Tag Archive | Alien Frontiers

January 24, 2018

Participants:  Jon, Nadine, Nadine S, Lorenzo

First time for Nadine S. Not sure if she will return.

Alien Frontiers

Nadine S+, Nadine, Jon

First play for Nadine S, she did well, as you can see. I got the force field card, and some other cards, but I was well behind the others in ships.

Clans of Caledonia

Jon, Lorenzo, Nadine

First play for Lorenzo and me. This game is a hodge-podge of mechanics from other games, including Hansa Teutonica, Agricola, Kingdom Builder, and others. Still, it was an enjoyable balance of all of these, rather spatial in nature. The alien races special abilities were a nice touch.

I got the hang of it fairly quickly. We missed a rule or two, which really changed the nature of what we were doing. So there was that. Also, in the end, I tried to keep track of all the scores as we calculated them using tokens instead of writing down the figures, and I became confused as to whether I had scored Lorenzo or me, or both, a few times, so we don’t really know the end scores, except that Lorenzo and I were close and Nadine was about 40 points behind us.

November 02, 2016

Participants: Jon, Aaron, Saarya, David C, Ido, Nati, Nadine, Avishag, Oriane, Batya

Ido is a different Ido than one that came before; I didn’t catch his first name. Saarya played and invited his friend Batya. Avishag is an experienced gamer who came for the first time and brought her inexperienced friend Oriane.

High Society

Nati 16, Nadine 10, Ido 9, Jon 6, Aaron –

First play for everyone except me and Nadine. Aaron not only ended with less money than everyone else, he also ended with -10 points, having taken the x2, -5, and a good card that was killed by the 0. His spending allowed Nati to win; Nati spent a lot early and hoped someone would outspend him. I ate the 1/2 after everyone else spent a lot more than me.

Amerigo

Jon 147, David C 144, Aaron 93

First play for David and Aaron. I had played this in Ra’anana and liked it, so I bought a copy. David liked it a lot, Aaron liked it, but both of them loved the cube tower mechanic. Aaron concentrated on good multipliers, and he ended with many more than we did, but much fewer interim points and more pirate losses. David achieved synergy with the pirates and had a very nice island to himself. I scored many interim points and some goods, and I had the 1/2 damage from pirates tile. I played the “jump to first place on the scoring track” tile to win the game, essentially, but I didn’t play it according to the proper rules, so I also let David play a tile not according to the rules, and so the final score is in question.

Puerto Rico

Nati 61, Ido 57, Nadine 49

Nati taught this to Ido. Nati had Wharf, Harbor, and three quarries. Ido had Custom’s House, Harbor, Factory, and a tobacco monopoly. Nadine had Guild Hall, Fortress, and Factory.

Dixit Odyssey ++

Saarya, Avishag, Oriane, Batya

Alien Frontiers

Nati 5, Avishag 4, Oriane 2, Nadine/Ido 2

Avishag expressed a great interest in playing this, since she had played it once and loved it but had forgotten the rules. So I taught it, not realizing until close to the end of the rules explanation that Oriane was not an experienced gamer, so it was not a good starting game for her.

After Nati and Ido finished their Puerto Rico game, they came over to help and then play (while also learning the rules themselves). Nadine played one turn for Ido, and they only played until 5 instead of until 14.

July 20, 2016

Participants: Jon, David, Mace, Nisan, Nadine, Or, Eyal, Nitzan, Boaz, Yael, Roman

Last week’s session was at Gili’s, with Estzer and Heidi, a visitor from the US. I was unavailable (at a lecture on games and manuscripts by Stephen Jacobs from the Strong Institute of Play). This week had a whole host of new players sent over by Gili, or who found the site on FB. Welcome everyone. Also, Mace is briefly in Israel and dropped by; hi Mace!

Lords of Waterdeep

Mace 204, Nisan 156, Yael 135

First play for Yael and Mace. Nisan writes: Yael was stuck with her Lord being for warfare/arcana, where Nisan had warfare and Mace had arcana. Mace completed a commerce plot quest giving him +2 points for each completed commerce quest, and had about seven at the end of the game. Similarly, the buildings he bought gave him +2 points per use and were used regularly for the last few rounds.

Nisan completed both 25 point warfare and piety quests. Yael completed some mid-worth quests and ended up with 17 unused cubes at the end of the game. Everyone enjoyed the game.

Alien Frontiers

Or (won), Nitzan, Eyal

First play for everyone. I taught the game and yelled answers to their questions while I played at the next table. Everyone like it, I believe.

Mr. Jack

Or+ (criminal), Boaz (police)

Boaz arrived late and had to wait around. First play for both of them.

Parade

Boaz and Yael lost with 26 points each. Mace won with 15 points. David had 21 and Jon had 22 (if I recall correctly).

Merkator

Jon 48, David 44, Roman 42, Nadine 37

First play for David and Roman, first multiplayer play (and third play) for Nadine and Jon. I think we played all the rules correctly this time around, and we found the game more balanced and worked correctly. We played without the random tossing of goods (which is a stated variant; randomly tossing goods is a Bad Mechanic). David enjoyed it and wanted to play it again.

I, on the other hand, feel that the game substituted complex calculations for tactics/strategy; and there is very little in the way of strategy. Just because it’s hard to calculate doesn’t make it a good tactical game. It’s decisions that matter, not analysis paralysis.  Our game took quite a while to play.

I won with the most buildings, which was not a big surprise. We may have overvalued the bonus cards at the beginning and David, being fourth player, was concerned that he wouldn’t get any as they could all be bought before it was his turn; in fact, Roman who went first bought five of them. They are not game changing cards; still, I think a limit of one per turn, or how many you can buy altogether, or at least a larger deck of them would be nice.

January 13, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nadine, David, Binyamin, Gili, Roman, Francis

A nice gathering.

Parade

Binyamin(+Roman) 7, Nadine 8, Gili 19, Jon 22, David 23

First play for Binyamin, and possibly also for Roman who joined his “team” near the start of the game. Our parade was very long for much of the game, at 13 people for several turns in a row.

Alien Frontiers

Roman 12, Gili 6, Binyamin 3

It took a while to settle on a game. First play for Binyamin and Roman, second or third for Gili. Binyamin appeared to believe he was losing early on. Roman got some early cards and they appear to have helped.

Smash Up

Roman 15, Binyamin 14, Gili 11

They played another, short game, since we were still playing. First play for Gili at least. I don’t know how it went.

Endeavor

David 61, Francis 57, Jon 56, Nadine 51

First play for David and Francis. Nadine appeared to take an early lead with a third level building by turn 2 and a 4th level by turn 3 or 4. Her double shipping seemed to propel her well and she netted more than one governor card. However, she stalled a bit, partially because we attacked her a bit to keep her from running away with it.

By mid-game it seemed like everyone had a reasonable chance of doing well. As usual, I don’t like to sit and count everyone’s score, so that was just an estimate. I had a bit more on the board, but so did Francis, and both David and Nadine seems ahead of me in tracks. The slavery cards were in danger of being emancipated, but the only one who could do it was Francis, and he had two of them.

As it turns out, David was most ahead in the tracks, with 50 points. Nadine had 45, and Francis and I had 44. Francis had one more point than me on the board. We forgot that you get 1 point for each 3 people left on your board, but I don’t think anyone had 3 people left, anyway.

Nadine thinks the game is a bit negative and too tactical.