October 18, 2017

Participants: Jon, Haim S, Aaron, Chaya Bluma, Elad, Yael, Gili

Gili and Aaron return from trips. This report is being written after a week, so I forgot who played what.

Traders of Osaka

Jon, Aaron, Yael, Haim S

First play for all but me, I don’t remember who won but it wasn’t me.

Keyflower

Jon 75, Haim 47, Aaron 30

First play for Aaron and Haim. They both liked it and want to try again. I told everyone about Nadine’s winning strategy from my previous game, and Aaron was intending to try it, but he passed too early and I took the building he wanted. Even if he had gotten it, I would have choked his barrel supply.

A weird game where not a single black good was available (two minor gold production buildings were available).

Dominion

Elad 31, Chaya Bluma 24

Nefarious

Yael, Chaya Bluma, Gili, Elad

There was some confusion in the rules, and I think they decided to just stop the game.

Tichu

Jon/Aaron, Haim/Chaya Bluma

All I remember was that we lost something like 1050 to 150 or so. Very sad.

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Sukkot Games Day 5778

A nice day, sunny following a day of rain so we could use the sukkah.

Thank you to Jon for bringing a table and chairs, and Crokinole; Eszter for planning and organizing the dinner order; and everyone else for snacks and helping to clean up.

Most played games: Crokinole and Nefarious

 

 

Carson City
Tzvi 46+
Daniel 46
Nadine 41
Assaf B 26

Tiebreaker is being earlier in turn order. I taught this to them, it takes time to explain well and understand the mechanics. Tzvi took a long time on his turns, which paid off for him. Assaf kept taking guns, though he lost some duels. He took a Mine I wanted, which messed up my plans. Tzvi and Daniel had good building set ups.

Crokinole

Jon 120  Lorenzo 75  Nadine 55

This was played frequently during the day.

 

 

Diplomacy

Noam and Yochai checked out how to play.

Euphoria
Binyamin +
Yael second
Noam
Yochai

 

 

Five Tribes
Ben 171
Haley 134
Lorenzo 118
Aryeh 83

New to Haley and Lorenzo. Ben had a full set of cards plus two others.

 

Havoc
Jon 38
Avi 26
Nadine 21
Tzvi 20

New to Avi and Tzvi. Jon compiled a good hand, then just called Havoc for the rest of the game so we couldn’t recruit more cards. I don’t like this type of direct ‘conflict’.

Hansa Teutonica
Lorenzo 38  Ben 37  Jon 33  Yael 32  Hailey 28

Jon taught this.

Homesteaders
Yehuda 65
Sara 38
Chaya Bluma 36

First play for CB and Sara.

Isle of Skye
Eszter 53
Yochai 48
Noam 47
Avi 43
Binyamin S 42

Eszter has played before.

Keyflower
Haley 54
Eszter 48
Sara 44
Chaya Bluma 33

Taught by CB.

Nefarious
Sara 20
Chaya Bluma 16
Ofer 11

Ben 23
Aryeh 18
Tzvi 17
Assaf 13

Avi 23
Yochai 20
Binyamin 20
Eszter 18

Avi 20
Yochai 17
Binyamin 16
Eszter 16

Puerto Rico

Daniel 28  Chaya Bluma 27  Assaf 25  Ofer and Sara 24

First play for all but CB, who ended with two unmanned large buildings.

 

 

 

Splendor

Daneil, Assaf B, Aryeh, Yocheved

 

 

 

 

Sushi Go!

Chaya Bluma 39 Haley 35 Yael & Sara 30

Chaya Bluma: We all enjoyed a fun game!

Tichu
Tzvi and Aryeh 1100
Ben and Assaf B 990

Yehiel and Lorenzo 265
Eszter and Binyamin 135

New to Tzvi and Lorenzo

Traders of Osaka
Yehiel 17
Nadine 16
Jon 11
Avi 10

First play for all. An interesting light game with little player control.

Trajan
Nadine 127
Aryeh 125
Assaf B 117
Yehiel 76

First play for all but me; they caught on very well. We thought Aryeh was winning, and he came in ahead until we remembered to score the buildings. I was the only one with any points, I had two wilds, for 20 points, which put me ahead by two. Assaf did a good job calculating in advance, but didn’t manage to put about eight of his cards on the table. Aryeh collected and played a lot of cards.

Village
Avi 53+
Jon 53
Nadine 48

Jon, Ben, Haley, Yael and Lorenzo played one round early on, but stopped when Ben seemed too far ahead. That experience made it easier for Jon to teach it to me and Avi later, I had played once a long time ago but didn’t remember the details. I got 18 points from Traveling, but it wasn’t quite enough, I also had people in the Church, but not much else. Avi did well in the green cube building and had at least 5 trade chips, Jon also had trade chips, and traveled. And died at better times.

 

September 27, 2017

Participants: Jon, Haim, Nadine, Lorenzo, Noam, Chaya Bluma, Eli G

First time attendance for Eli, a young lad who lives in Har Nof. Also first time for Lorenzo, although he came previously to my house to play on shabbat.

Glen More

Lorenzo 67, Jon 60, Haim 52, Nadine 39

First play for Haim, second for Lorenzo, second (and probably last) for Nadine. This is not Nadine’s kind of game, as all of the decisions are spatially based.

Lorenzo enjoyed it, and I like the game a lot, although I admit it’s better after you have played a few times to get the feel of how it works. Haim took to it well, although he ended up taking too many tiles.

Yinsh

Chaya Bluma+, Noam

First play for both of them, both of them really enjoyed it.

Noam+, Jon

We played a game later in the evening. I started out winning. But my second disk removal gave him his first, and then he sneaked in two more, the last right before I would have taken off my third.

El Grande

Lorenzo 133, Nadine 125, CB 109, Haim 96

First play for all but Nadine. Nadine may have met her match, since Lorenzo is a nuclear physicist who seems pretty on the ball. On the other hand, Nadine claims that her winning streak is in five-player games [ed: not true]. Everyone enjoyed it.

Trias

Jon, Noam, Eli

First play for both of them. Eli arrived late and had to leave early, and I thought we could finish this in an hour, but they decided to try to scheme to see how to take me down (which I encouraged). They didn’t succeed at it, but Eli had to leave before the game was over, so we’ll never know.

Part of the reason it took so long is that they kept trying to do things that the rules did not allow and then kept expressing a desire that the rules would be different to allow them to do these things. That’s the game!

Crokinole

Jon+, Noam

I had a shutout over Noam.

Slap Deck

Noam+++++, Jon

Noam won five hands straight against me, earning a combined total of over 100 more points than I earned.

September 13, 2017

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Yael, Gili, Aaron, Chaya Bluma, Haim S, Viviane, Mira

Viviane is Nadine’s sister, and Mira is her daughter.

No Thanks

Gili 15, Nadine 23, Aaron 25, Chaya Bluma 36, Yael 42

First play for CB, first or second for Yael who needed a refresher. CB didn’t like it.

Amun-Re

Nadine 45, Aaron 40, Gili 30

First play for Aaron, who wasn’t impressed. Nadine says that he got the game quickly enough.

Tigris and Euphrates

Haim 9/9/10/10, Jon 9/9/9/9, Chaya Bluma 8/8/10/10, Yael 7/7/9/11

First plays for everyone except me. This was a very close game, which means that they all did VERY well, and the fact that I didn’t win was all the more impressive, since this is sometimes a hard game to pick up since a few of the core rules are non-intuitive and kingdoms can sprawl across the board and the graphics do not do a good enough job of making their borders easy to identify.

CB didn’t initiate any conflicts, but she created 3 of the 5 monuments that eventually came into play. No one held onto any major moments for a long time, but everyone gained a nice collection of cubes every few rounds. The last five treasures sat for a while, and I thought we might end on tiles, but after noticing this, we made a push to collect them.

Yael had some bad luck attacking me early on. I couldn’t draw a red tile to save me, but luckily I never got involved in an internal conflict after the game opening.

Everyone liked it.

Progressive Rummy

Viviane and Mira played this with each other while we finished up the main games.

Coloretto

Viviane 35, Mira 29, Nadine 27, Aaron 18

First plays for Vivi and Mira. As often happens, they forgot to give out the starting card on the practice game, but remembered for the second game.

Crokinole

Mira 130, Jon 105, Nadine 100, Viviane 100

Some others played a few rounds when game night started. This game was played at the end. In the penultimate round, Nadine and Mira were tied for first place at 100, so we played one more round. First plays for Vivi and Mira, so well done.

September 06, 2017

Participants: Jon, Gili, Haim S, Nadine, Chaya Bluma, Noam

We are back from vacation, although there was some game activity during our absence (or so the Whatsapp group informs me).

Crokinole

I brought this back from the UK. We didn’t play any full games, just some practice rounds.

Splendor

Haim 15, Nadine 13, Jon 10, Gili 5

I also brought this back from the UK. Al of us had played before, although apparently with a few confusions about rules. Haim did the nearly complete “no point” cards strategy, which eventually let him acquire three nobles and enough cheap point cards to eke out a win. I had no “no point” cards, although I usually have a few, and I was only a single round from winning. So I’m still not sure what the best approach is.

Keyflower

Nadine 91, Jon 61, Chaya Bluma 52

Second play for CB, who looked like she might be leading a bit by the end of spring, but by the middle of fall it was clear that Nadine had blown us away and the question was by how much. She was the only one who had a fully functioning barrel production and point production combination, and, since no one else cared much about moving barrels, we didn’t act to stop her. Nadine also passed a lot in the third round to have enough meeples to move the barrels (she ended up with 21 barrels on one hex at 3 points each).

Instead, CB and I fought over a few tiles that were worth points, but it was only a fight for second place. On the Whatsapp score, we forgot three points I had in gold barrels at the end, which made no difference. Nadine: We had both the 4 and 5 Movement tiles in play which hasn’t happened in the games I’ve played before. I thought our house rule of protected home tiles was in effect, but found out in Winter that it only applied when there are new players. It actually helped me, because I was able to move 6 barrels with 5 yellow meeples by using other home tiles, I didn’t have six of the same color left. I ended up producing more than I planned due to the Movement tile availability, I was planning on using my extra meeples to take more of the final scoring tiles. 

Taj Mahal

Haim 49, Noam 43, Gili 40

Tichu

Haim/Nadine 1060, Jon/Noam/Chaya Bluma 540

I sat with Noam and taught him how to play, and then let him play some of it (correcting him on occasion). Nadine or Haim had all the bombs and often all of the high cards. Nadine: I had almost all good hands, I only passed a high card once or twice. No one called Grand Tichu or defeated any Tichus.

August 09, 2017

Participants: Jon, Yael, Chaya Bluma, Nadine, Haim S, Noam, Shachar

First time visitor Shachar, welcome. This is the last meeting in my apt for a few weeks while I’m on vacation.

Candle Quest

Jon 52, Yael 48, Nadine 47

We played with the new prototype that Nadine wants to publish. I think the cards are too small.

Coloretto

Nadine 35, Jon 34, Yael 32

First play for Yael. Nadine doesn’t like the game.

Keyflower

Chaya Bluma 101, Nadine 80, Jon 70, Yael 56

First plays for Chaya Bluma and Yael, first play with more than two players for Nadine. Everyone enjoyed it, but it definitely hurts the brain of people who feel the need to calculate everything out. It’s just too complicated. You have to go on instinct at some point.

My instinct didn’t serve me well. In previous sessions of this game I did somewhat better. I kind of figured already in summer that things weren’t going well, but sometimes I make a comeback. Not enough here, partially because Chaya Bluma (and then the others) took away a few hexes I needed. Nadine seemed to be winning around summer time, but by the end of fall it looked like Chaya Bluma was in the lead. Winter only helped her solidify that lead. Yael was behind a lot come winter, and she caught up a bit but not enough.

Hansa Teutonica

Haim 97, Noam 70, Shachar 48

First plays for Noam and Shachar. I taught them the basics, and Haim filled in the rest. Somehow they let him get three of the four SW city scoring spots.

Aug 02, 2017

Participants: Jon, Haim S, Nadine, Gili, Yael, Yocheved

Yocheved is my neighbor, whom Nadine met and dragged to the group. Despite my warnings, Gili and Nadine plied her with two complicated games, which overwhelmed her somewhat. We will see if she ever comes back.

Notre Dame

Nadine 70, Gili 50, Yocheved 45

First play for Yocheved. She said that it’s “a strategy game” so she would have to play a few times to get the strategy.

Suburbia

Jon 122, Haim 92, Yael 65

Second play for Yael and Haim. Despite some early confusion in my strategy, I kind of knew I was winning by mid-game (so long as I was ahead in a few goals, which I was). So I regret taking away one of the goals that Yael was trying for which was, in effect, running up the score. Haim played many greens and did okay, but I don’t think it’s a viable strategy.

Five Tribes

Yocheved 151, Gili 138, Nadine 138

First play for Yocheved, who said the same thing after this game that she said after Notre Dame. Nadine writes: Yocheved had 9 yellows and the djinn that gives extra points for them, and 3 camels. Gili had 2. They both had cards. I didn’t. I used the djinn which let me buy empty tiles, so I lost. Gili took blue a few times for a lot. Yocheved played for herself without advice.

Ticket to Ride

Jon 156, Yael 151, Haim 95

First play for Haim. This time I was severely blocked in early game and was frustrated. Despite this, I finally sneaked a path to the city I needed, by which time I was spread over a lot of the board. I got lucky picking a few more routes, which gave me just enough points to win. We were all kind of crowded on the East coast.