Friday, January 12, 2018

Okay, so I struggled doing a 10x10...

Last year, I tried to do a 10x10 challenge. That’s playing ten specific games ten times. And I didn’t do that good a job of it.

Part of the problem was that I did it through Yucata, which meant that the games were turn-based. And that means that it took weeks, even potentially months to finish games. In theory, I could have tried to play ten games of any given game at the same time but that wouldn’t have been fun for me. If I didn’t mix up games, I wouldn’t have learned from my experience and mistakes since I’d be making the same mistakes ten times at the same time.

So, I am rethinking how to try doing something like this.

The obvious answer is to play face to face games. That solves the games-lasting-for-weeks issue. Unfortunately, having a small child has made face-to-face gaming a lot more difficult, although we are working on that. But I’d rather focus on just playing games than getting reps.

The next idea is playing games online real time. The place where I’d do that is Board Game Arena. Finding the time is still an issue but I’m tempted to try a 5x5, focusing on abstracts. I think that’s a good way to test the waters.

In fact, in general, I think 5x5 might be a better format for me right now.

My last idea is to do a 5x5 of solitaire PnP games. Last year, I really got interested in that form. And that’s something that would be easy to do. At the very least, I can pause indefinitely and not annoy anyone else. Actually, that might be a good policy for solitaire PnP in general.

I think repetition is important with games. 10x10 challenges are a good way of doing that. I just need to do it in a more bite-size way right now.

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