Carrie's 2014 Challenge: Play 10 Games 10 Times Each
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Here is where I will describe the sessions of each game I am playing for the challenge. Why? Because I tend to be wordy and verbose and really don't want to clutter up the original challenge Geeklist. There I will nicely track things. Here I will write to my heart's content.

You can find the official challenge here: 2014 Challenge: Play 10 Games 10 Times Each
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1. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1638]
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Aw, yeah, the 1985 version! Same age as my husband. Speaking of which, my husband and I love playing this game. And if I can't round up enough people to get 10 plays, I'll finally have a reason to try out the solo quest version of the game.

DONE!
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2. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:258] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
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Because my husband is going to have me play 10 games of this anyway since he loves it so much, so it might as well be included on this list. And truth be told, after getting the Call of the Wild expansion, I'm liking this game a lot more than I used to.

DONE!
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3. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:936]
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When I got this as a gift, I played 20 some games in three days. This year I plan on tackling the expansions - specifically the Towers and the Dark Premonitions. Because sometimes you just can't find anyone to play with - or you need a quick game fix when you would otherwise not have enough time.

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4. RPG: Star Wars (Saga) [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:115]
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My RPG group finished our Shadowrun 2nd Edition campaign (which took only four sessions this year - otherwise I would add that too) and started a Star Wars campaign where we all play as Sith lords. So far it is great fun, and should be more than 10 sessions long. This started in February and should run for quite a few months, if our previous games were any indication.

DONE!

Finished this for the challenge - of course the game continues on, but I will no longer be updating the amusing stories beyond the ten listed here.
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5. Board Game: Unexploded Cow [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3099]
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Because sometimes you just need a fun game where everything blows up. Too many long games would lead to too little time for me to enter all the contests I want to enter this year... and maybe by playing this 10 more times I will finally win a game.

I did it! On my seventh game this year, I finally won! Oh this is amazing! Finally!

And I won again on my eighth play!

And I won again on my ninth play!

Back to losing on my tenth though...

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6. Board Game: Ace Detective [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:7022]
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Just got this for a gift in December 2013. I was very looking forward to playing it! Hoped that the Noir theme will entice my husband to play it (storytelling games tend to be hit or miss with him.) And he did play it for the theme, but ended up hating the gameplay, despite winning the game.

I created a variant for the game that fixed the issues that my husband had with it. We played the variant and my husband now loves this! So it will be getting to the table more often now! And the variant makes it playable as a solo game too!

DONE!
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7. Board Game: Elevenses [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2815]
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As I Kickstarted this, I eagerly waited months for this to arrive. Now that I have it, I will easily get ten games in before next January. And - I've taught my lunch group how to play it, so I should be able to work a game in while at work every now and again.

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8. Board Game: The Mystic Wood [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3400]
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I found a beautiful print-and-play version of this game that I have been dying to make. Now I have a reason to make it and play it obsessively. (I have now also read Spenser's Faerie Queene, which it is partially based on, as well as the other lovely Romantic Poetry, so I will understand the story references as I play.)

DONE!
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9. Board Game: Shadows Upon Lassadar [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:7525]
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Another print-and-play game that I have been dying to try out. By adding it to this list I am motivating myself to make it. I'm sure that I can get 10 plays in easily.

Alright, printed this out, cards are all cut out, took it on vacation and played it while waiting at the airport (a brilliant idea, if I do say so myself!) And I've played it a few times, dying horribly at first, but surviving more now that I get the hang of it.

DONE!
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Putting this here just gives me an excuse to go and buy the game. I don't own it yet, but I played it once last year and enjoyed it immensely - and my husband loved it too. He's dying for a rematch.

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11. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1278]
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OFFICIAL ALTERNATE GAME for the HARDCORE challenge.

I love this game. I could play it every day. But then, I'm good at spontaneously coming up with stories. When I play, the point isn't so much to win, as it is to create the best story possible. If people can remember the story, that is a true win.

DONE!
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12. Board Game: UNO: Star Trek [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:8625]
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ALTERNATE GAME for the normal challenge.

A game we always play when on vacation with my husband's family. We easily got in 10 plays!

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13. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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ALTERNATE GAME for the normal challenge.

A card game my friends at work introduced to me. I am most devious and the game was quite fun!

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14. RPG Item: Necessary Evil Explorer's Edition [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:501]
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ALTERNATE GAME for the normal challenge.

An RPG I didn't think I'd be playing this year, but I managed to get in 11 games of it! Woo!

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15. Video Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition [Average Rating:8.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.90 Unranked]
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Not part of the original 10 x 10 challenge, since it doesn't include video games... but if it did:

I finally bought this and I intend to play it obsessively! It would be a crime not to include it on this list.

DONE!
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