Kinneretcon 5 2019

Heaven & Ale

Nice and diverse, kind of spacial. No real flaws except theme totally doesn’t work.

La Granja

People like it.

Wingspan

Pacific but nice game, ruined by at least one massively overbalanced card that handed Hajm the game; could work if these cards can be identified and removed. Lovely graphics and theme.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Terrible graphics, nice game but unfair that a few rare random cards give a huge benefit. Can be fixed)e.

Terraforming Mars

Very nice game, definitely too long with some dumb mechanics that specifically make it longer, but easily fixable.

The Fox in the Forest

Simple two player trick taking game seems like it could make a nice filler.

Crokinole

18 Lilliput

Supposedly a lighter 18xx game, but still bogged down by lots of math. Ok if played with people who get these kinds of games.

 – Yehuda

Aliens

Magic

Jon +, David

Traders of Osaka

Stopped after 2 rounds, David was ahead, then Jon, then me

Lords of Waterdeep

Jon 121 David 106 Lior 101 Nadine 96

First play for Lior

Alien Frontiers

David 10, Jon 9, Lior 7

La Repeat

Mazal tov to Jon on becoming a grandfather today, November 7.

Magic

David: Jon trounced me once, and the second time he only beat me.
Jon: We drafted Ixalan block cards. I had a lot of vampires.

La Granja

David 76, Jon 71, Nadine 70

Third week in a row – Jon beat me by one point, I beat him by one last week, David won both times. The scores are higher in a 3-player game. The game is good, all the actions interact and affect each other, but that makes the decisions complicated. Plus I didn’t understand some of the craft building effects, so I played too slowly and took back a few moves. The other did too, but didn’t take as long. I had good cards but didn’t manage to leverage them early enough, Jon and David also had good cards.

Azul

Nadine 85, Jon 73, David 63

I was around 15 points behind the first 3 rounds, none of us thought I’d catch up. Jon went first and got a good set of 3 for the middle of his board, the other set of 3 was off to the side so David took something else. Jon took the 1 the whole game so always went first. I was able to get 5 reds, and was planning on one horizontal row. I managed to also get two vertical rows on the last round, so my placements gave me a lot of points, plus I got 26 points in bonuses.

 

Vegas

Tichu

David Nadine
Jon Haim
We played a few rounds until Aaron came.

Vegas Showdown

David 50, Nadine 42, Jon 37, Aaron 37, Haim 35

First play for Haim and Aaron. I didn’t manage to make a pathway or finish blue, my buildings were good but in the wrong places. David paid a lot for a good building that he didn’t have the prereq for, and others bought all the prereqs so he couldn’t place it, but he won anyway. David had 4 Fancy Lounges and the Theater, for 13 pts from diamonds, and no blue tiles. Haim had 6 or 8 Slots, hard to manage in a 5-player game, and  his board was almost full. Aaron finished his connection and I think both areas. It’s a hard game for 5, Jon did worse than he usually does.

La Granja

David 72, Nadine 66, Jon 65, Haim 59

First play for David and he won. The game is pretty balanced, we all worked hard and the scores were close. I could have filled another barrow at the end for a few additional points, but it was too late at night to do the calculations. Everyone had good cards, but Jon’s seemed better – the same one as last week – play a new barrow when you finish one, and one where he never gets knocked of the board, he can move somewhere else. Haim went for siesta points, David also. Jon and David were each the first to finish two craft buildings, I didn’t do any.

La Granja

La Granja

Jon 66 Nadine 56 Haim 41

I did better than I expected considering how far behind I was in resources. Jon had a strong start, and the game isn’t forgiving, which makes it a good game. I didn’t have starting cards with both income and pigs, but I didn’t really need the pig space and should have started with more income. I wasted a pig on the craft track, so did Haim, and I played a useless card that didn’t help me. The calculations are hard, Jon was good at them and played good cards, he and Haim had way more cards out than I did. Haim ended with 5 fields and also had 3 good cards, he said next time he’ll do the fields earlier. I just focused on barrow cards, Jon also played a lot of them, and also managed to do craft buildings, he and Haim finished the coin track early to get 5 income to my one.

Sukkot Games Day 5780

First time at Jon’s penthouse with view. Rosalynn and crew came in from Ra’anana.

Crokinole

Jon+ Colin

Colin 100  Avi 95

A lot of close rounds. First time for Colin but he plays Subbuteo.

Nechemiah 125 Assaf 40 Azriely 30

Other people played throughout the day.

Dominion

Rosalyn 31 Avi 26 Nadine 25 Colin 23

First play for Colin and Avi, Rosalyn is experienced. We had a random assortment of cards.

Magic

David ++ Jon +, we drafted M20.

Kingsburg

Asaf 37 Gili 33 Tzvi 32 Nechamia 27 Azriel 27

Gentes

David 107 Jon 105 Ben 86 Binyamin 74

First play for all except Jon.

Hawaii

Israel 100 Avi 97 Nadine 95 Rosalynn 80 Colin 60

New to all. Avi got 3 points every turn for spears, Colin, Israel and Rosalyn won round points. I had one row and the boat multiplier, with around 6 boats. Israel had a lot of tikis and all 5 rows, no one else used that strategy.

Lords of Waterdeep

Ben 101 Roi 94 Nechemiah 89 Rosalynn 85

Nefarious

Binyamin 23 Ben 21 Gili 19

Dixit

Nadine F 30 Nechemiah 28 Rosalynn 27 Anonymous 25 Roi 21

They liked the creativity.

Homesteaders

Assaf 49 Michael 40 Danny 30 Azriel 18

Quacks of Quedlinburg

Tzvi 62 Lior 61 Gili 55 Binyamin 48

Noam 62 Netta 60 Rina 59 Gili 48

First play for all but Gili.

Shipyard

Avi 80 Nadine 79 David 77 Jon 77

New to David and Avi. The second game today where Avi beat me by one point.

The Castles of Burgundy

Shay 201 (but he cheated, hacked and was a villain) Eliezer 200 Ido 179 Tzvi 179

Ido and Zvi didn’t actually lose, they just didn’t win.

Taj Mahal

Igor/Ben 49 Gili 44 Rosalynn 39 Nadine F 22 Binyamin/Assaf 25

Mistborn: House War

Nechemiah 23 Azriel 19 Michael 17 Asaf 9 Daniel 1

Tichu

Jon / David and Eliezer+  Nadine / Zvi

3 bombs against 3 of Davids Tichus, no GTs. Jon and Eliezer went out 1 2 once, when they had 965 and we had 6 something.

Puerto Rico

Shay 31 Danny 29 Yuhai 26 Ido 26

Azul

Nadine 106 Zvi 60 Ido 47

First play for both of them, they improved in the next game.

Zvi 96 Nadine 36 Ido 26