Participants: Jon, Elijah, Nadine, Max, Sergei, Alona, Miriam, Eitan, Emily
Being the nine days, I wasn’t sure if anyone would come. Gili was probably recovering from the bat mitzva of her daughter. Also, I sadly must report that Abraham and Sara will be leaving Jerusalem soon, and also that Miriam is going back to the states in a week or two.
Nadine 41, Elijah 37, Jon 33
Kingdoms: Chapel, Throne Room, Gardens, Laboratory, Baron, Conspirator, Torturer, Upgrade, Harem, Tactician
This looked like a nice set, and I should have done fine. Unfortunately, I had the worst luck ever known to man with my card drawing. I bought an early Chapel and did not once get it together in my hand with an Estate. Not once. (In retrospect, I should have just trashed the four coppers, rather than trash one and buy a Silver.)
I bought Throne Room and only twice pulled it together with another action card, and that was Torturer, both time near the end of the game. It was a freaking nightmare. I really wanted to play the same set again, but other people came in the meanwhile.
Nadine avoided most of the kingdoms, bought Silvers and Harems, and did just fine.
Eitan 42, Emily 38
They played this when they came late and waited for others to finish longer games.
Jon 8, Elijah 6, Max, Sergei
First plays for Max and Sergei. I warned them several times to keep track of points and go for them, rather than mess around with armies and battles, but in vain. Still, they really liked the game. I started with marble, while all the other guys started with iron. I also had a slight advantage in starting off in the corner (Phoneticians), though all the other players moved in my direction and boxed me in.
Princes of Florence
Nadine+, Miriam, Alona
First play for Alona, and possibly for Miriam as well. No surprise that Nadine won, but she says the game was close.
Tigris and Euphrates
Jon 5/5/5/9, Eitan 5/5/5/7, Elijah 4/5, Emily 2
Another game I don’t get to play often enough. First play for Eitan and Emily, and a reminder to Elijah who had played once. I set up a few monuments mid-game, giving dozens of green points to Elijah and blue and black points to me. I didn’t care about the green points, because I knew Elijah had plenty of them already, anyway.
I won mostly because I ended the game on my turn.
Max, Sergei, Alona, Nadine, Miriam
First plays for everyone but Nadine. Unfortunately, the game went slowly and it was late, so I had to kick them out after round 3.