|Race for the Galaxy||27.53%||36.39%||49.69%||10.98%|
|Roll Through the Ages||13.18%||12.43%||new||new|
|Ticket To Ride||7.76%||7.99%||10.56%||13.41%|
|Magic: the Gathering CCG||5.65%||6.21%||3.73%||???|
|Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer||5.41%||new||new||new|
|Settlers of Catan||4.94%||4.44%||6.83%||7.01%|
Just out of the running (at 4.47%): Werewolf
Droppped off the table from last year:
- Through the Ages (now 3.55%)
- For Sale (now 2.66%)
- Kingsburg (now 2.07%)
- Hanging Gardens (now 0.89%)
- Ticket to Ride: The Card Game (now 0.30%)
First, my apologies for the “???” entries – those are flaws in my record-keeping system shining through. (Translated into English: Mark’s computer with the more detailed copies of the stat sheets crashed.)
I keep predicting that No Thanks! will drop off the Dime list… and I’ve been wrong twice in a row. I’ll stop now & see if reverse psychology will work. (Of the three “perennials” I mentioned, only San Juan slipped off the list – so much for my vaunted powers of prediction.)
I’m really curious what brought Battle Line back onto the Dime list – it’s hovered around 7-8% (nickels & dimes) for the past couple of years and I can’t for the life of me figure out what bumped it back up this year.
Year after year, I attempt to call the “one year dimes” – games that get a brief flare-up of intense play but don’t hold on consistently. Last year I correctly called Space Alert, FITS & Galaxy Trucker. In 2011, I think the only one I can call for sure is Forbidden Island. (The deck-building games like Thunderstone & Ascension may lose ground on the Nickel list, but that’s not likely to happen on the Dime list.)
Magic: the Gathering stayed on this list for a 2nd year – which leads me to believe that getting a wider variety of gamer input has surfaced the wide support that M:tG still enjoys – support that was hidden when the primary respondents for the Five & Dime lists were Euro players.
I once again predicted that Dominion & Race for the Galaxy would be at the top of the list. Next year, I think these two stay in the top 5 (at least) with 7 Wonders joining them.
Last but not least – I wondered a year ago whether the “proposed big box expansion” for Small World would keep it on this list? Well, it just turned out to be a deck of cards & another race/powers expansion, but it hung around. I think it MAY drop off the Dimes list this year (even with the upcoming expansion – Mummies & Shadow Mimes, anyone?!) but it should do just fine on the Nickels list.