When we set out upon this challenge, I had little doubt as to what game would be played this week. You see, I am a computer programmer by day and a blogger and gamer by night. That means that when I needed a way to keep track of what games I own, I simply created a computer program that would allow me to enter new games, create unique skus for them, keep track of all of the parts, etc. I have a database behind the program that stores all of the data for each field, and when you define a field you have to set a maximum length. I had set the max length of a game name at 50 characters (because what game has a longer name than that!), and when it came to entering this game in our system, the program gave an error message. Fifty was too small for that huge 62 character name. It’s the only game I have ever run into with more than fifty characters. But users of BGG have come up with a list of long named games ,I should apparently keep my eyes out for.
So my typical night of gaming rolled around, and I told my players what we would be playing. Some got very excited, because of the Potter theme, and others groaned. For you see, this game is nothing more than a rehash of “Clue”. Much to my surprise, when I told my players “It’s just clue, everyone remembers how to play that, right?”, multiple people in the room chimed in that they had actually never played Clue. Well, at least this would be educational for them.
So we set up the board, I explained the basics of Clue, and away we went. The game was just how I remembered, slow, with seemingly pointless movement. Roughly 45 minutes later, one of my players made a guess and was correct, ending the game (thankfully!). We then moved on to more entertaining, but much shorter named, games such as: Red Dragon Inn, Catch Phrase, and Sentinels of the Multiverse (which has a pretty long name all on it’s own… hmm…).
This weeks challenge was kind of painful. Sometimes it’s nice to pull out a game you haven’t played in years. It pulls you back to a different time. However, sometimes there is a reason that a game has been shelved for that long: It stinks.
For those playing along at home, what games did you play this week? We would love to hear if your longest game name rivals our 62 character beast, and hopefully yours was a lot more fun! Next week the challenge is to play a game lasting longer than four hours, so pull out your old favorites and get cracking!
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