Daerphen
Challenge me! Monthly Edition
(16.12.2018 - 16.01.2019)
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One last time we are calling all adventures assassins to get challenged. Head to the comments and apply or pick for your fellow assassins. Please include at least one game featuring the winter theme or explosions.

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 if there are any issues

Trilled Meow

I would like to be challenged. Please treat my unfinished games the same as unplayed. Also, please don’t choose Bioshock or Borderlands, since I played them on console and they aren’t a priority to replay at this point. Thanks!

uguleley

I don’t have personal experience with each game on the list, but I tried to go for variety. Let me know if there’s any problem with a game and want it changed!

Trilled Meow

Thanks, I look forward to playing these! lmao @ Roundabout.

Trilled Meow

I beat all but Metro 2033. Fortune-499 was a decent puzzle twist on turn-based RPGs, I liked both Orwell and The Sexy Brutale quite a bit, but the real gem was Roundabout. I wrote a little about these on recent BLAEO updates. Thanks again for picking.

uguleley

4 out of 5, brilliant! Good to hear you liked the games. :)

Flygonite

In for another attempt! Unfinished games are fine too, just please don’t choose something I’ve already been challenged with.

JaffaCaffa

Let me know if you want me to change any of the picks! Have fun. :)

  • Dark Train - HLTB Time: 6-10 Hours - (Winter Theme) Played the demo & really enjoyed it.
  • The Next Penelope - HLTB Time: 2-4 Hours - (SG Win)
  • Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure - HLTB Time: 5-12 Hours - (SG Win)
  • Cuphead - HLTB Time: 9-19 Hours - (Unfinished) Hope you didn’t stop this one because you didn’t like it! One of my favourites this year, need to get back to it and beat the last few levels.
  • SteamWorld Heist - HLTB Time: 12-20 Hours - Heard so many fantastic things, have put it off faaar too long myself.
Flygonite

Excellent choices, thank you! And I didn’t hate Cuphead haha; I started it up to show a friend and got overwhelmed and shelved it… for, uh, basically a year. It’s still installed anyway!

Flygonite

I beat Cuphead! There was more than one moment of “what the heck am I supposed to do about that?!” Easiest boss was honestly the Phantom Express, but my favorite was Rumor Honeybottoms because everything was a pun.

and, y’know, you catch more flies with honey and all that

JaffaCaffa

Congrats!! Kudos on beating it. The more I look back at Cuphead, the more I love the level designs and music, so good.

I last avoided doing the honey level because I heard it was a nightmare difficulty-wise (so let’s just wait until you haven’t played it for a couple months and are rusty again to start one of the harder levels…because logic. :P) but am planning on beating it this month for the challenge! Pls give me your mlg pro energy. :D

Just curious, do you remember how many total deaths you had by the end? I was having fun with seeing how well/few deaths I could do first run, but then I ended up replaying the first two worlds local co-op with 2 different people so my stats are very skewed now. haha

Flygonite

Had to go back and check because I completely forgot to find out, haha. My death total was 221, although you should add maybe 50-100 to that, as I started over from scratch and didn’t have nearly as much trouble with the early levels this time. Like that darn clown.

Even putting the game down for a year, it didn’t take long to get back up to speed, so you got this!

86maylin

Only 1 finished last month again.

Please mostly pick shorter games.
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

Trilled Meow
86maylin

Thanks for picking!
Does Orwell fit into the monthly theme? :o And yeah, I also picked Santa’s Rampage for the monthly theme. xP
Midnight Mysteries will probably be a little scary for me since I find Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden scary, but I think it’ll be fine cuz the main focus isn’t horror.

Trilled Meow

You’re right, Orwell doesn’t fit. I thought it released at the beginning of 2018 :/

Let me know if you want me to switch anything.

86maylin

It’s alright. I needed to play it eventually anyways. x3 Thanks again for picking!

86maylin

Progress report since I don’t think I’ll finish any other game in the remaining time. I finished Viscera Cleanup and Dear Esther! Both reviews are on my profile if you’re interested in reading. Overall I really enjoyed the two games you picked, so thanks. :D

Trilled Meow

Oops, I didn’t realize Dear Esther would be scary, but I’m glad you liked it anyway. And you played two different versions, so you’ve sort of knocked out two Steam games.

Neku

Please challenge me! `v´Unfinished games are fine as well!
No shooter or multiplayer games please. °^°

86maylin

Feel free to ask for any swaps~

Neku

Thanks again for the list! :3
I refunded Grow Home already (didn’t like it <.<). Dunno how to remove it from BLAEO. I already played Bastion some time ago (and yes, it’s awesome!) so please swap them both.
Would it be okay if I swap Batman Knight with City? A friend told me that City plays before Knight so I’d like to play this first :<

86maylin

Sorry for the late reply. I’ve swapped them all. See if you like them or needs swapping again. :3
I think when BLAEO does the scan it’ll detect you don’t have the licence anymore, so there’ll be a “Seems like you don’t own some of the games. Would you like to delete them? “ notification when you go to your “All games” tab. Just click that and I think you’ll be able to delete.

Neku

Yes, thanks! It worked :)
• finished The Mooseman! Gameplay was a bit slow and boring but I just soo love it’s art style and myths in general >w<

Blue Ϟ Lightning

Please challenge me! Exams are nearly done but i still have christmas stuff and a bunch of plans for awhile so i dont have alot of free time…shorter would be better but you can challenge anything.
Please treat gifts the same as wins and don’t chose anything ive already been challenged please!

EvilBlackSheep

Skanda sent me. I’ll be back with a list of picks.

I hope you have fun. I only picked one SG win because they’re mostly played and that was the only short one remaining.

Blue Ϟ Lightning

When Our Journey Ends beaten :3 its alright a head above a bunch of trash VN but also not one I’d recommend.

EvilBlackSheep

Sorry for that one, I had no idea how it would be but it was your only SG win available for the pick.

Blue Ϟ Lightning

Momodora III is similar to the others still exactly the gameplay i like in a love letter to cave story/starting to break away and be closer to reverie…found most of the bosses were simply run and spam attack right at them getting hurt while you do slowly chipping away and winning with half a heart left vs the roll doge thing of reverie (really good game if you’ve never played it) or the jumping around thing of the first 2…honestly like it but its not as good as reverie.

Strawberry vinagar is real cute. Defenitly a fun VN and worth your time

Blue Ϟ Lightning

Wadget eyes may be love but im not immediately getting into primordia…like i played for 30min to an hour and havent gotten into it ;_;

banikanani

I’m interested in getting challenged, unfinished games are okay too.

Daerphen

Sorry for the rather longer games. Please tell me, if that is a problem and I swap for shorter. But all of them were played by me and they were awesome

escollo

Usually I failed these challenges miserably but let’s try it again.
I would prefer short ones, SG-wins and no MP only

Daerphen
escollo

I’ve already beaten 35mm, I forgot to update it here, sorry >/<
Would you change it pls?

Daerphen

Sure :D Picked Q.U.B.E instead for you

escollo

I’ve already beaten “Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut” and it’s basically a better version of Q.U.B.E, so would you change it again?

Daerphen

Haha, let’s try again with Rooms: The Main Building. Not played myself, but it looks nice and is only 4.5h

escollo

Ok, that’s good. Thank you for the picking