King of New York
Chaim 20, Nadine 18, David 16, Gili 18 but dead
Gili had played King of Tokyo and wanted to try this one. I said the additional complexity isn’t worth it, but everyone liked it with the more strategic options. I was in Manhattan the least. David had a card that let him roll an extra die. Chaim had cards that helped him, he was the first to get the 3 star card, and spent the most time in Manhattan.
Raiders of the North Sea
David 47, Haim 36, Nadine 35, Gili 30
First play for David and Haim, Gili and I had played one 3-player game. Turn order, which doesn’t change: David, me, Haim, Gili. Chaim didn’t like my advice to start with inexpensive cards, but he edged ahead of me because of one of his original cards which gave two points at the end of the game. It was hard to get the things we needed in order to raid, it’s somehow much more difficult in a 4-player game, and more raiding spots are taken. We all liked the game and want to try again, though this time people played negative effects against other players, which we didn’t have last time. But it’s usually not that bad, though David played a card first round that made us all give him one of our two coins, when most cards cost two or more. There is a good combination of planning and tactics, without being able to plan in detail due to player interaction.