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Title: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on June 10, 2020, 21:00:34
My wife bought a calendar for me from BoardGameTables.com (http://BoardGameTables.com), which is a pretty cool weekly calendar with a challenge listed for each week.

Week 1 - Play a game you received for Christmas. [✓] We played EcoSystem.
Week 2 - Play a game without talking.
Week 3 - Play a game with someone new.
Week 4 - Play one more game after you think it's time to go to bed.
Week 5 - Play an old game with a new strategy.
Week 6 - Play a game halfway through, then switch sides.
Week 7 - Play a game that has no luck.
Week 8 - Play a game with your neighbors.
Week 9 - Play a dexterity game with your non-dominant hand.
Week 10 - Play a card game.
Week 11 - Play the game you have owned the longest.
Week 12 - Play a game counter-clockwise instead of clockwise.
Week 13 - Play a game that you think you will lose.
Week 14 - Play a game with a lot of dice.
Week 15 - Play the game you own with the longest name.
Week 16 - Play a game in the Top Ten on BoardGameGeek. (https://boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgame)
Week 17 - Play a game without reading or knowing the rules.
Week 18 - Play a game three times: back to back to back.
Week 19 - Play a cooperative game. [✓] We played Hanabi.
Week 20 - Play the game you own with the shortest name. [✓] We played QE.
Week 21 - Play a game ranked outside of the Top 100 on BoardGameGeek. [✓] We played Hounded.
Week 22 - Play a game you bought at a thrift store. [✓] We played Othello.
Week 23 - Play a game that takes four hours or longer.
Week 24 - Play a game with at least eight players.

Are you able to complete the weekly challenge?

By the way, if you want to play the 2/3 guessing game for a chance to win a free game from them, go to https://boardgametablesdotcom.typeform.com/to/KvUczO today.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on June 15, 2020, 19:42:30
Who's up for the next weekly challenge? Did anyone complete last week's?

Week 25 - Play a game that you think you will win.

Personally, I have a lot of games in my collection that I could play to complete that challenge, but I'll list a few that wouldn't work for me - meaning, I think there is a better chance of me losing than winning. A few that come to mind are Acquire, which we played just last night and I had the worst score, Agricola, which we played for a few weekends in a row and I only won once, and Boggle, which I probably spend as much time looking up words during scoring to verify whether they are actually words as I do writing them down.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on June 24, 2020, 13:12:22
Week 25 - Play a game you think you will win. [✓] We played Citadels.

Week 26 - Play your favorite game.
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Post by: Dragon on July 01, 2020, 20:38:29
Week 27 - Design a game.
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Post by: Dragon on July 07, 2020, 20:20:13
Week 27 - Design a game. [✓] After playing Solomon's Temple for the first time, and probably only time I ever will with the original rules, I've completely rewritten the game.

Week 28 - Play a children's game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on July 23, 2020, 18:41:30
Week 28 - Play a children's game. [✓] We played Roller Coast Tycoon Board Game

Week 29 - Play a game that someone else wants to play. [✓] We played Agricola

Sorry, I missed updating this thread last week. Here's the challenge for this week:

Week 30 - Use modified rules to play a game you think is broken.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on July 25, 2020, 20:31:39
Week 30 - Use modified rules to play a game you think is broken. [✓] We played Solomon's Temple with my new rules. Much better. I'm going to write them up and I think I'll even submit it to the original game publisher as an idea.

Week 31 - Play a game you designed.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on August 03, 2020, 19:00:33
Week 32 - Play a game you think you'll hate.
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Post by: Dragon on August 09, 2020, 19:29:00
Week 33 - Play a game ranked outside of the top 1000 on BoardGameGeek.
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Post by: Dragon on August 19, 2020, 00:19:03
Week 34 - Play an abstract game.
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Post by: Dragon on August 24, 2020, 16:27:54
Week 35 - Play a game based on a sport.
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Post by: Dragon on August 30, 2020, 12:46:27
Week 36 - Play a space exploration game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on September 09, 2020, 19:57:06
Week 37 - Play a board game on a phone or tablet.

(I play Conquest Online, here at dragonshobbies.com, and games on BoardGameArena quite a bit and haven't ever counted any of them for these challenges, so I think in this case, I'll personally only check off this challenge if I play it in real-time or using Hot Seat mode with one of my kids. I do have one board game that I only own in digital format - Dungeon Heroes. That one is best in Hot Seat mode anyway.)
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on September 14, 2020, 21:18:04
Week 37 - Play a board game on a phone or tablet.  [✓] We played Logger (on BoardGameArena - hotseat mode)

Week 38 - Play a war game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on September 20, 2020, 22:15:18
Week 39 - Play a game that was published within the last year.
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Post by: Dragon on September 28, 2020, 16:20:31
Week 39 - Play a game that was published with the last year. [✓] We played Farting Cows And The End Of The World.

Week 40 - Play a game outside.

I may or may not actually complete this challenge, but I think I'm going to at least post up a couple games I have that might fit the challenge. For this week's challenge, obviously games that don't have a bunch of pieces or cards to fly away are going to be the best options. My suggestions: Cathedral, Quarto, or Rumis
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on October 09, 2020, 16:18:26
Week 41 - Play a game completely backwards.

 ??? I'm really curious about what people would do for that challenge. I guess maybe a game like Sorry, where you're trying to get all your pieces from one place to another might work. Would Chinese Checkers backwards be any different than Chinese Checkers forward? (Is that game still called that?)
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on October 11, 2020, 21:39:53
Week 42 - Play a two player game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on November 27, 2020, 10:29:27
Sorry about forgetting to post here about the Weekly challenges. I?ll take a moment to catch up here.

Week 43 - Play a game via email.

Week 44 - Play a zombie game.

Week 45 - Play a game on your lunch break.

Week 46 - Play a print-and-play game.

Week 47 - Play a game that was designed over 100 years ago.

Week 48 - Play a game that isn?t published in your native language.

Although I did play at least one game most of those weeks, I didn?t complete any of the challenges... probably because I wasn?t really thinking about them when I had a chance to play something. Also, I have still been playing asynchronous-turn-based games on www.boardgamearena.com, which is kind of like playing via email but a lot less work involved since all the visuals and rules are managed there, like a video game.

For this week?s challenge, maybe I can get my son and wife to play Union Pacific with me. It?s an American railroad themed game, but I believe it was only published in German. (I got an English translation of the rules on a separate piece of paper.)
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on December 05, 2020, 23:33:00
Week 49 - Play a dexterity game.

Week 50 - Play a partnership game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on December 14, 2020, 20:45:04
Week 51 - Play a solo game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on December 31, 2020, 08:20:12
Week 51 - Play a solo game. [✓] I played Castles Of Mad King Ludwig

Week 52 - Play a game with David.

Week 53 - Play a game at a friendly local game store.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 01, 2021, 01:17:14
We finished out this year playing Caylus 1303 on New Years Eve. Fun game. I won by a single point over Isaac and nearly double Beth's score.

I counted all the times that I've played games with someone over the past year. These were face-to-face table top games, or on rare occasions, BoardGameArena hot-seat mode. I played 66 different games this year; 30 of them were played 2 or more times, with Caylus 1303 being the last one to make that cut for 2020.

The 12 most played games for us (me with my immediate family for the most part) for 2020 were:

First, played 8 times:
Farting Cows And The End Of The World

Second, played 7 times:
Dinosaur Tea Party

Then, with 6 plays each:
Silver & Gold
Splendor
Agricola

Followed by these, with 5 plays each:
Redemption
Coloretto

And finally, with these rounding out the Top 12, with 4 plays each:
Logger
Castles Of Mad King Ludwig
Hero Quest
Stone Age
 
In the back of the calendar there was a section for a 10x10 Game Challenge, which I hadn't heard of before, but simply is a matter of picking 10 games that you'll try to play 10 times throughout the year. I mentioned it to my wife and she said that Caylus 1303 should be one that we put on that list for 2021.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 13, 2021, 21:18:59
The new weekly game challenges for 2021:

Week 1 - Play the most expensive game in your collection.

Week 2 - Play a game you own, then send it as a gift to a friend.

Week 3 - Play a marathon of at least 5 games in a row.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 17, 2021, 12:43:43
Week 4 - Play a game about traditions.
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Post by: Dragon on January 24, 2021, 10:56:36
Week 5 - Play a game you have never won.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on February 14, 2021, 09:51:54
Week 6 - Play a game which involves drawing components from a bag.

Week 7 - Play the first game that comes to your mind.

Week 8 - Play a game from a small publisher.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on February 23, 2021, 21:25:51
Week 9 - Play a game whose game board would be fantastic as wall art.
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Post by: Dragon on March 01, 2021, 17:32:14
Week 10 - Play a game set in a real-world country.
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Post by: Dragon on March 06, 2021, 22:35:30
Week 11 - Play a game illustrated by more than one artist.
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Post by: Dragon on March 22, 2021, 16:53:05
Week 12 - Play the first board game you ever loved.

Week 13 - Play Monopoly to remind you how much board games have evolved.
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Post by: Dragon on March 29, 2021, 20:35:29
Week 14 - Play a game which comes with multiple game boards.
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Post by: Dragon on April 05, 2021, 16:37:25
Week 15 - Play an economic game and double all the starting resources you receive
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Post by: Dragon on April 20, 2021, 20:54:10
Week 16 - Play a game with animal-shaped meeples, preferably goats or ants.

Week 17 - Play a polyominoes game and have fun building a unique shape.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on April 26, 2021, 18:22:29
Week 17 - Play a polyominoes game and have fun building a unique shape. [✓]We played Kingdomino.

Week 18 - Play a game with outstanding components.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on May 09, 2021, 15:42:04
Week 18 - Play a game with outstanding components. [✓]We played Kingdomino.

Week 19 - Play a game with a medieval setting.

Week 20 - Play a game with trains, choo-chooing whenever you add a new city to your network.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on May 25, 2021, 15:52:47
Week 20 - Play a game with trains, choo-chooing whenever you add a new city to your network. [✓]We played TransAmerica.

Week 21 - Play a game you usually win.

Week 22 - Play the cheapest game you own.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on June 04, 2021, 23:45:00
Week 22 - Play the cheapest game you own. [✓] We played Rummy.

Week 23 - Play a Tiny Epic game.
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Post by: Dragon on June 07, 2021, 19:43:40
Week 24 - Play the a game that is set on another continent. [✓] We played Alhambra.
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Post by: Dragon on June 15, 2021, 22:55:57
Week 25 - Play a game with all of its available expansions.
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Post by: Dragon on June 21, 2021, 13:18:42
Week 25 - Play a game with all of its available expansions. [✓] We played Monty Python Fluxx.

Week 26 - Start playing a legacy/campaign game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on July 03, 2021, 19:39:33
Week 26 - Start playing a legacy/campaign game. [✓] We played Doom: The Boardgame.

Week 27 - Play a game against automa.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on July 05, 2021, 20:16:49
Week 28 - Play a game set in a historical place.
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Post by: Dragon on July 12, 2021, 22:48:58
Week 29 - Play a game with an unusual box size or shape.
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Post by: Dragon on July 18, 2021, 23:12:12
Week 30 - Play a thematic game and dress up to its theme.
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Post by: Dragon on July 25, 2021, 21:32:46
Week 31 - Play a variable player powers game and let all players use all powers.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on August 09, 2021, 21:29:07
Week 32 - Play a game that's part of a trilogy or a series. [✓] We played Ticket To Ride: London.

Week 33 - Play a Spiel Des Jahres Nominee/Winner.  [✓] We played Labyrinth.

Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 02, 2022, 21:38:53
I guess I'll just catch up by listing the rest for the year. Most of these weekly challenges didn't get completed. I still enjoyed the calendar and having the challenges to encourage playing some games that I hadn't in a while. I was considering buying a new calendar from www.boardgametables.com for 2022, but unfortunately it looks like they haven't made one for this year. I've decided that I'm just going to use the weekly challenges from the last 2 years and I'll randomly pick out a weekly challenge from those. So... here's the rest of the list.

Week 34 - Play an unused game that's sitting on the shelf of shame.
Week 35 - Play a game whose cover art catches your attention.
Week 36 - Play a game with custom dice.
Week 37 - Play a game involving direct combat and let the other players win. (Or not)

... The "Or not" was actually written in the calendar challenge by the publisher... but seriously, why would I just let the other player win??? If it was like Suicide Chess where the winner is the first person to lose their King... that would be an acceptable challenge. ... Ok. Moving along.

Week 38 - Play a dexterity game and close your eyes during your turn.
Week 39 - Play a game designed by someone with the same nationality as yours.
Week 40 - Play a team-based game.
Week 41 - Play the most complex game you own.
Week 42 - Play a game whose title is hard to pronounce.
Week 43 - Play a new game you love. [✓] We played Rival Troops.
Week 44 - Play a game in which players take simultaneous turns.
Week 45 - Play a game set in a country you have visited.
Week 46 - Play a game that comes in a white box.
Week 47 - Play a storytelling game.
Week 48 - Play a game whose components may be the subject of a bedtime story [✓] We played 12 Days.
Week 49 - Play a crowdfunded game.
Week 50 - Play a game that uses its box as part of the game. [✓] We played Dice Forge.
Week 51 - Play a science fiction game. [✓] We played The Captain Is Dead.
Week 52 - Play a game with the best first player token.
Week 53 - Play a game based on a book or a movie. [✓] We played The Princess Bride.

Of course, Week 53 is the week that is partially in 2021 and partially 2022, so this might also be Week 1 for 2022.   
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 04, 2022, 16:40:20
Using the previously listed weekly challenges, each week I'll randomly select one.

This week: Play a two player game.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 10, 2022, 00:04:27
We completed the previous week's challenged:

Play a two player game. [✓] We played The Settlers Of Catan Card Game.

Now, our challenge for the upcoming week:

Play a game half-way through, then switch sides.

I can't even think of a good game for this challenge, since it would have to be one that is very clearly played over a specific amount of rounds in order to accurately know the half-way point. Suggestions are welcome.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 19, 2022, 16:34:56
We completed the previous week's challenged:

Play a game half-way through, then switch sides. [✓]We played Labyrinth.

It was a 4-player game, and we rotated around the table once the first player got their 3rd treasure card.

Now, our challenge for this week. (Sorry, I forgot to do this on Monday):

Play a game whose game board would be fantastic as wall art.
Title: Re: Board Game Calendar Weekly Challenges
Post by: Dragon on January 24, 2022, 00:03:28
We completed the previous week's challenge:

Play a game whose game board would be fantastic as wall art. [✓]We played Sagrada.

This week:

Play a game in the Top Ten on BoardGameGeek. (https://boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgame)