2018 Game Challenge: 25 x 5 with my spouse
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For the last few years I have participated in some monitored gaming challenges. The first two years I participated in the diversity challenge, as I really enjoy playing new games. Last year, my wife and I wanted to do a challenge together, and we chose the 10 x 10 challenge. My wife prefers to learn a game and get back to it several times while understanding the rules, versus always learning new games, or just getting back to other which then have to be relearned.

2017 10 x 10 challenge results
2016 "100 games x 1" challenge results
2015 "100 games x 1" challenge results

In 2017 we did the normal 10 x 10 challenge, as we changed games a few times in the year. It seemed once we hit 5 to 7 plays, we decided to change a few of them. We ended up completing the challenge on December 30, 2017. Even though I played many other games during the year, I felt a little more diversity would have been enjoyable. This was partially due to the decision making of what to play. The first question is always what's on our list? Then you have 10 games to choose from, or focus on, in order to complete the challenge.

So this year we are trying something new again. We have decided on a 25 x 5 challenge. We feel this will challenge us to play more games together than in years past, ensuring adequate variety, and still keeping games on the table we know, so new rules do not need to be learned too frequently.

Our main rule in our challenge is we can only count games we played together. This will not be limited to two player only, but both of us have to be playing the same game at the same time to count towards our challenge.

For our challenge, we are setting up three lists. The first are 10 games we will not change in 2018 (like the rules for a hardcore 10 x 10, but 10 x 5 in this case); the next 10 games can be changed through the year as needed / wanted (since some of these we have never played before, and we may not enjoy them as much); and the third list is 5 games to be determined later in 2018, as I know I will buy (or trade for) at least 5 games in 2018, which we will want to play and not have sit on the shelf unplayed until 2019. This last list is intended to be games I do not have on order or preorder as of January 01, 2018.

I may try to add notes, impressions, and comments about game play in individual game details as we go. As this is really my first Geeklist I created, we will see how this goes.

If successful, this challenge will increase our plays together to 125 plays minimum for 2018, but more importantly ensuring quality time together doing something we both enjoy.

If you stopped by to check out our 2018 challenge, thanks for reading and happy gaming!

List 1 - Locked:

1) A Feast for Odin
2) At the Gates of Loyang
3) Clans of Caledonia
4) Fields of Arle
5) Grand Austria Hotel
6) Istanbul
7) Keyflower
8) Raiders of the North Sea
9) Terraforming Mars
10) Viticulture Essential Edition

List 2 - Changeable:

1) Azul
2) Gloomhaven
3) The Great Zimbabwe
4) Lorenzo il Magnifico
5) Near and Far
6) Ora et Labora
7) Pulsar 2849
8) Santa Maria
9) Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
10) Yokohama

List 3 - TBD (new games later in 2018)

1) TBD
2) TBD
3) TBD
4) TBD
5) TBD

(Just missed the 25 list, but may track anyway)
Alt 1 Kingsburg
Alt 2 Nations: The Dice Game

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