Five & Dime 2011: Fresh Faces

These are games that appeared on the Five & Dime lists for the first time in 2011… in some cases, they may be older games that just hadn’t reached a particular play threshold.

Game Score Percentage
Quarriors! 395 16.99%
King of Tokyo 220 9.48%
Kingdom Builder 195 9.48%
The Castles of Burgundy 180 8.50%
A Few Acres of Snow 115 5.88%
Elder Sign 85 3.92%
Nightfall 85 3.92%
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork 75 4.58%
Airlines Europe 75 4.25%
Martian Dice 75 4.25%
Flash Point: Fire Rescue 70 3.59%
Yggdrasil 70 3.59%
Mr. Jack Pocket 70 2.27%
Pantheon 70 2.27%
Rune Age 70 2.27%

Just missed at 3.59% (but with a 65 “score”): Black Friday

For those who wonder, I don’t count prototype plays for figuring out whether or not a game belongs on the “Fresh Faces” list, only published plays.

Finally, some other new games of interest and where they landed:

Merchants & Marauders 55 2.94%
Blood Bowl: Team Manager 45 2.29%
Power Grid: The First Sparks 25 1.63%

About Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, boardgamer, writer, Legomaniac, Disneyphile, voted most likely to have the same Christmas wish list at age 44 as he did at age 14
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2 Responses to Five & Dime 2011: Fresh Faces

  1. Ben (chally) says:

    Surprising. Among such distinguished gamers, I was expecting my favorite game of 2011–Vanuatu–to make a better showing. It is not groundbreaking by any means, but, at the very least, I thought it would be more popular with this crowd than games like Pantheon or First Sparks (and I figured availability would not be an issue with the OGs, like it might be with the general public).

    • I think that availability probably IS a big issue here – the Five & Dime “results” come from a large group of folks (300+ this year). At the same time, what I’ve heard about the game has been extremely polarized (love or hate) and that doesn’t usually bode well for a game on the Five & Dime lists.

      Vanuatu had a 0.33% showing this year… one player played it 5+ times.

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