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Haithabu, Sushi, Tichu

Happy Birthday Jon! (English), and David! (Hebrew)

Haithabu

Lorenzo, Jon, David, Nadine

Jon’s new game. We spent time figuring out how to set up and play. Each one of eight rounds is the same, with some extra scoring after the fourth and last. We had a mitigated version of the luck mechanic, but I rolled terribly and Jon rolled well, you can either get an extra action, a penalty action, or nothing. If the luck evens out then it doesn’t matter that much, and it probably would have. In addition I made a few mistakes, so I was behind. We stopped after two rounds because we understood how the game worked and it was taking a long time. We’ll try again, possibly with some rules adjustments. A nice game, but repetitive, and there does not seem to be much player interaction.

Among the Stars

Aaron, Sara, Nadine S

Castles of Burgundy

Aaron, Sara

Sushi Go Party

Nadine 54, David 53, Lorenzo 48

First play for David and Lorenzo, they liked it as a quick game. We may have played wrong since I don’t remember everything and the rules are in Chinese. Or Japanese.

Tichu

Jon, David+  Nadine, Aaron

We were going to play to 500 because it was late, when we stopped Jon and David were just shy of it, and Aaron and I were negative. We would, or should, have gotten better hands later in the game, but Jon and David are both better players.

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I win Homesteaders

Magic

David ++, Jon +

Pinochle

David ++, Jon

Notre Dame

Jon 58, Nadine 56, Gili 55, David 55

I kept the wrong card at the end of the game. I realized it before Gili picked up my card, but I had picked up my last card, and even though that wasn’t related to the change, I decided it was too late to switch. I would have gotten 3 more points and beaten Jon. David said he also kept the wrong card. The others didn’t like that the passing direction was always the same.

Homesteaders

Nadine 47, David 39, Jon 37, Gili 35

Jon had 9 buildings, the rest of us 7. David had the bonus for buildings, Jon had the cancel debt one, which he needed since he had 8 of them, Gili and David had 4 and I had 2. I passed the most, we paid at least 7 most of the time for buildings, and more at the end. I usually don’t do well at this game, it’s possible that everyone else just did worse than usual. I didn’t buy a building on the last round, which saved all my resources and trade chips for getting points, otherwise I would have had to take a few debts. Early in the game I bought a person, then got one from a card and a building on the same turn, most of the game I had 5, with income of 6, so I mainly used gold for money. I had gold, iron, wood and 2 points each round, and 4 by the end. The others were also getting points and resources. It’s good that the passing more often strategy is viable, though I’m not even sure that I passed more than David and Gili if we had the same number of buildings; I did have less debt. I’ve never even been competitive in the game before.

Puerto Rico

Eliezer 54, Israel 51, Noam 44, Haim 37

Azul

Haim+, Israel, Noam, Eliezer

Tichu

Jon/Nadine+  David/Haim

Jon and I had terrible cards, we kept passing each other high cards, and were behind by 300 points or more most of the game. Jon made good use of bombs to block a few of their Tichus, which they called almost every round. We caught up on the second to last hand, with 925 to their 875. I had called Tichu and towards the end played a 5-card straight with the Phoenix, but the others noticed that it was actually the Dragon, they said you must have wondered why no one one played it over your Aces, which was true, and David had played the Phoenix in his opening 6-card straight. I made it anyway, and Jon had a high King and the dog to help in case it was necessary, and went out second. On the last hand I played a low 5-card straight, which David covered with a straight to the king, I had a higher one to the Ace. But then only low cards, I played one and Jon called Tichu. When he made it we stopped playing because it was after midnight, so don’t have the exact final score.

One hand, three Tichus, four bombs

Magic

David 2 Jon 1

Castles of Burgundy

Jon 216, Sara 191, Haim 168

First play for Sara.

Jon: This is the first time I played 3-player correctly with castle/mine alternating on one spot of the board. They both took early mines, I didn’t get mine until phases 3 and 4. I took brown buildings that give workers, I sold many goods and I got both bonus tiles for selling goods. Haim had early mines and boats (although I got to six quicker) and most brown buildings. Sara had animals and bonuses for animals, and finished castles first but no mines. She also tossed out hexes a few times.

Power Grid

Nadine 17 17 +6  David 17 17 +5  Lorenzo 14 14

First play for Lorenzo so no peek at the market. He did well but it’s a hard game. I won by a dollar, unusual for me to win. It was a very unusual game. We built slowly, so Step 3 came out right when we switched to Step 3. We ran out of power plants completely, though by then we all had capacity of 17.

Splendor

Haim+, Sara

Battle Line

Lorenzo won 3, Sara 2

Tichu

David / Jon+, Haim / Nadine

Crazy first hand. David called Tichu, then I called Tichu, then Jon called Tichu. I had a 6 bomb, Haim had a 7 bomb, and Jon had two higher bombs, so he went out first. I had a good hand, but not good enough for that. We had a few interesting plays. Jon and David won by around 300 points.

New Magic

Magic

David+, Jon

Jon: David and I change our play rules from what we have been doing for many years.

  • We used Winston draft instead of Rochester draft. It gives each play less information about the other player’s cards. It was good, and I think we will use it for a while.
  • We eliminated the hack I created for balancing mana issues, and instead used a more forgiving and dramatic version of the new mulligan rules. I mulliganed once using this system.
  • We eliminated house rules we had about multiples of the same card. At the same time, I removed the cards that we don’t play with, such as equipment and other powerful or specialized cards.
  • We retained the house rule to eliminate the word “snow-covered” from all texts.
  • We added the rule to change “gate” to “non-basic land”.
  • We played with a selection of the new 2500 cards I acquired.

Lots of flyers, and we both drafted similar cards. David went BWg, and I went BWu. In both games, David won a close victory.

Five Tribes

Nadine 214, Haim 174, Ariel 165

First play for Ariel, and Haim didn’t remember his one play. They both caught on well. There were very high point Djinns available, so they bought a lot, which made even more interesting Djinns com out, more than I’ve seen in other games, I didn’t get any Djinns but they each had around 5. I collected cards, at first without competition. Ariel realized I was getting a whole set, and took two cards I needed to block me which was a good move. I decided to get cards for my second set, but then was able to get the 9th card I needed. I also had the most yellows. They had too many Djinns to take advantage of them all, but did use them. Haim got the 15 tile from the Djinn that let him place anywhere, he got 5 points for trees, money for assassinations, and benefits from meeples he assassinated. Because I was collecting cards I had 4 slaves to add to blue meeples to get 24 one turn. They liked the game.

Concordia

Jon 145, David 136, Gili 91

First play for Gili. Jon: David went with cloth again, which is strong. I went with bricks and diversity, which is harder but my only choice in third position.

R-Eco

Nadine 16, Ariel 2, Haim 2

First play for Ariel, Haim hadn’t played much. I started with 3 blue cards, one a double, and had a lot of luck during the game. I didn’t dump, Ariel dumped a little, Haim a lot.

Tichu

David / Haim 1000+, Jon / Nadine around 500

I made a few mistakes, like not passing once to let Jon go out with his one card. Jon missed a GT that he called because we were behind, he almost made it; then he called and made one. I missed one of the Tichus I called. Jon was surprised on a GT that I didn’t have the dog, because no one had passed it to him, Haim had kept it because it sometimes helps opponents. Jon and David explained not in the case of GT caller. Haim and David went out 1 2 once or twice.

Yay David!

Havoc

David 38, Jon 30, Aaron 29, Haim 24

First play for Aaron and Haim.

Raiders of the North Sea

Nadine 54, Nadine F 51, Gili 42

Gili brought this, first play for all of us. A nice game, not difficult to learn, but it is tight, so each action matters. I started by investing in fighting power, and mostly managed to avoid Valkyries so I didn’t lose cards. You have to manage several things but it works well. Without planning to, I took one of the tiles Gili wanted, which meant she couldn’t use her plunder efficiently. None of us used the stealing action which I don’t think I like because you’ll steal what you need, not select the player who is furthest behind, if you can even tell. The game is an award-winner, in the top 100 on bgg.

Azul

Nadine 86, Nadine F 67, Gili 63

Nadine F was trying to take into consideration what the rest of us needed, which makes sense, but I complained because it made the game too slow.

Concordia

David 141, Aaron 123, Jon 114, Haim 99

Turns out that we’ve been playing wrong – you have to pay double or more to build houses where one is already built. David focused on cloth.

Tichu

Jon Haim, Nadine David

We didn’t finish the whole game, but Jon and Haim were ahead when we stopped. We set one of Jon’s 3 Tichus, and they set one of David’s by playing 2 bombs.

David found and brought plastic Tichu cards to replace Jon’s almost unplayable decks. The cards are smooth and slippery, with different art, a major improvement!

 

Close games with exclamation points

Clank!

Jon 97, Aaron 96, Nadine 86

Aaron had only played once and wanted to play again. Aaron seemed to be doing the best, but Jon ended up ahead of him. I did better than usual, I got more feet to compensate for last time, but needed more buying power. No one came close to dying and we all made it out easily.

Sushi Go Party!

Aaron 49, Nadine 48, Jon 38

We had chopsticks and spoons. I got to 10 in desserts first for 8 points.

Tichu

Haim Nadine 1070, Jon Aaron 930

A rematch from last time, but this time close the whole way. I ended up calling GT 4 times, and Tichu 3 times, Haim called Tichu once but didn’t make it. I made my Tichus, and missed one Grande. I should have made it but I guess there was no way to know. Aaron and Jon had pretty full hands. I had a 6 card straight to the Queen and the Dragon left. I played the straight first. Aaron went over it, and Jon almost went over him because he knew he could go out. They both had long straights, Aaron was able to go out without playing a single card. They didn’t have a bomb so I would  have made it if I’d played the Dragon first. On another GT I used an Ace bomb with 3 cards left, and Aaron overbombed with a straight. But he played a single card so I made it, I had the Dog, a King and the Dragon. On my last GT Haim passed Aaron the One and he called Ace and played a 10 card straight, then played a pair. Jon had to take it with his two Aces, and Jon ended up playing his third Ace, so it’s possible he could have blocked me if Aaron hadn’t called with the One. I played a 5 card straight with the Dragon left, Haim wanted to play over me but we didn’t let him, though he was right, he would have played the Dog or a single card back. Jon had 5 cards so if he could have gone over Haim he could have also gone over me, but he couldn’t.

Jon and Aaron called Tichu 5 times, Aaron missed two of his. We almost blocked another one, but he had two bombs in his hand. On another hand he called with a King bomb but didn’t make it, if he hadn’t called Tichu Jon would have called, but probably also not made it. I overcalled Tichu with a high straight bomb, 2 Kings and a low straight.

Haim’s unconventional winning move

Concordia

Jon 117, David 104, Nadine 95, Aaron 94, Haim 74

Jon’s Secret Santa gift, new to all except Aaron. We all liked it once we figured out what was going on. David doesn’t like playing with 5, but by the second half of the game people were making their moves quickly enough. Jon and Aaron understood the game from the start, David didn’t at first, I didn’t either, Haim didn’t complain. I focused on two things, ending up doing better than I expected. We all liked the game, you have to plan well but you have a lot of control, and all the actions are positive ones. The ‘copy another player’s move’ action works better with 5 players.

Tichu

Nadine Haim 1035, Jon Aaron 965

The score doesn’t reflect that Jon and Aaron were ahead by at least 300 the whole game, and we all expected them to win handily.

Aaron’s first two Tichus were defeated, but he was determined, and made his last one. Jon made a GT and some Tichus. Later in the game, Aaron commented that no one had gone out 1 2. I didn’t say ’til now’, but went out second after Haim a minute later. I had two bombs, I used one to save Haim’s Tichu even though it turned out that I didn’t need to, Aaron would have had to play a single card eventually, and Haim had the Dragon left. But I wasn’t sure, and had to use my Dog anyway, and had the second bomb which was enough after I managed to play my lower single cards. It was hard to pass, I had to break up a consecutive pair, I started with 3333 4444 8899 JQ.

On another hand, I had a good hand and was probably going to call Tichu. Haim opened with a 1 to 5 straight and called an Ace. Jon went over it, and I had to play with my Ace, which left me with an extra card, and one less Ace, so I didn’t call Tichu. I told Haim that I passed him a low card, so he shouldn’t call an Ace, he said he called it because he had no Aces.

The score going into the last hand was us 635 to 965. We made our usual remark that we only needed to go out one two on a GT to win. I called GT on good cards, I ended with the Dragon, Phoenix, and 3 Aces after passing. When I played the Dog, Haim responded with a low straight which Jon overtook, and then led and took the trick with a consecutive pair. After that I was able to get back in and go out, I played Phoenix and my last Ace over a pair of kings, then led the Dragon and 33322 to go out. Aaron and I were complaining about Haim’s play, but it was well thought-out. He said later that he knew we could only win if he went out second, so he played towards that, successfully, for a surprise win of the game.