Participants: Jon, Christian, David K, Nadine, Gili, Shmuel
Christian is a visitor from Germany who will be in Israel for a month. Shmuel is Gili’s nephew, who will also be in Israel for a month.
David 41, Jon 38, Christian 32, Nadine 27
Christian had played this once a while ago; it has been supplanted in his group by Race for the Galaxy. I changed the Guild Hall to only give 2 points for each type of production building.
No one built a Prefecture, but David built a fairly early Library. And he still built a complete Guild Hall. I had Aqueduct and Wishing Well going. Nadine was behind in buildings.
Gili relearned this game and taught it to Shmuel. Shmuel won the first race after Gili extended the board several times. They ended the game after the one race.
Jon 56, Christian 49, David 34
First play for Christian. One my, and David’s, favorites. I racked up some early debt, eventually hitting 5 debt chips, which had me worried. Also, I’m usually able to buy Church by round 6 or 7; when I couldn’t, largely because I wasn’t producing any trade goods (gold, cow, or copper), I was concerned. David had both Gold Mines; however, he didn’t have a single trade chip producing building. He was taking trade chips, instead of more valuable goods, when he moved forward on the railroad track.
In the end I was able to cancel all but three of my debt chips, though just barely.
Nadine+, Gili, Shmuel
First play for Shmuel. I didn’t see how it went.
Jon/David 600, Nadine/Christian 200
First play for Christian. We played five hands. I bid and made one Tichu and one Grand Tichu, both by the skin of my teeth. I bid the Grand Tichu with AKQJT92 and the Phoenix.