I’ve been a fan of Matthew Gray’s month metric. Now I happened unto his Every year 2007 update, focusing on the year metric. I haven’t been bothering with that, believing I wouldn’t have many high-scoring games. Well, I thought, why not — it’s a simple thing to add to my game stats package.
I was surprised to see I actually have few every year games, going for several years now. I’m positively dumbfounded.
Six years out of six
Go — Face to face it only gets four out of six, but I’ve been playing it constantly online (play-by-web, which doesn’t get captured in my stats).
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation — First four years basic, last two Deluxe. I’m a bit surprised here (and probably should get this one on the table this year, at least once!).
Six years out of seven
Battle Line — One game in 2005, 2004, twice in 2006.
Lost Cities — Once in 2006, twice in 2005 and 2004.
Five years out of five
Age of Steam — Last game of standard Age of Steam was in 2003, expansions since. Steady pace of few games per year. Likely to continue: even though I really suck at getting Age of Steam played (particularly considering the pace of new expansions), it’ll be strange if I don’t play it even once.
Attika — Few games a year, for five years now. Surprising.
Gang of Four — Lots of this in 2003 and 2004, less since, yet still every year. Likely to continue, as this gets probably played at least once a year when I’m visiting Jyväskylä.
Five years out of six or seven
Modern Art — This inspired me to add the code so I could check sessions by game, because I just can’t believe it. But it’s true: once in 2002, once in 2003, then twice in 2005, once in 2006 and twice in 2007 with my own copy.
Puerto Rico — No surprises here, I missed last year. As the game’s no longer available at BSW and I kind of prefer San Juan face to face, misses like that are likely to happen again.
Samurai — Few games every now and then, starting from 2001.
Tichu — Very irregularly over a long period.
Tigris & Euphrates — Most of this was in 2001, but I’ve played it occasionally ever since. Missed last year and 2005.
Trivial Pursuit — Not a single game last year and missing 2003 as well, but fairly regular play since 2001 with Johanna secures the spot on the list.
Web of Power — Tons of this in 2002, then slow dwindling and missed last year.
This is a good list and like Matthew Gray says, a good measure of quality and longevity, especially when you get plenty of data (Matthew Gray has eleven years, I only have seven).