Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Five & Dime 2009: 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 2008
Roll Through the Ages+23.34%
Battlestar Galactica+11.80%
Le Havre+8.73%
Space Alert+8.05%
Cosmic Encounter+6.21%
Arkham Horror+4.94%
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization+6.28%
Chicago Express/Wabash Cannonball+4.86%
Memoir '44+4.59%
Ghost Stories+3.85%
Space Hulk+3.85%

Just off the edge of the list at 3.70% - Snow Tails.

There are two main reasons that games appear on this list:
  1. They were reprinted and/or had another game/expansion added to their franchise this year (Dominion, Cosmic Encounter, Arkham Horror, Chicago Express, Memoir '44 & Space Hulk).
  2. They were "Essen"/end of the year games... they were released late in 2007 and were only played 5+ times by a couple of folks in 2007 (Roll Through the Ages, Battlestar Galactica & Le Havre). This particular list is surprisingly short this year.

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

  • While Le Havre was an "Essen" game, it did garner impressive numbers (nearly 10%) in 2008, which makes appearing on this list all that more astounding. Cities & Ghost Stories have similar tales of their popularity.
  • Finito! finally became recognized here in the U.S.
  • Bananagrams has benefited from becoming widely known outside our little gamer world - and thus making it easier to find opponents.
  • I guess Rattlesnake became easier to find? I dunno.
  • As usual, there's one game I just don't understand why it's here - and that would be Coloretto.

1 comment:

Dave Vander Ark said...

Rattlesnake takes five minutes to play (maybe a little more) and it was a hit at the Gathering in 2009. That could explain why it shows up here.