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October 18, 2017

Participants: Jon, Haim S, Aaron, Chaya Bluma, Elad, Yael, Gili

Gili and Aaron return from trips. This report is being written after a week, so I forgot who played what.

Traders of Osaka

Jon, Aaron, Yael, Haim S

First play for all but me, I don’t remember who won but it wasn’t me.

Keyflower

Jon 75, Haim 47, Aaron 30

First play for Aaron and Haim. They both liked it and want to try again. I told everyone about Nadine’s winning strategy from my previous game, and Aaron was intending to try it, but he passed too early and I took the building he wanted. Even if he had gotten it, I would have choked his barrel supply.

A weird game where not a single black good was available (two minor gold production buildings were available).

Dominion

Elad 31, Chaya Bluma 24

Nefarious

Yael, Chaya Bluma, Gili, Elad

There was some confusion in the rules, and I think they decided to just stop the game.

Tichu

Jon/Aaron, Haim/Chaya Bluma

All I remember was that we lost something like 1050 to 150 or so. Very sad.

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Kramim Con

Gili drove me, Eszter and her son Binyamin to the kibbutz Friday morning. We were able to get our rooms, and other people showed up to start playing. Gili did a great job organizing the con, she has relatives on the kibbutz, located near Beer Sheva, easier to get to than the Kinneret.

Mombasa

Gili and I joined Roi and someone else to play this. I had played with Roi and Eszter at Kinneretcon, first play for Gili and the other player, Roi is experienced and won again by around 80 points. I came in second again, but Gili was close. I did a bit better than last time, but still missed a lot. You need to make all the right moves, and many of them are competitive. I made a lot of travel moves at the end to help red, where I was ahead, but it didn’t net that much. Roi made it to the end or close to the end of two tracks. I didn’t do bookkeeping at all, and sold several cards for money without buying enough, so second to last round I only played three cards instead of the four I finally managed to qualify for on the jewel track. We all liked the game.

R-Eco

I played with Eszter and Binyamin right before Shabbat. Eszter liked the game but had never played, which amazed me, and Gili when she heard.

I also played with another group, including the guy who asked me to bring the game because he wanted to try it. They all liked it as a good strategic filler.

Dominion

We picked a set from the list in the original game, but then modified it, replacing cards we didn’t like. We all went through tons of cards, with Market and Village. Three players; I did well but lost by one point, 37 to 36.

Sushi Go

Eszter and I played a series of light games with others. I had heard of Sushi Go and how popular it is, and wanted to try it. This was the Sushi Go Party! expansion, which includes the base game, very nice art and components. It took us a while to get the correct cards. It’s a light drafting game with simple scoring. Seems too light as a game.

Kingdomino

Eszter also played. The only game of this type, tile placement, that I like. It’s quick with a small area, and very simple but still fun. I even won.

Panic Lab  

Eszter also played. A pretty party game too complicated for me.

Happy Salmon  

Eszter had wanted people to play this, it’s good for a group. It’s fun and fast, you try to get rid of your deck of cards by finding another player with the same card, you need to perform the card action to eliminate both your cards. Actions are fist bumping, high five, switch places and arm pats.

Fruit Mix

A set collection and memory game. Eszter also played, Binyamin won.

Secret Hitler

I didn’t want to play this because of the name and the deception mechanic, but agreed to play because Eszter really wanted to even thought it’s hard to believe she has a game with that name. Roi didn’t want to play either but joined to try it out. Others including Binyamin were also playing. There are two teams, Liberals and Fascists. The Fascists know who they are and who Hitler is, but Hitler doesn’t know who is on his team. If the Hitler player is voted in as Chancellor the Fascists win, which they did, partly because Eszter was one and is experienced at the game.

Puerto Rico

I taught this to a new player, one of the other players had played a few times. Then a fifth player joined us, my LHO, he said he usually plays 3 player, sometimes with 4. I wasn’t sure of some details, like colonist and VP counts for 5, and number of goods which as it turned out we were missing a corn. The rules weren’t in the box, so LHO looked up the information online, not restrained by Shabbat. I was first player, started with Setter corn, got 4 corns pretty early, and the boats seemed OK so I took a harbor first. With no trade goods or quarries, it took me a long time to get a Wharf, which I barely needed. One time I missed production due to 7 on the corn boat, and it had taken a long time to get enough colonists. My LHO had a coffee monopoly, I had coffee but didn’t build the building. He traded and built a lot, he ended the game with three large buildings, one unmanned. He said I’d win, I of course said he would, and I was right. He had 7 shipping points, I had 29, but no buildings or bonuses. He had 40, I had 37.

Saturday

Takenoto

We wanted a short light game, I played this last time, very cute. Eszter also played. I triggered the end game which lets the other players have one more turn. I had 28 points, I told Zoya that if she got 5 points she’d beat me. She managed to play a 5 point card, so we thought she won. But then someone pointed out that the end game card I received gave me an additional 2 points, so I won.

I played again later with Gili, we modified the rules a bit, but the kids are game players and liked it with the ganan and hapanda.

Voyages of Marco Polo

I played this at bgg.con, and taught it to people including Roi at Kinneretcon, but got a travel rule wrong because I never travel in the game. Gili and I have been playing online with David, and Gili wanted to play on the actual board to understand the game better, she said it helped. Yovel also played, his first time. I usually just do contracts, which doesn’t work against good players who travel and also do contracts. I had the character who doesn’t need to pay to place on top of previous players, Gili picked first and took the one who starts in Beijing, Yuval could jump from one oasis to another, and Roi had two travelers. I went third so had more money to compensate, and didn’t have to pay for placement. I had money, so I started by traveling instead of doing contracts. The second travel location bonus was an additional travel step which facilitated travel. So I got to the small city which had the three points per round bonus first round. I traveled a bit more and got good bonuses and placement options, including the dice for gold, which Yovel also had, but only used last round. I also did contracts, which were easier for me because of my character. Somehow I got far ahead, and ended up winning. For the first time I got points from my travel bonus cards, I had 3 cities, the other was close but too hard to get to. I had around 80 points, Gili and Roi around 50. Roi said he liked the game less this time, Gili said it helped her a lot with how it works. We all agreed that my character was much stronger than the others in the game, and possibly all of them.

Corto

I was waiting for this to be set up. During set up I started Gili and her niece and nephew on Takenodo, but didn’t finish explaining it because the Carto explanation started. As soon as I understood the main mechanic which sounded abstract and spatial, I left to play Takenoto with Gili and the kids.

Hawaii

Roi wanted a new game, so I taught this to him, Zoya and Yovel. After one round Shabbat was out, and even though people had planned on staying and playing afterwards, everyone ended up leaving. I haven’t played Hawaii in long time, Gili likes it borrowed it. We play sometimes on Yucata.

Eszter played real Ra, Isle of Skye and Blood Rage which she likes and won, and Terraforming Mars. She was ahead the whole game, and had a lot of money to buy cards, but no cards that would help her turned up. Someone else said there’s no control in the early rounds.

Binyamin played Isle of Skye, Cash ‘n’ Guns, Carto, Opera, Nadlan B’Katan (For Sale), Brick Party.

Gili played Ticket to Ride and Settlers with her relatives, Cash ‘n’ Guns, Nadlan B’Katan (For Sale).

The game Above and Below looks interesting, about growing plants, but you can also build buildings underground. In Brick Party pairs compete to build with actual Legos based on an image on a card. One partner builds without seeing the picture, the other gives the instructions. The image is just the outside shape without showing the bricks, I don’t think I could build from that, much less direct someone else.

We were helping a group playing Five Tribes, I discovered they had played completely wrong, they were only using tile actions if they put a camel on it. The guy who had told them didn’t want to believe me, he said that’s how he’s always played.

October 07, 2015

Participants: Jon, David, Nadine, Nisan, Aaron, Binyamin G, Schneur, Roman, Alan

First time coming for Alan. He arrived while we were mid-game and had to wait a bit. Aaron brought Shneur. I can’t remember how Roman arrived, sorry (I didn’t get to talk to him much).

Magic: The Gathering

David +, Jon

David arrived early to draft. We played one game which he won; my win on sukkot was an aberration. On the last round, I had 9 life and left him with free passage to attack me with 2 creatures dealing 6 points, but he had cards to play to increase that damage by more than 3 additional points.

Tigris & Euphrates

Aaron  9 9 12 12, Jon  8 9 9 9, Nisan  6 7 9 17, Nadine 6 6 6 10

First play for Aaron, second or third for Nisan. I handed Aaron an early lead by losing an external conflict to him. I then regrouped by winning another external conflict, so, while I knew he was doing well, I thought I was close behind. Which was the case. Nisan build the first monument (out of four that got built) and ended with many blue. I took most of the treasures, although Nadine also tries for treasures. Everyone admired the game, but Aaron thought there might be too much luck.

Power Grid

David 17 17, Schneur 15 15 (85 cash), Binyamin G 15 15 (27 cash), Roman 14 14

First play for some people. I didn’t see how the game went.

No Thanks

Aaron 23, Alan 30, Jon 60, Nisan 63

First play for everyone but me. They all liked this little filler. I gave no strategy advice, but both Aaron and Nisan picked up the implications and strategies quickly (even if they didn’t always follow them).

Dominion / Seaside

Schneur 25, Aaron 24, Roman 24, Alan 10

First play for Alan, and his first game here (after No Thanks). The other three are Dominion sharks, so there you go. They played with around five Duration cards from Seaside.

Tichu

Jon/Binyamin G 1000, Nadine/David 900

Third play for Binyamin G. We played around 10 hands, and only had bombs in the third and second to last hands. David bid and made 2 grand tichus, I bid and made 1 grand tichu. Binyamin G bid and made his first 2 Tichus; on one of them. Nadine bid 2 and made 1 of them. On one of Binyamin G’s Tichus, I had 3 cards in hand: a pair of kings and a low card. Nadine played a low pair which Binyamin G couldn’t take, and had to pass on it to avoid going out first. Still a fine and fun game.

September 16, 2015

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Gili, Aaron, Nisan, Eszter, Zev

Zev is newly arrived in Israel and will be moving to Haifa, but he came for this night and may come for some others. It is also nice to see Eszter again after an absence. Game night was back in my place after some renovation.

Two-Player Pinochle

Jon 275, Nadine 275

We played one hand while I refreshed Nadine on the rules. I won a few more points during melding with a set of aces, but Nadine pulled all of the trump (except the two aces) and I made a misplay so she won a few more points during the play. In the end, we tied.

Puerto Rico

Ship  build bonus total
Zev  18  21 12  51
Nadine 26  16  6  48
Aaron 26  19  7  52

Nadine writes: First play for Zev. I didn’t have good income, I took Harbor over Factory, Zev had Factory and Guild Hall for 8 and City Hall. Aaron had a Wharf and Harbor, and Fortress. Somehow I managed to get Customs House second to last round and man it last round , but at the cost of taking Captain for more points. Zev had Tobacco which I got later because I didn’t have Sugar. Aaron was in front of me with Coffee, but I took it because my only other choice was Indigo which I already had.

Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Jon 122, Gili 110, Nisan 94, Eszter 91

First play for all but Eszter who brought the game. I had played Suburbia before, and was interested in comparing it. I was set to knock it versus Suburbia, because the buildings are fiddly and oddly shaped, requiring us to keep moving them around on the table as we found ourselves without room to add on to our castle. Also it was not always clear when a room could fit or not without sheets of grid paper. And there is something inelegant and unthematic about the room process at the start of the round: I’m selling to you the same room you were just trying to sell to me, which makes no sense.

For all that, the game worked well, and I’m not sure which game I like better. The room process is silly but a nice mechanic; you have to figure out what the same room is worth to each other player. It could devolve into some analysis problems. The different shapes are supposed to make a prettier castle, which is nice for some people but fairly irrelevant for me. Any strategy comes in the form of the game end cards; the rest is tactics. Money had to be managed, but typically not too painfully. We still managed some surprises.

I made a bad rule interpretation, which I don’t do that often. The game was in German, and we had translations and a summary sheet in English. The summary sheet indicated that the purple building bonus was to score again the full building. This was first interpreted by someone as “score again the building that was played and that resulted in closing the purple building”, but I said it was clearly to score again the purple building, not the closing building. Someone then later said that the bonus is to score the purple building value plus the value of the purple building bonus given once for the closing, which I argued against as making no sense. Then we read the rules and that’s what it seemed to say, even though a) the summary sheet didn’t have that sense at all and b) it still made no sense (and required you to remember which building was used to close the purple building). Still later we realized that it was to score the entire purple building and all of its bonuses, which I finally admitted made the most sense and didn’t require any memory. We had to redo the scores about three times to account for each interpretation.

Gili was pulling in many game end scoring cards and, while she lagged behind me in points, she clearly had many game ending points. I was fairly sure she was going to beat me. However, on the last few rounds I pulled in 10 or more points on each round, even on the very last round where she placed the buildings and I only had 2 coins left. I used the 2 coins to buy the 2 cost building which had 1 coin on it. I closed a yellow building which gave me a free action and I bought the 1 cost building. In the end, Gili had 30 bonus points which brought her up to my score before I played my bonus cards.

Eszter was chagrined not to have won, but she is looking forward to playing Suburbia, which I would like to play again. Nisan also enjoyed the game.

Dominion

Aaron 34, Jon 30, Zev 30, Nadine 18 (with 5 curses)

The cards were Village, Throne Room, Laboratory, Library, Secret Chamber, Steward, Torturer, Smugglers, Caravan, Outpost.

The others don’t play with cards outside the base set too often. Aaron started with a Torturer and then Zev took one and that card dominated the feel of the game. I took a single Steward and was fine taking and discrading curses all game, but I admit that it kept me from using the Steward to do anything more useful. My deck was trim and neat until I pulled two provinces, and thereafter I never saw 8 again. I had some Laboratories and Villages and a Steward and not much else. I used a Smuggler and Throne Room once to pick up two Duchies.

Nadine and Zev both got to 5 several times early (while I didn’t) but they never trashed cards. They both got at least two provinces. Aaron picked up 5 of them, and then 4 late estates for the win. Aaron did Throne Room Torturer several times. The game ended when a third pile ran out (curses, duchies, and I think villages).

June 03, 2015

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Aaron, Natan

Aaron brought Natan over for his first visit. Natan had played all the games that Aaron has, so he was able to jump into the deep end at our place.

Dominion: Seaside+

Nadine 38, Jon 34, Natan 21, Aaron 7

Aaron had never played with any of the Dominion expansions and was eager to play them. Natan was also happy to try them. We picked randomly from my entire collection (base, Intrigue, Seaside, Prosperity, and some promos) and ended up with 7 Seaside cards (Haven, Native Village, Pearl Diver, Ambassador, Navigator, Tactician, Treasury), two Prosperity cards (Watchtower, Vault (no Colony/Platinum)), and one Intrigue card (Ironworks). The mix was fine. I played early Ambassadors and that defined my hand and play; strangely, while everyone else admired the strategy, no one else played them (except a single play). Nadine, as usual, went straight for Silvers and, despite this being a mediocre strategy, she won, though neither I nor she knows how. Aaron passed up the opportunity to buy Provinces at least twice, as he was continuing to try to refine his deck after my several plays of Ambassador, but he ended up not buying any victory points at all.

Homesteaders

Aaron 56, Jon 54, Nadine 42, Natan 42

First play for both Aaron and Natan. This is one of my favorites and I don’t get to play it too often. They loved it.

Like in the last game, I thought I was doing pretty well, although I passed more frequently than I usually do. I had too many farmers, too quickly, and while they were making a lot of victory points, they were making it hard to make money. I passed the last round in order to have enough money/gold to pay off several debts. Aaron passed in round 9 to have enough money to buy the buildings he needed in round 10.

Nadine passed on the first round and easily took a steel mill on second round, making her the only one to produce steel the entire game. She somehow stalled after that. Aaron took several buildings that let him break the rules: pay gold instead of copper or cows, pay trading chips instead of money, outbid without outbidding, etc. These all combined to achieve the win, but not by much.

China and Egypt

Passover Prototype

Nadine+, Mace

I made improvements since playing over Sukkot, but Mace suggested more options and player interaction, though he’s more into confrontation than I am. Mace saved up cards, but started cashing them in too late; he should have won.

Year of the Dragon

20131002_210709Nadine 92, Mace 91, Eszter 87

Mace hadn’t played in a long time, but he caught on to a good strategy, staying the lead the whole game, building a lot and blocking actions we wanted. Eszter had a hard time and lost too many people, partly because she couldn’t build early enough, but she did well on round points. I went last except on the first turn, when I got a dragon. I miscalculated near the end when I forgot that I couldn’t take 3 yuans free again after taking 3 the turn before, and I needed money for taxes and to pay to get the rice action on the following turn. Fortunately I was lucky and the rice action was available the turn before. Mace used books the last two turns so he was in first place. He also had a double dragon, Eszter had a double and single.  A dramatic finish – after counting people and multipliers, we were tied. I won due to my 3 yuans that I took on the last turn when nothing else would give points. We all made numerous mistakes and could have done better, though it’s all trade-offs.

Nile

20131002_221859Eszter 2 sets, 1 pair, 1 card,  Nadine 2 sets, 1 pair, 1 card,  Mace 1 set, 5 cards

There are more options when you play correctly, we went over the rules to clarify things we’d been playing wrong. But it’s still a lot of luck. Eszter started off strong, harvesting all different cards early. I lost 4 cards to the locusts in the first round, last round we all lost sets of two, Mace lost two sets. Mace had a lot of cards from speculating, I harvested well at the end and caught up with Eszter, though we didn’t expect a tie.

Shabbat Gaming

Discworld

Mace+, Eszter, Binyamin S

Dominion

Mace+, Eszter, Binyamin S

Tzolk’in

Emily+, Eitan

Eitan taught Emily the game.

Mace, Eitan & Emily, Eszter & Binyamin S, Nadine

We played half a game then stopped because people had to leave. Mace was in a good position with buildings, and Emily and Eitan had tons of resources for monuments.

Serious Hawaii

David, Mace, Gili, Eszter, Nadine

Dominion

Mace 45, David 36, Nadine 35

We played with the basic set. I’m not that familiar with all the cards because most of the time we’ve played with mixed sets. Mace did very well from the beginning, he was the starting player, and took silvers and attack cards, which hurt us. David and I had one or two.

2013-04-10 19.39.04Hawaii

David 117, Eszter 114, Mace 101, Gili 99, Nadine 80

Eszter got this game over Passover and has been playing a lot. Mace has played once so we briefly reviewed the rules, David’s played mostly online. Eszter was ahead on the scoring track with spear points, 5 most of the game, but didn’t lap us. Gili had fruits and the fruit god, so did Mace, who went last most rounds and complained that we took what he wanted. Before we started he asked why the gameplay times on the boxes are so off. He took a long time thinking in this game. He got the foot god double discounted, and two big boats early, the boats were cheap most of the game. 2013-04-10 20.41.00David had several villages and tikis, Gili also used tikis. David had the boat multiplier which gave  him 20 points. I would have gotten 20 points from it too but the other one didn’t come into play. I didn’t do anything in particular good or bad, I never won the round score, and only made the minimum a few times with two double surfers. It was a good and tight game.