Thank you to everyone who came, and brought snacks, and helped set-up and clean up. Special thanks to Jon for doing the food order, and Jon and Aaron for picking up the food from Black in town, and Aaron for taking some of the pictures.
Most popular games – Five Tribes, Nefarious, Tichu
Intrepid rules resource and teacher – Jon
Special welcome – Emily and Eitan, our stalwart gamers who rarely make it nowadays because they’re raising their own game group.
172 Ariel, 154 Avraham, 123 Aaron, 110 Assaf
Yael and others
Emily 149, Assaf 139, Gili 139, Eitan 130
Taught by Gili.
Nadine and Avi+, David and Jon
We didn’t officially keep score. Avi and I did pretty well, though Ben said that’s only if you don’t count two missed slams. Jon and Ben managed to have several hands each with less than 6 points.
Ben also played this earlier with another group.
Jon 56, Shira 45+, Haim 45-, Avi 41
New to Shira, Haim and Avi, I explained the game to Shira and Haim while Jon and Aaron were picking up the food order, then Jon taught the game after Avi joined.
Jon: The game’s mechanics work okay but they feel disconnected and awkward. Okay to play, but need polishing. Really too much luck. Have to implement some other of my changes.
Ben 172, Ofek 127, Asif 117, Gili 110
Taught by Gili
Aaron 140, AA 121, A 138, G 125
Ben 205, Yedidya 150, Daniel 129
Game of Thrones
Noam 6, Elad 5, Avi 4, Nati 4, Yael 2, Yochai 0
They stopped after about 7 rounds of 10, a super long game.
(Nadine 13, Jon 7, Assif 6, Gili 5, Ofek 4)
We stopped after two rounds to play other games because a lot of people arrived. We did not score tribes or Gili’s Ark, Jon had by far the most in tribes.
David +, Aaron, Avi, Nadine 0
Avi 4, Nadine 4
Avi lost the first four on the first or second round, due mainly to luck that he couldn’t do anything about.
Jon: In Magic, David and I entered a vast build up of on the ground forces, each hoping to find the flyer in our deck that would get through,
My forces were a litter stronger, so as our decks were dwindling, I decided to attack with everything, leaving a few behind as defense. David and I were being hurried by you to rejoin Tichu, and he didn’t feel like calculating out how to defend against me, so we both agreed to just abandon the game. So I didn’t actually win.
Daniel 33, Yael 25, Ben 29, Yedidya 25
Ben 22, Yael 20, Daniel 15, Yedidya 11
Avi+, Gili, Nadine
The game needs more players.
Gili 64, Assaf 57, David. B 55, Sara 23
Taught by Gili.
Ben 16 16, Jon 16 16, Nadine 15 16, David 8 8 Banana. Cities / Power plant total
David, very unusually, didn’t do well. As usual, I started off well then blew it. I got the 50 Power Plant relatively early on, but had no spots where I could build during Step Two, and by Step Three, Ben was too far ahead with cities and plants. He and Jon agreed to tie rather than going for another round, Jon had slightly more money.
Jon: Same idea here as in Magic. We got to the end game, and didn’t feel like slogging through one more round to see who would win. David did poorly because we played on the Benelux board, first time for all of us, and he misjudged the value of an early 4 power green plant.
Yosef 56, David B 49, Jon 48, Nadine 47, Sara 44
David B gave a thorough and detailed explanation to Sara, including strategic analysis, to teach her the game. David and Yosef spent time during the game analyzing their best moves, many to block me, then selected the role Jon knew all along they would take. Yosef was first, he started with Prospector which is unusual in our group, though we also rarely play 5-player. He said it was to stop Jon from being able to build Tobacco on the first round, but Jon said that doesn’t matter since it would ship. Another game where I started off well, but didn’t play well enough afterwards. Though I don’t think I could have beaten all those experts.
Jon: You definitely had a strong initial advantage, but twice you didn’t craft when you should have; once you took captain and once you took something else. As a result, the timing and your money didn’t quite work out. Also, Yosef got to five good with Factory, and so could take the two big buildings ahead of you. And the fact that he had tobacco ahead of me gave him reasonable early trading and late shipping.
Sara had a coffee monopoly for a while, so she also did okay, but no buildings to speak of. I had tobacco following Yosef, which hurt, but I had a harbor which helped.
Gili 12, Jon 10, Assaf 7, Ofek 6, Nadine 6
An early filler, we played with random number order. Eszter and others played a game later.
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Cliff, Mishy, Avi, two others
Per Cliff: VICTORY WAS OURS!! The boys enjoyed it but thought it was too easy.
Study in Emerald
Mishy, Eszter, Assaf
Per Cliff: Assaf won a close victory. We all enjoyed the game but definitely needs some replay to really learn the strategies.
820 Aaron and Ben (finished with David), 245 Yedidya and Daniel
Jon and David +, Nadine and Avi
We didn’t play a whole game, we switched to Bridge
Jon: I didn’t get to play this enough.
Tigris and Euphrates
Avi and others
Aaron 27, David 25, Nadine 23, Eszter 19
Taught by Nadine, David and Eszter hadn’t played in a long time, new to Aaron. David took a lot of workers early, Aaron had two extra storage areas and two bonuses for goods in storage, and 8 goods left, nice job. I didn’t do well with my board, and didn’t take another worker til late. Eszter took an extra storage right away which helped her.
Jon: I taught Amerigo, Tigris and Euphrates, R-Eco to Eszter and some others, Lo Ra, and Antike, but didn’t play them (except for Lo Ra).