The Diary of a Madwoman - Part 10

The Final Entry


And here we have reached the end of our journey together. I have had a chance to recharge and recover from the brain burning challenge. And so this is the reflective round-up.


In the 28 days of this challenge we played 98 games, and 87 different base games were played as part of the challenge. Bonuses were Santa Banter and Metro X which we also played but weren’t part of the challenge. We have been keeping track of our win rates, how long games took and also the colours we chose each time there was a colour choice available.


I am a yellow player. Yellow is my favourite colour, all my coats are mustard yellow, in fact actually so is the comfy jumper I am wearing to write this entry. The thing is, when I knew that I was tracking it and always picking yellow, I felt this need to not be predictable. So I found myself choosing rogue colours rather than faithful yellow who has served me so well. Then I told MJ about the fact that I thought I might be doing this, and me expressing that meant that he also now started to pick odd colours too. So what I am saying is that colour choice is influenced by knowing that you are being watched.


Anyway, despite my best unintentional efforts to skew the colour stats, yellow was still the most selected colour. In total, 43 colours were chosen throughout and yellow was selected 9 times. Below is a summary of the colour choices we made. As a scientist, I rarely find a pie chart a useful representation of data, but here it works perfectly with the colours.



Next onto win rate. I gave you a bit of a taste of how we were doing against each other previously, I was leading the win charge quite heroically. But before I update you on the competitive game win rate, let’s first look at the co-op games.


We played 14 co-op games throughout the challenge, and we won 12 of them (86%). I would say that was pretty good playing. MJ and I have had almost a whole year of being cooped up just the two of us, so I guess we have learnt to be more in tune with each other. It clearly has improved our ability to work well as a team though as our win stats evidence.


Most of our games are competitive though, and of all the games we played, I won 56% of the games played, MJ won 24% of those played, and the rest were co-ops. Blacknell reigns victorious, although since the challenge ended I have been absolutely smashed into submission on Doppelt So Clever and Metro X which I have won precisely twice out of the 15 games played.


And finally, how long did we spend gaming during the challenge? The tallied total stands at 2920 minutes or 48 hours and 40 mins. Well quite frankly, given the state of the world, I cannot think of a better thing to spend my time on!



The Award Ceremony


Stand-Out Game:

Absolute stand out game, the game that we thought about afterwards.

HB: This was hard for me to decide, but turns out MJ picked one of the tw