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The #10x10in2014 Challenge!

March 20, 2014
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Play 10 Games 10 Times in 2014

While wandering the Twitterverse, I came upon Stephane Brochu’s (@GenialGenius) review of Russian Railroads (a recommended read). This lead me to discover the “Play 10 Games 10 Times in 2014 Challenge.” Apparently, there is a fair number of board gamers taking this on and I immediately decided that I wanted to be one of them.

The title is self-explanatory; the goal is to get in 10 plays of 10 different games throughout the year. As a group, we have a habit of getting in one or two plays of a game and tossing it aside for a New Hotness. I’ve often petitioned my fellow League members to play older games, but majority rules most game nights, so we play the newest and the shiniest. Now, I’m not upset about this, but I have plenty of excellent games on my shelf that I haven’t had a chance to fully explore – so I’m hoping to take on this challenge as a way to get better acquainted with these.

Kelly B! has graciously agreed to be my partner in crime, which should be interesting. We game together a lot, but our tastes don’t always line up. I want to use this challenge to get a good mix of mid-weight and heavier games to the table; whereas, Kel just wants to see how many times she can be me at Hive. Working together (with a little coercion, deal-making and pleading), this is the list we’ve decided on:

1. Android: Netrunner

One of my favorite games and one Kel really enjoys. It’ll be nice to get this back to the table.

2. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)

Kel has yet to play this, or any game like it, so it’ll be interesting to see how she takes to it. She’ll be the Overlord, of course, because she is evil.

3. Dreadball

One of my new obsessions. Kel has played this a few times and she does quite well with it, so I’ll be interested to see how we do across 10 matches.

4. DUST Tactics

We used to play DUST all the time, but it’s fallen off since we moved. It’ll be great to go toe-to-toe in giant walkers again! I just hope it doesn’t spur another buying spree…

5. Euphoria

My new favorite worker placement game! We’ll see how this works as a 2-player across multiple sessions.

6. Flash Point: Fire Rescue

This game is just plain fun. We love this as a co-op and it’ll provide a nice break from other competitive games.

7. Summoner Wars

This is another one we’ve been playing since we started in the hobby. It’s a great 2-player option, though we tend to get pretty aggressive…

8. Tash-Kalar

We enjoy 2-player abstracts like The Duke and Hive, so this one was a no brainer. It’s definitely a little more complex, but we’ve really enjoyed our plays so far and look forward to developing our strategies further.

9. Trains

Kel loves deck builders and I’m definitely partial to Trains. The extra element of board interaction puts this one peg above other games in the genre.

10. Lords of Waterdeep

Fast, easy, but still a lot of fun. This is an easy include that shouldn’t be difficult to get to the table 10 times.

We’ll be updating our plays monthly and will keep any readers up to date on our thoughts and feelings after we dive into this challenge! If you’re interested, head over to Board Game Geek and check out the challenge for yourself! If you’re already participating, be sure to use the #10x10in2014 hashtag to document your progress!

Matt H. (Buns)

CONTENT MANAGER/PODCAST HOST : Perpetual consumer of all things board, card and game. Lover of dice, card sleeves, and fancy meeples. Jack-of-all-games, Master of none.