Ken's 2018 Gaming Challenge
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I've done the 100 x 1 challenges the past few years, focusing on new to me games. This has been a lot of fun, but I have a lot of unplayed games. Like a TON.


So the goal for this year will be:

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Microbadge: Challenge Accepted!25+ new-to-me solo games (from collection or played from other sources)
Microbadge: Challenge Accepted!25- purchased games (not counting expansions)
Microbadge: Challenge Completed!25+ games sold from the collection

Games from the Collection - 37/50
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Microbadge: Conquest at Kismet fanMicrobadge: Evolution fanMicrobadge: Downforce fanMicrobadge: Formula D fanMicrobadge: New York 1901 fanMicrobadge: I love chemistryMicrobadge: Trick of the Rails fanMicrobadge: T.I.M.E Stories fanMicrobadge: I use Mask EnergyMicrobadge: The Ravens of Thri Sahashri fan
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Microbadge: Imhotep fanMicrobadge: BattleLore Second Edition fanMicrobadge: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective FanMicrobadge: OGREMicrobadge: Würfel Bohnanza fanMicrobadge: Isle of Trains fanMicrobadge: Caverna: The Cave Farmers fanMicrobadge: CollectorMicrobadge: CollectorMicrobadge: Collector
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Solo Games Played - 21/25
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Microbadge: Word Game fanMicrobadge: Paper Tales fanMicrobadge: I love koi!Microbadge: Tetris fanMicrobadge: A4 Quest fan
Microbadge: 2001: A Space Odyssey - HAL 9000Microbadge: Penny Papers Adventures fanMicrobadge: I love the desertMicrobadge: Book readerMicrobadge: Caverna: The Cave Farmers fan
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Games Purchased - 24/25
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Microbadge: Discover: Lands Unknown fanMicrobadge: Heroes of Terrinoth fanMicrobadge: Fan of the Thunder Alley gameMicrobadge: DC Comics Deck-Building Game fanMicrobadge: I spend all my money on board games


Games Sold - 9/25 + 121 in my FLGS's Flea Market!
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Do I think it's doable? Maybe, and that's the point. No point in aiming at a target that's too easy.

And because it feels funny to not at least make note of the new-to-me games...

New-to-Me Games - 126
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1. Board Game: A4 Quest [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:4765]
Board Game: A4 Quest
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I almost backed this on Kickstarter, but funds were tight at the time. It's a cute game, but tracking the various stats are a bit fiddly. Still, I enjoyed it and would like to try other characters.

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2. Board Game: Aeon's End: War Eternal [Average Rating:8.43 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Aeon's End: War Eternal
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Ow. We got our butts HANDED to us. I wonder what we're missing, but we still enjoyed playing.

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3. Board Game: Anachrony [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:47]
Board Game: Anachrony
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Ohio
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It's a big box, a big rule book, and takes up a lot of table space but it's a really simple game once you get it. It's a bit thinky, a bit risk management, but quite fun.

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4. Board Game: Ancient Artifacts [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:12749]
Board Game: Ancient Artifacts
Ken Grazier
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A slightly different roll and write, players may opt to gain their opponent's rolls, but only before they start rolling. I like this, but it can get really tough quickly.

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5. Board Game: Arkham Horror (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:344]
Board Game: Arkham Horror (Third Edition)
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Ohio
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I'm a huge Arkham fan, and this did not disappoint. It's certainly changed from the second edition, and the game play reminds me more of Eldritch Horror or the Arkham LCG. It's solid and one I'm hoping to play a lot more.

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6. Board Game: Arkham Noir: Collector Case #1 – The Real Leeds [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:8297] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Board Game: Arkham Noir: Collector Case #1 – The Real Leeds
Ken Grazier
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I wanted to like this game, but the theme just didn't fit for me. It's not a bad puzzle, but it didn't feel very Arkham-esque. Shame.

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7. Board Game: Arkham Noir: Collector Case #2 – The King in Yellow [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:9352] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Board Game: Arkham Noir: Collector Case #2 – The King in Yellow
Ken Grazier
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Ohio
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I really wanted to like these games, but they were more puzzle and less Arkham than I expected. Hope the new owner enjoys them.

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8. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:46] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
Board Game: Azul
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I've heard tons of raving for this game, but have never had a chance to actually play or buy it. The store at Unpub 8 had it, so I bought it on site. Then while I was punching it, it shifted and jumped over the railing and onto the escalator below. Luckily I don't mind a slightly dinged copy at this point.

After playing this twice, I kind of get it. It's simple, kind of elegant, but easy enough to play. I'm not sure it's worth all of the buzz I've seen, but it's good. One I'll likely play at least 10 times this year.

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9. Board Game: Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:303]
Board Game: Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
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Clearly a typo, as this should be called A2UL: Stained Glass of Sinatra, I thought this was... fine? It seemed to me to be a little more complex than I want from a light game, or too light for a slightly complex game. I'm not sure. I'll play it more, but after a few plays, I think I prefer the original.

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10. Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:225]
Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition)
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Ohio
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A friend is looking to play more tactics style games, and I've wanted to try Battlelore for a long time. We did the learning game twice, and I really enjoyed it. I want more dice, but that's a minor (and frequent) complaint.

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11. Board Game: Big Dig [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:8066]
Board Game: Big Dig
Ken Grazier
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I thought this game was both cute and very clever. The aesthetic is great, calling back to Dig Dug, but the shape choice and management make the game quite fun. It requires some careful planning and some dickery. Fun stuff.

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12. Board Game: The Big Score [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:4538]
Board Game: The Big Score
Ken Grazier
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I love heist movies and games, and this has some really key callouts to movies. It's about getting the right team together for a job and working to get the loot. Then the second half is part push your luck, part screw your neighbor. Really well done art and components make this one shine. I am pushing to play this one again soon.

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13. Board Game: Brikks [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3274]
Board Game: Brikks
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I Tried this both solo and multiplayer at BGG.Con, and it's a clever roll and write. It's a littlE fiddly in some ways, and the English rules lefT a bit to be desiRed, but I still enjoyed playing it. I don't know if this Is has the potential for my wife and I like Qwixx doeS, but I still enjoyed it.

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14. Board Game: Button Men: Beat People Up [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:7017] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
Board Game: Button Men: Beat People Up
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I have always enjoyed the concept of Button Men. Games that work well at conventions, a fun way to meet other players on the fly, and a game you can play with just a few dice in your pocket. Unfortunately, I became aware of Button Men after it was popular at conventions, so I never got a chance to really play it.

When they announced the new card based version, I was all for it, and I really enjoy it. Simple game play, quick explanation, and very portable. I plan on wearing my "Skully" button at cons and having a character card or two in with my nametag and the appropriate dice in my pocket.

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15. Board Game: Café Fatal [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:6515]
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My wife made a trip to her parents' house, which meant she was near GameSurplus. She stopped in and picked up a few games that we had talked about, as well as a few surprises for me. This game is a bit like Las Vegas, but with some interesting decisions. I think it's a little short with two players, but it's still good.

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16. Board Game: Can't Stop Express [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:5812]
Board Game: Can't Stop Express
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When I first saw this, I thought it would just be a clone of the original. But it's not. It's different and very interesting to play. It's also quick and calls for an immediate replay. Really glad I tried this one.

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17. Board Game: Caper [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:2675]
Board Game: Caper
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My wife and I have always enjoyed two player games with interesting ways to balance them, and Caper does a great job. You exchange hands after playing a card, so you both have to do well for yourself and out-play your opponent who has access to the same cards. A few of the cards could be a little clearer, but the extra rulebook explaining everything in plain text is very well done.

A game I can see us playing a ton of once we get it down.

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18. Board Game: Captain Sonar [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:147]
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A friend brought Captain Sonar to the FLGS to give a shot. After waiting for quite a while to get significant numbers, we decided to give it a shot. It's not a bad game, but it just didn't catch me. Not bad, just not for me.

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19. Board Game: Carson City: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2544]
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You always play this with at least four players, so when soloed, you run the other three. And it works. It's a little bit chaos, a little planning, and overall it was fun. I'm hoping to try this with other people as well, but it worked as a solo game and was fun.

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20. Board Game: Catch the Moon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2416]
Board Game: Catch the Moon
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I'm terrible at most dexterity games, but I actually did quite well at this one. It's very cute and the rules are simple enough for anyone to play. A great way to introduce non-gamers to other dexterity games.

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21. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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I finally got to try this solo mode, and I liked it a lot. It's a lot like Agricola, but with the abilities tied to the rooms and not cards. I'm looking forward to playing it with my wife.

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22. Board Game: Champions of Midgard [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:102]
Board Game: Champions of Midgard
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I got this in a trade and while I enjoyed it, I didn't see it hitting the table again anytime soon. A good game can be let go if someone else will enjoy it more.

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23. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:280]
Board Game: Charterstone
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At first, the idea of a legacy worker placement game didn't catch my eye. But as I looked into it more, I was more intrigued. I picked it up for my wife and I to play with another couple that we know. Their first legacy style game and with two plays done, it's been good so far. Excited to see what else comes in the box.

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24. Board Game: Chemistry Fluxx [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:6593]
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Chemistry Fluxx was one of the requested games I took with me to Unpub 8. The Helium rule can be fun, especially when the owner of the keeper is giggly to begin with. I enjoyed it, though not any more than regular Fluxx.

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25. Board Game: Chimera Station [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:942]
Board Game: Chimera Station
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Putting workers together and having them gain different abilities makes this a very unique worker placement game. The components are top notch, I love the art (and am friends with the artist), but it really works. I want to play this one more.

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