Though it's happening less often nowadays, in the past people have confused Mark Jackson and myself. Though that's mostly due to the similarity in our names, we have some similar tastes in games (e.g. original Entdecker), we've crossed paths a few times, and since Jackson moved here in 2003 we're both Californians. California is a big state, though, and we're not so close that we see each other at Games Days and whatnot. Luckily, last weekend Mark came down to visit the SCBers and play some games. We recorded this podcast while he was here, and his annual Five & Dime list project was the main topic. As you'll hear, Mark has done a variety of projects where he synthesizes data and opinions from a variety of hobbyists online. The Five & Dime lists are an annual tally of the games folks have played at least five or ten times. And this is the one project he's working on that anyone can participate in.
This was also a good opportunity to talk about replayability and longevity in boardgames. It was Matt Sab who'd asked the question, and started a similar discussion on spielfrieks. (Sorry I forgot your name on the air, Matt!)
P.S. Rats, I forgot to have Candy take a photo of us.
Game Central Station
The Apples Project
The One Hundred
Five & Dime (and email your own data to Mark)
The Tao of Gaming (Brian Bankler's blog, now with Tom Lehmann, too!)
Shannon Appelcline's Year in Review: 2005 blog entry at Gone Gaming