Jon 117, David 104, Nadine 95, Aaron 94, Haim 74
Jon’s Secret Santa gift, new to all except Aaron. We all liked it once we figured out what was going on. David doesn’t like playing with 5, but by the second half of the game people were making their moves quickly enough. Jon and Aaron understood the game from the start, David didn’t at first, I didn’t either, Haim didn’t complain. I focused on two things, ending up doing better than I expected. We all liked the game, you have to plan well but you have a lot of control, and all the actions are positive ones. The ‘copy another player’s move’ action works better with 5 players.
Nadine Haim 1035, Jon Aaron 965
The score doesn’t reflect that Jon and Aaron were ahead by at least 300 the whole game, and we all expected them to win handily.
Aaron’s first two Tichus were defeated, but he was determined, and made his last one. Jon made a GT and some Tichus. Later in the game, Aaron commented that no one had gone out 1 2. I didn’t say ’til now’, but went out second after Haim a minute later. I had two bombs, I used one to save Haim’s Tichu even though it turned out that I didn’t need to, Aaron would have had to play a single card eventually, and Haim had the Dragon left. But I wasn’t sure, and had to use my Dog anyway, and had the second bomb which was enough after I managed to play my lower single cards. It was hard to pass, I had to break up a consecutive pair, I started with 3333 4444 8899 JQ.
On another hand, I had a good hand and was probably going to call Tichu. Haim opened with a 1 to 5 straight and called an Ace. Jon went over it, and I had to play with my Ace, which left me with an extra card, and one less Ace, so I didn’t call Tichu. I told Haim that I passed him a low card, so he shouldn’t call an Ace, he said he called it because he had no Aces.
The score going into the last hand was us 635 to 965. We made our usual remark that we only needed to go out one two on a GT to win. I called GT on good cards, I ended with the Dragon, Phoenix, and 3 Aces after passing. When I played the Dog, Haim responded with a low straight which Jon overtook, and then led and took the trick with a consecutive pair. After that I was able to get back in and go out, I played Phoenix and my last Ace over a pair of kings, then led the Dragon and 33322 to go out. Aaron and I were complaining about Haim’s play, but it was well thought-out. He said later that he knew we could only win if he went out second, so he played towards that, successfully, for a surprise win of the game.