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.
Nadine F 21 Jon 10 Gili 1
First play for Nadine F
Games was at Gili’s, so a selection of her games.
Elli 13, Gili a lot, Colin 30, Haim 16, Jon 9
Raiders of the North Sea
Shay 76 Jon 75 Haim 73
Jon 95 Shay 75 haim 65
Gili 46 Eli 45 Colin 38
Aaron 97, Jon 91, Roy 82, Nimrod 82
First play for Aaron, Roy and Nimrod, good job Aaron!
David 18 18 +33 Gili 18 18 +24 Nadine 18 18 +10 Haim 18 16
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.
Welcome back Aaron, proud father of a 3-month-old son. Nefarious was at my house because someone had returned it last week, it’s good I decided to bring it back instead of waiting.
Nadine 15 David 12
Dumping is -4, we both ended up dumping, David was ahead til he did.
Jon 67, Aaron 61, Haim 56, Gili 55
First play for all except Jon. They played with advanced characters.
Nadine 68 Sarah 68 David 60
First play for Sarah. She went in Notre Dame each round, last round she was the only one, and by the end of the game got 2 extra victory points from the garden. David had 7 in the victory point sector by the end, I thought he’d catch up but he didn’t. I got the extra victory point in the first round which helped. Sarah asked David for advice on passing cards and selecting actions when she wasn’t sure which was best.
Jon 21 Nadine 15+ David 15 Haim 15 Sarah 14
I had the most money so won the tie for second. First play for Sarah. Jon did a good job keeping 5 cards which gave him 5 points with the twist. We kept losing cards from inventions. The other twist was you lost a minion if you don’t have as many inventions as minons, we also lost minions from inventions.
Jon 100, Shay 94, Haim 147
Tigris and Euphrates
Jon 14/14/17/20, Haim 10/11/11/12, Shay 12/12/12/14
First play for Shay.
Grand Austrian Hotel
Gili 181, Avi 159, David 157, Nadine 145
First play for all but Gili. Good game, not much player interaction, and too slow with 4. I did OK til the last round when I almost couldn’t do anything, and lost 10 points for missing a bonus that all the others got.
We met at Jon’s new place, which looks great for game days, with a huge balcony overlooking Jerusalem.
Avi 21 – 6 15
Haim 5 – 2 3
Nadine 7+4 11
Nadine 159, Avi 151, Haim 110, Denis 91
First play for Denis, Avi and Haim had played once a while ago.
Jon 148, David 141, Colin 68
First play for Colin.
Haim and David 470, Avi, Nadine, Jon 930
Jon, David and I took turns switching out.
Haim 2, Jon 1, Nadine 0
Jon reconfirmed that he doesn’t like the game.
Jon 37 1 blank, Nadine 36 0 blank, Nadine F 29 6 blanks, Haim 18 4 blanks, Colin 9 7 blanks
First play for Nadine F, Colin and Haim. We hadn’t played in years so we all made mistakes. I didn’t block Jon when I could have, by taking the Sow action to bake bread, but I don’t like being competitive that way, though that is the point of worker placement games, and I probably would have won.