Daerphen
Challenge me! Monthly Edition
(15.08.2019 - 15.09.2019)
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Looking for something to do during the summer break? Maybe you want to get challenged by a fellow assassin. Just comment below and get another 5 games picked from your library.
Pick at least one game from the "unfinished" list
If you have issues, please post on the first comment or contact another admin/mod.

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.

Daerphen

Post here in case of issues

samwise84

Well challenge me please. Please again pick games on the shorter side, from either of the following lists

under 8 h
8-15h
no HLBT

I’ve beaten or decided not to pursue further 3 out of 5 games last month. So that’s not too bad.

samwise84

Nice picks :D
I’m looking forward to all of them. A Plague Tale : Innocence is one of the few games which I have bought at full price (or next to full price) because I heard so many good things about it. Definitly looking forward to that one. And Ame no Marginal -Rain Marginal- was the first VN I tried and for some reason never could get through the story. But considering that I finsihed an 25+h VN just yesterday I should have no problems with that one ^^

samwise84

Distraint is completed. Honestlly I can’t understand how that game has so many positive reviews. One of the only good things i can think about is that it is relatively short. With this out of the way now off to the games that I will really enjoy.

samwise84

Well I played everything except Meridian and that I did not play because I did not have enough time. For more indepth reviews see my weekly posts.

Tristar

Awesome to hear, 4 out of 5 is great, hope you have had fun, will take a look at your posts ^^
Summarized replying to the other comments: yeah I thought about Plague being relatively new and expensive, so that certainly deserves getting played soonish, before it ends up bundled haha xD
About Distraint, sad that it was no fun. I played it myself and picked it for that reason, while I agree that the rating on steam of 95% is a big much, it’s more in the 7 out of 10 region and at times it is quite a bit too gory, but also had some nice scenes and music too, so I thought it was alright, hope it was not too bad.

samwise84

Well it is 3 3/4 to be honest. Still have some chapters in A Plague Tale, which I really like. So thanks again for this great pick.

And no worries about Distraint. I think people either love or “hate” it. I would not say I hated it. It was just not my cup of tea.
You can find the reviews here:
DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition and Ame no Marginal -Rain Marginal-
Vanquish

Review for A Plague Tale will follow.

kubikill

I would like to join this time. It’s been a while since I last joined a Challenge Me.
No Early Access games, please.

samwise84

I’ll choose for you. Just give me some time.

  • Deponia - The complete Journey - HLTB Time: 27-36h - replaced
  • Snake Pass - HLTB Time: 5-11 1/2h - also from your unfinished pile, have played this myself but lost patience since i fell to often, but maybe you have more luck
  • 911 Operator - HLTB Time: 7 1/2-16h - Played this one myself. DLC’s are not necessary for enjoying this game.
  • Life is Strange - HLTB Time: 14-18h - a great game if you have the complete one, otherwise just says so and i choose something else or
    * The Painscreek Killings - HLTB Time: 8-11 1/2h : Played that one and enjoyed it quote a bit, even wrote a steam review about it.
  • YookaLaylee - HLTB Time: 15-24 1/2h - played this myself and enjoyed it, but also got frustrated several times. This one is rather long.

If you need repicks just say so.

kubikill

I don’t own the complete version of Life is Strange, so please pick something else.
Edit: I realized it’s on Android, so I’ll just play the Android version instead.
As for Deponia, I’d rather play it in Deponia: The Complete Journey rather than play the standalone version. Other than that, those are some solid picks!

samwise84

Sure no problem. You can play the complete Journey no problem. Saw it after I had picked Deponia.

As for Life is Strange, I think the android version is only the first episode and you need to buy the rest too. If that is the case I’d suggest The Painscreek Killings instead.

kubikill

That won’t be a problem. I’ll play Life is Strange.

86maylin

Haven’t done a single game last month, though I have started Never Alone and will probably finish it these couple of days.

Please choose shorter titles.
No multiplayer games.
Fine with early access.
No horror which overly uses jumpscares. I’m bad at horror so please pick light ones.
For easier picking, look at To Play and ABC plan lists. :3
As always, thanks for digging through my huge backlog. x3

samwise84

I’ll choose for you.

If you need any repicks, just say so

86maylin

Thanks for picking! :D I like that you picked a variety of games. x3

samwise84

I tried to make it so that there was something for every gaming mood ;)
From I need something to entertain my brain to just die already ^_^

86maylin

I just finished Lost Legends at the last moment. xD It was an alright HOG. Just relaxing experience. :3(although I would’ve liked if HOGs don’t use horror as their “trope” lol) Review on my profile if you’re interested.
Also, I completely forgot about having to post updates after finishing games and now I feel bad that the last couple of months I didn’t do it. D:

samwise84

I always forget that too. But then anyone who is rteally interested can simply read my weekly posts ;)

Blue Ϟ Lightning

Challenge me!
Treat gifts the same as wins. Please don’t pick anything I’ve been challenged before and ignore the list “not for me/mine”

Tristar

Reserved :3 (Oh, just noticed the pool of choosable games is super tiny xD)

Tristar

No worries ^^
Both gifts and wins have only unfinished left, are those to be treated the same as never played?

finished :3

Kingdom: Classic 7-15h
Q.U.B.E. 2 5h
Grey Goo 15h
If My Heart Had Wings 18-30h
Yakuza 0 30-60h

Kingdom is one of my favorite games with amazing music and pretty graphics.

Picks ended up a bit more on the longer side, tried my best to work with the available amount, seems like near all the short games are already completed. ^^

stef

I’d like to be challenged! I’m okay with any games.

JaffaCaffa

I picked a few unfinished ones that you weren’t super far into, to fit the theme. I know Yakuza can be on the long side if you wanna play through everything, tried to be a bit easier on you with the rest. If you’d like any swaps just let me know. :)

  • Yakuza 0 - HLTB Time: 31 Hrs (SG Win / Unfinished) - Need to finish this one myself, loved what I’ve played so far.
  • SUPERHOT - HLTB Time: 2½ Hours (Unfinished) - Had a blast, though very short.
  • AER Memories of Old - HLTB Time: 3 Hrs (Unfinished) - A beautiful, relaxing experience.
  • Guacamelee! Gold Edition - HLTB Time: 6 Hrs - Just beat this game local coop with my brother and loved it, but single player would’ve been fun too.
  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows - HLTB Time: 14 Hrs - Been interested in this one myself, love the art.
stef

thanks for the picks! Yakuza is long but I’ve been wanting to beat it for a long time so I’m up for the challenge!

aquilla

Right now I’m completely stucked with No Man Sky, but maybe I will find some time to play another games, I hope…

86maylin

Sorted by completion time. Feel free to ask for any swaps~

aquilla

Thank you very much. I should be able to finish a couple of them :)

aquilla

I finished Knights of Pen and Paper. Ok game. A bit too grindy for my taste. I’ll write review, when I’ll finishe more games.

Oh, my, God Becky

challenge me no horror, please

aquilla

Soooooo:

  • Spec Ops: The Line - HLTB Time: 6H - Your unfinished bussiness - I liked this game. It has so so gameplay, but very good story.
  • The Painscreek Killings - HLTB Time: 8H - I have this on my wishlist, so tell me, if it’s good.
  • Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey - HLTB Time: 3H. A relaxing game for one afternoon. Why not?
  • Shu - HLTB Time: 3H. I know nothing about this game, but it looks lovely
  • SteamWorld Heist - HLTB Time: 12H . I love this game. It was so good, you have to try it.
Oh, my, God Becky

thanks for the suggestion i have started both painscreek and shu time to finish them i guess i will probably blast through mind snare tomorrow

Oh, my, God Becky

Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey completed

Oh, my, God Becky

Shu

10 hours, 17 of 42 achievements

More

So I was challenged to beat 5 games and this is the second one I have completed, I have to say this is definitely a beautiful game but it can be quite frustrating mostly because it has these rush modes that turn the game from a casual platformer to heartwrenching auto scroller that is honestly quite frustrating overall I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with this game. Though i do have to say i like the mechanic where you get two different abilities per level



just finished

aquilla

Welll - I hope the hate was worthy because of the love :D

Oh, my, God Becky

I refuse to finish spec ops its a horrible game and it and the devs can go screw themselves for the white phosphorus rail road they did i spent an hour trying not to do that i even put cheats on to do anything other than what they are forcing me to do just to feel “deep”

OK this is a post edit this game made me extremely upset for the high horse stance it takes the devs said that if i wanted a choice i could stop playing and thats what i did i find the fact that the only way the auther could make you feel bad about what you did was to just shove it down your throat and then say oh look your so stupid and dumb for doing that how could you, you monster and when you try to do something other than the narrative they are trying to shove down your throat they literally cheat to make it imposible by spawning infinite snipers and upping the damage they do
I see what your trying to make me do dev and i refuse
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aquilla

Ok, at this moment I was treating a game like a movie and didn’t feel like it was “my” choice :) but I was rying to cheat the system too.