Turner's 2016 10x10
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After mostly failing on my 10x10 challenge last year (56% complete after changing out three games at the end of October with which I would have ended the year with 43%), I decided to make my 10x10 challenge a little easier this year by incorporating mostly shorter games. I also picked games that would help me achieve a goal of an h-index of 20 (having played twenty different games twenty times) by the end of the challenge.
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1. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box
My goal is to play through all 26 modules throughout these plays.

Plays: Feb. 2 (with Vizier's Favour + 4 basic modules); June 7 (with 4 basic modules); Aug. 2 (with 3 basics and Thief's Turn); Aug. 27 (3P with 6 basics); Oct. 11 (4P with basics and City Gates)

 
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2. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:217]
Board Game: Battle Line
A short but interesting 2p strategy game that I would love to play more often.

Plays: Jan. 10; June 9; Aug. 8; Sept. 21; Oct. 2; Dec. 5

 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:171] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne
I'm looking forward to returning to this classic, particularly in playing as-of-yet unplayed expansions.

Plays: Feb. 23 (3P); Mar. 5 (4P Mega); Mar. 8 (4P); March 22 (4P); April 5 (4P); April 19 (4P); May 3 (4p); May 3 (4p)

 
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4. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy
I felt like I had to include one somewhat more complex title on this list, and this is as complex as I decided to go. With the card and possibly dice versions being released in 2016, it seemed like this was the best option.

Plays: Jan. 19 (4P); Feb. 19 (3P); May 19 (3P); June 18 (2P); July 16 (2P); July 17 (2P); Aug. 5 (2P); Sep. 6 (4P); Dec. 4 (2P)

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5. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:389]
Board Game: Citadels
I returned to this early favourite a couple of times in late 2015 after not playing it for a long time, and I was reminded how much I enjoy it as a pure role selection game. I also played with expansion roles for the first time and I really enjoyed how the strategy changed, so I'm looking forward to trying all of the new roles.

June 18 x3 (2P); Oct. 1 (3P); Oct. 15 (4P)

 
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6. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:525]
Board Game: Eminent Domain
I have played this game a dozen times, and I recently discovered that I had been playing one key rule incorrectly, as I had been adding Technology cards acquired through research to the discard pile rather than my hand. I also have not yet played the Escalation expansion, and with the Exotica expansion en route soon from Kickstarter, I figure that this is a good candidate for playing ten times this year.

Plays: Jan. 10; Jan. 24; March 28 (2P with Escalation); April 13 (2P with Exotica); Oct. 7 (2P); Oct. 11 (2P)

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7. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:321]
Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
This is one of my favourite co-operative games, and although I have played it over a dozen times, I still have many expansion boards that I have not yet tried - hence its presence on this list.

Plays: Jan. 30 (5P on 2nd Story A-Side); Feb. 6 (6P on 2nd Story B-Side); May 24 (4P on Base A); May 24 (4P on Base B); May 24 (4P on Dangerous Waters Submarine); July 9 (5P on Dangerous Waters Merchant Ship); Aug. 2 (6P on Subway and Airfield of Honor & Duty); Nov. 4 (2P on Mechanic's Garage and Laboratory of Extreme Danger)

 
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8. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:873]
Board Game: Fleet
I finally received all of the expansions for Fleet last year, along with the simpler yet still strategically interesting spin-off Fleet Wharfside, and I am excited to explore different ways to play this deceptively strategic game.

Plays: May 10 (4P base set); May 28 (3P base); Aug. 4 (2P); Oct. 20 (2P)

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9. Board Game: Kingdom Builder: Big Box [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Board Game: Kingdom Builder: Big Box
This was the one game I held over from last year, although I only added it to my 10x10 at the end of October. I still have not yet played much of the expansions (including the upcoming Marshlands, which I expect to have before the end of the year), so I am looking forward to exploring Nomads and Crossroads throughout these plays.

Plays: Jan. 26; Feb. 6 (5P); Mar. 1 (5P); Mar. 1 (5P); July 27 (2P Nomads); July 27 (2P Crossroads); Aug. 30 (4P); Oct. 15 (4P)

 
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10. Board Game: Mottainai [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:876]
Board Game: Mottainai
Mottainai is the one new game I placed on this list, and the only game with fewer than ten plays already logged. My main reason for including this game is that I think it will take at least ten plays to really figure out what is happening here, so I hope to learn the game well by the end of the year. Also, it has a very short play time, so it should be fairly easy to accomplish.

Plays: April 15 (2P); July 19 (3P)

 
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11. Board Game Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Board Game: Agricola
BONUS! Last year, I included a bonus Feld round; this year, my bonus round is focused on a different designer who featured prominently in last year's 10x10: Uwe Rosenberg. My bonus challenge this year is playing 10 rounds combined of Uwe's complex games, which include: Agricola; At the Gates of Loyang; Caverna: The Cave Farmers; Fields of Arle; Glass Road; Le Havre; Ora et Labora; and possibly A Feast for Odin if it is released by the end of the year.

Plays: At the Gates of Loyang (Feb. 9); Ora et Labora (Mar. 10); Le Havre (May 31); Glass Road (June 7); Caverna (June 22); Agricola (June 24); Glass Road (July 9); Caverna (July 23); Caverna (July 24); At the Gates of Loyang (July 31); Agricola (Aug. 13); Glass Road (Sept. 8); At the Gates of Loyang (Oct. 7); Glass Road (Nov. 26)

 
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