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Marianne’s Challenge: Around the World in 80 Games

Marianne’s Challenge: Around the World in 80 Games

Imagine a world where adventure is always just around the corner, where you never know where you’ll go next, where sleep is an optional extra and nothing is sweeter than the salt-wind in your hair as your dragon-headed longship bears down upon another helpless Saxon settlement. Welcome, friends, to the world of Games vs Play.

Well, kind of. Except maybe for that last bit about bearing down on helpless Saxon villages (that would be the Vikings). But otherwise this pretty much describes Games vs Play’s latest Challenge, posed by our good friend and valued associate Marianne. She calls her Challenge “Around the World in 80 Games.” Here’s what Marianne had to say:

Just how far will Games vs Play go? Around the world, we hope – if not further – in a new form of armchair travel: via board game. In 1872, Phileas Fogg accepted a challenge to travel around the world in 80 days. Let’s see how far GvP can get in 80 games! This quest promises to take GvP on a wild ride through space and time, defending Camelot against the forces of evil, raiding galleons on the high seas, constructing palaces in the Alhambra, battling aliens in distant star systems, and more - Marianne

After consulting on the best travel insurance options with our local travel agents (“Try not to go”, they suggested), we agreed upon the following conditions for Marianne’s Challenge of “Around the World in 80 Games”:

  • The goal of the Challenge is to play 80 games in 80 different locations
  • There is no time limit to this Challenge; we can just keep chalking up games until we hit the big 8-0
  • A game counts as being “played” so long as at least 1 member of the Games vs Play team is present
  • Games played in other Challenges can count towards this Challenge
  • The third rule of Games vs Play is: If this is your first night at Games vs Play, you have to play [Enough with the Fight Club references, please – Ed.]

We had some debate about exactly which games could be included in this Challenge. I mean, for a game set somewhere in the real world like Alhambra or Carcassonne this was a no brainer. But what about games set in fictional places? Where exactly, for instance, is the island of Catan? Do Cylons dream of electric sheep, and if so can we include Battlestar Galactica on our list? No one told me things were gonna get so metaphysically deep – I didn’t sign up for this!

Anyway, after realising that in some way we are all connected and that dolphins really do have buttocks, we finally decided that games permitted in this Challenge can include:

  • Games set in a real world location
  • Games set in a fictional location in the real world
  • Games set in fantasy worlds, outer space or any other named fictional location
  • Games set in the same location but in different historical eras

However, games set in generic or unnamed locations are not permitted in this Challenge. Too bad fans of Forbidden Island!

You can keep track of our progress on this Challenge on this interactive map here: http://gamesvsplay.com/around-the-world-in-80-games/. Just click on the Games vs Play markers on the map to see which game we played, and where.

If you can think of any games set in locations that we haven’t played yet, just let us know! We’d love to hear your suggestions – go to our Contact page at http://gamesvsplay.com/contact/ or visit us on Facebook. In the meantime wish us luck on this grand Challenge, and may your own gaming journeys be good ones. And remember – if you’re game, we’ll play.

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