Suburban Belgian Skulls

Jon explained Magic to Haim before we started playing. Haim is back from the US with new games for Jon to figure out how to play.

Skull

Nadine S+, Haim, Gili, Jon, Nadine

Light and pretty

Suburbia

Zvi 114, Gili 108, Haim 76

Gili thought she was ahead until the final scoring. First play for Zvi

Bruges

Jon 41, Nadine 38, Nadine S 34

First play for Nadine S, who is from Belgium and wanted to try it.

Tichu

Jon/Nadine S1010 Haim/Nadine 690

Nadine: It would have been closer if Haim had called Tichu the two times he had good hands and went out first. I made two GTs; Jon did a good job blocking one of my regular Tichus – he called Tichu when I had two cards left, Ace and Dragon, he bombed my long straight and went out, he would have even if I had played differently. Nadine S, my RHO, had called a 2 on a straight including the 1. Then she played a full house with 3 10’s. I had two 2’s, and a bomb of jacks. I realized that I at least needed to ask if I had to play, which I did, so I used my bomb. We hadn’t played in a while. Second time for Nadine S who needed a review and advice. I was following the second World Cup semifinal on my phone, Croatia came back to beat England 2-1.

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Exploring

Letter Order

Jon+, Nadine

Ages of Empires

Gili 95, Edo 77, Jon 76, Zvi 69, Nadine 66

Crokinole

Jon, Nadine

Avishag, Jon

R-Eco

Avishag 10, Edo 6, Nadine 6, Jon 6, Zvi 0

No Thanks

Jon 4, Nadine 13, Zvi, Avishag

Nadine 40, Zvi 42, Jon 43, Avishag ++++

Farming and Canals

Agricola

Jon 45  Aaron 27  Zvi 22

First play for Aaron and Zvi.

Bruges

Haim 51  Gili 45  Lorenzo 40  Nadine 36

First play for Haim and Lorenzo, who liked the game. Very few 5s and 6s rolled, but all of us except Gili lost 3 points to negative chips.

Tichu

Aaron, Zvi/Jon 1000+  Nadine, Haim around 0

Nadine: I even made a GT, but also missed one that I possibly should have made, but Jon had a good hand to set me. First play for Zvi, he caught on really well, made Tichus mostly on his own, had bombs in his first and third hands.

Lots of games

R-Eco

Nadine 10, Jon 9, Gili 2, Allegra -3

Nadine: Jon seemed to be ahead the whole game, though I was doing OK, but he dumped 3 and I got 3 bonus points for being the only player not to dump. First play for Allegra, who is a good sport.

No Thanks

Haim 31, Gili 34, Nadine 36, Avinoam 67, Jon 68

Village

Avinoam 52, Zvi 50, Jon 50

Nadine: First play for both. They were surprised by how close it was after all that.

Troyes

Nadine 29 9 1 3 3 45, Gili 24 17 -6 6 1 42, Haim 18 13 -4 3 6 36

Nadine: One of Gili’s favorite games. Haim played once before but didn’t remember. He was third player, but didn’t have 15, and the 15 card came out, Gili and I both took it. I was able to go into the castle last round, which is why I won. Most of the game we had the event card where you lose castle pieces, I lost two that I had put in and Haim one.

Crokinole

Jon Allegra +, Avinoam Zvi

Vegas Showdown

Haim 53, Avinoam 50, Jon 42, Nadine 40, Zvi 32

Nadine: Avinoam forgot to place Fancy Restaurant til the end, it would have given him more money each round; Haim never placed his Buffet after getting the last restaurant. But he took the high scoring sports tile Jon was planning on. First play for all 3, they liked it.

New Players

Parade

Jon 10, Haim 19, Amir 23, Nadine 23

Ticket to Ride

Gili 171, Tzvi 140, Amir 86

Taught by Gili.

Puerto Rico

B S B T Nadine 14 39 9 60, Haim 24 23 11 57, Jon 21 23 12 56

We were all surprised that I won, and that Jon came in last – we all thought Jon was winning, especially during the first half of the game. Jon and Haim had factories early, before their coffee buildings. I had a tobacco monopoly once I finally got it, and took the 6 ship for it. I kept producing which gave Jon and Haim tons of money, Haim had 17 even after getting a big building, Jon had about 13. I focused on producing and shipping because I had no money; I took Customs House after Jon took Guild Hall, he also had Fortress, Haim had the other two. When Haim bought a Large Warehouse mid-game, Jon said it wasn’t worth it in a 3-player game, and we let Haim switch. During the game he tossed at least 5 goods that he would have kept with LW. Jon tossed a few more goods than I did, we didn’t have warehouses. So Haim might have won with LW. Jon had Harbor. Jon thinks we may have made mistakes with my shipping points, I don’t think so but it’s frustrating not to be sure – Jon usually has a good sense of what’s going on in games, better than I do. Haim keeps requesting to play this so he can improve, he did very well and we may stop giving him corn to start.

Nefarious

Jon+, Haim, Allegra

Twists: Double card effects, Can’t take the same two actions in a row. First play for Allegra, who seemed to catch the spirit of the game when she enjoyed causing the other two to each lose 6 dollars. Jon got to 20 with an invention that gave points for his other inventions.

Notre Dame

Nadine 49, Gili 42, Zvi 39

Zvi’s first play. Gili and I were competing, she didn’t get cards she needed at one point.

Crokinole x 2

Haim, Jon, Allegra

Around the World

San Juan

Jon and Nadine S 32  Haim 29  Nadine 27 Gili 20

First play for Haim and Nadine S.

Amerigo

Oded 159 Zvi 146 Jon 150 Gili 122

Trajan

Lorenzo 136  Nadine S 96  Nadine 94  Haim 86

First play for Nadine S and Haim.

The Castle

Caylus

Jon 86  Aaron 82  Haim 43

Aaron and Haim’s first play. Haim didn’t realize how important the castle was.

Five Tribes

Nadine 186, Gavriel 158, Zvi 143

Nadine: First play for them. I had 9 cards and most yellows. Gavriel spent a lot of time thinking and optimizing, and made good moves. Only 2 Jinns were bought. They liked the game.

Tichu

Haim Nadine+, Jon Aaron

Jon and Aaron were teaching Gavriel.