My 1000th game logged!
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I was originally going to title this list my 1000th game played, but after some thought I'm probably around 3,000, 4,000, maybe more by now after all the games of monopoly, clue, trouble, sorry, and don't break the ice growing up. So, this list is to memorialize my 1,000th logged play here on BGG.

I did a 500th logged play list and wanted to do a comparison to see how each game continued to be played and what new games were played more since that 500th.

The games I added to the 500th play list were the games I had at least 5 plays of and I ended up with 12 games listed. For this list, I'll keep that setting of 5 plays minimum.

I also ran a little contest for BGG'ers to guess my 1000th play.

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was the winner by guessing Cuba.

I won my 1,000th game over my father and wife.
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1. Board Game: Air Baron [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2725]
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Air Baron was #1 on the 500 list, and it remains #1 for now. I don't play it as often as I'd like, mainly because I live 2 hours from my dad and his gaming buddies and when I do get home to see him, we're usually playing a new game. It's still my #1 favorite though.

Air Baron fun fact: At WBC 2008, I was within 2 die rolls of winning my first heat. In fare wars, with Jumbo planes at the ready, and a DRM of +5, I rolled snake-eyes on 4 of 6 rolls. I ended up winning the heat, but it was closer than it should've been at the end.

I got to meet the designer at WBC as well.




500th list plays: 150 > 500th List Rank: 1
1000th list plays: 155 (+5)

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2. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:195]
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Tikal will overtake the top place on my games played list shortly. Thanks mainly to online gaming at SBW. I have 136 games completed there, with a winning percentage of 33.1%, so I'm pretty proud of that.

I've hosted tournaments, entered other tournaments and have played many single games as well.

Tikal Fun Fact: Tikal was my 500th game logged in July of 2008

500th list plays: 75 Second place > 500th list Rank: 2
1000th list plays: 154 (+79 - biggest increase)
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:13]
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This was a favorite game of my father when I was at home, and in the year since I logged 500, it really didn't hit the table that often. I still think it's a pretty good game, but I think it would be more fun played with new players (not new to the game, new to a group)


Puerto Rico Fun Fact: Puerto Rico was the game of choice for many of the last game meets while I lived at home with my parents

500th list plays: 71 > 500th List Rank: 3
1000th list plays: 75 (+4)
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:129] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne is a game that is rarely played with the family on the table anymore, which is a bummer because it is such a fun game. My more recent plays have been through BSW.

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500th list plays: 65 > 500th List Rank: 4
1000th list plays: 87 (+22)
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5. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:290]
 
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Overtaking the #5 position is our first new game. I logged number one in July, just after the 500th game list. In that time, I played a lot online through Yucata - which is an awesome game site. It plays quick, which is why I've played it so often. It was easy to learn - my dad and I learned on the table and it translated easily to the online system. This will overtake the #3 spot shortly, and most likely drop Air Baron to #3 because of it's quickness and online availability.


500th list plays: 0 > Old Rank: Unranked
1000th list plays: 72 (+72 - second biggest increase) >
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6. Board Game: Boggle [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:1883]
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The first appearance of a facebook app appears with Boggle. I had a good run of games with a good friend of mine. I wouldn't mind playing some more games against her, as she was getting very good.


Boggle Fun Fact: I am a weak boggle player, and most of my online friends routinely kick my butt

500th list plays: 20 > 500th List Rank: 5
1000th list plays: 51 (+31)
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7. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:491]
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This was another facebook app, before the plug got pulled on it. I was lucky enough to get this as a Christmas present though and I taught the Mrs how to play. She really enjoyed it as a 2P game. I'd still like to try it as a 4P game at some point.

Blokus fun fact: Blokus was my 750th logged play, January 2009. And it was the first game of 2009:



500th list plays: 16 > 500th List Rank: 7
1000th list plays: 32 (+16)
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8. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:378]
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Vegas Showdown was probably the first game I bought because of BGG research and while it doesn't hit the table as often as I'd like, I am happy to get on GTO and play from time to time.

I'm glad to see it as a WBC event and I was happy to play last year. I won my first heat, but had to decline the invite to the Semi's to play a final table in another tournament.

Vegas Showdown Fun Fact: This is one game my father in law will play if he's in the mood. His favorite strategy - connect both doors with places you can drink.



500th list plays: 14 > 500th list Rank: 8
1000th list plays: 26 (+12)
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9. Board Game: March Madness [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:6874]
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March Madness was a game I was introduced to by my dad just before we went to WBC 2000. I played in the tournament with some friendly players who didn't mind I was a new player. I hadn't played in a few years until WBC 2008. I enjoyed that tournament as well as the PBEM tournament.

My 2008 Secret Santa delivered this game to my house and I taught my wife. She really enjoys this game now. I also taught a good friend through the ACTS system and he enjoys the game as well.

March Madness Fun Fact: I have played 6 sanctioned tournament games with the BPA and my record is 0-6. My average margin of defeat is 7 points (included a 17 point loss)

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 25 (+25)
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10. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:236]
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This was a game I had looked at on SBW for a while before I decided to try and get my feet wet by playing. I still haven't quite gotten the total hang of it, but I do enjoy the mechanics of the game.

Amun Re Fun Fact: I played 22 games before I won a game, and the winning game was a shared win tie.

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 23 (+23)
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11. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:23]
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This is a game that I had hoped would be higher on this list. As my #2 game, this game has everything I enjoy in a board game. The map expansions have intrigued me from the start. The reason it doesn't get played as much is that I really like this with 4 players and it's tough to get four.

Power Grid Fun Fact: Power Grid was my first Secret Santa present

500th list plays: 17 > 500th list Rank: 6
1000th list plays: 20 (+3)
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12. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:188]
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Since purchasing in December of 2007, it hasn't hit the table as often as I'd like. I really enjoy this game, but the rats really turned my extended family off. I am able to get a few plays in from time to time on BSW.

Notre Dame Fun Fact: This was my first "BGG-hype" purchase

500th list plays: 12 > 500th list Rank: 10
1000th list plays: 20 (+8)
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13. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:436]
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I was introduced to UP when I met up with a new gaming group back in November of 2007. I liked it and remembered liking it by the WBC of 2008. I needed a little refresher on the gameplay, but it came back to me quickly. I scored well enough in a first heat loss to be invited to the Semi's. I won my semi-final table for a spot in the finals - my first WBC final table! I ended up a close 3rd in a very tight game that was eventually decided by a third tie-breaker!

Union Pacific Fun Fact: UP was the first game I purchased through the BGG marketplace - a fine transaction.

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 19 (+19)
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14. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:141]
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1960 was a game that intrigued me from the time I saw it here on BGG. It got good write ups and I had always been interested in election style games. My wife is a big fan, even though she has yet to defeat me. The GTO implementation of it is very good and I enjoy playing against my dad online.

1960 Fun Fact: I am GM'ing the first annual BPA 1960 MotP online tournament through GTO.

500th list plays: 7 > 500th list Rank: 12
1000th list plays: 18 (+11)
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15. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:185]
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Looking back at what I said in my 500th list:
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9 recorded plays will only increase dramatically.

I feel bad that this hasn't been the case. It rates highly with the extended family and sits 3 on my top ten. Why hasn't this been played more often? New plan - get this to the table more often darnit!


500th list plays: 9 > 500th list Rank: 11
1000th list plays: 17 (+8)
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16. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1422]
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A game I only really play on facebook, and haven't played in a while. The two friends I played with usually haven't played since the app was taken down and replaced with a much worse app.

Scrabble Fun Fact: I think qi is the worst word ever, but I'll use it if I can

500th list plays: 13 > 500th list Rank: 9
1000th list plays: 17 (+4)
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17. Board Game: Sports Illustrated Baseball [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4218]
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I saw my father playing this game while I was waiting for the March Madness heat to start at WBC '08. I watched and decided I wanted to play as a way to spend some time between tournaments. I picked Toronto (from a pool of leftover teams) and put together a record of 3-14.

SI Baseball Fun Fact: I lost a game 17-3 to a team of Negro Leaguers. I was rooting for him to get to 20, but my "relief" pitching was too good.

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 17 (+17)
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18. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:15]
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This game was bought as a 2008 birthday bundle. My birthday is in May, but I didn't get my copy until September, so I had to wait. Thankfully, in that time I was able to attend a game demo by Tom McCorry at WBC and I was also able to download the BGWS episode so I was able to learn the game before I got it.

I enjoy this game, not as much as others on the list, but it is a fun game. My sister in law is a bigger fan of this game and it's one of the games we play on the table with her.

Agricola Fun Fact: I didn't mind the animal cubes, but after seeing a cheap Ebay auction for railroad style pigs, I bought rail critters for the sheep and cows as well.

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 14 (+14)
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19. Board Game: Just4Fun [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:5834]
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I learned this game on Yucata. It's a fun game that changes with more players.

Just4Fun Fun Fact: I was playing Vikings against someone on Yucata. In the chat, they asked if I played Just4Fun. I thought they were using text speak to ask if I played for fun (as opposed to for money or in tournaments). I said yes and he invited me to this game.

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 9 (+9)
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20. Board Game: Six [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3396]
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Saw this in Beta on Yucata, gave it a try. It's an ok game that I'll play from time to time on Yucata.


500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 9 (+9)
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21. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:201]
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I purchased San Juan from Amazon after finding an Amazon gift card that was a few years old. Great use of that gift card. This may turn into a gateway to teach the wife Puerto Rico, but PR is another game I'd rather play with 4.


San Juan Fun Fact: We played a 5 player game of San Juan over Christmas forgetting that the game was only designed for 2-4. It wasn't as bad as you would think.

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 8 (+8)
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22. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:209]
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Pillars was a game I had looked at on BGG and with some extra birthday money picked up at WBC '08. Took a while to get to the table to learn, but once I did I really enjoyed it. Received the expansion for Christmas.

Pillars of the Earth Fun Fact: My wife has found a new-love of this game after reading the book. She's currently reading the sequel.

500th list plays: 0 > 500th list Rank: unranked
1000th list plays: 7 (+7)
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23. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:72]
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Stone Age was a recommended game here for me from users and after looking over reviews and pictures, it wasn't hard for me to push this to the top of the wishlist. I finally picked it up for the 2009 Birthday bundle. My dad and I racked through the rule and it found a new place in my top ten.

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24. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:382]
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Cuba is one those games that I hope hits into the 20's and 30's by the time I do my 1500 played list. It's a really fun game and now with the expansion it's a little longer fun game.

This game reminded me of so many other favorites from this list with it's many mechanics. It takes ideas and pieces from other successful games and mixes them well. I can see pieces of Puerto Rico, Pillars of the Earth, Settlers, Vegas Showdown, Agricola and Notre Dame in this game.

Cuba Fun Fact: Cuba was game #1,000. A three player game with my wife and dad. I won 118-111-110.

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25. Board Game: El Capitán [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1152]
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El Capitan was a game I bought from the WBC '08. I did a BGG search for economic games and this popped up. I looked at the components and thought it looked nice and after talking to someone at the booth, I picked it up. I just recently played with the expansion cities and they really add a new flavor to the game.

El Capitan Fun Fact: I made a review video of El Capitan. You can see it by clicking here

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