Challenge me! Monthly Edition
(15.09.2023 - 14.10.2023)
Autumn is around the corner. Perfect time for harvesting. September is also known as the Harvest-Month.

For Pickers. Just copy paste and complete the data :)

* [GAME#1](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#1-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#1-HLTBTIME
* [GAME#2](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#2-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#2-HLTBTIME
* [GAME#3](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#3-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#3-HLTBTIME
* [GAME#4](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#4-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#4-HLTBTIME
* [GAME#5](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#5-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#5-HLTBTIME

  • Please make sure your games are sorted by completion before applying.
  • If you so desire and you have at least 5 unplayed SG wins, the 5 games can be picked out of your SG wins (instead of only 2/5). Just note it in your application comment.
  • Note in your post if you're ok playing multiplayer only games.
  • Same for Early Access (I know some people want to wait for release).
  • When you finish one (or more) of the games picked for you, please post an update by replying to your picker's comment.
  • If the game has achievements, you can link to either the Steam or Astats page corresponding to your progress.
  • If the game doesn't have achievements, please post a screenshot showing your completion.
  • Finally, if you have completed all the games that were assigned to you but want another go at it, feel free to post another application.
  • You can pick for/challenge up to 2 fellow assassins, please refrain to pick more so everybody who wants get a chance at it.
  • You can pick for anybody who has applied and hasn't been given a list yet, unless they specified otherwise (see next point). It is recommended to signal with a "reserved" comment that you're currently picking for that person. This way it'll avoid the situation where you spend time picking games just to come back to somebody's comment 2 minutes prior.
  • Please use the following criteria when picking a list for somebody.
  • Pick exactly 5 games
  • Length-wise: at least 2 short games (under 10h to beat) and 2 medium (under 15-20h). You can use HLTB to check the time, or more conveniently the Enhanced Steam browser extension (it shows the HLTB time directly on the game's steam page). That rule can be overridden by the bottom (i.e. pick 5 short games) but not the other way around, as not everybody has the same time to dedicate to gaming.
  • Pick two SG wins unless the person specified SG wins only, in which case pick only in the applicant's SG wins list.
  • Quality-wise: at least 3 of the 5 games should have a positive (or above) rating. You can use this site to quickly sort games in a user's library by ratings (thanks to JaffaCaffa for the suggestion).
  • Please, respect the applicant's choice regarding multiplayer-only and Early access games, as well as other requests (exclusion of certain genre etc.).
  • Please use the code below to post your comment, it's already formatted, you just have to copy/paste & complete the data.

Do I have to participate in this event?
No, this is an event to help you reduce your backlog. If you already have a plan and don't want anyone to pick games for you, you're free to ignore it.

What happens if I don’t participate in the event?
Absolutely nothing.

What happens if I play all the games picked for me this month?
Still nothing. (You might get a shiny profile badge at some later date. And you can come back for another batch.)

What if I don’t have time to play 5 games?
Don’t worry, one is enough, we’re just asking the pickers to select 5 to give the player a little choice.

One of the game picked for me won’t run on my computer for X or Y reason, what do I do?
If this happens, please notify the picker by replying his comment and ask them to pick a replacement. If the original picker don’t give you an answer within 24h, don’t panic, just leave a comment and we’ll pick one for you. Meanwhile, you could try one of the other picked games if you haven't played them all yet.

I played all 5 games that were picked for me and I want more!
If you have completed all 5 games and reported your completion to the original comment, you can make a new request for another list.

When picking for other people, can I only pick “never played” games?
Not necessarily, you can also pick games that seem to have been abandoned but haven’t been categorized as “won’t play”. No beaten or completed games, or games being currently played obviously.

Why are there so many rules for picking the games? I can’t be bothered!
We’re trying to make this enjoyable for everyone so if you decide to pick games for others, please read and follow the rules. I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for the pickers too, but if it’s bothering you too much, remember you don’t need to pick games for others to join the challenge.

I’m new here, can I join the challenge?
Yes of course (and welcome to BLAEO). Please just be sure to have your games sorted by progress before signing up for the challenge, to make it easier for your picker.


So, is this like Play-or-pay but with lower stakes? I’m in (as an applicant)! Do I apply by making a separate post?


With your post you already applied ;) Lets wait for someone to pick 5 games for you. If after 24h nobody picked, I will do that.
There is no “pay” part, if you have left something from the list unplayed.


Awesome! Excited to see what someone picks for me! It always makes it feel like beating my backlog is a “quest” :D

  • The Room - HLTB Time: 2½ Hours - It’s an excellent (^^) game series, hope you will enjoy it
  • Anna’s Quest - HLTB Time: 9½ Hours - I’m conflicted about Daedalic games, but this is one of the good ones
  • Redout: Enhanced Edition - HLTB Time: 10½ Hours - Looks fun :)
  • Black Mesa - HLTB Time: 15 Hours - I see you played a lot of Half-Life games, so I hope you’ll enjoy this
  • Kingdom: Classic - HLTB Time: 8 Hours

Let me know if I should switch anything :) And good luck and a lot of fun with the games =)


Thanks for challenge!
Maybe try to switch Cinderella Phenomenon for something else, please. It’s on my long-term backlog, but I don’t feel like playing a VN like that in the near future.


No worries :) I switched it for Kingdom: Classic, hope you’ll like it =)


Just completed The Room. What an experience! Loved it! I love puzzle / escape-room games, but don’t seek them out actively as there are a lot of crappy ones out there. Well, this is not one of them! For me it’s slightly on the easier side of puzzle games, but still hard enough to be satisfying. Thanks for the challenge! I’m also playing to play Anna’s Quest for October’s PAGYWOSG, but no idea if I’ll manage to finish it before this challenge is over.


Just beat Anna’s Quest (with playtime of 12h – I prefer to bang my head against the wall instead of using a guide). It’s indeed a pretty good game! Thanks for the challenge!

I am also currently playing through Black Mesa, but I’m only at the beginning, so I likely won’t finish in time for this challenge.


Good job :) Glad you liked my picks so far =)

Yeah Black Mesa took me way longer than the HLTB so it might be too much to finish it. But even 2 games are a good result :)


Let the harvest begin :D



Your picks are below. ;)


I played most of these and enjoyed them. let me know if you want anything repicked!


Thanks a lot for the picks :) I just realized that I only own Episode 1 of Sally Face so if you could switch it for something else please? :)


no problem, I changed it to Pinstripe. Let me know if you need anything else picked. Enjoy!


I’d like to be challenged! Here is my list (any length is fine :)


okay let’s just do it again :D



I added two unfinished games, hope this is okay :) Let me know if anything should be switched, otherwise enjoy your games! =)


These are perfect, thank you for the picks!


I’d like to be challenged. My lists can be found under my name.


reserved finished :3

Enclave 9h
eXperience 112 10h
Kingdom: Classic 10h
AI War: Fleet Command 23h

Kingdom one of my personal favorites with great artstyle and phenominal music.
Played Enclave on release, was very fun back then.
eXperience 112 has a very unique gameplay approach as an adventure game.
Similar with AI War in the strategy area. Can choose a smaller map for shorter match time for this one.
DEATH STRANDING has the Kojima specialness to it, paired with excellent graphics and soundtrack.


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GAME#1 - HLTB Time: 8½ Hours GAME#1- 15.1 Hours (Completionist)


For whom did you want to pick? Or do you want to get challenged?


I’d like to be challenged!


Reserved - picking in progress

Played all of them (in parts).


A few days ago I managed to beat A Story About My Uncle and today I managed to beat borderlands.