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Jon+, Nadine

Ages of Empires

Gili 95, Edo 77, Jon 76, Zvi 69, Nadine 66

Crokinole

Jon, Nadine

Avishag, Jon

R-Eco

Avishag 10, Edo 6, Nadine 6, Jon 6, Zvi 0

No Thanks

Jon 4, Nadine 13, Zvi, Avishag

Nadine 40, Zvi 42, Jon 43, Avishag ++++

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R-Eco

Nadine 10, Jon 9, Gili 2, Allegra -3

Nadine: Jon seemed to be ahead the whole game, though I was doing OK, but he dumped 3 and I got 3 bonus points for being the only player not to dump. First play for Allegra, who is a good sport.

No Thanks

Haim 31, Gili 34, Nadine 36, Avinoam 67, Jon 68

Village

Avinoam 52, Zvi 50, Jon 50

Nadine: First play for both. They were surprised by how close it was after all that.

Troyes

Nadine 29 9 1 3 3 45, Gili 24 17 -6 6 1 42, Haim 18 13 -4 3 6 36

Nadine: One of Gili’s favorite games. Haim played once before but didn’t remember. He was third player, but didn’t have 15, and the 15 card came out, Gili and I both took it. I was able to go into the castle last round, which is why I won. Most of the game we had the event card where you lose castle pieces, I lost two that I had put in and Haim one.

Crokinole

Jon Allegra +, Avinoam Zvi

Vegas Showdown

Haim 53, Avinoam 50, Jon 42, Nadine 40, Zvi 32

Nadine: Avinoam forgot to place Fancy Restaurant til the end, it would have given him more money each round; Haim never placed his Buffet after getting the last restaurant. But he took the high scoring sports tile Jon was planning on. First play for all 3, they liked it.

September 13, 2017

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Yael, Gili, Aaron, Chaya Bluma, Haim S, Viviane, Mira

Viviane is Nadine’s sister, and Mira is her daughter.

No Thanks

Gili 15, Nadine 23, Aaron 25, Chaya Bluma 36, Yael 42

First play for CB, first or second for Yael who needed a refresher. CB didn’t like it.

Amun-Re

Nadine 45, Aaron 40, Gili 30

First play for Aaron, who wasn’t impressed. Nadine says that he got the game quickly enough.

Tigris and Euphrates

Haim 9/9/10/10, Jon 9/9/9/9, Chaya Bluma 8/8/10/10, Yael 7/7/9/11

First plays for everyone except me. This was a very close game, which means that they all did VERY well, and the fact that I didn’t win was all the more impressive, since this is sometimes a hard game to pick up since a few of the core rules are non-intuitive and kingdoms can sprawl across the board and the graphics do not do a good enough job of making their borders easy to identify.

CB didn’t initiate any conflicts, but she created 3 of the 5 monuments that eventually came into play. No one held onto any major moments for a long time, but everyone gained a nice collection of cubes every few rounds. The last five treasures sat for a while, and I thought we might end on tiles, but after noticing this, we made a push to collect them.

Yael had some bad luck attacking me early on. I couldn’t draw a red tile to save me, but luckily I never got involved in an internal conflict after the game opening.

Everyone liked it.

Progressive Rummy

Viviane and Mira played this with each other while we finished up the main games.

Coloretto

Viviane 35, Mira 29, Nadine 27, Aaron 18

First plays for Vivi and Mira. As often happens, they forgot to give out the starting card on the practice game, but remembered for the second game.

Crokinole

Mira 130, Jon 105, Nadine 100, Viviane 100

Some others played a few rounds when game night started. This game was played at the end. In the penultimate round, Nadine and Mira were tied for first place at 100, so we played one more round. First plays for Vivi and Mira, so well done.

July 26, 2017

Participants: Jon, Jeff, Sarah, Yael, Michelle, Gal, Itay, Haim S

A lot of new players whom I don’t know. Jeff and Sarah came for their second and final sessions before returning to the US.

No Thanks

Jon, Jeff, Sarah, Haim

First play for Sarah. I can’t recall how it went but I think I lost.

It’s Alive

Yael 60, Itay 57, Michelle 53, Gal 46

First play for all but Yael.

Glen More

Michelle 35, Yael 32, Itay 9

First play for Itay and Michelle, and Yael needed a refresher. They played a very long time and didn’t even finish.

Amerigo

Jon, Jeff, Sarah, Haim S

First plays for everyone except me. Again, I can’t recall the outcome (I think Haim S won by a point), except I think I lost again. I had an island by myself with 5 offices but I couldn’t get it closed until the last round. Jeff took the “screw everybody else with the pirates” tech, while I took the “suffer only half from the pirates” tech. And the pirates came out 2, 4, 3, 0, 0.

I think everyone enjoyed it.

January 18, 2017

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Gili, Elad, Ofer

Welcome to new attendee Ofer.

No Thanks

Gili+, Elad, Jon, Nadine, Ofer

First play for Ofer. Gili decided to take the second card which was adjacent to the first card that I took. Later on, Elad decided to take a card which was adjacent to another one of my cards. Apparently we’ve become a more aggressive game club. 🙂

For the last card, Gili calculated everyone’s score in order to determine if it was safe to simply take the card (it was).

Age of Empires III

Jon 90, Elad 76, Ofer 65, Nadine 63, Gili 48

First play for Elad and Ofer, first play in a long while for Nadine. Again, the play was pretty aggressive, although we had no soldiers in the new world until turn 6 or so, but then we had 4 warfares every turn (for three turns), most by Ofer.

This game is designed a little unbalanced toward money and buildings, in my opinion. Admittedly the design would work better if warfare and combat were easier and more worthwhile. It should be easier to get soldiers into the new world. Whomever controls a region should have an additional resource of the region’s type. Warfare should be a bit more flexible and less costly.

Anyhoo. Elad cornered the early commodities and then managed to win 7 out of 8 merchant ships. After his third one, it was no longer any use fighting for them. I think he had a merchant and captain every round. He had the highest income, and had no problem getting the “4 points for every merchant ship” building, but he had almost no points from the new world. Gili sacrificed herself to take the “steal money from each player equal to your merchant ships” building before Elad could, even though she had no merchant ships. I had one, and would have been willing to take it myself for the modest gain it would have given me, but she decided to keep it away from both of us.

Meanwhile, I was doing okay in the new world, but so were others. I was slightly outclassed in the new world, and Elad slightly outclassed me in building and income points, but since I had both new world ad buildings – and no one else did – I ended up ahead. It was hard to see that until the end. However, Gili apparently saw it, because she attacked every first place region I had on the board. I still came in second in many regions.

Everyone except for Gili failed their last discovery by a single native.

The game took about 3.5 hours, including explanation.

October 05, 2016

Participants: Jon, Gili, Nadine, David K, Nati, Yael, Avi, Tal, Nimrod, Eitan

Tal and Nimrod are first time attendees. Avi and Nati came back for their second visit.

No Thanks

Jon+, David, Nadine

I took an early large number that helped me avoid most other cards for the rest of the game. David tried for one too many inside straights.

Troyes

David 48, Jon 46, Nadine 41

We played this in two parts, stopping to play 7 Wonders between rounds 3 and 4. I suggested this since I hadn’t played in a while. I’m not a fan of the hidden win conditions aspect. But mostly, David kept taking exactly the dice I needed, sometimes – apparently – by accident. For example, I needed a white 3, and he had an extra influence point he needed to spend (to make room for more he was about to get) so he re-rolled the die and got a 6. 6 is better than 3, unless you need that number exactly for adding a cube to the 3rd column in the castle.

I also forgot about a few of the rules before play, and so missed a few opportunities for better plays.

Robinson Crusoe

Gili, Yael, Nati, Avi

First play of this co-op by everyone. They lost. Gili said it was somewhat frustrating.

San Juan

Gili 36, Yael 35, Nati 25, Avi 23

They included the expansion cards. First play for some of them.

Slap Deck

Tal, Nimrod

These guys came late, and someone was supposed to come (turned out that he had already come and I hadn’t noticed). I taught them this filler and they played until my roommate Eitan showed up and convinced one of them to play Chess.

Chess

Eitan, Tal/Nirmod

I didn’t see how this went.

7 Wonders

Tal 66, Jon, David, Nadine, Nimrod

I taught this to Tal and Nimrod. Tal ended at least 10 points ahead of anyone else, which was amazing. Nadine and I did science. Tal had a complete military set, and I started out with some too, but David on my right built more than I did. In the end he misplayed and lost the last military battle to mine. I had a smattering of other things as well. Nimrod’s points were all in blue cards.

May 08, 2016

Participants: Jon, Amy, Nadine, Gili, Francis

Game night was moved to Sunday owing to the holidays. Amy is a friend who stopped by for the first time. She had played Ticket to Ride and likes board games in general. I taught her how to play Settlers of Catan, but we didn’t get a chance to play it.

No Thanks

Jon 27, Gili 28, Amy 41, Nadine 48

Gili 11, Jon 39, Nadine 49, Amy 60ish

First plays for Amy. We played this as both opener and closer for the evening.

Tribune

Jon+, Nadine, Gili, Amy, Francis

First plays for Francis and Amy. Nadine suggested this for five players. I picked a medium game with 4 requirements chosen from 6 options. The game played over 6 rounds. On the first round I took 2 factions with baby cards, yet I still kept one of them the entire game and I often had 2 factions during the game. One would have thought that this would be more difficult with 5 players.

One of the features of this game, like some others (such as Cities and Knights of Catan) is that you have to focus on achieving the victory conditions and not spend too much time fiddling around with the mechanics. It’s not an elegant game, and some of the victory conditions are far harder to achieve than others, or they require fighting the board as opposed to fighting opponents. I picked the easiest path, somehow.

Amy and Francis both did well, although none of the other players had achieved more than 2 of the conditions. Nadine was the first with a permanent favor, with Gili getting hers near the game’s end. Only Amy got a Tribune, I believe.