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A tag cloud with all the boardgames that I have played in 2020

Welcome again to this yearly post, where I try to analyze my gaming behavior during the last year. You can read about my previous years:

Data

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 Total since 2006
Total amount of plays 88 73 101 84 98 1222
Different games played 21 33 61 72 55 440
Games with 2 or more plays 9 9 14 9 15 190
Amount of gaming sessions 62 37 43 36 35 464
Evolution of my boardgame plays over the last 5 years
Games played per year until the end of 2020
Games played per year until the end of 2020

Retrospective

I will organize again the analysis in categories, as the time I spent in RPG or video games is becoming much more relevant.

Boardgames

  • In 2020 I have played more than in the previous years, and mainly to long games.
  • I recorded 62 gaming sessions, more than 5 per month, to just 20 different games.
  • My h-index as a player is now 12. I expected to raise it this year, as I have played intensively to a few games.
  • I have played 48 scenarios of Gloomhaven in 41 sessions. That is more than half the games I’ve played in the whole year. I love it, and perhaps I should write a spoiler free post in the blog about it.

Role-playing games

  • With just 8 sessions, mostly online due to the pandemic, we closed in June our Storm King’s Thunder campaign for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.
  • For the moment, we haven’t started a new campaign, with D&D or not, but I hope we will be able to do it as soon as the situation allows it.

Video games

  • This year I have played more video games than ever, for sure.
  • In Steam I have played:
    • Mostly Tabletop Simulator. I have more than 150h only from 2020.
    • I played for a while to This War of Mine. Interesting and challenging, I will probably play again when in the proper mood.
    • I finished Firewatch. An intense and well written story. Some passages ended up being too repetitive but the game is short overall.
    • I completed The Darkside Detective. Interesting and challenging puzzles, good laughs with a nice design and a fantastic retro based characters and stories.
  • In January I bought a second hand Playstation 4 from a colleague (without knowing about covid-19 yet) and since April I used it a lot. I have completed:
    • Marvel’s Spiderman. The positive things make the negative ones irrelevant. It’s just awesome to swing around Manhattan and I spent hours just doing it.
    • Journey. Cute and short game, and both things deserve recognition sometimes. Perhaps too short but take it or leave it.
    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Dozens of hours, my favourite game so far. Some side quests are repetitive but in general I engaged a lot with the character. Being a huge fan of the novels also helps, but it’s not a requirement to enjoy the game. I played Witcher 1 and 2 just to play this, and it was totally worth it.
    • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, including Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Being a completists, I need to play (if I can) all the saga. After having played (and loved) several Tomb Raider games, this was a perfect match for me and I was not disappointed.
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops III. I only played the campaign, only single player and no zombie scenarios. Having said that, I liked it and perhaps I could play it again.
    • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. I enjoyed the spaceship missions and the overall campaign story, but as I played it just after Black Ops III, it was too repetitive sometimes.
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda. My first interaction with Mass Effect, and I liked it a lot. Dozens of hours to avoid leaving any single rock unturned, and it was worth it.
    • Dragon Age Inquisition. My first interaction with Dragon Age, and it is not going to be the last one. It reminded me sometimes to Pillars of Eternity and Baldur’s Gate, but the story is perhaps more solid and the overall atmosphere is more dramatic. The only thing that I disliked was all the gear evolution related parts, it was confusing and often useless.
  • Despite having a new PlayStation, I have tried to play in Stadia as well, as a PRO subscriber. I haven’t used the subscription so I finally cancelled it. In 2020 I played.
    • Destiny 2, I like the game and I’ve spent several hours but I haven’t engaged yet with it.
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year celebration. Only with the opening scene I know I will play it again in the future. It’s probably my favorite Tomb Raider game and I love all of them.
    • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I bought it with a discount without removing my subscription as it looked like an Uncharted game in the Star Wars universe, and it’s more or less like this. I enjoyed being a Jedi and learning to be one, but I didn’t like the lack of fast travel. Exploration it’s a big part of the game, and it’s nice and challenging, but once you get lost in a labyrinth a few times it starts to piss you off. The end is awesome, that’s for sure.
    • Either on Steam, PS4 or Stadia, I plan to keep playing as much as I can also this year. Perhaps eventually in PS5, who knows?
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