Five & Dime 2010: Joining the “In” Crowd

These are games that have appeared on the Five & Dime lists before… and have risen in overall playing percentages.

Game % gain from 2009
Thunderstone 11.94%
Hansa Teutonica 10.76%
Dixit 8.50%
Dungeon Lords 5.11%
Parade 4.35%
Tobago 4.16%
The Adventurers 3.88%
Mosaix 3.47%
Puerto Rico 3.42%
Alea Iacta Est 3.29%
Atlantis 3.23%
Carcassonne 3.03%
Cyclades 3.00%
Castle Panic 2.94%
Thurn and Taxis 2.90%

Just off the edge of the list at 2.69% – Campaign Manager 2008.

There are two main reasons that games appear on this list:

  1. They were reprinted and/or had another game/expansion added to their franchise this year (which this year really only applies to Carcassonne).
  2. They were “Essen”/end of the year games… they were released late in 2009 and were only played 5+ times by a couple of folks in 2009 (Thunderstone, Hansa Teutonica, Dixit, Dungeon Lords, Tobago, The Adventurers, Alea iacta est, Atlantis & Cyclades ).

As always, the interesting games here are the ones that can not be explained by these reasons:

  • Castle Panic just took a while to build up a head of steam…
  • Last year Finito! was finally recognized here in the U.S… this year, it was Mosaix’s turn.
  • Parade has been around – but it finally got a stateside release & subsequent play.
  • The only explanation I have for Puerto Rico and Thurn & Taxis is increased internet play… anyone else have a better idea?
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2 Responses to Five & Dime 2010: Joining the “In” Crowd

  1. Thunderstone, The Adventurers and Cyclades all solid games and tops on my table.

  2. I need to give Thunderstone a 2nd try – the first play left me cold. (To be fair, I don’t particularly love Dominion.)

    I think The Adventurers is fun – but it’s starting to feel pretty same-y after 5 plays.

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