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Greg Williams
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Recently I have begun to question why I log my plays. The only reason I can come up with is to submit data for statistics that other people compile (Five and Dime and Friendless). Is there something bigger that I'm missing, why should I log my plays? I feel like I'm merely logging my plays as a slave to my obsession for the hobby.
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fargus9 wrote:
I feel like I'm merely logging my plays as a slave to my obsession for the hobby.


Dang, you took my answer.
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1) I am a numbers / Stat geek

2) it allows me to see what games I've played and what in my collection might be better in the hands of somebody else.

3) I am a stat geek
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I like rankings. I log plays so I know which game is "winning".
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I, for one, just really dig recording my plays.

It gives me a feeling of "accomplishment" at all the time I spent with friends having fun when I look back on my stats.

And even immediately, I feel like I'm sharing my experience with the community a bit, even if it's just a simple click and not a detailed review or session report.

I'm not sure how important it is to log your plays really, so if it seems like a chore I'd say drop it...but click on your "games played" tabbed and scroll through, and see if that alone doesn't trigger some good memories.

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I find that when your collection grows your memory can become vague about certain games. So it's great to look back on your games played history and find a game you really like hasn't been played for a while and bring it back into rotation. It's like discovering the game all over again!
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I just went to see what games I played back on July 5th 2007 and instantly I remembered the game night the situation and who was at the table. That's almost a year ago and I can still remember the event.

'Nuff said.
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I like contributing to the statistics because I've found them useful.

When I first got onto this site and discovered modern board games one of the ways I found new games to try was looking at the games ordered by number of plays. I've found that games with lots of plays registered also tend to get lots of plays in my group so it's a useful thing to look at along with reviews and ratings when deciding what to pick up. I like contributing to this data since I'm not much of a reviewer.

I also enjoy knowing how much 'return' I've gotten out of my 'investments'.
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Honestly? Because I'm bored at work at it's something to do.

...I'm so ashamed...
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I don't log my plays because it reminds me how little gaming I actually do.
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I do it because it's fun to see what I've been playing, how much work my collection is getting, and all of that.

The extended stats by Friendless make great use of the data and are fun to sift through. I think his efforts to that end in particular have made me very glad that I log my plays.
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FTW!
 
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I keep track of my plays both offline and on BGG. Offline, I keep my plays in a bound journal where I list the name, date, players, and final scores/positions for the game. This helps me keep track of what I've played, and how well the other players and I have done at it. Online, I track my plays because BGG keeps stats on plays, and can tell me with a few clicks how many games I played in a month, how many times I have played a particular game, and how many games I have played overall since I began keeping track of games played (coming up on 2000!).
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I track my plays because I find it interesting to see what my gameplay habits are and how they change.

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I use it for several reasons. One is so that other people can get an idea of what games are being played and the frequency at which people are playing them. I feel that looking at the frequency at which an older game is played is a great marker of staying power.
My more self-centered reason for tracking my games is to keep an objective record of what I actually play. Knowing how oftern I play a game helps me excuse paying money to buy other games or explain away the money I have already spent. I tend to be prone to hyperbole, so anything that keeps me honest is helpful.
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KlydeFrog wrote:
I like contributing to the statistics because I've found them useful.


I feel the same way. I have found the information on BGG useful and therefor want to help keep that information up to date.
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I don't log my plays for the same reason I don't blog. I don't care and I'm pretty sure noone else cares.

I keep my collection up to date, as that is pertinent. But what game I played on Tuesday? Not so much.

The whole play logging thing mystifies me. Then again I'm about as far from OCD as you can get...

Also...I don't get the whole solitaire thing. I just don't. Isn't the whole point to play with others?
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Duh! BGG Widget on your blog. That's the reason I do it.
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How else would I know that Yinsh is the game I've played the most in my collection?

This actually influenced me to buy a copy of TZAAR, even though I already had a 2 player thinky abstract game.
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I don't.
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I never used to, and then I tried it for a couple of months just to see what would happen. Even after just that short an amount of time I was surprised to see which games I was playing and which games I wasn't, so I've kept it up. It's just a matter of curiosity -- I don't keep track of opponents or scores or anything like that.
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Because of this.
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Yeah I like stats - it's always interesting (yikes!) to see which games are moving up (or down).
 
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