10×10 challenges are difficult, I’m finding out. I feel like I also did my first one on hard mode by requiring it be solo plays of games. It’s not that I haven’t had potential time to play games, but there always seems to be other things to do or non-board games that are more enticing to play (there’s a double XP weekend on Overwatch happening right now for example). Marti and Sarah come over regularly for game days but unfortunately none of those plays count since they aren’t solo.
All this to say I haven’t made as much progress in my 10×10 Solo Challenge as I would have liked by almost halfway through the year. Here’s my current results:
If you saw my article in March with my first quarter progress, I actually only have 1 less play than that time period. However, given I was already behind in terms of average plays by certain milestones during the year, not having more plays than first quarter is actually worse now because it means I’m even further behind.
I don’t know if this is normal for challenges (where you get behind and then have to rush in the third or fourth quarters to finish the plays) but it seems to be the way I’m going. I also still haven’t touched the heavier games on the list (Lisboa and Nemo’s War) so I’m starting to get nervous about those. I will definitely have to specifically set aside some time this summer to get initial plays in of those (I think once I get my first play in learning the games it won’t be as scary to play them again, and they’ll take less time once I’m used to the flow of each).
Sufficed to say, being a quarter done almost halfway through the year means I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m not giving up! I’m going to buckle down and try to schedule more specific tabletop gaming time into my schedule to get plays of these games in. I know I’m going to enjoy playing them, it’s just a matter of getting them out and played.
Have you tried a 10×10 or other challenge? Did you run into similar issues getting games played or was it easy to get your plays in? Let me know your experiences here or on social media!
Scott – The Solitary Meeple