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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Our 10×10 Challenges for 2014

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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.

Daddy’s:

Natalya’s:

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14 Gaming Resolutions for 2014

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14 Gaming Resolutions for 2014:

1.) Go to more gaming nights. Many times I have to bow out of going because my live in babysitter (my son) visits his Mom. The (not-so) FLGS in my town has a game night once per month but they usually play heavy Euros which I, more often than not, tend to avoid. I’d like to go to a game night where I play more than just one game, yanno?

2.) Play more games with my daughter Natalya. Duh?

3.) Try to play more games with my son Jeffrey. He’s not really into board games that much but sometimes when the mood strikes him he’ll ask if we can play one. I’m not going to force him but he really is set in his ways of how he thinks video games are better and just as social as board games. Say what?

4.) I’d really, really like to try the COIN system. I am seriously looking at Cuba Libre to start with and the Fire in the Lake looks really interesting but maybe to complicated.

5.) VPG, their games don’t look that exciting but I often hear how much solid solos they are. I want to try Legions of DarknessNemo’s War and Cruel Necessity. They are all on my wish list to buy soon.

6.) There is no #6!

7.) I have to come up with a budget for gaming as it could get out of hand if I let it and, unfortunately, this is an expensive hobby we are in. See #4, #5 and #10.

8.) Later in the year I would really like to host my own gaming night every month.

9.) Try to blog more. Another no-brainer. I remember when I use to blog everyday “back-in-the-day;” back when the interwebs was all shiny and new. Ah well, in the very least I’d like to keep the posts consistent with regard to frequency even if they are silly posts like this one.

10.) I would very much like to find a way to go to GenCon. That would be awesome! I will be going to PaxEast in April even if it is only for one day. (Tickets sold out fast!)

11.) Contribute money to some charities that I support or would like to support like the Jack Vassel Memorial Fund and Games for Troops.

12.) Participate in BGG Secret Santa 2014 more than I did this year. It was so much fun taunting my target and sending out the box of loot. I cannot wait to do it again. I also participated in PnP Secret Santa and I hope to do that again as well.

13.) I should trade out the games I no longer want. They just take up space but sometimes it’s just hard to let go. (like my sleeved LotR:LCG core set that is virtually brand new)

14.) Try to make some headway with the game designs I am currently working on. I’ve mothballed 3 designs already because they didn’t work. I would like to enter the 2014 PnP contest next year or maybe even the 54 Card Challenge. We shall see.

And that is all. Happy New Year!

Viel Spaß!

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