Carthoris 10x10 Challenge for 2017
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Well, I don't think more than a handful of people ever saw my 2016 Challenge list, but I padded it out with all sorts of game logging and pics anyhow. I guess I'll do the same for this year's (2017 Challenge: Play 10 Games 10 Times Each).

In addition, I'm adding a summary for each game, to cover player count, play time, prominent mechanisms, and central theme. These are all based on my own experience and preferences, rather than the publisher claims or the BGG crowdsourced data.

I got last year's challenge done in the first six months of play, so I'm going for a stiffer challenge this year. The average play times for this year's games are much higher in general.
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1. Board Game: A Study in Emerald (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1272]
Board Game: A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
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2-5 players (plays very differently at different player counts)
40-70 minutes with experienced players
hidden identities, gradual auctions, deck building
steampunk yog-sothothery and espionage


Acquired in late 2016, with 4 plays that year. Edging out Rune Age as my favorite deck builder?



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2. Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:221]
Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition)
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2 players
60-90 minutes (including setup) with experienced players
tactical miniatures combat, custom dice (C&C system)
epic fantasy warfare


There's been no official announcement, but the clearance prices at FFG's holiday sale (and retailers later following suit) seem to intimate that BattleLore is dead. Long live BattleLore! 23 plays in 2016 make another 10 in 2017 likely enough.

I'm starting to experiment some more with custom scenarios, and I'm especially eager to try my three giants versus 30 points of Daqan setup.



Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition): Heralds of Dreadfall Army Pack
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3. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:4654]
Board Game: Chase
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2 players only
20-40 minutes with experienced players
combinatorial abstract using dice as pieces (never rolled)


Maybe I'll get a nicer Chase board this year. I've been using a black-line board simply printed on letter paper and put in a document frame.

Only three plays of this killer combinatorial game in 2016. My daughter likes it, though, and I should be able to get in ten.



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4. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:17]
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2-5 players
30 minutes per experienced player, 45 per noob
resource management, route-based movement on a map, action acquisition
building trade networks under the pax romana


Concordia is still a favorite, and I look forward to the Gallia/Corsica expansion this year. Twelve plays in 2016, fulfilling part of that year's 10x10.



Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania
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5. Board Game: Feudality [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3381]
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2-6 players
20 minutes per experienced player, 30 minutes per noob
dice throws, tile draws, resource management, individual player boards
medieval fief development


A late 2016 acquisition with six plays in those months, Feudality is perhaps now my favorite Tom Wham game. It's fast and funny, and I'll easily play it ten times in 2017.



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6. Board Game: Forbidden Stars [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:101]
Board Game: Forbidden Stars
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2-4 players
70-90 minutes per player
asymmetrical powers, modular board with shifting features, card-driven combat
strategic interstellar warfare


Long play time and low familiarity makes this one the most challenging entry of the challenge for me.

But it's so sweet.



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7. Board Game: Gnostica [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:6630]
Board Game: Gnostica
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2-6 players (I prefer at least 3)
90-120 minutes with experienced players
modular board, action selection, hand management
abstract wargame played with/on tarot cards


Too little Gnostica in 2016, but a game in December emboldened me to add it to the challenge.



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8. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:533]
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2-5 players
15 minutes per experienced player, 30 per noob
area control, variable victory conditions, modular board
vaguely medieval territory settlement


Kingdom Builder had a serious slump in 2016, as I only had two plays! I'm expecting to add an expansion or two in 2017, though, and this fast-playing treat will easily get to ten.



Board Game: Kingdom Builder: Caves
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9. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:504]
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1-4 players
60-90 minutes
action selection, resource management, tile drafting
pagan cult politicking


This game was my Stefan Feld acquisition in 2016, with eleven plays that year. The official solo variant is highly playable, and gives me a fallback position in terms of getting my ten for 2017.



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10. Board Game: Runebound (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:433]
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1-3 players
100-200 minutes
map-based movement, randomized encounters, upgrading characters, token-flipping combat
epic fantasy quests


A big gamble on a longish game I've never played, but received for a gift at the end of 2016. Still, it's soloable, which softens the threat a little.



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11. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:490] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
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2 players
40-70 minutes
asymmetrical player powers, hand management (with cards as units), dice-based combat, grid-based movement
sword-and-sorcery tactical combat


For my "alternate" selection, I've got this game that I played more than any other in 2016. I still have at least half a dozen unplayed deck designs on the drawing board.



Board Game: Summoner Wars: Swamp Orcs – Second Summoner
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