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Sukkot Games Day 5779

Thank you to everyone who brought tables, chairs, snacks and games, and helped set up and clear up. A special thank you to Gili for taking care of the dinner order; for future reference Burgers Bar completely messed up by not putting names on the burgers. And thank you to Lorenzo for the m&m’s!

Antike

I don’t have the scores.

Azul

Nadine 63, Rafi  54, Mishi  41

Mishi 79, Rafi  62, Nadine 48

I started teaching this; Jon objected and took over. This was the first time I played correctly. Rafi and Mishi liked the game, and wanted to play again once they understood how it worked.

Ben 104, Yosef 86, Yael 72, Gili 65

Belfort

Gili 44, Yael 32, Ofir 32, Efi 26

Bridge

Several groups played during the day. Lorenzo played for the first time and did well.

Castles of Burgundy

Yosef 222, Jon 218, other player 170

First play for the other two.

Clans of Caledonia

Roi 173, Nadine 155, Binyamin 127, Mishi 115

We played with a few clans I haven’t played with: Roi delta discount, Nadine extra contracts, Binyamin extra guy and shipping, Mishi factory discount. Everyone took advantage of their abilities. First play for all of them.

Crokinole

Ben 145, Abie 25

Many more games were played.

Euphoria

Avi, Shalom and his kids.

Five Tribes

Ben 185, Aaron 158, Roi 144

Nadine, Rafi, Mishi, Yosef B, scoresheet is missing.

Hawaii

Gili 80, Yael 74, Aaron 68, Binyamin 66

Lords of Waterdeep

Ben 153, David 150, Avraham 138

Magic

Jon, David++

Notre Dame

Avraham R  63, Nadine 57, Yosef B 32, Mishi 28

First play for them. Yosef and Mishi didn’t realize how important it was to not be overrun by rats too early in the game, and weren’t able to recover. I made one mistake which lost me the game – I took money in order to go the Notre Dame, but then realized I didn’t have a cube, and you can’t go in with cubes already used. Avraham did well, and eventually had 4 pieces in the park.

R-Eco

Nadine 14, Mishi 7,  Ophir 6, Rafi 2, Efi 2

Yosef B 16, Nadine 6, Lorenzo 6, Mishi 3

Everyone likes this as a filler, new to most of them.

Signorie

David 168, Lorenzo 167.5, Tzvi 145

An exciting finish, though I’m not sure you can have half points.

Tichu

Jon: I trounced David in half a Tichu game and then he trounced me in a whole game later. I trounced him because he overbid. He trounced me because he had all the good cards.

Tigris and Euphrates

Jon 11, Assaf, Tvi with around 6 and 7.

First play for them.

Trajan

Avi 123, Jon 105, Yochai 103, Assaf 82

Year of the Dragon

David 110, Gili 98, Binyamin 86

 

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Sukkot Games Day 5775

20141014_185834A great games day with our fun games day gang. Happy birthday to Bill, he left early to work before his roleplaying group meeting, Shirley came after work; they’re both still jetlagged from a week in China. Bon voyage to Mace who left early to catch a plane back to Australia. Emily and Eitan were sans Uli because Emily’s parents are handily visiting. The dinner order was complicated as usual with a lot of people, leading to Emily resigning from the next one – with honors for the excellent job she’s done. Thanks to everyone who helped with score reporting, organizing, and carrying chairs and moving furniture.

Jerusalem area
Nadine, Gili, Lotem, Eszter, Binyamin, Bill, Shirley, David, Avi, Eitan, Emily, Shalom, Shachar, first timers Jordan and Chaim

Modi’in
First timer Avraham

Ra’anana
20141014_122457Jon, Sa’arya

Rehovot
Old timer Elisheva

Haifa
Ofer and Oran

Australia
Mace

Alien Frontiers

Jon 9, Avi 6, Ofer 6, Bill 1

First play for all except Jon.

20141014_162336Belfort

Eszter 53, Binyamin 37, Elisheva

New to them; they liked it.

Bridge

David/Jon, Nadine/Avi

Played at the end of the night. Jon had pretty bad cards overall. We played a fun, relaxed game without scoring and with discussion of bids, good practice. I was playing a hand, I was already set, and Jon asked ‘why are we still playing this?”, which I took to mean he was generally bored as usual. But he meant, ‘can’t you claim yet?”; I realized after that play that I could but hadn’t thought about it. Avi plays very well, he overbid once, I overbid also. Jon and David at first were either playing or bidding well, but not both on the same hand.

Carson City

Eszter 52, Avraham 40, Saarya 39, Elisheva 34

New to all except Eszter. A crowded board set up with most of the mountains very close to the town.

20141014_193338Dixit

Emily 32, Eitan 25, Gili 22

Played on the couch and floor at the end of the evening.

El Grande

Emily 34, 87, 127  Eitan 31, 83, 116  Gili 35, 89, 112

Very close scores, a fun favorite. I don’t think I’ve ever played with 3.

Eminent Domain

Another space game in the sukka. Jordan and Gili tied for 15, both in pts and resources and fighter, Elishiva 13, Shalom 12

20141014_191600Hanabi

Jon, David, Avi, Avraham, Shirley

They all enjoyed playing tremendously, despite, or because of, the challenge of having to remember information about cards that you can’t see, and did very well.

Hawaii

Gili 116, Eszter 99, Binyamin 98, Elisheva 85, Lotem 65

First play for Elisheva, Binyamin and Lotem.

High Frontier

M0, c8, s8, v4, Jordan 7 (1 v), Eitan 12 (1 v, 1 d, 1 s), Emily (1c + 4 turns), Shalom 8 (2 v)

This was the entertainment for people who went to have lunch in the sukka. They all really sounded like rocket scientists, the game emulates thrust, oxygen etc in detail.

20141014_114239Lords of Waterdeep

Jon, David, Shirley

Jon: Shirley won. David was a few points behind her and I was a few points behind him. I was ahead often in the game with 25 point quests, but the others were close behind with smaller quests and plot quests. And I only fed my lord 4 times for 16 points where they each ended with 32 points.

Love Letter

Nadine+, David, Avi

I did better than usual. This game is fun with people who get it and enjoy the uncontrollable situations. I lost when I had the countess and David the princess, next hand it was reversed.  They think it’s funny how much information I don’t remember, and helped me eliminate available cards for guessing to speed things up.

Machi Koro

Jordan 4/7, Shalom 6/7, Elisheva 7/7 (win), Eszter 6/7

Shalom’s game with similarities to Settlers according to him.

20141014_113521Magic

David+, Jon

Apparently a very close win. I knew they drafted, but didn’t realize they then make up decks with half the cards.

Mykerinos

Gili 43, Binyamin 32, Elisheva 32, Eszter 30, Lotem

Nefarious

David+, Jon, Bill, Avi, Nadine

New to David and Avi. We had positive special cards – including extra money if you haven’t built yet. I didn’t do well at selecting cards. Bill would have reached 20 points right after David did. Jon played cards with negative effects on other players such as losing minions and cards, but Avi countered with one giving everyone a card.

20141014_134411Nexus Ops

Avi+, Chaim, Ofer

Power Grid

Oran 17/17, Nadine 18/12+, David 18/12-

Easier with 3. New to Oran. He didn’t listen to the good advice David and I gave him, such as not buying so many intermediate power plants, and when to build. So he was right, very good play to beat both of us first time, and with his own strategy. We played regular, no card previews which changes the calculations. I was doing better than usual, I was in a good position throughout, and David was doing worse than usual, we don’t know why, but it was still fun to play, I haven’t played in at least a year.

Set

Jon, Ofer

Jon: I taught him and he creamed me.

Avraham, Nadine

New to Oran, who had a hard time finding them.

20141014_204005Tichu

Jon/Avi 1065, David/Avraham

David gamely partnered with Avraham, completely new to the game. He understood how to play, but experience makes a different. David and Avraham were ahead by a few hundred for a while, but Jon and Avi caught up, and won when they called Tichu and went out first and second; David made a mistake and forgot that Avi had only played one ace so there was still one out, Jon had it. David had 3 bombs in a row, wrecking one of Jon’s Tichus.

Tigris and Euphrates

Avraham 9, Avi 7, Nadine 5

I taught this to them, new to both. They did an excellent job catching on and built monuments, Avraham 2 and Avi 3. There wasn’t much conflict. I thought I was doing worse than I was. I think Avraham beat Avi because Avraham attacked more, he attacked me, but I didn’t play well. There is less conflict with 3 players.

20141014_193530Via Appia

Oran 92, Eszter 49, Nadine 38, Ofer 25

Ofer taught it to all of us, thought he hadn’t played before and needed to look up setup info, he didn’t have the rules in English, but he had read them online earlier. We punched out the game and Ofer managed to set up the main mechanism which releases disks with which to buy building stones. Near the end of the game, when one type of stone ran out, he discovered a new rule that you can get a coin instead of a stone – people who had tossed due to lack of storage took money for earlier moves, unbalancing the timing. It’s a cute, light game, though Pushing and losing feels like luck; it is partly, but also related to when you select that action. Eszter did really well with it, Ofer who was before her didn’t, he put them in position for her, as did I. I didn’t like that aspect, and often I couldn’t take full advantage of my actions, for example, only having one stone available to build instead of the two allowed. I focused on money for movement, but that’s not enough. I also built, but Oran had a more successful strategy, he built mainly small stones, and got bonuses for it.

20141014_162213Walnut Grove

Shachar 30, Nadine 28, Mace 25, Avraham 19

New to Shachar and Avraham, and Mace has played around once. Everyone did well, and sold a lot and bought bonuses. Mace and I had similar strategies, storage and coins. He wanted to get both coin bonus tiles but I got one. On the last turn, I changed from buying a farmer for two points to selling for 3 coins with space for 2, because of my coin bonus, even though it meant paying a coin for food. A mistake, I got all zeros, and paying for food reduced the coin bonus to one extra, for a gain of one instead of two. If I had drawn better coins I would have tied or won, but it’s less likely to draw those at the end of the game. The keep two tile year came up first, when it’s less helpful, though it does increase production quickly. It’s an easy game to learn. Eszter wanted to play it later, but too many people who had already played it were available. Shachar had 3 bonuses and almost got another one. Mace and I would have had one more point if we had drawn tiles which close fences on the last round.

Chag Sameach!

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Passover Mystica April 2014

2014-04-16 17.31.17Mazal tov to Mace on his marriage to Revi last week!

Belfort

Mace, Ken, Nadine, Gili

We played about half a  game before people had to leave; new to Mace and Ken. Gili added a stealing tile which messed her up. It seems to have big effect when one person doesn’t get to build, especially early in the game.

Candle Quest

Moshe+, Oran, Jon

Jon: Oran finished his board and ended with 42, but Moshe had 3 dancing candles and won with 49. (Advanced version).

Carson City

Jon 41, Oran 36, Elijah 34, Meir 27

Shirley 49, Nadine 44, David 42, Ken 25

Jon: I mis-taught the game. I forgot all about how the round and game ending point scoring worked. I simply had everyone toss down their cash to their limit without any chance for scoring, and I had everyone trade only 10 for 1 at the end of the game. Which doesn’t even make sense. Something small was bothering me during the game as we played, but not enough to make me look up the rules.

I took the early lead and managed to keep it. I took the sheriff as fourth player in the first round. In rounds two and three, it was also not picked often. It was only picked first in round four. We developed a lot of the board, and – despite the rules flub – it was quite fun.

2014-04-16 16.24.32Bill left the second game during the explanation to play Lords of Waterdeep. First play for Ken and Shirley. David didn’t remember how to play and was hurt by joining in after the rules explanation.

Fluxx

Binyamin+, Emily, Eitan, Oren, Avi

Shachar and Shlomia also played several games of this.

It’s Alive

Meir+, Eszter, Binyamin, Oran

Lords of Waterdeep

Ofer 105, Moshe 103, Oran 96, Eitan 80

Ofer had the most connections at the end.

2014-04-16 18.46.16Gili 130, Jon 125, Emily 96, Elliot 90, Bill 89

Jon: We played this correctly, though it was the first time I played it correctly. I always thought that every player had only one chance to fulfill a quest at the end of each round, which is very painful and introduces a bad element to the game if someone hits them with a forced quest. The real rules are much better (that is not always the case with rules mistakes, but it is in this case).

I was ahead most of the game and thought I would squeak out a win, but I ended with no items left on my board and Gili ended with a whole bunch. We both had 24 points bonus from the correct quests at the end; I had a lot of synergy from plot quests to fulfill arcana quests. I’m still not quite sure how it all worked out there.

Louis XIV

Elijah 44, Ofer, 43, Oran 38, Nadine 36

New to Ofer.

Love Letter

Avi+, Eitan, Oren, Binyamin and Eszter

Jon: I played two rounds of this and really don’t like the game. 

Magic

Jon: David and I drafted as usual, and Elliot came at the end. Since our drafts give us 45 cards each, we gave Elliot 60 random cards to make a deck. I played Green/White/Red, David played Red/White, and Elliot played Green/Red/Blue.

We played three way Magic where we each had a 20 life point stack against each opponent and the game ends when one player has reduced the relevant life point stack of each opponent to 0. In theory, this means you can win even if you have lost both of your life stacks already.

We had a lt of stalling since many of our creatures couldn’t get through, but Elliot had a flyer and David had a big guy who didn’t tap and had first strike (with an enchantment). David won the game. I killed his life point stack, but then he killed mine and used direct damage to finish off Elliot. One amusing thing that happened – or almost happened: Elliot used an enchantment to take possession of David’s big guy, which is what let me finish off David. I was then about to cast a global disenchant that would send the big guy back to David’s side, which would then allow me to finish off Elliot. One round too late.

David and Elliot then played two player and David won again with the red direct damage.

Nefarious

Jon 23, Gili 21, Meir 19

Meir 23, Gili 22, Jon 20

2014-04-16 14.27.02No Thanks

Jon+, Oran, Ethan, Moshe

Oran+, Jon, Ethan, Moshe

Jon: Even the winning scores were up in the 40s in both games.

Notre Dame

Michael 63, Mace 47, Emily 42

Mace used a cubes strategy, which he later transferred to the points area. Michael went into Notre Dame a lot.

R-Eco

Emily 32 +1, Eitan 31-1

Emily only got positive tokens. Eitan dumped one card.

2014-04-16 15.42.06Terra Mystica

Oren 92, Ofer 91, Nadine 87, Gili 72, Ken 67

Oren 92 (Halfling), Avi 88 (Nomads), Binyamin 83 (Dwarves), Eszter 80 (Magician Chaos), Eitan 77 (Darklings)

Gili and I had been looking forward to playing the new game of the year, but were disappointed. Partly due to the build-up, but it’s not that exciting of a game. Minimal player interaction, and pretty straighforward. You do have calculations, and the energy mechanic is different, and the variety of groups makes the game different each time for good replayability. I don’t think it’s as fun or interesting as Tzolk’in and many other games.

Jon: I learned the rules to the game in 30 minutes but opted to play Magic. I then turned around and taught the rules to David’s son Avi in less than 10 minutes before leaving. It doesn’t look bad, but it also doesn’t have any kind of wow factor at first glance, just a lot of rehashed mechanics I’ve seen before.

Trias

Jon 35, Gili 34, Meir 28

Jon: Meir started off too concentrated on one side. Also, both Meir and Gili “re-learned” rules specifics as the game went on, which affected their earlier plays a bit. First play is a learning experience.

Tzolk’in

Ofer, Oran, Nadine

2014-04-16 21.45.27Ofer taught this to Oran. I joined in as our shortened Belfor was wrapping up. We played less than one season; after breaking for dinner Ofer and Oran had to leave to go back to Haifa.

Year of the Dragon

Michael 111, Mace 95, Moshe 75, Ethan 67, Shachar 49

Thanks again to Emily for taking care of the dinner order.

Of note:

Set-up crew – Jon

Longest trip – Ofer and Oran

Worst drive: traffic jam and flat tire – Ken and Oren (Ken’s blog post)

2014-04-16 18.16.04Furthest trip – Elliot and parents from Boston

Best dressed – Shachar

Best gaming parents – Emily and Eitan

Best surprise attendees – David and Avi

Cutest – Uli

Gruesomest winner – Meir

Most French – Elijah

Most helpful – Bill and Shirley

Most popular game designer – Jon

Simcha group – Mace, Michael, Ethan, Moshe, Shachar, Shlomia

JSGC stalwart – Gili

Clean-up crew – Eitan, Emily, Bill, Shirley

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Four for Belfort

Gili, Ophir, Shirley, Nadine

Love Letter

Gili 2, Nadine 1, Ophir 0

We played three rounds while waiting for Shirley. Ophir hadn’t played but caught on well, and he guessed my character without info at the beginning of one round. The scores aren’t so relevant when you only play 3 rounds in a game with this much luck.

2014-02-26 20.21.25Belfort

Gili 40, Nadine 38, Ophir 35, Shirley 32

This came down to the wire, the last round changes everything. Going last in the last round is powerful, I used a worker for 3 rounds to be able to select going last at the end. Til then Gili was way ahead, by around 7 points, and in the end she maintained her lead. I was last which kept my taxes low. The game balances well, with a lot of calculating, and of course you can’t do everything you want. New to Ophir and Shirley, it’s Gili’s game and she’s played a lot. It’s a lot of competition for not a lot of points so they really matter. You can plan but it’s hard, though I guess knowing the game and cards better helps. Ophir got two workers in the first round, I went for gold, Gili for resources. We played wrong last time, when you place on the four resource areas you have to place all your pieces at once, whenever you do it. So cards with placements helps delay, as does having money. I had the most elves and dwarves at the end, and tied for gnomes. Gili had a lot of pieces on the board, and had most elves the turn before. Ophir was first most of the game until I took it, I had been second which helps. Last time I played I was one point behind the winner. It didn’t feel harder with four than with three, but our scores were a bit lower.

2014-02-26 23.52.35

Belfort

Nadine, Gili, David

People are busy and sick, we didn’t have enough people last week and I was jetlagged, my first week back. Opher was going to come late, but it wasn’t worthwhile because we had started playing.

Belfort

David 45 (red), Nadine 44 (purple), Gili 38 (white)

2014-01-22 23.21.20Gili got this game from her Secret Santa, she was glad to get it because it was one of the games on her list to try at bgg.con but she didn’t get a chance to.  She explained the game, she had played it twice but only to three rounds out of seven. We thought all along that David would win, but none of us thought it would be close. We helped each other figure out how the game works strategically. It will be very different with four or five players. It’s worker placement and area control, with high quality attractive components. There are three scoring rounds, nothing different at the end. Taxes that you pay go up as you advance on the scoring track, David hung back early on which helped him with money but may have hurt him scorewise. I was in a bad position after the first scoring – one spot into having to pay three instead of two, while Gili was still at one, though of course that plays into the final score. David kept first player most of the game which helped him get inexpensive additional workers. I was second most of the game which helped a bit. Last round David took the turn order spot, which meant he could choose to go last, powerful in an area control game. He forgot that he couldn’t buy a building during his turn, only at the end of it. Building a third one would have let him take another majority, but going from tied for second to first would only have given him and additional two points and not reduced my score. I didn’t have good buildings for majority control, we all think we will do better next time. Gili had a good double building early. The game is well balanced with good decisions. David took the last gnome to have the most, and block Gili form getting one. If he hadn’t done that I would have had the most gnomes, but no money for more workers so it might have evened out.  I think there’s more luck than in Puerto Rico.