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October 25, 2017

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Aaron, Haim S, Gili, Elad, Lorenzo

For Sale

Jon 112, Aaron 77, Nadine 61

First play for Aaron. Nadine does not like the game, which she remembered soon after starting. Aaron wasn’t nuts about it, either.

Boggle

Haim and I played a few rounds.

Argent

Gili, Nadine, Aaron, Lorenzo

First play for all of them, I think. This is a mammoth Euro/Ameritrash combo game that took 4 hours. In the end, they all tied with 3 points each. And Nadine won on the tiebreaker.

Nadine writes: Argent is a very nice and interesting game. Worker placement with lots of options, you can activate cards in addition to placing workers, each player has a special ability. There is complex synergy between the options, with three different types of cards. You get compensation if someone wounds you (kicks you off your spot), and there are defense cards.

12 of 18 end game conditions are in the game, similar mechanic to Troyes except it’s all who has the most, no second place unless one or both of two second place cards are in the game. You can get markers to look at cards.

I focused on 3 things, based on cards that I saw early – Influence track which breaks ties, this was one of the two cards that weren’t hidden; Diversity which is most different colors of cards, which works against collecting the most in one color; and Markers. I knew that if I was first in Influence and had all the markers I’d win the tie, it turned out that no one else had 12 markers, but I tied in Diversity with Lorenzo. He was second on the track so also won some ties with the others. We played on the A sides, I was purple and didn’t take any red attack mages. We all ended up with 3 cards / points at the end, which makes sense in a balanced game. Gili had played once but ran out of time so only played four rounds. It has some luck, possibly the right amount.

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Elad 62, Haim 61, Jon 42

Second play for Haim. First play for Elad, who picked it up quickly. I found myself grinding to a halt early on and I never recovered. I don’t know why, exactly. I never go for whiskey barrels. Haim always seems to have one too many tiles at the end.

Spyrium

Elad 67, Jon 65, Haim 52ish

First plays for Haim and Elad. These scores don’t count for much, since I accidentally used the decks in the wrong order: C, B, and then A, which makes for a ridiculous game. I think they liked the idea, however. Haim called it a complicated version of Splendor. I find it interestingly complex for something that looks kind of simple. And the green bits are nice.

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September 27, 2017

Participants: Jon, Haim, Nadine, Lorenzo, Noam, Chaya Bluma, Eli G

First time attendance for Eli, a young lad who lives in Har Nof. Also first time for Lorenzo, although he came previously to my house to play on shabbat.

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Lorenzo 67, Jon 60, Haim 52, Nadine 39

First play for Haim, second for Lorenzo, second (and probably last) for Nadine. This is not Nadine’s kind of game, as all of the decisions are spatially based.

Lorenzo enjoyed it, and I like the game a lot, although I admit it’s better after you have played a few times to get the feel of how it works. Haim took to it well, although he ended up taking too many tiles.

Yinsh

Chaya Bluma+, Noam

First play for both of them, both of them really enjoyed it.

Noam+, Jon

We played a game later in the evening. I started out winning. But my second disk removal gave him his first, and then he sneaked in two more, the last right before I would have taken off my third.

El Grande

Lorenzo 133, Nadine 125, CB 109, Haim 96

First play for all but Nadine. Nadine may have met her match, since Lorenzo is a nuclear physicist who seems pretty on the ball. On the other hand, Nadine claims that her winning streak is in five-player games [ed: not true]. Everyone enjoyed it.

Trias

Jon, Noam, Eli

First play for both of them. Eli arrived late and had to leave early, and I thought we could finish this in an hour, but they decided to try to scheme to see how to take me down (which I encouraged). They didn’t succeed at it, but Eli had to leave before the game was over, so we’ll never know.

Part of the reason it took so long is that they kept trying to do things that the rules did not allow and then kept expressing a desire that the rules would be different to allow them to do these things. That’s the game!

Crokinole

Jon+, Noam

I had a shutout over Noam.

Slap Deck

Noam+++++, Jon

Noam won five hands straight against me, earning a combined total of over 100 more points than I earned.

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.