The Madness that was May

The theme of Solitaire Games On Your Table - May 2021 (1 Player Guild, Board Game Geek) was Challenge Yourself! And I did. It was bonkers. And I started this year doing so well. Motto for my my personal Geeklist was "2021: No goals. No challenges." 😬 But I couldn't resist. I'm a junkie. In one month, I've done the amount of challenges I used to do in a whole year. More! Whatever got into me?


Oh well, it's over and I'm still alive. Time to take stock. Which challenges did I complete successfully 😎, and which ones did I fail terribly 🤢?


TL;DR: ❌✅✅✅❌✅✅✅✅✅



[1.] 10 x 10 Hardcore challenge


❌ In a "hardcore" 10x10 you decide up front which games you are going to play ten times (normally in a year). You are allowed one substitute game, that you also have to name in advance. I have never, ever, in my life, managed to complete a hardcore 10x10 challenge. This month was no different.


I was too proud to take the easy (Desolate) way out and got stuck at 96%. Best hardcore 10x10 score ever though.


✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Aeon's End: Legacy

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Apex Theropod

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Jump Drive

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Legendary Encounters: Predator

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Marvel Champions

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅⬜⬜⬜⬜ Nusfjord

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Onirim

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Pocket Landship

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Sunset over Water

✅✅✅✅✅ ✅✅✅✅✅ Wipers Salient

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Desolate (in reserve)



[2.] Get my H-index from 36 to 38


✅ Oh yeah.


What's a "H-index" in gaming? It's the highest amount of games for which you can say you have played X games X times. For example you've only played three games in your life. You've played one 30 times, the second ten times and the third just once. Your H-index is now two. As you've played two games two times.


Of course I only can check the plays I have logged on Board Game Geek since 2017. So the number is utter nonsense. I like nonsense. Anyway, my H-index went up this month from 36 to 38.


Now it will take me some fifteen plays to get to 40. That is completely doable the rest of this year. outside of this challlenges-month I won't play games with the explicit goal of raising my H-index, but I'm pretty sure this rise will happen naturally.



[3.] Get my solo H-index from 30 to 32


✅ Done.


This one is way harder as for solo gaming I tend to focus on learning new games all the time. I'll get to 33 this year, but anything higher will take a while.



[4.] Get 5 games to 5 plays


✅ Done.


⬛⬛⬛⬛✅ A.D. 30

⬛⬛⬛⬛✅ Astrofo