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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).

New Provinces

mace amnu reAmun Re

Mace 47, Eszter 43, Gili 35, Sara 20

Good games fun had by all! :). Eszter and Gili have played before. Eszter beat me in money 46 vs 44, we both got bonus of 44 money at the end. Gili was temple heavy and jumped up at the end a lot. Rating from everyone was Medium-positive.

– Mace

Eszter’s Pyramid Squeaker

Gili, Elisheva, Josh, Eszter, Nadine

Amun Re

Eszter 16,45, Nadine 19,44, Gili 18,42, Elisheva 9,36, Josh 12,30

Gili taught this to Elisheva, and then we filled Josh in when he came, and reviewed with Eszter. First play for Elisheva and Josh, Eszter had played once. I was ahead in money most of the game, but ran out from high bidding and lower income, and was limited on cards so I didn’t get any card bonus points at the end. Eszter did well at bidding; Elisheva and Josh didn’t understand that you could score for more than one set of pyramids. Gili had bad luck with cards. I was first at the end, so we started with my scoring, I had 25 points in pyramids, but nothing else, not even money points. We scored Eszter third, and she dramatically passed me by one point.

Smiley Faces

Elisheva 7, Gili 4, Josh 3, Nadine 3, Eszter 1

This game is pretty Fluxx-like, but people still try to think because sometimes what you do has an effect, usually if you’re last. I had zero points going into the last round, despite having the ‘switch two color point cards’ the whole game. It was never worthwhile to play it, first round I was going to switch yellow for red, but Elisheva, with support, was ahead in red, and I wasn’t ahead in anything. Gili cancelled one round. Josh and I were even on the tie-breaker of points from round cards. Gili translated all the cards into Hebrew for her kids, who like the game.

Passover Games Day April 8, 2012

A well-attended game day which went pretty smoothly, with the majority finding groups to play with and games they wanted to play. A successful dinner order thanks to Emily.

People came from Ra’anana, Rehovot, Beit El and Haifa, coming and going all day and evening, so I almost had enough chairs.

The JSGC Matza Awards

Awards QA – Nadine

Best CEO – Emily

Best CFO – Hershel

Best Dungeoneer – Zvi Yehuda

Best Pyramid Builder – Sara

Best Mine Controller – Sara Kochman

Best Multi-tasker – Saarya

Best Newbie – Mike

Best Non-gamer – Ruth

Best Royal – Laurie

Bravest Participant – Devorah

Fastest Car – Binyamin

Gamers-in-training – Eliana and Chana Tova

Knocking over the most game pieces – Eitan (runner-up – Jon)

Largest Army – Elisheva

Most points for playing incorrectly – Abe

Mr. Congeniality – Ofer

MVP – Gili, who beat Jon in Antike

Most Versatile Gamer – Moshe

Quickest Learner – Avi

Snobbiest – Eszter, Kati and Brett, for only playing games taught by the designer himself

Tease – David

Valiant Knight – Kate

Worst Student – Jon

Awards Committee – Eitan, Emily, Abe, Sara

7 Wonders

Sara 59, Jon 55, Avi 53, Hershel 51, Elisheva 46, Saarya 32

Heshel brought and taught this. After the explanation, Avi arrived and took my place. I was going to help him, but he understood the game very quickly and came up with beneficial actions faster than me. First play for Sara, Elisheva, Avi and Saarya. Elisheva did well with military.

Alien Frontiers x 2

Binyamin 8, Zvi Yehuda 6, Gili 5, Moshe 5

Emily 8, Eitan 7, Sara 6, Abe 6

Sara was ahead most of the game. Eitan accidentally knocked pieces around during set-up. Ofer let them keep playing with his game when he left, they played well past midnight. Lots of colorful pretty dice.

Amun Re

Sara 42, Nadine 39, Avi 34

First play for Sara and Avi. Everyone did well, it’s a bit easier 3-player and the provinces were relatively equal.

Antike

Gili 8, Jon 7, Hershel 6, Elisheva 4

First play for Heshel and Elisheva. Jon usually wins but the rest of us keep improving – good job Gili!

Blockade Runner

Eitan 223,000, Emily 200,000, Michel 183,000, Abe 171,000

One of Eitan and Emily’s new games. Binyamin and Zvi Yehuda stopped playing during the second round.

Carson City

Nadine 52, Jon 50, Eitan 46

We played on the river side for the first time – there are only six mountains, nothing can be placed on river squares, and it acts like a mountain for mines. Jon was the only one to do anything differently, he built a bridge, but it gave me an extra point as well as him. I lost all my gunfights, in general I tried to avoid them. But losing the fights gave me two extra cowboys at the end which helped. In the last round Jon placed a cowboy on a house near buildings belonging to me and Eitan, so I placed one on a house near Jon’s buildings, which made him lose more points than I did. I had the sheriff only in the third round. Jon rolled poorly, once messing up the board and throwing the dice off the table in the same roll. Eitan won more gunfights but had only played once before.

Code 777 

Binyamin+, Zvi Yehuda, Moshe

Detroit Cleveland Grand Prix

Binyamin 360, Jon 320, Eitan 250, Nadine 210

Jon wanted a break with a light game. He fought with Binyamin over the black car, Jon had a lot of cards that helped black, but eventually gave up in the auction. Binyamin’s black car easily came in first. I was in second place until almost the end, but then didn’t have any more cards that helped me, and I had to help other people pass me. Binyamin and Eitan each had two cars.

Dominion

Ofer+, Laurie, Saarya

Doom

Ofer brought and taught this. He defended against Gili and Zvi Yehuda, who succeeded in defeating him.

Egizia x 2

Abe 1st, Sara Kochman 2nd, Sara 3rd, Emily 4th

Another of Eitan and Emily’s new games. Eitan, playing Carson City, knocked a game box onto their gameboard, so they lost some information relevant to playing. They got a rule wrong which benefitted Abe.

Binyamin 127, Zvi Yehuda 114, Mike

Emily taught this to them while managing the dinner order.

It’s Alive

Kati+, Eszter, Brett

Eszter arrived later in the evening with her sister and brother-in-law. Jon taught them the game while playing Puerto Rico.

London

Nadine 37, Jon 31, Hershel, 26, Elisheva -1

First play for everyone except me, first time I played with correct rules. I tried to teach the game even though I realized that I didn’t know it well enough; but supplemented with the rule book it was still faster than starting from scratch. Hershel had the lowest poverty and did the best at not taking loans, Elisheva was tripped up by hers. Jon had three and still did well, I had one. As in earlier plays, the game finished faster than expected.

Louis XIV x 2

Sara 51, Saarya 46, Avi 37

I explained the game, then Saarya took over using the rule book, and Avi had played before.

Laurie 55, Gili 49, Ofer 47, Devorah 29

Devorah’s first time playing a Eurogame, she showed up in the evening after seeing a post on janglo, she didn’t know anyone. I took over for Laurie at the beginning of the last round when she had to leave, but she was in a great position, with a chip and enough money and markers so I could get 5 chips to fulfill 3 mission cards. Gili did a good job explaining and running the game, and we played her variant where the harder mission cards are 6 and 7 points instead of 5.

Kingdom Builder

Zvi Yehuda 59, Binyamin 55, Moshe 49, Kate 42

Puerto Rico

Jon 48, Nadine 45, Moshe 39, Kate 33

Kate and Moshe play this a lot, but get different buildings than we do. I wanted to see how it would work to play with them. They were a bit distracted by their tired toddler, Chana Tova. Kate started off with Hospice and got Residence at the end. Moshe had Hacienda and Construction Hut, crafted a lot, and got a late Tobacco, and no big building. I didn’t get a big building either, I got a Wharf instead, which gave me at least 10 points. But when I traded Coffee before Jon did at the beginning of the game, I got a Harbor instead of a Factory; Jon took a Factory next round. He ended up with Guild Hall and Fortress, which was just enough to beat my shipping. Jon was first player, Kate second, me third and Moshe last.

Shadows Over Camelot

Laurie, Mike, Kate, Moshe, Avi/Ruth

Ruth arrived and took over for Avi, who had to leave. Ruth has little game experience, Moshe is an experienced wargamer. Binyamin explained the game. They played without a traitor. The game ended with 6 white and 6 black swords.

Ticket to Ride Team Asia

Ofer and Laurie 115, Kate and Sara Kochman 42