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And Gola did TP the pyramid of Joeleephus

Magic

Jon+, David+

R-Eco

David 10 Colin 9 Nadine 8 Jon 2

First play for Colin. I got 3 points for not dumping. We played regular, probably for the last time because Jon convinced me why random is better.

Amun Re

Jon 45 Nadine 39 David 38 Haim 29 Colin 19

First play for Colin Haim. David was ahead of me after the first kingdom. Jon was first player, and kept it for 3 turns by bidding well. I was lucky that no one competed with me for most pyramids on my side of the river. I didn’t get a bonus power card until the 5th turn, but at least it was one I could use. I had 2 brick pyramid cards last turn so I couldn’t use them, I couldn’t use one the turn before because I didn’t have enough money. I didn’t know that bonus cards shown on provinces count towards the 9 card bonus. Jon didn’t know that winning the bribe makes you first player again. We changed the plus or minus 3 power card to also give you 3 coins, so we all played all the ones we got. Colin almost tied Jon for most pyramids, which would have put him at 24, but Jon didn’t have anything better to do with his bribe action so brought an extra brick. Jon: I assessed well in Amun Re, but I still got lucky that people bid what they bid, which gave me extra items. Also that David let me go last in the last turn.

Anyone who hasn’t read the funniest session report on bgg should read it: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/24697/session-report

Tichu

Jon/Haim 300, David/Nadine 300

David called but Haim blocked it; David had high cards but it wasn’t clear that he needed to use them so early. David called a 3 with the one, Haim had a 3 bomb. He had a straight to the Ace, so did David and I. -50 50. Jon made a Tichu. I barely made a Tichu, David saved me with the dog, I was stuck with a 2, and he went out second. Jon made another Tichu, with an 11 card straight.

 

Advanced Tichu

Magic

Jon+, David+ in close games.

Hawaii

David 126, Jon 105, Elana first play

David won with all kahunas, and the boat and surfer bonus tile.

Amun Re

Era 1
Sara 16, Lorenzo 12, Nadine 11
End of game
Nadine 48, Sara 41, Lorenzo 38

First play for Lorenzo and Sara. Lorenzo said afterwards that he doesn’t like auction games. It was close, and they both made minor errors due to misunderstandings.

Slap Deck

The Hawaii crew played this while waiting for us to finish Amun Re. They all won at least one round, new to Elana.

Tichu

David/Nadine 1110, Jon/Elana 690

Elana would have bid and made a Tichu (all four aces and Dragon and Phoenix) but somehow Jon had 15 cards to my 13 so we called a misdeal. She should have called Grand, she had all but an Ace, and would have made it, and Jon had a good chance of going out second. I’ve never seen Jon have so many bad hands. On our first hand, I called Tichu, then Jon called it also. David said later that meant his hand was likely to be stronger than mine, which makes sense. David played an Ace, so I didn’t go over with my Dragon, though I had no idea what he was doing. David’s plan was to go out, and hope that I could go out second for 200 points, instead of risking losing the Tichu. David forced Jon to play 3 Aces over David’s 3 jacks, with one card left. I should have passed Jon’s lead to try to let David go out first instead of playing my Dragon, which Jon bombed with Kings, then went out. A whole new level of Tichu for me. David thought I made a mistake on another hand when I passed him the two, but he understood when I explained that I passed two fours and the two, though I ended up not being able to call Tichu. Elana plays well for a new player, though she’s not as new as she seems, I met her for the first time tonight, but she’s been coming for a while.

 

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.

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.

November 18, 2015

Participants: Jon, David K, Jonathan, Roman, Gili, Alan

First time attendance for Jonathan, who actually lives pretty close. It was also his first exposure to these games of ours, and he seemed to get along well. Hopefully he will be back.

Magic: The Gathering

Jon+, David

David arrived a bit early to draft and play with me. We only got in one game, which allowed me to experience a rare win. Even when I win a game, which is not typical, I usually the two others out of three.

My deck had some solid creature removal and a lot of low power creatures. David had better creatures. I had some game ending cards (like “creatures can’t block” but I didn’t get any. I won by the skin of my teeth. David attacked with everything, hoping to kill all of my creature, but I have an instant to save one of them and also grow it at the same time. He lost too many of his creatures and I was able to kill him in return.

No Thanks

David 17, Jonathan 17, Jon 31, Roman, Gili

First play for Jonathan and Roman. As his first Eurogame, it was fun to see his mind open up to the treasure that a good mechanic gives a game, and he tied for first, too. I did well until about mid-game, when I took an extra card that I thought wouldn’t be too bad, but it was not good enough to trim the sails on David and Jonathan’s neat ships.

Jonathan 20something, Alan 60something, Jon 80

At the end of the evening we played this one more time, and Jonathan walked away with a clean victory. I took an early high card, and then another because I had to. Alan also ran out of chips a few times and had to take a few cards.

Amun-Re

Gili 44, David 43, Roman 36

First play for Roman. I didn’t see how it went.

Nefarious

David, Gili, Roman

Again, I didn’t see how it went.

Alien Frontiers

Alan 10, Jon 7, Jonathan 6

First play for both of them. I took an early lead, which, if you know this game, means very little. As we closed toward the last quarter of the game, it looked like I would win unless someone bothered to stop me, which they finally did. They both were greatly amused at how much damage they could do to me once they put their mind to it. I didn’t find it as amusing, not because I was being damaged, or that I couldn’t do anything about it, but simply because I know that’s how the game does. Anyhoo…

Even when I was no longer ahead and pointed out that Alan could pretty much win as soon as he could place his base on the board, I was still the target of attacks. So naturally Alan won.

Sukkot Games Day 5776

Participants: Assaf, Avi, Avraham, Ben, Binyamin R, David, Eszter, Grisha, Jon, Michael, Nadine, Nisan, Ofer, Rafi, Shalom, Tchelet, Yair, Zev

20150929_122525Thanks to everyone who came and brought snacks and games, and helped with the session report.

Best snack – A giant dark chocolate bar with almonds

Best traveler – Ofer, who drove in from Haifa

Most popular new game – Guildhall

Amun Re

20150929_161225Avi 49, Assaf 42, Yair 37, Binyamin R 32

Bridge

Jon, Avi, David, Assaf, Ben, Nadine

Jon played one hand of Bridge with Assaf and Avi; Ben bid and made 3 Diamonds. I wanted to play, but Jon kept telling me to stay in my Castles of Burgundy game and that I could play later. But David and Avi were going to be leaving soon, so after Jon got into another game I went over to play, mainly bidding, and letting dummy finish defending hands, and my partner Avi play an (overbid) hand.

Carson City

Ofer 42, Assaf 40, Nadine 38, Binyamin R 36, Eszter 28

New or almost new to Ofer and Assaf. Binyamin R lost two early duels due to terrible dice rolls, therefore having no buildings on his plots until the third round, but still managed to do well at scoring points. Assaf spent a lot of money at 10 to1 but still did well. He took the most plots, with 11, taking some randomly which only helped in end game and victory points, not in building income.

20150929_162251Castles of Burgundy

Shalom 191, Nadine 185, Avraham 179, Grisha 145

I taught this, new to Grisha and Avraham. In the second to last round, Shalom and Grisha needed to leave, and I started playing bridge but coming back for my moves. Avraham gamely took everyone’s turns, selecting their best moves. We used the standard boards. Shalom had a good animal section.

Dixit

20150929_132128Avraham 34, Grisha 25, David 24, Michael 23, Gili 22, Shalom 22

With two sets of expansions my sister brought me this summer, everyone enjoyed seeing new cards. Avi played while playing Hawaii, if he wasn’t available, I played for him, also while playing Hawaii. When Michael arrived we let him take over. A lot of singing clues, a fun and lively game, new to some including Michael.

Five Tribes

Nadine 166, Avraham 132, Shalom 115, Grisha 109

First play for all of them. They did well catching on, but didn’t always see the best moves. I collected yellows and cards, no one else had a set of more than 4, I had 7. I only got one jinn which I got for points, Shalom had 3. He wasn’t able to fully take advantage of his which had good synergy relating to assassinations, but he couldn’t assassinate every turn. Shalom and I had one camel left at the end. Avraham made good blue moves, getting around 24 twice. We mostly bid low.

Gloom

David -135, Gili -45, Grisha -40, Shalom -20

I don’t know if high negatives are good or bad.

Guildhall

Gili 24, Eszter 18, Ofer 16

Hawaii

Avi 120, Assaf 109, Nadine 91, Yair 81

I taught the game. Avi had 5 villages and scored 2 for spears, I had 9 fruits and both fruit bonuses, but only won the round points once, and didn’t have boats.

20150929_161039Lords of Waterdeep

David 128, Jon 117, Ben 116, Zev 115, Tchelet 113

Jon: First play for Zev and Tchelet, second for Ben I think. Very close, as you can see. Ben didn’t score any major quests, but he gained 28 points from completed quests at the end. David was second with 16, I had 12. David and I scored several nice points from buildings. Zev scored at least two of the 25 point quests.

Magic

Jon: David and I drafted but only played one game, which I won. Nisan and David, and Nisan and I, started drafting and making decks, but didn’t play.

20150929_152643Mincha

No problem getting a minyan, Yona and his friends were rehearsing for their second performance at the Amos Winery at the end of the week. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE2738C53160F7E98

Notre Dame

Gili 65, David 47, Grisha 37

New to Grisha.

Princes Of Florence

Eliezer 74, Ben 68, Nisan 43

Nisan: I ran home to bring it and played with Ben and Eliezer. Tight game all the way for Ben and Eliezer, while I dropped out of contention by round 5, having overpaid too often at auction and not cashed in works for money. Ben and Elizer each played some 6 works trading profession cards back and forth and exhausting the recruiting cards at auction (I got one that was used successfully). For round 7 both Ben and Eliezer needed to play two works to win, but Ben had only one in his hand. Eliezer (who had two, already) outbid Ben for the last recruiting card to seal his victory. Though Ben played a 34 pt work and received best work bonus it wasn’t enough to catch Eliezer.

Suburbia

Jon 110, Eszter 89, Ofer 85, Binyamin R 69

Jon: I won. Eszter said she didn’t like it as much as the Castles of Mad King Ludwig and Ofer didn’t like it because it was too much numbers and not enough theme.

20150929_215729Tichu

Nisan/Eliezer 725, Ben/Jon 375

Jon: First play for all of them, although Nisan had heard the rules before. Ben and I started off with two successful hands, which increased Ben’s enjoyment, although he still felt there was too much luck (a typical and mostly accurate response by a new player). Nisan bid and made a grand Tichu on round 3, and then they both bid and made Tichus while Ben and I had mostly sucky hands. Many bombs flying around, though.

20150929_16102520150929_132109Tzolk’in

Gili 70, Eszter 58, Michael 50, Ofer 36

Earlier, Ben, Rafi, Tchelet and Zev played half a game after I got them started, it took them too long and they didn’t like it, the opposite of Eszter, Ofer, and Gili’s enthusiasm for it.

Year of the Dragon

Nadine 113, Gili 88, Avraham 82

We played with my new expansions from Jon’s Alea Treasure Chest that he finally went through. We used the Wall expansion, but modified to exclude any penalties. It helps the game a lot, with an additional action card with a choice of actions, providing more options which you want; especially helpful for new players. I used my princess and building strategy, I also had a double dragon, giving me 6 points per round pretty quickly, and later 9. I managed to keep a lot of people, relatively. Gili made a mistake early on and ended the game with no people or buildings – she didn’t get any rice the first famine. She got a double dragon first turn, and then successfully focused on the book strategy. She easily maintained first place on the turn order track, Avraham and I alternated second place a few times, but I otherwise I was last. But the last two rounds Gili lost even her book people, which did it. I also had buddhas.

August 26, 2015

Participants: Gili, David, Avi, Jon, Nadine, Nisan, Assaf

Gili kindly hosted while my place is undergoing renovations.

Amun Re

David 43, Nadine 35, Avi 31, Assaf 27

First play for Avi, I think. Nadine was up a smidge after the first half. David had 3 temples at the end and most pyramids both times. The bribe never went over level 2.

Firefly

Jon, Gili, Nisan

First play for Nisan, second for me. I was spectacularly lucky the first time I played. While I thought the game rather straightforward (we played with a very basic goal), I was also unsure how badly the dice determined the game. So I wanted to try it again.

We played with a far more difficult set of three goals, which required you to have high values in each of the three colors, in sequence. In theory, once you met the first goal, you could dispense with that color for the rest of the game. But you still need two of the three colors to survive most encounters.

I started the game buying two crew and then losing both of them. After that, I maxed out with a ridiculously capable and essentially unbeatable crew. I was shy in blue, which I needed for the second goal, but the negative effect of missing a blue roll is that you get a warrant, which is basically irrelevant if you avoid the cops (or don’t have illegal goods and have tons of cash; I did both).

Meanwhile, Nisan played fairly reasonably, but rolled very poorly (many 1s). After a particularly annoying one (in which he needed a 2 to survive) he gave up. I was poised to collect all three goals in fairly rapid succession anyway, so that was ok. At this point, I also pretty much had given up on the game as not very interesting.

Bridge

Jon/David, Nadine/Avi

We played four hands, and I had 10 points in one hand and far less in the others.

Goblins Rule, Fairies Drool

Gili, Assaf, Nisan

They played this once before I got there and once while we played bridge.

I may have got some of this wrong, since I wrote it nearly a week late (renovations will do that to you).