None of us were surprised that I lost. I usually do poorly, occasionally I get off to a good start and do OK. Gili and David both did well, with good buildings. Gili had 7 loans, but with the loan canceling building. I had 3, David had 4.
Nadine 20 Gili 15 David 9
Twists: 2 coins if you have no inventions, do all actions twice. This made the game go quickly, which was fun. I was lucky with good cards from the start, with 4 cards that would give me 20 points, so I only needed to get enough money. David would have gotten to 20 on the next turn.
Avi 78, Jon 59, Haim 32
Gross and long with larva and insects, but they all said it was a good game.
Jon David Haim Avi + Tal Gili Nadine+
We won one game each, boys against girls. We weren’t doing well in the first game, and then guessed the black word. We were behind in the second game, but managed to catch up. On our last turn we had two cards left, so did the other team. Tal gave ‘with you’ in Hebrew, to make it a legal clue as one word. We guessed Force, and weren’t sure what else to guess, but were correct with Shadow. Tal and Jon were good at giving clues, Jon did a 4 which they eventually got, but they missed Horseshoe as Protection.
This really was Lorenzo’s last time for now, he brought us popular packs of M’n’Ms.
Lorenzo 62 Nadine 61 Jon 53 Haim 35
First play for Lorenzo. I kind of catch on to things towards the middle of the game. I had a castle multiplier for chieftans. On the last turn, I didn’t take the castle that activates all your tiles because it would cost me 3 cubes that I wanted to exchange for points. I didn’t take into consideration that they would have all been replaced with that castle, so I probably should have taken it.
First play for Colin. I got 3 points for not dumping. We played regular, probably for the last time because Jon convinced me why random is better.
Jon 45 Nadine 39 David 38 Haim 29 Colin 19
First play for Colin Haim. David was ahead of me after the first kingdom. Jon was first player, and kept it for 3 turns by bidding well. I was lucky that no one competed with me for most pyramids on my side of the river. I didn’t get a bonus power card until the 5th turn, but at least it was one I could use. I had 2 brick pyramid cards last turn so I couldn’t use them, I couldn’t use one the turn before because I didn’t have enough money. I didn’t know that bonus cards shown on provinces count towards the 9 card bonus. Jon didn’t know that winning the bribe makes you first player again. We changed the plus or minus 3 power card to also give you 3 coins, so we all played all the ones we got. Colin almost tied Jon for most pyramids, which would have put him at 24, but Jon didn’t have anything better to do with his bribe action so brought an extra brick. Jon: I assessed well in Amun Re, but I still got lucky that people bid what they bid, which gave me extra items. Also that David let me go last in the last turn.
David called but Haim blocked it; David had high cards but it wasn’t clear that he needed to use them so early. David called a 3 with the one, Haim had a 3 bomb. He had a straight to the Ace, so did David and I. -50 50. Jon made a Tichu. I barely made a Tichu, David saved me with the dog, I was stuck with a 2, and he went out second. Jon made another Tichu, with an 11 card straight.
Lorenzo is finishing up his post-doc here, they’re both leaving in the next few weeks for new jobs in Europe.
Jon 136 Gili 114 Nadine F 87
Aaron 111 Nadine 81 Lorenzo 74 Sara 65
First play for Sara. First time for me without the preset starting cards. I was last, which is a handicap that should receive compensation, but I also should have played better. I made several mistakes in my favor, one I was able to undo when I noticed, but not the other one – I took items from all my buildings on one round, not just one from each area, and used the cubes. I may have played the cubes wrong which may compensate a bit, I forgot that I could use the eye cube action twice. Even if I legitimately came in second, I’m not so into the game. It’s fine, it’s clear what to do. But frustrating to get blocked, you’re not supposed to have only one action available which is what happened to me, and Lorenzo took it before me. Lorenzo had a good card combination with two money multipliers. Aaron understands the game well and was ahead the whole time.
Held at the Tel Aviv Kabbalah Center, which seemed like good match, many attendees looked over the Center’s materials. Gili and I arrived late afternoon on Thursday, we didn’t go the next day. Rafi ran a game in the morning.
I played Tzolk’in with Elad and 3 others, one left because she didn’t like it, and someone else needed to leave before we finished. Elad would have won, by the time we stopped he didn’t need to feed any of his 6 workers, and he would have gotten 18 points by getting the monument for workers. He started with an extra worker, which helps.
I had thought of entering the Azul tournament, but didn’t want to play so many games of the same thing. By the time it was starting, I decided to enter, partly because it’s easier than looking for games to play. I won the first game, Elad was second. The first 2 advance to play the top two of the other game. I came in second in the next game, Elad won. I didn’t realize, that was the whole tournament. Elad won the prize of the game, but he already had it, I guess he got something else.
Haim has less experience playing Power Grid, and this was his and Gili’s first time playing with the 4 top cards of the deck exposed. Haim only built to 16 cities. David won by less than usual. During Step 1, David built away from me instead of blocking me. On the last round both Gili and I upgraded plants to increase our capacity from 17 to 18, David already had 18. We were all able to build to 18, but David still had more money. We played on the US board on the East coast, as usual.
Nadine F+, Noam, Colin
First play for Colin.
David / Jon 1060, Haim / Nadine 40
Jon and David are better players, but this was mostly luck with great cards. I called Tichu first hand with 3 Aces, Jon had the cards to block me, but the score was only 30 to -30. After that they went out first and second several times, and made Tichus and GTs. When Haim had a good hand and called Tichu, both Jon and David had red flush bombs, and went out first and second. By the end, Haim and I were glad to at least reach a positive score.