Sukkot Games Day 5777

20161020_165201A lot of attendees with more new faces than usual.

Thank you to everyone who helped set up and clean up, a big help. Thank you especially to David for taking care of the long food order. We ordered from Pollo Loko for the first time. David had them read back the names for each item, but the order came without any names, missing one item, and without silverware or napkins. When David called to complain they said people need to request those. You would think with a large order they might ask if we want?


Yael+, Eszter, Binyamin S, Avi, David E

20161020_145719Bang the Dice Game

Sheriff Yael, Bandits+

Shariff Yael, Deputy Binyamin S, Bandits+


Avi / Nadine, Ben / Jon

20161020_170415We played one hand before switching to Tichu, Avi made the 3NT that we bid.

Empires: Age of Discovery

Gili 104, Shnuer 94, Aaron 70, Arie 50

Castles of Burgundy

Gili 242, Yuval 206, Avi E 180, Yedidya 129

20161020_121905Gili taught this, first play for the others.


Jon: I taught this to David C, Avi Einot, and Yokhay, and they all liked it. In the first game, Avi and I gave clues, in English to David C and Yokhay, which didn’t always go so well since they are Hebrew speakers and we are English speakers. In the second game, Avi gave clues to me in English and Yokhay gave clues to David in Hebrew. Sometimes they switched to English in order to give a clue that is one word in English but two words in Hebrew.

Five Tribes

Eszter  138, Dov 129, Tal 114, Nimrod 107

Gold West

David 115, Eszter 98, Nadine 81

Eszter taught us. Then when we saw Ezra wasn’t playing a game, she taught it again to him. After being interrupted by dinner, Ezra ended up leaving, but we finally played. I didn’t get all the rules right away, even when I did, I didn’t like the resource movement mechanic. Eszter helped us with recommendations, David liked the game.


Gili 104, Binyamin S 90, Eitan 86, Emily 70

20161020_225519It’s Alive


King of Tokyo

Avi+, Nadine, Gili, David, Yedidya

I killed Gili, David and Yedidya, but then Avi killed me to win.

Lo Ra

Nadine 35, Shneur 27, Aaron 20

New to both, they liked the game. Before counting most and least money, Shneur had 32, Nadine 30.


Jon++, David +

David says Jon is on a long winning streak. Jon: David and I drafted cards and I ended up with a relatively tight deck that had some fliers and creature control, but nothing else spectacular. In the first game, I drew as well as I could have, but I had limited land after the initial opening hand and David took me down with bigger creatures.after killing my fliers. In the second game, David was entirely mana screwed, with a hand full of blue cards and no blue lands. In the third game, I was able to eke out another win where both of us had average draws.


Ben didn’t win, I don’t know who else played.

20161020_145800Pax Pamir

Gili, Cliff, Shalom, Refaela

Gilli and Cliff won together.


Jon, David, Avi, Aaron

Jon: David made one strategic and one tactical mistake in the penultimate and ultimate rounds. Avi thought it was too hard to catch up once ou were losing (although with more experience, hopefully no one will be losing by too much). I taught the game again to David, Avi, and Aaron. I hadn’t played it in a while, and we are not sure that we got the action card availability mechanics correct. David took a wide lead in the middle of the game and held it, but he spent one 20161020_170126round too long building up his infrastructure. I used that one round to gain a huge amount of victory points; that was the penultimate round. On the last round, he neglected (forgot) to deprive me of a card I used to keep my lead. While I would have gotten almost as many points anyway, it was a mistake.  





Ben 154, Nadine 133, Assaf 120

20161020_170110First play for Ben, second for Assaf. Ben complained the whole time that he wasn’t getting the game, and about his limited possibilities, though of course he did well. I don’t think he liked the game despite winning. He’s right about the luck elements, such as which flag tiles are available and which ones you need. Assaf did well with marrying daughters into cities, he placed them all in one city which limited his end game bonuses, which lost him 8 or 12 points, and he didn’t invest in many white discs. I concentrated on the book track, not enough to beat Ben’s training of sons – and he also got points from the book track.

Slap Deck

Jon: I taught this to several new people and played several times. Many people liked the game a lot, especially David C (guy from my work who came for the first time), Avi Einot, and Yokhay Liot (the last two guys are new to me and I met them at the end of the evening).

20161020_105552Smiley Faces

Gili, Yuval, David, Avi


Jon 55, Nati 52, David C 52, Yael 47

Jon: first plays for Yael, Nati, and David C, who all liked the game. I invited them to gang up on me, and they did some of the time but not all of the time. They also all played very well, but I managed to get a 2 or 3 point lead by mid game and just managed to keep hold of it until the end.


Eliezer 68, Alan Greenspan 66, Michael 61, Ofer


Avi / Nadine, David / Yedidya+

Avi / Nadine 915, David / Ben 1050+

Avi and I had a pair of kings overtaken by a pair of aces twice, ruining our plans.

20161020_212706Jon / Yechiel 1195, Aaron / Shneur 605

Jon: I played with Assaf’s friend Yechiel from Kokhav Hashachar (first play) against Aaron and Shnuer (first or second play). Yechiel made some beginner mistakes, but played very well for his first time. He even called Tichu twice (made it once). I called it three times and made it twice. In one of the times I made it, Aaron on my right played his second to last card (a 7) and I called Tichu, which shocked him. I played an 8. Luckily for me, my partner played his K so Aaron could not play his last card, which was a K. I overtook my partner’s K with one of my aces, played a long straight, then a full house of Q’s over aces, and then got out with the dog.

In another interesting hand, I pulled in my opening 2 aces, 3 Q’s. 3 tens, a straight 2 to 6, and the phoenix. David and Avi’s advice for passing was to pass one 10 to each other player, but I decided to pass the 2, 3, and 4. I got back 2 4’s and the dragon, making an easy tichu. Aaron also called and made or lost some tichus. At one point, one hand took us from 795, and them at 105, to us 695 and them 405, and then us 695 them 605. But those two hands were their only streak. In the next hand it was 995 to 605, and then 1195 to 605.

20161020_170110Year of the Dragon

Nadine 105, Ben 96, Shneur 81, Assaf 79, Ezra 76

New to everyone except me, Ben had played once. This is a very hard game to get on the first play but they all did well, especially Ben. Assaf jumped ahead of me in turn order before the game and took a dragon, I took one on the next round. Ezra started with Books but couldn’t maintain it, no one else focused on it either. Ben had a lot of people, but was slower with round points. I did single building for a while until I finally took a builder. I took a Monk at the beginning for turn order, and was unexpectedly able to keep him til the end of the game. I got one double one, Ben had two double ones.


Bang the Dice Game

October 05, 2016

Participants: Jon, Gili, Nadine, David K, Nati, Yael, Avi, Tal, Nimrod, Eitan

Tal and Nimrod are first time attendees. Avi and Nati came back for their second visit.

No Thanks

Jon+, David, Nadine

I took an early large number that helped me avoid most other cards for the rest of the game. David tried for one too many inside straights.


David 48, Jon 46, Nadine 41

We played this in two parts, stopping to play 7 Wonders between rounds 3 and 4. I suggested this since I hadn’t played in a while. I’m not a fan of the hidden win conditions aspect. But mostly, David kept taking exactly the dice I needed, sometimes – apparently – by accident. For example, I needed a white 3, and he had an extra influence point he needed to spend (to make room for more he was about to get) so he re-rolled the die and got a 6. 6 is better than 3, unless you need that number exactly for adding a cube to the 3rd column in the castle.

I also forgot about a few of the rules before play, and so missed a few opportunities for better plays.

Robinson Crusoe

Gili, Yael, Nati, Avi

First play of this co-op by everyone. They lost. Gili said it was somewhat frustrating.

San Juan

Gili 36, Yael 35, Nati 25, Avi 23

They included the expansion cards. First play for some of them.

Slap Deck

Tal, Nimrod

These guys came late, and someone was supposed to come (turned out that he had already come and I hadn’t noticed). I taught them this filler and they played until my roommate Eitan showed up and convinced one of them to play Chess.


Eitan, Tal/Nirmod

I didn’t see how this went.

7 Wonders

Tal 66, Jon, David, Nadine, Nimrod

I taught this to Tal and Nimrod. Tal ended at least 10 points ahead of anyone else, which was amazing. Nadine and I did science. Tal had a complete military set, and I started out with some too, but David on my right built more than I did. In the end he misplayed and lost the last military battle to mine. I had a smattering of other things as well. Nimrod’s points were all in blue cards.

September 28, 2016

Participants: Jon, David K, Nadine, Gili, Aaron, Avi BB, Eszter, Nati, Yahel

Yahel, Avi BB, and Nati are all new attendees. Welcome!

Magic: The Gathering

David+, Jon

David came late, so we have to built from random cards instead of draft. I pulled 60 crappy cards for deck-buildings; even with a 40 card deck and playing with 3 colors, I still had to fill out my deck with a few useless cards just to reach the card counts. If I had some more time maybe I could have made a better deck with one of the other colors.

I didn’t have any mana or color problems, but David built up a nice army and all I could do was throw things in the way until I couldn’t do that any more. Actually, I was able to ping him several times with a flyer while I was delaying his army – if I had a few good damage or game ending cards hidden in my deck I might have been able to kill him. Eventually I went down.


Jon 6, Gili 8, Yahel 10, Avi BB 21, Nati 25

First plays for Yahel, Avi BB, and Nati. Nati managed to avoid taking any cards until the end, which is great if you can keep control, but otherwise is often a recipe for death.

Gold West

Gili 91, Estzer 88, Avi BB 86

First play for all, I think. Looks like it was a close game.

Red 7

Eszter +1, Gili +1

I didn’t see this one.

Tigris and Euphrates

Jon 9, Nati 8, Yahel 5

First play for Nati and Yahel. I rarely get to play this gem. It took some time for Nati and Yahel to get up to wrap their heads around the rules, which is usual. They actually did quite well, especially at the start. The first five treasures left the board fairly quickly.

I built an easily conquerable monument just to show them how to do it, and then several more monuments went up. I won and lost some external conflicts, and found myself with all of my leaders off the board. I put them back down and attempted to end the game more quickly, which is what happened.

They both loved it.

Slap Deck

Jon, Nati, Yahel

I taught them this little game of mine, and we played several games. Nati won the first game with an astounding score of 1 – 0 – 0. Everyone won at least one game. They liked this a lot, too.

Candle Quest

Nati+, Jon, Yahel

And I taught them this game, and they like it, too. We played the basic game.


Avi BB 116, Estzer 22, Gili 19

I didn’t see this, but this seems like a less close game (unless Gili got the scores wrong).

Power Grid

David 17, Aaron 16, Nadine 15

First pay for Aaron. They played on the cheapest US locations. They played without our house rule, which made for some game chaos. Nevertheless, it seems that David had the game in hand by the last few rounds, at least.


Jon/Aaron 575, David K/Nadine 525

First game, no tichu; we had -5 points, they had 105. Second game I called and made grand tichu (with dragon, phoenix, ace, and two jacks); I passed him the dog. We had 220 to their 180.

After the fourth game and two more tichus the score was them 405 to us 395. In one of these, David had a cross-bomb situation (4 card bomb crossing his straight card flush bomb). Fifth  game they were up 480 to our 420. In the last round, Aaron called and made his first (?) tichu; I actually had a bomb and the dog to help him.

September 21, 2016

Participants: Jon, Yoshi, Nadine, Yael

Magic: The Gathering

Jon, Yoshi++

Yoshi brought some pre-constructed decks. I played and lost twice.


Jon, Yoshi+

This is nearly the same game as Magic the Gathering, except that there are no mana costs. Each player can spend 1 coin each round, and all cards cost either 1 or 0 coins to play. You can only play creatures on your turn. All cards are either creatures or instants. Also, you can attack as many times as you want to; each creature you have can only attack once per turn, and all attackers attack as a group. Each creature can only defend once per turn. A creature can attack or use its special ability, not both. A defender can defend and also use its special ability.

That’s about it. There are four colors, whose entire purpose it to limit abilities of cards to affect only a quarter of the cards being cast or in play. Your job is to knock your opponent down from 30 to 0 points.

Yoshi beat me again.


Jon 9, Nadine 8, Yael 5

First play for Yael. We played to one less points than suggested. Nadine gave me a run for the money. She claims I won because I went first, but we played out the same number of turns each, and I was still one round ahead of her.


Jon 20, Nadine 16, Yael 15

First play for Yael. Our twists were that 5 coins equaled one point, and you got to take $2 if the invention you played was a higher point value than any of your previous inventions.


September 14, 2016

Participants: Jon, David K, Nadine, Gili, Haim, Aaron, Yael, Ido

Haim was a first time visitor

Princes of Florence

David 72, Nadine 68, Gili 63, Haim 58

First play for Haim. Nadine writes: We bid pretty low, nothing over 500. David got 3 jesters pretty early. Haim got his on the last round. David had a forest and one building, 7 professions including one recruiter. On the second round, Gili didn’t buy the last available profession of the 8 we allowed. Gili and Haim also skipped it on the next round leaving it for David, a good fit with his 3 jesters. I miscalculated but being able to get a second jester let me play a work I thought I couldn’t play. I thought I didn’t have enough actions to buy another building, but I miscounted and had two unexpected actions. I didn’t have space for the building and didn’t need it by then, so I got two bonuses. Which let me beat David by one point for the best WV at 29 on the last round.


Jon 111, Aaron 97, Yael 84, Ido 74

First play for everyone except me. But I hadn’t played in a long time, and it turns out I had played several things wrong in every other time that I had played. One, I didn’t know that you can only cap two digs during the game. Two, I didn’t realize that you can only uncover a level if you have as many diggers equal to the level in the same hex. I also might still have the rule about the chief digger incorrect.

The correct rules make the treasures even more valuable, since it is harder to get points at the digs. Still, the game played pretty similarly to the way it always had, for me. I got the earliest treasures, and that helped my score, but others caught up.

Vegas Showdown

Nadine 62, David 60, Gili 58, Haim 47

First play for Haim. David had only played it a long time ago.

September 07, 2016

Participants: Jon, Aaron, Yael, David Tzut, Yoshi

Last week I couldn’t host, so Gili came to the rescue. Gili, David K, Yael, and Ofek played Bora Bora: David 163, Yael 141, Gili 134, Ofek 100. I have no other info.

This week, David Tzur came back to playtest another game with us. And Yoshi is a new player, a gamer sent over by Gili. He just came back from the US (?) with some new games, but we didn’t play them. He, along with many others in our group, is more of a thematic game player, while i prefer straight Euros. Hopefully enough people will come each week so that we all get to play what we want.


David Tzur, Yael, Aaron, and I played two rounds of a David’s prototype. It was fairly easy to see how the game went after one round; in the same category as Balderdash, The Game of Things, and other such games, with a twist to encourage creativity. Not my type of game, but I could see its appeal. I think he was disappointed when I stopped him early, but Yoshi had arrived and was waiting to play.

We briefly considered one of the games that Yoshi brought, but I had an opportunity to play games I loved that the more frequent attendees don’t always want to play.


Jon 60, Aaron 56, Yoshi 55, Yael 54

First play for everyone else. I often win this, but this was very close. In fact at the end I briefly miscounted and thought that I had lost, but we recounted again.

I had little income for the first four rounds but got to three trade chips. One trade chip is not enough, two trade chips is usually ideal, and three is usually too many. But with excess trade chips, you can take a lot of debt and get whatever you want. I went up to 7 debt on turn 5 to take the Church. Meanwhile, I was producing a gold every turn, and eventually two gold per turn. I used them every round, but I had enough at the end of the game to cancel all but three of my debts.

Yoshi had massive income by round 5 – 11 dollars a round, and also the debt-canceller each round (Bank, I believe). He played rather conservatively, however. Aaron only had one trade chip coming in each round and struggled with that. Yael had the fewest buildings and a completed railroad track, and she had enough money and trade chips for 14 VP goods at the end of the game.


Jon/Yoshi, Aaron/Yael

First play for Yael and Yoshi. We only played two rounds. Aaron called and made Tichu on the first round, but the score was 110 (them) to 90. The next round, we earned +115 to their -15.

August 24, 2016

Participants: Jon, Gili, Ido, Netanel, Estzer

Gili hosted last week. They played Hawaii: David 147, Gili 109, Aharon 92, Nisan 71, Netanel 68. First play for Aharon (a new player), Nisan, and Netanel. They let David take 5 sword bonuses. Nisan aimed for a complete tiki/kahuna grid, but David’s well-planned row earned 30 points. Also, mid-game points, such as first and second place scoring each round were also worth a lot.

This week’s new player is Ido.

Glen More

Jon 51, Netanel 48, Gili 42, Ido 38

New to Netanel and Ido, Gili had played once (?) a long time ago. Netanel basically liked the game, but wasn’t happy that there was nothing to do on your turn, which could be a long time coming (especially when others take a while on their turns). He felt like he was losing, but he racked up a slew of points on his last turn, which netted him second place.

Ido took the tile that let him activate any one tile each round, and he did a lot of butchering. Still, he didn’t have enough men and production/money to do everything he wanted. I usually take a lot of early villages, but this time I played more balanced. I also almost never take distilleries, but I took one and used it to grand effect, especially since neither Ido nor Netanel had any barrels. The rest was just keeping a small edge in points. Gili and I ended with 15 tiles each to Netanel’s and Ido’s 12.

Notre Dame

Ido 64, Jon 60, Gili 45, Netanel 42, Estzer 42

First play for Netanel and Ido, and I think Estzer hadn’t played too many times. I usually go straight for 2 park cubes and victory point cubes, but Gili denied me the park cards early on and then the victory point cards later. I took early cubes and money, moving a cube over to Park at the end of round three. Everyone else also had 2 parks early on, but Gili lost hers at the end of round 5 or 6. Netanel gained 4 parks in round 7. Gili started with an early lead and some nice points, but then stalled mid-game when she lost her park bonus.

Gili and I can’t remember who did Notre Dame in phase 1 (which I ignored), but I managed to get there in the next two phases.

Since Gili denied me the victory point cards I wanted at the end, instead I created sections with three points each (park and hospital), which both prevented the rats from attacking me and also gave me 3 areas with 3 cubes each, for almost as many points. Unfortunately, Ido also had three areas with three cubes each, also was protected from rats, and also was earning a few more points than I was because of his double park bonus.

Gili is hosting next week, as well.