Participants: Jon, Nadine, David K and Avraham, Binyamin and Zvi Yehuda, Ben and four kids, Roni, Michael and Elijah, Eitan and Emily, Mace and Shachar, Joel, Yosef, Saarya, Ori, Gili and Lotem, Yitzchak, Eliezer, Abraham and Sarah.
Avraham is David’s kid. Zvi Yehuda is Binyamin’s kid. Roni is here in Israel for a year. Michael is Elijah’s father, and has come to other games days and nights. Mace is a friend who plays D&D, used to play Magic, and has come to games day before, with his son Shachar. Joel is a friend of Roni and lives in the area; first time here. Yosef has come a few times before. Ori is a friend of Saarya’s. Lotem is Gili’s kid. Yitzchak is a former regular who moved to Beit Shemesh. Eliezer is a Beit Shemesh regular. Sarah is Abraham’s wife, and has also come on occasion.
We didn’t have a second sukkah this year, so games were played both upstairs in the sukkah and down in the apt. It was a fairly hopping day, and things went off smoothly, for the most part. The burger place even got our large complicated order correct.
Games are presented in alphabetical order, rather than the usual chronological.
Roni, Saarya, Gili Zvi Yehuda
I asked Binyamin to bring this, but I didn’t get to play it.
Jon 9, Mace 5, Shachar 4
Yay, I got to wipe the floor with two more newbies. Mace didn’t like the game after he found out there were no dice in it. Also, he kept trying to figure out why he couldn’t do several actions in a single turn, instead of having to use the rondel thingie. It’s timing threw him off.
I played unusually aggressive, built a large fleet and destroyed everyone else’s temples and cities.
Binyamin(Cylon)+, Nadine(Cylon)+, Joel, Zvi Yehuda, Abraham
First play for everyone. The Cylons won, revealed. I began sitting in as we tried to learn the rules of the game, but the rules were so complicated and so poorly organized that I ran out of patience. It took nearly an hour and we still didn’t know what was going on, and I hadn’t had my turn yet. So I gave my seat up to Joel.
The game looked interesting enough, however, and once they got the rules down, it flowed fine, I hear.
Ben/Zvi Yehuda, Binyamin/Nadine, Mace
Some hands were played, with Mace joining at a later time.
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Eitan, Emily, Levana
Levana, one of Ben’s kids, taught Eitan and Emily how to play. Apparenly not too well, and they reported that it seemed like she was making up rules as the game went on. They’ll need to try it again, I think.
Saarya played Zeev, one of Ben’s kids.
Throughout the day, various people played this, generally the children. The Chess set is made of plastic figures from Star Wars Episode 2.
Ben/Jon+, Elijah, Eitan, Saarya
First play for Eitan, which explains why he let me win by inviting me to ally with him when it gave my my fifth base. I took over for Ben when he had to go out for a short while. Changeling and Filth were both in the game.
Binyamin+, Elijah, Michael, Joel, Abraham
All of the others had super powers: Vampire, Fungus, Void, etc. Binaymin won with Crystal while they were all fighting each other.
Jon 27, Ben, David, Avraham
We started Games Day with this. The set included tons of powerhouse cards, including Chapel, Cellar, Village, Festival, Smithy. I Chapel’d away my three Estates on my third round, and bought four Festivals, the others got 3, 2, and 1 Festival.
When I won, they all complained that I won because of my 5/2 start, though none of the others took Chapel.
Ben 25, Jon 24, David, Avraham
So we played again with the same set, and we all agreed that each person had to start 4/3. The others took Villages and I took Chapel. And I once again began fine tuning my deck, first dropping three coppers, and then three Estates.
This time I didn’t get Festivals as fast as the others, but it still looked like I was winning. Turns out that Ben, with his Bureaucrat squeaked in a win with a final victory point. Beats me how he did it.
David, Ben, Avraham
They played this again later.
Ben, Nadine, Yosef
Played later in the day. After paying, Nadine declared that she doesn’t like the game, because other players can simply play your entire turn for you.
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
Binyamin (White)+, Zvi Yehuda (Black)
Played as an opener. I think Zvi Yehuda hadn’t played before.
Magic: the Gathering
I was going to play Magic with David, but Roni ended up playing instead.
Later, Ben and I took random cards and made decks. Mine was a killer deck with black creature kill, red damage splash, and white flyers and soldiers. Ben’s was less killer, shall we say, but did have that incredible Equipment that gains a +1/+1 counter every time its wearer deals damage, which is practically a game ended in and of itself (in fact, David and I won’t play with in sealed).
Even with my better deck, I only squeaked out a victory over Ben in the first game. David took over for the second game, and he had less problems, apparently.
Market of Alturien
Mace+, Shachar, David, Avraham, Zvi Yehuda
First play for everyone. Binyamin brought and taught it. I had never even heard of it.
Nadine 58, Eitan, Emily, Jon 38
Played to end game night. First plays for Emily and Eitan. Emily was off to a great start with double park on turn 1. But Nadine’s cars and cube swapping powers swamped us all in mid-game. Just in round 6, I think she netted some 25 points.
Emily said that this was her favorite game, so far.
Gili, Lotem, three of Ben’s kids
Gili taught this to Ben’s kids.
I asked Nadine to bring this as I figured correctly that it would keep littler kids amused throughout the day.
Princes of Florence
Ben 60, Eliezer 57, Mace 54, Shachar 48, Jon 47
First game for Mace and Shachar. Five players is a tight game, and the auctions were difficult. I thought I wasn’t doing too badly, but I had to go back 5 points for get a second Jester that I desperately needed. Ben won nearly every game today, I think.
Yitzchak 44, Nadine 42, Yosef, Ori
First play for either Yosef or Ori, or both. They scored 39 and 35. Close game.
Zvi Yehuda, Avraham
Played somewhere in mid-day.
Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm
Abraham+, Elijah, Michael, Saarya, Ori
First play for most of the others. Abraham is nearly unbeatable at this, having played several hundred times online. This was played early in the day.
Abraham+, Elijah, Eliezer, Yitzchak
These guys played this near the end of the day.
Eliezer+, Elijah, Abraham, Yitzchak
And then they played again.
Yitzchak 49, Abraham 41, Elijah 39, Eliezer
And again. This time without the expansion, I believe.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Michael 3, Jon 2
An exciting game of this was played toward evening. I began with Rock, forgetting that that’s an all too common opener. It still beat Michael’s Scissors.
Then I did Scissors to his Rock. 1-1. After that things got tense for several milliseconds. We both did Scissors, and then I did Scissors again to Michael’s Paper. 2-1 for me. I did Scissors again to Michael’s Rock: 2-2.
We then tied again Rock to Rock, and finally, Michael brought out a Paper to my Rock, clinching a hard-won victory of 3-2. Close game, though.
Nadine 41, Elijah 39, Roni 38, Eitan 36
Played as a games day opener, first play for Eitan and Roni. Ron had previously played Puerto Rico, however.
Shadows Over Camelot
Elijah (Traitor)+, Yosef, Saarya, Roni, Eitan
Amusingly, this was being played at the same time as Battlestar Galactica, occupying both tables in the sukkah.
Binyamin, Zvi Yehuda
Binyamin taught this to Zvi Yehuda, but they stopped in the middle.