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David+ Jon++

Gentes

Avi 97, David 95, Nadine 84, Jon 81

First play for all except Jon who played a few years ago. A super deluxe edition of the game nice high quality pieces including cool metal coins. We made minor errors with the rules and the usual mistakes on a first play. I had more buildings and fewer cards, people and cards seems to be the best strategy, especially with cards that unlock and have extra actions. It’s hard to control cards to get the right synergy, David could double the money action several times per turn for example, and my initial card gave me money. The game is interesting with good choices. It is hard to figure out which cards you’ll be able to fulfill and how to do it, which slows things down, and you don’t know which actions will be available.

Tichu

Jon / David 455, Nadine / Avi 245

We didn’t play a whole game.

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No bombs

Magic

David++, Jon+

Disastles

We played this new game sent to Jon by the designer. Nice cards and game for a small box. A bit similar to Among the Stars, but it seemed more complicated with too many options, and we weren’t sure about the rotation mechanic. We stopped before finishing.

Tichu

Jon Colin 980, David Nadine 120

Best new Tichu player. We played 5 rounds, David called and made Tichu once, otherwise they went out 1 2 on a GT and with no Tichu called, plus another Tichu, I think also 1 2. No bombs.

Princes of Florence

David 76, Nadine 64, Jon 62

David had 4 Jesters and played 7 Professions, Jon had 2 and played 6 Professions, I only got a Jester for the last round, and played 5 Professions. Jon and I had 2 Prestige cards, David had one. We all agreed that my strategy of not spending money wasn’t a good one, on the other hand I beat Jon.

Go Gili!

Louis the 14th

Gili 50, Jon 39, Colin 38, Nadine 37

First play for Colin, who did well on his own. And beat me. Luck could have made a difference in the scores of the 3 of us, but not Gili’s. I should have bought an extra chip, but I wouldn’t have come near Gili even with a 7 point mission. We played with Gili’s variant, missions are worth 5, 6 and 7 instead of 5 each.

Lo Ra

Gili 25, Jon 24, Nadine 24, Colin 23

Also first play for Colin, who is new but catches on, and plays, well. He scored 31 points at the end, but had too many negative points from earlier rounds and least money.

Jon is too good

Magic

David++, Jon+

Azul

Gili 84, Haim 61, Iris 49

First play for Iris.

Pioneer Days

Jon 68, David 53, Nadine 43

I thought I was losing by more, I have a hard time with this game, feels too chaotic. I lost 2 points for buying a wagon that I didn’t need. Jon had 6 people, David 2, me 1. Jon did very well with the calculations and planning.

Ticket to Ride

Haim 149, Iris 121, Gili 67

First play for Iris. Gili missed a route at the end by one turn, which cost her 24 points.

Puerto Rico

Buildings Shipping Bonus
Jon 25 22 15 62, David 20 33 4 57, Gili 21 25 8 54, Nadine 21 30 51, Haim15 25 6 46

I had a good start, getting tobacco, factory and harbor, but I didn’t have a quarry and made a few mistakes. Somehow I was not able to get a big building even though I had enough money by then, but I bought last so they were out, and wharf was also gone. I’m better at planning ahead in 3-player games. Jon had factory and guild hall, and produced all 5 goods. David had harbor and wharf which let him catch up after being behind. Gili did well to come in third, behind Jon and David who are too good and experienced, they were the number 1 and 2 players worldwide on a specialized PR site that has since crashed.

I lose Hawaii again but win Dominion

Welcome to Colin and Avinoam!

Antike

Jon 9, Cliff 6, Colin 5

New to Cliff and Colin. Jon almost always wins anyway.

No Thanks!

Jon, Colin, Cliff

New to Colin and Cliff.

Hawaii

Gili 119,  Avinoam 100, Nadine 86

New to Avinoam who liked it, and did well. He had one long row, then added and another at the end and managed to finish it, partly to add fruits for the end game fruit scoring, and he had two of the fruit bonus tiles. Gili had the arrows tile, and finished the last 4 rows. I had all rows and lots of tikis, but not much else, and didn’t compete for round points.

Dominion

Nadine 33, Gili 30, Jon 23, Avinoam 20

I mostly got gold and took a Rabble, which hurt the others. Gili also took one, which hurt me. There was not a good selection of cards overall. Avinoam went through his whole deck almost every turn, but couldn’t buy enough victory cards. Jon took Estates when he couldn’t get a Province, he got 2 of those. I had 4 Province and 2 Duchys. Gili had good cards and would have won if she could have gotten the last Province before Avinoam.

Pesach vacation

Jon, David and Avi, Gili, Sara, Nadine S and her son Noam

Clank

Avi 93, Jon 74, Nadine S X, Noam X

Second play for Nadine S, first for Noam and Avi. Good thing I managed to kill Nadine S because she was amassing a lot of points. Noam was also doing fine, but he foolishly decided to go for the 30 point artifact after getting the key and died just before he got out of the deep. I got out first, and Avi unluckily was a few steps away from leaving, but he already had gotten many secret tomes which was more than enough, as you see.

Kingsburg II

David 53, Sara 42, Gili 37

Gili’s new game.

San Juan

Gili 17 Sara 20 David 34, Sara 20, Gili 17

Sara hasn’t played much, if at all.

Crokinole

Jon + Nadine S 100+, Noam and Avi 0

Schotten Totten

Avi and Jon 1 game each. First play for Avi.

Pit

Avi+, David, Gili, Sara, Jon

Avi won very quickly because Sara didn’t understand my rules explanation.

All reporting by Jon.

Haithabu, Sushi, Tichu

Happy Birthday Jon! (English), and David! (Hebrew)

Haithabu

Lorenzo, Jon, David, Nadine

Jon’s new game. We spent time figuring out how to set up and play. Each one of eight rounds is the same, with some extra scoring after the fourth and last. We had a mitigated version of the luck mechanic, but I rolled terribly and Jon rolled well, you can either get an extra action, a penalty action, or nothing. If the luck evens out then it doesn’t matter that much, and it probably would have. In addition I made a few mistakes, so I was behind. We stopped after two rounds because we understood how the game worked and it was taking a long time. We’ll try again, possibly with some rules adjustments. A nice game, but repetitive, and there does not seem to be much player interaction.

Among the Stars

Aaron, Sara, Nadine S

Castles of Burgundy

Aaron, Sara

Sushi Go Party

Nadine 54, David 53, Lorenzo 48

First play for David and Lorenzo, they liked it as a quick game. We may have played wrong since I don’t remember everything and the rules are in Chinese. Or Japanese.

Tichu

Jon, David+  Nadine, Aaron

We were going to play to 500 because it was late, when we stopped Jon and David were just shy of it, and Aaron and I were negative. We would, or should, have gotten better hands later in the game, but Jon and David are both better players.