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New Magic

Magic

David+, Jon

Jon: David and I change our play rules from what we have been doing for many years.

  • We used Winston draft instead of Rochester draft. It gives each play less information about the other player’s cards. It was good, and I think we will use it for a while.
  • We eliminated the hack I created for balancing mana issues, and instead used a more forgiving and dramatic version of the new mulligan rules. I mulliganed once using this system.
  • We eliminated house rules we had about multiples of the same card. At the same time, I removed the cards that we don’t play with, such as equipment and other powerful or specialized cards.
  • We retained the house rule to eliminate the word “snow-covered” from all texts.
  • We added the rule to change “gate” to “non-basic land”.
  • We played with a selection of the new 2500 cards I acquired.

Lots of flyers, and we both drafted similar cards. David went BWg, and I went BWu. In both games, David won a close victory.

Five Tribes

Nadine 214, Haim 174, Ariel 165

First play for Ariel, and Haim didn’t remember his one play. They both caught on well. There were very high point Djinns available, so they bought a lot, which made even more interesting Djinns com out, more than I’ve seen in other games, I didn’t get any Djinns but they each had around 5. I collected cards, at first without competition. Ariel realized I was getting a whole set, and took two cards I needed to block me which was a good move. I decided to get cards for my second set, but then was able to get the 9th card I needed. I also had the most yellows. They had too many Djinns to take advantage of them all, but did use them. Haim got the 15 tile from the Djinn that let him place anywhere, he got 5 points for trees, money for assassinations, and benefits from meeples he assassinated. Because I was collecting cards I had 4 slaves to add to blue meeples to get 24 one turn. They liked the game.

Concordia

Jon 145, David 136, Gili 91

First play for Gili. Jon: David went with cloth again, which is strong. I went with bricks and diversity, which is harder but my only choice in third position.

R-Eco

Nadine 16, Ariel 2, Haim 2

First play for Ariel, Haim hadn’t played much. I started with 3 blue cards, one a double, and had a lot of luck during the game. I didn’t dump, Ariel dumped a little, Haim a lot.

Tichu

David / Haim 1000+, Jon / Nadine around 500

I made a few mistakes, like not passing once to let Jon go out with his one card. Jon missed a GT that he called because we were behind, he almost made it; then he called and made one. I missed one of the Tichus I called. Jon was surprised on a GT that I didn’t have the dog, because no one had passed it to him, Haim had kept it because it sometimes helps opponents. Jon and David explained not in the case of GT caller. Haim and David went out 1 2 once or twice.

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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!

 

Haim’s unconventional winning move

Concordia

Jon 117, David 104, Nadine 95, Aaron 94, Haim 74

Jon’s Secret Santa gift, new to all except Aaron. We all liked it once we figured out what was going on. David doesn’t like playing with 5, but by the second half of the game people were making their moves quickly enough. Jon and Aaron understood the game from the start, David didn’t at first, I didn’t either, Haim didn’t complain. I focused on two things, ending up doing better than I expected. We all liked the game, you have to plan well but you have a lot of control, and all the actions are positive ones. The ‘copy another player’s move’ action works better with 5 players.

Tichu

Nadine Haim 1035, Jon Aaron 965

The score doesn’t reflect that Jon and Aaron were ahead by at least 300 the whole game, and we all expected them to win handily.

Aaron’s first two Tichus were defeated, but he was determined, and made his last one. Jon made a GT and some Tichus. Later in the game, Aaron commented that no one had gone out 1 2. I didn’t say ’til now’, but went out second after Haim a minute later. I had two bombs, I used one to save Haim’s Tichu even though it turned out that I didn’t need to, Aaron would have had to play a single card eventually, and Haim had the Dragon left. But I wasn’t sure, and had to use my Dog anyway, and had the second bomb which was enough after I managed to play my lower single cards. It was hard to pass, I had to break up a consecutive pair, I started with 3333 4444 8899 JQ.

On another hand, I had a good hand and was probably going to call Tichu. Haim opened with a 1 to 5 straight and called an Ace. Jon went over it, and I had to play with my Ace, which left me with an extra card, and one less Ace, so I didn’t call Tichu. I told Haim that I passed him a low card, so he shouldn’t call an Ace, he said he called it because he had no Aces.

The score going into the last hand was us 635 to 965. We made our usual remark that we only needed to go out one two on a GT to win. I called GT on good cards, I ended with the Dragon, Phoenix, and 3 Aces after passing. When I played the Dog, Haim responded with a low straight which Jon overtook, and then led and took the trick with a consecutive pair. After that I was able to get back in and go out, I played Phoenix and my last Ace over a pair of kings, then led the Dragon and 33322 to go out. Aaron and I were complaining about Haim’s play, but it was well thought-out. He said later that he knew we could only win if he went out second, so he played towards that, successfully, for a surprise win of the game.

Passover Games Day 5778

A busy games day, with most people staying the whole time. Thanks to those who came early and stayed late to help with set-up and clean-up – Nechemia, Assaf, Lior, Binyamin and Jon, who also brought an extra table and chairs; and to Gili for the pictures she took and for organizing the online dinner order. Quite a few close games, a crazy Tichu game, and even a few hands of bridge, and welcome to Lorenzo’s wife Sara. Game trend – titles that begin with the letter C. Played more than once: Crokinole, Oh My Goods, Tichu, Traders of Osaka.

Alchemists

Binyamin 27, Haley 21, Eszter 12, Gili 11

Bridge

Nadine and Binyamin S, Jon and Binyamin

Binyamin really wanted to play, Binyamin S has never played so we walked him through. First hand I opened 3 spades with 7, Binyamin S passed, and Jon and Binyamin made game in hearts. Next games I bid and Binyamin passed, Jon and Binyamin went one down in 4 spades with Binyamin playing it, I had a strong hand.

Catan

Azriel+, Lorenzo, Binyamin, Eszter

Clans of Caledonia

Nechemia 130, Sara 120, Nadine 108, Assaf B 103

First play for the other three. We played with 4 points per all import goods, with no tracking or coins for them. I tried the delta clan, which did help somewhat, partly because being near rivers helped me get most settlements, and I upgraded to two lochs which I usually don’t do. Nechemia had the whiskey clan, Sara had double contracts, and Assaf had the one with the extra initial placement. Nechemia tied Sara for most contracts with 5, and had 72 in export good points. I had a lot of whiskey at the end that I didn’t have market tokens to sell, I should have done more market upgrades in the last round.

Codenames

Eszter, Binyamin S, Efrat, Gili, Noam, Maria

They played three rounds.

Concordia

Binyamin, Rosalynn, Nechemia, Yehuda K

Not Rosalynn’s type of game, not sure it’s mine either though I heard it’s good. Nadine S left to join Walnut Grove.

Crokinole 

Jon, Elianna, Rosalynn and others throughout the day. Jon:  Crokinole, not too much play, but some fun play nonetheless. Binyamin didn’t take to it, and especially not the high price I paid for the game.

Deep Sea Adventure

Lorenzo, Binyamin S, Azriel

Dinosaur Island

Jon 79, Lior 77, Gili 74, Efrat 71

Jon complained a lot about the Hooligan mechanic, which adds total luck to a strategy game. It doesn’t have that big of an effect and the luck sometimes evens out, but annoying nevertheless, Gili likes it because it adds fun and suspense.

Jon: A game with somewhat confusing graphics, but straightforward gameplay. As I mentioned several times during the game, the game has a bunch of random and strategic elements, which are fine, but then ends with a luck draw out of a bag that serves absolutely no game purpose other than to screw some people instead of others (much like Thebes). In some games there may be a person or development that you can buy to mitigate it, but often not, and only one person would be able to do it. And there is no, absolutely no, purpose for the mechanic. It is as useful as simply rolling a die and handing out victory points based on the number you roll – actually, it is exactly like that. Remove the mechanic and the game plays EXACTLY the same, but far better. I like the game other than that. It’s a basic planning and allotment of resources game that works well enough with enough theme to color it.

Hansa Teutonica

Jon, Avi, Efrat, Lior

Jon: Enjoyed by all players. I didn’t take any of the instant circle bonuses, like I usually do. Instead, the game ended rather quickly as Avi and I spread a network of cities across much of the left two-thirds of the board. I had a boost from having 4 disks, while one other person had any, and only one.

Homesteaders

Efrat 54, Lior 49, Gili 34

First time for all players.

Lewis & Clark

Nadine+, Lorenzo, Yokhay

First play for Lorenzo and Chaim. I’m starting to understand the game, first time I played with the rule where you can discard cards to pay equipment, we had missed it until now and it makes a difference. Fewer cards were bought than in previous games I’ve played, I only bought one, a 3, which helped, but my main advantage was it being their first play. Lorenzo bought the card I wanted at the start, but then gave me good advice. Lorenzo hogged the Indians, there were a few times where there were none available at all. We shortened the trail by 7 spaces to finish sooner, which may have hurt them with a stronger infrastructure.

Mercator

Nadine S 44, Adrien 41, Avi 34, Elianna 33

New to all of them. Jon wanted to try this again, but after teaching it ended up trying Alchemists, which he also didn’t play in the end.

Nefarious

Jon 20, Binyamin, Binyamin S, Haley

Oh My Goods

Lorenzo 25, 24 Binyamin S 24, Eszter 21

Rosalynn, Elianna and Azriel also played.

Puerto Rico

Noam 54, Yael 50, Yossi 48, Maria 46, Assaf B 39

Rising Sun

Yael, Yehuda K, Avi, Binyamin, Yossi

Yael taught this, they played a long time but didn’t finish the game.

Tichu

Jon and Lior, Azriel and Binyamin S played a hand or two earlier.

Avi and Nadine vs Assaf B and Yehuda Klein

First game
300 -100
600 -100
635 -35
935 -35
1100 0

Second game, which we didn’t finish
40 -40
100 0
405 -5

I called Tichu at least 3 times in the first game. Avi offered to switch partners after the first game, but they said no. It was mostly luck of the cards, though Yehuda K hadn’t realized he could play his 4 bomb over my 3 bomb. It might have stopped my Tichu but he couldn’t have gone out easily. I played something like the 1, 3, Queen, 3 bomb and a 7-card straight with the Phoenix.

Traders of Osaka

Jon, Lior, Efrat

Jon, Binyamin, Nechemia

Jon: It played well enough, but it’s just a bit too long for what it is, which keeps it from being a far better experience. There is often just a little more to the gameplay then there seems to be, however.

Tzolk’in

Nechemia 63, Sara 58, Assaf B 57, Rosalynn 33

New to all of them.

Walnut Grove

Nadine 29, Nadine S 25, Yochai 24, Elianna 18

First play for all but me. I lost 6 points on the last turn – I couldn’t pay 3 cubes, and only had 2 left – not enough to pay back a loan, so I had to take two Neighborly Helps and used a gold coin, but I had 3 bonus tiles which made the difference, two 2-point per bonus tiles for 12; Nadine S had 2 and the others one.

Yinsh

Jon+, Nechemia

Passover Games Day East – April 4

Jon went to visit David in Maale Adumim because David isn’t attending public gaming events while in avelut. Report by Jon:

David and I and two of his kids played Nefarious. We had the twists a) when you research, draw two cards and then toss a card, and b) you gain 1 vp for every 5 coins you have. Everything was pretty normal, until both of the kids got to 21 on one round. David had 20 and I had 19. So we went another round. Both kids had 22 and I got to 22, as well. The next round two people had 23. The next round two people had 24. The next round two people had 25, but I got to 26 and won.

We all played Tichu for a while, and my partner and I went very negative. We were -350 to 350 at one point. We stopped for dinner when my side was -170 to 570.

After dinner, David, Avi, and I played Lewis & Clark. Probably not the right game for David, even though he loves it. It’s a real analysis paralysis machine, as you know, and David took a long time on his very first turn. So did Avi. I was patient. Eventually, David got ahead of us, Avi eventually started playing faster just because he didn’t want to think too long, and we all make some of those famous mistakes, which is the point I think. David won several rounds ahead of any of us. They both enjoyed it, but agreed that maybe David shouldn’t play it.