SuperGLS's 2017 10x10 Challenge
James C
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This is my first year giving this a try and I thought I'd use this Geeklist to keep track of the fun.

Right now I've just got a few of the games I expect to play. New games that I just got I can't include because if my wife decides she doesn't like them there will be no way we play more than three times.

And also maybe some great games will come out soon that we'll enjoy.
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1. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:122]
Board Game: Targi
James C
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We got this game in mid 2016 and have enjoyed playing.

Pre-2017 plays: 16

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1/1/17
First game of 2017 was a close game of a Targi. My wife won 36-31. She filled her display first and I was still 3 cards shy. I was short of goods all of the game as I was paying for raids as I had the "get one VP after paying for a raid" card. It allowed me to rack up 9 VP tokens during the game which is why the scores were even close at all. Meanwhile she had lots of goods the whole game and even built two cards in one turn that netted her 7 goods total, basically getting those cards for free.

Really enjoy this game in the 45-50 minute slot with very quick setup and cleanup.
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2. Board Game: The Blood of an Englishman [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2258]
Board Game: The Blood of an Englishman
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Just got this for Christmas and definitely want to spend some time trying to figure out the strategies. Our first four games made it seem like it was way easier to be Jack. We'll see.

Pre-2017 plays: 4

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1/1/17
This was the first time either of us won with the Giant. My wife was very close to winning, needing just the final treasure card on her last beanstalk. But both of the ones she needed were near the middle of a stack, with Giant cards that would have to be moved. One the final turn I used the "bad" action of moving two cards front to front to win.

The second game was a more straightforward win for Jack though the Giant wasn't far off.

1/2/17
Four back to back to back to back games. Two each with each character. Jack swept the table. The Giant got really close to winning on a number of occasions, but, it wasn't to be.

I'll be interested to see what other people have to say as more people play this one.

1/13/17
Played four games tonight. Two with the regular rules with Jack winning both and two with variant rules that the designer suggested in the forums and the Giant won both of those.

We will try the variant rules the next time to gather more data.

And with that, there's one of my challenge games out of the way! Picking such a short game with a "gotta play again" feel is cheating a bit.
 
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3. Board Game: Agricola (Revised Edition) [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:70]
Board Game: Agricola (Revised Edition)
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We finally started playing this in late fall 2016 and will certainly want to play it a lot in 2017.

Pre-2017 plays: 10

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1/16/17
Three games of Gric spread out through this wonderful MLK Jr. Day. First game my wife was heavy into the Tutor, along with 5 people and a 5 room stone house. This got her 39 points to my 33. I had only 4 people and was living in a wood house and had a lot of animals, but it wasn't enough.

Second game I don't know what happened but had to take 3 begging markers during the second harvest and I knew the game was done at that point. Third harvest I couldn't recover either and had to take 2 more. Needless to say she crushed me 33 to 11. Yeah, 11 points, I suck.

In the final game I managed to squeak out a 40 to 36 victory thanks to maximum sheep and boar points along with only -3 negative points (cattle and two unused farm spaces.) This is the first time I've won when playing without the extra action space that is provided with the Revised edition.

Love this game!
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4. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:140]
Board Game: Suburbia
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My wife's favorite. It'll probably see twenty plays at least. Is this cheating?

Pre-2017 plays: 166

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1/14/17
We generally play two or three games of this per day, three especially if we split the first two games. That's what happened. My wife took the first game and I the second. In the third game I got out to a huge lead thanks to an early water purification plant (only having to pay for one more yellow the entire game.). But she fought back through 8 green tiles plus a high school and then investing in the high school again. That's 48 population alone! Still in the end I got one public goal and my private goal and she didn't get any which was the difference. I'm king of "Community" for the day, that's what she's always called it.
 
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5. Board Game: San Juan (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:310]
Board Game: San Juan (Second Edition)
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Waited on buying this one for a long time, but finally did in mid 2016.

Pre-2017 plays: 17

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6. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:85]
Board Game: Patchwork
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Certainly one of my top 10 games. I love 25 minute games as it's easy to play back to back or even three times in a row.

Pre-2017 plays: 65

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1/1/17
My wife couldn't get her button income rolling as I took the pieces with buttons and left her the ones without buttons. She caught up towards the end, but had a lot of empty spaces, even after beating me to the 7x7 bonus and I won 16 to -4.

1/14/17
Total domination by me in this one as I won 30 to 12. Again I kept her button income down while moving mine up. In the end with both only had 6 spaces at the end, but I had a large stack of buttons and also beat her to the 7x7 bonus by one turn.
 
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:539]
Board Game: Kingdom Builder
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Got this during one of the Queen Amazon sales for sub $20 after wanting to give it a try. After nearly a dozen plays I'm still not sure if I like it or not. Hopefully this year I'll figure that out.

Pre-2017 plays: 10

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1/2/17
Played back to back games with each of us winning one. I can't tell if I'm having fun playing this game, so that probably means I'm not, right?
 
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