Participants: Nadine, Gilad, Ben, David K, Binyamin, Yitzchak, Adam
Game night was held at Nadine’s house again. Jon is on vacation, leaving me (Adam) to wreak havoc upon the session reports. Gilad has been around a few times before, I think. If I’m not mistaken, he is a gaming tycoon and owns a sprawling, multi-billion dollar gaming empire.
Nadine 84, Gilad 78, Binyamin 3i – 2
I did not play this game or pay much attention, but from what I could see and from what Nadine told me, it’s a lot like Go. No luck at all and a lot of deep strategic thought. That’s explains why Nadine won, because she’s good at that kind of game.
David 92, Ben 72, Adam 53, Yitzhak 46
We played this game instead of Power Grid because we couldn’t agree on a ruleset for the latter. Some players seem to be enamoured with de-Candyland-ifying Power Grid, for some odd reason. Pure Evil.
Anyway, Caylus gives a very strong impression of being very similar to Go. It’s true that there’s a bit of luck in the starting position, which makes it a bit different from Go, but after that the gameplay is very similar. David started out with some good shimaris and was able to extend and consolate them in a way that got him both influence and territory, and eventually a commanding lead. He also played the yose very well, while I screwed up on that. By the end of the game David had a lot of good aji, and Ben was not in a terrible position, whereas Yitz and I were in fairly bad straits. I was able to make sabaki a bit near the end of the game, but wasn’t able to capitalize on it as much as I had hoped.
I also kind of blocked Yitz in the endgame, accidentally, not even thinking specifically about his position, and in the end wasn’t even able to use it. He retaliated by blocking me in a different way.
Binyamin, Nadine, Yitz, Ben
They played this for a while and were still playing when I left. Seems a lot like Go.
A classic. Very similar to Go in game play, but a bit shallow. David said that after playing so many Eurogames he doesn’t like Chess so much any more.
The position was fairly even throughout most of the game. David started out with mane-go (mirroring) in the beginning, but switched from that before I could punish him. There was some give-and-take throughout most of the game, with both of us building some territory and some influence, and it was quite close (though I think I had a slight lead) until I badly misread a simple life and death problem, which put me behind for good. I resigned soon after that (as David was hurrying to leave anyway).