@sparky_buzzsaw: I think my biggest problem with the environments in Grandia is that they're really not conducive to my "go everywhere, collect everything" mentality in these kinds of games. Since I let that go and focused more on getting from one side of each map to the other, their maze-like quality isn't quite as frustrating as I found it in the beginning. Here's hoping I continue to warm to it as I make more progress.@mento: Without giving away too much for this weekend's Backlogbook, I think I'm starting to see what you mean about Grandia. It definitely feels like it's starting to come into its own now. As for LEGO games, I can see where you're coming from about them being good 'rental' games (although I'm not sure I'd have the dedication to 100% one in a weekend, especially not if they're all the size of LEGO Star Wars: TCS). Finally, thanks for reminding me about Yooka-Laylee. I missed out on that Kickstarter because I didn't have a current-gen console at the time it was running, so I never backed it. I'll definitely be looking at picking that one up down the line, though.@slag: Thanks man. Unfortunately the Backloggery doesn't have any kind of import feature, it's all manual data entry. The upside of that is that I have a lot of control over how my backlog is laid out. The downside is the initial set-up is a major time investment. It took me a couple of weekends to set up my entire backlog on there, and it was a real drag, but the pay-off has been worth it in my opinion. As for how I'm aiming to tackle the thirty-six, my plan is pretty much identical to the one you've proposed - twelve long games and twenty-four shorter games, at an average of three per month. My planned 'three' for this month are Grandia, LEGO Star Wars and the 2016 DOOM. Haven't given much thought to which specific games I'll be playing in February and beyond, but I definitely have a 'model' in mind.@bobafettjm: Thanks duder. I've heard good things about Grandia II, to the point where it's on my Steam wishlist, but given the circumstances that have given rise to this blog series, I don't think I can justify picking it up unless I end up really liking the first game.@eccentrix: My main memory of Populous: The Beginning is the fact it took up a whole damn memory card. I remember buying this hideous third-party memory card with double storage just so I could play it. It was pretty cool back at the time, but I'm just not a strategy game guy, and if I did want to get into that kind of game, I have better examples of the genre in my backlog (XCOM: Enemy Unknown being the first one to spring to mind).