Category: Less about games

  • A history of fads

    A thought hit me while I was compiling my latest top 100 list. I could take each quarter in my game records and look for the hottest game of that quarter. That would show the fads and the flashes in the pan and be a nice snapshot of my gaming history. For each quarter, I’ve […]

  • Gaming Year 2021

    Covid-19. The pandemic got better, and I got the vaccine shots. I returned to the board game cafe meetings in June. Things have become much better. The number of games I played dropped significantly from 2020: from 753 to 481. In hours, I went from 339 to 266. The main reason for this is Nooa, […]

  • My 2021 top 100 list

    Once I again I went through the effort of pitching games against each other in a massive round-robin tournament between my 180 favourite games in order to create a top 100 list. The result can be found here on BGG. The results are somewhat obvious, but there are some interesting newcomers on the list – […]

  • Gaming Year 2020

    2020 was a weird year. Covid-19. Let’s get the big one out there first. Covid-19 was a big thing, and wasn’t. The total amount of games I played was about the same as it has been in previous years. The ten year average is 751, I played 753 games in 2020; in hours the average […]

  • My top 100 games in 2020

    I just finished my Top 100 list for 2020. It’s on BGG: Mikko’s Top 100 – 2020 edition.

  • Staying Power

    On a GCL Amoeba discussion, Eric Brosius started a discussion on his Staying Power metric he calculates for the games he has played. That interested me enough that I implemented the same metric in my own game stats. The way it works is that for a start, it’s an average of number of times a […]

  • Best 30 years of games – Jan 2020 edition

    I wanted to take a look at the best years of games, but didn’t feel like going through everything and ordering it manually. Fortunately, I was able to come up with an automatic solution. I have logs of all my game plays since 2001 and could use that data to rank the years. The solution […]

  • Gaming Year 2019

    2019 was a solid year of games. Updating my game stats app. A major project this year was updating my game stats app. I’ve been keeping my stats in a DIY web app, built with PHP and MySQL some fifteen years ago. I’ve been updating it and adding new features, but I’ve had some problems […]

  • Gaming Year 2018

    2018 was the year of the two-player card game. Look at my top three played games: Magic: the Gathering, KeyForge and Shards of Infinity, all with more than fifty plays. When I look at my lists, it feels like I mostly played new games this year. I managed to do that in moderation, though: we’re […]

  • Gaming Year 2017

    In 2016 I tried 133 new games. That, I felt, was too much, and in 2017, a move was made to correct that. 17% of my plays were spent trying new games, and it felt too much. In 2017, I tried just 67 new games. The total number of plays was also slightly reduced, mostly […]