We played a few rounds until Aaron came.
David 50, Nadine 42, Jon 37, Aaron 37, Haim 35
First play for Haim and Aaron. I didn’t manage to make a pathway or finish blue, my buildings were good but in the wrong places. David paid a lot for a good building that he didn’t have the prereq for, and others bought all the prereqs so he couldn’t place it, but he won anyway. David had 4 Fancy Lounges and the Theater, for 13 pts from diamonds, and no blue tiles. Haim had 6 or 8 Slots, hard to manage in a 5-player game, and his board was almost full. Aaron finished his connection and I think both areas. It’s a hard game for 5, Jon did worse than he usually does.
David 72, Nadine 66, Jon 65, Haim 59
First play for David and he won. The game is pretty balanced, we all worked hard and the scores were close. I could have filled another barrow at the end for a few additional points, but it was too late at night to do the calculations. Everyone had good cards, but Jon’s seemed better – the same one as last week – play a new barrow when you finish one, and one where he never gets knocked of the board, he can move somewhere else. Haim went for siesta points, David also. Jon and David were each the first to finish two craft buildings, I didn’t do any.
David 10 Colin 9 Nadine 8 Jon 2
First play for Colin. I got 3 points for not dumping. We played regular, probably for the last time because Jon convinced me why random is better.
Jon 45 Nadine 39 David 38 Haim 29 Colin 19
First play for Colin Haim. David was ahead of me after the first kingdom. Jon was first player, and kept it for 3 turns by bidding well. I was lucky that no one competed with me for most pyramids on my side of the river. I didn’t get a bonus power card until the 5th turn, but at least it was one I could use. I had 2 brick pyramid cards last turn so I couldn’t use them, I couldn’t use one the turn before because I didn’t have enough money. I didn’t know that bonus cards shown on provinces count towards the 9 card bonus. Jon didn’t know that winning the bribe makes you first player again. We changed the plus or minus 3 power card to also give you 3 coins, so we all played all the ones we got. Colin almost tied Jon for most pyramids, which would have put him at 24, but Jon didn’t have anything better to do with his bribe action so brought an extra brick. Jon: I assessed well in Amun Re, but I still got lucky that people bid what they bid, which gave me extra items. Also that David let me go last in the last turn.
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Jon/Haim 300, David/Nadine 300
David called but Haim blocked it; David had high cards but it wasn’t clear that he needed to use them so early. David called a 3 with the one, Haim had a 3 bomb. He had a straight to the Ace, so did David and I. -50 50. Jon made a Tichu. I barely made a Tichu, David saved me with the dog, I was stuck with a 2, and he went out second. Jon made another Tichu, with an 11 card straight.
Aaron 97, Jon 91, Roy 82, Nimrod 82
First play for Aaron, Roy and Nimrod, good job Aaron!
David 18 18 +33 Gili 18 18 +24 Nadine 18 18 +10 Haim 18 16
Haim has less experience playing Power Grid, and this was his and Gili’s first time playing with the 4 top cards of the deck exposed. Haim only built to 16 cities. David won by less than usual. During Step 1, David built away from me instead of blocking me. On the last round both Gili and I upgraded plants to increase our capacity from 17 to 18, David already had 18. We were all able to build to 18, but David still had more money. We played on the US board on the East coast, as usual.
Nadine F+, Noam, Colin
First play for Colin.
David / Jon 1060, Haim / Nadine 40
Jon and David are better players, but this was mostly luck with great cards. I called Tichu first hand with 3 Aces, Jon had the cards to block me, but the score was only 30 to -30. After that they went out first and second several times, and made Tichus and GTs. When Haim had a good hand and called Tichu, both Jon and David had red flush bombs, and went out first and second. By the end, Haim and I were glad to at least reach a positive score.
We met at Jon’s new place, which looks great for game days, with a huge balcony overlooking Jerusalem.
Avi 21 – 6 15
Haim 5 – 2 3
Nadine 7+4 11
Nadine 159, Avi 151, Haim 110, Denis 91
First play for Denis, Avi and Haim had played once a while ago.
Jon 148, David 141, Colin 68
First play for Colin.
Haim and David 470, Avi, Nadine, Jon 930
Jon, David and I took turns switching out.
Colin 311, Jon 228, David 177
Lords of Waterdeep
David 154 Jon 121 Haim 109 Colin 86
1000+ to 70
Jon and Colin, David and Haim
David: We had an amazing night. All the high cards were by us.
Jon: 165 to 35, 265 to 35, 400 to 0, and then 200 to 0. 4 hands.
– Jon 6/26
I had a strong deck. David’s was 4 colors which only worked when he got good mana distribution. I think I should have taken him out 2 to 3, but I very quickly lost the third game to my own mana screwage.
Lorenzo 85, Haim 82, Nadine F 81, Jon 80
Lorenzo did both quick unlocking and quick building and also managed to get to 8 cards first. He nearly blew us away completely, but he was stuck with two cards he could not play at the end. I don’t know where I went wrong. It looked like Nadine F was not doing so great since she had fewer cards, but she had more money and a point generator with money.
David+, Jon, Noam, Sharon
Settlers was David, Colin, Noam, and Sharon. Sharon is Haim’s fiance. Noam is Nadine F’s son. Colin had never played.
David taught his Settlers group how to play Tichu. Gentes took a very long time.
– Jon 6/19
Avi 97, David 95, Nadine 84, Jon 81
First play for all except Jon who played a few years ago. A super deluxe edition of the game nice high quality pieces including cool metal coins. We made minor errors with the rules and the usual mistakes on a first play. I had more buildings and fewer cards, people and cards seems to be the best strategy, especially with cards that unlock and have extra actions. It’s hard to control cards to get the right synergy, David could double the money action several times per turn for example, and my initial card gave me money. The game is interesting with good choices. It is hard to figure out which cards you’ll be able to fulfill and how to do it, which slows things down, and you don’t know which actions will be available.
Jon: We played the Hometowns slightly incorrect. On each round, each Hometown can be used once. On each turn within a round, a Hometown enables you to use either of the two bonuses, not both. The cube is to mark the Hometown as being used, not the bonus.
Jon / David 455, Nadine / Avi 245
We didn’t play a whole game.