Advent Christmas Gaming Challenge 2016

It’s so easy during the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, decorating, and so forth to forget what it’s all for: spending precious time with our loved ones in celebration. To help get you more focused on love and laughter amidst all the chaos, try this Advent Christmas Gaming Challenge.

Last year I participated in the Advent of Christmas Gaming Challenge on Board Game Geek and was very happy I did. Sure, there were a few days that were tough to play a game when I was sick. Still, overall, I think it was a fun challenge and it definitely helped me focus on spending time with my loved ones – laughing and having a blast.

This year, I invite you to join the challenge. Each day of Advent (the days leading up to Christmas, December 1st thru 24th), play a game – or two or three. To provide some additional guidance in terms of what to play or what little extra to do, Santa has given me a list of daily challenges. Perfection is not important, fun and laughter are.

Write the name(s) of the game(s) you play on the calendar to mark your progress and/or post them here or on The Glass Meeple’s Facebook page or your own. It’s ok to start late!

Merry Christmas & Happy Gaming!
– Tina

Tina’s Progress:

Success!December 1: Play the newest addition to your game collection!
Game(s) Played: The Grizzled x2 with Chris and Tim.

Success!December 2: Post the name of the game you want most for Christmas. Play your favorite game.
Games I want most for Christmas: I’ll give Santa 3 to put on his list: The Oracle of Delphi by Stefan Feld, Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails by Alan Moon, Istanbul: Letters & Seals Expansion. They’re all at the top of my wish list.
Game(s) Played: The Castles of Burgundy with Roz and Tim.

Success!December 3: Open a door for someone today. Play a game in a public place.
Game(s) Played: If Wishes Were Fishes, Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Cannibal Island Scenario – we got attacked by cannibals repeatedly and cursed, Time’s Up: Title Recall. 
Public Place: Here Be Books & Games

Success!December 4: Play a card game. Post a note on your progress thus far.
Game(s) Played: Hanabi x2

Progress: Notes posted here and on Here Be Books & Games’ Facebook page.

Success!December 5: Play a dexterity game.
Game(s) Played: Oops, played a dice game: Grand Austria Hotel.

Success!December 6: Play a dice game or a game with at least one die.
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Success!December 7: Play a game you haven’t played before.
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Success!December 8: Give/Send someone a Christmas card. Play a game that requires paper & pencil.
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Success!December 9: Play a game based on a book.
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Success!December 10: Enjoy your favorite holiday beverage while gaming. Play a thematic game.
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Success!December 11: Listen to Christmas music while you game. Play a game with trees in it.
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Success!December 12: Play a game on your Top 10 list.
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Success!December 13: Play a game you got for Christmas last year.
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Success!December 14: Play a deduction game.
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Success!December 15: Give someone a hug today. Play a cooperative game.
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Success!December 16: Roll a D6… Play: 1 = Euro game, 2 = Cooperative game, 3 = Dice game, 4 = Card game, 5 = Thematic game, 6 = Dexterity game.
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Success!December 17: Share holiday treats with your guests & play a party game.
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Success!December 18: Start Player is the first person who got their decorations up.
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Success!December 19: Wear something Christmasy while gaming. Play a Euro game.
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Success!December 20: Start Player wears a Santa hat. Play a game featuring an animal.
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Success!December 21: Play a worker-placement game.
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Success!December 22: Count and post your December plays. Play your favorite filler game(s).
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Success!December 23: Play a game that you haven’t yet played in December.
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Success!December 24: Wish everyone a Merry Christmas and play a Christmas-themed game.
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Success!December 25: Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Don’t stop now! See if you can make it through to the end of the year. Play a game you got for Christmas. If you didn’t get any games for Christmas, play an old favorite.

Success!December 26: Put your feet up and relax sometime today. Play whatever makes you happy and relaxed.
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Success!December 27: Play a game you got for Christmas or bought for yourself after Christmas.
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Success!December 28: Play your favorite style game: Euro, thematic, dexterity, dice, card, party, etc.
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Success!December 29: Play the game in your collection that you’ve owned the longest.
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Success!December 30: Play the oldest game in your collection based on when the game was invented.
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Success!December 31: Toast the New Year! Play a party game.
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