My 2015 10 x 10 Challenge - Hardcore
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Hardcore Challenge

I except the challenge of playing 10 games 10 times (or more ) this year.
From today I'll keep track of them all, which you can find at my GeekList.


This is the list voor my Hardcore Challenge:
Escape: The Curse of the Templemeeple-finished
A la cartemeeple-finished
Istanbulmeeple-finished
Ticket to Ridemeeple-finished
Patchworkmeeple-finished
Carcassonnemeeple-finished
Machi Koromeeple-finished
Dominionmeeple-finished+10x
Kingdom Buildermeeple-finished
Snow Tails

My number 11:
Port Royalmeeple-finished

Progress: 95% (of first 10) completed

But I'll use my number 11 game to replace Snow Tails.
Therefor I'm at 100%.
So I've COMPLETED my Hardcore Challenge!



(You can also check my Normal Challenge here)
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1. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:422]
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6-30-2015:
1 play, 4 players
Today I'd took this game (along with a lot of others) with me to school to play it with my students.
It is always fun to teach them a new game and we had a lot of fun (and stress of course).
One of the students was very surprised because normally she don't like to play boardgames, but this game she likes.laugh

7-4-2015:
1 play, 3 players
My daughter had a friend to stay over, so we had to learn her this game.
We just managed to escape (during final countdown). And we didn't even added some expansions.
Her friend had fun, so the game was a success.

7-5-2015:
1 play, 2 players
I bought the expansions Illusions, so we had to play it with the different new chambers.
We only added the modules 3 and 4 (without curses and treasures) to keep the play easy.
And easy it was, we managed to escape during second countdown.

7-30-2015:
2 plays, 2 players
We (my eldest and I) played with modules 3 and 4 (except the treasure chamber, with the chalice), with Promo 1 (The Pit) and mini-expansion 4 (The Fountain). Therefor the pile was big enough to make it a little bit different to get out of the Temple.

First play we escaped easy right before third countdown. We just an extra ruby to reset our black mask-dice, but where able to get rid of it immediatly.

Second play was more difficult. We had some bad luck with some chambers which dissapeared and also our dice get blocked sometimes.
The Pit was a success though.
Almost at the end of our escape we found the exit but one of us get stuck with 5 black masks, so resetting was the best opportunity (although it was the second ruby). And because the other was on the way to help, we were ably to get rid of that ruby also right before the exit and we escape just before third countdown ended (on the third gong).

Next time we probably add the Treasure Chamber, to make it a little bit more challenging.

8-2-2015:
1 play, 2 players
So, here is the next time. Yes, we did added the Treasure Chamber. We added all expansions we have. That appeared to be too difficult.
We've added: Curses, Treasures, Illusions Chambers, all Special Chambers, the Fountain, the Pit and extra treasures and curses in Doomed.
The first two countdowns we survived (easily?). But there where a lot of tiles to discover including the exit-tile (on of the bottom 5 tiles), so we run for the exit.
However, almost at the end we split up and that was a little mistake (probably). My daughter discovered a new tile, which appeared to be the Treasure Chamber, so we now also have to take the Chalice with us. And a moment later I discovered the exit, but that was a few tiles away.

I run to my daughter to help her move the Chalice, but when the third countdown started we only moved it 1 tile and get stuck there. And died with the Chalice in our hands though. cool


Next play maybe a little bit less difficult (add gems or something like that instead of a lot tiles).

8-12-2015:
1 play, 2 players
We, my brother and I, played with the exit in the bottom four tiles.
We added the Illusion Chambers, the Special Chambers (except the Treasure Room), the Fountain and the Pit.
We had a very good start but the first countdown make us run. We were just in time. The second part we had some bad luck.
I was able to get rid of the last gem, but then my brother could blocked twice and because I was to far away we used our spare-gems twice and had to run for second countdown.
After that it went well. We had just 4 tiles left, so the exit was almost found. And after a little room and losing two gems on our way out, we escaped with still 2 minutes on the clock.

9-13-2015:
1 play, 2 players
We've played with all tiles we have.
The first countdown was a tide one. I made it on time easy, but my daughter got stuck 2 tiles away with 5 black masks, so I had to help her. With success, we were in the safe-room right on time.
The second countdown surprised us a bit, so we had to run for the safe-room. We made it on time, but my daughter had a struggle, by have a curse which made her golden masks less powerfull.
After the second countdown, we could start searching and running for the exit, because we've lost all our gems. And we were lucky, it appears nearby the safe-room, so we escaped in 7:44.


11-22-2015:
2 plays, 2 players
First play. I calculated a 'difficulty-score' of 575.
We added al expansions I have.
First two countdowns were ok. Some curses to get ride off, but we managed it.
After the second countdown troubles came up. My daughter at to move the Grail along her escape. At the exit of the Temple she got stuck. I escaped early to give my daughter an extra dice, but she kept throwing black masks. So after two resets, she had to throw two extra keys and that didn't work out. So we failed....


Second play as a revanche. (Score again 575.)
This time we escaped at 9.28.
First two countdowns not that much problems (only some curses of course).
We also used two treasures, but there were more treasures in the Temple left.


Luckely I completed my challenge with a win

COMPLETED
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2. Board Game: A la carte [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1491]
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9-13-2015:
2 plays, 3 players and 2 players
We used the expansion Dessert in both plays.
First play was with 2 of my childrens.
I was preparing my dishes very well (ended up with 19 points incl menu), but my youngest son completed his 5th dish so scoring should start, but it was his 3rd star-dish, so he immediatly won this game.
If scoring was needed, he would have won too, with 20 points.


Second play was only with my eldest daughter.
That was a close call, not that we ended up that close, but I only completed 3 dishes (and my menu) and I still earned 22 points.
My daughter prepared more dishes, so she was today's best cook.


10-11-2015:
1 play, 2 players
Again a play with my eldest daughter.
This time the end of the game was triggered by not being able to get a new dish.
She prepared a 33 point-meal, while I ended up with 27 (see photo).


11-1-2015:
1 play, 4 players
First play for my sister. She stayed the weekend with us, so she had to learn a whole bunch of new games. This was one too.
She had fun, trying to prepare her dishes. And also we did our best, but we weren't better though it wasn't our first play.
My sister became second with 21 points.
My eldest daughter and I had 8 points.
My middlest daughter won with 22 points.


11-14-2015:
1 play, 4 players
I had the kids all for myself today, so the need a little entertaining.
This game always works to entertain them.
My eldest son never played the expansion Dessert before, so he was curious how that would work.
He was a little bit unlucky though. He ended up with 1 point.
Final scorings: 16-4-1-21


12-23-2015:
1 play, 5 players, added Dessert
I played this time with my eldest four kids.
My dishes were completed very well. I even got two star-dishes.
The youngest two of the kids had a little bad luck.
Final score:
Me: 6*+5(pancake)+4*+2+4(menu)=21

S: 1*+2+1(cup)=4
H: 7+5(pancake)+3*+4+5(menu)=24

J: 1*+3+2+3(menu)=9
N: 5+2+1+1(cup)+5(menu)=14

12-27-2015:
1 play, 2 players
This time a play with the dishes closed on the table so we can't see the ingrediënt.

My eldest daughter was the best chef and finished her dishes best.
Althought I also finished two star-dishes.
Final score:
H: 6+5+4*+3+2+2+1*+1(cup)+1(cup)+4(menu)=29
Me: 7*+6+4*+3+5(menu)=25 (and with only 4 dishes completed)


12-30-2015:
1 play, 5 players
After dinner there was some time left for a quick game.
And A la carte always is fun and plays quick (in our family).
Final score:
J: 5(pancake)+1+6+4+3*+2(menu)=21
H: 6*+2+1(cup)=9
N: 5+1(cup)=6
S: 4
Me: 4*+5(pancake)+7+4(menu)=20


12-31-2015:
2 plays, 3 and 4 players
First play with two of my kids.
Final score:
J: 1*+2+3+5(pancake)+5=16
S: 2+3+4*+6*=15
Me: 6+4+5(pancake)=15


Second play with also my brother and sister in law.
They never played it before.
We made them play also with the Dessert.
Final score:
Brother: 1*+4*+3=8
Sister i.l.: 4+3*+2+2+3(menu)=14
Daughter: 7*+6+5(pancake)+3+2+4(menu)=27
Me: 6+4+2*+2(teacupes)=14


COMPLETED
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3. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:91]
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7-3-2015:
1 play, 3 players
A friend of my daughter stayed to sleep, but before they went to bed, we had to learn her Istanbul.
It took a few turns to get her in a stragegy, but finally I won, but they both collected 4 rubies and where close too.

7-30-2015:
1 play, 3 players
A play against my two eldest daughters.
My eldest one had a very good start, especially at the Tea House. She threw what she wants to, when we ended up with 2 coins every time.
Therefor she was able to buy several rubies at the juwelary and end the game real quick. We only had collected one ruby.soblue

8-10-2015:
1 play, 4 players
We played this with my brother who was over to visit us.
Luckely my daughter had more people that could block her in play.
But it didn't slowed her down really.
She won while we were stuck at 3 gems.

8-21-2015:
1 play, 4 players
This was our first play with the Mokka en Smeergeld-expansion.
I'd just managed to win. My eldest daughter needed two turns to buy her last gem, but I played three bonuscards, which gave me 2 coffee, let me change 3 goods into 3 other goods and made me move my Merchant (with assistents) to one of the corners of the board, so I was able to buy my 6th gem at the Sultan's Palace. And because I was the last player, that immediately finished the game.
I think that this expansion (in combination with the Kebabshop) adds a lot of fun to this game.


8-23-2015:
1 play, 3 players
Again a play with both expansions, I think we won't play this game without it anymore.
It adds so much more fun and make you change your plan sometimes.
This game was my wife's first (with the expansion), but she knew the possibilities soon enough.
I had only one gem to go, but so did she.
I went to the Kebabshop to send my Family member to one of the tiles to gain my last gem. I also could go to the wagonmaker, to finish my Wagon, but I didn't.... luckely.
If I did that, my wife would go to the Kebabshop and used her Family member to go to the Big Mosque and get her last gem there and that would make her win the game, because she had more money left (1 more ), but that didn't happen.laugh


8-30-2015:
1 play, 3 players
This play was a whole different play then last time.
I concentrated my play around the 'Kebabshop', so in the beginning I earned some money and I used it a lot to send my Family member across the board. And with success. I earned my 6th gem first (and was the only one too), with just 1 coffee left and no money.

My wife had a good play too, with 4 gems, 6 coffee and 16 money.
My eldest daughter had a much better play than last time. She earned 5 gems, had 24 money and needed 2 turns to get her last gem. Too bad for her I finished the game 'to soon'.


9-26-2015:
1 play, 4 players
This play was the first expanded play with our friends.
It was fun to see the different tactics in play. Mine didn't work that good this time.
My wife played without a real plan, but managed well with her coffee-collection.
While we were still at 3 or 4 gems, she already earned (bought) her 6th gem.


12-25-2015:
1 play, 2 players
I had a bad start in this game.
My daughter collected her first rubies very fast. When I got my first gem, she already had 4!
At the end I managed to get close to her, but I still needed a couple of turns to earn my last gem, so she won finally.


12-31-2015:
2 plays, 5 and 3 players
Last chance of finishing the challenge, but my brother with his family came to celebrate New Years eve. So that wasn't a big problem.

First play with Kebabshop, but without Mokka en Smeergeld.
Final score:
My daughter got her 5th ruby first (as startplayer) and had 8 Lira left.
My brother gained his 5th ruby too, but had no money left.
My sister in law earned 4 rubies as do I.
My son collected just 2 rubies, but had fun too.


After another game their was some time left to play my last Istanbul-game for 2015 (and the challenge), this time we used the expansion Mokka en Smeergeld too.
This play was just with my brother (who was curious for the expansion) and my daughter.
This play was a little bit difficult (and bad luck sometimes for my brother and me), so my daughter won (again...).
She earned her 6th ruby, my brother had 4 and I needed at least één turn to collect my 6th too.
(The game was finished at 23.30 on the 31st of December in 2015 )

COMPLETED
I've completed this part of the challenge and with this play also my Hardcore Challenge for 2015.
 
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4. Family: Ticket to Ride
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10-20-2015:
1 play, 2 players, Nordic Countries
This play was in Germany, when we were on a short holiday, alone..
As usual this was a fun play.
We didn't worked on the same part of the board, so we didn't really blocked eachother.
Final scoring was 135-152. I won by have 101 points for my completed tickets.


10-31-2015:
1 play, 4 players, Europe-version
My sister was the weekend over, so we had to play several games.
This was on too. We haven't played this for a while, so it was fun again.
I always like this version for having a few long tickets and the rest all shorter ones. And it adds stations.
Final score: 106-96-97-99, my middlest daughter won, with scoring tracks and keeping stations.


11-1-2015:
1 play, 4 players, USA-version
Another play with also my sister. This time the USA-version, which probably is her best known board.
The track-score was close, but with tickets my sister scored a lot points, so she won this game big time.
Final score: 135-56-150-196


12-13-2015:
1 play, 3 players, Nordic Countries
Scoring: tracks+tickets(completed)-tickets(incompleted)+bonus=total
Me: 69+47(3)-0+0=116
Wife: 49+88(8)-0+10=147
Daughter: 41+49(7)-7(1)+0=83


12-17-2015:
1 play, 4 players, USA
Today was one of the last lessons of 2015, so I brought some games for my students.
I thaught this game to three of them and they were surprised (me too, for the fact they never heard of it).
Final score (tracks+tickets(completed)-tickets(incompleted)+longest route=total):
N: 77+0-37(2)+0=40
M: 49+41(4)-11(1)+0=79
C: 65+15(2)-27(2)+0=53
Me: 68+31(2)-22(3)+10=87 (It wasn't my best game, but I had fun)


12-19-2015:
1 play, 2 players, Europe+1912+Orient Express
Final score (tracks+tickets-tickets+bonus+stations=total):
H: 74+42(3)-0+10+8=140
Me: 46+26(2)-7(1)+0+12=77 (Mmmm, very low score)


12-21-2015:
1 play, 3 players, Europe
Final score (tracks+tickets-tickets+bonus+stations=total):
H: 58+65(6)-5(1)+0+4=122
M: 59+53(6)-10(1)+0+8=110
Me: 67+94(7)-0+10+4=171

12-25-2015:
1 play, 2 players, Nordic Countries
Final score (tracks+tickets-tickets+bonus=total):
H: 45+119(10)-0+10=174
Me: 52+91(9)-12(2)+0=131


12-26-2015:
1 play, 4 players, Europe
Final score (tracks+tickets-tickets+bonus+stations=total):
MiL: 60+50(5)-8(1)+0+8=110
H: 75+52(3)-0+10+12=149
M: 45+79(7)-14(2)+0+8=118
Me: 60+63(6)-15(2)+0+4=112


12-29-2015:
1 play, 2 players, Pennsylvania
Yesterday I bought this expansion, so we had to try it today.
First we played the Pennsylvania-board. It appears that the final count with the shares can make a hugh different.
Final scores (tracks+tickets-tickets+shares+bonus=total):
H: 75+31(2)-15(2)+38+0=129
Me: 54+81(8)-2(1)+90*+15=238
*I had several shares were I was the only stockholder, so I earned a lot of points by doing almost nothing. Just take the right share at the right moment.


COMPLETED
I've completed this part of the challenge. Unluckely not with both new boards of the United Kingdom-version.
 
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5. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:58]
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7-23-2015:
1 play
During this game against my wife, my income was very low (13 buttons in the end). My wife had 12+ income fast, so she was ahead in income.
Therefor I reconcidered my tactics and went for nice-fitting pieces instead of a lot of income. Sometimes I was able to buy three pieces in a row.
It resulted in winning the game for me. With 21 vs 8 points.


7-26-2015:
1 play
Final scoring: 21 vs 18 (my wife won)
Her income at the end was 11 buttons and she had 6 empty spaces left. She also got the 7x7-bonustile.
My income was 22 buttons, but I had 15 empty spaces left.

7-27-2015:
1 play
Final score: 26 vs -2 (I won)
My wifes income was 14 buttons, she had 13 empty spaces and the bonustile.
I had an income of 17 buttons and only 8 empty spaces left.

7-29-2015:
4 plays
First play against my youngest son.
Final score: 18 vs 1 (I won).
His income was 20 buttons, he had 13 empty spaces and the 7x7-bonustile.
My income was 13 buttons and I had 5 empty spaces.

Second play against my wife.
Final score: 20 vs -1 (I won)
Her income was 13 buttons, but she had 14 empty spaces.
My income was 17 buttons and I had the bonustile and only 4 empty spaces.

Third play against my youngest son again.
Final score: 28 vs 22 (I won)
His income was 10 buttons, he earned the bonustile and had only 2 empty spaces in the end!
My income though was 18 buttons and I had 11 empty spaces left.

Last play of the day was against my second daughter.
Final score: 19 vs 12 (she won)
Her income was 18 buttons and she had 5 empty spaces.
My income was 14 buttons and I had 12 empty spaces.
Nobody earned the 7x7-bonustile this time.
That don't happen a lot, I guess.

7-30-2015:
1 play
Final score: 22 vs 3 (my eldesst daughter won , again)
Her income was 15 buttons, she also earned the bonustile and had 6 empty spaces.
My income was 17 buttons, but I had 13 empty spaces.

7-31-2015:
2 plays
First play with my second daughter.
Final score: 27 vs 8 (I won)
Her income was 17 buttons and she ends up with 12 empty spaces.
My income was 13 buttons, I also got the bonustile and ended up with only 3 empty spaces.

My second play was with my eldest son. It was his first play, so I adviced him a little bit (I better didn't do that).
Final score: 34! vs 6 (I lost...)
His income was 15 buttons, he got the bonustile and had 8 empty spaces.
I got 14 buttons as income, but had 11 empty spaces.

COMPLETED
This two plays finished this part of the challenge.
For further plays I first count ten plays at my Normal Challenge, next ten here and so on (if I come that far ).
 
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6. Family: Carcassonne
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6-8-2015:
1 time, 2 players, De Burcht-version
Together with my youngest son, who loves this version, I played this game.
And he beat me this time with 83 vs 77 points.

6-14-2015:
1 play, 3 players, Jagers en Verzamelaars
It was a while ago, when I played this version.
This time against my wife and youngest son.
It's funny to see him trying to finish forests with goldmines, to earn a bonustile, and not playing for points a lot.

So my wife and me were first and second, but he enjoyed it anyway.meeple

10-11-2015:
1 play, 3 players, Stille Zuidzee
A Sunday afternoon gameplay with this version. This was a while ago, so we had to play this one. I played this game with my wife and eldest daughter.
We always like this version. It plays quick and sometimes we are not knowing the score before the count is finished (as some other games the winner is known before the end of the game...).

Final scoring: 40-36-30
My score:


10-15-2015:
1 play, 4 players, Stille Zuidzee
As I mentioned in my last play-report this is a quick version of Carcassonne, so suitable for a play before bedtime. I played this with my wife and middlest daughter and youngest son.
The game ended before 20.00, so it wasn't that late on a schoolnight...
Final scoring: 16-23-23-36 (I won this time )


10-18-2015:
1 play, 2 players, Stille Zuidzee
This time my eldest daughter wants to play this version.
I don't mind because 1. I like this game a lot and 2. I have a challenge or two to fulfill.

The scoring however was a surprise: we tied with 49 points.


10-21-2015:
1 play, 2 players, De Stad-version
My wife and I were on a short vacation to Germany, while the kids were staying at my parents-in-law for a few days.
We had a couple of days with just the two of us and had time to watch a serie ('House of Cards'), but also a lot of games came at our table.
This one was also in our bag and it had been a while ago.
We scored a lot, but stayed close in scoring. After the final score the difference was a little bit bigger. 188 vs 166 (I lost )


12-9-2015:
1 play, 2 players, De Burcht
The favorite version of my youngest son.
He is getting better every time.
Final score:
J: 86+33=119
Me: 54+21=75

12-13-2015:
1 play, 2 players, Stille Zuidzee
It was a close finish in this game. I collected (and delivered) a lot of ships, but lost the game with 1 point less than my daughter...
Final score: G-H: 49-50 (no ships left).


12-27-2015:
1 play, 2 players, De Burcht
I've played this version very often with my wife, but that was a while ago. Especially because my wife says, this is her least favorite version, because I always win this one...
Final score:
M: 36+38=76
Me: 48+23=61


12-31-2015:
1 play, 3 players, Stille Zuidzee
At New Years Eve we always have a service in church, but tonight was my night to be a homedad.
So when the youngest kids were in bed, I taught my sister in law this version of Carcassonne. My second daughter could play one game too. (It was on my challenge-list to, so win-win.)
Final score:
Sister in law: 38 points for her 9 ships and 2 points for goods = 40 points
My daughter: 28 points for her 6 ships and 3 points for goods = 31 points.
Me: 33 points for my 9 ships and 1 point for goods = 34 points.
So I couldn't complete this part with a win.


COMPLETED
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7. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:744]
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8-22-2015:
1 play, 2 players
This play we had a terrible market to start with. Again.
I bought some cards with high eyes (7+) and then started to collect some money and collected some cards with a wheat-symbol. That gave me enough income to continue playing, but my daughter unluckly not.
At the end she only build her Trainstation and the Shopping Mall. She made me pay all my money with her Exclusive Club though, but in my last turn I had exactely 30 coins, so I build my last Landmark, the Airport and ended the bad game (although my daughter thought).

9-13-2015:
1 play, 3 players
A play with my two eldest daughters.
I had a bad start, I stayed low on income for almost 75% of the game.
My eldest daughter won easy, while I still needed my Shopping Mall, Radiostation and Airport. My other daughter needed those last two also.


10-4-2015:
1 play, 2 players
A game with my eldest daughter.
She took away my building which should make me win this game. soblue
So she won easily (again), while I still needed three Landmarks.
Maybe next time, I'll win.whistle


10-11-2015:
1 play, 2 players
Again a play with my eldest daughter. This was a much more balanced game. And the finish was a little bit closer too. I still needed two Landmarks, but my income was better then last plays.
She beat me anyway...


10-18-2015:
1 play, 2 players
Play with my eldest one again. This time the luck was on my side.
I was able to build the Airport very soon, therefor if I didn't build anything, I got 10 coins. Which made me win the game.
My daughter needed 3 more Landmarks.


11-1-2015:
1 play, 4 players
This weekend my sister came over, so we played several games.
She knows Machi Koro, but didn't play this with the expansions (Harbor and Millionaire's Row).
The new market-rule was something she needs to work with. I think that she liked that part, however she wasn't that lucky.
At the end she completed three Landmarks, the others completed four and five Landmarks (my daughter and wife) while I won the game.

11-22-2015:
1 play, 2 players
A play against my eldest daughter.
I think that the Fruit&Veg Market is a very good building.
I win several games with it.
This time my daughter and I only needed to build the Airport as last Landmarks, but in my last turn I got 36 coins from my two Markets, so I was able to build the last Landmark.


12-21-2015:
1 play, 2 players
Again a play against my eldest daughter.
Also this time I won the game, but my daughter still needed her Radiostation and Airport.

12-23-2015:
1 play, 3 players
This time my Investors Club payed of. I bought the Airport for 25 coins, however I wasn't able to win the game.
My eldest daughter only needed the Airport (and had 24 coins left).
I needed the Radiostation, but my second daughter won.


12-27-2015:
1 play, 5 players
A play with my wife and three kids.
It was a slow start for most of us, but in the end it was a tight game.
My second daughter won the game finally.
J needed his Harbor and Amusement Park, M needed her Amusement Park, H her Airport and I still needed my Radiostation and Airport.


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8. Family: Dominion
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6-30-2015:
1 play, 4 players
Today I had my last lessons of the year (before summer), so I took some games to school to play it with my students.
Dominion was also in the game-bag and some students wants me to play it with them.
Of course I played this game (although I also wants to teach them Escape, but they wanted this game).
It took a while to finish this game, but I've crushed them all.
And they wanted to beat me that much, but where to late with buying points... whistle

8-3-2015:
2 plays, 2 players
Both plays were against my daughter.

First play was with this cards:

(In English: Talisman, Loan, Mountebank, Rabble, Library, Trade Route, Watchtower, Mint, Feast, Bishop)
This was the result of a Randomizer-app.
It took a while for me to use the Bishop in the best way. I think it costs me the game. We destroyed a lot of cards though.
At the end my daughter had 2 Estates, 3 Duchies, 6 Provinces, 1 Colony and 28 points with all of her Bishops. So totally 85 points. cry
I ended the game with 3 Estates, 1 Duchy, 2 Provinces and also 28 points with my Bishops. A total of 46 points. whistle

Second play we used this cards:

(In English: Forge, Bank, Royal Seal, Grand Market, Hoard, Worker's Village, Monument, Festival, Council Room, Moat)
This time we shuffled all 50 Kingdomcards and we choose one of them alternately until we had 10.
This time we didn't buy a lot of action card (my daughter even won with only 4blush).
In money and points my daughter beat me.
She ended with 3 Estates, 2 Duchies, 4 Provinces, 2 Colonies and 7 points from the Monuments with a total of 60 points.
She had 7 Copper, 2 Silver, 6! Gold, 1 Platinum and also 2 Royal Seals with a total of 38 coins.
I had 5 Estates, 3 Duchies, 4 Provinces and 5 points from Monuments. My final score was therefor 43 points.
My moneycount was: 11 Copper, 2 Silver and 1 Gold (with a total of 18), so I never had a chance. whistle

8-4-2015:
1 play, 2 players
This play was with:

(In English: Bank, Hoard, Contraband, Watchtower*, Bishop, Festival, Woodcutter, Grand Market, Mountebank, Spy)
*Photo was wrong, we replaced the Loan for the Watchtower.
This set of cards gave us more options to buy several cards and combine them.
Our money 'grew' fast. So at the end we (especially my daugther though) had a lot of money.
I had 2 Coppers, 3 Silvers, 6 Gold, 2 Platinums and 1 Contraband (I had more Contrabands, but at the end I trashed them with my Bishops). So my total money amount was 39 (which is a lot for me, I guess).
My daughter had a lot more: 10 Coppers, 4 Silvers, 15! Gold, 1 Hoard, 1 Contraband and 3 Banks. Her total amount was (without the Banks) 68!
Final score: 76 vs 98.
With her big amount she was able to buy: 2 Estates, 4 Duchies, 4 Provinces, 3 Colonies. She had also 2 Curses and 10 points from her Bishop. So her total was 76.
That made me win (with less money ) with: 2 Estates, 3 Provinces, 4 Colonies and 38! points from my Bishops.

8-10-2015:
1 play, 2 players
This play we played with:

(In English: Mountebank, Hoard, Chancellor, Smithy, Contraband, Quarry, Rabble, Coppersmith, Ironworks, Upgrade)
This game was made with a randomizer. It appears not to be the best set to play with, but we (almost) always like to play Dominion.
We went good on money, but at points my brother was able to get some Colonies and gave me some Curses.
Final score: 63 vs 57.
I collected 64 coins against his 54.
He collected 5 Estates, 2 Duchies, 2 Provinces and 4 Colonies.
I got 7 Estates, 6 Duchies, 6 Provinces, but also 4 Curses.

8-11-2015:
2 plays, 2 players
First play was with:

(In English: Nobles, Steward, Scout, Conspirator, Torturer, Bishop, Tribute, King's Court, Counting House, Worker's Village)
This setup was created by chosing 5 Cards each.
This setup was not a real money maker. It was fun to have more action in a turn, but the money-count was a little bit low. The points were good though.
I've collected 6 Copper, 3 Silver, 1 Gold and 1 Platinum (total: 20 coins) against his 5 Copper, 5 Silver, 3 Gold and 1 PLatinum (total: 29 coins).
For Victorypoints I've bought 4 Estates, 2 Duchies, 4 Provinces, 3 Colonies, 1 Nobles and 9 points from my Bishops for a total of 75 points.
His collection contained 1 Estate, 1 Duchy, 4 Provinces, 3 Colonies, 1 Nobles and 14 points from his Bishops, so his final score was 74 points.
This was so close.

Second play was with:

(In English: Bridge, Tribute, Scout, Great Hall, Wishing Well, Pawn, Minion, Coppersmith, Conspirator, Baron)
This is a favorite game that our friends play often and because I lent Intrige from them, I have to play their setup again too.
This play we bought several different cards instead of more of the same and that made this game fun, but not a money or point maker.
My brother collected 29 coins and I 34 coins.
Final scoring: 40 vs 45 points (I won the game).

8-13-2015:
1 play, 2 players
This time a play with my son with this as setup:

(In English: Council Room, Militia, Cellar, Village, Woodcutter, Spy, King's Court, Bank, Talisman, Moat)
It's funny to play against my son, because he likes to attack. During the game he came to the conclusion that too many attack-cards is a little bit annoying, because almost every turn a Militia showed up.
I didn't matter though, because I had several Council Rooms, Villages and a King's Court. The King's Court showed up ones in combination with the Council Room, so I was able to take 12 cards and buy 4 cards with 20 coins.
The way my son plays this game is funny, but doesn't make him win (of course). He had fun however.
Final scoring: 60 vs 36.
I've got 7 Coppers, 4 Silvers, 3 Gold, 1 Platinum, 1 Talisman and 1 Bank, so a total of 30+ coins.
He's got 10 Coppers, 7 Silver, 2 Gold, 1 Platinum, 2 Talisman and 1 Bank, so a total of 37+ coins.
For Victorypoints I've collected 7 Estates, 1 Duchy, no Provinces(?:what and 5 Colonies.
He's collected 3 Estates (from the beginning of course), 1 Duchy, no Provinces too (surprise) and 3 Colonies.

8-14-2015:
2 plays, 3 and 4 players
First play with my 2 sons and with the following setup:

(In English: Moat, Militia, Cellar, Village, Smithy, Moneylender, Market, Worker's Village, Goons, Bank)
This was the first play of my youngest son too.
I had to help him and give some hints, but he managed this game well.
At the end he didn't need much help. Of course they aren't that tough opponents, but it's fun to play with them.
My eldest son collected 10 Copper, 4 Silver = 18 coins total. But he is on the Militia all the time.
My youngest son collected 7 Copper, 8 Silver, 2 Gold and 2 Banks = 29+ coins total.
I collected 6 Copper, 4 Silver, 4 Gold, 1 Platinum and 2 Banks = 31+ coins total.
Final score with points: 26 vs 32 vs 55.

Second play was with my eldest daughter, my friend and his son (they normally only play with Intrige ) and we played with:

(In English: Monument, Throne Room, Hoard, Goons, Village, Laboratory, Trade Route, Noble, Great Hall, Masquerade - I called it 'Big Points' when I created this setup, before my daughter took out Gardens and replaced it with Village)
I wanted my friend and his son to learn some new cards and I created this setup so we could collect a lot of points. That didn't work out as I thought it would, but we had fun.
Our amounts were: 32 vs 29 vs 28 vs 13. I had 13. whistle
Final score: 54 vs 32 vs 39 vs 63. I had 63, so I won! laugh
Trade Route was at +6 coins which worked very well for me.

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6-14-2015:
1 play, 2 players
We played with Oasis, Farm, Harbor and Barn.
As Kingdom Cards we had Knights, Merchants and Hermits.
I didn't look and read good, because I read the Knights as Discoverers.
So I was building settlements at many horizontal lines, but half-way of the game I realised I was playing the wrong targetwhistle, but I managed to build a lot settlements on one row.
At our final count for gold, I was afraid that my daughter would win (because she always wins with scoring gold for castles), but I won with a one-point-differents. 55 vs 54 (not much, but enough )

6-21-2015:
1 play, 3 players
We (my eldest daughter, youngest son and me) played with Barn, Farm, Paddock and Oracle.
As Kingdom Cards we had Hermits, Discoverers and Workers.
This time I read the cards properly and started working at the right place for my settlements.
My son doesn't know the best stragegy, but loves the game and is just an extra obstacle in our play.
We played along and he had fun too.
Our final scoring: 76 (me), 72 (so close) and 43.
I didn't expect to win, but won anyway.

8-3-2015:
1 play, 4 players
We (my two eldest daughters and my eldest son and me) played with Oasis, Paddock, Harbor and Tower.
As Kingdom Cards we had Discoverers, Workers and Citizens.
My son and second daughter needed some help, because it was a while ago they played the game.
However we had fun.
Unfortunately my eldest daughter didn't realized that the Discoverers give gold for each two settlements. She should have played a bit different (as she says).
Final scorings: 59 (me), 55, 49 and 44.


8-12-2015:
1 play, 2 players
We, my brother and I, played with Tower, Barn, Farm and Tavern.
As Kingdom Cards we had Workers, Miners and Farmers.
I had the feeling that this weren't the best boards to combine with this Cards, but we both started collecting some hexes for special actions. I was a little worried about my scoring for Farmers, but before my final turn I had three quadrants with 7 settlements. I was able to add settlements to all those quadrants so I scored 24 gold with the Farmers.
Final scorings: 62 vs 56 (I won).


8-26-2015:
1 play, 2 players
A play with my youngest son, this time.
He doesn't play with any stragegy, but just loves to play games with me.
I therefor win a lot of games, but try to teach him how to choose a stragegy though.
This play the setup was: Oracle, Paddock, Harbor and Farm and as Kingdom Cards we had Knights, Workers and Discoverers.
This was a nice setup, but I had some bad luck with my terraincards. I drew the same cards several turns, which slows the game down a little bit.
Final score: 71 vs 48.


10-4-2015:
1 play, 2 players, with Crossroads
A play with my eldest daughter. Setup: Crossroads-Barracks, Barn, Tower and Harbor and as Kingdom Cards: Workers, Farmers, Discoverers and as Task: Home Country.
My daughter was able to build some settlements on strategic places so she could build her empire properly.
I, however, had some bad luck (and of course made some stupid choices) with my terraincards. I wasn't able to score with my Farmers....
I therefor ended with 44 points, while my daughter earned 85.


11-12-2015:
1 play, 2 players
This play was with my youngest son. The setup: Oracle, Farm, Oasis, Tower. Kingdom Cards: Farmers, Citizens and Discoverers.
This time my son had not made the right choices for his farmers. He also didn't focussed on the tiles he could earn and use, so final score: 31 vs 46


11-15-2015:
1 play, 2 players, with Nomads and Crossroads
A gameplay with my eldest daughter. The setup was as follows: Oracle, Paddock, Caravan and City Hall-Outpost. As Kingdom Cards we used: Merchants, Lords and Ambassadors. As Task we first draw Fortress, but that wouldn't be fair in combination with the City Hall, so we redraw Road.
I started with some good terraincards, which gave me several different tiles, but than I started to make mistakes by not focussing on the task Road (in particular) and that caused my lost by 7 points exactly.
Final score 97-103 (big score)


12-6-2015:
1 play, 2 players (and we added an task from Crossroads)
Setup: Oasis, Paddock, Harbor and Barn.
Kingdom Cards: Hermits, Merchants and Knights.
Task: Compass Point

Final score (Hermits+Merchants+Knights+Compass Point+Castles=total):
H: 16+12+10+10+6=54
Me: 10+36+24+0+12=82

12-26-2015:
1 play, 2 players with Nomads and Crossroads
Setup: Crossroads/Barrack, Paddock, Outpost/City Hall and Caravan.
Kingdom Cards: Farmers, Ambassadors and Families.
Tasks: Advance and Compass Point

Final score:
H:
Points during play: 13
Farmers : 24
Advance : 9
Compass Point : 10
Castles : 9
Total : 65
Me:
Points during play: 26
Farmers : 33
Advance : 9
Compass Point : 10
Castles : 9
Total : 87

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10. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:615]
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8-11-2015:
1 play, 2 players
This is my first play of the year. wow
Together with my brother this track was created:

To start with a forrest in front of you is a little bit tricky, but with only two players its less a problem.
I started second, but was able to overtake my brother soon.
But in the second forrest I had a little bit bad luck, I had to slow down to much, so he could overtake me again and then he stayed ahead for a while.
I made a mistake by putting a card at my wrong dog, but we only noticed a turn to late, when I would do it again.
My brother allowed me to shift the cards over to the right dog, but regretted it afterwards. I was able to overtake him again and he had some bad luck with his cards, which make me win the game far ahead.

8-17-2015:
2 plays, 2 players
First play of my youngest son, so the board wasn't that difficult.

Although it was his first time, he was able to play this by himself very quick. And he managed to beat me. surprise
I reached the finish to, but not as far as he did.

Second play he wanted a more difficult board.

I let him play almost the whole game by himself and he did well, but I beat him this time. I helped him with the tree-part (by removing a tree for him). He loved it.

9-13-2015:
1 play, 2 players
A play with my eldest daughter.
The setup was one of the Parcours of the rulebook, called: 'Het Duivels Traject' or 'The Riddler'.

My daughter took the lead halfway the track and did managed to keep it easily. She won miles ahead of me (I needed at least two more turns to cross the finishline).


12-23-2015:
1 play, 2 players (with Leap of Death)
A play with my youngest son (is almost a solo game with two sleds).
Setup of the Parcours:

I won easily.


Not completed this challenge in 2015, but my backup-game was...
 
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11. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:403] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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6-7-2015:
1 play, 2 players
Played this with my eldest daughter and she was able to earn her needed points (12 needed, 14 earned) first. In my last turn I got 12 points also, but lost anyway.

7-31-2015:
1 play, 2 players
Today I've taught this game to my youngest son.
He liked it a lot (and won it immediatly).
He ended up with two expeditions, 3 sailors and a trader.
I got 3 traders, 2 settlers, a governor, a captain and a sailor.
The traders came in handy very much.
Final score 12 vs 8.

8-1-2015:
1 play, 3 players
I've won this game with only three different cards: 2 expeditions and a trader. (Off course to get the expeditions I needed 5 other cards before.)
My son ended with 6 points for his 2 traders, 2 sailors, 1 pirate and a settler.
My daughter had 5 points for her captain, settler and pirate.
It took us a while thought to finish this game, because we took to many cards often. Sometimes just to make sure that somebody else isn't able to buy a settler or something for an expedition.

9-13-2015:
2 plays, 2 players
Both plays with my eldest daughter. First play I've won with 14-12. So she wanted a revanche.
And she took revanche. Second play she won 15-11.
My winning crew in first play:

Her winning crew in second play:


10-11-2015:
1 play, 2 players
Again with my eldest daughter.
This game had an exciting end. My daughter ended her turn with 12 points. But because she started the game, I got one more turn. She was nearly out of money, so she wasn't able to buy a card (with points) in my turn. I, however, had a lot of money, so I bought the first possible pointed card (with at least 1 point, because I would win with money as tie-breaker). It was a 3-points-sailor which completed my winning crew:


12-24-2015:
1 play, 2 players
H: 2 Expeditions, 1 Mademoiselle = 13 points (and 4 coins)
Me: 2 Expeditions, 1 Trader, 1 Pirate, 1 Governer, 1 Priest, 1 Sailor = 13 points (and 1 coins, so I lost).

12-25-2015:
1 play, 2 players
H: 1 Expedition, 1 Jack of all Trades, 1 Priest, 1 Colonist, 1 Pirate - 8 points (and 5 coins)
Me: 1 Expedition, 1 Captain, 1 Mademoiselle, 1 Governor, 1 Admiral, 2 Traders = 12 points (and 3 coins)

12-26-2015:
1 play, 2 players
H: 1 Admiral, 1 Colonist, 1 Mademoiselle, 1 Expedition = 9 points
Me: 1 Expedition, 1 Priest, 1 Captain, 1 Mademoiselle, 2 Jesters = 13 points


12-27-2015:
1 play, 2 players
First play for my eldest son.
N: 1 Expedition, 2 Sailors, 1 Jester, 1 Jack of all Trades, 1 Trader, 1 Mademoiselle = 13 points (and 1 coin)
Me: 2 Expeditions, 1 Trader, 1 Admiral, 1 Mademoiselle = 13 points (and 5 coins)

COMPLETED
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