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October 17, 2018

Participants: Jon, David K, Haim, Gili, Aaron, Elana

Welcome Elana.

Magic: The Gathering

David++, Jon

I knew during and after the draft that David was going to kill me. I think my highest powered creature was a 2. I didn’t even have more fliers than he did and I had nothing to kill his creatures other than a Shock or two.

Parade

Jon+, David, Gili

I don’t remember the exact scores.

Homesteaders

David 55, Haim 47, Jon 46, Gili 33

Four players is harder than three players. I passed more than usual, and I still ended with three debts.

Yinsh

Jon+, Elana+

Elana arrived while we were playing Homesteaders, so I multitasked. I taught her the game, and she beat me in the second game.

Azul

Aaron 57, Haim 56, Elana 40

First play for Aaron, who like it.

Splendor

David 15, Jon, Gili

First play for David, who I said would win. He made some mistakes, and he still won (by one round, which seems to happen a lot).

Tichu

Haim/David/Jon 1160, Aaron/Elana/Jon 640 or so

I started out teaching Elana to play (with Aaron, while David played with Haim). She picked it up pretty quickly. David left and I took his place.

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Favorite Games

Five Tribes

Oded 177, Nadine 162, Gili 155

Oded’s first play. Nadine: We all had seven or eight cards, I had the djinn to get an extra card, but gave up points to get the slaves. Gili had tons of yellows and the 3 point djinn, but didn’t have any money left which hurt her. I had money but not much else, I had the fewest camels. We helped Oded a bit at the beginning, but mostly he caught on and played on his own. He had the djinn to place palaces on any tile, and he used it well, getting the meeples and slaves he needed to pay for it. He liked the game.

Homesteaders

Jon 46+, Haim 44, Nadine S 38

Crokinole

Jon, Oded who was good and liked it.

 

 

 

 

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.

Sukkot Games Day 5778

A nice day, sunny following a day of rain so we could use the sukkah.

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

 

 

Carson City
Tzvi 46+
Daniel 46
Nadine 41
Assaf B 26

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.

Crokinole

Jon 120  Lorenzo 75  Nadine 55

This was played frequently during the day.

 

 

Diplomacy

Noam and Yochai checked out how to play.

Euphoria
Binyamin +
Yael second
Noam
Yochai

 

 

Five Tribes
Ben 171
Haley 134
Lorenzo 118
Aryeh 83

New to Haley and Lorenzo. Ben had a full set of cards plus two others.

 

Havoc
Jon 38
Avi 26
Nadine 21
Tzvi 20

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’.

Hansa Teutonica
Lorenzo 38  Ben 37  Jon 33  Yael 32  Hailey 28

Jon taught this.

Homesteaders
Yehuda 65
Sara 38
Chaya Bluma 36

First play for CB and Sara.

Isle of Skye
Eszter 53
Yochai 48
Noam 47
Avi 43
Binyamin S 42

Eszter has played before.

Keyflower
Haley 54
Eszter 48
Sara 44
Chaya Bluma 33

Taught by CB.

Nefarious
Sara 20
Chaya Bluma 16
Ofer 11

Ben 23
Aryeh 18
Tzvi 17
Assaf 13

Avi 23
Yochai 20
Binyamin 20
Eszter 18

Avi 20
Yochai 17
Binyamin 16
Eszter 16

Puerto Rico

Daniel 28  Chaya Bluma 27  Assaf 25  Ofer and Sara 24

First play for all but CB, who ended with two unmanned large buildings.

 

 

 

Splendor

Daneil, Assaf B, Aryeh, Yocheved

 

 

 

 

Sushi Go!

Chaya Bluma 39 Haley 35 Yael & Sara 30

Chaya Bluma: We all enjoyed a fun game!

Tichu
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
Yehiel 17
Nadine 16
Jon 11
Avi 10

First play for all. An interesting light game with little player control.

Trajan
Nadine 127
Aryeh 125
Assaf B 117
Yehiel 76

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.

Village
Avi 53+
Jon 53
Nadine 48

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.

 

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.