At the beginning of 2016, I set out with a lofty goal: play 1,000 games in the calendar year. Insane, I know. However, over the last couple years, I find myself drawn into tabletop gaming/hobby gaming more and more. I wanted to see exactly how much of this wonder world I could immerse myself in before it became too much or too boring. Of course, any good challenge needed a good set of rules:
- All games must be their physical versions. Digital variations will not count.
- Demos may count so long as the actual playtime of the demo is 30 minutes or more.
- At least 100 games (10%) of the games played must be a game I’ve never played before. A game with multiple variations (example: Munchkin) will not count as a new game unless the variation offers enough difference (new components, altered rules, ect) from the core version. Alternate art (Exploding Kittens vs Exploding Kittens NFSW) alone will not count.
- They do not need to be 1,000 unique games, just 1,000 total games completed.
As of today, September 1st, I have completed…256 games, with a total of 47 new games being played. I played the least amount of games in March of this year, a total 5 games with 1 new game (heavy snowfall and being sick attributed to this). The busiest month being August, with 70 games played with 16 new games. The game with the most plays so far as been Cardfight!! Vanguard with 61 games.
If you’d like to follow along with my progress and see what games I’ve been playing, feel free to follow it at: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/203067/1000-games-2016-challenge/page/10? (Note: The game count in the items is off a by 8 due to the fact that Luck & Logic were not added to the database until a month or so after it’s release)
Obviously, unless I manage to rack up an average of 6 games a day (or 43 a week) going forward, I’m not going to hit my 1,000 game goal. And that’s fine. This was never a challenge about playing all these games. It was more of a personal challenge to see something through until the end regardless of the outcome. Through this challenge, I’ve also managed to expand the types of games I’ve come to enjoy. If you’d asked me my opinion on little pocket games like Love Letter or Roll For It! last year, I’d absolutely hated them. Now, I’ve always got a pocket game in my deck bag for down time or between set ups of heavier games.
Still, with four months remaining in 2016, I’m sure I can inch it closer to completion. With holiday weekend plans, those are great times to break out the games with family and friends. There are also special events like Halloween Comicfest (end of the year version of Free Comic Book Day) that hold some special events, I’m sure. Then that brings us to my final top: Extra Life events.
For those that don’t know, Extra Life is an organization that brings gamers together to play games to raise money for kids through the Children’s Miracle Network. It’s a great cause and one that I participated in a few years ago at work. We set up several televisions and had a 24 hour video game marathon, raising over $1,000 in the process. It was a fun experience and one I’ve longed to do once more. This time, however, I am thinking it’ll be a 24 hour hobby/tabletop gaming marathon.
This year’s major game day that they are promoting is November 5th. It so happens to be the day after my birthday. The plan is to make a major event out of it. For 24 hours, I want to stream a day of everything from card games like Dragon Ball Z and CardFight Vanguard, to heavier games like Firefly: The Game and Arcadia Quest.
I’m just now starting to plan this event out. Once we have more details, including if we’ll be doing the marathon on the official date or not, I’ll post them immediately.