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10 X 10 in 2014 Challenge: March Update

March is over and so is the first quarter of the year, and this means that in order to keep up with the 10X10 in 2014 challenge, I need to have played at least 25 games so far. The good news? I’ve pretty much kept up.

The same games are getting played, which is good since it means that players in my groups know the games already and I don’t have to explain them as much as usual. The bad part is some games remain unplayed so far.

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The Purge: March Update

So last month I started a major purge of my game collection, putting up 10 games to be given/traded/sold/exchange for something. The idea was not to necessarily sell them, but rather find a good home for games that either didn’t really grab me or that I was fairly sure would not hit the table in some time.

Well, this is the second instalment of the purge, with another 10 games being put up, all in the goal of culling 100 games from my collection by the end of the year. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean that my collection will go down by 100 (it currently stands at 502, not counting expansions) but rather that it will hopefully stay at around that 500 number (hopefully a little lower). I’ve got new games coming in every month so if I can get rid of a little more each month, maybe I can go under 475…

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10X10 in 2014 Challenge: February update

Another month and the challenge keeps going well, with 7 games played, for a total of 17. It’s a little under what I would have liked since I figure I need to play on average a little over 8 games a month to be able to finish the challenge on time, and I would love to play 10 a month to insure that I do complete the challenge, but even with only 7, I’m still on pace.

This month also marks my first game dropped/changed. I’m thinking that there might be a second game that I might drop from my list, but for now, one game has been switched for another. Let’s check out what I played and what is being replaced.

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The Purge: The getting-rid-of-games Challenge

I got too many games. My wife tells me this and I actually agree, but the thing is, I love getting new games, learning new games and playing new games. I’m trying this year to get at least some of the games I really like back to the table a few more times than usual, but it still doesn’t change the fact that I have too many games and this situation is likely to only get worse as new games are arriving all the time at my house.

Unless I turn my office/game room into a Tardis (not likely) or get a storage space (which would only delay the issue instead of solving it), I need to get rid of some games. Now, this is something I tend to do annually, doing a small purge and getting rid of 10-15 titles. I’m also a regular participant in the local Math Trade, which actually doesn’t help as it only replaces games instead of reducing the pile. This year, I’ve decided to do something more drastic: I’m going to try and get rid of 10 games per month, for around 10 months. Yup, following the 10X10in2014 challenge, I’m going to do a 10outX10monthsin2014.

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10X10 in 2014 Challenge: January update

Last December, I decided to embark on a great challenge: could I, proud member of the Cult of the New, play the same 10 games 10 times each in the space of a year? I had, in the last few years, fallen with with a bad crowd. With so many new games coming out all the time, with so many of them looking good or at very least interesting, I had taken the unfortunate habit of playing games only once or twice, and this even if they were great games. No more, I said. I’ll pick the 10 games that I thought would offer me the most, and attempt to play all of them at least 10 times in order to fully appreciate them.

So, after making my list, I set off in January to play those games. It’s been a month already and I’m proud to say that I’ve started on the right foot. I’ve played a total of 10 games last month. Yup, one month in and already 10% done.

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Year in Review 2013 – Part 3

In this last part of my year in review (part 1, part 2), I won’t be discussing specific games but rather events from my gaming life in the last year. I will also look ahead and try to lay down my gaming goals for the upcoming year.

As with any attempt at looking ahead, things might turn out differently, so be warned…

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Year in Review 2013 – Part 1

As the year comes to a close, I figured it would be good to do a Year in Review, to look back at the games I played, or at very least the games that I thought really stood out. I don’t really want to rank the games as there are many apples and oranges in here and the comparison wouldn’t be fair. On the other hand, I have organized the games in sub-categories so that it would be easier to find the games that you might be interested in reading about.

Note that I don’t really limit myself to games that have been released in 2013 but rather games that I’ve played for the first time in 2013. Another thing about this Year in Review is that I’ve noticed games that I thought I had played in the last year and I didn’t, which makes me want to play them again soon! Ahh, the pleasure of playing games! Never enough time to play all the games you love.

I’ve broken down this post into three parts since when I looked at the list of games I wanted to go over, it was quite long! The second part will be posted next week and includes 2-player games, Light games and some Serious games. In Part 3 I’ll go over other gaming events of the last year, so stay tuned!

In this first part, we’ll look at polar opposite: big meaty games and micro games. So, without further ado, let’s look at those games!

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The “Play 10 games 10 times in a single year” Challenge

A few weeks ago, I saw on twitter someone (Sarah Reed) mentioning something that she called the “Play 10 Games 10 Times” challenge. I saw it and, while it seemed like something that might be interesting, I dismissed it as something I wouldn’t be able to do. I am, as some say, a proud member of the Cult of the New. What’s that? Well, it’s a sub-group of boardgamers who really really enjoy trying new games. I love playing new games, reading about new games and getting new games. The problem with this is while it was fine a few years ago since there wasn’t a lot of new games coming out, right now there are so many game coming out all the time that it doesn’t leave me with much time to revisit games that I liked the first time I played, never mind those which I wasn’t all that sure about. So the idea stayed in the back of my mind (although I forgot who mentioned it until recently) and a few days ago I mentioned it on twitter as a personal challenge. I’ve played a few games recently that I really want to explore more (Hegemonic and Euphoria and yes, their review is coming) and I figured that there must be at least 10 games in my collection that I would/could/should play at least 10 times in the upcoming year. A few people who follow me decided to jump in as well and as a result, something I was just sort of considering has become a real challenge. Yup, I’m in. I’m going to try 10 different games 10 times in the next year. While this will be fun, it’ll be a challenge to play the same games while all the new and shiny come out. There are a few other people in on this, like Rhiannon Ochs, who’s tracking her progress on her blog and all the other happy folks doing so on the ‘Geek. Can we make it? Well, we’ll find out in a year! You can also follow the madness on Twitter by following the #10X10in2014 hashtag.

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A new start

Howdy,

This place has been inactive for over 7 years(!), after having tried to be a collective of sort for different types of creative endeavor. Didn’t quite work out the way I wanted, so it sort of… died.

Well, I figured since I was still paying to maintain it, might as well do something with it. And thus, it is reborn. Might be because I’m a little more online, might be because I actually have both a Twitter and an Instagram account, but thing is, I’m writing again. Mostly about games/boardgames/books, but at least I’m writing.

So, let’s do this, shall we?

Steph