The 2017 Solo and Coop Unpossible Challenge
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Do you have that one solo game you can't beat? That one high score you've tried time and again to overcome, but fail every time? That one impossible difficulty level that makes you Lose. Every. Single. Time.?

If you answered yes to one of those questions, then this geeklist is for you.

This is the 2017 edition of the Solo and Coop Unpossible Challenge that has a long and proud history reaching all the way back to when Columbu... OK, OK, it started in 2016.

Anywayz, the idea is to set yourself one very hard goal worthy of the title "Unpossible". Choose a game and set a goal that you've never achieved in that game. Beat the currently known high score for the game, or beat your own high score if it's a tough one, or if it's a game you've lost to in all your 57 plays make the goal to beat that cursed game.

You could also set up a challenge that you've never tried before like winning Castellion with all the rulebook variants that make it harder. Or play through a LotR LCG cycle with one specific thematic deck without losing a single game. Or beat Friday on Level 5 without using a single “Destroy” card. Or remove 50 pieces from a Jenga tower with your eyes closed... and your hand tied behind your back... what do I know, come up with your own damn challenge .

Any solo or coop is fair game – it doesn’t have to be you alone, you can also set a goal with your coop gaming group.

Personally, I've picked a game that fits being spare time and table space challenged: Limes. I'm carrying that over from last year, where my goal was to reach 60 points without any promos or variant rules. After around 450 plays my best score was 59. Sigh. I'm assuming that I'll still be going at it, when I'm retiring in 25 years .

The intention is not to make you play a game a specific number of times, but instead make a specific game more interesting by setting a new and very hard goal to strive for. There's nothing wrong with challenges that require a specific number of plays and I've completed three 10x10 challenges, but I've found that it's not for me.

Please join in and add a challenge for yourself to this geek list and use comments to track your progress.
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1. Board Game: Limes [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2056]
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Morten Monrad Pedersen
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So far I've proven repeatedly that the 60 points I'm setting as my goal is pretty d*** unpossible for me, but apparantly I enjoy repeated humiliation and will soldier on.

Status: One measly point from my goal.

d10-0d10-2d10-6 plays before the challenges
d10-4d10-7d10-6 plays after the 2016 challenge
d10-5d10-6d10-2 total plays so far

CHALLENGE COMPLETED


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2. Board Game: Bowling Solitaire [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5122]
Board Game: Bowling Solitaire
Morten Monrad Pedersen
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I'm also continuing this one from last year: Get 300 points in Bowling Solitaire, which I think is unpossible, impossible, astronomically unprobable, and has odds so high that the bookies will have to use unnatural numbers.

Goal 1: Restart playing this game. OK, that might not be much of a goal, but a good start is half the journey .
Goal 2: Beat my best score from last year, 177.
Goal 3: Score 200 points.
Goal 4: Score 210 points.
Goal 5: Score 220 points.
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Goal 13: Score 300 points.


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3. Board Game: Bowling Solitaire [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5122]
Board Game: Bowling Solitaire
I'm not going to go as crazy as Morten for this. I just want to score 150 points.

Goal: Score 150 points

Current high scores are floating in the 110's and my high score is 124.
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4. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:387]
Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad
I have tried many times, but I have not been able to win this game using the station master only. Not impossible, but very difficult for me. (Roll over from 2016)
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5. Board Game: Lost Woods [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:6581]
Board Game: Lost Woods
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In 2016, my husband and I picked up this game on a whim from Kickstarter... and it's turned out to have a really fun Survival Variant (where we can play co-op instead of head-to-head). The goal is to have all 6 adventurers (split between us) safely exit the Lost Woods before running out of food.

My (and by extension, my husband's) "unpossible" challenge is to beat the Survival Variant on Insane mode, picking up where we left off in 2016. As this challenge went so poorly last year, we started the 100 Plays Challenge for Lost Woods. Hopefully we will finish the Unpossible Challenge before we hit 100 plays.

In order to exit the woods, the adventurers must collectively have:

EASY - 20 gold miniumum (Completed 03.12.16)
MEDIUM - 30 gold minimum (Completed 07.19.16)
HARD - 40 gold minimum (Completed 11.10.16)
INSANE - 40 gold minimum on the BIG map (Completed 05.15.17)

We'll see if we can finish this by the end of the year...

Challenge completed as of 05.15.17!
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6. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:260]
Board Game: Ghost Stories
Leonie Schwalb
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Ghost Stories is the favourite game of my boyfriend. We have played it a lot and lost a lot, but also won every now and then. Our next goal: Beat Wu Feng in Nightmare mode.


Öhm, We just played it in Nightmare mode and won. Now there is only hell left and beating our high score.

Nightmare:
Hell:

We won Hell in the final round (we would have died if we hadn't beat the las incarnation of Wu Feng) with an epic die roll of 2 yellows.



Since I beat my goal this early in the year I will look for another unpossible challenge now. Maybe: beat London Dread once (It all depends on a last die - roll)
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7. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:260]
Board Game: Ghost Stories
Daniel Wilmer
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Goal: Beat nightmare and if successful hell mode. No expansions or promos. Solo rules initially but may extend to multiplayer rules with or without other players.

I've had this game for years and really enjoy it but I've never beaten the higher difficulties for one reason or another. It also comes to the table less than I'd like so this will push to change that.

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Nightmare mode 6/1/17 Solo: Score 25
Hell Mode
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Nightmare mode 6/1/17 (extra star for beating it first!)
Hell Mode
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8. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:371]
Board Game: Forbidden Desert
Maximiliano Sanchez de Bustamante
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This game is one of my wife's favourites. I played solo only once, the first time to learn the game before teach it her. Always we play in normal mode.

The unpossible challenge for this year is to play it solo, using two roles and beat the game in legendary mode.
I will avoid the Meteorologist + Climber because it seems broken with two players. See the post Morten wrote a year ago about the topic.

I don't want to give Miss Fortune the pleasure to choice the roles, so I will pick them, but I would accept any suggestions.

Roles:
Explorer + Archeologist 1 try
Climber + Navigator 13 tries
Meteorologist + Water Carrier 7 tries

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9. Board Game: Town Center (Fourth Edition) [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
Board Game: Town Center (Fourth Edition)
This on my my 2017 10x10.

Looking back at the 2016 plays the Base Game; Average 50pts and Max 70-75 so Ranked as 'Town';
Newport - Town once in 15 plays.
Padgett's Cove - Town once in 15 plays.
Central Park - 3 Plays, 3 Homesteads (0-39 pts). shake

Never having attempted the other layouts I don't know what is Good, Bad or UnPossible but lets set some goals;

1 Build a Town (70+) on each board:
Central Park* (PB 31)
Lower Manhattan (PB 27)
Paris (PB 43)
London (PB 56)
Hong Kong (PB 68)
Beaune (PB 72)
Turku (PB 78)
Essen (PB 66)
Spiel (PB 75)
*Solo Variant Rules apply.
Only Central Park starts with the 20 cubes randomly drawn, but open information.
All others are Draw 3, Play 2 each round.

2 Build better than 'Town' on any board
80+ Suburb - 82pts on Newport Docks (8 Jan)
85+ City
90+ Metropolis
95+ Capital
100+ Megaopolis
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10. Board Game: FUSE [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:633]
Board Game: FUSE
Gabriel F.
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Québec
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I have yet to beat Elite and insane (if it is possible), this is gonna be hard!

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beat insane and 116 pts using a setup variant

Endgame on insane:
From gallery of skaeight


Only four dice to go! Ok insane is totally doable! I had so many hard card in this game, I finished with 93 pts.


Edit: done! 116 pts and 58 seconds left!
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11. Board Game: Oh My Goods!: Longsdale in Revolt [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Nick Shaw
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My first challenge to myself this year is to complete all 5 chapters of this game, solo. Currently I've played chapter 1 7 times and lost every one. So it'll take some doing!

> Chapter 1 *
> Chapter 2
> Chapter 3
> Chapter 4
> Chapter 5

(* using my "easy" rules )
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12. Board Game: Dungeon Hack: The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
Board Game: Dungeon Hack: The Dice Game
Joseph Propati
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I hope I can add a Solo PnP game here? I've played this game so many times and have only won twice "just barely"!
I want to get this game to at least a 40/60 win/lose ratio. Still, I love playing and even losing because it's so much fun.
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13. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:51]
Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Elton Evans
United States
Jefferson City
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I have logged three solo plays of this game but have not yet won. Perhaps 2017 will be the year.
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14. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:352]
Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure
Dave Daffin
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I've yet to beat this game, so I'll make it a goal here to do so!

Thanks Morten!

EDIT 25th February 2017

Goal achieved!
Managed my first win in my 15th game at Introductory Level, using three characters: Medic, Researcher, Scientist, and with only 2 outbreaks.

The dice were definitely running my way in this game!

From gallery of Dave in Ledbury
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15. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:293]
Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang
I'm going to do an Umpossible Challenge and challenge myself to do what seems impossible (after 25 plays) in At the Gates of Loyang: Score 19 points. I have read that members of the 1-Player Guild have done it and I want to make it too.

My personal record at the moment is 18 points and 8 cash so that is the starting point for my challenge.

Score 18 points and 9 cash
Score 18 points and 10 cash
Score 18 points and 11 cash
Score 18 points and 12 cash
Score 18 points and 13 cash
Score 18 points and 14 cash
Score 18 points and 15 cash
Score 18 points and 16 cash
Score 18 points and 17 cash
Score 18 points and 18 cash
Score 19 points

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16. Board Game: Limes [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2056]
Board Game: Limes
I'm going to join Morten's challenge of scoring 60 points in Limes. I however have a slightly (ahem) lower starting point: 43 points

High Score:
54 points

Challenges:
Score 45 points
Score 48 points
Score 51 points
Score 54 points
Score 55 points
Score 56 points
Score 57 points
Score 58 points
Score 59 points
Score 60 points

Score at least 30 points from watchmen in one game.
Score at least 15 points from one farmer in one game.
Score at least 15 points from one fisherman in one game.
Score a least 20 points from one woodcutter in one game.

The lower ones are for me to develop strategies. I don't want any tips for now and want to try to figure it out by myself but I might need help from you all later
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17. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1008]
Board Game: The Game
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I wasn't able to beat my Unpossible goals from 2016, so I will try again in 2017

Win with hand of 8, discarding 2 per tun
Win with hand of 8, discarding 3 per turn
Win with hand of 7, discarding 2 per turn

For 2017 I will add:
Win with hand of 8, discarding 2 per turn using On Fire expansion
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18. Board Game: FUSE [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:633]
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Stefan Schneider
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I finally want to beat the game on the insane level! I nearly made it once, it is doable. I'm sure! Or.... I surely hope so. Whichever turns out to be true.

It never occured to me that you could take out the more difficult cards. Not sure if that will be a good time to start tweaking the game, I think I'll just brute force my way through the deck, hoping not to set off the bombs.

Will keep this updated with my more successful tries.


update:

Done it, next challenge!

From gallery of gentle


Okay, that was.... I think I'm actually on an adrenaline rush at the moment. Still shaking a bit. Things got really tense towards the end.
It really came down to the last roll of the dice. I pulled three of them out and didn't have enough time to think if I even would be able to use them at all. Just rolled them and ... well, bombs defused.

First time for me winning on insane level!

I counted my score at the end, I only had 2 bombs in it worth 6 points, both of them were my starting bomb cards by the way. But that actually made it easier for me to defuse them, I did get some easy 1 cards pretty quickly and every die I could use would go on the 6 bomb cards, the rest got used anyway.
I also only had to remove 5 dice because of bombs, I drew one bomb card when I had no dice at all on my cards. So, that was really lucky!
My score was 98 poitns. I did have quite a few 1 and 2 cards in there, which might explain why I finally managed to win.

Now to the next part of the challenge, win with 100 points. And then try to get even better at it. Or be even luckier more likely.

Challenge so far:
Win on insane:
Win with 100 points:
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19. Board Game: Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:1491] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
Board Game: Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations
Adrian Stolarczyk
Poland
Poznań
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My goal for 2017 is to complete each campaign of Hornet Leader CAO (as a long one).
I will also award myself additional stars (2nd) for at least "good" evaluation of campaign and a campaign without loosing a pilot (3rd star).

Campaigns:
Iraq '1991
Libya '1984
WWIII North Atlantic '1986
Israel defence '2001
Syria '2004
Taiwan defence '2008
North Korea '2011
Iran '2014

Explanation:
Maybe my goal isn't something unreal but 8 campaigns X 10 days in average for a long campaign and X 2 missions per day if you want to get good result gives up to 160 missions to fly.
But... no risk - no fun.
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20. Board Game: Limes [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2056]
Board Game: Limes
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The challenge is to beat my personal best score, 57 points.

COMPLETE! 59 points.

New challenge: 60
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21. Board Game: Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:516]
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I have only played 3 times the first scenario and lost all three games.

So I set myself the challenge to beat the first two scenarios of the campaign. It might not sound so impossible but there's a trick... we expect our second daughter in a few days which will be quite a challenge in itself.
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22. Board Game: Bowling Solitaire [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5122]
Board Game: Bowling Solitaire
Brian Minsker
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Dallas
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I'll jump in this year and add these goals:

175 points
200 points
225 points
250 points

I'm not going to add higher, because if I've cracked 200 points, I've probably keeled over already. Current high score to start the year is 153.
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23. Board Game: Limes [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2056]
Board Game: Limes
Brian Minsker
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I'll join Morten's 60-point challenge as well. Current best is 48.

50 points
55 points
60 points

Edit (1/8/17): Got a 51 and a 50 point game in among 6 games this morning in my hotel room before heading down for breakfast. Next up 55!
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24. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:820]
Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game
Ian Lim
Philippines
Iloilo
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i'll try to beat my current best (last year 2016) - 41
Or Better : Reach or Beat Trajan Level

number of tries this year: 26
10 Dan Quayle -
15 Cleopatra -
20 Charles V -
25 Victoria -
30 Saladin -
35 Wu Zetian -
40 Ashoka -
50 Trajan -

Best = Ashoka 41
Worst = Charles V 20
Average (January: 24 plays) = Saladin 33.42

feb
2 - 31
3 - 35
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Board Game: Avenue
Nona de Koning
Netherlands
Tilburg
Noord Brabant
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Unpossible Challenge #1

I've purchased Avenue in Essen last year and it's been so fun! It plays the same at all player counts, so it doesn't really matter if I play it solo or with others, both have their merits. So far I've managed to get a high score of 127 points, a close friend of mine also managed that same score in another game, none of us have gotten any higher. Let's see if I can fix that...

Avenue goals:
- Beat my current high score of 127 points
- Get at least 150 points
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