David+, Jon, Nadine
I need more of a review every turn than Jon has patience for.
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.
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.