The Drastic 10x10 Challenge
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In response to a thread I created HERE I decided to focus on playing a small core set of games multiple times, hoping to show their full potential with multiple repeated plays.

I've enlisted a few people to help out, and while I'm starting a bit late and may not be able to make it, I'm mostly just excited to play the same ten games over and over to fully realize strategies and feel like I can comfortably make an educated decision as to whether I truly like them or not.

I'm extremely excited, so without any further ado, here are the ten!

PS If you've played any of these games multiple times, please feel free to leave a comment on that game telling me how your first play compared to your last in terms of liking the game more or less. Thanks!
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1. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
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I've played this game three times, and have LOVED each play of it. I always want to play it more. Here's my chance

1-31-2015, 3 players
3-20-2015, 2 players
3-21-2015, 2 players
3-27-2015, 2 players
4-06-2015, 3 players
5-01-2015, 4 players
5-16-2015, 3 players


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2. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:91]
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Got this game on a whim. It was so much better than I ever expected it to be. I really want to explore this one.

1-17-2015, 5 players
3-14-2015, 4 players
4-04-2015, 4 players
4-13-2015, 4 players
4-14-2015, 4 players
4-18-2015, 2 players
8-17-2015, 4 players


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3. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:362]
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Possibly my favorite euro. I should be playing this damn thing every chance I get. The expansion came out a while back and I absolutely LOVED it, tho I only played it the one time!! Blasphemy! Let's change that...

3-15-2015, 2 players
3-21-2015, 3 players
5-09-2015, 3 players
7-11-2015, 3 players





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4. Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:278] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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I'll be combining this with Swamps of Death. The buzz around this game was astronomical, and it seems like it's the type of game I absolutely 100% love. If I weren't doing this challenge, I don't know when it would ever get played...

5-21-2015, 2 players
5-23-2015, 4 players
5-29-2015, 3 players
5-30-2015, 3 players
6-05-2015, 3 players
6-06-2015, 3 players
6-12-2015, 2 players
6-12-2015, 4 players
6-13-2015, 3 players
6-13-2015, 3 players
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5. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:109]
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Putting my perfect 4-0 record on the line, but I don't care. I love this game so much and just want to explore it even more.

3-29-2015, 3 players
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6. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:541]
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There are so many things I like about this game, but I still feel like I'm not really grasping a sound strategy. Multiple plays should hopefully pull it all together for me. Also this one is fairly quick, which is a bit of a contrast to the rest of the list.

3-15-2015, 3 players
3-22-2015, 3 players
5-16-2015, 3 players






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7. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:163]
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I'd say this one has potential to crack my top three favorite games of all time, which is huge praise. I just need to play more to see if I'm right...

4-24-2015, 3 players
6-30-2015, 3 players







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8. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
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The last three games on this list are ones I have never played. I really like Agricola, but wonder if this one is even a bit more to my liking. I've always been interested. Now here's my chance...

3-13-2015, 2 players








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9. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:289] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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A friend of mine and I had gone back and forth for months and months debating on whether or not to get this. I finally got it and it's been sitting on my shelf taunting me for a while. Time to give it what for.

4-11-2015, 3 players
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10. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:248] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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The newest game I've researched. I just recently got this one, and don't know what took me so long for it to get on my radar. I have the big box, so it might even need more than ten plays to realize this one...

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