Dunyazad's 10x10 Challenge, 2014
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I've decided to participate in the 2014 Challenge: Play 10 Games 10 Times Each.

My main goal is to make sure I'm taking advantage of the games I have, including games that my fiancé owned before we met. There are plenty of good games actually sitting in the house that I haven't yet played 10 times. Seven of the games, plus my alternate, fall into this category; and then there a few that we don't yet own but that I'm currently too excited about to leave off. The focus is mainly on games that can be played with only two players.

I'll summarize the list and my progress here, and post more details with the individual entries:

The 10 Games
Flash Point
Innovation: Figures in the Sand
Robinson Crusoe
Seasons: Path of Destiny
Chicago Express
Galaxy Trucker
Hawaii
Tournay
Castles of Burgundy
Glory to Rome

The Alternate
Streetcar

Update: I'm not going to update this header with my progress throughout the year, since I'm already updating my entry in the main GeekList: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/166160/item/2986283#it...

There's no point in duplicating the effort; I'll still be updating the individual entries and providing details here, but I think the overall summary is more useful on the main list.
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1. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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This is a recent purchase inspired by feedback when I asked for "Immediately Addictive Games" (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/161710/immediately-add...).

I've only played it six times so far, but I think it has a lot of potential for more plays, and I want to make sure I don't just forget about it. Getting in 10 plays next year may be slightly complicated by the fact that my fiancé isn't quite as enthusiastic about it as I am, and the fact that I enjoyed it more with three players than with two. But those three-player games were so much fun that it will be worth the effort to get a group together.
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2. Board Game: Innovation: Figures in the Sand [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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The original challenge said that we weren't supposed to list expansions for whatever reason, but my goal here is specifically to play this expansion rather than just the base game. I played Innovation to death in 2012, and then played Echoes of the Past to death earlier this year, but we haven't touched this second expansion yet despite owning it for 6+ months. The reason for this is pretty obvious: my enthusiasm for Innovation has waned after playing it way too much in a short period of time. But I'm sure the excitement will be rekindled with a new expansion, if only we give it a chance.
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3. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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I don't actually have this game in my possession yet. I pre-ordered it from one store, which told me a week ago that they'd have it in "a few days", but it doesn't actually seem to have arrived yet. Meanwhile, I saw multiple copies available in a different store a couple of days ago! Argh. Hopefully I'll have my copy in hand soon.

Even though I haven't tried this game at all yet, I feel pretty confident that I'll enjoy it enough for ten plays (and more!), since it's been tearing up the BGG Top 100 and is now #29 despite its limited availability so far. I was intrigued as soon as I saw the theme anyway, but the fact that it's actually supposed to be good is obviously a huge bonus.
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4. Board Game: Seasons: Path of Destiny [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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This is another expansion, and one that I just had to list because I'm so excited about it. We first bought Seasons in August, and played it 19 times that month. We're still enjoying it, and the first expansion, months later, so this second expansion will be a must-buy when it's released next year.

I was a bit hesitant to list this one, both because it's an expansion and because it won't really be a challenge to reach 10 plays. But I couldn't quite bring myself to leave out one of the games that I'm most excited about from the list of 10 that I want to play a lot in the new year. I'll substitute another game for the challenge if it's deemed necessary, though.
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5. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362]
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This is a game that I've owned for years, but have somehow only managed to play once or twice. I think the problem is that I lent it to a friend shortly after I first got it, and then when I finally got it back there were more shiny new things clamouring for my attention. It's past time to give this game the chance it deserves.
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6. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127]
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I've only played this a few times, but my fiancé owns a copy (along with multiple expansions, I think), so I really should take advantage of it. I first played this in a board game café, and we didn't really have enough time to get into it fully—I think we only played two rounds, and were caught off guard by some of the cards. I did manage to play a couple of full games elsewhere at a later point, but I'm still left with my first impression that I haven't explored this game fully. That will change this year!
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7. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:525]
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I probably shouldn't be listing this game, because I don't actually own it yet, and I don't think it's ideal with two players. But I played it for the first time a couple of days ago, and really would have liked to play a second game if we'd had time. And if I'm going to go to the trouble of ordering an out-of-print game (which basically just means that there won't be free shipping), then I had better be sure to play it at least 10 times.
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8. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:758]
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This is the first game I ever played with my fiancé, on the day that we met. And he owns a copy, but for some reason we haven't played it since then—I've only ever played it that one time. And it's even supposed to be best with two, so this seems like an obvious choice.
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9. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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This is another fairly recent purchase, played only 4 times so far. Again, I want to make sure that I play new acquisitions a reasonable number of times, over an extended period of time, rather than just trying it a few times in the first week and then forgetting about it when something newer comes along.
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10. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
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I've played this game only once, at a meet-up where it ended surprisingly early and some of the players then left in a huff. I would have liked to give it another chance, because I enjoyed it and didn't feel that I got the full experience on my first play. And yet again, my fiancé conveniently owns a copy, so this is in keeping with my plan of playing games that I already have on hand.
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11. Board Game: Streetcar [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1948]
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This is my alternate choice, in case one of the other ones falls through.

I've always loved route-building games, so we picked up a copy of this one when we saw it on sale for something like $15, even though it's not the most highly-rated. And we did play it a few times, and it was enjoyable enough. But I feel like we need to play it more to really justify the purchase.
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