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September 28, 2016

Participants: Jon, David K, Nadine, Gili, Aaron, Avi BB, Eszter, Nati, Yahel

Yahel, Avi BB, and Nati are all new attendees. Welcome!

Magic: The Gathering

David+, Jon

David came late, so we have to built from random cards instead of draft. I pulled 60 crappy cards for deck-buildings; even with a 40 card deck and playing with 3 colors, I still had to fill out my deck with a few useless cards just to reach the card counts. If I had some more time maybe I could have made a better deck with one of the other colors.

I didn’t have any mana or color problems, but David built up a nice army and all I could do was throw things in the way until I couldn’t do that any more. Actually, I was able to ping him several times with a flyer while I was delaying his army – if I had a few good damage or game ending cards hidden in my deck I might have been able to kill him. Eventually I went down.

Parade

Jon 6, Gili 8, Yahel 10, Avi BB 21, Nati 25

First plays for Yahel, Avi BB, and Nati. Nati managed to avoid taking any cards until the end, which is great if you can keep control, but otherwise is often a recipe for death.

Gold West

Gili 91, Estzer 88, Avi BB 86

First play for all, I think. Looks like it was a close game.

Red 7

Eszter +1, Gili +1

I didn’t see this one.

Tigris and Euphrates

Jon 9, Nati 8, Yahel 5

First play for Nati and Yahel. I rarely get to play this gem. It took some time for Nati and Yahel to get up to wrap their heads around the rules, which is usual. They actually did quite well, especially at the start. The first five treasures left the board fairly quickly.

I built an easily conquerable monument just to show them how to do it, and then several more monuments went up. I won and lost some external conflicts, and found myself with all of my leaders off the board. I put them back down and attempted to end the game more quickly, which is what happened.

They both loved it.

Slap Deck

Jon, Nati, Yahel

I taught them this little game of mine, and we played several games. Nati won the first game with an astounding score of 1 – 0 – 0. Everyone won at least one game. They liked this a lot, too.

Candle Quest

Nati+, Jon, Yahel

And I taught them this game, and they like it, too. We played the basic game.

Augustus

Avi BB 116, Estzer 22, Gili 19

I didn’t see this, but this seems like a less close game (unless Gili got the scores wrong).

Power Grid

David 17, Aaron 16, Nadine 15

First pay for Aaron. They played on the cheapest US locations. They played without our house rule, which made for some game chaos. Nevertheless, it seems that David had the game in hand by the last few rounds, at least.

Tichu

Jon/Aaron 575, David K/Nadine 525

First game, no tichu; we had -5 points, they had 105. Second game I called and made grand tichu (with dragon, phoenix, ace, and two jacks); I passed him the dog. We had 220 to their 180.

After the fourth game and two more tichus the score was them 405 to us 395. In one of these, David had a cross-bomb situation (4 card bomb crossing his straight card flush bomb). Fifth  game they were up 480 to our 420. In the last round, Aaron called and made his first (?) tichu; I actually had a bomb and the dog to help him.

June 10, 2015

Participants: Jon, David, Gili

Macao

Jon 85ish, David 60ish, Gili 2 points behind David

First play for David. This is Gili’s game, but I think I’ve played more than her now. It’s a good game with many interesting Euro mechanics. Some are standard: claim control of city spaces, take the resources there, earn points for your largest connected area, try to be the first to ship the resources, trade money for points, buy booster ability cards. The rondel that determines the actions you get each round is both good and bad. It’s good because it’s an interesting idea, and the restrictions it makes make for angst. It’s bad, because what you can do is determined by dice rolls. On the one hand, everyone has access to the same dice rolls, so this should not be an issue. However, as the game develops, different people require that different rolls come up. As a result, they tend to favor or hurt some more than others. You can play a conservative game to minimize your need for specific dice rolls, but then you play a bit of a crippled game with minimal powers.

Also, although the game has planning, way too many other game elements come at you randomly, just to screw with your plans. And there are many cubes to push around and lots of cube combination allotment calculations. It can bog down a bit.

I created a very minimally intrusive “fix” for this, that allows you to change a die by 1 point up or down if you pay a gold coin, which is not insignificant (somewhat less significant near the end of the game, but then so are the dice results). My proposal was met with derision by the game’s advocates on BGG, so take it as you will. It made the game MUCH more enjoyable for me and I think for the others in our group as well.

Nadine trounced us several times, but she wasn’t here, so I did the trouncing this time. David decided to completely avoid the city and shipping, instead staying first in turn order, getting high point bonus cards, and getting money for the points market. He only went into the city to block other people. Unfortunately for him, this strategy didn’t work out well. I sold only one less time than he did, and my shipping was many times more than his. Gili had the largest city area, and she shipped more than us, but again only slightly more than I did, and she almost never sold on the market. Somehow I managed to balance most things and end up on top.

Augustus

Jon 63, Gili 54, David 30something

First play for David and me. This game looked a lot like Bingo, and I had low expectations, but I am willing to try most things once. I was happily surprised that, while the central mechanic is Bingo-like, the game is more than that. You can move your pieces around and the game’s main mechanics revolve around deciding what cards to fill for their points and bonuses and what bonus tiles to shoot for from a limited supply. And it’s fairly quick.

Not that it was a fantastic game, but I would play it again as a filler.

In our game, Gili ended with a complete set of seven cards. David had 6 (or 5) and I had only 4. But my four counted a lot (two were 18 points) and I had the 10 point bonus for 3 orange cards.

Addendum

On shabbat I played two player with Aaron.

We played Battle Con (first play for me), a two player push and pull combat game, where you choose two-card combinations for each attack (with range, movement, damage, stun, damage reduction, and some special abilities). Played cards return to your hand after two rounds out of play. It was a good game for its class, but I don’t particularly favor these kinds of games. The more you know the cards, the less interesting it will be, since you know all of the interesting combinations. It then comes down to bluff and rock/paper/scissors. He barely won with a final coup de grace.

After that we played Five Tribes, first play for him. He really liked the game. It looked like a runaway win for me as I nailed many whites and bought a lot of djinns, and then nailed a lot of yellows (each worth 3 points for me). He earned more points in resources, but not too much more. I also took many of the best board spots, including the 15, 12, and two spots with castles (4 and 3 each) to his 10 and one castle spot (3 castles). But the final scores were not too far apart: 224 to 199. He would like to play again.

Passover Games Day 5775

A full day with lots of players including new ones. Mazal tov to David for winning all his games, including ones he just learned. Gili watched a video on how to play Argent The Consortium and they were ready to play, but then gave up. Thank you to Yona for taking some of the pictures. Special thanks to Jon for organizing the food order and driving over to pick it up. We missed Shirley, Emily and Eitan.

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Jon+, Gili, Elisheva

Jon: I taught Gili and Elisheva. Gili started off with a commanding lead, but I was also making progress. Actually, I was shoring up some resources and alien power cards. Eventually I started attacking Gili (stole her resources) and took the shield card from Elisheva. I also got a plasma cannon to remove pesky ships in my way.

I noted to them that the special abilities of the cards were powerful, especially the ones that move bases around. Elisheva used one in the last round to try to thwart my victory, but I had an equivalent one to undo what she did.

Antike

Jon 9, Assaf 7, Elisheva 6

One of Jon’s favorite games, Elisheva wanted to play.

Jon: I kept a slight lead throughout the game. My secret is simply that I constantly evaluate exactly which points I am aiming for and I work straight for the points. I don’t worry about losing cities or armies if I don’t need them anymore. I worry about what the others are doing only if my path to a specific point card is blocked.

With more aggressive opponents, I have to spend more time shoring up defenses, and the game drags as a result.

Augustus

Avi 114, Gili 60, Devorah 49, Binyamin 42, Yiska 39

Bridge

Ben and Binyamin, Nadine and Avi

We played for a while, fun and interesting, with table talk and assistance on bidding. Avi and I set them a few times, and we all made a few. Ben and Binyamin always know who has what and what’s going on with everyone.

IMG_2221Deus

Binyamin 37, Irit 26, Jon 23, Gili 22

Jon: I can barely remember this, but the essential part is that you control certain areas and spread out from there. You gain points from surrounding certain pre-existing areas on the board with the majority of armies, or from certain actions, or from building temples. You can do these things only by building all of the other things first, which rate limits the game.

I pulled spectacularly bad cards hand after hand. You have to have certain cards in order to make progress, and I couldn’t draw them for the life of me. Eventually I gave up on ever getting a temple; my path, then, was to end the game before anyone else could build their second temple (they all already had one). I managed to end the game a turn before at least two other players would have gotten their second temple. Binyamin complained good-naturedly about this, but he still won by a third more points than the next player. I was barely not last.

This game is a pain to play with people who don’t know it well, since there is a lot of calculation to do and there is nothing to do when it is not your turn. With experienced players it probably plays fairly quickly.

Dixit

Noy+, Arbel, Nitay, Gil, Yiska

Played twice

Five Tribes

David 145, Devorah 122, Nadine 120, Avi 117

IMG_2290David+, Ben, Nadine, Eszter

I do worse at this every time I play but I like the game, everyone did. New to Ben, David, Avi and Eszter.

For Sale

Ilia 67, Binyamin 59, Yiska 57, Devorah 55

I’m the Boss!

Yiska+ 42, Devorah, Nitay, Benjamin, Noy, Arbel

Kemet

Yovel, Binyamin, Mishie, Ofer, Lior

20150408_150015Kings of Israel

Ofer, Lior, Mishie, Yovel

Eli, Ron and Avi won at Pekach, the last king.

Lords of Waterdeep

Jon 161, Assaf 136, Elisheva 122

Jon: I taught this game, which is very each to teach. It’s not a high tension game, since you usually have what you need to do various things, so you’re always moving forward. Unless there is only a single source of something and you’re not trying hard enough to go first to get it (or work around the worker placement restriction). Elisheva was fairly close behind me, but Assaf jumped ahead in the end by finishing a few more quests that were also the right type for his Lord.

Magic

David+, Jon

Jon has 5,000 new cards and 3,000 duplicates.

Jon: We played two sets of games, each set was a draft followed by best of three games. I won the first one in each set, then lost the second one due to mana problems, then lost the third one stam. In the first set I had some blue card drawing and scrying, and a few cards to take out David’s flyers (which he never got out). In the second set I had tons of creature control. I won the first game with that, but he won the third game because he kept bringing out more creatures (and he had one that popped out of the graveyard every round).

20150408_121307Nefarious

Nadine 21, Ben 20, Assaf

No Thanks

Avi, Yiska, Devorah

Two games, Avi and Yiska each won.

Port Royal

Gil+, Arbel, Nitay, Noy, Yiska

IMG_0611Puerto Rico

Eszter, Benjamin, Yovel,

Qwixx

Gili 142, Elisheva 121

Gili’s game, new to Elisheva.

Railroad Tycoon

Yiska+, Eszter 17, Mishie 15, Assaf 6

20150408_121313Sentinels of the Multiverse

Lior and Mishie

Cliff, Bill, Mishie

Stone Age

David 253, Devorah 166, Avi 160

Avi had only played once a while ago.

Tichu

Ron and Avi 555, Eli and Nadine 145

First play for Ron and Eli, we played to 500. I called a Tichu, Avi started with a 5 straight and called a 7; I could legally play the 7 in a straight using the Phoenix, so I had to play it and mess up my hand, plan, and Tichu.

Jon and David+, Nadine and Avi

They beat us by around 500, they both managed to keep having the dog at the exact right time to save each other.

Jon: We had two grand Tichus, both made, including the one I opened with on the first hand. The last play of the last hand was also nifty. David passed to me leaving him with a single card. I played out everything and then passed back to him with the dog.

IMG_2285Troyes

Gili 47, Lior 46, Elisheva 45, Devorah 29

Gili taught this, close game.

Tzolk’in

Eszter 62, Gili 60, Irit 46, Gil 33

Walnut Grove

Binyamin 33, Eliezer 27, Nadine 23, Yiska 23

First play for all of them. Binyamin did a good job with wood and food for more farmers, he ended with 5.

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