Monday, April 25, 2016
This is my list as of the end of 2015. 1 - Space Hulk 2 - Circus Imperium 3 - Family Business 4 - Diplomacy 5 - Warhammer 40,000 6 - Assault on Hoth 7 - Illuminati 8 - Icebergs 9 - Bosworth 10 - OGRE Designer’s Edition 11 - Walk The Plank 12 - Risk 13 - Survive: Escape from Atlantis 14 - Cash ‘n’ Guns – second edition 15 - Sushi Go 16 - Bang: The Dice Game 17 - Monty Python Fluxx 18 - Groo: The Game 19 - Race Day 20 - Highlander:The Card Game 21 - Crimson Skies 22 - Car Wars 23 - Scoville 24 - Heroclix 25 - Blood Bowl 3rd 26 - Fortress America 27 - Go 28 - Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit 29 - Conquest of the Empire 30 - Battle Masters 31 - Tsuro 32 - King of Tokyo 33 - Battleship Galaxies 34 - Daytona 500 35 - Rocketville 36 - Car Wars Card Game 37 - Camel Cup 38 - Guillotine 39 - Star Wars Miniatures: Starship Battles 40 - Horrorclix 41 - Hey, That's My Fish! 42 - Pitch Six 43 - Pandemic 44 - Blokus Trigon 45 - Cardline – Animals 46 - Blokus 47 - Timeline: Music & Cinema 48 - Spooks 49 - Bohnanza 50 - Zombies!!! 51 - Zombie Dice 52 - Cthulhu Dice 53 - Dilbert card game 54 - Rules With No Name 55 - Fluxx 56 - Shogun (Ikusa) 57 - Aliens 58 - Search for the Emperor’s Treasure 59 - Canvas Eagles 60 - Dragon Dice 61 - Pente 62 - Chess 63 - Girl Genius: The Works 64 - Elixir 65 - INWO 66 - Star Wars Starfighter Battle Books 67 - Quiddler 68 - Monsters Menace America 69 - Unexploded Cow 70 - Junta 71 - Toss Up! 72 - Risk: Balance of Power 73 - Star Warriors 74 - Martian Dice 75 - Yetisburg 76 - Risk: Battlefield 77 - Hive 78 - Chill: Black Manor Morn 79 - Filthy Rich 80 - Roll For It! 81 - Monopoly 82 - Resistance 83 - Canasta 84 - Wits and Wagers Family 85 - Scrabble Slam 86 - Iota 87 - Empire Builder 88 - Monsterpocalypse 89 - Colt Express 90 - Word Thief 91 - Qwirkle 92 - Yahtzee Free For All 93 - Blood Royale 94 - Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie 95 - Poo: The card game 96 - Bejeweled Frenzy 97 - Stack 98 - The x-files Card Game 99 - Nuclear War 100 - Scrabble I am not sure how often I will go back and revise this but it was a good experience to have done it. I recommend it as a thought experiment to anyone who has played a bunch of games. A warning though - I know that it is making me look at my new purchases a little bit closer.
Friday, April 22, 2016
I finally have my list together to the end of 2015. I went through the games played in the last 10 years that I had noted on BoardGameGeek and slotted them in to my list. There were 29 games that I could even not remember that were still important enough to find their way on to my top 100 list. Although none of these games ended up in the top 30. A few interesting notes. 52 of the games on my top 100 list were published before 2000 and 31 of the games on my top 100 list haven’t even been played since 2000. I don’t have any games from 2015 on my list yet. This tells me that I’m not really a member of the ‘cult of the new’, where I automatically rank the newer games higher. In fact, some of the newer games on my list may slide down over the next few years. I’ve already seen this with Get Bit, which would have still been on this list had Walk The Plank not come out and not only easily replaced it but hastened it’s slide off the list. A lot more of the order games are pretty stable in their rankings. There is always the chance that a newer game may replace it but the older games are pretty entrenched. Of the 856 game plays that I have recorded since 2006, 279 plays are by games in my top 100 list. This means that two thirds of the games that I have played in the last 10 years are not even in my top 100 list. This shows that I am willing to give new games a chance or even play games that I don’t love if someone else does. About 20% of my plays were for games made before 2000, 37% of the plays were for games published between 2000 and 2005, 22% of the plays were for games published between 2006 and 2010, and 21% of the plays were for new games published after 2010. The other thing about this is that it does make me look a bit closer when buying new games. If it's part of a set, or filling in a collection, I'll still get it but, if I don't think it will replace a game on my top 200, I have to seriously think about it. I still have a lot of games that could probably find a nice home on my top 100 that I haven't even gotten around to playing yet.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
While at Value Village, looking for games, I have occasionally seen Wii Fit Balance Boards but I could never convince myself to risk it for the $20 that they were asking. The last time I was there however they had a pair of them for $9.99 each so I figured that I would give it a try. I bought them both. At home, with replacing the batteries, they both seemed to light up so I popped into PnP Games and bought a Wii Fit game for another $6. When I loaded it this morning, they both worked fine. I updated my profile, and it told me I weighed 301 pounds and that my BMI was obese for height. It also promptly updated my Mii to a more bloated version of myself. I did a few of the balance exercises to start, but now I can work away at it.