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
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!
Fathers 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
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.
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.
Mace+, Netanel, Mishi, Elijah
Dominion Dark Ages
Meir 36, Eliezer 33
Mace+, Dylan, Genia
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.
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.
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.
Merchants and Marauders
Meir 10, Cliff 4, Laurie 4
Cliff taught this. Meir attacked everyone’s ships or something.
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.
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
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
Played partly during Tzolk’in
Avi/David 1205 Nadine/Eliezer 292
We played a quick game at the end, with 3, I played both my hands. I called Tichu, missing by one.
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.
Tzolk’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