The Games Go Marching 10 By 10, Huzzah, Huzzah (2014)
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OK, I'm throwing my hat in the ring for the 10 games played 10 times in 2014 challenge (2014 Challenge: Play 10 Games 10 Times Each). This is going to be tough for me...I tend to play games a few times. My only two dimes from 2013 are Onirim and Love Letter, and I excluded both from this challenge (can't make it too easy). So here are the games I hope to play a lot more.
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1. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:555]
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It's my favorite game, I want to play it more. On the list!

January 31. My parents were visiting, and I always play Cribbage with my dad when we visit. I won the first game 121-100, mostly because he kept getting 2 points per hand.
January 31. Dad won the second game 121-103, scoring a 21 hand and a couple of 15s.
February 2. Game #1 was fairly close for a while, but Dad blew past me for the skunk, 121-84.
February 2. Game #2 was not close at all, but I gained enough ground in the end to avoid the skunk, losing 121-99.
February 10. Robbie wanted to learn, so I taught him. He enjoyed it despite me winning 121-84. I got really lucky on some of my cards, including 16 in one crib (not the newbie's fault, the stars just aligned).
March 24. Played another game with Robbie. He was getting the hang of things much better. The game was very close until I got lucky at the very end and won 121-92.
April 18. Taught the game to Ryan, and skunked him 121-80. He liked it, just took a while to get a handle on things.
April 21. Found out that Eric is a Cribbage player, so we played. He had first count on the last hand, and had 20 points, enough to beat me 121-106. My hand and crib would have won it for me otherwise.
May 10. Found another Cribbage player in the group, Rufus. We fought an epic battle, and it was 120-118 going into the final hand. Rufus was the dealer, so I knew I'd have to peg out to win. And then he got a Go to beat me 121-118. Exciting stuff.
June 14. I taught the game to CJ, and he thanked me by defeating me 121-110. I was actually in danger of being skunked, 35 points down at one point, but I staged a furious comeback. Had I gotten 18 points in the pegging and my first count on the last hand, I would have won. Alas.

COMPLETE - June 14
Final Record: 4-6 (6-7 counting skunks)
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2. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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It's my second favorite game, and I don't play it nearly enough. On the list!

June 7. Finally got this played this year. It was a four player with SarahEllen, Zack (new), and Myles (also new). My first two shops were not terrible, but my third was armed to the teeth. Poor Zack and Myles had their wings blown off in the third round, and loved every minute of it. I won 75-58-45-23.










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3. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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This is a game I really want to explore more. On the list!

March 29. Tim and I played a two-player game. I ended it by completing the Catacombs, and got the 18-12 win.
May 19. A four-player game. Decatur had an engine running that allowed him to take his role cards into his stockpile, and he was using the Merchant a lot to get them into the vault. So when I got the Forum in hand, I switched my strategy. Because I had the card that allowed my Merchant clients to be any role, I was able to get all six and win by Forum. Steve H and Angel also played.
July 14. Played a five-player game. Poor Becky was lost throughout. We ended the game by running out of cards in the deck. Thanks to his vault, Zack got the 18-15-14-9-5 victory (I had 15).








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4. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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I like this one just as much as Glory to Rome, particularly how it's always different. On the list!

May 3. I taught this to Chris, then proceeded to win 6-1. He liked it, and was starting to understand the strategy by the end.
June 16. Kirby was racking up the score pile, and I was having a difficult time getting points, so I changed my strategy to try to pound my way to the 10th Age. I used my Mathematics to get up to 9. Greg was then able to share a dogma effect that allowed him to draw and meld a 10. It was Globalization, no one had more leaves than factories, so Greg won with the most points in his score pile. Curses!
July 12. I made use of Monotheism several times to get cards in my score pile - this is one of the few times I've played that I have been glad not to have a lot of variety on my tableau. Greg B got the first achievement, but I got the next four for the win - 4-1-0-0. Greg H and Steve H also played.








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5. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:159]
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I've enjoyed playing this, but it think I've only scratched the surface of possibility. On the list!

May 10. A four-player game with SarahEllen, Rob, and Katie. I got a few familiars out early on that allowed me to tax summoning, activation, and season changes, and I rode that to a 144-96-92-88 victory.
June 2. A four-player game with Alan, Greg, and Zack (Zack was the only one who had not played). A pretty confrontational game with lots of cards played and lots of crystals stolen. I was able to play all of my cards and won 175-148-147-110.









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6. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:492] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Another one with lots of possibilities to explore. On the list!

January 25. CJ came over to help me with hanging some shelves, and we played this. It was his first time. We were pretty even for most of the game, but I pulled ahead in the end to win 62-49.
April 21. I taught this game to Steve H, but wound up with a market full of trinkets I couldn't move. He won 64-41.
June 14. Got another game in with CJ, and I got an early combo that allowed me to fill my stand with all different wares, then sell them all at once. All this with the Wise Man From Afar allowing me to spend less and earn more. That put me way ahead, and I kind of coasted to a 60-25 victory.
July 27. My mom had played this before, so we pulled it out again on her recent visit. She did pretty well, but I was able to use the boat to get enough wares to trade in my 18-coin ware card, and won 63-53.







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7. Board Game: The Duke [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:392] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Just got this one for my birthday two weeks ago, and am looking forward to introducing it to some chess friends. On the list!

January 6. My wife and I played this birthday acquisition for the third time since I got it. In the first two games, she really wasn't sure what was going on, but this game was quite intense. I won by boxing her Duke in between my Wizard and Duke and her Dragoon.
February 10. Taught to Greg. He got the hang of it, but I was able to win by trapping his Duke with my General and Knight.
March 29. Played against Tim. He won when I stupidly left my Duke exposed to get cornered by his Wizard.
May 3. In our first game of the night, I was able to box in SarahEllen's Duke with my General for the win.
May 3. In our second game of the night, I brain farted at the worst possible moment, leaving my Duke exposed when I went after SarahEllen's Dragoon. Ah well.
June 30. A game with Scott to start out the game night. He boxed his Duke in, and I was able to swoop in with my Priest for the win.
June 30. Scott wanted a rematch, and this one was a little long. However, he ended up boxing his Duke in again, and I was able to position my Duke for the win.
July 4. Sarah and I took this to the fireworks show and played while waiting. I made a dumb move that allowed her to swoop in with her Assassin and finish me off.



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8. Board Game: Guildhall [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:696] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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Another holiday acquisition that is quickly becoming a favorite. On the list!

January 1. A two-player game against my wife that came down to the last minute...she was about to win, and I was able to claim two VP cards on the last turn to steal a 23-17 victory.
February 8. Some friends were visiting from out of town and wanted to try this, having just acquired it and not having played. I taught, and ended up winning 23-15-12. Tim (the guy with 12) could have won on his next turn - he had been hoarding completed chapters.
March 31. A three-player game, the first for Russell and Nathan. I was set to win on my next turn, but Nathan was able to snag two 5 VP cards to sneak the win, 20-14-12.
April 18. I had a 13-10 lead over Ryan with one completed chapter. I was able to take a 2 VP card that allowed me to take all his Weavers, complete my Weaver chapter, and claim the 5 VP card I needed for the win.
June 30. I taught this game to Eric, Rob B., and Zack. With 11 points and two completed chapters going into my final turn, I was able to use the farmer to get a coin, claim a 4 VP card that gave me another action, and claim another 4 to give myself 20 points and a 20-12-10-9 victory.
July 24. I taught the game to my parents. My mom understood it better than Dad, and was one turn away from winning. However, I was able to score 12 points at once with three completed chapters to get the 20-17-15-11 win. My wife says she would have had it if my father hadn't assassinated one of her people at the wrong time.





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9. Board Game: Pixel Tactics [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:835] [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
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I'm including Pixel Tactics 2 in this as I feel there's a lot more to explore in the combination of the two. On the list!

February 24. Played a best-of-three match with Nick. Round one went to me as Kallistar Flarechild defeated Lixis Ron Kanda.
February 24. Round two went to Nick as Luc Von Gott defeated Shekhtur Lenmorre.
February 24. I won round three using PT2 as Amon Elcela defeated Pendros Schalla.
April 18. I taught Ryan, and defeated his C├ęsar Grist with Saint Mikhail Isen. Ryan didn't really care for it.







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10. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
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An older favorite that I just don't play enough. On the list!

January 25. CJ and I played this one (first time for CJ). He made a lot of money in the game, but I pulled out the 80-63 win.
March 10. Took it to game night and taught Greg and Zack. My 55 coins plus my longest island plus my most boatsmen gave me a big win, 54-33-26.
July 12. I taught the game to Becky, Jason, and Robbie. Becky had the lead during the final scoring, but my 6 points extra points from oversupplying combined with her -6 points from undersupplying, to give me a 2-point win. 53-51-42-30.








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Some other members of my gamegroup (Northwest Indiana Board Game Association) will be participating in the challenge. Here are links to their lists:

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Boss's 10x10 2014 Challenge List

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10 Games/10 Plays for 2014

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10 Games x 10 Plays... Oh My!

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2014 10 games - 10 Plays

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