Off the Shelf 2018 (Brandon Kempf)
I love numbers, and I love gamifying things using those numbers, even gaming, so it's natural that at the end of the year, I start looking into Gaming "Resolutions" and Top 10s like a lot of folks.
I've tried the 10x10 Challenges, and I have failed them miserably. I just don't think it's in me to set up 10 games a year in advance and say that I am absolutely going to play those 10 games 10 times. I've done the 100x1 Challenge and passed that with flying colors, but really, for me, what kind of challenge is that for us. Every year that we've tracked our plays we've exceeded 100 different titles with 142 different games being the lowest and this year it was 195 different games.
So I started thinking about what I was going to do in 2018. I already know that I am going to write more reviews, that goes without saying, but I wanted to do something gaming wise and find a goal to shoot for. So, I ventured over to the trusty Friendless Stats website and began parsing through way too much information. The Friendless Stats website basically takes all of your information that you update on Board Game Geek and it puts things together in easy to read graphs and other such nonsense. I say nonsense only because no normal, level headed human being needs this much information about the games they play, and more importantly in this instance, the games that they don't play.
You see, over on Friendless there is one option under Collection Management that always eludes me, always offends my senses. It's the "You Own It and You Haven't Played It" link. What this does is it takes you to BGG, and sorts your game collection and weeds out all of the game that you have played and gives you all of those games that you own that you have not logged plays of. Now, when you look at mine, it is going to seem overwhelming, but just remember, I don't log plays of expansions, unless they are standalone, and there are some games that I just don't log plays of, like Le Boomb, et al. After doing my weeding, I noticed that I had actually played 71 titles on that unplayed list, I came up with the fact that 24% of my collection of games sits unplayed. This is probably a low number as I need to update my owned list due to review copies and other things showing up and not getting immediately put into the collection, but we'll call it 25% of my collection sits unplayed. Some folks call those unplayed games and the shelves that they reside on, "Shelves of Shame". But we don't do that around here, there is no shame in owning games that are unplayed, we've all purchased things and have the desire to use them, we just don't get around to it immediately, that's just a way of life. We call these shelves our "Shelves of Opportunities".
So, in using this new found information, I found my resolution. I found the path that I want to traverse in 2018. I found, Off the Shelf 2018.
What the idea for Off the Shelf 2018 is this, we are going to make it a point to play some of these games that make up our 25%. We are going to dust them off, learn them and enjoy them, or not enjoy them. This, along with a more conservative approach to game acquisition is going to help us play those games that sit unplayed and we're going to decrease that 25% to a more "respectable" level. I use quotes here as it really doesn't matter, what's respectable to me, may not be respectable to you and that's fine.
I'm also trying to make this a more community oriented goal, kind of like the 10x10 lists, but you know, less overwhelming. I want to help people who have games on their shelves that they haven't played that maybe I can help guide them and get them moving towards playing them, and I'd love for others to help me do the same, either through encouragement or through rules help or just overall tips on playing a game. So I've also started a new monthly Off the Shelf 2018 Geeklist over on BGG that hopefully grows as the months roll on in 2018.
But that's my Goal for 2018, I may make it, I may fall apart 2 months in and just completely drop it, but either way is okay, we're going to try. Maybe we'll find out why we picked up those games so long ago that never got played.
First up for January:
Go big or go home, right? I have no reward system for myself on this, playing the games is supposed to be the reward in itself, right?
Once again, the Comments section is on, both here and over on BGG, be sure to chime in. Do you have any Goals for 2018 gaming wise? Do you have any advice on getting albatrosses off our necks?