BelziET's 10 games to play 10 times in 2014 (10x10 challenge)
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I tried to manage the 10x10 challenge in the hardcore mode, but failed pretty hard
Well, it is my first year on BGG and back into the hobby. And I wouldn't have thought that my taste would change and shape so much during one year. I guess when you're new everything is shiny and looks amazing...
However, although I did not manage to play my initial 10 games 10 times, I played quite a lot (I guess?) and will hopefully complete the 10x10 challenge in softcore mode — I'm only 2 plays shy of this goal.

So, here is my updated list:

Progress: 98 of 100 plays
Games completed:


7 Wonders (a game we borrowed from friends that really clicked)


Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (bought to get my wife to worker placement)


Android: Netrunner (bought as a replacement for MtG (similar play-style, but different business model))


Carcassonne


Ligretto (my wife bought it because of childhood memories)
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Robinson Crusoe


Small World


Thunderstone Advance (bought as a replacement for Dominion)


Ticket to Ride: Europe


Viticulture (PnP version after I backed the collector's edition on the expansion kickstarter (Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture) in April)



This is my list of 10 games that I will play in 2014, hopefully at least 10 times each.
Because I started my list during February I decided to only count games that are played from this point on. Otherwise Carcassonne and Robinson Crusoe would be completed and no real challenge.
On the other side, some entries are meant as game-families rather than specific games (e.g. Dominion or Ticket to Ride) and so I will count any play with the base game or an expansion.

I tried to find a mix that fits my taste but also generates a challenge that is manageable with my wife and our gaming-group.


And here is where I failed:

Descent (2nd edition) (played 4 full games and a half)
Dominion: Intrigue (after 6 plays I bought Thunderstone and did not play this anymore)
Identik (only 1 game — drawing games are not everyones type)
Munchkin (we began to see the shortcomings...)
Pandemic (my wife just likes Robinson Crusoe sooo much more)
Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords (cancel my preorder after 3 months delay)
Las Vegas (was the fallback game in the first place)
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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A game we borrowed from friends that really clicked. Just played the 2p variant, but I can imagine that this game is a blast with 4+ players too.

 
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2. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:176]
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Bought to get my wife to worker placement.

 
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3. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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I was hesitating for quite some time to buy this (mainly because Magic is/was fun but a money-sink).
I'm glad that I finally bought it - what a great game.

 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Always played with the expansion "Inns & Cathedrals".

 
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5. Board Game: Ligretto [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2311]
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My wife bought it because of childhood memories.

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6. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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This is must for my list. I have already played this game ~15 times and we are mid February. But as I said, I will only log plays after I started the list.

 
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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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A light fantasy-themed area control game with enough variety with the ever-changing race-skill combinations. It has a bit a learning curve until you get a feel for the potential that lies within a race and/or skill.

 
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8. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:309] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Dominion is a fine game but lacks theme, thus making it harder for me to introduce it to others.
Thunderstone on the other side has theme that makes logical bridges for the underlying mechanisms. It's easy to teach and much more engaging and enjoyable.

 
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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This is a game that we can only play in our group. My wife and I tried it once as a 2 player game but that was the peak of boring.
Maybe I will buy the map-pack Switzerland (with or without India) to enhance the 2 player game, and being Swiss we will be very familiar with the map.

 
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10. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:120]
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This is only the PnP version I built for my wife and me after I backed the collector's edition on the expansion kickstarter (Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture) in April.

 
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11. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:76]
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I am new to this game but the few plays I had have been a great pleasure.
Currently we're in the process of painting them (a friend and I).

 
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12. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:57] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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Sometimes we will combine it with Dominion: Dark Ages. I might as well count Dark Ages only games - in the end Dominion is Dominion And I really prefer the Dark Ages cards over the Intrigue ones.

 
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13. Board Game: Duplik [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1130]
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Received this game as a christmas gift and had a chance to play it in the last days of 2013. But this is definitively a game that I will bring to the table more often.

 
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14. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3349] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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Munchkin seems to receive some hate, but not from our group. We have only played a few games last year and the game still is very fresh for us.

 
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15. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Another good coop that my wife and I enjoy. I'm looking forward to get a copy of "On the brink" (in english).

 
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16. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
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I probably will wait until the German version is being released (May 2014) as my wife might like it as well.

 
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17. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:480]
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ALTERNATIVE

This is my alternative choice because I have 2 games 1 game on my list that I don't own yet and it isn't being released until mid-year.
Furthermore Identik is a game where a lot of people have problems with (they just hate drawing as a game-mechanic).

Las Vegas itself is an easy filler that we like a lot in our group. It's easy to teach, fast to play and almost instantly generates heat and "debates".

 
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