Participants: Jon, Gili, Nadine, Mace, David K, Binyamin, Rivka, Toby, XXX
Game night was moved to Monday night owing to Hanukkah and events thereupon. Binyamin brought his wife Rivka a little late. I was going to play a three player game with them while I played Power Grid with the others, but then Toby (friend of my daughter) arrived, bringing someone new whose name I forgot. Neither Toby nor unnamed had played in the club before, to my knowledge.
Nadine 48, Gili 45, Jon 31
Kingdoms: Bureaucrat, Feast, Steward, Ironworks, Trading Post, Nobles, Haven, Native Village, Bazaar, Treasury
No extra buys in the set. No one bought Bureaucrat or Ironworks. We all tried different five point buildings, with Nadine starting on the Treasures. However, we all moved to get Treasures ourselves, eventually. I bought the first Noble and the first Province, but my luck didn’t hold out well. We all pretty much knew that Nadine was winning.
Power Grid – Benelux
Nadine 13+, David 13-, Jon 12, Gili 11+, Mace 11-
First play for Mace, and I think all of our first play on the Benelux map (one or two of the others might have played on it once before). The different fuel arrangement doesn’t make much of a difference, and neither does the occasional extra green power plant, but cycling out the lowest plant each round makes a big difference. We all ramped up in power plants pretty quickly, with the exception of Gili.
I took a look at the board before the first round, slapped my hand on my head and said that David was going to screw me in round seven. Lo and behold, the game lasted seven rounds because David ended the game precipitously, leaving me with far less than I would have had had the game gone on one round longer. He ended the game with 15 cities though he could only power 13, hoping that Nadine wouldn’t be able to build to 13; but she could, and still had enough money left to win.
Mace, as new players tend to, played a lot of green.
Binyamin+, Toby, Rivka, XXX
Binyamin set this up and explained it to Rivka when Toby and XXX walked in. This game is a bit more complicated than I would normally inflict on new players, but that’s the way it rumbled. They caught on by round two or so, and I think they enjoyed it, though they did say it was complicated at the end.
Binyamin was counting out his money at the end trying to find a way to do more than tie for first, when someone pointed out to him a discount he could apply, which let him get an extra point without much difficulty.
I told them before the game started that they couldn’t get change from their money cards when paying for auctions, which I think was incorrect in retrospect. Anyone have the rules in front of them?
We played a few hands. While he played Phoenicia, Binyamin coached Mace.