The Winckler 2016 10x10 Hardcore Challenge
Matt Winckler
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2015 did not see enough board game play in the Winckler household. How shall we change that for 2016? By going hardcore! This is my first attempt at any sort of 10x10 challenge, but there shall be no half-measures and no quarter given! arrrh



The list

Dominion: Intrigue
7 Wonders
Kingdom Builder
Space Alert
Ticket to Ride
Quantum
Wiz-War
XCOM
Eclipse
Mage Knight

And the 11th "alternate" game on the 10-game list is:

Agricola
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1. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:62] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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An easy game to get a couple quick plays in the evening; this will start off the list on the lighter side.

 
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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This one often hits the table with guests, even those not otherwise familiar with boardgaming, so it also should be straightforward to get 10 plays.

 
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3. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:502]
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We've only played Kingdom Builder a few times, and it deserves better. It's also a title the younger kids can pick up.

 
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4. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:187]
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A few years ago we were playing Space Alert all the time, and then it succumbed to new hotness and hasn't seen the table in quite a while. Time for a resurgence!

 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Another family-friendly hit, and another game we don't play nearly often enough.

 
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6. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:418]
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I picked this up almost on a whim a while back and have only played it once or twice. I liked the idea but I wasn't sure about how fun the game really was. Time to give it a fair chance with 10 solid plays!

 
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7. Board Game: Wiz-War (eighth edition) [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:694]
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Honestly, one of the only things that prevents me from getting this out more often is just the setup. No more excuses in 2016; it's time for wizard murder.

 
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8. Board Game: XCOM: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:579]
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Just got this for Christmas, and this'll be one of the "risky" entries on the challenge. Not sure whether it'll stand the test of time, but 10 plays should give us some idea.

 
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9. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:40]
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When this game first came out we played it all the time, and then we moved on to other things - yet it remains a solid 10 in my book, and this year it's going to earn another kind of 10.

 
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10. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:23]
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This one goes way out on a limb. Not only is it a really long game, but I've only played through the tutorial once. It'll be a challenge to play it 10 times this year, for sure. On the flip side, it can be played solo...

 
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:27]
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Agricola is the "safety bet" alternative 11th game on the challenge list. When we first purchased Agricola years ago, my wife and I played something like 100 games of it within a year. Ten plays? No problem!

 
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