David 79, Jon 53, Nadine F 51, Haim 48
David 79, Jon 53, Nadine F 51, Haim 48
Aaron 97, Jon 91, Roy 82, Nimrod 82
First play for Aaron, Roy and Nimrod, good job Aaron!
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.
Nadine F+, Noam, Colin
First play for Colin.
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.
Jon 54 Israel 53, Nadine F 51, Haim 39, Eliezer 31
Eliezer 58, Israel 51, Nadine F 50, Jon 46, Michael 38, Haim 28
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Binyamin 27, Haley 21, Eszter 12, Gili 11
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.
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.
Eszter, Binyamin S, Efrat, Gili, Noam, Maria
They played three rounds.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon 20, Binyamin, Binyamin S, Haley
Oh My Goods
Lorenzo 25, 24 Binyamin S 24, Eszter 21
Rosalynn, Elianna and Azriel also played.
Noam 54, Yael 50, Yossi 48, Maria 46, Assaf B 39
Yael, Yehuda K, Avi, Binyamin, Yossi
Yael taught this, they played a long time but didn’t finish the game.
Jon and Lior, Azriel and Binyamin S played a hand or two earlier.
Avi and Nadine vs Assaf B and Yehuda Klein
Second game, which we didn’t finish
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.
Nechemia 63, Sara 58, Assaf B 57, Rosalynn 33
New to all of them.
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.
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.
Thank you to Jon for bringing a table and chairs, and Crokinole; Eszter for planning and organizing the dinner order; and everyone else for snacks and helping to clean up.
Most played games: Crokinole and Nefarious
Tiebreaker is being earlier in turn order. I taught this to them, it takes time to explain well and understand the mechanics. Tzvi took a long time on his turns, which paid off for him. Assaf kept taking guns, though he lost some duels. He took a Mine I wanted, which messed up my plans. Tzvi and Daniel had good building set ups.
Jon 120 Lorenzo 75 Nadine 55
This was played frequently during the day.
Noam and Yochai checked out how to play.
New to Haley and Lorenzo. Ben had a full set of cards plus two others.
New to Avi and Tzvi. Jon compiled a good hand, then just called Havoc for the rest of the game so we couldn’t recruit more cards. I don’t like this type of direct ‘conflict’.
Lorenzo 38 Ben 37 Jon 33 Yael 32 Hailey 28
Jon taught this.
Chaya Bluma 36
First play for CB and Sara.
Isle of Skye
Binyamin S 42
Eszter has played before.
Chaya Bluma 33
Taught by CB.
Daniel 28 Chaya Bluma 27 Assaf 25 Ofer and Sara 24
First play for all but CB, who ended with two unmanned large buildings.
Daneil, Assaf B, Aryeh, Yocheved
Chaya Bluma 39 Haley 35 Yael & Sara 30
Chaya Bluma: We all enjoyed a fun game!
Tzvi and Aryeh 1100
Ben and Assaf B 990
Yehiel and Lorenzo 265
Eszter and Binyamin 135
New to Tzvi and Lorenzo
Traders of Osaka
First play for all. An interesting light game with little player control.
First play for all but me; they caught on very well. We thought Aryeh was winning, and he came in ahead until we remembered to score the buildings. I was the only one with any points, I had two wilds, for 20 points, which put me ahead by two. Assaf did a good job calculating in advance, but didn’t manage to put about eight of his cards on the table. Aryeh collected and played a lot of cards.
Jon, Ben, Haley, Yael and Lorenzo played one round early on, but stopped when Ben seemed too far ahead. That experience made it easier for Jon to teach it to me and Avi later, I had played once a long time ago but didn’t remember the details. I got 18 points from Traveling, but it wasn’t quite enough, I also had people in the Church, but not much else. Avi did well in the green cube building and had at least 5 trade chips, Jon also had trade chips, and traveled. And died at better times.
Participants: Jon, Yael, Chaya Bluma, Nadine, Haim S, Noam, Shachar
First time visitor Shachar, welcome. This is the last meeting in my apt for a few weeks while I’m on vacation.
Jon 52, Yael 48, Nadine 47
We played with the new prototype that Nadine wants to publish. I think the cards are too small.
Nadine 35, Jon 34, Yael 32
First play for Yael. Nadine doesn’t like the game.
Chaya Bluma 101, Nadine 80, Jon 70, Yael 56
First plays for Chaya Bluma and Yael, first play with more than two players for Nadine. Everyone enjoyed it, but it definitely hurts the brain of people who feel the need to calculate everything out. It’s just too complicated. You have to go on instinct at some point.
My instinct didn’t serve me well. In previous sessions of this game I did somewhat better. I kind of figured already in summer that things weren’t going well, but sometimes I make a comeback. Not enough here, partially because Chaya Bluma (and then the others) took away a few hexes I needed. Nadine seemed to be winning around summer time, but by the end of fall it looked like Chaya Bluma was in the lead. Winter only helped her solidify that lead. Yael was behind a lot come winter, and she caught up a bit but not enough.
Haim 97, Noam 70, Shachar 48
First plays for Noam and Shachar. I taught them the basics, and Haim filled in the rest. Somehow they let him get three of the four SW city scoring spots.