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Constructing a list of games to challenge myself to get them to the table for multiple plays among all the games to choose from has now become a tradition with my Hardcore 10x10 in 2016 list. That's 10 games I'll play 10 times.

I'll maintain details of my progress on this list and a summary status of My Selections on the official challenge list (once it's created).


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___ = needed plays
___ = completed plays

___mb = Me
___mb = Wife

__Other: mb= RR, mb= CG, mb= JF, mb= MR, mb= DE, mb= Other

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My earlier lists:
BK's Hardcore 10x10 in 2015 List
BK's Hardcore 10x10 in 2014 List

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1. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:267]
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I picked this game up at Origins 2015 after a quick 3p game. My wife and I played it a few more times but struggled to keep her interest or introduce it to others to get more plays out of it.

I found that there is some depth to this game once you've had the opportunity to play it a few times and see how the end game scoring works, how the cards you hold in your hand at the end matter, and then working backwards what do I play, discard and keep???

I feel there is a gem in this one that I have not fully experienced or played out to just leave it sit ignored on the shelf. So I hope to force the issue and put it on the clock.

Pre-2016 Plays: 5x

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01-Jan - mb(18), mb(13), mb(4)
Started the new year off with a 3p game with more methodical play than the learning game before the ball dropped. Much tighter scoring with me on the bottom, 18-13-4.

06-Jul - mb(21), mb(6)
My daughter essentially blocked (can't think of a more fitting word) me from scoring my two best paths and scored big on hers for a crushing win (go back to your homework--hee...hee...).

03-Oct - mb(12), mb(0)
03-Oct - mb(20), mb(13)
I taught my coworker over lunch so the first game was a bit slower and a shutout, but the light came on (as expected). The second game was much more competitive and even going into the last tree where I had two cards that added up to more than his one to score the 7 point victory. (Nice to see this one get some plays and an enthusiastic opponent interesting in playing it some more to help me complete the challenge.)

10-Oct - mb(11), mb(6)
10-Oct - mb(12), mb(8)
Some fun lunch time blocking and planting going on in these two plays. Both of us went for more diversification rather than sticking to just two colors and things got real interesting.

12-Oct - mb(0+), mb(0)
12-Oct - mb(14), mb(2)
Lots more blocking and tackling as we are both starting to grasp the game. Still playing defensively--first game today was tied with zero points but I had three to his two colors on the board.

26-Oct - mb(9), mb(8)
26-Oct - mb(4), mb(3)
Two intensely competitive games over lunch with my coworker that had lots of close blocks preventing or near preventing scoring opportunities.
This has been a difficult game to garner interest within my family or group, but introducing my coworker has been an enjoyable lunch time experience. Both of us have been great fun. It has definitely won me over and will likely move up in my Top 50 list next year... now to find additional interested parties to get this to the table.

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2. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:171]
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What would a 10x10 Challenge be for me without a Feld title. This year I've chosen Bora Bora which I acquired in a BGG Math Trade. I'm excited for my wife and I to explore another Feld. Given I own this it's an easier choice then say, Luna which I hope to acquire but haven't yet.

Pre-2016 Plays: 0x

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01-Jul - mb(182), mb(174)
A slow, learning game. Iconography was a bit daunting but we managed to get through without fighting and it started to make sense. Each round played faster as rules, choices and mechanisms started to make sense. I had to make up a lot of ground in scoring over the last couple rounds to keep it close. I actually passed my wife in the end game scoring but in the bonuses she ultimately emerged the victor.

04-Jul - mb(168), mb(149)
I was behind the entire game. I struggled to get shells for jewelry or any woman tiles but managed to build a hut on and control each island space which ended up being the game breaker for the win.

08-Aug - mb(171), mb(160)
We battled the entire game but it came down to bonuses to create the separation needed for the win.

08-Sep - mb(173), mb(157)
It was perhaps the most enjoyable play of this one yet as we are starting to get our arms around the choices, combinations and tactics to pull points more efficiently. Ultimately, my 7 unused god tiles for 14 points at the end proved to be the difference.


13-Sep - mb(169), mb(165)
It was a tense, hard fought 2p game over coffee. It literally came down to bonuses as we were tied before accounting. The more we play this the more I like it yet it feels a bit fiddly. My wife on the other hand I feel likes it more than she expresses which is that it is her least favorite Feld.

30-Sep - mb(182), mb(136)
Yikes! It was a blow out. I found my rhythm early and road it the whole game where my wife simply struggled to find the same. I crushed in end game bonuses as well, and her not so much. The trend continues, I am liking this one more with each play, and my wife quite the opposite.

27-Oct - mb(174), mb(171)
We enjoyed our morning coffee in celebration of Feldtober with an intense game of Bora Bora. My wife had a commanding lead the entire game but you just sensed that I was setting up a big finish and I did manage to amass a late surge to pass her only to come up 3 VP short in end game bonuses. I continue to like it more with each play. My wife said this time she enjoyed it more than she previously did, but still prefers the likes of Trajan for this weight of game.

13-Nov - mb(186), mb(175)
In the end it felt like a hard fought game, but I was significantly behind from the start and new I was in trouble. I made a heroic finish but came up short to my wife's bonuses.

18-Nov - mb(177), mb(164)
A learning game for my opponent but he picked up the basics enough to make it a close game. I managed a sizable lead during most of the game but was very concerned about his end game bonus potential. Fortunately it did not come to fruition and I won handedly.

30-Dec - mb(147), mb(135)
It was a fairly low scoring game as the first few rounds were a bit rough for both of us eliminating hopes of end game bonuses and a scramble to get things going. It also meant we developed the islands but came up short on getting them all out. In the end, I did a little more than my wife for the victory.
It was fun to finally get this to the table and dig into it a bit. Unfortunately, the more we played it the more I liked it but my wife just the opposite. What that means is she wouldn't miss it if she never got to play it again. Like so many other games like this, I'd like to at least try it with 3-4p a time or two before deciding its ultimate fate. We'll see. The good news is that this game finishes the 2016 challenge for us!!

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3. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:221]
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Bruges is one of my favorite games and makes its third 10x10 challenge in a row. I fully intend to play with the expansion, Bruges: The City on the Zwin, in last year's challenge but never did. So this year is the year. Ten more plays, most if not all with the expansion.

Pre-2016 Plays: 39x

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21-Jan - mb(69), mb(62)
We played with all the expansions (except the 5p, obviously) and enjoyed them all. We both play fairly quick and are not AP so not concerned should either of us play a card that allows us to search the discard pile. In this particular play, neither of us placed many characters but leveraged lots of workers with boat options and played the market advantages. I won closing the win-loss gap my wife has over me in our 2p plays of it.

22-Jan - mb(72), mb(62)
Our first play of the morning involved a strong focus from both of us on the boats and market again. Once we filled our canals we went for buildings and people for our final points.

22-Jan - mb(83), mb(73)
In our second play I was particularly challenged as my wife got a great start on the canals and reputation while I struggled to get cards I could use for those actions or fund much of anything else. As I was plagued with managing my accumulating threats. I finally got my people engine going but a little too late to pull off a come back with my wife's effective protection of majority bonuses and threat points.

29-Jan - mb(83), mb(64)
Wife managed another brilliant game tying her highest score from a week ago. I suffered two costly threats and couldn't keep pace with her. She effectively blocked two majorities the entire game and out played me again.

30-Jan - mb(90), mb(78)
My highest score yet, but my wife sets an all-time high of any game I've played. Both of us recruited more characters this time, but my wife is the master at managing the majorities. Her Queen also helped with the scoring from round one.

09-Feb - mb(81), mb(69)
This morning's snow day coffee game was slow going in the beginning. Both of us focused on canal segments and leveraging boats while moving up the influence track quickly. The second half was focused on houses and people while forcing threats upon each other to disrupt plans and progress towards the end game.

15-Feb - mb(84), mb(79)
It was tough going for both of us but in the end I managed to pull out the win with end game character scoring. I did not think I'd pull it off--closing the gap.

19-Apr - mb(66), mb(66)
It was a tight game. I'm glad I was able to keep it at a tie and neither of us had any money in the end resulting in a rare tie. It has been a while since my wife and I have been able to sit at the table and play a game together over coffee in the morning--best part of my day.

21-Apr - mb(73), mb(63)
My wife was upset that late in the game I took the card as an extra action that she needed to complete her plan and possibly claim the win. It wasn't premeditated, but I wasn't going to put it back either. This was a rough one as the first round involved all fives and sixes on the dice requiring a threat marker in each color. So much of the game was spent addressing threats which my Militia card helped shield me an a few occasions.

23-Apr - mb(86), mb(72)
We both were churning out points in this game making for a shootout. I did not see all her end game scoring potential which tipped the balance big time when the dust settled.
Last year the goal was to include the expansion as part of our 10x10 plays which did not happen. This year it did and it delivered big time for us. Bruges continues to be one of my favorite Feld titles, even more so with the addition of the boats and market.

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4. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:18]
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This is a great game that I wouldn't mind playing more. I got the Britannia & Germania expansions for Christmas which might just entice my wife to give it another try for a few 2p games, so it's on the list.

My Game Group started warming up to this and I'd like to see that trend continue so this choice may see help from folks outside my immediate household as I continue to look for ways to engage more people in helping me complete this challenge.

Pre-2016 Plays: 12x

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11-Mar - mb(137), mb(123)
This served as a refresher game for my wife. We played the Britannia map that we fully enjoyed as a 2p option. Both of us had all-time high number of colonists in play, lots of building and cards and nearly all of all our settlements built. I'm hoping this re-energizes my wife's interest in this wonderful game so that it seems more table time beyond just the 10x10 challenge this year.

30-Apr - mb(145), mb(99). mb(81)mb(80)
The second game played at BillCon VI was a 4p game on the Germania map. The game proved how elegant, challenging and engaging it really is. I think all of us were close to doing one or two more things that would have helped our position, but the leader ran away with it with four card purchases in the last three turns setting him up for a huge win.

13-Jun - mb(147), mb(118)
Pulled out the Britannia map for a 2p game as my buddy and I hung out to catch up. He had seen us play it a few times at game night but had never himself played it with us, so he finally got his turn. He learned a lot, but I had more experience to draw upon and nailed a few times through my hand for some very efficient work that added to the win.

02-Jul - mb(146), mb(140), mb(121), mb(79)
I started off my RayCon 2016 with a big win. The key this time was an awareness of what cards I was accumulating and making sure I was pursuing actions to maximize what I had (e.g. I scored 70 pts from 7 cards times 10 regions I had a presence).

29-Sep - mb(152), mb(100)
Wife took a while to remember the rules of the game and figure out how to maximize her actions as we chose to navigate the Britannia map this morning over coffee. I on the other hand was hitting on all cylinders right out of the gate. This game is elegant with the right amount of tension which makes it such a great game. It seems to be one of those games that thus far comes natural to me as well--nice job brain.

01-Nov - mb(147), mb(131)
It was a quick, close game on the Britannia map involving quick house building and a fast and furious card grab down the stretch.

03-Nov - mb(132), mb(97)
An early morning, strong coffee morning game on the Italia map I proved a strong victor thanks to scoring big on the Jupiter and Minerva cards.

03-Dec - mb(75), mb(67), mb(61), mb(58), mb(52)
It was a learning game for everyone but me so we played with less cards and only 10 buildings each and the game went a little over 3 hours using the Germania map. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed it and would like to play again which is a great response.

25-Dec - mb(126), mb(110)
My BIL and I played a 2p game on the Britannia map while Christmas dinner was cooking and we were waiting for everyone else to get ready and arrive. We both love this game.

27-Dec - mb(168), mb(139)
I had planned for a late morning game with the guys but only one ended up showing, so it was a 2p on the Britannia map. This was the first time I played without any starting resources to see how it played which independently led to a very different game for me for a substantial win.
More plays of Concordia only confirms why this game is in my Top 10. There are many aspects, from the colors, card play, decision making, etc., that makes it a wonderful design that my group and I enjoy playing.

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5. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:331]
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I've watched others play and talk about this one on the geek and thought it might be a fun game. After receiving it as a gift at Christmas it is a late add to this year's challenge to ensure it gets a bunch of plays.

Pre-2016 Plays: 0x

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03-May mb(29), mb(26)
We played a our first game where we mostly felt like we had no idea what we were doing--definitely a learning game. Ultimately I think we rushed to attack barbarian cities ending the game quickly with few developed (multiple building) regions and only one temple. Both of us felt we have a little better idea of how it plays and we are looking forward to trying some things differently next time.

06-May mb(50), mb(49)
We tried not to rush for the barbarian cities and spend more time building up regions and working card combos towards at least one temple. Still played fairly quick and the combos were much more enjoyable. Still not great, but not bad either. Looking forward to exploring more in my next play.

07-May mb(54), mb(45)
I thought I had this one. My wife was getting frustrated and on the ropes, but her three temples to my two outperformed my VP production and I came up short, again. I'm 0-3 now. Grrrr...

10-May mb(56), mb(45)
I finally one won! On my birthday even!! I thought I was crushing this one from the start but my wife was finishing strong and was closing the gap. Had it gone another couple rounds it would have gotten interesting.

24-May mb(52), mb(42)
It was slow going but I built the engine that out paced my wife's barbarian village grabs.

26-May mb(53), mb(43)
I really got my engines going for temple end game scoring, maxing out each while effectively blocking my wife from getting to about 1/3 the playing area for the win.

21-Aug mb(48), mb(36)
It had been a while since we played this one, but refreshed our memories on how to play and got to it. This game saw the monuments go up fairly quick making for a quick game. I nearly maximized my two monuments and grabbed 4 of the 5 majority bonuses for the bigger finish and the win.

25-Aug mb(54), mb(50)
With that said, she was amassing VP from the start while I was producing resources like crazy. What we didn't do was rush the monuments instead built up our civilizations making for much more activity and nearly filling the entire board. In the end my bonuses were not enough to surpass my wife's VP machine and she won, 54-50.

We're back on the "kids in school" schedule which means wife is up early and we can have coffee and a game on days I work from home. We're getting to work on our 10x10 and this one is not my wife's favorite. I've got two more plays left and she said I need to find a friend to play it with and granted permission to trade it if and when I want.

06-Sep mb(53), mb(47)
This game went down differently than either of us expected. My plans to surround barbarian cities were nearly all thwarted and the pace was going faster than I had hoped, however my temple bonuses were significantly more fruitful giving me the boost at the end to pull off the win.

27-Sep mb(58), mb(56)
It was a close one. I was racking up resources to hopefully trade for VP while my wife picked up VP here and there. It was essentially even with a tight measure of temple bonus points as well. Ultimately it came down to resource majorities where her 8 to my 4 was the difference.
This civ design has slowly grown on me and I would like to play it with more than 2p to see how it goes. In part the jury is still out. It is one of our most competitive 2p games (where I enjoy a 5-4 advantage at the completion of the challenge) but my wife does not feel like she has won that many times and continues to have a skeptical opinion at best about its long-term position in our collection. Time will tell.

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6. Board Game: Limes [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1866]
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Originally this was going to be my alternate pick this year, but after some reshuffling and swapping some games in and out, Limes was upgraded to on deck status.

It is a 2p game I picked up in a Math Trade in 2015 that I'd like to get to the table that should have at least 10 plays in it to see how much we like it or not. Putting it on the list increases its likelihood of being more than a dust collector in shrink wrap and could just end up making it a 11x10 Challenge in 2016.

Pre-2016 Plays: 0x

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01-Jan - mb(37), mb(35) and mb(41), mb(38)
My wife and I played our first two plays of this new to us title which at first feels like a simplified, quicker Carcassonne with some interesting placement and scoring choices.

01-Jan - mb(37+), mb(37)
After dinner we played one more time for best of the three on the day before boxing it up. We ended up tied 37-37. We tied 7-7 on the first tiebreaker before I won on the second tie breaker 7-6.

09-Jan - mb(43), mb(41) and mb(38), mb(37)
Two quick plays over coffee to start our Saturday were both close from my perspective. I'm enjoying this quick game more than I had expected.

19-Jan - mb(41), mb(39) and mb(46), mb(38)
The first game of the morning was close. The second I lost my head losing sight of two workers that scored very few points. In fact my fisherman had a bad outing scoring only 1 point--ouch! My wife got the better of me in both games this morning. Well done, love.

29-Jan - mb(43), mb(39)
I gambled a little too much early so held back and then made a couple of poor choices on the last few turns.

05-Feb - mb(46), mb(38)
Needed a quick game this morning and this fit the bill. I won with my highest score yet with the help of my woodcutters and watchmen.

06-Feb - mb(38), mb(35)
We completed our first game in this year's challenge with a few plays of Limes. It was a night for foresters as we explore some of the other occupations than the ones we seem to gravitate towards.
This game has won us over. An "easy Carcassonne" as my wife puts it. We can sit down and play 2-3 times in short order for a game that requires some tough decisions in those last few rounds yet finish in a reasonable amount of time. This game is a winner and a keeper in our collection.

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7. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:447]
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Luna is a late 2015 Feld acquisition, a Christmas gift from my wife. As Feld fans this was a must add to the Challenge and the third in this year's list. I've heard good things regarding it from other Feldians on the geek.

Pre-2016 Plays: 0x

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07-Oct - mb69, mb68
A little slow going in our first, learning play through and in typical fashion there were some frustrations expressed but we got through it and it was close. This is a very different feeling Feld design and unlike any other style of game we've played to date. It will take additional plays to wrap our heads around it and grow more comfortable with efficiently planning the timing and action selection to maximize our turns and points.

11-Oct - mb74, mb=71
This was my first solo play (Level 1) which was interesting in that I was far behind in the early rounds and mid game I put up some serious points and things started to click. Given I won, I'll try Level 2 next time around.

13-Oct - mb64, mb=60
Another solo game in the morning before work this time beating the AI playing the additional Level 2 rule. It was a bit underwhelming as it seemed like I can solve the puzzle to win fairly easily thus far--perhaps I'm not playing something right in the solo rules????

14-Oct - mb76+, mb76
Wow, it came down to the tie breaker in this one. Wife was frustrated about losing, but both of us played a decent game and left some points on the board for poor or overlooked choices. We're still learning. I like the closeness in the scores, wife just hates losing.

18-Nov - mb86, mb50
Yikes. I played Level 3 Solo and got destroyed. Was trying to remember the rules and my mind was a bit preoccupied so this play just felt fiddly and unproductive. It was definitely harder this time around.

27-Nov - mb99, mb75
My wife and I finished up a show on Netflix and she was done for the night so I set up for another Level 3 Solo play of Luna to make some progress on my 10x10 this week. I got crushed 99-75 but closed the gap from 36 to 24, so making progress???

I went with an early strategy to get more novices on the board to give me more options and block the AI from knocking my guys out of the temple, but lost ground to the shrines it was constructing along the way.

29-Nov - mb81, mb79
It was a close Level 3 solo attempt. I thought I pulled it off but couldn't compete with the AI's 10 pts Council of the Priests bonus. I did a better job of ensuring I was keeping pace in shrine building and keeping the AI out of the temple as much as possible. I also did a better job of moving my novices around to ensure I had something I could do. Now if I can just do all of that and ensure the Apostate takes minimal points I might win at this level.

02-Dec - mb67, mb62
My fourth attempt proved to be the one to finally record a solo win at Level 3. It was lower scoring as I had to expend my moves to contain and minimize the AI from being able to build shrines or displace me in the temple, but I was successful. I feel like I accomplished what I set out to do. Now how do I get others interested in trying it???

27-Dec - mb79, mb56
I handedly beat the AI on Level 3 by preventing it from doing much in the Temple and when possible limiting its building activities. The game itself has no appeal to my wife and I'm starting to get bored with it so not sure it has much lasting power in our collection after the 10x10 challenge is complete.

28-Dec - mb81, mb74
It looked like this was going to be closer, but I effectively limited the AI to one shrine and knocked out three novices in the temple in the last round to secure the win.
I've won a few in a row now at Level 3 solo and feel done (for now). I liked it a little better than I was feeling going into this last play and would like to play it with a couple other players as my wife is done with it. If it sits on the shelf too long I may put it up for trade.

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8. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:255] [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked]
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Plaid Hat titles have not fared well in previous 10x10 Challenges. Summoner Wars, a favorite of mine, barely eeked out 10 plays the first year after I played the app AI. Dead of Winter saw a play or two in last year's challenge before abandoning it for the Hard Core Alternative pick.

With Mice and Mystics I hope the experience is different. My wife gifted me this one last Christmas and it collected dust for a year and didn't even get a single play. My hope is that the storyline will carry my wife and me through the bulk of 10 plays in 2016 with a few picked up with others if necessary. (FYI, she chose this one for the challenge out of four options I presented her.)

Pre-2016 Plays: 0x

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19-Nov Chapter 1: Flight to Barksburg [Collin, Tilda, Filch, Nez] - Fail
Game was a bit slow going as we are absorbing all the rules and what-ifs. We managed to get nearly 2/3 the way through including the trip to the kitchen for the extra side adventure. I feel like we go the basics down but realized that we did not take advantage of any Search actions that may have given us additional items and options during our play. Both of us enjoyed it and are looking forward to our next play and beyond.

08-Dec Chapter 1: Flight to Barksburg [Collin, Tilda, Filch, Nez] - Success
This time around we utilized the Search action a bit more and experienced a couple advantages and a negative surprise but it certainly enhanced the experience. I think we got most of the rules right this time around and it was a close one. We finished with one page left and one more cheese on the wheel would have done us in. Thankfully one of our searches regressed it a page which ended up being the difference. On to scenario 2 next time.

13-Dec Chapter 2: Lily's Tail [Collin, Tilda, Nez] - Success
This scenario felt really light and easy given we had the grape and a tinkerer in our unit. I initially missed the special setup of the last tile so we kind of adapted rather than try to back up a round of turns. It still worked out and provided a challenge finale before completing the objective. At one point my wife was reading through the Search deck and said there are some really cool cards in here... which I would never have expected to hear from her. A good sign of things to come. On to Scenario 3.

16-Dec Chapter 3: Grapes of Rats [Collin, Nez, Lily, Maginos] - Fail
This was a long scenario with lots of battles. I thought we were progressing efficiently through it and surviving a few surges but came up a little short. We had one more tile to go after the battle at hand, but a surge ended the day's quest. Reset and try again...

19-Dec Chapter 3: Grapes of Rats [Collin, Nez, Lily, Maginos] - Fail
We made good time and were cutting through the minions like butter, until we all failed to remove Brodie the cat who made mince meat out of the party, capturing three of us and ending our attempt to successfully complete the scenario. It looks like we'll need at least a third attempt.

20-Dec Chapter 3: Grapes of Rats [Collin, Nez, Lily, Maginos] - Fail
Well, the third time was not the charm we had hoped it would be. Brodie played with us making good work of us on only the second tile after a good start that was a short, humbling experience. We didn't see that coming. Doh!

21-Dec Chapter 3: Grapes of Rats [Collin, Nez, Lily, Maginos] - Success
A small boost in armor and a horde of cheese helped the small adventurers overcome the challenges of the rat infested tunnels to achieve the objectives of the third scenario. Yeah, we finally get to move on.

26-Dec Chapter 4: The Forging of the Beast [All] - Failure
We set this up after a long grueling day of painting where I was tired and so was my wife and it was late so we were a bit edgy. So it may have helped to have our six characters split up into two parties ironically grouped by the characters we were playing making it all the way to the last tile where we have the potential to come back together to complete the scenario only to have a surge happen the ended it. We'll come back rested for another attempt to keep this thing going.

28-Dec Chapter 4: The Forging of the Beast [All] - Failure
We thought we were off to a better start in this one, but having two mice captured and a surge close together accelerated our demise. The silver lining in this one was my wife officially stating she likes this game and it can be added to our 2017 10x10 so we can continue the adventure... but we still have one more play for this year's challenge.

30-Dec Chapter 4: The Forging of the Beast [All] - Failure
We seem to being doing worse with every try of this scenario. Doh! Our valiant effort was for not as we were over ran in both parties. One struggled with the spiders the other with rats. Tilda and Filch couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with the way they were rolling in this one.
It has been a fun adventure for the both of us. We have to figure out a few things to succeed at this fourth scenario to continue our adventure. With that here's to continuing our journey in the 2017 10x10 Challenge.

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P.S. After a little research, we learned we have been playing the attack/defense rules incorrectly. If an attack does not result in any hits we were still rolling defense and awarding cheese. This should help us out going forward.
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9. Board Game: Orléans [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:26]
Bill Kunes
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For my new-to-me game choice for this year's challenge I chose Orléans. I backed the Kickstarter and patiently waited for my copy which arrived in November. A heavy box of thick cardboard chits and tiles, bright colored bags, and sturdy player boards are ready to dazzle me. I've got high hopes and expectations for this bag-builder.

Pre-2016 Plays: 0x

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08-Jan - mb(131), mb(120)
The first few rounds were a bit slow as we read through the rule book and absorbed the basics of the game. It started to flow a few rounds in and it became more about which actions to take amongst a variety of choices. Both of us really enjoyed the game and are excited to explore it further. I'm now prepared to teach my wife and my friend is ready to buy his own copy. This game will see lots of plays.

12-Jan - mb(126), mb(114)
A buddy was doing a job on this side of town and stopped by for a game after work. I taught him Orléans which was again slow going in order for him to have ample time to grasp his options, but it picked up the pace after dinner. I left points on the table as I came up just shy of completing the development track for the maximum multiplier in end game scoring. I really enjoy this game and have much to explore and learn yet. I lost.

05-Feb - mb(107), mb(104), mb(96)
My BIL and nephew came over for some hang time with the family. In finish the night we played my first 3p game of this amazing game. Money was tighter, paying the farming penalty was a new factor, watching other players and trying to keep pace seemed to be another factor I observed. Overall, another great gaming experience with this one--headed for my Top 10.

16-Feb - mb(141), mb(117)
I added two buildings but they weren't as big a changer as I thought but certainly helped. I build 8 guildhalls and did well in on Trade Days and using my one building. Money was the big driver for me this time around. Wife liked the game and agreed it was Dominion on steroids and Feld added in with the choices. She asked to leave it out so we'll play it again soon.

18-Feb - mb(111), mb(99)
A low scoring game as we both struggled early. It played very differently than any of my previous plays. Both of us continue to enjoy this game and want to play it more--the sign of a winner in our minds. I'm already thinking the expansion might be in our future.

18-Feb - mb(128), mb(122)
We setup for another play and got through 2/3 before I had to start wrok in the morning. We finished before dinner in another close one. I thought I was going to pull it off but I had to use a wine for the last harvest and my wife built one last station to clinch the win. Let's play again...

19-Feb - mb(135), mb(126)
We finished our game started last night that saw lots of stations and citizens in play. We have been filling up more of the Town Hall the more we play which I believe is us getting more efficient and a factor in improved scores.

19-Feb - mb(127), mb(109)
Our tied record did not last long as we had enough coffee time to reset and play another game. This was a painfully slow start for both of us seeing three plagues in the first five rounds with me losing three workers and my wife two. Things heated up in a hurry with more blocking and confrontation over citizens, guildhalls, and even dwindling workers in the village. My wife won the battle to maintain a 3-2 record in our five plays this week.

23-Feb - mb(125), mb(117)
I managed a late game push to reach a 5-star multiplier which was the difference in the end game as we were fairly close on other factors.

25-Feb - mb(123), mb(119)
This game started off very costly forcing us down unfamiliar paths then we are accustom to taking. The difference in the end was my Office building which provided a coin for each station in both of the last two rounds to give me the victory.
It was hard waiting for my copy to arrive and get to the table and reading about everyone's praise for the game. It was well worth the wait. This has quickly become one of my favorites (time for Top 10?), plays wonderfully as a 2p, is my wife's new favorite game, and plays even better with more people! A keeper and a winner that I expect will revisit our table on a regular basis in the future.

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10. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
Bill Kunes
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I played this on BoardGameArena.com a few times to see if I'd like it as much as I thought I did, and I do. I ended up successfully trading for it in a BGG Math Trade and look forward to introducing my wife to it in hopes that it meets her approval.

Pre-2016 Plays: 3x

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02-Jan - mb(38), mb(36)
I taught this one to my wife in my first face to face play with a physical copy after playing a few times online. It was close which was good and promising for its future; a blow out in a first play, especially when I've already played something a few times, is a sure formula for keeping a game on the shelf. If she ain't happy, we ain't happy when it comes to a game's longevity.

12-Jan - mb(45), mb(40)
I worked the VP during the game and my wife was storing up end game scoring tribal cards to generate hers. Ultimately, it came down to my ability to trade two gold for 4VP in the last round that proved to be the difference.

14-Jan - mb(44), mb(42)
We were in a bit of a time crunch and rushed our decisions at times to finish in the timeframe we had this morning. We both completed 12 cards with one potential round remaining making for an quick, down to the wire finish.

15-Mar - mb(33), mb(32)
I had a commanding lead by midgame which was being reeled in quickly in the closing two rounds. Fortunate for me, I clung to the victory and my wife is not happy. A close one for sure.

29-Apr - mb(43), mb(33)
Three fourths the way into this one I was not sure I'd be able to pull off my master plan. I managed to get an ideal draw that allowed me to pull off a massively fortunate turn to turn things completely around and win with a convincing win.

06-May mb(39), mb(28)
I picked up a bunch of VP during the game which made the difference as we were fairly close based on tribal scoring at the end. We had a round or two where we not very productive due to blocking which explains why neither of us completed our tableau and went the full number of rounds.

01-Aug - mb(37), mb(37)
It was a very close game that came down to gold as the tie-breaker which I had 3 to her zero. My wife played really well and our 2p record (6-0) does not reflect how well she has played and how close our games have been.

19-Aug - mb(42), mb(38)
We started on Wednesday but couldn't get back to finish the last 2-3 rounds until tonight. It was a close one but I think with two sets all the same I had the edge in the final bonus scoring to put me over the top.

14-Sep - mb(38), mb(31)
Taught coworker how to play over lunch and he enjoyed it. Next time he has a better idea of what to expect and ready to consider short and long term impact in his choice selection. Yes, another potential lunch time gaming partner from time to time.

26-Sep - mb(34), mb(28)
Another lunch time game with coworker. Unfortunately for him he lacked coins which he desperately needed to take advantage of some of his situations. In fact, just one of those opportunities might have been the difference in the game as we both struggled to get good alignment with lots of blocking going on.
Targi has proved to be a winner 2p game in my experience, but I've also won nearly every game I've played. All that aside, for a game that is seemingly simple it is full of meaningful and often tough decisions with tons of variability making for a delightful game in my collection. I expect to play it a few more times this year before it gets put the test against other games competing for some table time with opponents other than my wife who does not like it much.

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11. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:112] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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I started to grasp playing two-handed in the 2015 challenge which saved this game for me. I want to continue with it to complete the base game and possibly get into the first expansion pack I already bought. This is my ALTERNATE for the challenge in case I have to go solo to get it done.

I'd be delighted to teach someone how to play and gain an occasional partner.

Pre-2016 Plays: 14x

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