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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2020 (Part 5)

My hits of Essen (Die Crew, Maracaibo, and Expedition to Newdale) have all seen significant play over the last two months, and I’m still very happy with them. They’ve been reducing the number of new games played though compared to … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2020 (Part 4)

The cream of the crop are the games I’ve played more than twice each year over the last 5 years. For those who’ve been reading along over the last few years there won’t be much surprise, but for the record, … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2020 (Part 1)

As a new year commences, perhaps it’s timely to ruminate on the journey that junkie gamers take. In your introduction to the hobby, every game is amazing, your eyes are opening up to a world of endless possibilities, every game … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 27)

At time of writing, I’ve just finished our Essen weekend here in Sydney with 100 of my closest gaming friends (here’s a shoutout to the glorious Advent Games for organising and hosting), which means I have a bank of snapshots … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 24)

My Essen theory is, if you have a great game, you want to release it at any time other than Essen so as to give it clear air and allow us to hear the bagpipes swell. If you have an … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 20)

The H-index in academia is used to give an indication of the productivity and impact an author has had in their field. By way of example, if their 30 most cited papers have each been cited 30+ times say, their … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 19)

One the stats I like is how many games I play multiple times each year over the last 5 years. You could call them go-to games. To me it’s a sign of quality and longevity, even if it weights towards … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 18)

As at the end of July, I’ve rated (and commented on) 389 of the top 500 BGG games and 700 of the top 1000.  If we ignore all the puzzle games and the multiple editions that clog up the rankings … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 17)

I started keeping game stats back way back in 1999 and part of that stat-keeping is allocating an average time for each play of a game. When multiplied by the number of times played, it provides the total time I’ve … Continue reading

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Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots –2019 (Part 15)

We recently conducted our Sydney-wide no-shipping mass auction, resulting in lots of new games falling into local gamers’ hands and a wealth of new games to be played. Over a 1000 games were simultaneously auctioned off or traded away (we … Continue reading

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