Jon: David and I change our play rules from what we have been doing for many years.
- We used Winston draft instead of Rochester draft. It gives each play less information about the other player’s cards. It was good, and I think we will use it for a while.
- We eliminated the hack I created for balancing mana issues, and instead used a more forgiving and dramatic version of the new mulligan rules. I mulliganed once using this system.
- We eliminated house rules we had about multiples of the same card. At the same time, I removed the cards that we don’t play with, such as equipment and other powerful or specialized cards.
- We retained the house rule to eliminate the word “snow-covered” from all texts.
- We added the rule to change “gate” to “non-basic land”.
- We played with a selection of the new 2500 cards I acquired.
Lots of flyers, and we both drafted similar cards. David went BWg, and I went BWu. In both games, David won a close victory.
Nadine 214, Haim 174, Ariel 165
First play for Ariel, and Haim didn’t remember his one play. They both caught on well. There were very high point Djinns available, so they bought a lot, which made even more interesting Djinns com out, more than I’ve seen in other games, I didn’t get any Djinns but they each had around 5. I collected cards, at first without competition. Ariel realized I was getting a whole set, and took two cards I needed to block me which was a good move. I decided to get cards for my second set, but then was able to get the 9th card I needed. I also had the most yellows. They had too many Djinns to take advantage of them all, but did use them. Haim got the 15 tile from the Djinn that let him place anywhere, he got 5 points for trees, money for assassinations, and benefits from meeples he assassinated. Because I was collecting cards I had 4 slaves to add to blue meeples to get 24 one turn. They liked the game.
Jon 145, David 136, Gili 91
First play for Gili. Jon: David went with cloth again, which is strong. I went with bricks and diversity, which is harder but my only choice in third position.
Nadine 16, Ariel 2, Haim 2
First play for Ariel, Haim hadn’t played much. I started with 3 blue cards, one a double, and had a lot of luck during the game. I didn’t dump, Ariel dumped a little, Haim a lot.
David / Haim 1000+, Jon / Nadine around 500
I made a few mistakes, like not passing once to let Jon go out with his one card. Jon missed a GT that he called because we were behind, he almost made it; then he called and made one. I missed one of the Tichus I called. Jon was surprised on a GT that I didn’t have the dog, because no one had passed it to him, Haim had kept it because it sometimes helps opponents. Jon and David explained not in the case of GT caller. Haim and David went out 1 2 once or twice.