Jon: We built sealed decks. I barely lost the first, easily won the second, and easily lost the third.
L+, Jon, Yitzhak
Ticket to Ride
Assaf+, L, Yitzhak
They liked it, though L said he prefers more strategic games.
David 162, Nadine 149, Jon 116
First play for Jon and David, second for me. Everyone liked it, I think it’s balanced with different paths to victory. David and I traveled more than Jon did. Jon did well with money, but was behind in the tracks. I was low on money and guards the whole game, but ended up ahead in purple and green which I hadn’t realized give higher bonuses; I had fewer voyages than the others, but hit the two level III monastaries. David analyzed more than we did, which Jon complained about, but it paid off. And I think will decrease in future plays. David had the best automatic bonuses from cards, Jon also had some, I only had one the whole game, a 1-coin discount. The two currencies didn’t bother me now that I’m familiar with them.
David ++, Jon ++
Nadine F 113, Nadine 109, Aaron 96
An interesting game, complicated so you need to play more than once. We all got things wrong due to it being our first play, and there are a lot of details to know. Aaron had the best understanding of the game, which didn’t help him, or not enough. Nadine F had a hard time remembering card benefits vs track advancement and activation. She used attack cards twice to steal points and goods from us, which helped her, Aaron and I didn’t attack. You can prepare a defense once you know the attack cards. 2 currencies felt too fiddly, but I guess that’s part of getting used to the game. There are interesting mechanics with relevant decisions, even though you have limited control over which cards are available due to worker placement competition – opponents can ‘outbid’ you once you’ve placed, and you can even be locked out. The others got more ships than I did, for end game points. Nadine F and I hadn’t noticed that some monastaries don’t qualify for the bonus, that was one that I did get. I focused on getting one set of ribbons and traveling. You can’t travel everywhere you want, I may have done better going in another direction, or at least coordinating more between my monastaries and cards, but that takes more thinking and time, and I don’t know if it would have worked better. I could have gotten at least two more points by getting a different ship. I was first in 2 of 4 tracks as was Nadine F, she was second in at least one.
Jon 45, David 39
Another one of Jon’s new games. Jon said it’s good but long.
We didn’t meet last week.
Jon 75 Nadine 70 David 64
David’s first play, and much closer scores overall than in previous plays, except for Haim and Jon’s tie. I think my cheap dress strategy can work, Jon is just better at planning and optimizing. David made a few minor mistakes due to it being his first game. I think getting a gold card early helps a lot, but can be overcome, though maybe not by me. We took the income spots, Jon made 10 points with the 3 for 1 money card, and he had the 3 fireworks and cost 20 for the 8 points for colored dresses, David took the next one, and he got points for cubes, and had fireworks. I had one counter left at the end, got the 5 hall bonus, and I got the 3 dresses for one point card when it came out but couldn’t use it every round because by then I had too many cards, though I got points for cards at the end, and for pairs of dresses. We all like the game.
David ++ Jon
Jon built a speed deck, and then the luck of the draw didn’t have him pull any of his small creatures. They drafted Eldritch Moon and Shadows over Innistrad.
Jon has lots of new games due to the free Amazon shipping to Israel, until now shipping games here has been too costly.
David ++ Jon +
Lior 3, Jon 3, David, Nadine
Jon and Lior like the game and are good at it, the opposite for me and David.
Nadine F, Lior, Haim
First play for all, they liked the game and played twice.
Aaron 70 Ecoline, David 62 Hellion, Nadine 54 Saturn, Jon 49 Thorgate
Third play for Jon, second for David, first for me and Aaron. It’s a good game with multiple paths and interesting decisions. We discussed whether the starting corporations make it too unbalanced. Aaron dominated the board due to Ecoline, David’s power also helped him, Jon was short of money, but had kept 10 cards at the beginning. I ignored Awards and Milestones, I got 4 points for second places. I didn’t realize there were rewards on the board until later in the game. I had a Pet card early, my other cards with cube points only had one or none, I kept only two cards at the beginning, as did Aaron.
We drafted Kaladesh/Aether Revolt. My deck was once again more synergistic than his. Plus, he played three color and never drew his third color cards in each game.
Jon 72, David 68 or thereabouts. First play for David, second for me. We played basic corps. A long game, but satisfying. 2-player was great. I played 3-player and it is a bit longer and the “take that” mechanics come into play.
Jon +, David
Traders of Osaka
Stopped after 2 rounds, David was ahead, then Jon, then me
Lords of Waterdeep
Jon 121 David 106 Lior 101 Nadine 96
First play for Lior
David 10, Jon 9, Lior 7
Mazal tov to Jon on becoming a grandfather today, November 7.
David: Jon trounced me once, and the second time he only beat me.
Jon: We drafted Ixalan block cards. I had a lot of vampires.
David 76, Jon 71, Nadine 70
Third week in a row – Jon beat me by one point, I beat him by one last week, David won both times. The scores are higher in a 3-player game. The game is good, all the actions interact and affect each other, but that makes the decisions complicated. Plus I didn’t understand some of the craft building effects, so I played too slowly and took back a few moves. The other did too, but didn’t take as long. I had good cards but didn’t manage to leverage them early enough, Jon and David also had good cards.
Nadine 85, Jon 73, David 63
I was around 15 points behind the first 3 rounds, none of us thought I’d catch up. Jon went first and got a good set of 3 for the middle of his board, the other set of 3 was off to the side so David took something else. Jon took the 1 the whole game so always went first. I was able to get 5 reds, and was planning on one horizontal row. I managed to also get two vertical rows on the last round, so my placements gave me a lot of points, plus I got 26 points in bonuses.