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Everything's a Challenge!

Stuart Burnham
United Kingdom
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Not content with actual games and the arbitrary rules and restrictions that they impose upon the player, gamers the internet over are striving to impose increasingly more convoluted and restrictive challenges upon themselves with all manner of things to sign up and commit to.
10 x 10's, no new games in 2018, no games purchased until the pile of shame is removed, play 100 new to you games, achieve 1000 total plays, 365 different games played, 9x3x4(+10x10), have sexual relations with at least 12 different games, play the entire BGG top 100, play a game every day of the year, around the world in 80 plays, solo challenges, play every game you own, get your H index above 20 etc, etc, etc.
Talk about putting yourself into a straight jacket!

I do actually have some form in this respect - I attempted a 10x10 in 2016 and, predictably, failed miserably. Of course I did, as will the vast majority of people attempting any of those challenges above, people who are far enough into this hobby to have accounts and be active on BGG, or who are members of boardgame Facebook groups are predisposed to wanting to play (and purchase) a great many different games. Tying oneself to a set of games at the start of the year and earnestly vowing to play them all a certain multiple of times misses out the biggest single factor that will impede the completion - new games, hundreds and hundreds of releases throughout the year, not to mention all the second hand games that you'll encounter in sales groups and on EBay, and then there's all those that your friends (real life or virtual) will expose you to and get you playing.
And I can't imagine how it must feel to force yourself to play a game just to keep a streak of plays going, even though you're ill or tired or busy or dealing with life.
Erm; says the guy who's coming up on 1000 daily blogposts...shake

Look, you do whatever you wish, go mad and sign up to something, drive other people mad by incessantly posting about how your challenge is progressing on social media (well, for the first 2 weeks of Jan at least, then you and everyone else will no doubt begin to forget about it!), just don't suck the joy out of playing games because you "publically committed" to playing something 10 (or whatever) times and then discovered that you didn't really like it after play 3...

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