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No Tichu

Love Letter

Aaron +  Nadine + David +

Aaron and I each won a game, then David arrived and won against both of us.

Signorie

Aaron 155  Nadine 145  David 127  Haim 120

First play for Aaron and Haim. Everyone liked the game despite, or because of, hard decisions. Aaron went last and decided to follow a strategy different from the rest of us, which helped him in selecting dice. But he mainly won because he got way more men, and women, on the board, and had the most tiles, for something like 47 points at the end. I went first and forgot to check for turn order compensation, so they got it on the second round, plus and extra coin, but that could have made a difference.

Bloom Town and Rune Stones

Love Letter

Haim +++ Nadine

Rune Stones

Gili 65  Haim 56  Aaron 55  Nadine 47

First play for us, Gili’s 4th time, first win. I’m not sure if I like it, the actions seem pretty repetitive, with not that much difference between the cards. Cute components.

Bloom Town

Gili 49  Aaron 46  Haim 42  Nadine 28

First play except for Gili. I didn’t use my double. And it’s spatial, but good if you know what you’re doing. A pretty, fast tile placement game, each of 5 types scores differently when you place it.

Agricola

Love Letter

Haim 2, Jon 1, Nadine 0

Jon reconfirmed that he doesn’t like the game.

Agricola

Jon 37 1 blank, Nadine 36 0 blank, Nadine F 29 6 blanks, Haim 18 4 blanks, Colin 9 7 blanks

First play for Nadine F, Colin and Haim. We hadn’t played in years so we all made mistakes. I didn’t block Jon when I could have, by taking the Sow action to bake bread, but I don’t like being competitive that way, though that is the point of worker placement games, and I probably would have won.

7/24

Lag B’Omer

We had to keep all the windows closed due to smoke outside from the holiday bonfires.

Love Letter

Haim won two games to my one, then Gili arrived and won a game. We stopped playing the next game when Lorenzo arrived, I guessed Gili’s card at the beginning so she was already out.

Puerto Rico

Lorenzo 17 40 5 62, Gili 22 28 7 57, Nadine 21 22 12 54, Haim 18 21 6 45 (Buildings, Shipping, Bonus, Total)

Haim wants to keep playing this until he understands it better, rather than learning new games all the time. Gili doesn’t usually like it, but said she hadn’t played in a long time so was willing to try, and afterwards said she liked it better this time. I went first, then Haim, then Gili, then Lorenzo. The game is always fun and interesting. Gili had wharf and factory and produced all goods except sugar. Lorenzo had wharf and harbor and a coffee monopoly for most of the game, he got a lot of points from the harbor. I had factory and two large buildings, the others had one. Haim had large market and large warehouse by the end, but no storage most of the game.

Lo Ra

Lorenzo 32, Haim 25, Nadine 17, Gili 16

Lorenzo did well with tribes, and got the ark, Gili had most baskets til the last round.

Chanukah Games

Second night of Chanukah, most people were busy.

Love Letter

Nadine 2, Chaim 1. We stopped when Lorenzo came. It was luck and guessing, not deduction.

Dreidel

For Lorenzo to try it, he liked it; we all liked the M’n’M’s.

Tzolkin

Lorenzo 65, Nadine 54, Chaim 33

First play for Chaim. He lost 15 points for not being able to feed workers. Lorenzo said he understood the game better this time, second play. Chaim had six workers, Lorenzo five and I had four, and buildings to feed all of them for the last two feedings. No one bought a Monument.

Splendor

Lorenzo 16, Chaim 13, Nadine 11

Lorenzo was happy to try this, he had wanted to but hadn’t gotten a chance at Kinneretcon. Chaim had three Merchants and Lorenzo one. I had a four point card in my hand, but would have had to collect more coins before playing it. Lorenzo noted that there is significant luck.

Passover Games Day 5777

Thank you to everyone who came, and brought snacks, and helped set-up and clean up. Special thanks to Jon for doing the food order, and Jon and Aaron for picking up the food from Black in town, and Aaron for taking some of the pictures.

Most popular games – Five Tribes, Nefarious, Tichu

Intrepid rules resource and teacher – Jon

Special welcome – Emily and Eitan, our stalwart gamers who rarely make it nowadays because they’re raising their own game group.

Amerigo

172 Ariel, 154 Avraham, 123 Aaron, 110 Assaf

Antike

Yael and others

Bora Bora

Emily 149, Assaf 139, Gili 139, Eitan 130

Taught by Gili.

Bridge

Nadine and Avi+, David and Jon

We didn’t officially keep score. Avi and I did pretty well, though Ben said that’s only if you don’t count two missed slams. Jon and Ben managed to have several hands each with less than 6 points.

Ben also played this earlier with another group.

Bruges

Jon 56, Shira 45+, Haim 45-, Avi 41

New to Shira, Haim and Avi, I explained the game to Shira and Haim while Jon and Aaron were picking up the food order, then Jon taught the game after Avi joined.

Jon: The game’s mechanics work okay but they feel disconnected and awkward. Okay to play, but need polishing. Really too much luck. Have to implement some other of my changes.

Five Tribes

Ben 172, Ofek 127, Asif 117, Gili 110

Taught by Gili

Aaron 140, AA 121, A 138, G 125

Ben 205, Yedidya 150, Daniel 129

Game of Thrones

Noam 6, Elad 5, Avi 4, Nati 4, Yael 2, Yochai 0

They stopped after about 7 rounds of 10, a super long game.

Lo Ra

(Nadine 13, Jon 7, Assif 6, Gili 5, Ofek 4)

We stopped after two rounds to play other games because a lot of people arrived. We did not score tribes or Gili’s Ark, Jon had by far the most in tribes.

Love Letter

David +, Aaron, Avi, Nadine 0

Avi 4, Nadine 4

Avi lost the first four on the first or second round, due mainly to luck that he couldn’t do anything about.

Magic

Daniel+, David

Jon+, David

Jon: In Magic, David and I entered a vast build up of on the ground forces, each hoping to find the flyer in our deck that would get through,

My forces were a litter stronger, so as our decks were dwindling, I decided to attack with everything, leaving a few behind as defense. David and I were being hurried by you to rejoin Tichu, and he didn’t feel like calculating out how to defend against me, so we both agreed to just abandon the game. So I didn’t actually win.

Nefarious

Daniel 33, Yael 25, Ben 29, Yedidya 25

Ben 22, Yael 20, Daniel 15, Yedidya 11

Niagara

Avi+, Gili, Nadine

The game needs more players.

Notre Dame

Gili 64, Assaf 57, David. B 55, Sara 23

Taught by Gili.                       

Power Grid

Ben 16 16, Jon 16 16, Nadine 15 16, David  8 8 Banana. Cities / Power plant total

David, very unusually, didn’t do well. As usual, I started off well then blew it. I got the 50 Power Plant relatively early on, but had no spots where I could build during Step Two, and by Step Three, Ben was too far ahead with cities and plants. He and Jon agreed to tie rather than going for another round, Jon had slightly more money.

Jon: Same idea here as in Magic. We got to the end game, and didn’t feel like slogging through one more round to see who would win. David did poorly because we played on the Benelux board, first time for all of us, and he misjudged the value of an early 4 power green plant.

Puerto Rico

Yosef  56, David B  49, Jon 48, Nadine  47, Sara 44

David B gave a thorough and detailed explanation to Sara, including strategic analysis, to teach her the game. David and Yosef spent time during the game analyzing their best moves, many to block me, then selected the role Jon knew all along they would take. Yosef was first, he started with Prospector which is unusual in our group, though we also rarely play 5-player. He said it was to stop Jon from being able to build Tobacco on the first round, but Jon said that doesn’t matter since it would ship. Another game where I started off well, but didn’t play well enough afterwards. Though I don’t think I could have beaten all those experts.

Jon: You definitely had a strong initial advantage, but twice you didn’t craft when you should have; once you took captain and once you took something else. As a result, the timing and your money didn’t quite work out. Also, Yosef got to five good with Factory, and so could take the two big buildings ahead of you. And the fact that he had tobacco ahead of me gave him reasonable early trading and late shipping.

Sara had a coffee monopoly for a while, so she also did okay, but no buildings to speak of. I had tobacco following Yosef, which hurt, but I had a harbor which helped.

R-Eco

Gili 12, Jon 10, Assaf 7, Ofek 6, Nadine 6

An early filler, we played with random number order. Eszter and others played a game later.

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Cliff, Mishy, Avi, two others

Per Cliff: VICTORY WAS OURS!! The boys enjoyed it but thought it was too easy.

Study in Emerald

Mishy, Eszter, Assaf

Per Cliff: Assaf won a close victory. We all enjoyed the game but definitely needs some replay to really learn the strategies.

Tichu

820 Aaron and Ben (finished with David), 245 Yedidya and Daniel

Jon and David +, Nadine and Avi

We didn’t play a whole game, we switched to Bridge

Jon: I didn’t get to play this enough.

Tigris and Euphrates

Avi and others

Walnut Grove

Aaron 27, David 25, Nadine 23, Eszter 19

Taught by Nadine, David and Eszter hadn’t played in a long time, new to Aaron. David took a lot of workers early, Aaron had two extra storage areas and two bonuses for goods in storage, and 8 goods left, nice job. I didn’t do well with my board, and didn’t take another worker til late. Eszter took an extra storage right away which helped her.

Jon: I taught Amerigo, Tigris and Euphrates, R-Eco to Eszter and some others, Lo Ra, and Antike, but didn’t play them (except for Lo Ra).

 

March 8, 2017

Agricola

Nadine 35, Aaron 30, Ido 30, Daniel 18

Aaron played once or twice. New to Ido and Daniel.

I rarely win this but managed this time. I had cards that helped with stone houses and rooms.

Love Letter

Nadine+, Aaron, Daniel, Elad

New to Daniel.