Mace, Ken, Nadine, Gili
We played about half a game before people had to leave; new to Mace and Ken. Gili added a stealing tile which messed her up. It seems to have big effect when one person doesn’t get to build, especially early in the game.
Moshe+, Oran, Jon
Jon: Oran finished his board and ended with 42, but Moshe had 3 dancing candles and won with 49. (Advanced version).
Jon 41, Oran 36, Elijah 34, Meir 27
Shirley 49, Nadine 44, David 42, Ken 25
Jon: I mis-taught the game. I forgot all about how the round and game ending point scoring worked. I simply had everyone toss down their cash to their limit without any chance for scoring, and I had everyone trade only 10 for 1 at the end of the game. Which doesn’t even make sense. Something small was bothering me during the game as we played, but not enough to make me look up the rules.
I took the early lead and managed to keep it. I took the sheriff as fourth player in the first round. In rounds two and three, it was also not picked often. It was only picked first in round four. We developed a lot of the board, and – despite the rules flub – it was quite fun.
Bill left the second game during the explanation to play Lords of Waterdeep. First play for Ken and Shirley. David didn’t remember how to play and was hurt by joining in after the rules explanation.
Binyamin+, Emily, Eitan, Oren, Avi
Shachar and Shlomia also played several games of this.
Meir+, Eszter, Binyamin, Oran
Lords of Waterdeep
Ofer 105, Moshe 103, Oran 96, Eitan 80
Ofer had the most connections at the end.
Gili 130, Jon 125, Emily 96, Elliot 90, Bill 89
Jon: We played this correctly, though it was the first time I played it correctly. I always thought that every player had only one chance to fulfill a quest at the end of each round, which is very painful and introduces a bad element to the game if someone hits them with a forced quest. The real rules are much better (that is not always the case with rules mistakes, but it is in this case).
I was ahead most of the game and thought I would squeak out a win, but I ended with no items left on my board and Gili ended with a whole bunch. We both had 24 points bonus from the correct quests at the end; I had a lot of synergy from plot quests to fulfill arcana quests. I’m still not quite sure how it all worked out there.
Elijah 44, Ofer, 43, Oran 38, Nadine 36
New to Ofer.
Avi+, Eitan, Oren, Binyamin and Eszter
Jon: I played two rounds of this and really don’t like the game.
Jon: David and I drafted as usual, and Elliot came at the end. Since our drafts give us 45 cards each, we gave Elliot 60 random cards to make a deck. I played Green/White/Red, David played Red/White, and Elliot played Green/Red/Blue.
We played three way Magic where we each had a 20 life point stack against each opponent and the game ends when one player has reduced the relevant life point stack of each opponent to 0. In theory, this means you can win even if you have lost both of your life stacks already.
We had a lt of stalling since many of our creatures couldn’t get through, but Elliot had a flyer and David had a big guy who didn’t tap and had first strike (with an enchantment). David won the game. I killed his life point stack, but then he killed mine and used direct damage to finish off Elliot. One amusing thing that happened – or almost happened: Elliot used an enchantment to take possession of David’s big guy, which is what let me finish off David. I was then about to cast a global disenchant that would send the big guy back to David’s side, which would then allow me to finish off Elliot. One round too late.
David and Elliot then played two player and David won again with the red direct damage.
Jon 23, Gili 21, Meir 19
Meir 23, Gili 22, Jon 20
Jon+, Oran, Ethan, Moshe
Oran+, Jon, Ethan, Moshe
Jon: Even the winning scores were up in the 40s in both games.
Michael 63, Mace 47, Emily 42
Mace used a cubes strategy, which he later transferred to the points area. Michael went into Notre Dame a lot.
Emily 32 +1, Eitan 31-1
Emily only got positive tokens. Eitan dumped one card.
Oren 92, Ofer 91, Nadine 87, Gili 72, Ken 67
Oren 92 (Halfling), Avi 88 (Nomads), Binyamin 83 (Dwarves), Eszter 80 (Magician Chaos), Eitan 77 (Darklings)
Gili and I had been looking forward to playing the new game of the year, but were disappointed. Partly due to the build-up, but it’s not that exciting of a game. Minimal player interaction, and pretty straighforward. You do have calculations, and the energy mechanic is different, and the variety of groups makes the game different each time for good replayability. I don’t think it’s as fun or interesting as Tzolk’in and many other games.
Jon: I learned the rules to the game in 30 minutes but opted to play Magic. I then turned around and taught the rules to David’s son Avi in less than 10 minutes before leaving. It doesn’t look bad, but it also doesn’t have any kind of wow factor at first glance, just a lot of rehashed mechanics I’ve seen before.
Jon 35, Gili 34, Meir 28
Jon: Meir started off too concentrated on one side. Also, both Meir and Gili “re-learned” rules specifics as the game went on, which affected their earlier plays a bit. First play is a learning experience.
Ofer, Oran, Nadine
Year of the Dragon
Michael 111, Mace 95, Moshe 75, Ethan 67, Shachar 49
Thanks again to Emily for taking care of the dinner order.
Set-up crew – Jon
Longest trip – Ofer and Oran
Worst drive: traffic jam and flat tire – Ken and Oren (Ken’s blog post)
Best dressed – Shachar
Best gaming parents – Emily and Eitan
Best surprise attendees – David and Avi
Cutest – Uli
Gruesomest winner – Meir
Most French – Elijah
Most helpful – Bill and Shirley
Most popular game designer – Jon
Simcha group – Mace, Michael, Ethan, Moshe, Shachar, Shlomia
JSGC stalwart – Gili
Clean-up crew – Eitan, Emily, Bill, Shirley