Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Five & Dime 2006: Joining the "In" Crowd

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

Gamepercentage gain from 2005
Hey! That's My Fish/Pingvinas+29.01%
Loopin' Louie+14.98%
10 Days/Europa Tour+14.24%
To Court A King+12.93%
Railroad Tycoon+10.70%
Ca$h N Gun$+10.40%
Vegas Showdown+8.11%
Liar's Dice/Bluff/Perudo+7.83%
Ave Caesar+6.80%

There are two main reasons that games appear on this list:
  1. They were reprinted and/or had another game added to their franchise this year (Hey! That's My Fish, Loopin' Louie, 10 Days In Asia, Ave Caesar)
  2. They were "Essen" games... they were released late in 2005 and were only played 5+ times by a couple of folks in 2005 (Hacienda, To Court A King, Railroad Tycoon, Caylus, Ca$h'n'Gun$, Antike, Tsuro)

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

  • The growing cult of Tichu with it's high priest, Derk Solko
  • Vegas Showdown, which got some well-deserved recognition as the winner of the Games 100... just as it was being discontinued by H/AH (do yourself a favor & go pick up a copy of this at your local Toys'R'Expensive - they're on sale for $20!)
  • Liar's Dice took a nice bump this year - could the Pirates of the Carribean be to blame? (I hope not - I thought the movie was two & a half hours of my life I would never get back)
  • And finally - Ra?! How does this thing keep growing in popularity?!

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