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Passover Games Day 5777

Thank you to everyone who came, and brought snacks, and helped set-up and clean up. Special thanks to Jon for doing the food order, and Jon and Aaron for picking up the food from Black in town, and Aaron for taking some of the pictures.

Most popular games – Five Tribes, Nefarious, Tichu

Intrepid rules resource and teacher – Jon

Special welcome – Emily and Eitan, our stalwart gamers who rarely make it nowadays because they’re raising their own game group.

Amerigo

172 Ariel, 154 Avraham, 123 Aaron, 110 Assaf

Antike

Yael and others

Bora Bora

Emily 149, Assaf 139, Gili 139, Eitan 130

Taught by Gili.

Bridge

Nadine and Avi+, David and Jon

We didn’t officially keep score. Avi and I did pretty well, though Ben said that’s only if you don’t count two missed slams. Jon and Ben managed to have several hands each with less than 6 points.

Ben also played this earlier with another group.

Bruges

Jon 56, Shira 45+, Haim 45-, Avi 41

New to Shira, Haim and Avi, I explained the game to Shira and Haim while Jon and Aaron were picking up the food order, then Jon taught the game after Avi joined.

Jon: The game’s mechanics work okay but they feel disconnected and awkward. Okay to play, but need polishing. Really too much luck. Have to implement some other of my changes.

Five Tribes

Ben 172, Ofek 127, Asif 117, Gili 110

Taught by Gili

Aaron 140, AA 121, A 138, G 125

Ben 205, Yedidya 150, Daniel 129

Game of Thrones

Noam 6, Elad 5, Avi 4, Nati 4, Yael 2, Yochai 0

They stopped after about 7 rounds of 10, a super long game.

Lo Ra

(Nadine 13, Jon 7, Assif 6, Gili 5, Ofek 4)

We stopped after two rounds to play other games because a lot of people arrived. We did not score tribes or Gili’s Ark, Jon had by far the most in tribes.

Love Letter

David +, Aaron, Avi, Nadine 0

Avi 4, Nadine 4

Avi lost the first four on the first or second round, due mainly to luck that he couldn’t do anything about.

Magic

Daniel+, David

Jon+, David

Jon: In Magic, David and I entered a vast build up of on the ground forces, each hoping to find the flyer in our deck that would get through,

My forces were a litter stronger, so as our decks were dwindling, I decided to attack with everything, leaving a few behind as defense. David and I were being hurried by you to rejoin Tichu, and he didn’t feel like calculating out how to defend against me, so we both agreed to just abandon the game. So I didn’t actually win.

Nefarious

Daniel 33, Yael 25, Ben 29, Yedidya 25

Ben 22, Yael 20, Daniel 15, Yedidya 11

Niagara

Avi+, Gili, Nadine

The game needs more players.

Notre Dame

Gili 64, Assaf 57, David. B 55, Sara 23

Taught by Gili.                       

Power Grid

Ben 16 16, Jon 16 16, Nadine 15 16, David  8 8 Banana. Cities / Power plant total

David, very unusually, didn’t do well. As usual, I started off well then blew it. I got the 50 Power Plant relatively early on, but had no spots where I could build during Step Two, and by Step Three, Ben was too far ahead with cities and plants. He and Jon agreed to tie rather than going for another round, Jon had slightly more money.

Jon: Same idea here as in Magic. We got to the end game, and didn’t feel like slogging through one more round to see who would win. David did poorly because we played on the Benelux board, first time for all of us, and he misjudged the value of an early 4 power green plant.

Puerto Rico

Yosef  56, David B  49, Jon 48, Nadine  47, Sara 44

David B gave a thorough and detailed explanation to Sara, including strategic analysis, to teach her the game. David and Yosef spent time during the game analyzing their best moves, many to block me, then selected the role Jon knew all along they would take. Yosef was first, he started with Prospector which is unusual in our group, though we also rarely play 5-player. He said it was to stop Jon from being able to build Tobacco on the first round, but Jon said that doesn’t matter since it would ship. Another game where I started off well, but didn’t play well enough afterwards. Though I don’t think I could have beaten all those experts.

Jon: You definitely had a strong initial advantage, but twice you didn’t craft when you should have; once you took captain and once you took something else. As a result, the timing and your money didn’t quite work out. Also, Yosef got to five good with Factory, and so could take the two big buildings ahead of you. And the fact that he had tobacco ahead of me gave him reasonable early trading and late shipping.

Sara had a coffee monopoly for a while, so she also did okay, but no buildings to speak of. I had tobacco following Yosef, which hurt, but I had a harbor which helped.

R-Eco

Gili 12, Jon 10, Assaf 7, Ofek 6, Nadine 6

An early filler, we played with random number order. Eszter and others played a game later.

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Cliff, Mishy, Avi, two others

Per Cliff: VICTORY WAS OURS!! The boys enjoyed it but thought it was too easy.

Study in Emerald

Mishy, Eszter, Assaf

Per Cliff: Assaf won a close victory. We all enjoyed the game but definitely needs some replay to really learn the strategies.

Tichu

820 Aaron and Ben (finished with David), 245 Yedidya and Daniel

Jon and David +, Nadine and Avi

We didn’t play a whole game, we switched to Bridge

Jon: I didn’t get to play this enough.

Tigris and Euphrates

Avi and others

Walnut Grove

Aaron 27, David 25, Nadine 23, Eszter 19

Taught by Nadine, David and Eszter hadn’t played in a long time, new to Aaron. David took a lot of workers early, Aaron had two extra storage areas and two bonuses for goods in storage, and 8 goods left, nice job. I didn’t do well with my board, and didn’t take another worker til late. Eszter took an extra storage right away which helped her.

Jon: I taught Amerigo, Tigris and Euphrates, R-Eco to Eszter and some others, Lo Ra, and Antike, but didn’t play them (except for Lo Ra).

 

January 11, 2016

Participants: Nadine, Jon, David, Elad, Preston, Aaron, Schneur, Tchelet, Eszter

Nadine hosted.

Magic: The Gathering

David+, Jon

David continues his winning streak. I had a sucky deck.

R Eco

David 11, Nadine 5, Elad 3, Jon -3

First play for Elad. I had one of each color chip, I think.

Amerigo

Jon 146, Schneur 138, Preston 136, David 86

First play for all but me. David made some early errors based on misunderstanding the rules and was disheartened thereafter. As usual, everyone thought the cube tower was cool, but questioned about how it affected planning.

Year of the Dragon

Elad 105, Nadine 95, Tchelet 87, Aaron 85, Eszter 70

First play for Elad and Tchelet, who appear to have done well. Elad managed to get 3 double dragons, which is nearly unheard of. He got 10 points in the last round.

Lo Ra

Aaron 41, Nadine 36, Elad 30

Elad did poorly in the first two scoring phases, but made a decnt comeback in the last.

Tichu

Jon/Schneur 960, David/Preston 240

First play for Preston, who did a great job. David lost an early Tichu which put them in negative points for a few rounds.

 

December 14, 2016

Participants: Jon, Adam

Strong rains kept most people away. Also, Nadine was injured by a car, so she couldn’t make it. We wish Nadine a speedy recovery.

Amerigo

Jon+, Adam

First play for Adam. I don’t remember the scores, but I won by a bit with the final scoring. I think he enjoyed it.

November 16, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nati, Elad, Gili, Yael, Ido, David C, Shaul, Nadine

Sorry for the late post. I don’t remember if we played any opening games.

Amerigo

Nati 108, Elad 97, Gili 96, Yael 64

First play for everyone. I taught them. They all seemed to enjoy it.

Age of Industry

Jon 22+, David C 22-, Ido 20, Nadine 18, Shaul 15

First play for everyone but me, this was Shaul’s first experience with Euros. Nadine complained that there was too much luck because she a) insisted on playing coal every turn, b) didn’t draw coal card or the right area cards to play them every turn, and c) refused to use both actions to play coal. I don’t know what to say about that. I think she forgot about the ability to use both actions.

They also were concerned when I netted about $9 more than anyone else at the end from my road, but as you see it only gave me the tie score. Actually, I had some trouble making headway.

 

 

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.