Tom's Hardcore 10x10 Challenge 2015
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The games I have chosen for the 2015 Hardcore challenge. Hardcore version you have to pick your games ahead of time, so there is some risk of a game falling out of favor. Hopefully I will be able to follow through, I have plenty of games, just need to get them played. This is my first try at the challenge, will be fun to see how I do.

Games List:

Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Eldritch Horror
Five Tribes
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
Sheriff of Nottingham
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
King of Tokyo
Takenoko
Ticket to Ride
Shadows of Brimstone
Splendor
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1. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:25]
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Picked this up right before Christmas. Already have 6 plays in, but starting over now, so I don't think it will be a problem. It seems everyone in our group enjoys it.

Started a new campaign, it was 3 player with the Rebels choosing Daila Passil, the Haunted exile, and Mak Eshka'rey the Bold Renengade.

Mission 1: Aftermath 1/11/15
Rebels were able to destroy the terminals without too much trouble, good tactics and well timed heals out maneuvered the Imperials, almost completely neutralizing the E-Web and Probe Droid, with their stealthy tactics. The 2 Imperial officers and the remaining squad of Storm troopers were left befuddled as to how the Rebels got in and out so quick. The only decision left was who would tell Lord Vader of their failure. The Rebels were off to a good start.

Mission 2: The Spice Job 1/11/15
With confidence that they may be able to stand up against the imps, the rebels sought a new ally. Information of a Hutt spice warehouse with little protection was the chance they were looking for. They were able to wipe out the Hutts gaurds without too much trouble with the aid of the ferocious wookie, but they did not know time was not on their side. The E-Web that they avoided earlier, was now their undoing, In the end, with the Bothan too wounded to acquire the spice, the Jedi thought it would be best to retreat before more of the hutts henchmen showed up.
 
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2. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:47]
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Recently got Mountains of Madness, will get it back to the table. Due to length of games could be one of the tougher ones to complete.

Game 1 - 2-21-2015

Finally got one in the books, a planned game for our gaming weekend at the bluff.

3 player game came down to the final roll. Ithaqua rose after one of his Wendigo's killed Charlie Kane, on the same turn that the final mystery was solved. Great example of why I like this game so much. Literally was so close it came down to one turn and just a few chances this way or that to win or lose. We literally had victory snatched away from us at the last minute, as the wind walker awoke, after battling hypothermal and madness the whole game.
 
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3. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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my wife and I both enjoy this game, looking forward to actually becoming good at it and figuring out some strategies.

Game 1 1-31-15

Finally making a bit of progress. Got a 3 player game in at our monthly game day. Much lower scoring and a very close game decided by 3 points from first to third. Tom,Kevin,Eric 128-131
 
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4. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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Great theme, now that its organized will be fun to play.

Game 1, scenario 2 2-1-2015

5 player game that Sean brought home single handed killing the Queen, brutal game but he pulled it off
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5. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:244]
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A favorite since GenCon. Should be easy one to complete.

Game 1 2-23-2015

Got played as one of the last games played of the weekend, taught to a new player who liked it a lot, Tyler wins it, after finally catches Shannon with multiple contraband.
 
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6. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:82]
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Christmas Present, have not played yet. I have a feeling 10 plays won't be a problem.

Game 1 1-31-15

Got our learning game in, 3 player, we all liked it. Look forward to getting it to the table again.

Game 2 2-21-2-15

With all the rules learned we had a real good time playing a 3 player game. Sean beats Eric on the with 5100 Square foot castle.
 
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7. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:227]
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The best filler around.

Game 1 2-21-2015

After a bit of a hiatus this one was bound to come out at our gaming weekend. Never disappoints, Eric came away with a victory point win in a five player game.
 
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8. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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A family favorite, should be another easy one?
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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One for the family, my go to game with my 8 year old

Game 1 2-14-15
Got a Valentines game in with my two daughters. Lots of fun
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10. Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:276] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Picked up at GenCon 2014, saw a lot of plays, may be hard to get to the table with Imperial Assault. Could be a stumbling block.
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11. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:112]
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Haven't got it yet, plan to real soon, this will be my alternate.


Purchased a while back and finally got it to the table this weekend at our annual weekend of gaming extravaganza.

Games 1 - 5 2-21-2015

5 plays minimum over the weekend it was a big hit. This one will be complete in no time. Great game, deserves all the praise it gets.

Game 6 3-15-2015

March has been a busy month IRL, finally got a game in, hopefully this will end a dry streak.
 
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