Published on January 8th, 2016 | by Luke Turpeinen2
The 10 x 10 Challenge
Ten Games, Ten Times For 2016
With the New Year comes resolutions and goal setting. Usually I’m not the kind of person to make New Year Resolutions, but when my friend Kevin said that he was going to be doing the Hardcore 10 x 10 Board Game Challenge, he caught my interest.
The challenge is to play 10 games 10 times over the course of 2016. The idea is to pick your games beforehand, and not switch out games later. You need to play about two games from this list a week to keep on schedule, which isn’t too daunting.
Nicole and I decided to make a combined list and do the challenge together, seeing as how we always play games with each other anyways. The games we chose from our list are mixed- some are games we’ve played several times, while one hasn’t even arrived from Kickstarter yet.
Of the games we’ve played before, we picked complex games that we haven’t been able to completely explore. Doing the challenge ensures that those games see a lot of play so that we can explore all of the great content involved. Some of the games on the list we haven’t played much of, and for those we’re using the challenge as an excuse to bring those out with us more often.
Here, in no particular order is the list of 10 board games that Nicole and I are dedicating ourselves to play 10 times each in 2016.
Argent the Consortium
This hit Kickstarter worker placement game from Level 99 places you as a professor at a Hogwarts type University. The Headmaster has died, and as tenured faculty you could be the next Dumbledore! All you have to do is convince the Consortium to vote for you instead of your rivals when the time comes. You better get your grad students a-hopping if you want to wear the pointy hat around here.
A sequel of sorts to the traditional Pandemic game, Pandemic Legacy keeps the same basic gameplay of the original while adding a RISK Legacy style campaign system. After each game of Pandemic Legacy, depending on the outcome, you will be asked to modify the board permanently by adding stickers or writing with permanent marker onto the game itself. At times the game asks you to permanently destroy components. Pandemic Legacy gets a full 24 plays out of it before you run out of campaign material, so this challenge will get us almost halfway through.
7 Wonders Duel
A two-player only variant of sorts for the 7 Wonders franchise. 7 Wonders Duel is in a lot of ways just a solid improvement on the themes of the original 7 Wonders. The art and components remain high quality, but in this version of the game, the civ-building elements come to the forefront more than they have in the past. We wanted to make sure we had a game on the list that would be fun to play if we couldn’t wrangle someone else into a game night that week.
Krosmaster is a tactical battle game that uses a grid based board for movement and measurements. The setting is fantastical and has a kind of Spyro/Skylanders feel to it. We both really like Krosmaster, but our attempts to get others interested in it in our area have fallen rather flat. While we could just use the codes in our figures to play the online game, we really want to play with the actual pieces. Krosmaster is either a 2 or 4 player game, but we’ll probably play it one-on-one most of the time.
Viticulture & Tuscany
Viticulture is the amazing wine-making worker placement game from Stonemaier Games, and Tuscany is its big-box expansion. Viticulture is great on its own, but Tuscany provides a ton of small expansions that change the game in subtle ways. The default way to add these to the game is to play a game of Viticulture without any expansions, and then the winner of the game gets to choose which pieces to add to the next game. This fits in perfectly with our format, so we’ll be adding expacs as we go!
Another worker placement game from Stonemaier Games, Euphoria is in a lot of ways the bizarro worker placement game. Instead of getting bonuses when you build things, people who don’t help everyone build things get penalties. Like Viticulture, Euphoria doesn’t overstay its welcome because the game ends as soon as someone places their 10th Victory Point on the board.
Tokaido is a set-collection game where you are trying to take the most relaxing vacation you can. Along the way you can collect souvenirs, visit hot springs, eat fancy food and experience other delights. We just got our Deluxe Kickstarter order in the mail, so now we have over 30 characters to choose from which means we need to play a lot to see them all in play!
Blood Bowl: Team Manager
Blood Bowl is a game that I really enjoy, that I have never been able to play enough of. There is a deck-building element, though it isn’t a focus of the game, which is more about outguessing your opponent. I haven’t delved into all of the expansion content, which introduces new teams and players which drastically alter the game.
Terrene Odyssey is a Kickstarter game that I backed a while ago that I have never gotten around to playing. I bought what were supposed to be two pre-made decks that were ready to play each other, but got more cards that were not pre-built. I’m not complaining about the two extra free decks (!!) but the task of sorting the cards was daunting enough at first that I put it aside and forgot about it until re-ordering my shelf. Oops! Well, now it’ll get the play it deserves.
Fairy Tale Battle Royale
FTBR is a Kickstarter game that has taken almost 3 years to get to us after backing it. A classic example of biting off more than you can chew on crowd funding, surprisingly the campaign didn’t collapse on itself and the creators have already shipped the minis out, with the game coming in the mail shortly. Fairy Tale Battle Royale is a tactical combat game, and we are excited to see how it compares with Krosmaster.
What games would you put on your 10 x 10 list? Let us know in the comments!