Participants: Jon, Noah, Hershel, Nadine, David K, Avi
Noah comes for his first time. He made aliyah recently, so welcome aboard. He may be heading for ulpan or the army soon, however. Hershel returns for his second game night. And David brings back his young ‘un, Avi.
Noah 15, Jon 2, Hershel 1
First plays for both Hershel and Noah. I don’t remember much of the game.
Jon 33, Avi 1
Played much later, this is my personal best for the game. Of course, it was two-player.
Hershel 9, Nadine 6, Avi 4
I don’t know about this game, either.
Nadine 48, David 42, Hershel 26
First play for Hershel. Lucky for me, I didn’t hear Nadine explaining the game to him. Nadine and Hershel both had good animals and ovens.
Jon 17, Avi 16, Noah 13
First play for Noah. This one is much easier to explain to a new player, especially one with a strong math background. We played on the cheap East Coast of the US.
I’m still fairly confused as to how one wins, though I suspect it has to do with some kind of perfect timing in the last three rounds. And a lot of that has to do with luck as to what plants are – and are not – available.
Noah 36, Jon 31, Avi 25
First plays for both Noah and Avi. I don’t get to play this with the regulars, as they don’t like it. I still think it’s a fascinating, elegant game.
Avi was confused as to how the scoring worked, but he loved to drift extra tiles on his turn. The second island in our game already left the center tile completely isolated.
Magic: the Gathering
We didn’t have much time, so we forgoed our usual draft and simply each pulled 68 cards. I had pathetic in everything but blue and green, so that’s what I played, with very light mana. David built a black, green, blue deck.
David pulled perfect mana, perhaps a tad in excess. By round four, he had 5 mana available, while I was stuck at 2 for some time. I eventually pulled mana’s 3 and then 4 by the end of the game. That left my biggst cards unplayable, but I could get out most of the deck, one at a time.
The creatures I got out were nearly all fliers, which David couldn’t stop. I pulled one card that killed his only annoying creature. And then I played a card that forced him to draw two cards and then discard four. Since he only had two cards in his hand at the time, it wiped out both a big creature he was poised to cast, and an enchantment that would have make it unblockable and untargetable.
He didn’t draw anything else as useful after that, so I won. A miracle.