I was looking at my personal spreadsheet which I use to track the games I own and play, and realized I have been doing it for almost 10 years. I initially started the spreadsheet to be able to track the games I own and when I last played them. after about a year, I started tracking the games played each day, the number of players, and where I played the game.
After six months of tracking just that, beginning in 2004, I started tracking who played and what the finishing order was for each game. I figured I would track the placing of each player until the occasion when I was unable to track who placed where. It lasted over a year when a game of Who's the Ass? with too many players ended chaotically, as they will. Since then, I've just tracked the winners.
I never thought I would end up with over 800 games and expansions and a couple of hundred that I traded away or sold. I thought I would get to 50, or so, at the most!
When I play a game now, I record the information on three different sheets in the workbook. First I enter the game played, where it was played, who played, and who won. This is done in chronological order on a sheet dedicated to the games played in a particular year. Then I jump to the games owned or unowned sheets and add the play to the total and change the last-played date. Finally, I enter the game played on a table I use to see which games were played which month of the year, and how many times they were played.
I've worked on creating an Access database for this information over the years, but never have followed through and completed the task. If I ever found an easy way to create reports that looked like I wanted them to, I suspect I would get motivated to complete the task.
Here is some useless trivia on my gaming:
First game tracked: Loco! 6/7/03
Number of games played since 6/1/03: 6901
Number of people I have played at least one game with: 643
Games I've played over 100 times:
101x 10 Days in Europe
260x Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm
396x Race for the Galaxy
*I probably played well over another 100 games of Bohnanza before I started tracking games because it was a game Mike, Hilary, and I would play on Thursdays, sometimes more than once a week.
**Not counting all the games played since I was a kid until 2003.
Yes, these are all face-to-face playings.
Yes, I have never been married.
No, I don't have kids. (And civilization breathes a sigh of relief!)