365 Days of Board Gaming: January Recap
Welcome to February, that means that I’ve completed one month of my 365 game plays throughout the year. I talked about how I set this challenge for myself a few days until January in an article last week. In 2020, I want to say that my board game was down somewhat, maybe not over a 10 year average, but certainly down from 2019. In 2021, I didn’t want the pandemic to be an excuse for not playing games, so I gave myself the challenge to play a lot.
So in 31 days in January, I got in 30 plays, so just one off. I had time yesterday, so I should have played one more, I guess. The BG Stats estimates around 20 hours of playing games, and this doesn’t count RPG’s, and that I played games on 13 out of the 31 days. I also had two games that I played over five times and three games I only played once. I’ll talk about those coming up here. I also played with 12 different players. Though, a number of my plays were solo, looking at the numbers 50% of my plays were solo. I also played through 4% of my collection, so not a wide variety of games.
Let’s talk about the games that I played, I’m going to mention all of the games here and talk about a few of them, especially ones that might be newer or new to me.
- Deadly Doodles – 7 plays
- Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion – 6 plays
- That’s Pretty Clever! – 4 plays
- Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon: 3 plays
- Super-Skill Pinball 4-Cade: 3 plays
- Metro X – 2 plays
- Cross Clues: 2 plays
- Scattergories: 1 play
- Marvel Battleworld: 1 play
- Criss Cross: 1 play
So Deadly Doodles and Jaws of the Lion were the most played on the list. It helped that Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is scenario based with the first four missions really teaching you how to play the game and keeping things simpler and easier so that you can learn. All of those plays were knocked out in a single evening. Deadly Doodles is one that I played solo five times and with Kristen twice.
Three of the games on the list were played during our monthly board game night. Both plays of Cross Clues, Scattergories, and Criss Cross. We can’t play in person, otherwise my plays overall would likely be higher, but all of those have and do continue to work well via Zoom.
I do want to throw out some highlights with stuff as well, because this is going to be a bit of an odd year for gaming again, and I know that I’ll forget some of the highlights as I go along.
I think that my number one highlight is getting into Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon and adding in the Echoes of the Past Expansion. I had played through the first chapter myself before, but this is a three player game, via Zoom, and it’s actually working pretty well. It was a lot of fun being able to dive into the content, see more characters, two that I hadn’t played with Beor and Ailei and then bringing Niahm into it as well. The story has been so good and I like the voice acting in all of it quite well. There is a bit of a grind to it, but it’s been a game I’ve wanted to get to the table more so for months, and to finally do it now has been great.
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
On a similar note, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion has been a blast as well. Normally I’ll have a single campaign going and then maybe get in gaming on board game nights and one or two more times a month, but that hasn’t been the case, so this is giving me another game that I can consistently get to the table. We’ve been playing in person as well, which is nice, and since it’s just two of us and both work from home during the pandemic, we’re being very safe about it. And obviously I was going to love the game as I love Gloomhaven, so it’s fun to get back into that world, but not have it feel like I’m playing the giant box of stuff.
Roll and Writes
Finally, Metro X, Deadly Doodles, Super-Skill Pinball: 4-cade, Criss Cross, and That’s Pretty Clever, I’ve gotten a ton of roll and writes to the table to be played. If you look at my 30 plays, 18 of them have been roll and writes, And of those roll and write plays, most of those have been solo. While I don’t mind playing bigger games solo, I need to get back to streaming Pandemic Legacy Season 2, there are some evenings where all I have time for is to sit down and knock out a couple games of something really fast, and roll and writes are great for that.
So I’m slightly behind my goal, but I’m likely going to, to relax, knock out a few roll and writes this evening, and I have a few others games, Star Wars Unlock in particular that I need to sit down with Kristen and play some evening(s). What have some of your highlights for board gaming been thus far in 2021, even though we’ve just had a month to game?