2018 5 x 1 Challenge

Normally on Sunday I would write a review of a game in my collection, but with my 10 x 10 challenge post last Wednesday, I figured I would take the time to post my other board game challenge I’m doing this year.

I have a soft spot for meaty games.  Whether they are wargames or thinky games about logistics or things like that, the idea of sitting down for a lengthy game always appeals to me…but I rarely find the time to sit down and play them.

So this year, I am focusing on 5 lengthier games that span genres so I can at least say I’ve played them.

Special thanks to Heavy Cardboard (@HeavyCardboard) and Katies Game Corner (@katiesgamecrner) for recommending a few of these, either through Twitter or through excellent playthrough videos on YouTube.

Without further ado, here’s the list:

The Colonists

I found out about this game through Heavy Cardboard, and watching their playthrough I knew I had to have it.  It takes place over 1 – 4 phases (depending on what the players want) and the 4 phase game takes something like 8 hours.  I don’t think I’ll get a 4 phase game played, but I’m hoping for at least a 2 phaser at some point.  This has worker placement and tile placement which is why it appealed to me in the first place.

Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944

This is a Standard Combat Series monster game of the D-Day landings in WWII.  I am a WWII wargamer at heart, and the D-Day landings are by far the most interesting operation to me, so I’m looking forward to getting this accessible monster to the table this year.

Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection

This recommendation came from Katies Game Corner as an introduction to the COIN series from GMT.  I didn’t have many Revolutionary War period games, and the board with this looks absolutely phenomenal.  While I had tried Cuba Libre a few years ago, it left me lacking and I had written off the COIN series.  I am glad I took Katies advice and picked this one up, as my play through of the tutorial (of sorts) in the Rulebook made me absolutely need to play this; the icing on the cake is I have a group of friends who have already said they want to try this one.

Roads & Boats

This is another rekindled love thanks to Heavy Cardboard, and the only game I’ve played previously on this list.  This is a game about logistics, which I get doesn’t sound all that interesting, but the one time I’ve played this in the past I really enjoyed it, so I figured it was time to dust it off and make sure we get it played again this year.

Star Wars Rebellion

I am a huge Star Wars fan, so it saddens me to think I’ve had this game since release and it hasn’t hit the table.  This is everything I love in Ameritrashy games, so it has to happen this year.  No doubt about it.

Well, these are the 5 longer/heavier games I chose.  I’m already looking for opportunities to get these played, and who knows, maybe this will expand to a 10 x 1 if things go well.

Any heavier games you are wanting to play in the new year? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “2018 5 x 1 Challenge

  1. Rebellion looks a lot heavier than it actually is. There is a lot of setup and a fair number of moving pieces, but it’s actually pretty straightforward once you get into the rhythm of it.


    1. Definitely! I knew it wasn’t heavy, but this one is on the list by virtue of having it since it was released in 2016 and not playing it in addition to finding the time to play it (it has a longer play time than a majority of the games my regular group plays, so it needs its own special session). I’m definitely looking forward to it, though!


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