The 100 Play Challenge: In Support of Deeper Exploration of Games (Update: Now with GeekGold!)
- Nick BentleyUnited States
If you take the challenge, here are microbadges for it: (for taking it), and (for completing it).
There's a trend on BGG that pleases me: a push for more in-depth analysis of games. Three notable manifestations can be seen in doubtofbuddha's long and now famous essay calling for deeper reviews, qwertymartin's Voice of Experience reviewing contest (now in its second year), and NateStraight's delightful discussion of Roads and Boats.
I get immense pleasure from deep thinking about games, and so I want to support the trend. But how?
For various reasons, I have a pact with myself: when I buy a game, I must play it at least 100 times before I buy another.
With my most recent purchase (Finca), I've gone a step further: not only am I recording my 100 plays on BGG, but I'm making comments about each play. I record my evolving thoughts about the architecture of the game as well as my strategic/tactical understanding.
Doing so has been unexpectedly awesome. As I write comments after each play, my understanding grows, and I bring it with me into subsequent plays. And then my head swirls with interesting thoughts that I don't think I would've otherwise had.
Having stumbled onto such an enjoyable activity, I want to bring others in on the fun. Here's the challenge of this geeklist.
Resolve to play a game 100 times and to record each play.
Post the game to this geeklist, and link to your list of plays/comments, so we can all enjoy them as they slowly and gloriously accrue.
Write comments about your developing understanding after each play or session.
There's no time limit and no rush. If it takes you 5 years to complete the challenge, great. This list isn't going anywhere.
This is a long-term geeklist/experiment, so I'll support and comment on it regularly over time.
Note: your comments needn't be as long as mine (I'm enjoying this exercise so much that I'm going a little overboard).
[EDIT] I'll give out gg in some manner to provide a little incentive. I've got
21gg 27gg 33gg 43gg 47gg 59gg 68gg 168ggA LOT at the moment (thanks for the donations, donators, and especially to Captain Qwyx, who donated 100gg. You read that right: 100gg. Who is this guy? The Howard Hughes of BGG, evidently), all of which I'll happily part with to promote this challenge, and I'll add to it any gg which is donated to me in the meantime.
I'll give in 5gg or 10gg or 20gg increments to award the contributions to, or activities related to, this list that I like most. I'll give away all the gg I get between now and whenever at least 5 people have completed the challenge, and possibly longer, and I promise not to spend my gg on anything else. I'll list the recipients below because recognition is fun.
5.00gg to JesterPoet for being the first to accept the challenge.
5.00gg to Typpo for posting an already-in-progress play log for Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game wherein he summarizes the stories resulting from each game. Funny.
5.00gg to alfonzo54 for Unbridled Ambition: Alfonzo's tracking his plays for Mage Knight Board Game, which is the longest game among among the 27 that have been posted to this geeklist (well, except for the one for The Campaign for North Africa: The Desert War 1940-43, which must be a joke, because really that's gotta be a joke right?) Not only that, but he already has 28 carefully commented games in his play log, which suggests that this isn't just empty bluster. The man's an animal.
5.00gg to Cody Coeninger, winner the Presentiment Award, for having completed the challenge before it even started. Cody has already completed and commented on 138 games of Warmachine Prime Mk II. He even has his own separate blog for it.
5.00gg to Canales for two things: creating a geeklist to track his games, which is pretty cool, but then also for posting the most detailed comments I've seen for a play here so far.
5.00gg to Tidalick's randomly selected entry because you beautiful, generous souls keep dumping GeekGold into my account and I've got to get rid of it somehow. Also Nina Simone's on the radio and it's making me feel magnanimous.
10.00gg to jmanders85, half of it for being the first to commit to tracking 2 games at once, and the other half for including a progress bar in his entry, a practice which has been subsequently adopted by many other participants, including yours truly.
5.00gg to dam the man so that he can afford to pay for treatment for repetitive stress issues related to his extensive-to-put-it-lightly comments on his Arkham Horror plays.
20.00gg to veenickz for being, as far as I can tell (my infrequent checking and the unwieldy size of this list makes it hard to tell) the first player to complete the challenge. If this were a race (it's not), he'd win. The game he chose for the challenge was Race for the Galaxy, so maybe he thought it was a race.
10.00gg to Mo for turning his 100 play challenge into a geekblog.
10.00gg to SirHandsome and his entry for a) laying out some goals for his 100 plays which are more thoughtful than just "play a bunch of times", and b) for keeping a breakdown of color-coded win stats for the factions of Chaos in the Old World, broken down further by number of players. I like color coding.
5.00gg to Petroski because Star Trek.
10.00gg to Scott Douglass for being, as far as I can tell, the second player to finish the challenge. Secondarily, the award is for playing Puzzle Strike (Third Edition), which is on my short list for my next 100 Play Challenge game, so reading his game remarks was interesting.
10.00gg to Lebotin for three reasons: 1) he also turned his challenge into a geekblog; b) Every time I open BGG I see a new entry in Lebotin's 100 play challenge blog. Every time. It's like he's monitoring me; and 3) jmanders just dumped another 40gg into my account to distribute to participants. Every time I think I'm starting to get the geekgold situation under control here, some exceptionally rich user comes along and tosses like 12 metric tons of geekgold at me.
20.00gg to Taibi for adding the 100th game to this list (Kingdom Builder). I remain shocked by the number of the participants and the enthusiasm here. The 100 Play Challenge even made it into BGG's top geeklists for 2012, and we're still going strong in 2013.
10.00gg to dr.wheatie, because his 100 Play Challenge entry got featured at Victory Point Games. I'm a sucker for publicity.
20.00gg to Stasia Doster for deploying the best playcount ticker yet used for the 100 play challenge, which subsequent entrants have also used. The ticker comes from a website called the tickerfactory that does nothing but provide tickers. There truly is a website for everything. I'm giving Stasia a lot of gg because I still have a *ton* in my account and it's been a while since I've given any out.
20.00gg to Mark Saya for completing 100 plays of Onirim in exactly 100 days. Round numbers will get me every time.
30.00gg to ohgrande for marshalling not one but two official 100 Play Challenge GeekBadges into existence (one for taking the challenge, the other for completing it: ). Biggest single GeekGold award here yet, because nothing I've done in my decade here on BGG has had honor of a badge before, and I'm blissfully happy. Never thought a few pixels could have so much meaning.
5.00gg to swampers for being the 400th person to thumb this list and because who cares why not.
5.00gg to A.J. Porfirio because, after Mikolaj Laczynski decided to take the challenge with A.J.'s game Hostage Negotiator, A.J. offered to send him the latest version of the game for free.
5.00gg to myself for completing my own challenge in a mere 469 days.
10.00gg to rayr for seeing that I was looking for Metropolys for my next game for the challenge, and remembering me when he saw a new copy of it for a very reduced price at his FLGS, and then asking me if I'd like to purchase it through him. To which of course I agreed post haste.
10.00gg to FauxSloMo for taking the challenge with Slither, my favorite game in the whole wide world.
8.00 to bouf alaxx because he wrote me to say he wanted to purchase a 100 Play Challenge Microbadge now that he's participating, but lacked the funds. How could I not provide them? Anything for the cause. Note: I can't promise I'll do it again if someone asks again. But I might. Or I might not.
10.00gg to Chris Flood for the neato idea of employing natural selection to choose his game for the challenge. In a kind of meta-aspect, Dominant Species is one of the games competing for survival.
20.00gg to Severin Larche for turning the 100 Play Challenge into his own personal 10x100 Play Challenge, wherein he attempts to play 10 different games 100 times each. Making the commitment to do that would be impressive by itself, but halfway through 2014 he's actually managed to play 4 games 100 times each, which is surely the most impressive completion rate on this list, regardless of whether he meets his overall goal.
5.00gg, belatedly, to Patrick Wager, for being the 200th entrant into the 100 play challenge.
10.00gg to Jeremiah Dwyer for playing Rory's Story Cubes 100 times to invent bedtime stories for his 5-year-old. There's no way to avoid giving gg in response to such high levels of adorableness.
10.00gg to William A because (this is a bit complicated), I commented on his entry (for Caverna: The Cave Farmers) that someone had recently taught me the game and I didn't hate it (in sharp contrast to other Uwe games). Then he commented back to me that he was surprised to learn *I* was the person in charge of this geeklist, implying he knew me. Then my dim lightbulb suddenly went off and I realized not only that I do know William, but he was the very one who taught me Caverna a couple of weeks earlier, in a random encounter between strangers at a con many states away from where I live. So bizarre.
10.00gg to haslo for completing his challenge in under a month. Blazing speed.
10.00gg to Chris LeSka because of the huge number of scenarios he's trying to play for his challenge, for the game Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game.
10.00gg to moltenchocolatecake for putting his strategy comments for Automobiles right in the geeklist, thus saving me clicks.
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