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Challenge me! Monthly Edition
(17.05.2020 - 17.06.2020)
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I know, I know. Challenge Me starts a bit later this month. But don't you worry, you still have 30 days to complete the challenge
No extra theme related task this time as it already hard to pick a local game from our own libraries. But maybe you can recommend some really nice game to your fellow assassins.

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.

Moony1986

I had a lot of fun last time so let’s see what I’ll get this time :)

Just two wishes:

  • No multiplayer only games
  • No games which require a controller to play

Thanks in advance =)

skanda
  • Stardew Valley - HLTB Time: 51+ hours - Yes, it takes forever to finish the game… But once you start playing it you just can’t stop, it’s just too fun to play.
  • The Little Acre - HLTB Time: 1-2 hours - Here’s a shorter game to make it up to you. :) A simple and adorable point and click adventure with one of the cutest video game dogs I’ve ever seen.
  • Oxenfree - HLTB Time: 4-5 hours - Another adventure game, this one is more story heavy and has a great atmosphere.
  • Tomb Raider - HLTB Time: 11ish hours - I love the new Tomb Raider games! notices the release date A 7 year old game still counts as a newish game, right?
  • Bastion - HLTB Time: 6 hours - Since you seemed to enjoy Pyre (or at least I assume so, since you have 22 hours in it :) ) you should really like this Supergiant game as well!

Hopefully you’ll like at least some of these!

Moony1986

Oh yes those are really nice picks, I think at least 2 of them were on my wishlist before I got them :) I played the first Tomb Raider back when I was a kid, that’s why I got me all of them but didn’t played any of them yet, so now I can do that ;)

It’s just including one SG win but I can live with that :D

Luckily I have 2 weeks vacation at the beginning of June so that should be enough for Stardew Valley :D

Thanks a lot for picking games for me =)

skanda

:3

Moony1986

Bastion: Oh yes it was a really nice game :)

Oxenfree: Yes definitely an interesting game. I just wish you would be able to slow down the speed of those bubbles. Seems like I’m a slow reader :D

Also started Stardew Valley, it’s really a lovely and relaxing game =)

Max Mnemonic

Trying to keep my average of 3 games per monthly challenge up. Pick only cool stuff!

samwise84

Let’s see if I can find something cool for you :D

Max Mnemonic

Oh, boy, looks like I’ll have my hands full with FFX. Thanks for the picks!

skanda

Still have a Challenge Me backlog from last month (only completed one game), but plan on creating a Challenge Me list that I can reference when I don’t know what to play.
Will try to get as many as possible done this month, though, don’t want to just keep adding stuff to the list and leaving things unplayed. :)

Someone please pick some games for me! And please don’t include early access or multiplayer only games.

Moony1986

As you don’t have a SG wins list, I picked 2 of your “Gifts & Other Wins” list instead :)

  • Finding Paradise - HLTB Time: 5 Hours - Game from the To The Moon developer, another touching story :,)
  • Human: Fall Flat - HLTB Time: 5½ Hours - A funny puzzle game. Can be played in multiplayer but it’s not necessary :)
  • Trine 2: Complete Story - HLTB Time: 9 Hours - A really nice platformer series. First wanted to add Trine 3 but as you haven’t played the second, I added this instead. ;)
  • Fable - The Lost Chapters - HLTB Time: 15 Hours - A RPG masterpiece, haven’t played it myself yet but heard a lot of praise for it :)
    The Binding of Isaac - HLTB Time: 11 Hours - A rouge-like RPG with random generated dungeons, sounds like a lot of fun :)
  • Anna’s Quest - HLTB Time: 9½ Hours - For me the best Daedalic game I played yet

I hope I found something you’ll like :) Have a lot of fun!

skanda

Thanks for picking for me!
I was going to start with Isaac, but it turns out you need to install third party software to make a controller work with the game. And on top of that the software seems to have issues with Windows 10… Then I was going to use my keyboard to play the game, but you need arrow keys and I have a 60% keyboard. :D So can you please replace Isaac with some other game? It’s literally unplayable for me.

Moony1986

Oh that’s bad :c I switched it with Anna’s Quest, hope you will enjoy it =)

skanda

Thank you! Shouldn’t have any problems with that one.

86maylin

Did 2 and the third is ongoing last month. :D

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

Max Mnemonic
  • The Signal From Tölva - HLTB Time: 6½ Hours [A true hidden gem! Kind of stealth shooting exploration open world in a world with only robots. It’s not perfect but it oozes with charm, a flawed game you can’t help but love.] - Won on SG
  • Grim Fandango Remastered - HLTB Time: 10½ Hours - 11½ Hours [Classic point and click goodness. Some frustrating puzzles but other than an unique setting packed with great characters and an intriguing story. (no shame in looking up walkthroughs!)] -Won on SG
  • Portal 2 - HLTB Time: 8½ Hours [Probably needs no introduction. Amazing puzzles, narrative, style, mechanics… the whole package!]
  • Shadowrun Returns - HLTB Time: Main Story 12 Hours [The first entry in the modern ShadowRun videogames. As it is the first, there will be improvements missing from it that were introduced in later installments, but it’s still a damn good experience and story, with amazing cyberpunk visuals.]
  • MIND: Path to Thalamus Enhanced Edition - HLTB Time: 4 Hours [Couldn’t find anything in your “short” list I liked, so here’s something that looks cool!]

If you want me to change a game let me know.

86maylin

A 6.5 hour open world game? Sounds interesting. Could you change The Walking Dead to other shorter games? I’m not really in the mood of playing a dialogue heavy Telltale game, especially one that’s this sad. :< Plus I’m actually planning on playing Pyre soon which will fill that dialogue heavy itch when I feel like it.

Max Mnemonic

Sure thing, changed it.

86maylin

Thanks! I’ve already started The Signal From Tolva and it’s looking pretty interesting. :3

Spamlynguist

Been a while since I last participated in this, so go nuts!

  • No previous picks
  • No multiplayer-only/endless games
  • Much rather get picks from my unfinished/never played pile than SG wins.
samwise84
Spamlynguist

I’m actually playing through the original BioShock at the moment, haha! Could you replace that one with something else?

samwise84

Sure thing, just give me a moment ;)

Hope Silence is better.

Aiori

Hi! I have a Challenge Me backlog from last month (1 game and a a half are remaining, not bad for a 1st time, plus I´ve finished 1 not included in it), but I am planning on add some Challenge Me games to June´s plan (on May I am still finishing the pending games), because probably they will be games that they are not on my mind, but I got nice surprises last month, so I want to repeat the experience.

Please choose some games from me, preferably short ones, without multiplayer, and a mix of different genres if it´s possible: I like graphical adventures but I like action too for example xd.

Actually playing, to avoid them from the list: Walking Dead Season 1, Life is Strange Before the Storm, Fighting Ex Layer, Dead Age and Hard West.

Greetings!

Spamlynguist

If you want to replace some games, just let me know!

Aiori

It´s ok. It´s a nice variety! I will try my best.

Aiori

Finished the cleaning simulator. It was a strange game xdxdxd

Spamlynguist

Haha yeah, it’s a strange one for sure!

86maylin

If you want anything swapped feel free to tell me. :3

Bangledeschler

The only one I want swapped is Thief, only because I want to start with the original before I hit the reboot. So, I propose switching it to Thief: Gold
Otherwise the list looks good full of games I have been wanting/itching to play. ^_^
Challenge Accepted!

86maylin

Changed! Enjoy. :D

Cece09

Haven’t done it in a while so why not let someone pick some games for the play a win event since I’m onto my backlog now
Please pick from this list https://www.backlog-assassins.net/lists/9b4zy9l/

Rederdex

Didn’t wanna get you anything too long, yet also get you some games I know that are good. Let me know if you want anything swapped.

Bastion HLTB time: 6 hours
Murdered: Soul Suspect HLTB Time: 7 hours
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy HLTB time: 14.5 hours
Spyro Reignited Trilogy HLTB Time: 15 hours

Edit: phone formatting

Cece09

Oh bunch of remakes XD
Thanks for the picks. I’ve been meaning to play spyro for ages but I just never found the time to do so

Also welcome to the challenge

Rederdex

If you mind them, I can glady swap something. I’ve just seen them and couldn’t understand how you didn’t start playing them yet

Cece09

Just haven’t had the time. Between the challenges and doing my wins I haven’t touched them. I did bastion for a challenge before but it broke a few lvls in so I couldnt continue but its a win so I want to try and see if I can get past the problem. The others just never found the time for even for spyro which I love. However I am finished with my wins now so I have the chance to play more games then just the ones I planned to do for sequels and stuff

Rederdex

First time posting here.
I would like to get 3 games with a good story that I could complete (100%) in this month (by playing let’s say 3hrs a day)
It’s a lot better if the games don’t have any MP requirements.
I don’t really care if I have to start a new game (that for whatever reason I didn’t play at all until now, even though it’s a masterpiece… Come on, flame me), or something that I have started but have never managed to complete.
If you have an extra game, or two, up to 10hrs that’s a MUST PLAY HOW COULD YOU LIVE UNTIL NOW WITHOUT COMPLETING THESE, I’m taking up to 2 bonuses as well ;)
The newer the games are, and the better the graphics and scenes the better, but idm playing a really old game either, as long as it’s good

86maylin

Story games: Since you’re asking for good story I mostly have to pick from my experience, tho I don’t really play longs games. :P

  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - HLTB Time: 11.5 hours to complete - This is part of the OMG HOW HAVE YOU NOT PLAYED IT game, though it also fits your good story requirement. I adore this game so much and it shouldn’t take too long to 100%.
  • Undertale - HLTB Time: 20.5 hours to complete - This game is a bit over-rated, but still I liked the writing and the world building of it. To 100% you might need to practice a lot for a certain route but hopefully it still fits.
  • My Brother Rabbit - HLTB Time: 4 hours to complete - I hesitate on picking this one since it doesn’t really have a clear story, but I still enjoyed the game very much. Here’s an alternative if you’re uncertain about this one:
  • Spec Ops: The Line - HLTB Time: 15.5 hours to complete - This game has a really interesting story. I love the theories and how it’s carried out. Gameplay is a bit mediocre and getting the FUBUR difficulty might need some work tho so keep in mind.

  • Snake Pass - HLTB Time: 5 hours - SG win
  • The Witness - HLTB Time: 17 hours

Feel free to ask for any swaps. :3

Rederdex

Tbh, the only reason I haven’t played Ori yet is because I was too afraid for it to somehow disappoint me after I’ve heard so much stuff about it. The same goes for Undertale.
The list looks pretty nice though, I hope I’ll be able to stick 100hrs into these games this month, and also work on my other smaller games at the same time.
Thanks for the challenge, can’t wait to see myself progress through it :P

86maylin

Ori requires you to be able to endure a bit of trail and error and also quite some insta-deaths and setbacks. And Undertale is mediocre. Like, it’s not bad, it’s just, kinda meh. Don’t get your expectations up high and you’ll probably have a good time. :P

Rederdex

I just started with my Brother Rabbit, as it’s one of the shorter ones, and it seems this games is one of the “OMG I SHOULD HAVE PLAYED THIS A LONG TIME AGO” games.
The story is kinda weird, you were right, but I seem to understand it. The game design and sound is amazing though. I don’t remember exactly when and how I got it (most likely from Fanatical), but I should have started playing through it a lot sooner it seems. Thanks for the recommendation. :)
Can’t wait to try the other ones

Update:

Completed list

My Brother Rabbit


Beaten

Snake Pass
Ori and the Blind Forest
Spec Ops


Left to do

Undertale
The Witness


I will try to beat everything first, and complete whatever I haven’t done yet after I’m done with everything. Story>100%

banikanani

I would be interested in getting challenged again! My only requirement is that the games shouldn’t be too jank.

Tristar

Reserved Finished :3

Never Alone 3h
Analogue: A Hate Story 3h
Portal 4h
The Talos Principle 15h
Syrian Warfare 20h?

Never can not pick Talos when available ;-)

LeoTurambar

If I’m still in time, I would be curious be challenged, and see the chosen games.
I don’t know how many multiplayer only games I have (they shouldn’t be many), but I would avoid them, please.
Thank you! :D

Tristar

Never too late, reserved :3

LeoTurambar

I have great expectations about at least a couple of them, I hope my PC will be able to run each one smoothly. Thank you for the choice! :D