Participants: Jon, Nadine, Bill, Gili, Binyamin, Max, Sergei, David K, Yitzchak, Dylan, Rachel A
A bustling game night. We discovered that you can’t do role playing in the same room as board gaming.
Bill 55, Gili 47, Jon 33
First play for Bill, so he was happy to win. He ended up flipping four of the six coffins and no villagers, while I flipped four of the six villages. With brutally unfair luck as that, it’s hard to compete.
Binyamin 64, Nadine 47, Yitzchak 45
They played this as an opener, although it’s kind of long as an opener.
First play for Sergei.
Binyamin introduced this game to David, who decided to forfeit mid-game, as he really doesn’t care for the combat mechanic of blind bidding.
Max 22, Jon 30, Gili 35, Bill, Sergei
First plays for all but myself and Gili. Gili pulled an inside straight. The second time she needed an inside straight, Sergei was forced to ruin her (and his) plans as he had no cash to push off the card. Max enjoyed the game and plans to make a copy to play at his own group.
Universalis / Children of Fire
Bill (GM), Jon, Dylan, Max, Gili
Nadine opted not continue last time, and we thought rightly that Gili would join. She did, but the setup took too long for her, or she was just too tired, and she left before ever really doing anything. Max stuck around for longer, but it appeared that he was not really into combat-less role playing, as he kept trying to kidnap or cast spells on humans, which is not the point of the CoF theme. He also bowed out mid-game.
Dylan and I meanwhile had a good time, and owing it to just being the two of us and our previous first experience, we made some story progress. Cthulhu or space aliens or some combination are sexually attacking the teenagers of Wichita trying to get them, or to get, pregnant, for some reason.
Princes of Florence
Yitzchak 76, Nadine 69, Sergei 65
I think this was Sergei’s first play.
Race for the Galaxy
David 43, Binyamin 42, Jon 30
I don’t seem to have a handle on this game yet, as not only do I keep losing, I lose soundly. We were originally going to play a longer game with more VPs and building capacity, but I could already tell mid-game that the end result wasn’t going to change significantly so there wasn’t much point. I may have been wrong, but I think that extending the game essentially swings the game to the VP producers.
Magic: the Gathering
I dealt each of us 60 random cards and we built decks without knowing if we would play. In the end, we squeaked in a game.
The game was kind of a slog. Both of us has unblockables, and each was able to do roughly two points of damage per turn. Unfortunately for me, David started his damage earlier. Near the end, when I could finally take out his attacker, he was able to counter my spell. And that was pretty much that.
Sergei/Jon 61, Nadine 59, Max/Jon 53, Rachel 44
This was first plays for both Max and Sergei, but they had to leave near the end of the game to catch a ride with David. I took a basic look at their boards to help finish the game, and I mostly crafted and shipped them to victory.