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I've never done a 10x10 or any other gaming challenge, and rarely record plays, but I'm looking for a fun challenge, so here we go.

For 2018, I am going to attempt a "20 18..." challenge: Play 1 game 20 times, one 18 times, one 16 times,....one 4 times, and one 2 times. That adds up to 110 plays, so in the ballpark of a 10x10 challenge, but with a bit more variety.

I will not pre-assign a certain game to a certain # of plays, but I will keep a running total here.

This list will have purchased/published games, PnP games (maybe even one or two that I've designed), and I will reserve a spot or two for games I don't own yet.

Some games are longer, some are short, but that's OK.

This list already contains 11 13 games, so at least one some of these will not get played as part of the challenge.
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1. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
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I own the base game, received Scythe: Invaders from Afar for Christmas. I've played this about 30 times solo so far, but only with a couple of the factions. I would not be surprised if this is my 20 play game.


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Jan 4, 20, 22, 25, Feb 2, 7, 8, 11, 25, Mar 1, 6, 6, 10, 10, 14, Apr 14

My rambling on the game:
I just started recording plays on BGG this year, but I played Scythe solo about 30 times late last year, by far my most played game.

Great game: art, replayability with 5-7 factions, no dice, all about player choices. Two minor gripes:
1) long set-up time, but I've removed things not needed for solo play (combat wheels, extra coins, player reference cards), so I am streamlining it.
2) The end game gets a bit mechanical: OK, almost to 6 stars, time to spread out.

But overall, a great game.

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2. Board Game: IUNU [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:5659]
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Impatiently awaiting the arrival of this Kickstarted game of Todd Sanders'.


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Feb 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20

My rambling on the game:
I really like this game, so far. Interesting set collection where each different card type has a different power.
I imagine it would be fun to play against others, but so far, just solo for me.

Games starting Feb 16 are with Todd Sanders' new proposed solo rules. They definitely make the AI tougher. My average score to the AI's in those 4 games is 82-101.

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3. Board Game: Spirit Island [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:53]
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Here is my "hotness" purchase for 2018. On order from FLGS, hopefully, I will have it soon.


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March 17 (learning), 20 (still learning, but doing better), 22 (won - on easy level, Fear level 3, no cities), 24 (won - on easy level, Fear level 3), 28 (loss - first play not using pre-programmed power cards), 30, April 4, 6, 6, 10, 12, 12

My rambling on the game:
Fun game, and very different from my other favorite mid-size to large game, Scythe. I can imagine growing with this game (playing 2 spirits, adding in scenarios, etc.).
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4. Board Game: Pocket Mars [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2693]
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I do not own this one yet (UPDATE: ordered it from publisher on Dec. 26, 2017 - hopefully I will own it in a few weeks), but looks like it could be a fun, puzzly sort of game.


Plays:

Feb 14, 26, 26, 28, 28, Mar 2, 2, 4, 8, 8

My rambling on the game:
Getting the hang of the solo mechanics after several plays. Fun game, thinky, but not too thinky (unless I haven't figured it out yet).

I like the art on this, not cartoony, not too serious, just sort of pleasant.

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5. Board Game: A Wanderer in the Forest of Wyr [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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My first PnP "build" (print out 1 sheet of paper). Plus I designed and printed a custom deck of cards for this game, so I don't have to cross reference with the rule sheet what this King of Diamonds (or other cards) do. So, this one is near and dear to me.




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I forgot how fun this game is. Very nice design with the game ratcheting up in difficulty the farther you go.

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6. Board Game: Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:6122]
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A nice diversion from the Mechs and Marches, and Mars of 3 of the above games. Always fun to play.


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7. Board Game: The Draugr [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:7050]
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Another Todd Sanders game, surprise, surprise.

Great graphic design.

I played this one plenty a while ago and I think I sort of figured out a winning strategy for it, so this one might be one of the games that has to fall from the list.


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8. Board Game: Mower Mania [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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A very nice game. Well designed, nice graphic design, and fun.


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9. Board Game: The Seeker in the Forest of Wyr [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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Winning the award for Designer of the Most Games on This List, is Todd Sanders.

I really like this game. One deck, no other bits, peaceful graphic design.


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10. Board Game: The Lost Expedition [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:868]
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Picked this one up a few months ago and had some fun with it, but haven't played it lately. Looking forward to playing it again.


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11. Board Game: Adamastor [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:6676]
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I playtested this one back when it was a BGG contest entry, so I feel connected to it. AND, it's an excellent game.


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12. Board Game: Snowbirds [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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This is a fun "journey" game, sort of the same genre of The Lost Expedition and Adamastor, but it plays more peacefully.

May not play all 3 of these games, we'll see.


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13. Board Game: Airborne Commander [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:3338]
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I recently purchased this through BGG. I don't have it yet, but hopefully soon. Looking forward to giving it a try.

Plays:

Jan 28, 29, Feb 4, 8

My rambling on the game:
I'm just a few plays in, still learning, but so far, so good.

I like the game length (~30 minutes), and the reasonable footprint of the game, and the quick set-up time - just arranging a few deck. The artwork is also very nice. The game reminds me a little of The Lost Expedition or Snowbirds or Adamastor with the "too much I want to do with not enough resources to do it" feel. Nothing wrong with that, the games works well. But, if I was on a dessert island, I probably wouldn't need all 4 of these games, since they all have sort of that same feel.

At the end of the game, I don't really feel like an airborne commander - it just sort of feels like a numbers game. That may be because I am still concentrating so much on the mechanics of the game and can't really get immersed in the theme yet. We'll see.

UPDATE: I ended up selling this game, as I try to keep my game library controlled. It is a well designed game, and I really like the art, but the gameplay didn't click with me. It felt mechanical and not really connected to the theme - I didn't feel like an airborne commander.
 
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14. Board Game: March of the Ants [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1633]
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I gave this away on the Solo Chain of Generosity, so it will get 0 plays from me.

Bought this and haven't played it yet cuz I've been too busy playing Scythe. But, looking forward to getting it to the table.


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Still haven't played this one yet. I'm enjoying Scythe, and I'm enjoying some smaller solo games, I anticipate this will be somewhere in between.

I'm having a hard time getting excited about the theme though - ants. That might be the real reason I haven't gotten this one to the table yet.blush
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15. Board Game: Hot Dog [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:11723]
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< this space reserved for the hotness of 2018 >

Charterstone perhaps (I know, it was released in 2017)

Some Kickstarter game? Probably not due to the leadtime

Could be a BGG contest entry from the 9 card contest, or the Solitaire PnP contest.

We shall see.



And my "hotness" game for 2018 is.......


See separate geeklist item to follow my progress on it.


 
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16. Board Game: Expedition: Northwest Passage [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1078]
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I don't own this game, but have read good things about it for solo, so this may be a nice change of pace.


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This one will most likely fall off the list since it's just January and I already have purchased/ordered 3 new games, which means I now own 4 solo games I have yet to play.


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