GCL Phoenix 362: The Lightness of Playing (2017-12-10)
- Dave Peters(rynelf)United States
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I found myself enjoying the (somewhat tangential, at least to Michael's Deluxifying theme) riff last week about game weight, and the things we play and obsess/talk/think about.
I was amused to discover that my (personal) game DB had no notion of weight. It's not a stat I'd ever thought to export from BGG. Nor, in truth, am I confident that I could strongly identify which game was heaviest given a list. So I thought it might be something that was - or could be - amusing to discuss.
I thought then to perhaps begin with a list of games that we*'d all played this year. But - perhaps unsurprisingly (and not in a bad way: I find it delightful) we're not playing the same games!
Here's the beginning of that list (sorted by most people playing), for the fun of it:
10 people 94 plays Terraforming Mars
10 people 50 plays Codenames
9 people 65 plays Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
9 people 38 plays Great Western Trail
9 people 24 plays Kingdomino
9 people 23 plays Yokohama
8 people 197 plays Jump Drive
8 people 74 plays Magic Maze
8 people 47 plays Innovation
8 people 44 plays Hanamikoji
8 people 26 plays The Great Zimbabwe
8 people 26 plays Patchwork
8 people 18 plays No Thanks!
Poll: Most played by Phoenix (and friends) in 2017
That's not terrible, I guess; but I was hoping for a list with a bit more commonality. So I grabbed all of your all-time plays, giving:
20 people 1199 plays Agricola
20 people 935 plays Innovation
20 people 380 plays Love Letter
20 people 217 plays Patchwork
19 people 777 plays Dominion
19 people 468 plays Codenames
19 people 71 plays Keyflower
18 people 449 plays Pandemic
18 people 217 plays Bohnanza
18 people 187 plays Brass: Lancashire
18 people 164 plays Jaipur
Poll: Most played by Phoenix (and friends) all-time
In addition to that rather subjective view of weight, I thought we might talk about it too... So: on to the questions!
*: I'd used archivists, darker, Eeeville, Eric Brosius, familygaming, grasa_total, hanibalicious, hawk-x-, indigopotter, John Rogers, karlfast, Lowengrin, Muse23PT, qwertymartin, ravenskana, rynelf, Smintie, Taibi, TheRocketSurgeon, Tigrillo, tjshields, woodnoggin as "we" for this purpose. Please let me know if I should (or shouldn't!) include you next time.
- [+] Dice rolls