Tag Archive | azul

Jon is too good

Magic

David++, Jon+

Azul

Gili 84, Haim 61, Iris 49

First play for Iris.

Pioneer Days

Jon 68, David 53, Nadine 43

I thought I was losing by more, I have a hard time with this game, feels too chaotic. I lost 2 points for buying a wagon that I didn’t need. Jon had 6 people, David 2, me 1. Jon did very well with the calculations and planning.

Ticket to Ride

Haim 149, Iris 121, Gili 67

First play for Iris. Gili missed a route at the end by one turn, which cost her 24 points.

Puerto Rico

Buildings Shipping Bonus
Jon 25 22 15 62, David 20 33 4 57, Gili 21 25 8 54, Nadine 21 30 51, Haim15 25 6 46

I had a good start, getting tobacco, factory and harbor, but I didn’t have a quarry and made a few mistakes. Somehow I was not able to get a big building even though I had enough money by then, but I bought last so they were out, and wharf was also gone. I’m better at planning ahead in 3-player games. Jon had factory and guild hall, and produced all 5 goods. David had harbor and wharf which let him catch up after being behind. Gili did well to come in third, behind Jon and David who are too good and experienced, they were the number 1 and 2 players worldwide on a specialized PR site that has since crashed.

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Passover Games Day 5779

Thank you to everyone who helped set up and clean up, and brought snacks and games. I came in last a lot, and only won one game of Tichu, and lost one. I don’t have info on all the games.

Antike

Jon: I taught Antike to my friend Ilana’s husband and their 4 kids. The boys all picked up the rules (sometimes one picked up a rule and had to explain it, or a different one) faster than the father. The girl played for a few rounds and decided to play with her phone instead, I didn’t see how far they got. And they had to play on the floor. So when they left right after, I thought that they didn’t have a good time. But Ilana said that they were happy to learn a new game and want to buy it.

Azul x3

Israel 113, Assaf 96, Ishai 70

Binyamin 77 Haim 70 Gili 60

Rosalynn 92, Avi 71, Azriel 65, Nechemia 38

Civilization

David+, Cliff, Gili/Jon

Jon: I inherited a bad position from Gili but turned it into second position by mid-game. The only reason Cliff and I had any chance was because David didn’t strike us down with disasters when he could have. It was obvious that David was way ahead and we could not catch up, so I asked to end early and save two hours or so.

Clank! x 2

Binyamin 131, Haim 89, Gili 74

Cliff 73, Binyamin 66, Mishi 51, Elianna 32

Jon: Binyamin played with the rules so wrong that they made the game trivial, long, and boring with no decisions. And then he said he didn’t like the game because it was too long with no decisions.

Crokinole

Ofer and kids

Hannabi x2lll

Yochai, Eliezer, Israel

They won with 21points the first game, 20 points the second one, a cooperative game.

Isle of Skye x2

David 62 Gili 49 Jon 62 . Jon and David share victory , same amount of money

Avi 83, Benyamin 73, Mishi – 72, Elianna – 57

Avi: we almost surely played the game wrong.

Kingsburg

Lords of Waterdeep

Israel 180, Assaf 163, Ishai 145

Magic

Jon++ David.

Jon: I had a killer deck. We both played BU.

Pioneer Days x2

Avi 80, Lior 77, Nadine 43

First play for all. We forgot to advance the disasters at the end. I drew 4 gold chips, all had one gold, instead of 2 or 3, not that it would have mattered much. I had two equipments for cattle, but cattle hardly ever came up.

David 67, Jon 46, Nadine 34

First play for David. He had a good cattle setup, after I didn’t take the get a second cattle chip, this game cattle came up a lot. I made mistakes in both games, in this one I lost all my people on the last round, they would have given me 18 points.

Power Grid

Nechemia+, Avi, Rosalynn, Azriel

Puerto Rico

Azriel+, Rosalynn, Nechemia, Zvi, Haim

Raiders of the North Sea

Gili 73, Eszter 66, Lior 53

Signorie

Ben 154, Avi/Eszter 107, Zvi 105, Nadine 103

Newish to them.

Sticheln

Jon 10, Nadine 8, David -5

First play for Nadine and David.

Stone Age

Ben, Assaf, Rabi, Nadine S

Izaa: First time for us. Rabi won a good 50 points ahead of me with Nadine S not far behind.

Terraforming Mars

I have a lost gold cube from the game.

Tichu x3

We didn’t finish the first game, Nadine, Ben, Avi, Chaim. I think.

David/Nadine+, Jon/Haim

David/Nadine, Jon/Haim+

I couldn’t believe how bad Jon and Haim’s cards were, we won easily. But then we played again, and our cards were even worse. Usually it’s more even during a game.

Tzolkin

Binyamin S, Elad, Elianna

Village

Binyamin S 58, Chaim 46, Yehiel 39, Yohanan 38

New to all. Jon: I also taught them Village and they played that wrong too, taking several extra turns they were not supposed to.

 

 

 

I win Homesteaders

Magic

David ++, Jon +

Pinochle

David ++, Jon

Notre Dame

Jon 58, Nadine 56, Gili 55, David 55

I kept the wrong card at the end of the game. I realized it before Gili picked up my card, but I had picked up my last card, and even though that wasn’t related to the change, I decided it was too late to switch. I would have gotten 3 more points and beaten Jon. David said he also kept the wrong card. The others didn’t like that the passing direction was always the same.

Homesteaders

Nadine 47, David 39, Jon 37, Gili 35

Jon had 9 buildings, the rest of us 7. David had the bonus for buildings, Jon had the cancel debt one, which he needed since he had 8 of them, Gili and David had 4 and I had 2. I passed the most, we paid at least 7 most of the time for buildings, and more at the end. I usually don’t do well at this game, it’s possible that everyone else just did worse than usual. I didn’t buy a building on the last round, which saved all my resources and trade chips for getting points, otherwise I would have had to take a few debts. Early in the game I bought a person, then got one from a card and a building on the same turn, most of the game I had 5, with income of 6, so I mainly used gold for money. I had gold, iron, wood and 2 points each round, and 4 by the end. The others were also getting points and resources. It’s good that the passing more often strategy is viable, though I’m not even sure that I passed more than David and Gili if we had the same number of buildings; I did have less debt. I’ve never even been competitive in the game before.

Puerto Rico

Eliezer 54, Israel 51, Noam 44, Haim 37

Azul

Haim+, Israel, Noam, Eliezer

Tichu

Jon/Nadine+  David/Haim

Jon and I had terrible cards, we kept passing each other high cards, and were behind by 300 points or more most of the game. Jon made good use of bombs to block a few of their Tichus, which they called almost every round. We caught up on the second to last hand, with 925 to their 875. I had called Tichu and towards the end played a 5-card straight with the Phoenix, but the others noticed that it was actually the Dragon, they said you must have wondered why no one one played it over your Aces, which was true, and David had played the Phoenix in his opening 6-card straight. I made it anyway, and Jon had a high King and the dog to help in case it was necessary, and went out second. On the last hand I played a low 5-card straight, which David covered with a straight to the king, I had a higher one to the Ace. But then only low cards, I played one and Jon called Tichu. When he made it we stopped playing because it was after midnight, so don’t have the exact final score.

Planets and Huts

Coloretto

Nadine 35, Gili 30, Elad 28

First play for Elad who wanted to try it. I had 4 plus 2’s.

Jon 43 Sara 42 Haim 31

Hawaii

Haim 95 Sara 90 Elana 90 Jon 87

First play for Sara, Elana had played once a while ago.

Horizons

Gili 18  Nadine 13 Assaf 12  Elad 11

Gili’s game, new to us. Elad would have gotten around 8 points on his turn right after me if I hadn’t ended the game. Not all of us understood how the scoring worked, and Gili had one rule wrong – we were supposed to each get a resource if someone built on a planet we were on. That would have sped things up a bit. There is nothing to do when it’s not your turn, and the turns aren’t so simple, with extra actions and different cards available. The game seems fine, though not super interactive even with the area control.

Dvonn

Elad 1 Jon 1

Yinsh

Elad 1 Jon 0

Azul

Nadine 69, Haim 67, Assaf 42+, Sara 41

First play for Sara and Assaf. I didn’t explain well to Assaf, so he didn’t score some points that he should have. I just edged out Haim, I had one vertical, one horizontal, and one color, Haim had one color.

Haim’s Night

Magic

David and Jon; Shay and Haim, tied

They played beforehand, and Jon and David also played after their other games.

Clank!

Shay 71 David 69 Jon 61 Israel 53.

First play for Shay and Israel, who got out first, too early.

Azul

Israel 84 Jon 63 David 54 Shay 45

Israel made up for his loss in Clank!, that’s a lot of points for Azul.

Carson City

Haim 43 Nadine 39 Lorenzo 36 Eliezer 33 Sara 20

Too much luck, and hard with 5 players. Sara lost all her battles so she couldn’t get buildings, and Lorenzo thought he was fighting her for a Mine, but it was a Ranch which he didn’t need.

Seven Wonders

Haim 54  Lorenzo 52 Sara 49  Nadine 41

The middle age on my board gave me resources that I didn’t need, instead of points, which makes a difference. I also had too many resources, which gave me money, but no extra points for money. Haim got 18 points for war, Lorenzo 17.

Yay David!

Havoc

David 38, Jon 30, Aaron 29, Haim 24

First play for Aaron and Haim.

Raiders of the North Sea

Nadine 54, Nadine F 51, Gili 42

Gili brought this, first play for all of us. A nice game, not difficult to learn, but it is tight, so each action matters. I started by investing in fighting power, and mostly managed to avoid Valkyries so I didn’t lose cards. You have to manage several things but it works well. Without planning to, I took one of the tiles Gili wanted, which meant she couldn’t use her plunder efficiently. None of us used the stealing action which I don’t think I like because you’ll steal what you need, not select the player who is furthest behind, if you can even tell. The game is an award-winner, in the top 100 on bgg.

Azul

Nadine 86, Nadine F 67, Gili 63

Nadine F was trying to take into consideration what the rest of us needed, which makes sense, but I complained because it made the game too slow.

Concordia

David 141, Aaron 123, Jon 114, Haim 99

Turns out that we’ve been playing wrong – you have to pay double or more to build houses where one is already built. David focused on cloth.

Tichu

Jon Haim, Nadine David

We didn’t finish the whole game, but Jon and Haim were ahead when we stopped. We set one of Jon’s 3 Tichus, and they set one of David’s by playing 2 bombs.

David found and brought plastic Tichu cards to replace Jon’s almost unplayable decks. The cards are smooth and slippery, with different art, a major improvement!

 

Pie Town

Pie Town

Nadine 126 Haim 105 Jon 102 Gili 97

A new game of Haim’s, very nice. Worker placement to bake and sell pies, with a deduction element. You get more points for baking pies with your secret ingredients than for generic pies, but the other players can get points for guessing your ingredients so you need to disguise when you bake. I’m bad at deduction games, even though we had erasable cards to write on. I started off by getting to the maximum of workers, 4, while others got ingredients and upgrades. I upgraded eventually, and managed to bake the most pies by the end of the game, to put me ahead enough in points that I didn’t need the points from guessing. The others guessed well, but the maximum points from guessing it all correctly is only 12. It feels like there is luck, mostly in turn order. You can take first player if no one takes it before you, Gili took it once, which made me last player instead of second, first player rotates to the left. Haim also to got to 4 workers. It feels more tactical than strategic, all of us are ready to play again.

Azul

Haim 70 Gili 63 Jon 62 Nadine 58

My second play, Haim has played over 20 times, to good effect. Gili kept trying to block Jon, and he kept telling her to block me instead because I was ahead, but she was right. I could have done better but didn’t feel like thinking more, and I doubt I could have won.