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July 26, 2017

Participants: Jon, Jeff, Sarah, Yael, Michelle, Gal, Itay, Haim S

A lot of new players whom I don’t know. Jeff and Sarah came for their second and final sessions before returning to the US.

No Thanks

Jon, Jeff, Sarah, Haim

First play for Sarah. I can’t recall how it went but I think I lost.

It’s Alive

Yael 60, Itay 57, Michelle 53, Gal 46

First play for all but Yael.

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Michelle 35, Yael 32, Itay 9

First play for Itay and Michelle, and Yael needed a refresher. They played a very long time and didn’t even finish.

Amerigo

Jon, Jeff, Sarah, Haim S

First plays for everyone except me. Again, I can’t recall the outcome (I think Haim S won by a point), except I think I lost again. I had an island by myself with 5 offices but I couldn’t get it closed until the last round. Jeff took the “screw everybody else with the pirates” tech, while I took the “suffer only half from the pirates” tech. And the pirates came out 2, 4, 3, 0, 0.

I think everyone enjoyed it.

August 24, 2016

Participants: Jon, Gili, Ido, Netanel, Estzer

Gili hosted last week. They played Hawaii: David 147, Gili 109, Aharon 92, Nisan 71, Netanel 68. First play for Aharon (a new player), Nisan, and Netanel. They let David take 5 sword bonuses. Nisan aimed for a complete tiki/kahuna grid, but David’s well-planned row earned 30 points. Also, mid-game points, such as first and second place scoring each round were also worth a lot.

This week’s new player is Ido.

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Jon 51, Netanel 48, Gili 42, Ido 38

New to Netanel and Ido, Gili had played once (?) a long time ago. Netanel basically liked the game, but wasn’t happy that there was nothing to do on your turn, which could be a long time coming (especially when others take a while on their turns). He felt like he was losing, but he racked up a slew of points on his last turn, which netted him second place.

Ido took the tile that let him activate any one tile each round, and he did a lot of butchering. Still, he didn’t have enough men and production/money to do everything he wanted. I usually take a lot of early villages, but this time I played more balanced. I also almost never take distilleries, but I took one and used it to grand effect, especially since neither Ido nor Netanel had any barrels. The rest was just keeping a small edge in points. Gili and I ended with 15 tiles each to Netanel’s and Ido’s 12.

Notre Dame

Ido 64, Jon 60, Gili 45, Netanel 42, Estzer 42

First play for Netanel and Ido, and I think Estzer hadn’t played too many times. I usually go straight for 2 park cubes and victory point cubes, but Gili denied me the park cards early on and then the victory point cards later. I took early cubes and money, moving a cube over to Park at the end of round three. Everyone else also had 2 parks early on, but Gili lost hers at the end of round 5 or 6. Netanel gained 4 parks in round 7. Gili started with an early lead and some nice points, but then stalled mid-game when she lost her park bonus.

Gili and I can’t remember who did Notre Dame in phase 1 (which I ignored), but I managed to get there in the next two phases.

Since Gili denied me the victory point cards I wanted at the end, instead I created sections with three points each (park and hospital), which both prevented the rats from attacking me and also gave me 3 areas with 3 cubes each, for almost as many points. Unfortunately, Ido also had three areas with three cubes each, also was protected from rats, and also was earning a few more points than I was because of his double park bonus.

Gili is hosting next week, as well.

Nevada Luck

Gili, Hershel, Eitan, Emily, Eszter, Nadine

Vegas Showdown

Eitan 74, Emily 71, Gili 60

Gili taught this game and Eitan and Emily did a good job on their first play. The game is easier with 3 players, but they had a large expensive building that nobody wanted due to space and prereqs.

Carson City

Nadine 50, Hershel, 47, Eszter 40

I taught this to both of them. I figured Hershel would win if he understood the game well, and I kept reminding them about relevant rules and effects the whole game. We allowed a few building and plot space switches. Hershel and I each had the white guy two rounds, and were ahead in points from it. Hershel attacked me a few times, the last round preventing me from buying a building, which he didn’t even place because he didn’t have a spot. So I didn’t buy the plot for it, getting a point or so from the money I saved. He was strong in guns, he got the 3 guns, which we left as they are, and he took the gun card last round, the 2 gun side. That has a $30 limit, which I warned him about, re-explaining the end game point thing when he took the card. But he didn’t completely realize the implications, and he really benefited from the guns, he had 9 guns, and also blocked me on money and point spaces. They understood how the buildings worked, I didn’t get it until I had played at least 4 games. Eszter only had two buildings, but in the last round bought a slew of mountains, reducing Hershel’s and my income significantly, and giving her 18 plot space points at the end, a good catch up. I made a mistake third round which cost me some income, I thought Hershel would block me but he didn’t, so I hadn’t gotten enough money to buy both a plot and building. The game is easier with 3 players.

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Gili 66, Emily 48, Eitan 39

Emily and Eitan own this game, they taught it to Gili. Eitan says he’s not good at any games that they own.

Hershel forgot to take Akiva’s Zombie die from games day, it’s a good conversation piece for non-gamers.

December 14, 2011

Gili, Emily, Eitan, Eszter, Nadine

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Emily 50, Eitan 41, Nadine 31, Eszter 22, Gili 16
Emily and Eitan got this game last week and played it once, which helped them. Gili was hit by a card misinterpretation which lost her a lot of points. This is a complex and interesting strategy game with a lot to consider, and explore. I took the fewest turns which didn’t help me enough. It takes a while to understand the mechanics, scoring, cards and options. Emily got a Distillery right away and used it well.
Train of Thought
Gili brought over my new games, yay! We didn’t want to learn the rules to a new game from scratch, but figured it would work with a party game. We played more seriously than it seems to expect. You get words and give three word clues to get the others to guess, with required start words. There is a two-minute sand timer. It took each of us at least two minutes just to think up our first set of clues. We did make it harder by requiring the required word to be used first instead of anywhere in the phrase. And we didn’t use the timer. Because Eszter wasn’t sure of the meaning of a word, Gili introduced us to a distracting cool phone app, Camdictionary, that reads and translates words in images. Emily got the most cards for guessing. Gili did the best at having her word used in the next clue phrase, which gives no points but was impressive. The game is fun but challenging, but we didn’t really see how it’s a party game.
Previous Plays
Gili hosted while I was away. Apparently, Jake and Daphne, who met at our Sukkot games day, showed up together once, and Jake came another time on his own.
Settlers of Catan – Jake+, Daphne, Emily, Gili, Ezster
El Grande – Eszter and Eitan tied for first with Emily a close second, Gili third.
Key Harvest – Gili, Jake, Emily and Eitan started as a team, then Emily took over when Jake left while the game was in progress, the team won.