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Azul x 2

Yael 50, Nadine 43, Gili 42

I had played part of a game, new to the rest. We played two things wrong which pretty much canceled each other out – we only counted the last negative score instead of adding them up, but we had more negative tiles than we should have because we only allowed one row per pattern. Yael spent a long time thinking each round, which paid off. The tiles and components are really attractive.

Lorenzo 65, Jon 63, Sara 44, Haim 43

They played correctly, first play for all except Jon.

Age of Industry

Haim 29, Lorenzo 26, Sara 26, Jon 25

New to all except Jon who is always happy to play this, they seemed to like it.

7 Wonders

Nadine 65, Nadine F 59, Gili 53, Yael 48

First play for Nadine S, I haven’t played in years. I focused on resources most of the game, which gained me money from neighboring players, and let me buy good cards on the last round. We all completed our monuments. Gili played military and some green, Nadine S got like 48 points in green but it wasn’t quite enough.


Sara/Jon Haim  Nadine Lorenzo

Jon was playing with Sara to teach her the game. We ended the night before finishing the Tichu game, we were close in score.


Year of the Grand Tichu

Year of the Dragon

David 121, Nadine 111, Lorenzo 105, Aaron 93

First play for Lorenzo. When David arrived, he asked whether we feel like being discouraged tonight, and Aaron and I both knew he meant Year of the Dragon. Lorenzo agreed to play, and understood the game and possible strategies very well. He was second to pick people, and picked Money and Princess. He had tons of money, bought two dragons and still had money for actions. I matched David’s 11 to be first, and got a dragon, but never totally recovered. Aaron also had difficulty getting money at first, but then had enough to pay to take the dragon action and buy a double dragon.

David said he wasn’t playing his usual strategy, which is books. He usually loses all his people in the process, and Gili and I sometimes beat him by having enough people at the end. This time he didn’t play a different strategy, he played a few strategies in addition to books. Famine and taxes were four of the last five events, so we ignored rice and money too long. David built every turn, and managed to have the 6 rice he needed for the first famine, and even though he lost people in the second famine, he ended the game with 7 people and six palaces. He got around 8 points for books twice. I had one old and one young multiplier, and not that many people. Most of the game we thought David was way ahead, with Lorenzo not far behind. We had a good time playing.’


David / Nadine +  Aaron / Lorenzo –

Aaron and Lorenzo are less experienced, but Lorenzo is very good at games in general. He says he doesn’t get Tichu yet, though he’s fine with the mechanics. David and I had both good cards and luck. I called a somewhat questionable Tichu towards the end of the game, and Aaron called Tichu. I had basically two Aces and two kings and a very long straight, and I needed one Ace to get the dragon. After the dragon I played my kings on the pair, and Aaron went over it with Aces. At that point David played a flush bomb, and led a single card to my Ace and I went out. It turned out that Aaron had a bomb that was six cards so would have beat David, but he decided he wouldn’t have been able to go out even if he had played it. In another hand, Lorenzo called an Ace, which I had even though I had passed one to David. I played the dog and David called Tichu, so calling my Ace might have helped us, though David would have called anyway.

Jon is unclear


David+ Jon+


David+, Jon, Nadine

I need more of a review every turn than Jon has patience for.


Jon/Nadine+  David/Haim

Jon/Haim+  Aaron/Nadine

We played one game early on, Aaron finished it later with Jon watching him, then we played another game, Jon took over when David left.  In our early game, Jon called Tichu while looking at his 8 cards, David clarified by saying Grand Tichu, while looking at his whole hand, because Jon saying Tichu on 8 cards means GT. It was clear to them, and me, that Jon was calling GT. After the game, David told Haim that he should have kept his Phoenix because he also had an ace, instead of passing it to David. Haim said he passed it because David called GT, which is when we discovered that Haim, and Aaron who was watching the game, thought David had called GT and Jon had called Tichu. Aaron said people do sometimes call Tichu before passing, though it’s rare, but he said it would at least be after everyone looks at their whole hand.


Nadine 45, Jon 39, Gili 38, Yael 35

I complained too much because of the game’s constraints and lack of control. Yael didn’t like them either even though her camel card was great, and let her go anywhere to use the resource chips she had. I guess you feel like you’re not doing enough, but no one else is either. Jon didn’t get to buy a tile at the end, I also didn’t get to do what I wanted due to wrong resource chips, but I did get the red 3. Jon said it was the first time he didn’t get the bonus for 5 tiles. We used his house rule where you can pay 3 for any card action, independent of cards. It is a good game, but it does also feel like work to some extent. I guess it’s pretty well balanced, though I don’t think I won because I was playing better. I had the 2 points per round card, and was as far as anyone with red cards, I never got a purple wild resource.  I went first, and got to place the cubes twice, which may have helped. Yael got a lot of points for her many irrigation cubes, I got one point the whole game from one or two of them.

Power Grid

David 17 16 201, Haim 14 14 160, Aaron 14 14 135

Aaron hasn’t played much, and it was a while ago so David reviewed all the rules; Haim’s second game. So David had way more experience than they did. But he stored up on fuel on what he thought was the second to last turn, whereas if he had kept the money, he could have build to 17 that turn and won by even more. They played with our house rule of exposing the next 4 cards in the draw pile.

Four Electros


David+, Jon+

Power Grid

David 17 17, Jon 16 16 7, Nadine 16 16 3, Haim 15 15

David was ahead the whole game, Jon caught up by the end. I had good capacity and low fuel costs, but had paid a lot for a 7 plant when I would have been better off with a cheaper 6. On the last round, only David was able to build to 17, otherwise he would have won the tie with money. I had 3 Electros left, and Jon 7, so he won the tie by 4. First play for Haim, who made his own decisions but also listened to advice.


Jon/Haim 1020 Nadine/David 580

David and I started out doing well; he made a small mistake and said I was forgiving. Then our cards got worse and I made several mistakes. He’s also forgiving, but I’m not sure I learn enough to improve. I didn’t call GT with the Dragon and Phoenix, Jon said I should have, he always makes those. David said then Jon hasn’t played enough games, and that I was right not to call because it’s risky and we were comfortably ahead, then. Later I didn’t call Tichu with the Dragon and a bomb, I should have though I didn’t have much else.


Bunnies and Critters


Nadine S 15, Haim 8, Noam 8, Yael 6, Nadine-Jon 5

A new cute filler game, with similarities to No Thanks.

Bunny Kingdom

Lorenzo 157, Haim 123, Jon 120, Nadine 111

We were surprised that Lorenzo won. The game seems to have to much luck, but we’re all willing to try it again and see. Lorenzo used a fish strategy which helped him win. One of Haim’s new games.

Lords of WaterDeep

Zvi 110, Yael 108, Nadine S 105, Noam 94

First play for everyone except Yael; Jon taught it.


Jon / Haim 1040 Nadine / Lorenzo 660

Nadine: It was pretty much a learning game for Lorenzo, he hasn’t played much, but he is improving. On my first Tichu I had a straight and an Ace, Haim and Lorenzo went out after me. Jon had a good Tichu hand with two Aces and the Dragon and two straights, and he didn’t get to play a single card. I probably would have still beaten him even if he had called Tichu. Jon called Tichu a few more times, they had better cards than we did. When they were over 900 and we were below 300, I called Grand Tichu twice in a row, and then Lorenzo called it. The first one I only had the Dragon, and got an Ace. Lorenzo passed me a king. Jon called Tichu, he had a good hand, and knew I called on nothing. I managed to make it with Lorenzo’s help. I made the next one also, I had a better hand with a long straight, even though Lorenzo again passed me a king. Lorenzo missed his Tichu, he had too many low cards, but it was a good try.

Suburban Belgian Skulls

Jon explained Magic to Haim before we started playing. Haim is back from the US with new games for Jon to figure out how to play.


Nadine S+, Haim, Gili, Jon, Nadine

Light and pretty


Zvi 114, Gili 108, Haim 76

Gili thought she was ahead until the final scoring. First play for Zvi


Jon 41, Nadine 38, Nadine S 34

First play for Nadine S, who is from Belgium and wanted to try it.


Jon/Nadine S1010 Haim/Nadine 690

Nadine: It would have been closer if Haim had called Tichu the two times he had good hands and went out first. I made two GTs; Jon did a good job blocking one of my regular Tichus – he called Tichu when I had two cards left, Ace and Dragon, he bombed my long straight and went out, he would have even if I had played differently. Nadine S, my RHO, had called a 2 on a straight including the 1. Then she played a full house with 3 10’s. I had two 2’s, and a bomb of jacks. I realized that I at least needed to ask if I had to play, which I did, so I used my bomb. We hadn’t played in a while. Second time for Nadine S who needed a review and advice. I was following the second World Cup semifinal on my phone, Croatia came back to beat England 2-1.

Farming and Canals


Jon 45  Aaron 27  Zvi 22

First play for Aaron and Zvi.


Haim 51  Gili 45  Lorenzo 40  Nadine 36

First play for Haim and Lorenzo, who liked the game. Very few 5s and 6s rolled, but all of us except Gili lost 3 points to negative chips.


Aaron, Zvi/Jon 1000+  Nadine, Haim around 0

Nadine: I even made a GT, but also missed one that I possibly should have made, but Jon had a good hand to set me. First play for Zvi, he caught on really well, made Tichus mostly on his own, had bombs in his first and third hands.