Board games in 2014

12 Jan

2014 was a great year. In terms of how many board games i managed to play, the growth of the Cyprus Board Gamers Group and its activities. Most importantly however, in terms of the new people i got to know and the relationships that developed through the hobby. It’s not just about the games but it’s about the people you play with.

On the negative side the hobby took up a lot of my time. Maybe too much time. Also, i bought way too many games and i now have a big stack of games i have either not played yet or want to trade/sell. These are both mistakes i made in my video game days and i’d like to avoid repeating.

Looking forward, I have some ideas i want to explore in 2015 of how can i better use the hobby but for now this post is only a retrospective for 2014.


RCTSArchipelagoSentinels of the Multiverse

There is a very high correlation between how many times i played a game and how much i enjoyed it overall. Most of the best experiences i had were with games i played 5 or more times. This proves what i already knew to be true. Buy fewer games and enjoy the games i already have. For example, Sentinels of the Multiverse only really came into light once i started learning the decks.

I logged a total of 393 plays in 2014 compared to 293 in 2013 and 182 in 2012. Partly it’s because in 2014 Game Night! became a weekly thing but it’s also because solo play took off.

Robinson Crusoe is now my favourite game to play solo and it’s probably the only one which i prefer to play solo rather than cooperatively. But it wasn’t just RC. I also loved my solo plays with Eldritch Horror, Sentinels of the Multiverse and Freedom: The Underground Railroad.

Finally i have to give special praise to Archipelago and Twilight Struggle. The former has become one of my all time favourite multiplayer games, giving Dominant Species a run for its money. But it was also a good year for Twilight Struggle which i managed to play 5 times. What a fantastic game this is when you have the time for it.

I played 41 games just 1 time while 28 games were played 5 or more times.


EH Freedom SuburbiaKemet

Robinson Crusoe
Eldritch Horror
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Twilight Struggle

FAVOURITE GAMES IN 2014 (not owned)

Ghost Stories Level 7 Libertalia

Ghost Stories
Level 7: Omega Protocol





10 or more plays
Game Qty
Sentinels of the Multiverse 20
Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island 19
Hanabi 16
Eldritch Horror 15
Cube Quest 14
Suburbia 14
Archipelago 13
Freedom: The Underground Railroad 12
5 or more plays
Game Qty
Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore 9
No Thanks! 9
Palastgeflüster 9
Linko! 8
Coup 7
Diamonds 7
Splendor 7
Blueprints 6
Forbidden Desert 6
Ghost Stories 6
Hapsburg Eclipse 6
Parade 6
Pick-a-Seal 6
Animal Upon Animal 5
Archaeology: The Card Game 5
CO₂ 5
Jaipur 5
Kemet 5
Space Alert 5
Spyrium 5
Twilight Struggle 5
Zulus on the Ramparts! 5
Cosmic Encounter 4
Dominion 4
Firenze 4
Munchkin 4
One Night Ultimate Werewolf 4
Qwixx 4
Terra Mystica 4
Battle Line 3
Click Clack Lumberjack 3
Eight-Minute Empire: Legends 3
K2 3
Letters from Whitechapel 3
Libertalia 3
Love Letter 3
Mission: Red Planet 3
Tales & Games: The Hare and the Tortoise 3
Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar 3
Brass 2
The Castles of Burgundy 2
Circus Train (Second edition) 2
City of Iron 2
Earth Reborn 2
Glory to Rome 2
Greenland 2
Hey Waiter! 2
Machi Koro 2
Mundus Novus 2
Onirim 2
Ottoman Sunset 2
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set 2
Quartermaster General 2
Revolution! 2
Summoner Wars 2
Zooloretto 2
1960: The Making of the President 1
After Pablo 1
Android: Netrunner 1
Archipelago: War & Peace 1
Camel Up 1
Caylus Magna Carta 1
Chinatown 1
D-Day Dice 1
Dicke Dämonen 1
Five Points: Gangs of New York 1
For Sale 1
Forceball 1
High Society 1
Infiltration 1
Ingenious 1
Isla Dorada 1
Jamaica 1
King of Tokyo 1
Kingdom Builder 1
Kingsburg 1
Level 7 [Omega Protocol] 1
Lifeboat 1
Lords of Vegas 1
Metropolys 1
Meuterer 1
Monopoly Junior: Party 1
Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper 1
River Dragons 1
Samurai Sword 1
San Juan 1
Santiago de Cuba 1
The Settlers of Catan 1
Shadows over Camelot 1
Shipyard 1
Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game 1
Takenoko 1
Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs 1
Tales of the Arabian Nights 1
Tichu 1
Zombie Dice 1
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