New Year is a great time for making promises we won’t keep by February, but it can also be a great motivator especially when it helps you to focus on something you love such as board games!
- Start a blog (killing it)
- Play more of our games, clear that shelf of shame!
- Spend less money on new board games
- Get healthier, lose weight and do some damn exercise (see 5…)
- Try a new cheese every month
A lot of board gamers set a 10×10 challenge in January for the year. Challenges are good for those of us who tend to play a game once and move on to the next newness because we buy too many games (you know who you are). When you really dive into a game and play it multiple times I think the experience is that much more rewarding and enjoyable. Sometime it feels like all I do is read rule books and learn games but very rarely do I feel like I master a game anymore, especially the big ones!
So this is something I really want to focus on this year and using a challenge will really help! Here’s my chosen 10. Wish me luck!
If only Monopoly money was an acceptable form of currency…
Last year we set a board game budget each month and stuck to it for about 6 months, then we were buying a house and all that goes along with that so we naturally slowed down a little anyway. But I found having a budget helped me really think about what games I wanted, not just buying one cos there were only 4 copies left. You know what I’m talking about.
So this year we are continuing in that vein but making ourselves work for it!
Using board games as a reward…
Daniel and I both want to be healthier, lose some weight, do more exercise, yadda yadda yadda. So I have devised a system where we are rewarded with board games for making positive changes. Every week we lose weight, we gain credits. Every time we work out, we gain credits. Hit a big weightloss target? Have some bonus credits! And to help motivate us to clear that shelf of shame, we also get 1 credit for playing an unplayed game (pre-christmas haul, cos we havn’t had those games long enough to feel the shame).
Once we have amassed enough credits we can then unlock the funds from our budget to buy games, everyone wins!
Did you make any gaming resolutions this year? Or cheese related ones even? I’m now off to bench press Mechs vs. Minions so I can earn enough credits for the new Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle expansion!