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May 10, 2017

Participants: Jon, David, Aaron, Nadine, Gili, Haim S, Daniel Oshrat

Welcome Oshrat, to whom I didn’t get to speak.

Magic: The Gathering

David+, Jon

David drafted a slew of powerful green creatures, while I got a lot of cards that, in combinations of 5 cards, could give one of my creatures a +1/+1 counter. I wasn’t expecting to win. David claimed that his deck wasn’t all that strong, because he didn’t have a lot of great cards to go with his smackdown creatures. Right.

I lost pretty quickly.

Taj Mahal

Aaron 40, Haim 40, Daniel 37, Gili 33, Oshrat 25

First play for everyone but Gili. There doesn’t seem to be any tiebreaker in the rules. I don’t know what everyone thought of it.

Trajan

David 151, Jon 130, Nadine 115

Second play for me and David. The first time I played we played a few major things wrong, so this was my first play with the correct rules. The tactics in this game are so complicated, that I still feel like I’m playing a near total tactical game, although flashes of strategy peek through here or there. This must be what I felt the first dozen times that I played Puerto Rico, but more so.

I saw David mastering a few of the tactics, including taking and scoring several 9 point trajans and winning every vote in the senate. He also pulled 4 matching cards in his first 6 card pulls, which was ridiculous. I expected him to win by around 60 points, but he stalled a bit in the last few rounds, allowing me to catch up to only 20 points behind. I made that 40 point gain in the last few rounds, pulling ahead of Nadine who until then had been doing about as well as I was.

Nadine took most of the wild tiles, and was first to move in the military. I tried the x2 bonuses again, and all of them paid off to some extent: I got to use some of them more than once, but this required me to focus on getting bonus action tiles, so it’s kind of a constricted game play that pays off a lot once every few rounds.

January 25, 2017

Participants: Jon, David, Haim Gurov (1), Nadine, Gili, Nati, Preston, Elad, Haim Ginsburg (2), Shira

Haim and Shira usually can’t come Wed nights, but found time to join us tonight.

Magic: The Gathering

David+, Jon

David continues his winning streak. I drafted a deck with many flyers and a scant amount of delaying and creature control. David drafted big creatures and a scant amount of direct damage. I was hampered during the game by lack of the right mana, and not quite enough of it. Possibly I may have been able to win the second game, but we didn’t have much time left before the others would arrive.

For Sale

Haim Gu 65, David 64, Jon 63, Nadine 49

First play for Haim Gu, and the others hadn’t played in a while. It’s a pretty quick game. Nadine’s strategy during the first phase was to always bid unless she was out of money. Haim’s strategy during the second phase was to play his houses in order from least to most expensive.

Suburbia

David 136, Jon 110, Preston 75

Second play for David, first for Preston. We played through the first phase, by which point I was ahead in income and behind in population. David was looking unsatisfied with his progress, and asked to restart, which we were all willing to do.

This time David shot ahead in income and basically smoked us throughout the game.He captured the tile that keeps his reputation from dropping on the population track, and he also captured two out of the three public bonuses. He didn’t get his hidden bonus – both of us did, and they were each worth 20 points – but, as you can see, that didn’t matter.

At the end, they both said they liked it.

Troyes

Haim Gu 37, Gili 37, Elad 27, Nati 24

First play for some of them.

Trajan

Shira 129, Nadine 105, Haim Gi 102

First play for Shira and Haim. Good job, Shira.

2-Player Pinochle

David+, Jon

I taught this to David, struggling to remember the rules which I was getting confused with Honeymoon Bridge. Eventually I figured them out, and we played two hands. David won the first hand by a small amount and the second one by a larger amount.

Dixit Odyssey + expansions

David+, Jon, Nadine, Haim Gi, Shira

Something to do as the evening closes. David and I ended up in front, at 31 points each. We played one more round and David scored an extra point.

December 21, 2016

Participants: Nadine, Jon, David K, Haim G + his wife Tammy, Nati, Aaron, Mace, Elad

Nadine hosted, owing to her still recovering. Mace is back from Australia for a week or two. Hi Tammy, sorry I didn’t get to meet you more.

Among the Stars

Jon 91, Aaron 85, David 84*, Elad 76

First play for everyone but me, first time for me using the special powers. Mine was an annoying one that gave me three extra dollars but prevented me from gaining any other money (except by some rare cards) which was more of a curse than a blessing. The other players had optional powers that didn’t affect the game a great deal but at least had no negative side effects. Next time we’ll also add some objectives.

There was some struggle to grasp the right plays for most of the game, including for me. However, by the end I think they all enjoyed it. The game is most often compared to 7 Wonders; I think they’re about the same. The questions is really if the game can be played quickly enough to be considered medium or light weight. We finished the game in 75 minutes, which is pretty good for us. If we can get it down to an hour, it could be a good filler or end game.

I played mostly heavy red cards and blues. Most of my scoring came during the game, instead of at the end. No greens at all. Aaron played mostly greens. David actually may have won if he had not mistakenly put down an invalid card as his last card (he had the option of using a discarded card and chose an invalid one). The card was worth 9 points to him; he might have been able to select something else comparable.

Trajan

Nati 153, Nadine 139, Haim and Tammy 127, Mace 118

Haim and Tammy decided to team up. First play for them and for Mace.

Nadine writes: First play for all except me and Nati. Mace had a lot of ship cards. Nati did military and got to 8 on the senate one year. He beat me by one turn for senate on the last turn. Haim and Tammy had 10 on building, but I had the bonus for it, I only had 3. The wrong demands came out at the end so mos of us lost points, and I missed the 9 point bonus. I should have picked a different bonus.

Tichu

Jon+Elad 1065, David+Aaron 1035

First play for Elad, he did very well. Picked up the game quickly, and even called and made Tichu once. David and Aaron pulled slightly ahead, slowly, at the start. Then they made a 200 point hand, leaving us 565 to 235. Then we made a 300 point  hand, and we were still slightly behind.

We continued to pull ahead until we had 895 to their 605. David then bid and made two grand tichus. All he needed was 30 points on the last hand to pull off the victory, but he ended up swallowing the phoenix to give the lead to his partner and he gave the dragon to the wrong opponent. We netted 90 points to their 210.

 

 

December 7, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nati, Gili, Gilli E, Nadine, Nisan, Yael, David K, Elad, Aaron

Magic: The Gathering

David++, Jon

I have lost my winning streak.

Codenames

Jon + Nati, Gili + Yael

First plays for Nati and Yael.

Suburbia

Jon 119, Aaron 110, Yael 89

First plays for Aaron and Yael. I think they both enjoyed it.

Homesteaders

Gili 59, Nisan 52, Nati 50

First play for Nati. Nisan writes: In round 6, Gili spent $12 to get the church. Worth 10 points + 2 points per turn for 20 points. Nati lamented that he played “stupid”. Nisan lamented that his misinterpretation of the “bank” hampered his trading/purchasing ability in rounds 6-8 (he ended up “running off the rails” of the auction-passing track). All in all I think that everyone enjoyed the game and would play it again.

Trajan

Nadine 163, Gilli E 116, David K 100, Elad 96

First play for all but Nadine, who is lording it over the rest of us.

Nadine writes: First play for Gilli and David, second for Elad. Third for me, plus one completed online and two in progress. Everyone did cards except me, they were all collecting tons. David had wild cards, but even with that couldn’t get four the same. Gilli did get four of a kind, without wild cards. I had five cards, I got a pair early, then took the ship action when a card I wanted was available. So I played two pairs for ten points, partly to turn the ship over. In the last two turns of the game I won the Senate to get a bonus card for 9 points for a fire chip, and I managed to get a helmet chip which let me use one of my Demand wild cards for the fire chip bonus. I started with a bonus card 9 points for the helmet chip, so I got 18 from my only two bonus cards. The others had bonuses for cards, and got points from that, though David didn’t get many. He did a lot of building actions, most of them gave him additional actions, and they give points, he blocked me from getting a 5 point building I wanted, but he didn’t have a wild card so at the end only got 10 points for one set of three. I had two Building wild cards so got a pair for 20 points at the end. I completed a lot of 9 point Trajan tiles, and got 10 points twice from military. The others also did military, and competed for Senate. The earlier bonus cards didn’t help me because I wasn’t doing cards, and it’s hard to coordinate the cards you get with the bonuses, Gilli and Elad managed to. Basically it’s hard to plan as much as you need to, so tactically works pretty well, to my benefit. Plus luck with the Demand chips. If a second bread hadn’t come out at the end I would have had to use both my wilds, losing the 9 point bonus, and it hurt David and Gilli who were missing bread. Elad had all three permanent Demands, and Gilli also had a lot of chips.

 

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2016

Participants: Jon, David K, Nadine, Gili, Elad, Adam, Nati, Yael

First time comer Adam had never played a Euro and got thrown into Trajan, poor guy.

Magic: The Gathering

David++, Jon

We drafted and I ended up with a few golds including a 5 color gold (BRUGW, 8/8) – not even a very impressive one. But I decided to try a five color deck, buttressed only by a single artifact that prism’d one mana into mana of any color, some walls, some boosting instants, and a number of blue fliers. I expected to be taken down quickly. Meanwhile, David played BRG with some small creatures, some direct damage, and a few black kill or shrink cards.

I got very lucky and played 4 colors of mana and my prism in the first five rounds of the first game, letting me play everything in my deck – but I only found 2 of my 8 fliers (the last 6 were in the last 9 or so cards of my deck). But David kept everything slow, taking out my few fliers until I basically stalled. He then played an ability to cause me 2 life and gain 2 life every turn, until he could rush me for the win. In the second game I got lucky again with my mana and unlucky again with almost none of my fliers. This time I lost fairly quickly.

Age of Industry

Jon 38, David K 37, Yael 34, Nati 32

First play for everyone but me. I was convinced that this was David’s kind of game, but for some reason all three of them struggled to figure out the strategies. Despite this, they all played well; we all made mistakes, but mistakes in this game are pretty forgiving unless you really screw up a missed opportunity or leave something unshipped at the end. I think they all over thought the game. Still, I think they liked it (not loved it) and by the end David was thinking he might like it more if he played it again, and wanted to play it again.

Trajan

Nadine 129, Elad 114, Gili 98, Adam 91

We played several rules incorrectly last time; Nadine believes that they played everything correctly this time. But she won again, so she obviously bullied them somehow :-). We shall see when I have a chance to play her again.

November 23, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nisan, Nadine, Nati, Elad, Yael

Sorry for the delayed post. I don’t remember if we played any quick games before the main ones.

Trajan

Nadine 143, Nati 139, Jon 124

First play for everyone, and we played several rules wrong, including some that gave Nadine and Nati more points (they both played military and we forgot that you can’t keep moving guys to the same place) and lost me points (we tossed out cards after shipping them instead of also using them for end game scoring).

It looks like there is a lot of paralysis planning, but only if you have trajan tiles, which you can’t always have; I kind of gave up on planning too many rounds in advance, because there is almost always something useful to do anyway.

Nadine scores the fewest Trajan tiles and lost the least from the people’s demands.

Endeavor

Elad 62, Yael 62, Nisan

First play for all of them, I taught them.

Nisan writes: On the last two rounds, Yael cannoned off four of Elad’s colonists to increase her connections and decrease Elad’s. Still, Elad’s clever management of scoring track markers allowed him to remain in first place. Nisan achieved the most exploration tiles from ships, but ended up with 18 gold and took a 3 point hit on bricks losing a key card for a better card from South America.

Each player had at least one governor card, and everyone used their entire six card slots.