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Plus 40

Magic

Jon++ David

Gentes

Aaron 97, Jon 91, Roy 82, Nimrod 82

First play for Aaron, Roy and Nimrod, good job Aaron!

Power Grid

David 18 18 +33 Gili 18 18 +24 Nadine 18 18 +10 Haim 18 16

Haim has less experience playing Power Grid, and this was his and Gili’s first time playing with the 4 top cards of the deck exposed. Haim only built to 16 cities. David won by less than usual. During Step 1, David built away from me instead of blocking me. On the last round both Gili and I upgraded plants to increase our capacity from 17 to 18, David already had 18. We were all able to build to 18, but David still had more money. We played on the US board on the East coast, as usual.

Hansa Teutonica

Nadine F+, Noam, Colin

First play for Colin.

Tichu

David / Jon 1060, Haim / Nadine 40

Jon and David are better players, but this was mostly luck with great cards. I called Tichu first hand with 3 Aces, Jon had the cards to block me, but the score was only 30 to -30. After that they went out first and second several times, and made Tichus and GTs. When Haim had a good hand and called Tichu, both Jon and David had red flush bombs, and went out first and second. By the end, Haim and I were glad to at least reach a positive score.

We don’t kill Jon

Welcome back to Binyamin who hasn’t attended in a long time. Best wishes to Sara and Lorenzo who are off to Japan for two months.

Magic

Jon: We played one game and David slaughtered me with an 11/11 double strike trample my deck was actually pretty good and only 2 colors, unlike usual.

3-level Cube Prototype

Binyamin brought a prototype of cube placement, with multiple point counting possibilities.

Hansa Teutonica

Lorenzo 70, Binyamin 54, Sara 46

First play for Sara and Lorenzo.

Lorenzo: One more turn and Binyamin would have won. Teutonica Is nice. It is not the favorite type of game for Sara and me, but it is nice, strategic and I appreciate some direct “fighting”.

Clank

David 86, Nadine F. 77 Jon 76, Nadine 59

Nadine: First play for all. Everyone made it out except for Nadine F. who was on step away, she would have won with the additional 20 points. Jon went first and got off to a good start, Nadine F who went second was also able to pick up a lot of bonus chips. I was last, after David, which reduced my early opportunities, and early on better cards came out for Jon and Nadine F. Though one wasn’t as strong as we thought, we realized later that it was a purple so could only be used one, Jon had only used it once. We also forgot to move the dragon a few times for artifacts. Jon’s cubes got drawn more than anyone else’s until late in the game, it made sense at first due to the first player penalty. Jon had two artifacts and a lot of coins to buy at the market, but he wasn’t able to buy as many cards with points as David or Nadine F. did. I didn’t realize that once I was out of the dungeon I could no longer buy cards, but when I got out I was two away from dying. Jon took more of a risk and managed not to die even though he was two away for several turns, and get more items. At the end we were buying 7 point cards, so fewer new cards, and fewer dragons, came out. How close to dying: Jon 1, Nadine 1, Nadine F 2, David 4.

The game is interesting. David and I felt it has much more luck than Dominion and Thunderstone. Deck building is not the major mechanic because of the travel and dragons. I prefer Dominion even if I’m not good at deck building.

Bruges

Binyamin 51, Sara 42, Lorenzo 39

First play for Sara and Lorenzo.

Lorenzo: The first time I played Bruges gave me the idea that it relies too much on the chance to draw card combos, this time gave the same impression of being based on luck. It is not bad for a game to have luck involved but I would go for something else.

 

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.