Happy New Year!
2011 will go down as the first year I recorded my plays on BGG!
Games Played by Month
January and February are the times when TotalCon and TempleCon happen, and obviously August is the WBC.
Top 5 Most Played:
Puerto Rico 43
Stone Age 33
Power Grid 29
You might notice that all of these games exist on Bretspielwelt... I went through a heavy Dominion phase there, and I was really happy they brought Puerto Rico back to it.
Best New Games from 2011
No Retreat! - simple, elegent, yet not simplistic. A great wargame I'd love to play a lot more.
Biggest Comeback Games
After playing into the semifinals of Agricola at the WBC, I found a new appreciation for the game and have been eager to play it a ton. I'm excited to have found the online site http://www.boiteajeux.net/ which has asynchronous play there. If anyone wants to start up a game with me, let me know and I'll get people together.
I finally decided to give Through the Ages another chance as well, and am seeing what it is people love about it.
Somehow I only played Twilight Struggle 11 times in 2011, and not a single game of Combat Commander, despite getting the first Pacific expansion and recent the Resistance boxed set.
Finally Got to Play Awards
Battlestar Galactica - while I don't love the idea of a co-op game, this one really delivered. Having just watched the whole series didn't hurt!
Vegas Showdown - it's true, I love auction games! Why does this have to be a cheaply produced Hasbro game?
In the Year of the Dragon - finally snuck this one in before the end of the year. I definitely enjoyed it! Surprised that I never see people playing this at WBC.
Disappointments of the Year
Merkator - beautifully produced but something about it just seemed soulless.
Urban Sprawl - the chaos in this game is unacceptable. And this coming from a lover of Combat Commander.
Fighting Formations - I liked it but expected to love it. Too fiddly and seemed to be too tough for the Russian in most scenarios.
Game I Most Regretted Playing
Rallyman - I'm not going to say anything about this one because I like it so little.
Games I Wished I Had Played
Ardennes '44 - I love this game and would love to play it a few times in a row to get to know it better.
Combat Commander - as mentioned earlier!
War of the Ring - I need to give that game more love... and it just got reprinted!
Steam - how could I not have played this once?
Hammer of the Scots
Macao - I liked this in 2011... surprised I never played it again.
Friedrich/Maria - someday, I will play these...
Kingsburg - I see people play it all the time, and yet, I haven't.
Rommel in the Desert - someday I will get to this classic!
I made the most semifinals I've ever made at 6, but could only play in 5 of them. (Power Grid, Le Havre, Brass, Princes of Glorence, Agricola, Caylus) I really wanted to make 2 finals for the first time, but it wasn't in the cards, and I only made it to the finals of Power Grid and came in 5th. My goal is to someday be in two finals in one year or finally win a tournament. I'm clearly good enough at games to make it to the semis of any game I put some work into, but I'm not in that top tier of players yet.
With GBGers this year: I played Twilight Struggle with Asher, Napoleon at Waterloo with Eric, Fighting Formations with Marty, Europe Engulfed with Andy Y., Labyrinth with Andy L. and Marty x2, Wilderness War with Marty, Saratoga with Andy, Paths of Glory with Eric, Napoleonic Wars with Marty, Dirk, Tom and Rob, No Retreat with Andy L.
2011 was a great year for gaming. I probably leaned more towards Eurogames this year, but 2012 will be the first year I finally go to WAM!
I'm looking forward to another year of great games and fun times with friends!