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2009 Year in Review, Part 1

No doubt I’ll get more gaming in before the exact end of year (including a convention over New Year’s!), but it’s close enough to look at what I played, what we played, and what we should have played.

The “Big time” games, for me at least:

  • Bridge (a little over a session a week, 62)
  • 45 Games of Race
  • 30 Games of BSG (My 2008 game of the year holds up nicely)
  • 29 games of Dominion

Games that hit the table enough to be respectable:

  • Roll through the Ages (14)
  • Shadow Hunters (8 … been waiting for the expansion)
  • Small World (8)
  • Agricola (8 + 1 expansion game)
  • Dungeon Lords (7)
  • Le Havre, Wabash Cannonball (5 each)
  • Through the Ages (4)

Many other games got some play. Homesteaders has been pushed aside by Dungeon Lords (even though I prefer Homesteaders). I’m sure it will get played again. Did I really only play Glory to Rome 4 times? Apparently.

I played ~130 titles (some of them are expansions, so probably closer to 115-120).  Still too early to call game of the year, but I think it will have to be Dungeon Lords or Homesteaders. We’ll know in a few months…


Written by taogaming

December 24, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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  1. Speaking of Glory to Rome, in case you missed it, Carl Chudyk’s new game Innovation has just been announced:
    I’ve been helping to playtest it, and I enjoy it a lot. It’s a bit more chaotic than Glory to Rome, but I think it will appeal to its fans. Also, no cartoony clip-art this time!

    Doug Orleans

    December 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  2. Just out of curiousity, what’s your preferred way of playing BSG? Any variants used, sympathizer or no sympathizer?

    Matthew Chua

    December 26, 2009 at 2:03 am

    • We prefer 5 player BSG, no sympathizer, no leaders, with the rest of the expansion intact. (Oh, random characters, but following normal choosing restrictions).


      December 26, 2009 at 5:47 pm

  3. For game of the year I have to go with Maria, even though I’ve only gotten in two games. It fixes almost every single issue I have with Friedrich while introducing only one poteneial stylistic one (increased importance of diplomacy between players).

    Other standouts are a few expansions (Race, Dominion Intrigue and Pandemic), Planet Steam and Dixit, my favorite party game in many years. Looking forward to the expansion for that early in 2010.


    December 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

  4. I’m nowhere near making a top 10 list for the year, as there’s a bunch of Essen titles (including Dungeon Lords) that I liked a lot that need second and third tries. But I’ll be very surprised if anything overtakes Automobile as my Game of the Year, so I can probably hand out that award right now. Endeavor figures to finish high on my final list and Homesteaders has an excellent chance to make the top 10.

    Larry Levy

    December 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    • I’d have to play Automobile a lot more. It was interesting, but I’m not sure how much staying power it has. To be fair, that’s a common thought for the year.


      December 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    • As Larry, I’d put probably Automobile as my game of the year, Endeavor being another top-tenner, and Rise of Empire also (two Wallace games, that’s a first for me !). I also think Elektro Manager will be a keeper of 2009, with RFTG-RvI, even it if does not have the game-changer aspect of TGS. Age of Conan was also one of the surprisingly good experiences of the year, in a genre which is not my speciality. Pandemic-On the Brink is a great expansion of my favorite coop.

      Some games I am willing to give another try are Choas in the Old World and Middle-Earth Quest. Not sure I’ll have time for that, unfortunately.

      Some disappointment of the year are Small World, which I was probably expecting too much from, and Dominion expansions, which have not revived the desire to play the game.

      Haven’t got a chance to try Homesteaders (tough to find here in France), but reading of it, looks like a game I should enjoy.

      Of course 2009 was the year I first tried Through the Ages (2 times), which are among the best gaming times I ever had. Really willing to get more of it in 2010 !


      December 28, 2009 at 5:29 am

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