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Most original gaming goal for 2012: the 9x9-goal.
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Like everyone is doing at the moment, I also want to set a gaming goal. I wanted to make it more differentiated than just "play all unplayed games" and so I made up 9 categories in which I want to score 9 plays. I will update with a small session report every time I play something that scores in 1 of the categories, so feel free to subscribe. I also need some suggestions in the 9th category. I will make 2012 start at Christmas to give myself 1 more week to succeed.
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1. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:747]
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Goal 1: Play 9 games designed by Martin Wallace.

Probable candidates:
- Liberté
- Brass
- La strada
- Tinner's trail
- Rise of empires
- Railroad tycoon
- Automobile
- Struggle of empires
- A few acres of snow
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2. Board Game: Utopia [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2963]
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Goal 2: Play 9 games which I allready played and of which I think I will sell them.

Probable candidates:
- Utopia
- Stephenson's Rocket
- Bloom
- Charlemagne
- Strada Romana
- Urland
- El capitan
- Saga
- In the year of the dragon
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3. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
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Goal 3: Play 9 games I like at least 5 times.

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- Trajan
- Troyes
- Memoir 44
- Dominion
- Web of power
- Lascaux
- Coney island
- Kingdom Builder
- Dixit
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4. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:97]
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Goal 4: Play 9 games not in my own collection but in the collection of people I know.

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- Chaos in the old world
- King of tokyo
- Isla dorada
- Power grid: first sparks
- Mage knight
- Runewars
- Factorymanager
- Qwirkle
- Aladdin's dragons
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5. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:542]
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Goal 5: Play 9 unplayed games in my collection.

Probable candidates:
- Genoa
- World of Warcraft the boardgame
- Urban sprawl
- Android
- Attack!
- Tikal 2
- Republic of Rome
- something new I will buy in Essen
- something new I will buy in Ranst
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6. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:50]
 
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Goal 6: Play 9 games with an official playing time longer than 120 minutes. (for some of the unplayed I can choose this category too)

Probable candidates:
- Twilight Imperium
- Starcraft the boardgame
- Trough the ages
- Italia
- Fire and Axe: a viking saga
- Die macher
- War of the ring collector's edition
- Dominant species
- A game of thrones
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7. Board Game: TZAAR [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:351] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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Goal 7: Play 9 abstracts.

probable candidates:
- Tzaar
- Pünct
- Dvonn
- Yinsh
- Gipf
- Zertz
- Tamsk
- Hive
- Territories
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8. Board Game: Giants [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:948]
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Goal 8: Play 9 more games from my collection.

Probable candidates:
- Giants
- Louis XIV
- Snowtails
- Gipsy king
- Yspahan
- Carson city
- Tikal
- Le havre
- Hamburgum
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9. Board Game: Journey to the Unknown [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Goal 9: Play 9 games you suggest to me.

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10. Board Game: Pelican Cove [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1875] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Goal 3 (1/81): This was our first game in the morning 28/12. Everybody agreed that it is an original filler. We are still playing with the easiest cards. This will probably reach the 9 plays without any problem.
I won. cool
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11. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:100] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Goal 1 (1/9): With 6 players, it's always great to put 2 tables together and put this game on them. I went for a quick start with first delivery, first level4-train and some service bounties, but one of the new players came very close (2 points) by exploiting the Washingtonarea.
 
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12. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:354] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Goal 4 (1/9): One of the new members of our gaming club brought Last Will. She explained it to me and her brother and we went for a 3-playergame. I was surprised by this game: it is quick and easy to explain but offers a lot of interesting choices and a fun concept and funny quotes like "I will make a boat trip with my dog because I could not find a wife." I ended in second place.
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13. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:729]
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Goal 9.5 (1/9): The 2 children of a neighbor of our gaming location came to have a look. As we do not have a lot of games for young children, we looked and found this one. I played it a bit to much this year but to get the children started I joined the first round (and lost miserablywhistle ).
 
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14. Board Game: Confucius [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2149]
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Goal 5 (1/9): I had read the rules for this game several times, but it hit the table at last. The 4 of us struggled to get a grip on this game. The first impression is that it is an original design but does not offer a lot of fun and makes for lots of rulebookchecking. I finished poorly. blush
 
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15. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:472]
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Goal 3 (2/81): This game is a bit controversial in our gaming group: some of us think it's stupid, some of us (like me) see the potential it has as something diverse just a little more than a filler. When I read the boards over here I see the same controverse .
So 2 of the likers brought it on the table with 2 new players. Gold was awarded for biggest group, most and second most houses in a quarter and horizontal lines with 1 of your houses. I managed to build on every horizontal line and scored some castles but came 1 point short for the win. This should see 9 plays without a problem.
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16. Board Game: Lascaux [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2660]
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Goal 3 (3/81): I would call this game an underrated filler. It's the perfect game for those who cannot stand long explanations. You have only 2 options on your turn but there is room for tactical play (and even for card counting if you like that). In this 5 player game I learned that 3 animals of some types normaly give you some tie scores. I won. 9 plays of this game should be possible.
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17. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
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Goal 3 (4/81): The games that deserve 9 plays should not all be fillers or medium games so I put this one in because I am really intrigued by the design. It's almost a cliché to say that Feld-games are not hard to play but so hard to play well, but it's true. This was a 3-player game with 1 player new to the game and we managed to set-up and explain in around 15 minutes.
I went for a differentiated approach, trying to focus on extra actions. The other experienced player went for a focus on building and trade and took the right bonus tiles for his strategy in the senate. He won, I came in second. This is the kind of game where you lose your first game when the others have played before, but I am sure our new player will come back to beat us (he is a tough guy). How I love this game (but 9 plays will be a real challenge ).
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18. Board Game: Piece o' Cake [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1531]
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Goal 3 (5/81): This is a game that did not receive the love it deserves. I have to say I am good at it, but even with majority in kiwi and chocolate I got beaten by strawberries (I guess this sounds strange when you do not know the game). It reminds me that San Marco (which also has the divide and take mechanic) should see the table in 2012 too.
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19. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Goal 9.6 (1/9): It's harsh that I cannot use Dominion as a 9 times played game but I have to take this as 1 of the 9 games of the BBGtop10 (especially when I saw 2 guys of our club play a 5-hour-long Twilight Struggle). We put some of the Hinterlands-expension in. I went for a strategy with some cache-gold and I used spice-merchant to control the amount of copper. Some crossroads made sure that I could buy some smaller victory cards in the middle of the game without worrying. It turned out to be a winning strategy.
 
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20. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:22]
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Goal 9.6 (2/9): This game on 29/12 with my girlfriend was my most fun game of Agricola ever (even when I lost by 10 points). Untill now we always played the beginner's deck, now we broke out the I-deck. We think it offers more interesting options so I guess we will never go back. I put the focus on farming with an occupation that let me plow a field when I took a grain and an investment that let me put more crops when adjacent to my house.
My girlfriend went for food with for exemple the chickeninvestment. Then she pulled out the occupation that lets you make children without place for them very early. She rushed to 5 people and managed to feed them every time. In her last round she used the holiday house (I saw this card somewhere on this site reviewed as one of the worst investments) and took 8 extra points. I screwed my last round by miscalculating. I only had 3 people and came 1 action short to build the fences I needed for the extra animals I would get thanks to an investment that required 4 fields with crops. So I missed a total of 6 animals and she ran away with the win. It was nice to see her try such a risky strategy and succeed. The result was something like 50-40.
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21. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:818]
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Goal 3 (6/81-14/81): This is the first game that reached 9 plays (and even more) in this challenge. My girlfriend wants to play it almost all the time. We played our first game in on New Years Eve. In the first few plays, she lost bad, but she kept her courage and now she wins around 50% of her games. We started to notice that the startplayer could have an advantage when both players are skilled. We have come up with a variant in which you play a double game with each player starting once and adding the points. I would recommend it to every couple.
 
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22. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1502]
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Goal 9.7 (1/9): This favorite we played on New Years Eve before a brilliant dessert ranks nicely in the category "outside the bgg top100". My girlfriend and I play it once in a while for years now, and we keep on discovering new strategies and new ways a game can develop. This time we tried to keep each other on 4 actions to force the other to not be able to make his actions in the late game. It turned out wrong for me when my girlfriend discovered my hostage and was able to capture him with Artemis in her 4 actions. Without doubt one of our favorites as a couple.
 
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23. Board Game: Stacrobats [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:14848]
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Goal 9.5 (2/9-4/9): The festivities in the holidays were great for this category. Some friendly children in our family proposed to play a game. I never say no to that proposal as a true gamer but this game in which you hang a piece of plastic on another piece of plastic is a bit dull. It is not a bad childrens game, but for adults it's too easy to use up all your acrobates without dropping one.
Yhe worst game that evening had to show up later, when Party en co hit the table. Downtime is terrible (even with 2 teams of 2 players, when the box says 20 people can play), some categories are too easy (the hintsthing for exemple), others are nearly impossible (you should really try to make someone lipread "Pirates of the carribean" and geekmail me if you succeed). We shortened the game but it still tested my endurance as a gamer.
A last game that fits in this category is a game of Trivial pursuit deluxe. I always say "it's a quiz, not a game" and try to hide it for visitors, but always someone digs it up and says "Hey let's not play all these games I do not know, but play this one I know." I won, but I will hide it better now.
 
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24. Board Game: Mondo [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1586]
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Goal 8 (1/9): On january 3 I had a last-minuteplanned game-evening. While waiting for the fourth player to arrive, we played this game that starts up the goal in which I can dump games that do not qualify for another goal. The other players were new to the game so we played the easy version. They like some chaos in their games now and then so this worked for them. When the fourth player showed up between round 2 and 3 we decided he would win if he scored best in the 3rd round. He did not. The catch-upmechanism with the volcanoes is nice, but experience with the game is stronger so I won scoring 2 times as much points as the others. I think of that as a weak point of this game, especially since it targets a casual player audience.

All of us were ready now for the main game of the evening, something by a guy named Martin...
 
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25. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:941]
Stefaan Henderickx
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Goal 1 (2/9): Second Wallace game in this list, second time I played this game. It is nice, it is deep, the actionselectionmechanism is unique, but playing time is with 3 hours a bit too long with 4 for what the game offers (with 5 it will be way too long). This game offers one of the best tries to capture world history in one game. For my third try I would like to play with players who also played before, because experience gave me the win. I based my strategy on fields and occupying northern Europe, the closest competitor put an emphasis on dominance on the map, a combined religion and ideology and a clever way to make everyone pay because he used his printing ability.
 
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