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March 29, 2017

Participants: Jon, Daniel, Nadine, Gili

Magic: The Gathering

Daniel++, Jon

Daniel came early to play Magic when David couldn’t make it. We did the usual draft. I played BWg, Daniel played BRg, if I recall correctly. Anyway, I thought I drafted and built okay, with some nice flyers and black creature control. I think I lost the first game with incorrect play. I kept attacking with a flying lifelink, but I could have done a bit more blocking with it instead. Anyway, he had more and bigger creatures, and when he finally sent my lifelink flyer (with enchantment) back to my hand, it was over. In the second game, I simply drew only very high casting cost cards while he took me out with 2 and 3 cost creatures and a Puppet Strings.

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation

Jon (white)+, Daniel (black)

First play for Daniel. Daniel had a few bad encounters, including his first flying nasgul attack being straight into Legolas’ bow. Eventually, Frodo could slip sideways and pass his remaining creature to make it into Mordor.

Troyes

Jon 54, Nadine 38, Gili 37

Gili suggested this for our little company. I’m not sure about the right strategy, but apparently whatever I did worked in this game. Gili’s bonus card was the one for defeating black cards, and she attacked them fiercely, which kind of gave it away. Mine was meeples on the cards, which Nadine guessed. Nadine’s was influence, which no one guessed, because she ended with 0 influence (as did Gili; I eked out 1 point from her card).

All of our dice rolls were pretty bad. I had a little synergy working with a white card that gave me high yellow count, and several yellow cards. Gili had synergy with the red dice, but not enough to make up for the poor dice rolls. Also, people fought me for the white dice less than usual.

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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.

October 05, 2016

Participants: Jon, Gili, Nadine, David K, Nati, Yael, Avi, Tal, Nimrod, Eitan

Tal and Nimrod are first time attendees. Avi and Nati came back for their second visit.

No Thanks

Jon+, David, Nadine

I took an early large number that helped me avoid most other cards for the rest of the game. David tried for one too many inside straights.

Troyes

David 48, Jon 46, Nadine 41

We played this in two parts, stopping to play 7 Wonders between rounds 3 and 4. I suggested this since I hadn’t played in a while. I’m not a fan of the hidden win conditions aspect. But mostly, David kept taking exactly the dice I needed, sometimes – apparently – by accident. For example, I needed a white 3, and he had an extra influence point he needed to spend (to make room for more he was about to get) so he re-rolled the die and got a 6. 6 is better than 3, unless you need that number exactly for adding a cube to the 3rd column in the castle.

I also forgot about a few of the rules before play, and so missed a few opportunities for better plays.

Robinson Crusoe

Gili, Yael, Nati, Avi

First play of this co-op by everyone. They lost. Gili said it was somewhat frustrating.

San Juan

Gili 36, Yael 35, Nati 25, Avi 23

They included the expansion cards. First play for some of them.

Slap Deck

Tal, Nimrod

These guys came late, and someone was supposed to come (turned out that he had already come and I hadn’t noticed). I taught them this filler and they played until my roommate Eitan showed up and convinced one of them to play Chess.

Chess

Eitan, Tal/Nirmod

I didn’t see how this went.

7 Wonders

Tal 66, Jon, David, Nadine, Nimrod

I taught this to Tal and Nimrod. Tal ended at least 10 points ahead of anyone else, which was amazing. Nadine and I did science. Tal had a complete military set, and I started out with some too, but David on my right built more than I did. In the end he misplayed and lost the last military battle to mine. I had a smattering of other things as well. Nimrod’s points were all in blue cards.

August 10, 2016

Participants: Jon, Gili, David, Nadine, Aaron, Sheur, Nitzan, Eyal, Eitan

Welcome back Gili after her vacation. Also nice to see Eyal and Nitzan return. Eitan is my roommate who does not yet play games, but may someday. But he plays Chess.

Pirate’s Attack

Shneur+, Gili

Gili was given two games from Israeli game companies to review on her Hebrew video review series. This was one of them. The other had cubes.

Slap Deck

Nitzan++, Eyal, Jon

I taught this to both of them. Nitzan is a fan of speed games, and she did very well, winning both games.

Troyes

Gili 44, Nadine 28, Shneur 28, David 22

I didn’t see how this played, but at one point Gili was getting only a single die to play with and she needed to use it to combat the black cards. And yet she seems to have handily won. Nadine: First play for Shneur who caught on well, Gili was first player which is an avantage. Many dice were bought or stolen which hurt David and me more than the others.

Age of Empires III

Eyal 103, Jon 100, Aaron 89, Nitzan 76

Aaron requested to play this. First play for Eyal and Nitzan. Aaron was under the impression that this would take a long time to teach, but it didn’t. It took 2.5 hours to play, however. Partly that was because Aaron analyzed every possible move before each play, and – since they were new players – often helped Eyal and Nitzan to do the same. I did a bit of this, too; at one point. I twice argued that it was better for other players to help themselves – and help me – rather than block both of us, since this would move us both forward. However, at some point it is best to let people just play and learn, or you end up playing for them. With all of his analysis, Aaron still made a few mistakes. He also failed in his first discovery attempt, which hurt.

Aaron started with the first building, which was the “gain $20 and therefore effectively buy two more buildings” building. He also got first crack at everything else, and then he got the “$5/round” building round 3. It was his game to lose, which he managed to. He was the first to put soldiers on the board, but his territory was outmatched by Eyal who had buildings giving him a free missionary every round and an extra colonist for each missionary. Aaron’s income was on par with Eyal’s, but he had few discoveries.

I was excelling in discoveries and buildings, and I was second to Eyal in board points, but his income was far better; I always bought a building when I wanted to, but his extra points on the board and extra points for income outclassed my extra points for discoveries/buildings. Just barely.

Chess

Eitan++, Shneur

Eitan is always willing to play Chess. He apparently easily outclassed Sheur in a series of games.

San Juan

David 37, Nadine 34, Gili 33

They stuck to the base cards. David ended the game with 9 production buildings, Library, Guild Hall, and something else.

May 03, 2016

Participants: Jon, David, Gili

Owing to various minor holidays, game night was moved to Tuesday this week and Sunday next week. I always thought that some people who couldn’t come on Wed would show up when we moved to another day, but that didn’t happen. And most of the regulars didn’t come either, as you can see.

Magic:The Gathering

Jon+, David

We didn’t have enough time to draft, so we pulled some random cards from the cards we had been drafting with over the last few months. The quality of what I had to choose from was fairly high: light on big creatures, but good in control and combination creatures (that can also be cast as enchantments or that give each other bonuses) and control cards (lots of red direct damage and other kill cards). I also had some multi-colored mana-producing artifacts, so I played BRW. My first pull had no lands, but I mulliganned and then eked out the land I needed after that. I also pulled decent cards. I took out everything David played and still had some control cards to spare.

David played RU. I don’t know what his deck was like.

San Juan + expansion

David 35, Gili 33, Jon 30

We were waiting to see if someone else came, so we played this.This is my first play with the expansion cards from the Alea box; we didn’t play with the extra role cards. Some of the expansion cards are interesting, and none of them seemed especially unbalanced. Gili used the Bank to stash 12 cards  for 12 game ending points after a super trade. We also played Garden wrong; I decided that you could overbuild it, even if you didn’t have a Crane, which is fine, because the building kind of sucks otherwise.

David won with nice combinations of Carpenter, Quarry, and Library. Gili had her Bank and was the first and only player to build Silver. I got out some point cards and was the first with Prefecture and an expansion building that gave me a 2 GP good on Counselor. I didn’t have enough utility cards, however.

Troyes

David 44, Jon 38, Gili 35

Gili chose this after a bit of wrangling. And she then proceeded to roll dice poorly and complain about it. I also rolled dice poorly – not all the time. Mostly it was the one time I had 7 dice to roll and I needed 3 or greater on as many dice as possible and I only succeeded with 2 of the dice. For the same action, Gili rolled 6 dice and succeeded with only 2 of them. David rolled 6 dice and succeeded with all 6 of them.

That didn’t change the game, but it felt frustrating. Aside from that, the game was pretty close.

Nefarious

Jon 24, David 15

David 22, Jon 20

We finished Troyes early and Gili had to go, so we played two rounds of this. In both games there was one negative and one positive twist. I pulled out an early lead in the first game and maintained it. In the second game, David played his minions well and ended the game before I could build up to my last card.

February 03, 2016

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Nisan, Jonathan, Alan, Roman, David, Eszter, Gili, Francis, Binyamin

High Society

Nisan 20, Nadine 12, David 0, Jon -2, Jonathan X

First plays for all but me, third play for me. Nisan went a little crazy buying powerful cards, including two x2 multipliers, but Jonathan rescued him by spending even more. I ended up with the -5, a 4, and a x2, which did me no good.

Hanabi

Binyamin, Gili, Roman, Alan, Eszter

They started playing this but abandoned it to start longer games.

Cosmic Encounter

Jon (Seeker/Fungus) 5, Alan (Siren/Loser) 4, Binyamin (Void*/Mind) 3, Nadine (Philanthropist/Subversive) 3

First plays for Alan and Binyamin, and Nadine had not played too often. I also hadn’t played in a while, but I suggested strongly that we play this 4 player, which is best (3 and 5 are playable, but not ideal). I also played this, for the very first time, with the correct rule, which is that you can only attack a base of the player whose system you are attacking, and not any base in that system. It certainly speeds the game up, making it hard to get rid of foreign bases (unless you sacrifice a challenge to do so). But it also makes flares and powers that get rid of foreign bases more powerful.

We still played with many of my house rules: double powers, losing powers at 2/1 home bases, and others. We didn’t play with reverse cone, lucre, or moons. I strongly discouraged, but did not outlaw, purposely tanking your allies unless a specific card or power was designed for it.

It lasted about the right amount of time, and I think both Binyamin and Alan enjoyed it.

Princes of Florence

Jonathan 57, Nisan 54,Francis 46

Nisan writes: First play for Jonathan and Francis. Jonathan and Nisan had bidding war in last auction for a recruiting card. Jonathan went down two points to win the auction with bid of 1700 (Nisan had 1800, but passed and took jester). This allowed Jonathan to recruit from Francis (who’d played 7 works) and Jonathan played two works in the last turn for 37wv. In that last turn he advanced 27 prestige points (6card + 3best work inc) to win. I enjoy teaching that game to first timers and still having all be in competition by end of game.

Troyes

Roman 41, Eszter 37, Gili 35, David 25

Tichu

Jon/David+, Nadine/Binyamin

Binyamin didn’t really want to play this at the end, but Nadine and I did and David wouldn’t stick around for anything else. We forced him to play and Alan to learn (though he left after the first two hands).

Suffice to say that David and I toasted them. Binyamin started off losing a grand tichu (bid with the Phoenix, an A, and some high cards). Unfortunately, David passed him the dog and I sat after him to repeat the same things that happened last time we played: he had a high card and a low card, and I had the Dragon and many more things. The next hand David made a grand tichu (bid on the Dragon, Phoenix, 2 Aces and other high cards. He passed me the Dragon! The last card he played was the dog, hoping that I could go out second, which I did.

December 09, 2015

Participants: Jon, Aaron, Shneur, Shmuli, Leah, R Yitzchak Meir, Nadine, Gili, Roman, Alan, Ben, Assaf, Raanan

Leah and Yizchak Meir are parents of Shneur, and Shmuli is his brother. Leah and Yitzchak Meir are Americans who are also Chabad of Crimea; they were evacuated right before Russia took over the province, and have not been able to return since owing to visa issues. Nevertheless, as Chabad, they continue to hope for a miracle to allow them to continue their work, which they continue to do from afar and will continue to do until all Jews are out of Ukraine.

Welcome back Nadine.

Before I begin, let me just mention that on Monday evening I went with Nissan to a Nefesh B’Nefesh Panoply trivia game night to benefit Orr Shalom, an organization that provides for 1,300 children from distressed family situations. I don’t really enjoy trivia game nights, because no matter how well I do, I only remember the one or two questions that I absolutely should have gotten but missed. Still, it was for a good cause and I made many good contributions with my music and entertainment knowledge, but I can’t believe I didn’t remember the Canadian female artist who had the song with most digital downloads [1]. Sheesh.

Nefarious

Aaron, Shnuer, Shmuli, Leah, Yitzchak Meir

Aaron suggested this and I taught it to them. I didn’t see how they did or who won, but the seemed to enjoy it.

Codenames

Jon/Raanan, Roman/Nadine

One of the games that Nadine brought back. This is a tricky party/word/tactical game for two teams. One player on each team is the code giver. There is a grid of twenty five words. The code givers are informed which 8 or 9 of the words belong to their team. 8 belong to neither team, and one of those 8 is a trap.

Taking turns, a code giver says a word or phrase and the number of cards that “are associated” with the word or phrase. The other members of his or her team try to guess the card or cards that are associated with the phrase. The trick is that the code giver only wants his teammates to guess card that belong to his or her team, which is very hard unless the word or phrase matches only a single card. When you try to give clues that match more then one card, you have to be super careful that none of the cards that are not from your team also match the word of phrase. Your team’s turn is over after they guess the number of cards you gave (+1) or after they guess a card that is not from your team. Your team loses immediately if they guess the trap card by mistake. Your team wins if they guess all of your cards before the other team guesses theirs.

Roman and I were the code gives in two games. In the first game, Nadine guessed the trap on their first move. In the second game Roman managed to get in a two word clue to win the game when my team had only one word left unguessed.

Troyes

Gili 37, Raanan 37, Nadine 33, Roman 33

Nadine used influence to re-roll three different dice four times and got the same number each time. Gili was down to two, then one, dice in the last rounds, and had to use her one die to fight a black die.

Parade

Aaron, Shnuer, Shmuli, Leah

Yitzchak Meir took a nap while they played this. I don’t know who won. Aaron taught this to the others.

Bohnanza

Aaron, Shneur, Shmuli, Leah

I taught this to all of them, although I mistakenly had them draw only two cards at the end of each turn, instead of three. This, combined with the great amount of negotiations they undertook, made the game longer. They only made it through the deck once. They played with “favors” that continued to the next round, although it wasn’t always clear who owed whom a favor for a particular trade or donation, and the favors were not officially enforced.

Five Tribes

Ben 146, Jon 143, Alan 114, Assaf 113

Ben went early for a set, but the cards clogged up with the wrong cards for a while. Eventually he got his set, anyway, two cards in a new set, too. It helped having the Djinn that let him use two slaves as wild cards. He also bid almost nothing the whole game, leaving him with 37 coins.

Alan ended with 49 money after taking some blue meeples, and he had 30 points in djinns, but little in the way of camels or cards and no viziers. Assaf stole my vizier majority on the last turn and had the most points in camels. I had nearly as many points as Ben in goods (57 to his 63) and decent camels, but only 9 coins in cash left.

[1] Carly Rae Jepsen, of course.