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.
|King of Tokyo||220||9.48%|
|The Castles of Burgundy||180||8.50%|
|A Few Acres of Snow||115||5.88%|
|Flash Point: Fire Rescue||70||3.59%|
|Mr. Jack Pocket||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%|
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.