|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.
My prediction is that iPad releases of old classics will cause significant volatility in these rankings, and some old classics to suddenly re-appear for no other apparent reason. Everyone has a different philosophy for recording those plays, but mine is that I record them when they are shared with other people (always folks I know, and not when just playing against the AI). With no way to filter this from the rankings it will be interesting to see if we can draw a correlation between IOs availability and plays logged next year.
I use the same criteria, Brian – and think you may be onto something.