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February 03, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Nisan, Jonathan, Alan, Roman, David, Eszter, Gili, Francis, Binyamin

High Society

Nisan 20, Nadine 12, David 0, Jon -2, Jonathan X

First plays for all but me, third play for me. Nisan went a little crazy buying powerful cards, including two x2 multipliers, but Jonathan rescued him by spending even more. I ended up with the -5, a 4, and a x2, which did me no good.

Hanabi

Binyamin, Gili, Roman, Alan, Eszter

They started playing this but abandoned it to start longer games.

Cosmic Encounter

Jon (Seeker/Fungus) 5, Alan (Siren/Loser) 4, Binyamin (Void*/Mind) 3, Nadine (Philanthropist/Subversive) 3

First plays for Alan and Binyamin, and Nadine had not played too often. I also hadn’t played in a while, but I suggested strongly that we play this 4 player, which is best (3 and 5 are playable, but not ideal). I also played this, for the very first time, with the correct rule, which is that you can only attack a base of the player whose system you are attacking, and not any base in that system. It certainly speeds the game up, making it hard to get rid of foreign bases (unless you sacrifice a challenge to do so). But it also makes flares and powers that get rid of foreign bases more powerful.

We still played with many of my house rules: double powers, losing powers at 2/1 home bases, and others. We didn’t play with reverse cone, lucre, or moons. I strongly discouraged, but did not outlaw, purposely tanking your allies unless a specific card or power was designed for it.

It lasted about the right amount of time, and I think both Binyamin and Alan enjoyed it.

Princes of Florence

Jonathan 57, Nisan 54,Francis 46

Nisan writes: First play for Jonathan and Francis. Jonathan and Nisan had bidding war in last auction for a recruiting card. Jonathan went down two points to win the auction with bid of 1700 (Nisan had 1800, but passed and took jester). This allowed Jonathan to recruit from Francis (who’d played 7 works) and Jonathan played two works in the last turn for 37wv. In that last turn he advanced 27 prestige points (6card + 3best work inc) to win. I enjoy teaching that game to first timers and still having all be in competition by end of game.

Troyes

Roman 41, Eszter 37, Gili 35, David 25

Tichu

Jon/David+, Nadine/Binyamin

Binyamin didn’t really want to play this at the end, but Nadine and I did and David wouldn’t stick around for anything else. We forced him to play and Alan to learn (though he left after the first two hands).

Suffice to say that David and I toasted them. Binyamin started off losing a grand tichu (bid with the Phoenix, an A, and some high cards). Unfortunately, David passed him the dog and I sat after him to repeat the same things that happened last time we played: he had a high card and a low card, and I had the Dragon and many more things. The next hand David made a grand tichu (bid on the Dragon, Phoenix, 2 Aces and other high cards. He passed me the Dragon! The last card he played was the dog, hoping that I could go out second, which I did.

July 1, 2015

Participants: Jon, Nissan, Binyamin, Omri, Gili, Aaron, Shaul, Tal

From famine to feast. Binyamin came for the first time; he has wanted to come for a while but wasn’t able to. He also brought his friend Nissan, who lives pretty close and also should have come sooner. 🙂 Gili brought two nephews, Omri and Shaul. All of the new people were experienced players, more or less.

We waited for a few of the participants to come after maariv.

Hanabi

Jon, Gili, Shaul, Nissan, Omri

Score: 16. First play for everyone except for Gili and me. We managed to play without too many information slips. It was still a fun game, far more for the tense moments of doing the wrong or right thing, often by accident, than for the end result. We killed the 2s in two colors fairly quickly, but we made it up to 5 in one color and then 4 and 5 in two other colors with 1 life left. Yay us.

7 Wonders

Nissan 58, Omri 55, Jon 53, Binyamin 49, Aaron 42, Gili 41, Shmuel 28

First play for everyone except me, Binyamin (who brought the game) and Gili (who had played once or twice). First play with 7 players for all of us I think (I’ve played with 6), which is a little odd since the cards never make it back to you.

Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and it played fairly smoothly even with 7. Nissan won with strong military as well as decent blue and purple. I thought I was doing well with my blue (I thought green would be impossible with 7 players) and my wonder but that wasn’t enough. I played with very few resources but yellow cards that let me buy them cheaply. Omri’s second place was earned with military and decent showings with his wonder, blue and green (4 of a kind). Binyamin had tons of resources and was hoping to make up the point differential on the last age, but it wasn’t enough.

Tobago

Omri 48, Shaul 33, Nissan 30, Gili 21

First play for everyone except for Gili, who had played once a long time ago. I had them play with my rule tweak that has the curse only kill the next disk in line for a treasure card, instead of the entire treasure (which swings the game too much). Everyone seemed to enjoy this one, too.

Tichu

Jon/Binyamin 460ish, Tal/Aaron 440ish

First play for Binyamin, second for Aaron. They didn’t do much of a job teaching Binyamin how to play while I was teaching the others how to play Tobago, so the first few hands were a series of rules surprises for Binaymin. He still caught on quickly.

We started with a 200 point jump, then Aaron/Tal made two Tichu’s +80 points on each. We pulled ahead again, and then Binyamin lost a Tichu when Aaron got in and played two full houses and then went out. Then I called Grand Tichu and Aaron did the exact same thing again. After that we were still only down 200 points or so. On the last hand, down about 210 points, I called Grand Tichu again and made it + at least half the points. I think we ended up slightly ahead, but we didn’t count thoroughly so we might have actually tied. Anyhoo, Aaron continues to love the game and I think Binyamin has been converted.

Leastwise, Binyamin and Nissan promised to come again. Hopefully Omri and Shaul will, too.

Sukkot Games Day 5775

20141014_185834A great games day with our fun games day gang. Happy birthday to Bill, he left early to work before his roleplaying group meeting, Shirley came after work; they’re both still jetlagged from a week in China. Bon voyage to Mace who left early to catch a plane back to Australia. Emily and Eitan were sans Uli because Emily’s parents are handily visiting. The dinner order was complicated as usual with a lot of people, leading to Emily resigning from the next one – with honors for the excellent job she’s done. Thanks to everyone who helped with score reporting, organizing, and carrying chairs and moving furniture.

Jerusalem area
Nadine, Gili, Lotem, Eszter, Binyamin, Bill, Shirley, David, Avi, Eitan, Emily, Shalom, Shachar, first timers Jordan and Chaim

Modi’in
First timer Avraham

Ra’anana
20141014_122457Jon, Sa’arya

Rehovot
Old timer Elisheva

Haifa
Ofer and Oran

Australia
Mace

Alien Frontiers

Jon 9, Avi 6, Ofer 6, Bill 1

First play for all except Jon.

20141014_162336Belfort

Eszter 53, Binyamin 37, Elisheva

New to them; they liked it.

Bridge

David/Jon, Nadine/Avi

Played at the end of the night. Jon had pretty bad cards overall. We played a fun, relaxed game without scoring and with discussion of bids, good practice. I was playing a hand, I was already set, and Jon asked ‘why are we still playing this?”, which I took to mean he was generally bored as usual. But he meant, ‘can’t you claim yet?”; I realized after that play that I could but hadn’t thought about it. Avi plays very well, he overbid once, I overbid also. Jon and David at first were either playing or bidding well, but not both on the same hand.

Carson City

Eszter 52, Avraham 40, Saarya 39, Elisheva 34

New to all except Eszter. A crowded board set up with most of the mountains very close to the town.

20141014_193338Dixit

Emily 32, Eitan 25, Gili 22

Played on the couch and floor at the end of the evening.

El Grande

Emily 34, 87, 127  Eitan 31, 83, 116  Gili 35, 89, 112

Very close scores, a fun favorite. I don’t think I’ve ever played with 3.

Eminent Domain

Another space game in the sukka. Jordan and Gili tied for 15, both in pts and resources and fighter, Elishiva 13, Shalom 12

20141014_191600Hanabi

Jon, David, Avi, Avraham, Shirley

They all enjoyed playing tremendously, despite, or because of, the challenge of having to remember information about cards that you can’t see, and did very well.

Hawaii

Gili 116, Eszter 99, Binyamin 98, Elisheva 85, Lotem 65

First play for Elisheva, Binyamin and Lotem.

High Frontier

M0, c8, s8, v4, Jordan 7 (1 v), Eitan 12 (1 v, 1 d, 1 s), Emily (1c + 4 turns), Shalom 8 (2 v)

This was the entertainment for people who went to have lunch in the sukka. They all really sounded like rocket scientists, the game emulates thrust, oxygen etc in detail.

20141014_114239Lords of Waterdeep

Jon, David, Shirley

Jon: Shirley won. David was a few points behind her and I was a few points behind him. I was ahead often in the game with 25 point quests, but the others were close behind with smaller quests and plot quests. And I only fed my lord 4 times for 16 points where they each ended with 32 points.

Love Letter

Nadine+, David, Avi

I did better than usual. This game is fun with people who get it and enjoy the uncontrollable situations. I lost when I had the countess and David the princess, next hand it was reversed.  They think it’s funny how much information I don’t remember, and helped me eliminate available cards for guessing to speed things up.

Machi Koro

Jordan 4/7, Shalom 6/7, Elisheva 7/7 (win), Eszter 6/7

Shalom’s game with similarities to Settlers according to him.

20141014_113521Magic

David+, Jon

Apparently a very close win. I knew they drafted, but didn’t realize they then make up decks with half the cards.

Mykerinos

Gili 43, Binyamin 32, Elisheva 32, Eszter 30, Lotem

Nefarious

David+, Jon, Bill, Avi, Nadine

New to David and Avi. We had positive special cards – including extra money if you haven’t built yet. I didn’t do well at selecting cards. Bill would have reached 20 points right after David did. Jon played cards with negative effects on other players such as losing minions and cards, but Avi countered with one giving everyone a card.

20141014_134411Nexus Ops

Avi+, Chaim, Ofer

Power Grid

Oran 17/17, Nadine 18/12+, David 18/12-

Easier with 3. New to Oran. He didn’t listen to the good advice David and I gave him, such as not buying so many intermediate power plants, and when to build. So he was right, very good play to beat both of us first time, and with his own strategy. We played regular, no card previews which changes the calculations. I was doing better than usual, I was in a good position throughout, and David was doing worse than usual, we don’t know why, but it was still fun to play, I haven’t played in at least a year.

Set

Jon, Ofer

Jon: I taught him and he creamed me.

Avraham, Nadine

New to Oran, who had a hard time finding them.

20141014_204005Tichu

Jon/Avi 1065, David/Avraham

David gamely partnered with Avraham, completely new to the game. He understood how to play, but experience makes a different. David and Avraham were ahead by a few hundred for a while, but Jon and Avi caught up, and won when they called Tichu and went out first and second; David made a mistake and forgot that Avi had only played one ace so there was still one out, Jon had it. David had 3 bombs in a row, wrecking one of Jon’s Tichus.

Tigris and Euphrates

Avraham 9, Avi 7, Nadine 5

I taught this to them, new to both. They did an excellent job catching on and built monuments, Avraham 2 and Avi 3. There wasn’t much conflict. I thought I was doing worse than I was. I think Avraham beat Avi because Avraham attacked more, he attacked me, but I didn’t play well. There is less conflict with 3 players.

20141014_193530Via Appia

Oran 92, Eszter 49, Nadine 38, Ofer 25

Ofer taught it to all of us, thought he hadn’t played before and needed to look up setup info, he didn’t have the rules in English, but he had read them online earlier. We punched out the game and Ofer managed to set up the main mechanism which releases disks with which to buy building stones. Near the end of the game, when one type of stone ran out, he discovered a new rule that you can get a coin instead of a stone – people who had tossed due to lack of storage took money for earlier moves, unbalancing the timing. It’s a cute, light game, though Pushing and losing feels like luck; it is partly, but also related to when you select that action. Eszter did really well with it, Ofer who was before her didn’t, he put them in position for her, as did I. I didn’t like that aspect, and often I couldn’t take full advantage of my actions, for example, only having one stone available to build instead of the two allowed. I focused on money for movement, but that’s not enough. I also built, but Oran had a more successful strategy, he built mainly small stones, and got bonuses for it.

20141014_162213Walnut Grove

Shachar 30, Nadine 28, Mace 25, Avraham 19

New to Shachar and Avraham, and Mace has played around once. Everyone did well, and sold a lot and bought bonuses. Mace and I had similar strategies, storage and coins. He wanted to get both coin bonus tiles but I got one. On the last turn, I changed from buying a farmer for two points to selling for 3 coins with space for 2, because of my coin bonus, even though it meant paying a coin for food. A mistake, I got all zeros, and paying for food reduced the coin bonus to one extra, for a gain of one instead of two. If I had drawn better coins I would have tied or won, but it’s less likely to draw those at the end of the game. The keep two tile year came up first, when it’s less helpful, though it does increase production quickly. It’s an easy game to learn. Eszter wanted to play it later, but too many people who had already played it were available. Shachar had 3 bonuses and almost got another one. Mace and I would have had one more point if we had drawn tiles which close fences on the last round.

Chag Sameach!

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Sukkot Games Day and JSGC 10th Anniversary

2013-09-22 14.13.42Participants

Beit Shemesh – Eliezer, Meir

Haifa – Ofer, Matan

Ra’anana – Jon, Ken, Oren, Laurie

Rehovot – Dylan, Genia

Talpiot, Baka and Maale Adumim – Mace, Nadine, Emily, Eitan, David, Avi, Eszter, Binyamin S, Cliff, Mishi, Netanel

2013-09-22 19.49.30Special mention

Most wins – Ofer

Emily for another complicated dinner order

Original JSGC members – Jon, David, Nadine

The Tzolk’in diehards – Ofer, Eszter and Eitan who played 3 straight games til midnight, after Ofer had already played earlier, the game was new to all of them today. We had two games going at once, thanks to Mace and Ken

We missed Gili who is in Greece, and Bill and Shirley who are on their way to Israel!

2013-09-22 20.25.53Fathers and sons

Mace with Shachar, who popped in to try to indoctrinate everyone

David and Avi – Most winning pair

Ken and Oren – Played games together

Michael and Elijah – Didn’t play games with each other

Eitan and Uli – Didn’t play games with each other either

2013-09-22 14.34.41Agricola

Dylan 38, Michael 27, Genia 24, Mishi 15

First play for all, Jon taught them. Jon:Probably the fastest and yet most thorough explanation of Agricola ever. They only came up to ask one question.

2013-09-22 16.55.21Battlestar Gallactica

Humans+ Emily, Matan, Cliff  Cylon- Avi

Avi didn’t want to be a Cylon but did fine, he found the game interesting. Matan had wanted to play, Cliff taught with the help of the rulebook.

2013-09-22 11.57.43Discworld

Mace+, Netanel, Mishi, Elijah

2013-09-22 15.36.27Dominion Dark Ages

Meir 36, Eliezer 33

Mace+, Dylan, Genia

hanabiHanabi

Jon, David, Mace, Avi, Meir Score:13

New to all except Jon. Jon: Everyone had a good time, and we still can’t figure out what is and is not legal to say during the game, but we all had a ball trying to figure it out.

Hansa Teutonica

David 65, Nadine 58, Eliezer 53, Avi 48

Eliezer’s game, he taught the rest of us. Scores were almost in turn order except Eliezer went last. Going first or second may be a bigger advantage than the compensatory turn order cubes. We played this at the end of the day, I didn’t even try to understand the routes, connections and building control. I focused on tracks, pretty clear cut, and then obvious victory points. Then I started doing routes, which worked, I guess because there are so many routes, and my good track positions helped.

Magic

Jon++ David+*

While playing Tzolk’in. With Mace. *Jon: David won the first game, and I won the second. In the third game, I took back something near the end of the game that allowed me to squeak out a win. However, I pointed out to David that I took it back really after I should not have been allowed to (after drawing a card), and so he should be considered the winner. David played Black White (unusual for him, since he doesn’t usually play white) and I played Green White.

2013-09-22 12.44.07Merchants and Marauders

Meir 10, Cliff 4, Laurie 4

Cliff taught this. Meir attacked everyone’s ships or something.

Nefarious

Meir+, Jon, David, Avi, Nadine

First play for everyone except me and Jon, we first played at bgg.con; Jon got the game recently. Jon: Meir won this when he built while everyone else was still collecting money. A few of us claimed that we would have been able to pass 20 on the next round (David indicated that he would have hit 23). Everyone seemed to like this.

Meir, Eliezer

2013-09-22 14.35.42Puerto Rico

Ofer 26, 11, 15, 52; Nadine 19, 22, 5, 46; Avi 13, 26, 6, 45; Oren 13, 27, 40; Ken 11, 27, 38 (Bld, VP, Bonus)

Ofer, Avi and Oren had less experience playing. Ofer had a coffee monopoly most of the game, with a large market, and he got 3 big buildings. Oren tried to specialize in indigo, but counterintuitively that doesn’t work. I had factory and wharf, Avi also had a wharf, he was handed an early sugar trade. Ken and I did give some advice during the game. I haven’t played 5-player in a long time, even longer than I haven’t played PR in person. It’s fun with any number.

Eliezer 64, Meir 48

2013-09-22 17.54.19R-Eco

First play for most, taught by Laurie, then Ofer.

Oren 15, Ofer 13, Laurie 7, Ken -2

Genia 9, Ofer 8, Dylan 8, Eitan 5, Eszter 4

Tichu

David/Nadine+, Jon/Mace
Played partly during Tzolk’in

Avi/David 1205  Nadine/Eliezer 292

Avi/David+, Nadine
We played a quick game at the end, with 3, I played both my hands. I called Tichu, missing by one.

2013-09-22 20.23.26Troyes

Mace 54, Emily 43, Binyamin Shtern 35

First play for Binyamin, second for Emily. Mace had the money card, and a lot of meeples on cards, including the trade 1 Influence for 6 money.

2013-09-22 14.13.36Tzolk’in – The Mayan Calendar

Mace 75, Jon 57, David 51, Elijah 43

First play for David and Elijah, second for Jon. Jon: I actually had 67, and I was tied with Mace until we calculated the second to last god track (we were tied on the last track). He had 6 points and I had -2. Mace concentrated on skulls, and his good performance was a result of also progressing in the corresponding bonus track. I concentrated on building and monuments, helped by starting position of getting double resources. Food is far less of an issue in this game than it initially appeared (unlike, say, Agricola or Stone Age).

Ofer 56, Oren 53, Laurie 41, Ken 24

Ofer 60, Eszter and Eitan 50
Eszter won the tie with one worker left on the gears.

Ofer 61, Eitan 55, Eszter 32

Ofer 61, Eitan 55, Eszter 45

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