Pesach vacation

Jon, David and Avi, Gili, Sara, Nadine S and her son Noam

Clank

Avi 93, Jon 74, Nadine S X, Noam X

Second play for Nadine S, first for Noam and Avi. Good thing I managed to kill Nadine S because she was amassing a lot of points. Noam was also doing fine, but he foolishly decided to go for the 30 point artifact after getting the key and died just before he got out of the deep. I got out first, and Avi unluckily was a few steps away from leaving, but he already had gotten many secret tomes which was more than enough, as you see.

Kingsburg II

David 53, Sara 42, Gili 37

Gili’s new game.

San Juan

Gili 17 Sara 20 David 34, Sara 20, Gili 17

Sara hasn’t played much, if at all.

Crokinole

Jon + Nadine S 100+, Noam and Avi 0

Schotten Totten

Avi and Jon 1 game each. First play for Avi.

Pit

Avi+, David, Gili, Sara, Jon

Avi won very quickly because Sara didn’t understand my rules explanation.

All reporting by Jon.

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Haithabu, Sushi, Tichu

Happy Birthday Jon! (English), and David! (Hebrew)

Haithabu

Lorenzo, Jon, David, Nadine

Jon’s new game. We spent time figuring out how to set up and play. Each one of eight rounds is the same, with some extra scoring after the fourth and last. We had a mitigated version of the luck mechanic, but I rolled terribly and Jon rolled well, you can either get an extra action, a penalty action, or nothing. If the luck evens out then it doesn’t matter that much, and it probably would have. In addition I made a few mistakes, so I was behind. We stopped after two rounds because we understood how the game worked and it was taking a long time. We’ll try again, possibly with some rules adjustments. A nice game, but repetitive, and there does not seem to be much player interaction.

Among the Stars

Aaron, Sara, Nadine S

Castles of Burgundy

Aaron, Sara

Sushi Go Party

Nadine 54, David 53, Lorenzo 48

First play for David and Lorenzo, they liked it as a quick game. We may have played wrong since I don’t remember everything and the rules are in Chinese. Or Japanese.

Tichu

Jon, David+  Nadine, Aaron

We were going to play to 500 because it was late, when we stopped Jon and David were just shy of it, and Aaron and I were negative. We would, or should, have gotten better hands later in the game, but Jon and David are both better players.

I win Homesteaders

Magic

David ++, Jon +

Pinochle

David ++, Jon

Notre Dame

Jon 58, Nadine 56, Gili 55, David 55

I kept the wrong card at the end of the game. I realized it before Gili picked up my card, but I had picked up my last card, and even though that wasn’t related to the change, I decided it was too late to switch. I would have gotten 3 more points and beaten Jon. David said he also kept the wrong card. The others didn’t like that the passing direction was always the same.

Homesteaders

Nadine 47, David 39, Jon 37, Gili 35

Jon had 9 buildings, the rest of us 7. David had the bonus for buildings, Jon had the cancel debt one, which he needed since he had 8 of them, Gili and David had 4 and I had 2. I passed the most, we paid at least 7 most of the time for buildings, and more at the end. I usually don’t do well at this game, it’s possible that everyone else just did worse than usual. I didn’t buy a building on the last round, which saved all my resources and trade chips for getting points, otherwise I would have had to take a few debts. Early in the game I bought a person, then got one from a card and a building on the same turn, most of the game I had 5, with income of 6, so I mainly used gold for money. I had gold, iron, wood and 2 points each round, and 4 by the end. The others were also getting points and resources. It’s good that the passing more often strategy is viable, though I’m not even sure that I passed more than David and Gili if we had the same number of buildings; I did have less debt. I’ve never even been competitive in the game before.

Puerto Rico

Eliezer 54, Israel 51, Noam 44, Haim 37

Azul

Haim+, Israel, Noam, Eliezer

Tichu

Jon/Nadine+  David/Haim

Jon and I had terrible cards, we kept passing each other high cards, and were behind by 300 points or more most of the game. Jon made good use of bombs to block a few of their Tichus, which they called almost every round. We caught up on the second to last hand, with 925 to their 875. I had called Tichu and towards the end played a 5-card straight with the Phoenix, but the others noticed that it was actually the Dragon, they said you must have wondered why no one one played it over your Aces, which was true, and David had played the Phoenix in his opening 6-card straight. I made it anyway, and Jon had a high King and the dog to help in case it was necessary, and went out second. On the last hand I played a low 5-card straight, which David covered with a straight to the king, I had a higher one to the Ace. But then only low cards, I played one and Jon called Tichu. When he made it we stopped playing because it was after midnight, so don’t have the exact final score.

Planets and Huts

Coloretto

Nadine 35, Gili 30, Elad 28

First play for Elad who wanted to try it. I had 4 plus 2’s.

Jon 43 Sara 42 Haim 31

Hawaii

Haim 95 Sara 90 Elana 90 Jon 87

First play for Sara, Elana had played once a while ago.

Horizons

Gili 18  Nadine 13 Assaf 12  Elad 11

Gili’s game, new to us. Elad would have gotten around 8 points on his turn right after me if I hadn’t ended the game. Not all of us understood how the scoring worked, and Gili had one rule wrong – we were supposed to each get a resource if someone built on a planet we were on. That would have sped things up a bit. There is nothing to do when it’s not your turn, and the turns aren’t so simple, with extra actions and different cards available. The game seems fine, though not super interactive even with the area control.

Dvonn

Elad 1 Jon 1

Yinsh

Elad 1 Jon 0

Azul

Nadine 69, Haim 67, Assaf 42+, Sara 41

First play for Sara and Assaf. I didn’t explain well to Assaf, so he didn’t score some points that he should have. I just edged out Haim, I had one vertical, one horizontal, and one color, Haim had one color.

One hand, three Tichus, four bombs

Magic

David 2 Jon 1

Castles of Burgundy

Jon 216, Sara 191, Haim 168

First play for Sara.

Jon: This is the first time I played 3-player correctly with castle/mine alternating on one spot of the board. They both took early mines, I didn’t get mine until phases 3 and 4. I took brown buildings that give workers, I sold many goods and I got both bonus tiles for selling goods. Haim had early mines and boats (although I got to six quicker) and most brown buildings. Sara had animals and bonuses for animals, and finished castles first but no mines. She also tossed out hexes a few times.

Power Grid

Nadine 17 17 +6  David 17 17 +5  Lorenzo 14 14

First play for Lorenzo so no peek at the market. He did well but it’s a hard game. I won by a dollar, unusual for me to win. It was a very unusual game. We built slowly, so Step 3 came out right when we switched to Step 3. We ran out of power plants completely, though by then we all had capacity of 17.

Splendor

Haim+, Sara

Battle Line

Lorenzo won 3, Sara 2

Tichu

David / Jon+, Haim / Nadine

Crazy first hand. David called Tichu, then I called Tichu, then Jon called Tichu. I had a 6 bomb, Haim had a 7 bomb, and Jon had two higher bombs, so he went out first. I had a good hand, but not good enough for that. We had a few interesting plays. Jon and David won by around 300 points.

Haim’s Night

Magic

David and Jon; Shay and Haim, tied

They played beforehand, and Jon and David also played after their other games.

Clank!

Shay 71 David 69 Jon 61 Israel 53.

First play for Shay and Israel, who got out first, too early.

Azul

Israel 84 Jon 63 David 54 Shay 45

Israel made up for his loss in Clank!, that’s a lot of points for Azul.

Carson City

Haim 43 Nadine 39 Lorenzo 36 Eliezer 33 Sara 20

Too much luck, and hard with 5 players. Sara lost all her battles so she couldn’t get buildings, and Lorenzo thought he was fighting her for a Mine, but it was a Ranch which he didn’t need.

Seven Wonders

Haim 54  Lorenzo 52 Sara 49  Nadine 41

The middle age on my board gave me resources that I didn’t need, instead of points, which makes a difference. I also had too many resources, which gave me money, but no extra points for money. Haim got 18 points for war, Lorenzo 17.

New Magic

Magic

David+, Jon

Jon: David and I change our play rules from what we have been doing for many years.

  • We used Winston draft instead of Rochester draft. It gives each play less information about the other player’s cards. It was good, and I think we will use it for a while.
  • We eliminated the hack I created for balancing mana issues, and instead used a more forgiving and dramatic version of the new mulligan rules. I mulliganed once using this system.
  • We eliminated house rules we had about multiples of the same card. At the same time, I removed the cards that we don’t play with, such as equipment and other powerful or specialized cards.
  • We retained the house rule to eliminate the word “snow-covered” from all texts.
  • We added the rule to change “gate” to “non-basic land”.
  • We played with a selection of the new 2500 cards I acquired.

Lots of flyers, and we both drafted similar cards. David went BWg, and I went BWu. In both games, David won a close victory.

Five Tribes

Nadine 214, Haim 174, Ariel 165

First play for Ariel, and Haim didn’t remember his one play. They both caught on well. There were very high point Djinns available, so they bought a lot, which made even more interesting Djinns com out, more than I’ve seen in other games, I didn’t get any Djinns but they each had around 5. I collected cards, at first without competition. Ariel realized I was getting a whole set, and took two cards I needed to block me which was a good move. I decided to get cards for my second set, but then was able to get the 9th card I needed. I also had the most yellows. They had too many Djinns to take advantage of them all, but did use them. Haim got the 15 tile from the Djinn that let him place anywhere, he got 5 points for trees, money for assassinations, and benefits from meeples he assassinated. Because I was collecting cards I had 4 slaves to add to blue meeples to get 24 one turn. They liked the game.

Concordia

Jon 145, David 136, Gili 91

First play for Gili. Jon: David went with cloth again, which is strong. I went with bricks and diversity, which is harder but my only choice in third position.

R-Eco

Nadine 16, Ariel 2, Haim 2

First play for Ariel, Haim hadn’t played much. I started with 3 blue cards, one a double, and had a lot of luck during the game. I didn’t dump, Ariel dumped a little, Haim a lot.

Tichu

David / Haim 1000+, Jon / Nadine around 500

I made a few mistakes, like not passing once to let Jon go out with his one card. Jon missed a GT that he called because we were behind, he almost made it; then he called and made one. I missed one of the Tichus I called. Jon was surprised on a GT that I didn’t have the dog, because no one had passed it to him, Haim had kept it because it sometimes helps opponents. Jon and David explained not in the case of GT caller. Haim and David went out 1 2 once or twice.