Jello's 2x2x12 Challenge
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In addition to the wildly popular 10x10 challenge, I found out about this 2x2x10 challenge from watching Rodney at Watch it Played. I think this is an interesting twist, to see how often I play new games every month. I will add games to this list once I've completed a given month.


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1. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:60]
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JANUARY This is a fun new game that I've been wanting to pick up. With two players, it plays in about 20 minutes, and is a cool little engine builder with lots of different viable strategies. I easily completed more than two plays of this in January.
 
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2. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:967]
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JANUARY Another new-to-me game for January, Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a great game for a quick play at the pub.
 
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3. Board Game: Tiny Epic Defenders [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1930]
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FEBRUARY my Kickstarter copy finally came in, and I completed more than two plays of this fun, cooperative microgame within a few days at the beginning of February.
 
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4. Board Game: Vault Wars [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1690]
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FEBRUARY This is cheating a bit, since I'm playtesting an unreleased copy, and can't say anything about it, but my plays for the month of February will meet the criteria.
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5. Board Game: March of the Ants [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1650]
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MARCH This new-in-shrink game arrived, courtesy of Kickstarter, at the beginning of March, and I easily passed two plays of it.

This is a slight cheat on the intent of the challenge, since I have technically played the game within the last year, but it was an unfinished prototype copy that was being shown at a convention, so the two plays for this month are really the first time I've played the finished, brand-new game.
 
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6. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:292]
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MARCH I picked this one up in a White Elephant exchange a few months back, and finally got around to playing a few games in March. It's a bit lighter than my usual preference, and I don't know how many games I'll actually end up playing, but it's an interesting little card game.
 
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7. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:747]
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APRIL Started out April right, by playing two games of this simple drafting game that I snagged a few months back. Sushi Go has been my go-to for a light, filler drafting game, but this one seems a bit more satisfying while still being easy to teach, and the possibility to add on the more complex cards once I've taught it is a nice touch. This might make a better gateway into 7 Wonders, so I'm glad to have it in the collection.
 
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8. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:196] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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APRIL Picked this one up a while ago, but finally managed to get a few plays in April. Enjoyed it enough that I've already ordered an expansion.
 
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9. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:287] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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MAY One solo run at the intro legend, with an embarrassingly early loss, followed by a two player game that ended one turn too early, and we've got two plays of this previously-unplayed coop for the month of May.
 
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10. Board Game: Maharani [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2462]
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MAY I was sure we weren't going to make it to get our May 2x2 finished, but I remembered that Maharani, which came with my Thebes Kickstarter pledge months ago, was still sitting unplayed, so to the table it went, for two plays.

The decisions were pretty boring in this one, so I don't know if it will ever make more than two plays snore
 
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11. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:80]
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JUNE Early in June, I've already got two plays of what might end up being the heaviest, most brain-melting game on this list. We played Alchemists on back-to-back days, and I expect it will get many more plays in the future.
 
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12. Board Game: Specter Ops [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:386] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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JUNE I have been waiting for Specter Ops for months, and it finally arrived this month. I have gotten in two plays of the two player game already in June, and I'm a bit disappointed to say that they fell sort of flat. I am hoping the game will be more tense with more players, but with two, it felt a bit like playing Battleship, a lot of guessing and some occasional moments of excitement.
 
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13. Board Game: Concept [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:563]
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JULY Started out July with two plays of this game that I got from a math trade and then didn't play for months.
 
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14. Family: Pack O Game
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JULY I got this set of six pack-of-gum sized micro games as part of a Kickstarter, and I figured it would be cheating to count them as separate entries, since they are so quick and light, but I've already doubled up plays of some of them and will continue to do so.
 
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15. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
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AUGUST I picked this up while visiting the Geek Chic XP play area at San Diego Comic Con - awesome folks, by the way, Highly Recommended if they make it to a con in your neck of the woods.

This was sort of a double-whammy for the list - I had never played this expansion, so it was good for the 2x2x12, and came out of shrink... PLUS, I hadn't played Dominion in a long time, so it was a treat to get that back to the table.
 
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16. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:381]
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August Bought this one to fill the "huge numbers of players" niche and have played it twice in August.
 
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17. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:44] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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September - I was anxiously awaiting this new release that was the hit of GenCon, and it didn't stay in shrink for long. Already gotten more than two plays of this fun social game.
 
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18. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:699]
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I bought Fleet just before September in anticipation of a trip to Alaska - I wanted a thematically appropriate game. Ended up only playing it a single time while traveling there, and barely got in my second game of the month. It ended up falling a bit flat, so not sure how many more plays it will get.
 
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19. Board Game: Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:15160]
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October is the month for both Essen Spiel and the Barnes & Noble fall clearance! That means that there are games that I've had on pre-order for months that I will badly need to get to the table.

Again, this is adapting the purpose of the original challenge a bit to meet my own needs (making sure my new games get played rather than sitting on the shelves for a year), but I'm making it work for me.

Unfortunately, this month has been busy, so the first previously-unplayed game to get two plays was the simple, short, and not-very-good Westeros Intrigue, an abstract card game with Game of Thrones art slapped on it.

Oh well, it was $2.50 at B&N, so I've gotten my money's worth laugh
 
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20. Board Game: Carcassonne: South Seas [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:735]
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October - finished two games of this lighter version of the original game. I still prefer the classic, but this one is certainly easier to teach without needing to deal with farmers.
 
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21. Board Game: Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2844]
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The cake was not a lie. Added another two plays for November
 
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22. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:427] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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November - two games of this fun drafting / tableau building game. Nice quicky filler-ish game.
 
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23. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Babel [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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I bought this big box expansion a very long time ago, and then promptly stopped playing 7 Wonders. I wanted to get the game back to my table so badly this year that I put it on my 10x10, yet I still never got around to playing with Babel, because it was too much complexity if I was teaching the game to others.

This month, I finally brought out Babel, and got two plays for December
 
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24. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:290]
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And we squeak in just before the end of December, finally getting our second play of Biblios after reading a lot about it and adding it to a large CSI order.
 
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