10×10 Challenge 6 Months Later

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

So not only is this the birthday of this wondrous nation we live in…’Merica, but it’s also, more or less, half-way through the year. And with that a look at mine, and Natlaya’s, BoardGameGeek 10×10 Challenge, where we stand, and my thoughts. For those of you not in the know, the 10×10 Challenge is where we gamers on BoardGameGeek.com pick 10 games to play 10 times over the course of the year. Not as as easy as it sounds.

2014-04-05 18.35.39First, my daughter: Considering her list is pretty much made up of her favorite games that we play all the time, she is almost done already. Just a couple of stragglers. We need to play more Pick a Pig, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small and Dweebies. No problem there. The Three Little Pigs which was her favorite right before I made her list, we lent it to a friend. The collection of games that she can play is far smaller than mine whether my own personal collection or those I play in my gaming group. So all in all she’s doing well.

2014-02-16 14.09.05Now, my list: I am not even close. And here’s why. At the time I made this list, these were all games I played all the time, or games I mistakenly thought I would play more often. In the past six months, I have acquired other games that would take many of these spots. My tastes have changed over the past 6 months. I guess that makes me a fickle gamer? I dunno. All I know is it is now July and I have yet to get Legions of Darkness (Sorry, Joel) or Space Hulk: Death Angel (Sorry, Rich) to the table even once. Plus my alternates? Sentinels and Caverna? I still do not own either of these and I do not think I ever will own Sentinels. I liked the “idea” at first but Legendary and DC DBG do it for me right now. Cuba Libre? 10 times? I would wear the game out and trade it away by then.

EH01_3Dbox-LeftIt’s interesting to track a list like this, but ultimately futile. As I said, my tastes have changed over the course of the year. Plus this seems more like an assignment then a list of what I want to play. The differences are subtle but some of these games I could care less whether I play or not. Elder Sign is still sitting on the shelf next to Eldritch Horror punched and ready to go. Ahhh, someday. Some games I no longer own. In fact, today I just traded Race for the Galaxy away for Star Wars: X Wing Miniatures in a Math Trade.

To wrap things up, I think I will still track what games my daughter plays, as well as myself, relative to the BGG 10×10 Challenge but it’s no longer a priority to play these games just to get that count to ten. I think I will still do the 10×10 Challenge in 2015, but just to see how my tastes and gaming change over time.

Viel Spaß

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Generosity of Gamers

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

Considering I’ve only re-entered the board game hobby a little over a year ago I consider myself a noob when it comes to our hobby. I have a long way to go before I can call myself anything but new to the hobby. Nor do I claim to know much about anything. I can only relate and impart my opinions and experiences on the games I play with and without my daughter Natalya.

In the past year, I have been blown away by the generosity of those in the board gaming hobby and industry. Take for example:

BoardGameGeek Secret Santa: BGG members often gift games far in excess of the program’s $50 asking value. And not only games being sent but toys for the kids, candy, fruit, all kinds of fun things. I cannot wait to do this again next year.

BoardGameGeek Print and Play Santa: Where BGG members craft PnP games for others. The construction, care and attention to detail of the components is truly outstanding.

Games for Troops: This organization donates board and card games to our servicemen and women around the globe and here at home. Visit them at Game for Troops.

The Jack Vassel Memorial Fund: A non-profit fund that was created in the wake of tragedy, namely the infant death of Tom Vassel’s son, to help those gamers in need. I cannot begin to tell you how awesome this organization is. I can also tell you, for certain, that this fund is making a difference and helping those in need. Go check out the Jack Vassel Memorial Fund.


In the course of creating this blog, a reader had learned that I was awaiting a copy of Dweebies for my daughter for Christmas. But alas my (not-so) FLGS said he couldn’t get it. I could’ve ordered it online but I had some gift certificates from participating in the monthly game night there (give him $5 he gives you an $8 gc) and I was trying to help out the local business. So this reader, emailed me and said, “I’ll send you my copy.” I naturally said, “Sure. That’s awfully kind of you.”

Today, a rather large box shows up in the mail. I had no idea what it was until I opened it up. Inside was Dweebies – still in shrink. But wait, that’s not all! Also inside the box was Powerpuff Girls: Villains at LargeBogglePictureka Card GameDice Doodle and Rat-a-Tat Cat. Say what?! A note inside said, “Here are a few games my kids have enjoyed…hope you get a few plays out of them! Merry Thriftmas. -Pat”

Thank you Pat!! Your thoughtfulness and generosity is truly incredible.

It’s amazing how this community bonds together and helps one another, encourages one another and truly respects each other in our ideas, what we play, and why we play board games. Some of us/them go out of their way to step up and do something nice for someone else without even being asked. It’s truly inspiring and I am glad I am involved in it.

Viel Spaß!

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Our 10×10 Challenges for 2014

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

I’ve decided to participate in the 10×10 Challenge for 2014. I thought it’d be a fun thing to do and track over the course of the year. I also thought why not let Natalya have her own 10 List. A couple of games I haven’t even ordered yet, but I will be in February and a few more are already on the way. The question is will I be able to fit in all these games, plus my others, plus Natty’s games, plus my gaming nights? We shall see. I have left Pandemimc off my list for now. I know my son likes to play it but it has lost some of its appeal to me.



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