Anti-Backlogging Strategy 2.0 Daerphen’s profile

It’s about time to get rid of all my backlogged games… Ok I will be serious, I will try to get rid of some of them. So here is how I will try to manage that.


Challenge me! Monthly Edition
(16.01.2020 - 16.02.2020)
A brand new year, let's continue our good work of last year also in the new decade.
Have there been awesome games you might recommend playing? Try to pick a game from the unplayed games of the challenger, which you already played in 2018 or 2019 yourself.

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.

  • STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™

    19 hours playtime

    no achievements

Report #250: STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™

May the force be with you


Just finished my playthrough of the recent released Star Wars game. It is a nice game. It makes a lot of fun wielding that Laser Sword, blocking, dodging, deflecting laser gun shots, etc.

The game is a mixture of Tomb Raider/Uncharted gameplay, combined with the save point handling in Dark Souls, but it is way easier, especially because there are different difficulties ;)

It is a bit short to my liking. But the story is very cool and I enjoyed it.

  • Gothic Playable Teaser

    3 hours playtime

    17 of 29 achievements

Report #249: Gothic Playable Teaser

I am on a hype train


Mid of december this came very surprising in my library. THQ released a playable teaser/demo for a possible remake of Gothic 1. The original game was one of the first games, that introduced me to RPGs, made me like In Extremo. And I replayed the old games a couple of years ago.

The game uses a much more newer engine and they have reworked the combat system. It is very similar to For Honor and I think it fits perfectly into the game. You need to decide the direction of a block and a swing. At the beginning I died a lot. But after a while I got pretty used to it.

Unfortunately there are also a lot of flaws. Like the voices sounds like they sampled some old recordings, but they are not of high quality. Also the achievements are quite buggy and friends already complained about corrupted savegames

There are two necessary tweaks, turning of debug logs and motion blur. The first one will write 10gb of logs during 3 hour gameplay

Hope they will implement, but hopefully the do not force a release to early.

  • Life is Strange 2

    18 hours playtime

    46 of 46 achievements

Report #248: Life is Strange 2

Good but not great


I came back to this series. In my opinion this one is not so great as the first one. They have a lot in common. The story is okay, the usage of the super power of Daniel could have been better. Non the less I enjoyed the game.

  • Pillars of Eternity

    64 hours playtime

    34 of 48 achievements

Report #247: Pillars of Eternity

RPG combined with Visual Novel


Was delaying this game now for quite some time. Finally started it thanks to our fellow assassins from PoP. It was the second cicle this was picked for me. But with the recent change to 3-month-cycle, I finally have enough time to play the long games

I am totally nooby with this type of RPGs. I am totally bad in micro management my party, so I played this on "Story mode". But it was tough non the less. Texts of the main story are usually synchronized, the rest needs to be read by yourself.

Story is really cool, also I liked the character development and choice matter aspects a lot.

Challenge me! Monthly Edition
(16.12.2019 - 16.01.2020)
Howdy, how are you doing this year? Hope everything is to your liking and you are thrilled about the christmas days.
Let's wrap up the year with a "GOTY" game. Try to pick at least one game, that has been a "Game of the Year" or with released a GOTY-Edition or which has GOTY/Game of the Year in the name.

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.

  • Trials Fusion

    9 hours playtime

    no achievements

Report #246: Trials Fusion

From easy to extreme


Recently watched some people playing it and got interested again in the game. It was a couple of months in Playstation Plus, but I hardly reached the easy and medium finish line. Now I progressed even further than expected. There are a couple of easy, medium, hard and extreme maps. To get the extreme maps you need to finish all games at least once, and all the easy and medium on gold. So in total 110 medals over maybe around 50 maps.

Now all that is left are the extreme maps, but they are really really extreme. And tons of user generated maps. And there is the season pass, I might grab it during sale, we'll see.

For now this counts as beaten in my library.

  • WayOut

    3 hours playtime

    66 of 66 achievements

  • Borderlands 2

    203 hours playtime

    75 of 75 achievements

  • Crazy Machines 3

    15 hours playtime

    41 of 41 achievements

  • Besiege

    11 hours playtime

    30 of 36 achievements

Report #245: Combined report

A puzzle, two physics and a shooter


I am very lazy lately. Didn't feel like writing much, so I am wrapping up 4 games in this report.

Wayout is a nice and short puzzle game. Goal of the game is simple, get all squares to white. If you click on one, the neighbour pieces might turn color. There are a few special pieces. Difficulty is well balanced, from easy tutorial till hard. But in the end, nothing unsolvable.

Borderlands 2 recently released a new DLC to rais attention for Borderlands 3. Nice story and a very hard raid boss. A few extra hours to get all achievements and now the game is back to 100%

Crazy Machines 3 was very nice, the campaigns feature various funny chain reactions. The mini games were horrible. Especially because I do not have the best graphic card. And it seems that it is not optimized for NVidia. First I thought it lags, because I am playing on Linux, so I switched to Windows for a try, but horrible lags there as well.

Besiege is very long in Early Access. A while ago they introduced achievements, so I started it again, played through the 2/3 compaign worlds already released. Now waiting for the final content patch.

  • Lines X

    4 hours playtime

    590 of 590 achievements

  • Lines Infinite

    4 hours playtime

    100 of 100 achievements

Report #244: Lines

Short and nice puzzle. Mobile games for PC


After finishing a very long game I quickly played two very short puzzle games. As coming from a story rich game is not always easy.

Be aware of those games, Lines X is very achievement spammy. 590 Achievements for 100 Levels. Whereas Lines Infinite has less achievements.

Nice and short games, they probably also have a version on mobile platforms, they have a very simplistic interaction (drawing lines on dots).


Batch #21 is done. Some very long games were part of this Batch.

  • Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

    11 hours playtime

    17 of 129 achievements

  • Zup! X

    2 hours playtime

    2880 of 2880 achievements

  • Zup! 8

    75 minutes playtime

    2220 of 2220 achievements

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence

    19 hours playtime

    35 of 35 achievements

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    133 hours playtime

    93 of 93 achievements

  • Bear With Me - Collector's Edition

    9 hours playtime

    65 of 65 achievements

  • Shadow Warrior

    17 hours playtime

    41 of 92 achievements

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    244 hours playtime

    78 of 78 achievements

  • Lines X

    4 hours playtime

    590 of 590 achievements

  • Lines Infinite

    4 hours playtime

    100 of 100 achievements

Challenge me! Monthly Edition
(18.11.2019 - 18.12.2019)
Late again... But you have one month as always
It's pretty dark when I get home. Get youself a cozy game and have fun. Please pick something featuring the noir tag for your fellow assassins or something that features a devices bringing light, for example candles, torch, etc.

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.