Most-played Boardgames of 2012

Here are the ten boardgames I played the most over a year with about one gaming session a week.

These are mostly short games that you can play repeatedly in one evening. The longer games that we played more than twice were Last Night on Earth and Yggdrasil. I played 74 different boardgames in 2012. Looking back since mid-2008, the number is 171.

Stats courtesy of Boardgame Geek. And here’s my list for 2011. Asterisks above mark 2012 arrivals on the list.

Best Reads of 2012

Here are my best reads in English during 2012. I read 50 books this year, six of which were e-books. I flirted with LibraryThing for a while, but lately I’ve found that Goodreads is more the kind of leisure reading database/community that I enjoy. Find me there.

  • Packing for Mars. Mary Roach 2011. Delving into space exploration history to get a perspective on the gritty realities of a future human-staffed Mars mission. (Let’s first do sample return.)
  • My Early Life. Winston Churchill 1930. Scion of power spends his youth trying to get involved in war and trains as a cavalry officer as one of the last generation to do so.
  • Falling Free. Lois McMaster Bujold 1988. Charming and exciting scifi adventure.
  • Good Omens. Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett 1990. Wry contemporary fantasy classic.
  • Collected Fantasies. Avram Davidson 1982. Lovely short stories.
  • The Swerve. Stephen Greenblatt 2012. On the creation and rediscovery of Epicureanism, the ancient philosophy I come closest to espousing, through Lucretius’s The Nature of Things.
  • Erotic Refugees. Paddy Kelly 2012. Dick lit / romantic comedy set in Noughties Stockholm, reviewed here.

What were your best reads of the year?

Here’s my list for 2011.