Participants: Jon, David, Mace, Aaron, Binyamin, Nisim, Nadine, Jonathan, Roman, Francis
Magic: The Gathering
I played WGR, all equal strengths, but no card required more than one land of that color. David played BRG with double casting costs in all three colors. Neither of us had problems with lands and mana, but I was able to counter everything he played and achieve a fairly easy victory.
We started a second game, but he was rattled from the other players arriving and – maybe – his quick loss from the first game, so we abandoned the game midway (I was winning again).
Jon, Mace, David, Nadine, Nisan, Jonathan, Roman
This is a game I invented several years ago and posted on my blog, but never got a chance to play. It looked like a good filler: plays in 10 minutes with 2 to 6 players. We played with the rules I made all those years ago, with a small change. Basically, flip over cards and slap when you want to take all the flipped up cards. You can slap three times. Count your score at the end depending on what you flipped.
We played with 6 players and then 5 players, and I forgot who won the games, but it was fun.
Later in the evening, Mace, Nadine, and I played several hands, and we decided to play for (cumulative) points. The game can have wild swings from hand to hand, but Mace excelled at the game and kept the lead throughout. We toyed with adding a theme.
Fun game. Write to me if you want the rules.
Castles of Burgundy
Binyamin 206, Nadine 194, Aaron 171
Nadine writes: First play for Binyamin. I started third which is a disadvantage and only got one mine, another disadvantage though more mitigatable. Binyamin got the yellow bonus tile for colors of sold good tiles. Aaron had the board with a single section of eight browns but didn’t manage to complete it.
Jon 82, David 53, Francis 36
Second play for Francis, though he needed some time to learn the game. I played a “starvation” strategy, abandoning myself to the rats in favor of two cubes on Park and pumping victory points. It’s a good strategy if you get passed early Parks. You still need occasional cubes and money, which you can get from end-of-round people or the occasional card.
David had a hospital doing well, but started collecting points a bit late. Francis got toasted by rats and couldn’t make progress.
Nisim, Jonathan, Mace, Roman
I have no idea how this went, but they seemed to enjoy it. Mace taught the game, first play for the others. Roman had almost all yellow tiles, but only two of the four high value tiles came out during the game, Mace won.
Jon 62, Francis 57, David less
First play for David, second for Francis. David made an early mistake and then another one, and then got depressed for the rest of the game.
David 15, Aaron 12, Binyamin 11
First play for David and Aaron. They believe the second game will be more enjoyable; there was a lot of learning about the cards and how things work in the first game.