March 17, 2010

Participants: Binyamin, Nadine, Gili, Abraham, Emily, Eitan, Jon, Tal, Toby

I never received a session report for last week, although a session took place. All I know about it is that they played Sienna and the night didn’t end until 1:30 am.

This week, the first week I’m back from the US, I had to be out until around 8:45, but I left the apt available. When I returned, gaming was going on.

Hunting Party

Abraham, Nadine, Binyamin, Gili

I don’t know what happened, but I think it was the first game for everyone except for Abraham, who brought the game. It might have been his second play. It sounded like a fantasy version of Clue. They appeared to enjoy the game.

Saikoro

Eitan, Emily

They came later, and played one and a half games of this until I arrived. I don’t know who won.

Steam

Jon 74, Emily 49, Eitan 46

We had all played this once as a five player game, although I had played Age of Steam a few additional times, as well. They both liked it, and, since Nadine didn’t really like, I figured it wouldn’t tempt her to break up the game she was playing.

We played on the German side of the board, and without the “first game” benefits. I don’t know if it was because we were only three players, or just because Steam is an easier game than AoS, but none of us ran into any money issues during the game. The first round, two people paid a buck or two at the end of the round, and that was that. The rest was jockeying for routes and cubes.

Ten rounds seemed to be too long for this. There are somewhat less options available later in the game, and in any case it was fairly determined that I was going to win by round 5 or 6, barring some catastrophic bad plays.

It’s still a nice game, especially for me because I love route planning and pickup and delivery mechanics. There’s no “luck”, but games play out very differently. One of the negative parts of the game still remains prominent: namely, that you can choose to give points to one of the other players, which can have a dramatic king-making effect.

In our game, we all played near the middle, but I was in the actual middle while my opponents played slightly to the south. Emily eventually took some northeast routes as well, while Eitan managed to get a route or two up to the northwest. I occupied the middle and north, from west to east.

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3 thoughts on “March 17, 2010

  1. Hunting Party – no one knew what was going on, we were learning as we played. We did a good job of warning people and making suggestions if we knew something that another player didn't realize applied. With four players, Gili and I shared cards. This turns out to be an advantage, because we get information from each other's guesses. It was mostly an advantage for me, because I didn't have the right cards to hunt most of the game, and when I finally did someone killed them, so I got more information than Gili did. I had the look at someone's card person for a few rounds, then Gili took it and had it the rest of the game. I won, which was mostly luck because you can't really plan when you don't know the game. My main guy let me use any player's skill, so I used that to get the skill I needed to win at the end. Binyamin had a lot of money, he had a strong power where he could add a share when we disbanded or died, which made disbanding less worthwhile. The game seems good, but a lot of investment in learning it well, as opposed to classic games like Power Grid where you can understand all the mechanics and consequences after one round.

  2. Gili is hosting one this Pesach, and says:So games day will be at my house on 11 Horkanya st. on next Wednesday from 10:00.My phones – 6780333 050-6611365

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