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December 7, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nati, Gili, Gilli E, Nadine, Nisan, Yael, David K, Elad, Aaron

Magic: The Gathering

David++, Jon

I have lost my winning streak.

Codenames

Jon + Nati, Gili + Yael

First plays for Nati and Yael.

Suburbia

Jon 119, Aaron 110, Yael 89

First plays for Aaron and Yael. I think they both enjoyed it.

Homesteaders

Gili 59, Nisan 52, Nati 50

First play for Nati. Nisan writes: In round 6, Gili spent $12 to get the church. Worth 10 points + 2 points per turn for 20 points. Nati lamented that he played “stupid”. Nisan lamented that his misinterpretation of the “bank” hampered his trading/purchasing ability in rounds 6-8 (he ended up “running off the rails” of the auction-passing track). All in all I think that everyone enjoyed the game and would play it again.

Trajan

Nadine 163, Gilli E 116, David K 100, Elad 96

First play for all but Nadine, who is lording it over the rest of us.

Nadine writes: First play for Gilli and David, second for Elad. Third for me, plus one completed online and two in progress. Everyone did cards except me, they were all collecting tons. David had wild cards, but even with that couldn’t get four the same. Gilli did get four of a kind, without wild cards. I had five cards, I got a pair early, then took the ship action when a card I wanted was available. So I played two pairs for ten points, partly to turn the ship over. In the last two turns of the game I won the Senate to get a bonus card for 9 points for a fire chip, and I managed to get a helmet chip which let me use one of my Demand wild cards for the fire chip bonus. I started with a bonus card 9 points for the helmet chip, so I got 18 from my only two bonus cards. The others had bonuses for cards, and got points from that, though David didn’t get many. He did a lot of building actions, most of them gave him additional actions, and they give points, he blocked me from getting a 5 point building I wanted, but he didn’t have a wild card so at the end only got 10 points for one set of three. I had two Building wild cards so got a pair for 20 points at the end. I completed a lot of 9 point Trajan tiles, and got 10 points twice from military. The others also did military, and competed for Senate. The earlier bonus cards didn’t help me because I wasn’t doing cards, and it’s hard to coordinate the cards you get with the bonuses, Gilli and Elad managed to. Basically it’s hard to plan as much as you need to, so tactically works pretty well, to my benefit. Plus luck with the Demand chips. If a second bread hadn’t come out at the end I would have had to use both my wilds, losing the 9 point bonus, and it hurt David and Gilli who were missing bread. Elad had all three permanent Demands, and Gilli also had a lot of chips.

 

 

 

 

 

September 07, 2016

Participants: Jon, Aaron, Yael, David Tzut, Yoshi

Last week I couldn’t host, so Gili came to the rescue. Gili, David K, Yael, and Ofek played Bora Bora: David 163, Yael 141, Gili 134, Ofek 100. I have no other info.

This week, David Tzur came back to playtest another game with us. And Yoshi is a new player, a gamer sent over by Gili. He just came back from the US (?) with some new games, but we didn’t play them. He, along with many others in our group, is more of a thematic game player, while i prefer straight Euros. Hopefully enough people will come each week so that we all get to play what we want.

Prototype

David Tzur, Yael, Aaron, and I played two rounds of a David’s prototype. It was fairly easy to see how the game went after one round; in the same category as Balderdash, The Game of Things, and other such games, with a twist to encourage creativity. Not my type of game, but I could see its appeal. I think he was disappointed when I stopped him early, but Yoshi had arrived and was waiting to play.

We briefly considered one of the games that Yoshi brought, but I had an opportunity to play games I loved that the more frequent attendees don’t always want to play.

Homesteaders

Jon 60, Aaron 56, Yoshi 55, Yael 54

First play for everyone else. I often win this, but this was very close. In fact at the end I briefly miscounted and thought that I had lost, but we recounted again.

I had little income for the first four rounds but got to three trade chips. One trade chip is not enough, two trade chips is usually ideal, and three is usually too many. But with excess trade chips, you can take a lot of debt and get whatever you want. I went up to 7 debt on turn 5 to take the Church. Meanwhile, I was producing a gold every turn, and eventually two gold per turn. I used them every round, but I had enough at the end of the game to cancel all but three of my debts.

Yoshi had massive income by round 5 – 11 dollars a round, and also the debt-canceller each round (Bank, I believe). He played rather conservatively, however. Aaron only had one trade chip coming in each round and struggled with that. Yael had the fewest buildings and a completed railroad track, and she had enough money and trade chips for 14 VP goods at the end of the game.

Tichu

Jon/Yoshi, Aaron/Yael

First play for Yael and Yoshi. We only played two rounds. Aaron called and made Tichu on the first round, but the score was 110 (them) to 90. The next round, we earned +115 to their -15.

July 27, 2016

Participants: Jon, David, Nadine, Nisan, Yael, Roman, Avi, Yedidya, Francis

Yael is the only one of the new players who showed up again, although a few said they would come. Avi brought his friend Yedidya again.

7 Wonders

Yael+, David, Jon, Avi, Yedidya

I left my scores at home (where I am currently not). First play for everyone except for me, which surprised me. Everyone liked it.

My monument was military, and I ended up playing military which I usually don’t, since competition by a neighbor can make your investment in the cards useless. I ended with military and blue cards. Yedidya had the science monument, but didn’t build any science. He also had some blue cards. He also was discovered to have accidentally built the same blue card twice (which would have been mine); he had to discard it for 3 coins.

Yael had the “play one discarded card for free” monument, which netted her 6 points at the end of the game. She also had strong military and science. David had the “build one card each phase for free” monument, which he used in phases 2 and 3. He had nice purple cards and 3 matching science cards. Avi had the “free resource” monument, and also had strong science, but he had -6 in military score.

Vegas Showdown

Roman 39, Nadine 38, Francis 36, Nisan 36

Nadine writes: First play for Francis. Everyone enjoyed the game. Roman went first with an income-centric strategy and the rest of us used a mix-and-match.

Nisan would have won and I would have done better if I hadn’t mistakenly paid 18 for the High Rollers room. I didn’t notice that I didn’t have the prerequisite required to place it, while Nisan did. I never got the prerequisite so I never place the HR room. We redrew one card combination, where two cards [gave contradictory changes to income and we couldn’t decide how to resolve them]. Francis was the only one who completed all three [bonuses for hotel, casino, and connection], but it wasn’t enough to overcome my big victory point buildings or Roman’s most income and diamond bonuses. Nisan didn’t get any completion bonuses. I accelerated the game end when I had the chance to choose a stack.

Homesteaders

Avi 54, Jon 53, Nadine 52

I suffered from not buying the gold mine, that each of them both bought. I bought a copper mine a round or two later, but it’s really not as useful, since you need two trade chips to use it for anything else. Everyone was shy trade chips.

I had the most buildings, but Avi got the one that gave 1 point per building. At the end, we thought Nadine had won with 55 points, and then we remembered her 3 points in debt, which took her from first to last by a point either way.

Slap Deck

David, Jon, Yedidya, Yael

Avi, Nadine, Jon

We played a few games each. In the first set, David and I both pulled off winning piles. In the second set, all three of us won one game each.

Lord of Waterdeep

David 153, Roman 151, Nisan 130, Yedidya 89

David writes: Nisan and Roman were both badly hurt by Yedidya, who used his first place position to take the first place position as his first move each round, [which essentially made David who played after him the first place player for the entire game, and Roman the third place player for the entire game].

Nisan writes: True. First place for Yedidya who did not truly capitalize on going first most rounds. He also went last with the lieutenant for a few rounds. Nisan and Yedidya had piety Lords, while Nisan and Roman had arcana.

Nisan was in the lead for round 2-7 with the most missions completed. In the last two rounds, David completed 25 and 20 point missions, and Roman completed a 25 point mission of his own. Everyone enjoyed the game, I think.

 

 

Passover Games Day 5776

2016-04-26 15.30.45A fun day, with 23 people playing at peak time in the afternoon, more people came later after some had left. Mazal tov to Ofer and Michal on their one-week wedding anniversary. Thank you to everyone for recording scores, bringing snacks and games, and moving furniture, and to Gili for some of the pictures.

Adastra

Binyamin Z 58, Devora 35, Alan 26, Yiscah 24, Michael 19

Agricola

Roman 36, Ron 25, Assaf 21, Eli 9

2016-04-26 14.18.55Roman taught them. Eli is not a Eurogamer, Ron liked the game and did well for his first play, as did Assaf.

Bridge

Binyamin Z/Nadine, Devora/Yiscah

Binyamin helped everyone with instructions on how to play optimally. On the last hand, he bid 1NT. I had 13 points, 4 hearts, and AKx of spades and wanted to bid 4 hearts, but he said I should bid my honorless 4-card club suit. We ended up in 4 hearts; he made 7, he had 5 hearts and the queen dropped. So he asked Ben for his opinion on whether he should have gone to small slam, Ben basically said yes. He said he would have bid 4 hearts like I wanted to, unless he was playing with Binyamin, in which case he would know he had to bid the clubs.

Bora Bora 

Gili 188, Jon 178, Avi 121

boraboraJon: I decided to try this one more time to see if it was as finicky as I recalled or if it was just that my first play was overwhelming. I remain convinced that the game should have been streamlined and a few mechanics taken out. I WAS less overwhelmed, but I don’t think I will play it too often.

First play for Avi; he shared my sentiments, and by the time we were halfway through he wanted it to be over. We stuck it out. I thought I was doing OK, managing to build a building every round by the skin of my teeth, which should have given me a tidy sum. Unfortunately, owing to the luck of my first mission draws, I was a single tile shy of competing my last mission, which lost me at least 10 points. Gili finished all of her missions but was one shy of finishing her buildings, she beat me by 10 points, and I’m not sure how she beat me. If I ever play this again, I am going to try building all my tents, just to see what happens.

20160426_205142Castles of Burgundy

Binyamin Z 238, Nadine 205, Ofer 151

Jon: I taught this to Ben, Binyamin, and Ofer. Ben got bad luck with his rolls and was thoroughly sick of the game by the end of the first phase; he was perhaps too tired to figure out how all of the buildings worked, and I don’t really blame him; the iconography is not terrible, but it’s not great. On the other hand, Binyamin really liked the game and scored pretty highly.

I was happy to take over for Ben instead of playing Frank’s Zoo. Binyamin had placed the same buildings in the same area, and I let him do it again to finish a section because he had taken the building based on playing that way. I got good yellow tiles – the 3 bonus for colors of tiles sold, and the play the same building in areas, that Binyamin should have had, but it wasn’t enough to beat Binyamin’s yellow 4 point bonus tiles for 2 buildings, and his first place in several colors.

694fddfa-504b-487f-8275-f27ec404b3a5Eldritch Horror

Gili, Roman, Yonatan, Avi, Noam, and Alan beat the game in this co-op.

Frank’s Zoo

7af56e6b-146e-4240-b398-00d4bef946f4Michal 9, Devora 7, Binyamin R 6, Yiscah 4

Yiscah 25, Binyamin R 14, Eszter 14, Devora 13

Guildhall

Eitan 20, Emily 13, Ofer 10, Michal 8

guildhallIn the last turn Eitan got two series of dancers. Eitan said he exploited a loophole which allows combining extra actions with additional card draws.

Homesteaders

Jon 64, Michael 52, Avi 44

Michael had requested the farming game with the apples ahead of time, Jon realized which game he meant.

Jon: I taught this to Avi and refreshed Michael’s memory of the game. It was a nice experience for all, as I remember, but in the end my experience gave me the edge. The end scores were pretty close, however.

Lo Ra

Eli 25, Efrat and Yossi 17, Eitan 9, Ron 1, Emily 1

At least they all had positive scores. Our house version of Ra with a Biblical theme.

Lords of Waterdeep

Avi 133, Gili 122, Noam 116

Second play for Avi and Noam.

2016-04-26 21.16.49Magic

Jon: David and I drafted and we both ended up playing colors that we weren’t expecting. David played BRG and, while he got out a lot of his strength, it didn’t seem to be enough. I played BWu, with many fliers and some control cards. In the first game, my fliers took him down. In the second, I started with only one mana. I tossed a creature to get my second, which was luckily the right color for me to cast a spell that let me pay life for 2 more cards. I got out one more, a mana unicorn, and that was enough to get me started until more flowed in. We traded some kills, we both played a few big creatures, and then I took some of his out and he resigned.

Mundus Novus

Devora 95, Ofer 59

Devora +, Haim 41, Guy and Gilad 19

noblemenNoblemen

Binyamin R 92, Yosef 91, Eszter 90, Nadine 74

Eszter has the game but hadn’t played. Yosef taught us, he had read the rules but never played, so we looked up things as we went, and of course played a few things wrong. The cards were in German but it doesn’t matter because it’s just the card title, no text otherwise, we had the rules in English, and he taught in Hebrew. The game pieces are beautiful, and it’s a nice game. I forgot to do one or two things which led to my having no moves for about half the game, because I was out of tiles and money. Everyone else had tons and couldn’t understand it. I forgot to place one guy when I build a castle, which would have given me a few more tiles. I did have bad luck with tile drawing – I had three down, and every time I drew three more, which is limited to once per the three rounds, none were the forests which let you draw more tiles. I also forgot that the point of the purple churches was to get cards, which also would have helped me get more tiles. So the problem seems to have been my playing, and not the game. The theme is well-integrated as you have masquerades to increase your rank, but it resets twice per round.

2e6ead30-2c26-4939-9d4a-a31aa192eae7Notre Dame

Yiscah, Shira, Haim

Power Grid

David 15/17, Roman 13/14, Ksenia 11/15

2016-04-26 12.22.22David taught this to Ksenia who we all enjoyed seeing on her visit from Poland. We were going to use the German side, but three regions didn’t seem balanced. I left to play 7 Wonders Duel before we started, and after Ksenia and others came.

R-Eco

Devora 15, Yiscah 10, Binyamin Z 4

First play for all of them.

7 Wonders

Emily 54, Yonatan 54, Noam 51, Ofer 43,Michal 42, Eitan 37

2016-04-26 12.42.117 Wonders Duel

Yosef 88, Nadine 75

I had wanted to try this. It’s more interesting than 7 Wonders, with a similar theme and feeling, but still a lot of luck. When you select cards, it opens up new cards for the other player/s. I made mistakes with this a few times early on, and a few other mistakes. Yosef is experienced so he gave me advice. I thought he’d end up further ahead than he did. There are three ways to win; I was in a good position to win with military, two away, but the cards worked out for him, and he took advantage to block me. He was able to take the last card he needed to win in green, but preferred to keep playing and count points, he said otherwise the points are a waste. Counting points seemed complicated and time consuming, he did it. We played in French, his main language and my first one.

signorieSignorie

Binyamin R 150, Eszter 128, Nadine 127, Assaf 115

New to the others. Binyamin was competing with me for the lead most of the game, but pulled ahead at the end. He caught on well to what he needed to do. Eszter didn’t realize she should pay and get points when placing daughters, but we gave back the 5 she had paid for points with the bonus and back paid for all her placements, which gave her more points and caught her up to near me; she passed me by one at the very end. Assaf only had three helpers, Binyamin had the most.

Slap Deck

Avi++, Jon+

Jon: I taught Avi how to play this, and he really liked it. We played three times, he won twice. He asked to play it again several times when I wasn’t available.

83bda1f1-e1d1-4cde-b231-ac9cdab63769Suburbia

Jon 134, Binyamin 114, David 11, Ben 110

Jon: I taught this to Ben, David, and Binyamin. David like it and wanted to play again. Ben seemed to like it, too. Binyamin didn’t like it, because there is nothing to do when it is not your turn and the other players’ turns took too long for him. It’s true that there is not much to do on your turn, and not much in the way of player interaction or interfering with other players (other than taking the building he wants), but I think the game is fast enough and interesting enough to be good; I actually really like it.

Even though I had the highest income at the start, I was cash shy for a lot of the game. Binyamin took early greens but he ended up with negative income and no money, which made many of his last turns useless; even lakes couldn’t bring him enough cash not to lose them, and he couldn’t save money to buy income generating buildings. David also had a lot of cash, from the building that doubles lake income, which he then doubled again (for triple). He made use of his cash finally in the last third of the game hovering near the top of income and reputation until the last round. But it was too late, and he had no bonuses. Ben and I each made two bonuses, and Binyamin made three. On the last move of the game, Ben handed Binyamin his third bonus in order to take around 14 points himself.

Tichu and Where’s Tichu?

Avi/Nadine 375, Jon/David 225

We started the day with this. My favorite Tichu partner, and players. When David said maybe the teams aren’t fair, Avi said we like playing together, and I said it’s worth losing for the times we do manage to beat such good players. First hand I called a Tichu and made it. The others asked me why I called it so early, at least a hand before I played my first card, and I said because I always forget to call it if I wait. On another hand Avi could have gone out first, but wanted to give me a chance to play so we could go out first and second, but neither one of us ended up going out first, he should have just gone out. Jon thought about calling a Tichu but decided not to. One game he did well, but would have done better if he had remembered that he had passed David the Dragon and therefore knew where it was. We stopped when more people came, which I had said at the beginning would be our strategy.

Jon/Ben 735, David/Assaf 565

We couldn’t find Tichu among all the games people brought, which were stacked on shelves, couches and tables. Whenever I asked if they had looked somewhere they said yes. I know things slip between my couch pillows, so I looked carefully, and found it with a few others small games behind a back pillow.

Jon: We taught Ben and Assaf how to play. Ben picked it up quickly; Assaf took a bit longer, but they both seemed to enjoy it (it helped Ben’s enjoyment that we were winning). Ben was my teammate. David called and made 2 grand tichus, including one on the opening hand. I called and made regular tichu on the second hand. Even when our opponents made tichus, they always seemed to end up with the short end on points, so Ben and I did very well.

Ticket to Ride

2016-04-26 15.30.55Shira 123, Yiscah 121, Devora 109, Haim 98

Year of the Dragon

Shira 112, Ben 105, David 86, Haim 95

David taught this to the others, and then proceeded to do much worse than he usually does. They were all close in the number of people left at the end.

 

February 10, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Jonathan, David K, Nisan, Alan, Gili

Flipwiz

Jon, Nadine, Alan, David

We tried Jonathan’s prototype word game, which is pretty good, but not my style. He is still refining the game, and hopefully it will find a home one day.

Settlers of Catan

Nisan 11, Gili 5, Jonathan 6

First play for Jonathan. Nisan and Gili are very experienced, but likely haven’t played in a while.

Homesteaders

Jon 53, Alan 43, David 42, Nadine 38

First play for Alan. Nadine thinks she doesn’t like the game, but then she thinks she does but that it’s just hard. It is hard, but – though it has planning that involves points and money, it doesn’t seem to bog down in long calculations of numbers. The calculations are more about resources and how far an opponent is willing to bid.

I really like it, even though I win it often. I try to do the same thing each time, but I always end up doing something very different. This time I took up to 7 debts, paying off only 3 by the end. The amount of points I made with the buildings was enough to balance it out. Alan ended with the most buildings, and David had the biggest point burst in the last rounds, but not enough.

Still one of my favorites.

Tichu

Alan/Nadine 1035, David/Nisan 565

First actual play for Alan, I stood behind him and gave him advice, often very specific, sometimes very general. I let him play on his own for a few hands.

We opened the evening with a hand that had four bombs. Other hands after that had multiple bombs. Nisan called grand tichu at least six times. The first time he made it. After that his team took a drubbing. Alan/I even called and made tichu against his grand tichu. Three times when David realized that his teammate couldn’t make grand tichu, and we had called tichu as well, he simply bit the bullet and went out first. At one point the score was 915 to -415.

Then they caught up 800 points in two hands, and our team began edging slowly down in points, from 915 to 890 to 825. Finally we went ahead again to 960. They won another 400 points bringing them to 340, but we finally ended the game after 15 hands.

June 03, 2015

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Aaron, Natan

Aaron brought Natan over for his first visit. Natan had played all the games that Aaron has, so he was able to jump into the deep end at our place.

Dominion: Seaside+

Nadine 38, Jon 34, Natan 21, Aaron 7

Aaron had never played with any of the Dominion expansions and was eager to play them. Natan was also happy to try them. We picked randomly from my entire collection (base, Intrigue, Seaside, Prosperity, and some promos) and ended up with 7 Seaside cards (Haven, Native Village, Pearl Diver, Ambassador, Navigator, Tactician, Treasury), two Prosperity cards (Watchtower, Vault (no Colony/Platinum)), and one Intrigue card (Ironworks). The mix was fine. I played early Ambassadors and that defined my hand and play; strangely, while everyone else admired the strategy, no one else played them (except a single play). Nadine, as usual, went straight for Silvers and, despite this being a mediocre strategy, she won, though neither I nor she knows how. Aaron passed up the opportunity to buy Provinces at least twice, as he was continuing to try to refine his deck after my several plays of Ambassador, but he ended up not buying any victory points at all.

Homesteaders

Aaron 56, Jon 54, Nadine 42, Natan 42

First play for both Aaron and Natan. This is one of my favorites and I don’t get to play it too often. They loved it.

Like in the last game, I thought I was doing pretty well, although I passed more frequently than I usually do. I had too many farmers, too quickly, and while they were making a lot of victory points, they were making it hard to make money. I passed the last round in order to have enough money/gold to pay off several debts. Aaron passed in round 9 to have enough money to buy the buildings he needed in round 10.

Nadine passed on the first round and easily took a steel mill on second round, making her the only one to produce steel the entire game. She somehow stalled after that. Aaron took several buildings that let him break the rules: pay gold instead of copper or cows, pay trading chips instead of money, outbid without outbidding, etc. These all combined to achieve the win, but not by much.

The Wild West

Well, pioneers actually. We had two tourists from northern England who are leaving tomorrow morning, Rich and Kate.

2014-04-09 19.46.37R-Eco

Rich 13, David 12, Kate 11, Avi 3, Nadine 2

We were going to play Love Letter but had too many people before we started. New to Rich and Kate who did well, way better than me. They didn’t dump so got a bonus. We played random chips.

Walnut Grove

Nadine 24, Avi 23, Rich 18

First play for Rich and Avi. They both caught on well after one round, but Rich didn’t have large enough areas to support his four workers so he was short cubes for feeding. He ended with two neighborly helps for -4 from a respectable 22 points. Avi got the bonus for coins, and sold a lot of cubes, and he had a shed. I didn’t sell as often, but it was earlier in the game, and I drew higher coins. So I had 2 silvers and 2 golds for 6, he had 4 silvers and 1 copper for 4, plus his bonus of 5, but I had a bonus of 3 for buildings. So with a switch of one coin he would have won, so he didn’t like that element of luck.

2014-04-09 20.52.55Homesteaders

Gili 53, Eszter 52, Kate 50, David 49

First play for Kate, and Eszter who’s been wanting to play this. At first Gili’s score was 51 and we though Eszter won, until David recalculated her end game options. They did correct a few rules as they went along.

Nile

Nadine, Avi, Rich

I ended with 2 sets +3, the others with 1 set, +8 for Avi, +4 for Rich. New to both of them. First time I’ve played almost right, with players taking advantage of the trading. We had to correct the planting a bit after I checked the rules partway through the game.

Love Letter

Avi +++

Rich, Avi and I played a bit, Rich was very familiar with the game and cards, new to Avi who really liked it. We played twice more, me, Avi and David. It is fun with deduction and luck.