Roman Games

Trajan

Haim 138, Lorenzo 120, Sara 89

Gentes

Jon 106 Gili 104 Nadine 72

First play for Gili

7/3

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Lords of Waterdeep

Magic

J++, D

Slap Deck

Colin 311, Jon 228, David 177

Lords of Waterdeep

David 154 Jon 121 Haim 109 Colin 86

Tichu

1000+ to 70

Jon and Colin, David and Haim

David: We had an amazing night. All the high cards were by us.
Jon: 165 to 35, 265 to 35, 400 to 0, and then 200 to 0. 4 hands.

– Jon 6/26

Gentes

Magic

Jon++, David++

I had a strong deck. David’s was 4 colors which only worked when he got good mana distribution. I think I should have taken him out 2 to 3, but I very quickly lost the third game to my own mana screwage.

Gentes

Lorenzo 85, Haim 82, Nadine F 81, Jon 80

Lorenzo did both quick unlocking and quick building and also managed to get to 8 cards first. He nearly blew us away completely, but he was stuck with two cards he could not play at the end. I don’t know where I went wrong. It looked like Nadine F was not doing so great since she had fewer cards, but she had more money and a point generator with money.

Settlers

David+, Jon, Noam, Sharon

Settlers was David, Colin, Noam, and Sharon. Sharon is Haim’s fiance. Noam is Nadine F’s son. Colin had never played.

Tichu 

David taught his Settlers group how to play Tichu. Gentes took a very long time.

– Jon 6/19

Stone Age in Maale Adumim

Magic

David+, Jon+

I played a BGU deck against David and barely lost to his GB. I had all the flyers, but he had a swampwalker. In the second game, I swapped B out for W which eliminated his swampwalker and some other cards he had against B, as well as enhancing some of my cards that synergized better with W. David did most of the damage to himself with a banshee taking out many of my flying threats, but eventually he didn’t have enough life to lose. We had pretty comparable deck power in both games, so good games. After Magic, David and I drove to Maale Adumim to play with Avi .

Gentes

Jon 88ish, Avi 72, David 70

2nd play for David and Avi. I won but I still don’t know what I am doing. David was convinced that his very first move was so bad that it was no is for him to continue. But we did and he scored nearly the same as Avi as you can see. I think we played all the rules right this time.

I went last so I picked my first cards first. They had some synergy and they determined what else I should take. I had some money each round – sometimes too little, but some. And one building in each area. And then I made sure to play cards every round. I got two of the ones that removed locks, which helped. But I can’t really say for sure, yet, as I am not sure what the best way to go is. David apparently mistimed a move and had one too few spaces in both first ad second round to play cards.
[1:15 PM, 6/13/2019] Yehuda Berlinger: Avi got to all buildings first, I got to all cards, and David got to all workers.

Stone Age

Jon 158 David 156 Avi 132

I picked this a a brainless final game. I had bad luck, o had good luck, I had bad luck, I had good luck. Avi blocked me, Avi didn’t block me. I played the starvation strategy and won. Davod showed how a good food base will kill the starvation strategy if the game goes on long enough, so a starver has to remember to also end the game earlier.

– Jon, 6/12

Tichu gang

Magic

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.

Jon: We played the Hometowns slightly incorrect. On each round, each Hometown can be used once. On each turn within a round, a Hometown enables you to use either of the two bonuses, not both. The cube is to mark the Hometown as being used, not the bonus.

Tichu

Jon / David 455, Nadine / Avi 245

We didn’t play a whole game.

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.