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So I decided to try 2015 10x10 hardcore challenge. This geeklist is to track my progress.

In 2014 I did not have enough time to play as much as I liked to. Many of my favourites games were unplayed for months. My goals for 2015 challenge are: to get back to my favourite titles and to explore some games that I really liked but played only a few times.

I did not put on the list games that I play frequently anyway (like Dixit or King of Tokio). Also, I play quite a lot online but those plays are excluded from the challenge.

The hardcore list is as follows:

1 Neuroshima Hex!
2 Theseus: The Dark Orbit
3 Android: Netrunner
4 Star Wars: The Card Game
5 Among the Stars
6 Suburbia
7 Seasons
8 51st State
9 Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
10 Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island
* Dungeon Petz

[Added March 3, 2015]
While I am doing fine on my hardcore challenge, I decided to join normal challenge as well. For this challenge I will pick some shorter games as well as games that I will purchase in 2015. Also, I will add games to this list only after I actually finish 10 plays.

1 Concept
2 Splendor
3 Loony Quest
4 Time's up
5 Cardline: Animals
6 Sleeping Queens
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1. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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With expansions.


I have all army packs but three are still in shrink. Quite fast, intense game but for some reason does not hit the table very often.

Missisipi vs. New York (W)
Very balanced game. Final result was Missisipi 0, New York ~5. Two very interesting armies, but "classical" armies.

Uranopolis vs. New York (W)
Final result Uranopolis 0, New York 3.

Uranopolis (W) vs. Borgo
Final result: Uranopolis 4, Borgo 3.
 
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2. Board Game: Theseus: The Dark Orbit [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:990]
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I bought it right after it was released, played a few times and put on the shelf. The game is awesome, even better than Neuroshima Hex. Definitely needs more of my attention.

Scientists vs. Aliens (W)
Very quick game, we played only 30 min (basic cards only). Scientists had bad luck because all camcorders cards were at the bottom of their deck. On the other had, Aliens quickly installed several traps and hidden ones. At the end of the game, scientists had 11 DP.

Aliens (W) vs. Marines
Level 1 cards. The game was very balanced. Aliens quickly installed some tentacles, Marines - fire. End result was 2:0. Marines missed the opportunity to use grenade (they had this card on hand but waited too long for a right moment to use it).

Aliens vs. Greys (W)
Cards level 1 and 2. Again, very balanced game. Greys quite fast installed two probes and upgraded two units, gathered c.a. 7 PD and slow down. Aliens focused on installing cards. They attacked when possible and dealt 5 damages. Both races were very cautious and the game ends due to the lack of cards. Final result: Aliens 20 LP, Greys 9 LP + 13 DP.

Marines (2xW) vs. Scientists
All cards. In both games Marines had the advantage: in very early stage of the game they installed and upgraded fire. Scientists on the other hand, had no luck when drawing cards - they had a lot of secret passage cards and duplicates (useful, but some traps or camcorders would be nice). Final score in the first game: Scientists 0 LP + 2 DP, Marines 7 LP. Final score in second game: Scientists 0 LP + 0 DP (no comment...), Marines 16 LP.

Scientist (2xW) vs. Marines
All cards. This time Scientists were so much better. In the first game they simply crushed Marines to 0 LP (with their final score 20LP + 2 DP). This was thanks to upgraded metlab duplicated card plus some nice traps. Second game was more balanced and ended by end of cards condition. The final score for Marines was 6 LP, for Scientists 10 LP + 10 DP. In this game upgraded camcorders plus upgraded duplicated traps did the job for Scientists. Marines tried to set up a nice combo with fire and bonuses for attacks but it was all for nothing.

(W) - winner
 
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3. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:39]
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I play A:N only with my husband. We have a core set, no expansions.

I tried most of LCGs but only as a casual player: I have core set, one or two deluxe expansions and that's it. I gave a try to Netrunner but it seems a bit complicated and unintuitive to play. I know I needed more plays to get comfortable with all the rules, keywords and strategies but at that time I didn't have much time to really get into this game. Let's give it another try.


Two games Anarchs vs. Weyland. Both won by Anarchs (we switched sides). Both plays were very balanced even though each player tried completely different strategy.


Shapers (won twice) vs. Haas Bioroid. First play was very balanced with final score 7:5. In the second one Shapers won easily (7:2).


Jinteki (w) vs. Criminals, won quickly by damages.


Jinteki vs. Criminals (w).


NBN vs. Crimanals. First game won by NBN, second - by Crimanals.


Jinteki vs. Shapers - Jinteki won twice.
 
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4. Board Game: Star Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:446]
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Core set plus Edge of Darkness.

I bought it more or less at the same time as Netrunner core set. I love this game but my husband preferred A:N. Unfortunately, we didn't explore any of those games deeply enough. Hopefully this challenge will change it.


2 plays Jedi vs Sith (won twice).


Rebel Alliance vs. Scum and Villainy (w)


Imperial Navy (+ some Sith) vs. Smugglers and Spies


Imperial Navy (w) vs. Jedi (+ Rebel Alliance)
 
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5. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:427] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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I love this game since I played it for the first time. Also, this game is shorter and lighter than most of the games on my list thus it should make my challenge a bit easier


 
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6. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:94]
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With expansion.

Suburbia Inc. was not played enough.


Surprisingly short game (~1h with 2 players) but very intensive.


Another extra-shot game - only 45 min. I won getting the "lowest income", "lowest reputation" and "lowest investments" goals


I won due to the overlapping goals (longest lake, most lakes and least buildings).


2-player game, I won (I focused on green buildings).


2-player game. Both players had lots of cash during the whole game. Very close finish but I won somehow.
 
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7. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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With expansions.

I bought both expansions some time ago but played it only 2 times since. Plus, this is one of my all-time favourite games.
 
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8. Board Game: 51st State [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:938] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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51st State + New Era + Winter + Ruins

Winter and Ruins are waiting unplayed on my shelf for ages.


New Era only. Result after round 4th: NY (34) vs. Merchants (29). First game after a very long time so we had to learn rules.


Again, New Era only. Both games finished in 4 rounds. I did not note down exact results: Appalachian Fed. vs. Hegemony (Winner), Merchants vs. Texas (Winner).


New Era. Hegemony (34) vs. NY (29). Very slow game, it took us 5 rounds to finish.
 
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9. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:78]
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With expansions.

I want to play a mini-campaign from Lair of the Wyrm and next I plan to check campaign from Labyrinth of Ruin.
 
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10. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
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With expansions.

I plan to play campaign from the first expansion and two new scenarios: King Kong and Dr. Livingstone.


First scenario, sailor + carpenter + dog + Friday. Lost twice, mostly due to the snow (but not only ).


First scenario, sailor + carpenter + cook + Friday. This time I won in 11th round.


Single game with 4 characters (cook, carpenter, explorer and soldier). Everything was fine until the night phase in round 5. Due to the mystery card, each character got one wound and I have to move morale marker 3 spaces to the left. At the beginning of round 6, the explorer got 2 wounds due to the lack of morale markers and 3 more due to the event card (beast) and she was dead
 
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11. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:137]
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With expansion.

I love Dungeon Petz. If something go wrong with one of games listed above, I am sure I will be able to play 10 times DP and have a lot of fun with it.

3-player game, 7 rounds long. We played ~3,5h. I finished on second place but had a lot of fun.
 
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12. Board Game: Concept [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:566]
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**Normal challenge**

10 plays finished!

Amazing game! I am not a big fan of all Activity-like game and this one is perfect. No silly gestures, no unreadable drawings. Nice alternative for Dixit.
 
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13. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:112]
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**Normal Challenge**

10 plays finished

Quite nice filler. For sure not my game-of-the-year but gave me quite a lot of fun, especially with 2 players.
 
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14. Board Game: Time's Up! Edición Azul [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1252]
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**Normal Challenge**

10 plays finished

Time's up! Blue & Yellow (Celebrity 1 & 2)

Excellent party game!
 
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15. Board Game: Loony Quest [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:650]
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**Normal Challenge**

10 plays finished

I am not sure if this is a game or a toy. However, it is great! I had a great time playing LQ. Replayability is higher than I expected.
 
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16. Board Game: Sleeping Queens [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1943]
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Quite old game but it has been released in Poland this year. Excellent if you play with kids.
 
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17. Board Game: Cardline: Animals [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1758] [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
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Nice filler. Quite challenging at first but after a few plays you need to make a longer break from this title.
 
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