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:

  1. Secret Hitler (58 plays)
  2. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (45 plays)
  3. Codenames (22 plays)
  4. Splendor (13 plays)
  5. Captain Sonar (11 plays)
  6. Zombicide: Black Plague (11 plays)
  7. One Night Ultimate Werewolf (10 plays)
  8. Coup: Rebellion G54 (9 plays)
  9. Control (8 plays)
  10. 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.

  • 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)
  • Ticket to Ride: Europe (7 plays)
  • The Resistance: Avalon (7 plays)
  • Spyfall (7 plays)
  • Paperback (7 plays)
  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (6 plays)
  • Coup (6 plays)
  • Cuisine a la Card (6 plays)
  • Mission: Red Planet (second edition) (5 plays)
  • Love Letter: Batman (5 plays)
  • Greed (5 plays)
  • BANG! The Dice Game (5 plays)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game (4 plays)
  • 7 Wonders (4 plays)
  • Onitama (4 plays)
  • One Night Revolution (4 plays)
  • Quadropolis (4 plays)
  • Salem (4 plays)
  • Love Letter (4 plays)
  • Raptor (3 plays)
  • T.I.M.E Stories (3 plays)
  • Roll for the Galaxy (3 plays)
  • Keep (3 plays)
  • Two Rooms and a Boom (3 plays)
  • Good Cop Bad Cop (3 plays)
  • Blood Rage (2 plays)
  • Tsuro of the Seas (2 plays)
  • Carcassonne (2 plays)
  • Machi Koro (2 plays)
  • Mansions of Madness: Second Edition (2 plays)
  • DC Comics Deck-Building Game (2 plays)
  • BANG! (2 plays)
  • Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game (2 plays)
  • Friday (2 plays)
  • Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game (2 plays)
  • Zombie Fluxx (2 plays)
  • Burger Up (2 plays)
  • Mechs vs. Minions (2 plays)
  • The Grizzled (2 plays)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set (2
  • plays)
  • Saboteur (2 plays)
  • Codenames: Deep Undercover (2 plays)
  • Cards Against Humanity (2 plays)
  • Ion: A Compound Building Game (2 plays)
  • The Dragon & Flagon (2 plays)
  • Burgle Bros. (1 plays)
  • Rum & Bones (1 plays)
  • Concept (1 plays)
  • A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) (1
  • plays)
  • Jaipur (1 plays)
  • Cyclades (1 plays)
  • Scythe (1 plays)
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill (1 plays)
  • Ghost Stories (1 plays)
  • Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island (1
  • plays)
  • Lost Cities (1 plays)
  • Lords of Waterdeep (1 plays)
  • Pictionary (1 plays)
  • Covert (1 plays)
  • Skulldug! (1 plays)
  • Emergence (1 plays)
  • Karmaka (1 plays)
  • Catan (1 plays)
  • Sushi Go! (1 plays)
  • Takenoko (1 plays)
  • 7 Wonders Duel (1 plays)
  • A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition) (1
  • plays)
  • Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions) (1 plays)
  • For Sale (1 plays)
  • Dixit (1 plays)
  • Imperial Settlers (1 plays)
  • Epic Card Game (1 plays)
  • Scattergories (1 plays)
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault (1 plays)
  • Colt Express (1 plays)
  • Cosmic Encounter (1 plays)
  • Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) (1 plays)
  • Tokaido (1 plays)
  • Citadels (1 plays)
  • Shadows over Camelot (1 plays)
  • Star Realms (1 plays)
  • 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 *.

  • 10' to Kill
  • Android: Netrunner
  • Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
  • Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game
  • Boss Monster 2: The Next Level *
  • CapCom Street Fighter Deck-Building Game
  • Castles of Mad King Ludwig
  • Cthulhu Realms
  • Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
  • Dominion
  • Dominion: Intrigue
  • Doomtown: Reloaded *
  • Draconis Invasion
  • Dragon Punch
  • Drinking Quest: Journey into Draught
  • Dungeon Roll
  • Elections of US America Election: The Card Game
  • Exploding Kittens *
  • Forbidden Island *
  • A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King
  • Grifters
  • Hive Pocket
  • Killer Bunnies: Heroes vs. Villains – Blue Starter Deck *
  • King of New York
  • King of Tokyo *
  • Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
  • Medici
  • Munchkin *
  • Munchkin Legends
  • Neuroshima Hex!
  • Nexus Ops
  • Pack of Heroes *
  • Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Voyage of the Beagle (Vol. 1)
  • Samurai Sword *
  • Samurai Sword: Rising Sun *
  • Seasons
  • Shuffle Heroes
  • Star Realms: Colony Wars
  • Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion
  • Star Wars: The Card Game
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies Deluxe Edition
  • Welcome to the Dungeon
  • Xenon Profiteer
  • You're Fired!
  • Zeppelin Attack!
  • Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
  • Zombies!!! *
  • 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!