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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.

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Agricola

Quiet night after last week’s crowd. Jon is on vacation in Tel Aviv, checking out the board game scene there. Mazal tov to Lorenzo and Sara on their civil marriage, Sara is visiting for two weeks, looking for a job in finance.

Agricola

Nadine 42, Lorenzo 26, Sara 17

They had never played this, Lorenzo had heard about it, and a three-player game is a good opportunity to learn. Even when you understand the rules it’s a hard game. Sara didn’t want to add family members because she’d need to feed them. Lorenzo added one part-way through, then another one at the very end. He had a lot of pastures and sheep, but ended up killing them for food. He had good synergy with all his cards, and got 5 Occupations out, with a bonus for the most. Sara played the 8 point card, which meant no actions in the last round, but with two workers she only missed two actions. I had a card which gave me family growth without a room, which I played early. It caused me to lose 3 points for missing one food but helped overall.

Candle Quest

Sara 50, Nadine 41, Lorenzo 35

Sara got a lot of Sad candles as well as Dancing candles. They liked the game.

March 8, 2017

Agricola

Nadine 35, Aaron 30, Ido 30, Daniel 18

Aaron played once or twice. New to Ido and Daniel.

I rarely win this but managed this time. I had cards that helped with stone houses and rooms.

Love Letter

Nadine+, Aaron, Daniel, Elad

New to Daniel.

October 26, 2016

Participants: EAST: Jon, David K, Nadine, David C, Nati, Francis, Aaron, Shneuer. WEST: Gili, Yael, Tal, Nimrod, Ido

Gili was in the mood for an Ameritrash game. Seeing as it looked like we were going to have good attendance, Gili opted to host the one, long game at her apt. That gave us, for the first time, a JSGC East (my apt) and a JSGC West (Gili’s apt).

JSGC WEST

Eldrich Horror

Gili, Yael, Ido, Tal, Nimrod

Gili writes that they only accomplished the first goal but they had fun.. Time ran out.

JSGC EAST

Magic: The Gathering

Jon++, David K+

David arrived early to play this with me. I continued my winning streak. I played BRW with some flying and creature control. Not a bad draft. David also played three colors. I’m pretty sure that each of us lost games to bad mana draws, but I think my deck was still a bit more agile than his.

Mr. Jack

Shneuer+, Aaron

New to both, Shneur was Mr. Jack.

Tichu

Jon/David, Nati/David C

I taught this to David C and Nati, and we played one hand for practice. David K called and made tichu and then I went out second. Hopefully we can try this again.

Amun-Re

David K 43, Nadine 29, Shneuer 29, Francis 21

First play for Shneuer and Francis. Nadine was slightly ahead after the first scoring. Francis had a lot of money (89) by the last round. Nadine and Shneuer were tied, even according to the two suggested tie-breakers.

Agricola

Jon 39, Nati 29, Aaron 25, David C 20

First play for everyone but me; actually second play for David C, but he had only played the introductory game, without minor improvements and professions (it’s much different with them). I explained the rules and the basic strategies, and invited them all to gang up on me, as much as possible.

Some of us had dramatically good professions or minor improvements, but even the less dramatic ones made a lot of difference. For instance, David had what looked like a powerful professions “you can plow whenever anyone else plows”, but I got more use out of my profession “+1 clay every time you take either wood or clay”. Nati took the burgeoning food spaces often, which is often a sign of poor production, but he he still did pretty well.

In the end, I was the only one with five family members, and I had – by far – the most bonus points in improvements. That was more than enough to make up for my lack of plowed fields and three empty farm spaces.

Nile

David K 5/3/2/1/1, Shneuer 3/2/2/1/1, Nadine 3/2/1

Nadine writes: I had really bad luck. I got the Plague of Locusts twice, once right after having played six castors. David traded strategically several times at the end and got what he needed.

Passover Games Day 5776

2016-04-26 15.30.45A fun day, with 23 people playing at peak time in the afternoon, more people came later after some had left. Mazal tov to Ofer and Michal on their one-week wedding anniversary. Thank you to everyone for recording scores, bringing snacks and games, and moving furniture, and to Gili for some of the pictures.

Adastra

Binyamin Z 58, Devora 35, Alan 26, Yiscah 24, Michael 19

Agricola

Roman 36, Ron 25, Assaf 21, Eli 9

2016-04-26 14.18.55Roman taught them. Eli is not a Eurogamer, Ron liked the game and did well for his first play, as did Assaf.

Bridge

Binyamin Z/Nadine, Devora/Yiscah

Binyamin helped everyone with instructions on how to play optimally. On the last hand, he bid 1NT. I had 13 points, 4 hearts, and AKx of spades and wanted to bid 4 hearts, but he said I should bid my honorless 4-card club suit. We ended up in 4 hearts; he made 7, he had 5 hearts and the queen dropped. So he asked Ben for his opinion on whether he should have gone to small slam, Ben basically said yes. He said he would have bid 4 hearts like I wanted to, unless he was playing with Binyamin, in which case he would know he had to bid the clubs.

Bora Bora 

Gili 188, Jon 178, Avi 121

boraboraJon: I decided to try this one more time to see if it was as finicky as I recalled or if it was just that my first play was overwhelming. I remain convinced that the game should have been streamlined and a few mechanics taken out. I WAS less overwhelmed, but I don’t think I will play it too often.

First play for Avi; he shared my sentiments, and by the time we were halfway through he wanted it to be over. We stuck it out. I thought I was doing OK, managing to build a building every round by the skin of my teeth, which should have given me a tidy sum. Unfortunately, owing to the luck of my first mission draws, I was a single tile shy of competing my last mission, which lost me at least 10 points. Gili finished all of her missions but was one shy of finishing her buildings, she beat me by 10 points, and I’m not sure how she beat me. If I ever play this again, I am going to try building all my tents, just to see what happens.

20160426_205142Castles of Burgundy

Binyamin Z 238, Nadine 205, Ofer 151

Jon: I taught this to Ben, Binyamin, and Ofer. Ben got bad luck with his rolls and was thoroughly sick of the game by the end of the first phase; he was perhaps too tired to figure out how all of the buildings worked, and I don’t really blame him; the iconography is not terrible, but it’s not great. On the other hand, Binyamin really liked the game and scored pretty highly.

I was happy to take over for Ben instead of playing Frank’s Zoo. Binyamin had placed the same buildings in the same area, and I let him do it again to finish a section because he had taken the building based on playing that way. I got good yellow tiles – the 3 bonus for colors of tiles sold, and the play the same building in areas, that Binyamin should have had, but it wasn’t enough to beat Binyamin’s yellow 4 point bonus tiles for 2 buildings, and his first place in several colors.

694fddfa-504b-487f-8275-f27ec404b3a5Eldritch Horror

Gili, Roman, Yonatan, Avi, Noam, and Alan beat the game in this co-op.

Frank’s Zoo

7af56e6b-146e-4240-b398-00d4bef946f4Michal 9, Devora 7, Binyamin R 6, Yiscah 4

Yiscah 25, Binyamin R 14, Eszter 14, Devora 13

Guildhall

Eitan 20, Emily 13, Ofer 10, Michal 8

guildhallIn the last turn Eitan got two series of dancers. Eitan said he exploited a loophole which allows combining extra actions with additional card draws.

Homesteaders

Jon 64, Michael 52, Avi 44

Michael had requested the farming game with the apples ahead of time, Jon realized which game he meant.

Jon: I taught this to Avi and refreshed Michael’s memory of the game. It was a nice experience for all, as I remember, but in the end my experience gave me the edge. The end scores were pretty close, however.

Lo Ra

Eli 25, Efrat and Yossi 17, Eitan 9, Ron 1, Emily 1

At least they all had positive scores. Our house version of Ra with a Biblical theme.

Lords of Waterdeep

Avi 133, Gili 122, Noam 116

Second play for Avi and Noam.

2016-04-26 21.16.49Magic

Jon: David and I drafted and we both ended up playing colors that we weren’t expecting. David played BRG and, while he got out a lot of his strength, it didn’t seem to be enough. I played BWu, with many fliers and some control cards. In the first game, my fliers took him down. In the second, I started with only one mana. I tossed a creature to get my second, which was luckily the right color for me to cast a spell that let me pay life for 2 more cards. I got out one more, a mana unicorn, and that was enough to get me started until more flowed in. We traded some kills, we both played a few big creatures, and then I took some of his out and he resigned.

Mundus Novus

Devora 95, Ofer 59

Devora +, Haim 41, Guy and Gilad 19

noblemenNoblemen

Binyamin R 92, Yosef 91, Eszter 90, Nadine 74

Eszter has the game but hadn’t played. Yosef taught us, he had read the rules but never played, so we looked up things as we went, and of course played a few things wrong. The cards were in German but it doesn’t matter because it’s just the card title, no text otherwise, we had the rules in English, and he taught in Hebrew. The game pieces are beautiful, and it’s a nice game. I forgot to do one or two things which led to my having no moves for about half the game, because I was out of tiles and money. Everyone else had tons and couldn’t understand it. I forgot to place one guy when I build a castle, which would have given me a few more tiles. I did have bad luck with tile drawing – I had three down, and every time I drew three more, which is limited to once per the three rounds, none were the forests which let you draw more tiles. I also forgot that the point of the purple churches was to get cards, which also would have helped me get more tiles. So the problem seems to have been my playing, and not the game. The theme is well-integrated as you have masquerades to increase your rank, but it resets twice per round.

2e6ead30-2c26-4939-9d4a-a31aa192eae7Notre Dame

Yiscah, Shira, Haim

Power Grid

David 15/17, Roman 13/14, Ksenia 11/15

2016-04-26 12.22.22David taught this to Ksenia who we all enjoyed seeing on her visit from Poland. We were going to use the German side, but three regions didn’t seem balanced. I left to play 7 Wonders Duel before we started, and after Ksenia and others came.

R-Eco

Devora 15, Yiscah 10, Binyamin Z 4

First play for all of them.

7 Wonders

Emily 54, Yonatan 54, Noam 51, Ofer 43,Michal 42, Eitan 37

2016-04-26 12.42.117 Wonders Duel

Yosef 88, Nadine 75

I had wanted to try this. It’s more interesting than 7 Wonders, with a similar theme and feeling, but still a lot of luck. When you select cards, it opens up new cards for the other player/s. I made mistakes with this a few times early on, and a few other mistakes. Yosef is experienced so he gave me advice. I thought he’d end up further ahead than he did. There are three ways to win; I was in a good position to win with military, two away, but the cards worked out for him, and he took advantage to block me. He was able to take the last card he needed to win in green, but preferred to keep playing and count points, he said otherwise the points are a waste. Counting points seemed complicated and time consuming, he did it. We played in French, his main language and my first one.

signorieSignorie

Binyamin R 150, Eszter 128, Nadine 127, Assaf 115

New to the others. Binyamin was competing with me for the lead most of the game, but pulled ahead at the end. He caught on well to what he needed to do. Eszter didn’t realize she should pay and get points when placing daughters, but we gave back the 5 she had paid for points with the bonus and back paid for all her placements, which gave her more points and caught her up to near me; she passed me by one at the very end. Assaf only had three helpers, Binyamin had the most.

Slap Deck

Avi++, Jon+

Jon: I taught Avi how to play this, and he really liked it. We played three times, he won twice. He asked to play it again several times when I wasn’t available.

83bda1f1-e1d1-4cde-b231-ac9cdab63769Suburbia

Jon 134, Binyamin 114, David 11, Ben 110

Jon: I taught this to Ben, David, and Binyamin. David like it and wanted to play again. Ben seemed to like it, too. Binyamin didn’t like it, because there is nothing to do when it is not your turn and the other players’ turns took too long for him. It’s true that there is not much to do on your turn, and not much in the way of player interaction or interfering with other players (other than taking the building he wants), but I think the game is fast enough and interesting enough to be good; I actually really like it.

Even though I had the highest income at the start, I was cash shy for a lot of the game. Binyamin took early greens but he ended up with negative income and no money, which made many of his last turns useless; even lakes couldn’t bring him enough cash not to lose them, and he couldn’t save money to buy income generating buildings. David also had a lot of cash, from the building that doubles lake income, which he then doubled again (for triple). He made use of his cash finally in the last third of the game hovering near the top of income and reputation until the last round. But it was too late, and he had no bonuses. Ben and I each made two bonuses, and Binyamin made three. On the last move of the game, Ben handed Binyamin his third bonus in order to take around 14 points himself.

Tichu and Where’s Tichu?

Avi/Nadine 375, Jon/David 225

We started the day with this. My favorite Tichu partner, and players. When David said maybe the teams aren’t fair, Avi said we like playing together, and I said it’s worth losing for the times we do manage to beat such good players. First hand I called a Tichu and made it. The others asked me why I called it so early, at least a hand before I played my first card, and I said because I always forget to call it if I wait. On another hand Avi could have gone out first, but wanted to give me a chance to play so we could go out first and second, but neither one of us ended up going out first, he should have just gone out. Jon thought about calling a Tichu but decided not to. One game he did well, but would have done better if he had remembered that he had passed David the Dragon and therefore knew where it was. We stopped when more people came, which I had said at the beginning would be our strategy.

Jon/Ben 735, David/Assaf 565

We couldn’t find Tichu among all the games people brought, which were stacked on shelves, couches and tables. Whenever I asked if they had looked somewhere they said yes. I know things slip between my couch pillows, so I looked carefully, and found it with a few others small games behind a back pillow.

Jon: We taught Ben and Assaf how to play. Ben picked it up quickly; Assaf took a bit longer, but they both seemed to enjoy it (it helped Ben’s enjoyment that we were winning). Ben was my teammate. David called and made 2 grand tichus, including one on the opening hand. I called and made regular tichu on the second hand. Even when our opponents made tichus, they always seemed to end up with the short end on points, so Ben and I did very well.

Ticket to Ride

2016-04-26 15.30.55Shira 123, Yiscah 121, Devora 109, Haim 98

Year of the Dragon

Shira 112, Ben 105, David 86, Haim 95

David taught this to the others, and then proceeded to do much worse than he usually does. They were all close in the number of people left at the end.

 

January 27, 2016

Participants: Jon, David, Yitzchak, Ayelet, Tzuriel, Gili, Roman, Nadine, Binyamin, Nisan, Francis

It takes a while for us to get settled on games to play, especially with people waiting to hear what everyone else is going to play before deciding on a game and/or coming a bit late (while we’re setting up games). I thought it would be easier with more people. 🙂

Yizchak as a dear old friend visiting Israel, and Ayelet is his daughter. Tzuriel is a designer who dropped by (and also a friend of Gili’s).

Magic: The Gathering

Jon+, David

I drafted a worse deck, so I thought, and I quickly got pummeled and my forces wiped out. At 4 points, I kept drawing cards that let me hang on another round until I finally got a few blockers in play and a flier that he couldn’t block. He could get through 2 points (which would drop me to 2) at the cost of some of his creatures, but only once. In the meantime, I began poking him with my flier, and then two fliers. Then we were both at 4 points.

He finally got 3 points through to me, leaving him open to 3 points in return (after which he was poised to win), but I topdecked another point for the win.

Agricola

Roman, David, Tzuriel

David said he didn’t play well.

Five Tribes + The Artisans of Naqaba

Francis 188, Jon 169, Nadine 159, Gili 150

Binyamin brought this expansion. First play of the expansion for all of us, first play of Five Tribes of any kind for Francis. The six or seven times that I have played Five Tribes have not yet given me any clue as to the most successful strategy. Instead, playinf feels like throwing darts at a board I can’t see, hoping for the best and completely unable to do anything about the darts thrown by my opponents. Which makes it a very tactical game with no real control. It’s possible that a real attempt to understand the game and several more plays will give me a better handle on the strategy.

This expansion greatly complicates the tactics. None of it was bad, but it was just so unnecessary for a game about which I already feel no control. That feeling was magnified. I’m not ready for it. Also, I’m not sure how balanced it is, especially one card that Nadine took; on the one hand, she didn’t win, but on the other she also didn’t play robustly.

This was the first time I played taking no yellow meeples or djinns. I took cards, some rich blue meeples, and a few places on the board, but nothing extraordinary. Francis took some of the earliest and best board spaces, and also had bonuses in yellow meeples and cards and leftover money. Nadine had strong purple and good board spaces. Gili had purple chips and yellow meeples.

If the game was confusing for us, it was probably more so for Francis on his first play.

Small World Underground

Nisan 116, Ayelet 104, Binyamin 100, Yitzchak 91

First play for Ayelet, at least. I don’t know how this went.

Love Letter

Binyamin 3 Nissan 2 Yitchak 1 Ayelet 1

Played as an end of evening filler.

Tichu

Jon/Yitzchak 80, 105, 305, 365, 565, Nadine/Binyamin 120, 195, 95, 235, 235

First play for Yitzchak, who picked up the game quickly after the first hand. Binyamin and Nadine called all of the tichus, and they called them 3 out of 5 hands (but only made 2 of them). On round 3, Binyamin was my RHO and he had called tichu. After he hestitated during play, it was obvious to me that he was left with a K and the Dog. I followed him with an A and the ability to pretty much go out when I wanted. I let Yitzchak whittle down his cards first. That round and the last we both went out first.

Sababa V’Hakol

Tzuriel, Gili

Tzuriel taught Gili (I think) a game he designed. It’s up on a crowdfunding site (in Hebrew).

Workin’ on the farm

Love Letter

Avi beat David in a game, then I won twice, almost totally luck. First round I guessed that Avi had the Prince, got the Princess and then a Baron to compare with David, and he had the Countess. Next game almost the same, I got the Princess again, David played a Baron on me with the King.

Agricola

David 49, Nadine 33, Shachar 32, Avi 30, Gili 18

5 player, we haven’t played in a year or two, Avi wasn’t sure if he had played before, and Shachar hadn’t. With teaching it took over 4 hours. I did better than I expected, I also ended up working on a project in the states and trying to make Shabbat arrangements during the game. Shachar had animals and fields, Gili had large pastures and a lot of animals, but only two family members, David, Avi and I had 5 by the end. I had no animals and few cards. David had a lot of cards with good synergy. Avi didn’t completely understand the scoring which hurt him, he had 3 empty spots and 2 other negative points. He and Shachar upgraded their houses, David expanded, and had points from cards. David had everything, lots of fields and animals, and no negative points. I cancelled my 3 negative animal points with an occupation card. It’s a tough game, you can’t do what you want. Shachar had to leave early so we played the last few rounds for him, mainly Avi. Gili also missed some of the rules which hurt her.