June 06, 2007

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Adam, Zack, Elijah, Binyamin, Gili, Yitzchak

Today we say goodbye to Zack whose family is moving back to the States. Best of luck! Zack may be back for one more session this summer.

Welcome back to Yitzchak after a long absence. I let Yitzchak know about the new club in Beit Shemesh, which should be much easier for him to get to.

Crossword Dominoes

Jon, Nadine, Gili, Zack, Adam

This game consists of fifty dominoes with letters on either side, generally a consonant and a vowel, but sometimes an important consonant combination, such as TH or WH. The object of the game is to place your tiles on the board so that only words are formed.

We didn’t play this so much as play around with it. Our general impression was that turns are going to be way longer than in Scrabble. Furthermore, it is both easier to make small words, and more luck dependent.

We envisioned that simply trying to find a way to arrange all your tiles is more fun than the alleged actual game.

Settlers of Catan

Adam 10, Jon 8, Nadine 7, Gili 6

Although it looked like Adam had a very early lead, and Nadine had a very poor start, we eventually ended up at 8-8-8-7. Then Adam took back the Longest Road that Gili had taken from him and won the game. Gili could have prevented this by building another road rather than a settlement, as Adam could not extend his road any further than was necessary to win.

Caylus

Binyamin+, Zack, Yitzchak

I don’t know the final scores, but Binyamin won by a single point, while this was Yitzchak’s first game. Binyamin did a number of things specifically to annoy Zack during the game, and he returned in kind.

Bridge

Jon, Nadine, Binyamin, Adam, Zack

They decided to play some bridge hands during the previous two games when things were bogging down. Unfortunately, they kept going even when things weren’t bogging down. Furthermore, I am one of the few who can really do two games at once, Binyamin and Adam weren’t doing as good a job, IMHO.

It was all too chaotic for me, so I bowed out.

Go

Adam+, Elijah

Adam played this at the same time as Bridge. He gave Elijah a 3 stone handicap on a 9×9 board and still won.

Tic Tac Toe

Adam, Elijah / Adam, Zack

Don’t ask. Adam actually lost a game to Zack when he wasn’t paying attention.

Blokus

Jon+, Elijah

I dragged Elijah away from the Chaos to teach him this. He wasn’t in a thinking mood, however, and wasn’t really trying. As a result, I crushed him without too much difficulty. I hope he tries harder next time. It’s a nice game.

Tichu

Jon/Elijah, Adam/Zack

I don’t know what the scores were, but Adam bid Grand Tichu twice, and he made it both times I believe.

Puerto Rico

Nadine 54, Jon 47, Binyamin 46

These guys decided to play only with strange buildings. As a result, we were all in uncharted waters, even if I knew the buildings better than they did.

I did some nice coffee trading, and built three large buildings, but got truly shut out of shipping. And one of my large buildings was only worth 5 points (total).

Nadine managed to outbuild me and majorly outship me.

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