Darkwynd's 2014 Challenge: 10 Plays of 10 Games
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This list is to track my progress on the 2014 Challenge: Play 10 Games 10 Times Each. You can check out my summary progress on the main geeklist here

I wanted to accept the challenge to play ten games ten times each because it will actually be a challenge for me. As much as I would like to play games more often, it is very difficult for two main reasons:
* My children are currently ages 14, 9, 33 months, and 19 months, so finding time to sit down with the older kids - and preferably my wife as well - and play a game without the toddlers screaming about being excluded is a challenge in itself.
* The older kids and myself are also video game junkies and addicted to our iDevices and DSs and Vitas as applicable, so it's all too easy for us to just do our own thing. I'm hoping that taking on the challenge and giving myself a goal to work toward will cause me to be more intentional about getting everyone to unplug and spend some time together playing a game.

I'd like to get back to doing more solo gaming as well. When I first got into the hobby, I would look forward to spending time I had to myself breaking out a game. Lately, however, I just default to watching a show or logging some time on my PS3 because, frankly, it's easier. I know that playing a game would be a more fulfilling experience, but I'm just being lazy.

I am attempting to make my selections for the challenge an even mix of games that I'll play with the kids, ones my wife and I can play just the two of us, and games I can play solo. Since this challenge will in part require a group effort from my family to complete, I'm also soliciting input from them on what games they might want to try playing ten times over the course of the year.

I'm designating games as solo (1P), two-player (2P), or three-plus-player (GRP) to make it easier to see what kind of mix I have at a glance. These will be based off of the number of players will play in my family, so it won't necessarily correlate to the number of players technically possible with the game.

UPDATE: Now that we are allowed to switch out games for the challenge beyond just a single alternate, I've started to list and track additional games that seem likely to get ten plays by the end of the year as they pop up.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne: Winter Edition [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:772]
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2P / GRP

Good for playing with Denine before bed. It's the first copy of Carcassonne we have owned, so it's still new to us.



1. 04/05 - Denine
2. 05/24 - Denine
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2. Board Game: Compounded [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1115]
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This was a surprise hit with Denine, so between games with everybody and just the two of us this shouldn't be too hard to nail down.



1. 04/12 - Denine, Jamie, & Ren
2. 07/21 - Denine
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3. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:464] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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+ Wrath of Ashardalon

1P / 2P / GRP

Son's suggestion. This one could be a little tough to squeeze in, but given the flexibility in the number of players we should be able to manage.



1. 01/18 - LoD Adventure 3 - Solo
2. 01/18 - LoD Adventure 4 - Solo
3. 05/25 - WoA Adventure 1 - Solo
4. 05/25 - WoA Adventure 2 - Ren
5. 08/30 - WoA Adventure 3 - Solo
6. 08/30 - WoA Adventure 4 - Solo
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4. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:1993]
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+ Hero Booster Pack #1, Guild Leader, Winter Promo Pack

1P / 2P / GRP

This one feels a little cheap to add to the challenge, as ten plays of this shouldn't really be too hard. But I really want to get this to the table more often, and the kids enjoy it.



1. 01/04 - Jamie & Ren
2. 04/05 - Solo
3. 04/05 - Solo
4. 05/25 - Solo
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5. Board Game: Roll For It! [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2586]
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2P / GRP

Daughter's suggestion. Should be easy to get in ten plays of this, even if it's just her and I.



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6. Board Game: Shadows Upon Lassadar [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:7519]
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1P

I was really excited about this game when I first got it printed up, but then it seriously kicked my rear a few times and I lost steam. Time to give it another go - maybe I can figure it out with ten shots at it.



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7. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:184] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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+ Be Not Afraid..., Grand Dames, Royal Bonus, Leaders, Necromancer Island

2P / GRP

I love this game, it definitely doesn't get enough table time in my book. And now that we've picked up Leaders and NI from the recent Kickstarter, not to mention more races in the Royal Bonus, I'm itching to get some games in. Denine has also talked about this being a before bed game for the two of us, though that hasn't happened yet.



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8. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1397]
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2P / GRP

Currently Denine's favorite, this shouldn't be too hard to get in 10 plays.

Currently stalled out while we wait for the "real" version from the Kickstarter - for some reason Denine refuses to play the PnP any more now that it's past when we should have had the final version. Still shouldn't be hard to get ten plays in.




1. 01/04 - Denine
2. 01/04 - Denine
3. 06/14 - Denine
4. 06/14 - Denine
5. 06/14 - Denine
6. 06/15 - Denine
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8. 06/28 - Ren
9. 06/28 - Ren
10. 07/20 - Denine
11. 07/20 - Denine
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:61] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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+ various expansion ships

2P

Son's suggestion, although I was already planning to add it. Time to get our monies worth out of all the ships we've bought and never actually played with.



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10. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:325] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
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+ Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak, and various expansion add-ons.

1P / 2P / GRP

Probably my single largest untapped gaming investment, this definitely needs to see more table time. Particularly since I can solo it, so there are no excuses. Plus, the kids and I might have actually talked Denine into playing.



1. 01/10 - Scenario 01 - Solo
2. 07/06 - Scenario 02 - Solo
3. 07/06 - Scenario 04 - with Ren
4. 07/10 - Custom Scenario BoD1 - To The Winchester - Solo
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11. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:309] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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+ Caverns of Bane, Starter Set

1P / 2P / GRP

I've had my eye on Thunderstone for a while and just picked up the starter for cheap a little while back to give it a try. It actually hasn't made it to the table yet, but I'm putting it down as an alternate anyway - if I really enjoy it, and one of the other games turns into a grind, I'll swap it out.

Note: If I end up head-over-heels for this game and start picking up expansions, I plan to count all of the plays for anything TS Advance-related here.


Bought, like it, playing it solo whenever I can.

Now I just need to get someone else to play with me so I can tackle some scenarios.



1. 01/10 - Solo - Starter
2. 01/24 - Solo - Starter + CoB
3. 05/10 - Solo - ToR + CoB
4. 05/10 - Solo - ToR + CoB
5. 06/01 - Solo - ToR + CoB
6. 07/20 - Solo - ToR + CoB
7. 07/27 - Solo - ToR + CoB
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12. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:227]
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+ Power Up!, Halloween

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One of the kids' favorite games, gets played when Denine is gone to her Thursday night group a lot.



1. 03/20 - Jamie & Ren
2. 03/27 - Jamie & Ren
3. 04/03 - Jamie & Ren
4. 06/05 - Jamie & Ren
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13. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:686] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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*ALTERNATE*

2P / GRP

New aquisition, bought because I really enjoy the app version. Quick and easy, so hopefully I can get everyone on board with it.




1. 05/11 - Ren
2. 05/11 - Ren
3. 05/15 - Jamie & Ren
4. 05/25 - Jamie & Ren
5. 05/26 - Denine
6. 05/26 - Denine
7. 05/26 - Denine, Jamie, & Ren
8. 05/31 - Denine
9. 05/31 - Denine
10. 06/02 - Denine
11. 07/07 - Jamie & Ren
 
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