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I lose at everything

R-Eco

Avi 14, David 8, Jon 6, Nadine 5

We played with random chip piles, which Jon thinks is better for some reason.

Village

Avi 62, Jon 52, David 50

Lewis & Clark

Aaron +7, Schnur -7 camp, Nadine -7 scout

First play for Schnur, who caught on and planned well, but Aaron focused on getting cards which worked well for him.

Spyrium

David 65, Avi 65, Jon 52

First play for David and Avi, who liked the game. No tiebreaker.

Dominion

Schnur 111, Aaron 88, Nadine 66

There were too many things I didn’t realize at the start, including that there were Colonies, which also makes the game much longer, Platinums, and attack cards that gave a lot of useless cards. With the longer game and useless cards, I needed to have more (or any actually) trashing cards, which meant more cards giving actions to support them; and work on buying the higher value money and victory point cards. If I had bought trashing and action cards, it aso would have limited the number that the others were able to buy. Each individual card didn’t seem worth it compared to a silver, but a money strategy doesn’t work in this type of game. The Bishop, in addition to letting you trash, give victory points that don’t clog up your deck, which the others used effectively. So I ended up with a really bad deck for a long game. The only benefit was that it blocked Aaron when he used an attack cards and wanted me to reveal action cards, those attack cards worked much better for Schnur, who had Aaron as his left hand opponent. Schnur and Aaron are also extremely experienced Dominion players.

– Nadine

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My big fat PR mistake!

We played at Galit’s place for the first time because she’s housebound.

Azul

Galit has this and knows how to play, it’s been winning awards and being lauded for gameplay, graphics and components. The pieces are really nice, beautiful small tiles, with a Portuguese decorated tile theme. Very abstract, but fun. David thought more than I did but once you understand it, there aren’t that many options. We stopped when Nadine F (previously S) and Noam came. Galit paints her own tiles for her walls.

Puerto Rico

David 26 15 15 56.2  Nadine 16 30 46.5  Noam 12 34 46.2 Galit 11 27 7 45.4 Nadine F 15 20 7 42.3

We stayed where we had been sitting – my big mistake, because I was after David. David was after two new players, who were not paying attention to anyone else. David was paying attention to everyone, but saw me as his main competition so really blocked me. I’m not used to that type of blocking; we haven’t been playing PR that much at his level because we mainly play with new players. I said Jon doesn’t block like he does, but that may not be true – I’ve remembered to arrange seating when playing against him, though I did sit behind him once. David agreed that seating order makes a significant difference. David thought that I was doing better than I was, I knew that my shipping and no large building wasn’t going to beat his 3 large buildings.

Play was slow with new players who are good gamers and wanted to understand everything. David blocked me from trading early on, Nadine F blocked him accidentally when she crafted and he couldn’t get goods. David had coffee and I had tobacco. He took a factory a round or two before I did. He later took tobacco which gave him 5 each round to my 3, and landed me with a useless sugar. He also took Customs House, but by then I had been taking captain instead of trader so didn’t have money anyway. I had a wharf, but wasn’t producing so many goods. Noam also had a wharf and took craftsman a lot to get extra goods, he even double crafted when there were barely any goods left, no one had harbor. Nadine F has played twice before, but was last too often in trading, shipping and captain, partly because she took mayor a lot. She did get fortress, and Galit had Residence, she had taken Hacienda early on. She had all the indigo in her small warehouse which reduced money for me and David. The game is still fun and the best game!

Steam, Clans and Clank

Steam

Aaron 43, Nadine S 37, Jon 37, Avinoam 33.

First play for Nadine S and Avinoam

It’s Alive x 2

Avinoam+, Jon+

First play for Avinoam, he liked it.

R-Eco x 2

Jon won against Aaron, Nadine S, Avinoam 9 to 8 to 4 to 4

Haim 20, the others much less

Clank

Lorenzo 125, Zvi 80, Gili 72, Haim 65

Lorenzo: We made a mistake in the last few rounds that probably would have ended in 20-25 more points for Gili and Or.

While they played all those games –

Clans of Caledonia

David 154, Nadine 140, Zvi 138, Avi 107

Clans: David – market, Nadine – whisky, Zvi – shipping, Avi – contracts

Nadine: First play for all, Zvi and David liked it. Avi had a hard time getting started so didn’t think he had much to do. David did a good job leveraging his clan power, with a lot of neighborly bonus buys. Zvi and David tied for most settlements, I was third. We all had 6 contracts so didn’t count that. David had 7 more round bonus points, 4 more points for goods, and 4 more contract goods points than I did. We counted them all as 4.

Bunnies and Critters

Smile

Nadine S 15, Haim 8, Noam 8, Yael 6, Nadine-Jon 5

A new cute filler game, with similarities to No Thanks.

Bunny Kingdom

Lorenzo 157, Haim 123, Jon 120, Nadine 111

We were surprised that Lorenzo won. The game seems to have to much luck, but we’re all willing to try it again and see. Lorenzo used a fish strategy which helped him win. One of Haim’s new games.

Lords of WaterDeep

Zvi 110, Yael 108, Nadine S 105, Noam 94

First play for everyone except Yael; Jon taught it.

Tichu

Jon / Haim 1040 Nadine / Lorenzo 660

Nadine: It was pretty much a learning game for Lorenzo, he hasn’t played much, but he is improving. On my first Tichu I had a straight and an Ace, Haim and Lorenzo went out after me. Jon had a good Tichu hand with two Aces and the Dragon and two straights, and he didn’t get to play a single card. I probably would have still beaten him even if he had called Tichu. Jon called Tichu a few more times, they had better cards than we did. When they were over 900 and we were below 300, I called Grand Tichu twice in a row, and then Lorenzo called it. The first one I only had the Dragon, and got an Ace. Lorenzo passed me a king. Jon called Tichu, he had a good hand, and knew I called on nothing. I managed to make it with Lorenzo’s help. I made the next one also, I had a better hand with a long straight, even though Lorenzo again passed me a king. Lorenzo missed his Tichu, he had too many low cards, but it was a good try.

Suburban Belgian Skulls

Jon explained Magic to Haim before we started playing. Haim is back from the US with new games for Jon to figure out how to play.

Skull

Nadine S+, Haim, Gili, Jon, Nadine

Light and pretty

Suburbia

Zvi 114, Gili 108, Haim 76

Gili thought she was ahead until the final scoring. First play for Zvi

Bruges

Jon 41, Nadine 38, Nadine S 34

First play for Nadine S, who is from Belgium and wanted to try it.

Tichu

Jon/Nadine S1010 Haim/Nadine 690

Nadine: It would have been closer if Haim had called Tichu the two times he had good hands and went out first. I made two GTs; Jon did a good job blocking one of my regular Tichus – he called Tichu when I had two cards left, Ace and Dragon, he bombed my long straight and went out, he would have even if I had played differently. Nadine S, my RHO, had called a 2 on a straight including the 1. Then she played a full house with 3 10’s. I had two 2’s, and a bomb of jacks. I realized that I at least needed to ask if I had to play, which I did, so I used my bomb. We hadn’t played in a while. Second time for Nadine S who needed a review and advice. I was following the second World Cup semifinal on my phone, Croatia came back to beat England 2-1.

Farming and Canals

Agricola

Jon 45  Aaron 27  Zvi 22

First play for Aaron and Zvi.

Bruges

Haim 51  Gili 45  Lorenzo 40  Nadine 36

First play for Haim and Lorenzo, who liked the game. Very few 5s and 6s rolled, but all of us except Gili lost 3 points to negative chips.

Tichu

Aaron, Zvi/Jon 1000+  Nadine, Haim around 0

Nadine: I even made a GT, but also missed one that I possibly should have made, but Jon had a good hand to set me. First play for Zvi, he caught on really well, made Tichus mostly on his own, had bombs in his first and third hands.