Challenge accepted?

Hey everybody,
Today’s game day blog is only a little one, as I’m currently unwell (I have the week off work, so naturally). I’ve been trying to follow along with the 10 Games 10 Times challenge over on boardgamegeek, the idea being that, to counteract the cult of new that so often grows up around boardgames (though obviously, not exclusively!) people were challenging themselves to play ten games ten times in a year. I only found out about this in April, but it seemed kinda fun so set up my list, which you can see here.

I’m one of these people who is so often captivated by the new and the shiny, so thought it would be interesting to see if I could do it. On the face of it, sure! It’s playing games, how hard can it be? But then, not only have I picked some real monsters in there (Eldritch Horror, of course, needing an immense amount of space and the best part of an afternoon to play and enjoy thoroughly), but I’ve also not really taken account of other stuff, like moving on with my degree and so forth. Eight months might not be entirely possible!

I thought it would be easy – indeed, I purposefully put a load of solo-able games on there thinking I could play these things whenever I want, rather than each attempt becoming a production of getting people together. But as the end of the year approaches, I’m actually quite surprised at how difficult it has been! Sounds vaguely ridiculous to say it has been difficult to play games, but still! A lot of my time this year has been spent building and painting miniatures, which I’ve only recently begun to use for the purposes of gaming.

Of course, some were easy. I played seven games of Netrunner in one day during the summer tournament, so that was hardly difficult to achieve. Lord of the Rings is something of a go-to game for me, so similarly fairly easy to hit the ten. But some, while good games, I just don’t feel in the mood for. However, I’ve found myself so often in the mood for a game but first thinking about whether it’s on this list or not, and have also not played a game that I wanted to in favour of another, just because that other is on the list.

But all of this has gotten me thinking. I do love playing boardgames, but I’m one of these people who just prefers variety in my life. I don’t like the fact that I have so many games that are just languishing unplayed, but I feel that I have a decent-enough rotation going on that I’m not altogether seduced by this cult of the new. I’ve noticed that I’ve actually scaled back on the rate I buy games and expansions, preferring instead to have this core (albeit a very large core) of games that I keep returning to.

Has anyone else been taking part in the 2015 Challenge? How have you found it? Did you do any in previous years? Let me know in the comments!