Following on from my previous post about my yearly personal goal, I would like to write about how I went with my 2016 goal. In 2016 my goal was to play more board games, my collection had ballooned to the point of me struggling to play many of them so I decided to try to:
Play 10 games at least 10 times (the 10x10 challenge)
Play 100 games at least once (the 100x1 challenge)
Play all of the games in my collection at least once (the wall of shame)
So lets have a look into how I went.
The 10x10 Challenge
I chose at the beginning of the year to not do the strict 10x10 challenge where you have to predetermine what 10 games you are going to play. My reason for this is my collection was still growing and it was really hard for me to choose only 10 to play. This one I got pretty close with, I managed to get 7 games played at least 10 times and the remaining 3 were within 2 plays of reaching 10. These games were:
- Secret Hitler (58 plays)
- Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (45 plays)
- Codenames (22 plays)
- Splendor (13 plays)
- Captain Sonar (11 plays)
- Zombicide: Black Plague (11 plays)
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf (10 plays)
- Coup: Rebellion G54 (9 plays)
- Control (8 plays)
- Tsuro (8 plays)
The 100x1 Challenge
This one I also got pretty close with, I managed to play 90 different games throughout the year. This one definitely got harder throughout the year since our gaming group loved to play a small subsection of games and everyone enjoyed them. I really could have tried harder to get this one done but the end of the year really crept up on me and it became difficult to get people together since everyone was busy.
The Wall of Shame
The Wall of Shame is a list of games in my collection that I have not or did not play in 2016 and its a ridiculously long list. I did very poorly trying to play all the games in my collection in 2016. My poor effort pretty much came down to 2 factors, my acquisition of board games increased throughout the year and I was struggling to get new games to the table. I fell victim to a lot of hype around some games and sometimes it worked out very well but others I haven’t managed to get to the table yet. Overall there was 50 games in my collection that I did not play and at the start of the year I said to myself I would sell the ones I didn’t play.
A lot of the games on my Wall of Shame are set to be culled from my collection to make room for new ones. Below is my Wall of Shame with the games that are being culled marked with an *.
Overall in 2017 I look forward to playing a more diverse range of games by setting up game days to play specific games and setting expectations prior to meetups. As Wil Wheaton would say:
Play more games!