Geeklist of Alphabetic Boardgame Challenge Geeklists
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Every year in September, my partner and I set aside a weekend and play 26 board games, one for each letter of the alphabet. Since 2008, we've been doing this annual Alphabetic Boardgame Challenge (ABC), and I figured mainly for my own benefit I'd put them all in one place so I can find them later. Especially since the 2008 challenge was before I bothered making geeklists for them, so it just took me forever to find.

Anyway, I'll be adding each year's geeklist here. And if anyone else is inspired to start their own ABC, I hope you'll make a geeklist for your own event, and then add it here once you've played all 26 games.
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2008

The first year of the ABC, was not officially recorded in geeklist form -- mainly because I did not have enough games to do it proper. But I found my journal from 2008 with an accounting thereof:

* Agricola (I expanded family much earlier)
* Bohnanza (D, by one point)
* Cataan card game (I build the colossus to break a 10-10 tie)
* Dragon Delta (I technically win, though it really needs more players to be a good game.)
* Eating lunch (We forgot about Euphrates. D had a better sandwich, so she won.)
* Fiji (I sweep the third round, and win the game)
* Glory to Rome (D builds the win-the-game building for the win)
* Hellas (D, her first win at this game. Although we have some of the wrong pieces, even though I bought the game new.)
* Internet. (We forgot about Il Principe too. I emailed Rio Grande about the missing pieces. D posted a lengthy summary of our gaming which was judged to be superior.)
* Jambo (I won, although by a smaller margin than previous games.)
* Knights of Charlemagne (D wins. A recent trade acquisition, which will definitely hit the table again.)
* Labyrinth (I got all my magic ingredients; D didn't.)
* Maharaja (I built my last palace a round earlier to win. Although this one really wants more players.)
* Nacho Incident (I won, but the game is a bit ridiculous. Our only N-game.)
* Oltre Mare (I won, although this is another one that wants more players.)
* Perquacky (D wins this word dice game, scoring big points for the seven-letter word "chalets".)
* Quest for Camelot (D wins, although the game may never be played again. Acquired in the same trade as KoC above. Win some, lose some.)
* Ricochet Robots (More experience leads me to victory, pulling away from the 6-6 tie in the last few rounds.)
* St. Petersburg (I focus on early money, which turns out to beat D's early point focus.)
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sadly, the rest of the records from this inaugural year seem to be lost. Alas. But since then, each year's event has been painstakingly enshrined for posterity in geeklist form.
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2009

For our second year, we actually had enough games to play a real one for one of each letter, and so I decided it was worth making a geeklist. Also, I kept going back to BGG to log the tally after every game or two. This made it more like a liveblogged event, and felt more exciting, for me.
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2010

Our third year of the challenge saw us with more advance planning. We used a matrix game to determine our opening game, and then I reported on each game immediately upon completion. A lot of ties this year, as well as games where best of three versus total points determined the winner.
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2011

By our fourth year, this had definitely become my favorite annual tradition. Really, there's not much that's better than spending 3 days playing boardgames nonstop with someone you love. Also, I worry I'll run out of puns if we keep playing the same games.
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2012

Our fifth time around, it finally happened. Debbie defeated me and emerged from the ABC as the victor. The student has become the master. At least, until next year, when I totally plan to kick her butt as it should be.
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2013

Our sixth annual competition begins with Debbie having won the previous year for the first time ever. I am, naturally, eager to reclaim my throne.
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2014

Our Seventh year, and Debbie got off to a very strong start, having won twice as many games as me at the end of the first day. A few very close games as well.
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2015

Our eighth year, with a good mix of perennial favorites and games we didn't play last year. This ended up being another close one, coming down to the last game again!
 
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2016

a lot of very close games... and a few very not close games.
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2017

Our 10th year! ABCDecade!
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2018

11 years of Alphabetic Boardgaming!
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