Bess' Goals - 2015
Bess A.
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Euclid
Ohio
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Steve Antol
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These goals naturally include my husband as we're going to mostly have to accomplish these goals post-baby-bedtime or on shared lunchbreaks (we work on the same campus).

The current challenges to our gaming is that we're juggling taking care of our toddler with work, keeping the house clean, and feeding ourselves decent food. It's surprisingly hard to squeeze in the grown-up games!

But we've started to resume semi-regular gaming with friends, and while it's hard to squeeze in, our friends have been very supportive, and it has been very rewarding. Hopefully we can continue our momentum - here's to a great 2015!
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1. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:15]
Bess A.
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10x10 challenge
Status: Open

We've entered the 10x10 challenge (we'll track the plays on the contest page). Last year, I discovered the existence of this challenge in August, and we still managed to complete 34%. So I think our chances for this year might be pretty good.

In order for these to count for us, my husband and I must play them together.

d10-1 Caverna
Plays before 2015: 5

d10-2 Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2nd Ed)
Plays before 2015: 33, plays of older edition 20

d10-3 Sentinels of the Multiverse
Plays before 2015: 2

d10-4 Thunderstone Advanced
Plays before 2015: 5, plays of older edition: 14

d10-5 The Rivals for Catan
Plays before 2015: 4

d10-6 Trains
Plays before 2015: 2

d10-7 Race for the Galaxy
Plays before 2015: 21

d10-8 Blue Moon
Plays before 2015: 5

d10-9 Galaxy Trucker
Plays before 2015: 14

d10-0 Success! Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords
Plays before 2015: 5? We went through a brief period of not recording our plays when we first got this game

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11 Munchkin Loot Letter
Plays before 2015: 0
 
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2. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1085]
Bess A.
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Euclid
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Collect and play all of the Spiel des Jahres

Status: Ongoing

This is an ongoing goal. We have collected most of the Spiel des Jahres games, but have not played even all the ones we already own. We love that the games are fun, approachable, and generally the ease of learning them belies their potential strategic depth.

SdJ games owned: 29 out of 37

SdJ games played: 18 out of 37

The games:

2015 Colt Express
2014 Camel Up
2013 Hanabi
2012 Kingdom Builder

2011 Qwirkle
2010 Dixit
2009 Dominion
2008 Keltis
2007 Zooloretto
2006 Thurn & Taxis
2005 Niagara
2004 Ticket to Ride
2003 Alhambra

2002 Villa Paletti
2001 Carcassonne
2000 Torres

1999 Tikal*
1998 Elfenland
1997 Mississippi Queen
1996 El Grande
1995 Settler's of Catan
1994 Manhattan
1993 Liar's Dice
1992 Um Reifenbreite
1991 Wacky Wacky West
1990 Hoity Toity
1989 Café International
1988 Barbarossa
1987 Auf Achse
1986 Heimlich & Co.
1985 Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
1984 Dampfross
1983 Scotland Yard
1982 Enchanted Forest
1981 Focus
1980 Rummikub
1979 Hare & Tortoise

Key: Strikethrough = played and owned, * = played but not owned, italic = not owned
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3. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1617]
Bess A.
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Inventory our enormous collection

Status: Open

Along the way in the last couple of years, we got kind of sloppy about recording new games acquired and marking out traded/sold items. Time to reconcile the database!
 
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4. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:470] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Bess A.
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Painting plastic mountain

Status: Ongoing

Painting projects on the table this year:

Wrath of Ashardalon (status: about half done)
Legend of Drizzt (status: not primed)
Pile of Descent 2nd edition (status: about half done, but more expansions/lieutenants keep coming)
Battlelore (original) (status: about 1/3 done)
Heaps of Kickstarted Reaper Bones - and more to come this year! (status: two figures finished...)
 
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5. Board Game: Hunting Party [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4621]
Bess A.
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Reduce the number of unplayed games by 25

Status: Open





Confession time: we have a few boardgames. We used to thrift a bunch of them... but these days with less time, the collection is starting to look more new than used. It's time to punch some tiles and unwrap some cards!

Unplayed games as of January 2015: 200 (this is a weirdly stable number from year to year and does not include expansions or stand-alone games that can also be used as expansions because we do not record plays with expansions)

Priority games - games that we deliberately sought to add to our collection but haven't yet played:

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
Avalon: The Resistance 1/22/15
Bohnaparte
Court of the Medici 8/20/15
Cthulhu Gloom
Dixit
Dungeon Command: Any
Dungeoneer: Any
Fluffy Bunny Tea Party 1/22/15
Formidable Foes
Funny Friends
GIPF
Hunting Party
Leaping Lemmings
Los Mampfos
Monsters Menace America
Nanuk
On the Underground
Quilt Show
Qwirkle
Schinderhannes
Steel Driver
Takenoko
The Reef
Titan
TUF
Yellowstone
Zertz

Any other as-yet unplayed games in our collection:
 
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6. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:347]
Bess A.
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Sell, Sell, Buy

Status: Ongoing

Steve has plans to sell off some of the collection to make way for games that are easier for us toddler-wranglers to make time for. I'm not sure exactly what this will entail (and the thought makes me somewhat nervous!), but I thought I would make an entry here to highlight any progress we make on that front this year.

Progress:
Origins 2015: Sold 9, traded 6. Of course, we bought a few too, but I think this goal is just about getting rid of games that no longer suit our purposes as well. A qualitative rather than quantitative goal.

Cleveland Auction Fall 2015: Thanks to Nathan's annual awesome auction, we were able to sell 25 games, and liquidate another 3 as mystery-box fodder.
 
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7. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Bonus Cards [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
Bess A.
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Bonus Challenge: 15x15
Status: Open

Going through our list of good candidates for "leave set up for nighttime gaming", or "lunch hour" games, we have a lot of good options. So, because I believe our 10x10 list is quite achievable, I'm going to further challenge us to stretch for 15x15.

For plays beyond 10 of the fixed 10x10 list:

Caverna

Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2nd Ed)

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Thunderstone Advanced

The Rivals for Catan

Trains

Race for the Galaxy

Blue Moon

Galaxy Trucker

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords
We covered this title quite thoroughly, playing it 27 times this year before completing the story arc and moving on to the pirate-themed sequel.

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Munchkin Loot Letter

We don't have to define the remaining 5 ahead of time, but some good candidates from our collection are:

Ascension
Arena: Roma II,
Arctic Scavengers,
BattleLore,
Boss Monster,
Carcassonne,
Claustrophobia,
Cthulu Gloom,
Dungeon Twister,
Escape,
Finca,
Fresco,
Hansa Teutonica,
Heroscape,
Puzzle Strike,
Quarriors,
Rune Age,
Seasons,
Small World,
Star Trek DBG,
Summoner wars,
any Spiel des Jarhes,
any Kosmos 2-player
 
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