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What's Your Play-Per-Game Ratio?
Head in the Clouds
Updated: Monday, Jan 11, 2016

Chaz Marler here, and it’s January 11th, which means it’s not only “Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day”, but it’s also the start of a new year. A perfect time to take stock of the contents of one’s board game collection.

This year, I’m taking a look at how many times each of the games in my collection have been played. This seems especially appropriate right now, due to several recent story-driven games, such as Pandemic Legacy, that have, by design, limited replayability.

Pandemic Legacy is technically limited to between 12-24 plays. At that point, its story is over. And while you could certainly continue playing the game after that, there would be no mysteries left to discover. Because of this, some have complained about Pandemic Legacy’s apparent lack of replayability. But, I can’t help but wonder if these complaints - like those celebrating “Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day” - are all wet.

Fortunately, this is simple to test. For example, back in late 2012, I started tracking which board games I play, and how many days I’ve play them, on So, I have a little over three years of historical game play data at my disposal. Of course, keep in mind that this is data is for just one individual. But let’s see how my own play-per-game ratio compares to Pandemic Legacy’s limited lifespan.

So far, of the 248 games on my shelves, 5 have made a splash by being played on more than twelve occasions: King Of Tokyo, Dominion, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Uno, and, ironically, Risk Legacy which is another legacy game, this one limited to just 15 plays. So, if I play Pandemic Legacy at least twelve times, it will put it in the top 98th percentile of my most frequently played games. That’s not bad, but again, this is just for me.

Maybe I’m an anomaly? So, what about you? What’s your average play-per-game ratio? Do those with smaller collections play each game in their collection more often? Or are those who are ravenous about collecting games just as ravenous about getting them played?

Let’s compare notes in the comments below, and let’s see if there’s a trend for the average number of play sessions a modern board game really has in our gaming community.
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