon lunch sessions with Varadu last year.  Settlers enjoyed additional plays via Seafarers (11) and Fishermen of Catan (6) plays. I personally found that plain vanilla Settlers shone with 3. But with 4 I do want to play Seafarers or Fishermen. I have to get Cities and Knights this year positively.

Bohnanza – 32 plays

This was our favorite during the Oz holiday. Sushanth loved it and we played a lot. But again hardly any plays in the latter part of the year.

10 Days in Africa – 29 plays

The simplicity, speed and ease of getting newbies in made this a new star in our game collection. Though I have got bored of it and would like to try some of the other 10 days, this will see a lot of plays quite regularly I think.

San Juan – 28 plays

After so many 2 player games I finally got Mohan to learn it and we had some super duper 3 player sessions. Still one of my top games that lives upto its billing.

High Society – 27 plays

This has replaced For Sale as my preferred auction game now. Sushanth has also learnt it and we get plays quite regularly now.

Thurn & Taxis – Power & Glory – 23 plays

Puerto Rico – 20 plays

Shreyasi’s gaming ahs petered down this year. And the only others who know adn play this game are in Oz. ave to teach it to varadu this year to get more plays. Meanwhile I have got the expansion and we played a few games of the 2 player variant. But am missing the big 5 player games we had in Oz last year these days.

Cartagena – 17 plays

Still gets regular 2p games with Aarthi. Good solid game.

Zooloretto – 17 plays

Coloretto was one of my early favorites of 2005. I really looked forward to this and the game saw a number of plays early. But somehow cannot find the table these days.

Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper – 16 plays

Still is one of our top 2 player games at home with Aarthi. A pity I haven’t been able to get anyone else to play as yet.

Ticket to Ride: Switzerland – 16 plays

A number  of plays as soon as we got the game but have got tired of it now. But I like it a lot with 2 or 3.

Fist of Dragonstones – 15 plays

A sleeper hit if one may call it. Sushanth and Shreyasi both love it and it is our no 1 game where we all play together at home.

Get the Goods – 14 plays

One of my favorite games with so much tension and drama as the game unfolds.

A number of games have dropped out of last year’s top 15. Notably Elasund, Alhambra and the Knizias – Modern Art and Through the Desert. Some of the games that were great hits but not enough plays were Princes of Florence, Struggle for Rome, Thebes and Cleopatra & the Society of Architects. Other surprisingly fun games were Oasis, Mammoth Hunters and Santiago.
Sushanth and me have got some 2 player games going and we have LOTR: The Confrontation at the top. Also will look at Memoir ’44 and probably Dungeon Twister.

The biggest disappointments of the year were Corsari, Luca Citta and Empire Builder. These have very little chances of seeing more plays and I should put them on the trade list I think.

Games that I have and must play this year – Struggle of Empires, Die Macher, Perikles, Caylus (Just could not get it out at all!) and Tigris & Euphrates!

Games played Dec 07

The toughest month for me in the year because of my professional commitments. But the arrival of Mohan from Oz also helps in a lot of 4 player gaming especially. But still a low month I should say.

Settlers & TTR: Switzerland – 5 plays

LOTR: The Confrontation, Mammoth Hunters, San Juan, Struggle for Rome & T&T:Power & Glory – 4 plays each.  Of these I play LOTR a lot with Sushanth. The only problem is that he insists on playing only the dark side. So atleast I have a good chance to try different strategies. He has picked up the game and plays it well. Mammoth Hunters was finally opened and played. A very very good game with a lot of fun and nastiness. After many many plays of 2p San Juan we played some 3 p games. It plays wonderfully well and all the games were very close. I seem to be preferring this to PR more these days. Struggle for Rome was the other new game. A bit long but a solid Settlers spin off. Seems to lack the nastiness that Elasund but a very good game nevertheless. The length which is longer than our normal 30-45 minute mark is stopping us from getting more plays in at the moment.

Memoir ’44 – 3 plays – Another new entrant this month. Nice and fun game. Sushanth loves it but will play the Allies only at the moment. We just played the Pegasus Bridge scenario without the special cards. I want more of this in the coming months. Hopefully I can get Aarthi to play this more often.

New England – 2 plays – We got to play this after a year and it still is fresh and interesting.

10 days in Africa, Cleo and the SOE, Elasund, Fist of Dragonstones, For Sale, Hare & Tortoise, Mystery Rummy, Power Grid: Benelux/CE, Seafarers of Catan, Through the Desert & TTR USA 1910 – 1 play each.