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A blog to record my thoughts as I play through the 2015 10x10 challenge.

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Game Played (3 of 100) - A3

Aaron Thorne
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Play Report: I am sticking with Descent again this weekend. This play was using the quest The Cardinal's Plight, and the heroes lost badly. Three zombies got through the exit in the first half, and in the second half the Cardinal was killed before the portal could be opened. It was never even close. Afterwards the Overlord got a new card, each hero got a new skill, and one item was purchased.
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:59 pm
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Game Played (2 of 100) - A2

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Play Report: More Descent action. For the first quest in Act I, I rolled on the table in Nerdook's D6 Overlord Variant and got Death on the Wing. During Encounter 1 the heroes were never seriously threatened with defeat, but encounter 2 was a nail-biter. The D6 Overlord Variant directs Bethir (the enemy lieutenant) and all of the "open group" monsters (goblin archers in this case) to ignore the heroes and go after the guards, while the Elemental focuses on the heroes. This means that guards are getting killed ASAP. I had three dead within three turns, but I got lucky. When Bethir attacked two of the guards, they each got one attack on him before they died. Those two attacks did seven damage! Then in the last turn, Tomble used a rune stone he found as a random item in a Treasure Chest to do five damage in one attack and defeat Bethir. If that didn't happen, I wouldn't have been able to do anything to stop the goblins from killing the last guard, because the elemental was holding up everyone but Tomble (who used his heroic ability to slip past the elemental), keeping them bottled up until turn five! Nerve-racking, but the heroes won in the end. The heroes used their accumulated gold to acquire some chain mail for Syndrael, giving her two defense dice instead of one, but did not use their experience points to get any new ability cards. The Overlord deck did get one additional card added.
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Sat Jan 3, 2015 10:48 pm
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Game Played (1 of 100) - A1

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Introduction: I have kicked off my challenge with Descent: Journeys in the Dark. Because it is always iffy trying to get my friends together for a campaign-style game, and I need to do this 10 times, I have decided to play this solitaire. I am using Nerdook's D6 Overlord Variant to automate the Overlord's actions, and am playing through the campaign in the main game, The Shadow Rune. I have no expansions, so only the base game is being used. I am using three characters: Syndrael (Knight class), Avric Albright (Spiritspeaker class), and Tomble Burrowell (Thief class).

Play Report: I played First Blood, which is always the first quest in the base campaign. The heroes triumphed, with only two goblins making it through the exit before Mauler the Ettin was defeated. Mauler did get to feel good about doing 11 points of damage to Avric Albright with one attack, but Tomble was able to get a healing potion he found to Avric before he could be hit again, so no heroes ever got knocked down during the entire quest.

Afterwards, the heroes each acquired one new ability card, but did not purchase any equipment, as they did not have enough gold to do so. The Overlord deck got one new card added to it. The Nerdook D6 variant has quests randomly determined instead of having the winner select the next quest, so when I play the next quest I will roll that up and see what is coming around the bend.
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Sat Jan 3, 2015 5:10 pm
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Changing the Lineup

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I got the card game Friday for Christmas. I am starting a new job in late January, one which will have me on the road for probably 15 or so weeks a year. Since Friday is small and I can easily play it in a hotel room, I am going to add it to the list. Darkest Night drops to the alternate list, and Castle Ravenloft drops off entirely. Below is the new list. With the new year less than 36 hours away, I don't plan on making any more changes.

A) Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2nd edition)
B) Lost Battles
C) Space Infantry
D) Field Commander: Napoleon
E) The Great War at Sea: Mediterranean
F) the Anima card games (Shadow of Omega, Beyond Good and Evil, and The Twilight of the Gods)
G) Commands and Colors: Napoleonics
H) Abaddon
I) Empires in America
J) Friday

Alternates (in case it turns out that I hate one of my selections and can't stand to play it anymore) are as follows:
K) Sentinels of the Multiverse
L) Darkest Night
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Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:04 pm
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Introduction to the Challenge

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I think it was October of 2014 before I became aware of the 'play 10 games 10 times' challenge here on the Geek. I really liked the idea, but it was way too late in the year for me to participate. But, there is always next year, right? For the last eight years or so I have been randomly picking games from my collection, playing them, and writing about them on my personal blog. As that has been going on for a number of years I wanted a new challenge, and this looks like fun. So, for 2015 I am going to take a break from that and focus on playing 10 games 10 times, using this blog to record my thoughts. I hope that others here on the Geek will follow along with me as I go through this new challenge.

Because the theory behind this challenge is to force yourself to play a game enough times to uncover its hidden depths that would get missed through only one or two cursory plays, as I went through my game collection to identify games to play I decided to institute some basic rules for game selection. First, a game could only be chosen if I had less than 10 plays already recorded for it. For example, I really like the game Memoir '44, and would happily play it ten times in 2015. However, I already have 25 plays logged, and have a really good feel for how the game plays and relevant strategies, so that game will not get picked for the challenge. I am focusing on games I don't already have significant experience with. Second, a game and all of its expansions count as one game. So, if I select a game like Runebound, which has lots of expansions, the base game and all expansions that I choose to play with count as one game. Third, if there is a set of games with the same basic rules that allow for the games to be combined, then that also counts as one game.

As of this writing I still have a week and a half until 2015 begins, so this list is subject to change (I could get something amazing for Christmas that I just have to add to the list), but as of right now here are the 10 games that I am planning to play:
A) Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2nd edition)
B) Lost Battles
C) Space Infantry
D) Field Commander: Napoleon
E) The Great War at Sea: Mediterranean
F) the Anima card games (Shadow of Omega, Beyond Good and Evil, and The Twilight of the Gods)
G) Commands and Colors: Napoleonics
H) Abaddon
I) Empires in America
J) Darkest Night

Alternates (in case it turns out that I hate one of my selections and can't stand to play it anymore) are as follows:
K) Sentinels of the Multiverse
L) Castle Ravenloft

I should point out that I expect most of these games to get played solitaire, and in fact some of them are dedicated solitaire games. While I have a regular weekly play group, the types of games that get played there are simple wargames or strategy games, and this challenge lets me tackle some other types of games that will probably never see the table otherwise. In addition, many of these games have different scenarios, so don't expect me to play the same thing over and over; different scenarios result in different experiences, so I plan to get a lot of variety in the way I set up the various game plays.
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Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:14 pm
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