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Aaron plays Clank

Magic

Jon and David each won a game.

Acquire

Israel 42500, Gili 20700, Haim 19800

Splendor

Israel 15, Gili 13, Haim 7

Clank

Aaron 44, David 42, Jon 0

Aaron: I played clank for the 1st time. Love it. Jon had 2 teleportation card really early and got really deep. But I forced as many Dragon as possible and he died before he got out.

David: Jon died one turn before getting out of the deep dungeon. None of us “got out” totally. So Jon was actually very close to winning (he had the most points, 50+, even though he died early).

Notre Dame

David 55+3, Aaron 55+0, Jon 54

Tichu

Jon: Israel called and made Grand Tichu on his second hand with my help. He also called another Tichu, Haim overcalled it, Aaron said he wanted to call it, and then David went out first.

I wasn’t there because of a cold.
– Nadine

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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.

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.

November 01, 2017

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Haim S, Haley

Light attendance tonight. Haley first came to Games Day, and joins us for our first game night.

Kingdomino

Jon 43, Nadine 38, Haim 32

First plays for Jon, Nadine played at a game Shabbaton. Honestly this game may cause some people angst but didn’t give me any cause for thought. It’s in the same space as, but lighter than, and lesser than, Take It Easy. Pick a tile, reserve your next tile and turn order, and place your tile in the pretty much obvious spot. It helps to know the tile distribution, but as you can see, apparently not too much.

Crossword Squares

Haim 18, Jon 17, Nadine 16

First plays for Nadine and Haim. This little pen and paper game is also in the same space as the above, but it’s quicker and free to own.

Splendor

Nadine 15, Haim 9, Jon 9?

I wasn’t really keeping score since I was planning an infrastructure when Nadine suddenly announced that she won. Didn’t see it coming. Of the four patronages, three of them required rubies and there were no ruby cards available, which hurt my (and Haim’s) infrastructure building plans.

Since Haim plays almost purely infrastructure, and I am still toying with a mix, I may have been slightly ahead of him in position.

Castles of Burgundy

Haley 194, Nadine 193, Jon 191, Haim 176

First play for Haley, second or third for Haim. Haley is a true gamer, and she really liked the game. I thought I was slightly behind for the first three phases while Nadine was slightly ahead and Haim was close behind. By the fourth phase, it all looked pretty close to me, maybe I was slightly ahead and Haim seemed a bit behind. As you see, it ended pretty close for all of us, except for Haim who had fewer end scoring tiles.

Nadine almost always plays the same three or four paths, but Hayley took one of them from her.

Tichu

Jon/Haley 1010, Nadine/Haim 990

Second or so play for Haley. Last time we played, Aaron and I were far behind Haim and CB, and we ended up losing spectacularly. This week Haley and I were far behind Haim and Nadine and we came back from a nearly 700 point spread to win.

I won a tichu on the first hand. On the second hand, Haley lost a Tichu and they went out 1/2. On the fourth hand I lost a tichu. On the fifth, I lost a grand tichu and they made a tichu when Haim laid down a 13 card straight on his opening play (and they also got 110 points).

Round 7 I made a grand tichu, bidding on a Dragon, Ace, 2 kings, 3 queens, and a 10. After passing I had Dra, A, A, A, K, K, K, Q, Q, Q, J, J, 3, Dog. I predicted that my opponents would have multiple bombs, which they did (one each), and yet I still wasn’t worried about making my bid.

Round 8 I made another tichu. Round 9 they made one. Round 10 I made one. Round 12 Haim made a grand tichu, and the score was 990 to them, 810 to us. No one called tichu on round 13, but with some careful play we managed to both go out first.

 

September 06, 2017

Participants: Jon, Gili, Haim S, Nadine, Chaya Bluma, Noam

We are back from vacation, although there was some game activity during our absence (or so the Whatsapp group informs me).

Crokinole

I brought this back from the UK. We didn’t play any full games, just some practice rounds.

Splendor

Haim 15, Nadine 13, Jon 10, Gili 5

I also brought this back from the UK. Al of us had played before, although apparently with a few confusions about rules. Haim did the nearly complete “no point” cards strategy, which eventually let him acquire three nobles and enough cheap point cards to eke out a win. I had no “no point” cards, although I usually have a few, and I was only a single round from winning. So I’m still not sure what the best approach is.

Keyflower

Nadine 91, Jon 61, Chaya Bluma 52

Second play for CB, who looked like she might be leading a bit by the end of spring, but by the middle of fall it was clear that Nadine had blown us away and the question was by how much. She was the only one who had a fully functioning barrel production and point production combination, and, since no one else cared much about moving barrels, we didn’t act to stop her. Nadine also passed a lot in the third round to have enough meeples to move the barrels (she ended up with 21 barrels on one hex at 3 points each).

Instead, CB and I fought over a few tiles that were worth points, but it was only a fight for second place. On the Whatsapp score, we forgot three points I had in gold barrels at the end, which made no difference. Nadine: We had both the 4 and 5 Movement tiles in play which hasn’t happened in the games I’ve played before. I thought our house rule of protected home tiles was in effect, but found out in Winter that it only applied when there are new players. It actually helped me, because I was able to move 6 barrels with 5 yellow meeples by using other home tiles, I didn’t have six of the same color left. I ended up producing more than I planned due to the Movement tile availability, I was planning on using my extra meeples to take more of the final scoring tiles. 

Taj Mahal

Haim 49, Noam 43, Gili 40

Tichu

Haim/Nadine 1060, Jon/Noam/Chaya Bluma 540

I sat with Noam and taught him how to play, and then let him play some of it (correcting him on occasion). Nadine or Haim had all the bombs and often all of the high cards. Nadine: I had almost all good hands, I only passed a high card once or twice. No one called Grand Tichu or defeated any Tichus.

Hannatoncon

Gili drove me, Eszter and Binyamin to Kibbutz Hannaton on Friday morning. A few people were already there, and many arrived soon after.

New game trends – Plants, lots of plants! Fruit, herbs, gardens and more. Maybe replacing farming.

Friday

Walnut Grove

We started with this, new to Yuval and Binyamin. Eszter won, beating me by one point. She made a mistake at the beginning, she thought she had a yellow farmer and board, but she had a blue one, and only realized it after setting up to produce yellow, and having returned her tiles. I had her switch to a yellow farmer instead of redrawing tiles. Everyone enjoyed playing.

Lewis & Clark

I had played this at bgg.con, and just remembered how slow it was to move up the river, which is the point of the game. It’s actually not so slow, especially by the end of the game when I understood how things worked. I wasn’t as behind as I expected to be, the other two were almost tied at the end. It’s a nice game which requires a lot of thinking and planning, with hand management, worker placement and deck building elements.

Herbaceous

My new favorite filler, though it is pretty light. After I learned it I taught it to several people who also liked it. Beautiful artwork, quick to learn and fun to play. Competitive set collection, you can take sets when you want, but can’t add to them later, so you want to maximize before other players take things.

Splendor

I had heard a lot about this award-winning game, mostly complaints that it was too light. I was pleasantly surprised, it’s a very nice game, one of the best for its length, which makes sense considering how popular it is. Easy to learn, and quick. I learned in a two-player game, we stopped for dinner, but she was close to winning, and I wasn’t. I played again later, a 4-player game with experienced players. I won on my turn, but the others all had an extra turn, and another player tied with me. The tie-breaker is number of cards you played – but we were tied again. I had set myself up to get two nobles in the hope that one would work out, I managed to get both, frustrating Zoya who was trying for the same ones.

Dr. Eureka

A brain and dexterity speed game. I wasn’t good at it, but it’s fun. Binyamin really liked it, and did well. People played it a lot.

Isle of Skye

I like it better now that I understand it. (And I’ll be able to see how it resembles the actual scenery this summer.) I was in last place the whole game, which gave me a lot of extra money, which I used to buy my own tiles. I hadn’t realized scoring and placement aspects and left a hole that no tiles matched. On the last round, two tiles for sale fit, and I was first to buy. One of them even closed off two scoring tiles; I ended up coming in second.

Mutant Meeples

A nice and original game. I couldn’t think fast enough, but it was after midnight. Binyamin liked it.

Walking around, I pointed out a few move options for a new Five Tribes player after she tried to land on an empty tile, but then saw that she understood the game and could do OK on her own. That made me realize how much I wanted to play the game.

Saturday

Five Tribes

So I got players to agree to Five Tribes starting off in the morning. One player was new, he did well with a combination of two assassin djinns – use the assassinated piece, and assassinate two. He got two tiles twice with it, but then the reds ran out. Maria had a djinn that let her place on tiles with meeples. Dima got 25 points one turn, and blocked me on a card I needed. I was doing cards but then stalled when the ones I needed weren’t available, and I didn’t  have much else, no djinns. Then the seventh and eighth cards I needed came out and I got them, and then at the end the last one came out. But there weren’t many moves left at that point, and I couldn’t land on a buy two tile. The new player took two cards, which let me get what I needed with a buy one tile. The whole game I thought I was behind, but was thinking how much I liked playing anyway. In the end I somehow won by around 30 points. I was second in yellows from a late move which helped, and no one else did a lot of cards.

Year of the Dragon

All new players, who had a hard time with the unforgiving nature of the game. We warned Maria about rice and disease, but she wanted fireworks, and did Yuval. They had around 7 each time, with a disagreement because we ran out of firework pieces. I said you can’t run out, so we used extra people to represent two tiles for Yuval. Maria hadn’t realized that we were doing that, she thought she would be ahead until his move. So we did let her redo her move to take fireworks, for 8 vs his 7. I’ve never been in a game with so many. She ended up losing all her people and palaces, ending with one palace level, but she did a good job compensating with dragons, and didn’t do too badly. People also built a lot, somewhat related to rice events being late. I won by a bit, even though I made mistakes and was down to four people at the end. The players understood the game but it is really hard, and hard to enjoy losing people. Dima did well, close to the end of the game he asked what happens when you don’t have space in your palaces for a person you take, I said that’ what everyone’s been doing the whole game, replacing people.

Fabled Fruit

They wanted a light game after that, so someone explained Fabeled Fruit, by Friedemann Friese. It’s a nice game and fun to play, good for a light game but a bit much to set up as a filler. Kids would enjoy it. We played two games then stopped, even though there is a nice mechanic of new cards and placement options coming in all the time. Dima won both games.

Broom Service

We spent a long time learning this, including starting the first round over because I misunderstood movement options, or they misunderstood my question about it. We stopped after two rounds. The main mechanic is trying to guess / deduce if other players have the same cards as you. Sometimes you know, like if they’re out of cards, and sometimes you’re guessing. The mechanic is fine, but not interesting enough to carry a whole game for another five rounds.

Tobago

I haven’t played this in ages. Someone else came over to explain it which took a while, but after that it went well, all new players except me. I lost three treasure cards because of the skull, I still came in third out of four. They agreed that our house rule makes sense, no skulls.

Eszter’s best new game – Insider. I saw people playing it on Friday, and on Saturday when I came in a group was engaged in a serious discussion that sounded normal, until I realized they were playing this, social deduction.

Gili’s best new game – Rococo and Grand Austria Hotel.

Binyamin’s best new game – Grand Austria Hotel, Insider, Rococo, Impotek, Isla Dorado, Istanbul, Eureka, Isla Dorado.

I’m not used to people dropping in and out to the extent they did on Shabbat, and almost everyone left before Shabbat was out. After playing the Kinneret miklat, we all appreciated a nice room with windows. It started raining Shabbat afternoon so we closed the windows by the games, but ended up moving them away. Then the electricity went out, but it came back on not long after. Most of the participants were at the previous two cons, so it’s great to see and play with the same friendly group.

The Jerusalem bridge ready for President Trump.

Stormy Knights

20140507_202545Medieval Academy

Yossef 37, Bill 35, Gili 30, Nadine 20

Yossef brought this. We played the basic version, there are several variants. The game feels mostly tactical because the cards each round are drafted, so you can’t plan too much. Gili focused on getting the 17 point bonus, Yossef did swordfighting and avoided the negative round points but got 10 at the end. Bill was ahead or second in many areas, he also did well with fighting. I did a lot wrong including wasting cards. The game is fun to play and has a nice turn order sword.

Splendor

Yossef 20, Bill 16, Nadine 15, Gili 12

20140507_215800Also Yossef’s. The game was more interesting once I understood a bit better what I was trying to do. Also a good game, but not very interactive. We played wrong at the beginning, you can only hold 10 gems at the end of your turn which makes sense and forces card buying.

May, we’ve had weeks of summery weather, but tonight thunder and lighting and strong rain!