I know, I know, you were expecting the Top 10 Games I want to play in 2018. But I got distracted on Facebook, talking with a friend who is doing a 10 x 10 challenge this year. For those not familiar, 10 x 10 challenges are popular on BoardGameGeek (I tried to find the original post but couldn’t). The goal is to play 10 games 10 times. There are some other stipulations or modifications that people can make, but that’s the gist of it.
I have tried to do 10 x 10 challenges twice before. They did not go well. I think part of it is that I tend to go in gaming spurts. I’ll be really into board games for a while, and then I’ll switch over to disc golf or video games, and then continue cycling through my hobbies. I also never really recorded plays on Boardgamegeek so remembering to go back and record a playthrough never really happened and I ran out of steam.
Not this year though! I am doing not only a 10 x 10 challenge, but also a 5 x 1 challenge (Play 5 separate games one time each). I figured for this first post I would share my 10 x 10 list with you all and explain a bit about why I like the game and why I chose to include it (The 5 x 1 selections will be revealed next week, as it’s highly unlikely I will play any of them before then).
So, without further ado:
2018 10 x 10 Challenge (in alphabetical order)
7 Wonders: Duel (including the Pantheon expansion)
I love games that let you build an engine, and the drafting in this one is unique compared to its bigger brother. I especially love that this is a quick 2 player version that my wife and I can play when our daughter is taking a nap.
This legacy worker placement game from Stonemaier games was my game of 2017…and it was released at retail on Dec. 12. We have played two games so far, and there are 12 games total, so we have the perfect number to complete this challenge. The art is great, the placement mechanic is something I haven’t seen a ton, and the ability to write on the board and unlock more cards and further mechanics as the game progresses is always fun, even if I’m not the one getting points for unlocking things.
This is a solo game of managing a football club. I’ve started to get back into soccer the past couple of years, and I will play this while rocking my Sporting KC kit (I’m also a passing Aston Villa and FC Seville fan). This game has a progression style system where it gets harder as you complete each scenario. I’m really looking forward to this.
This is a super quick thinky but not too thinky game that was introduced to us late last year. I’m looking forward to playing this with my wife (including the 7 x 7 variant) as well as continuing to introduce friends who haven’t played this yet.
This is probably my most successful Kickstarter purchase that I received in 2017. This dice placement game is surprisingly deep and has a solo mode (which is always a plus for Euro games). It looks super pretty (the technical term) and my wife and I have also visited the Cathedral it’s based upon, so this game reminds me of that as well.
This was the last Kickstarter that was delivered to me in 2017, and I am super excited to get it to the table. I am a WWII buff, and also seriously addicted to Dan Verssen Games products (there are 4 total on this list). This is a solitaire game about commanding American groups of tanks, infantry and everything in between. Any game that has a campaign component is usually a must by for me if I’m interested in the subject material and Sherman Leader is no exception (much like the other ‘Leader’ games from DVG)
Target for Today
This spiritual successor to B-17 Queen of the Skies has you take control of a B-17 flying air missions out of London in World War II. While there are many who question if this is a game (there is a lot of die rolling and looking up things on charts and maybe not so many meaningful decisions) the campaign aspect of this and the narrative it provides means I’ll probably make it past 10 sessions, to see if my plane and crew can make it to 25.
Another DVG title, many consider this the pinnacle in the Leader series. In this game, instead of commanding an aircraft carrier of aircraft or a group of tanks, you take over helicopters and other aircraft providing close air support. This is the only game on the list that was on one of my previous 10 x 10 lists, and I’m really looking forward to making this one stick.
Warfighter: World War II (including all Wave 1 expansions)
And another DVG title as well. This is card driven game of tactical WWII combat. I have had this game for about 6 months and haven’t yet gotten to dive in. That’s all about to change.
As part of the challenge, some people provide alternate games that they can swap out or move on to if they quickly accomplish 10 plays of one game. I’ve included 5 alternates that, should I need to, I can fall back on (or add in and make it a 15 x 10 challenge).
B-17 Flying Fortress Leader
The final DVG game on this list, this is on the opposite end of the spectrum of Target for Today. Instead of controlling one bomber (although there are rules included so you can do that), you control squadrons of bombers as they make bombing runs against the Third Reich in WWII.
Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid
This is a game from GMT that I P500’d (their version of preordered) but haven’t had a chance to play yet. This is a system that tackles famous air raids in history, and one of the earliest memories of learning about WWII I have was learning about the Doolittle Raid. I’m excited to get this one to the table, even if it isn’t part of the challenge.
Imperial Settlers (with all current expansions)
An engine building civ builder? Count me in. This was my game of the year the year it was released, and I still won’t turn down a game of it. With expansions adding new mechanics and civilizations, and a variety of solo modes including a campaign style game, I am sure I’ll be playing this one this year regardless.
Sentinels of the Multiverse (with all current expansions)
This is on here as I’m currently awaiting the final Kickstarter product of this series. There is so much content already, with the Kickstarter expansion I’ll be all set. This is one my wife hasn’t played a bunch of, so I am hoping that this is the year I can introduce her to it.
This is a card drafting/engine building game about settling Mars. I’ve played it a few times, but have only scratched the surface, so this is one I would love to force myself to play more in the coming year.
So there you have it. 10 games I will play 10 times in 2018. I’ve created a page that will allow me to track my progress and show you what games I’ve been diligent about playing and what games I still need to get to the table.
Are you doing any gaming challenges? Have any particular games you are looking forward to in the coming year? Let me know in the comments!