Tag Archive | vegas showdown

March 22, 2017

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Yael, Daniel, Nati

It’s Alive

Nadine 48, Daniel 47, Yael 45, Jon 35

First play for Daniel and Yael, I think. Daniel went out first, but Nadine scored the win.

Vegas Showdown

Jon 57, Yael 47, Nadine 46, Daniel 46, Nati 44

First plays for Yael, Daniel, and Nati. Yael took a good chunk of the early Slots. I got the only early Sports Building, so I was able to steal the Special Sports Book building for a coup. But there was plenty of competition to go around.

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September 14, 2016

Participants: Jon, David K, Nadine, Gili, Haim, Aaron, Yael, Ido

Haim was a first time visitor

Princes of Florence

David 72, Nadine 68, Gili 63, Haim 58

First play for Haim. Nadine writes: We bid pretty low, nothing over 500. David got 3 jesters pretty early. Haim got his on the last round. David had a forest and one building, 7 professions including one recruiter. On the second round, Gili didn’t buy the last available profession of the 8 we allowed. Gili and Haim also skipped it on the next round leaving it for David, a good fit with his 3 jesters. I miscalculated but being able to get a second jester let me play a work I thought I couldn’t play. I thought I didn’t have enough actions to buy another building, but I miscounted and had two unexpected actions. I didn’t have space for the building and didn’t need it by then, so I got two bonuses. Which let me beat David by one point for the best WV at 29 on the last round.

Tikal

Jon 111, Aaron 97, Yael 84, Ido 74

First play for everyone except me. But I hadn’t played in a long time, and it turns out I had played several things wrong in every other time that I had played. One, I didn’t know that you can only cap two digs during the game. Two, I didn’t realize that you can only uncover a level if you have as many diggers equal to the level in the same hex. I also might still have the rule about the chief digger incorrect.

The correct rules make the treasures even more valuable, since it is harder to get points at the digs. Still, the game played pretty similarly to the way it always had, for me. I got the earliest treasures, and that helped my score, but others caught up.

Vegas Showdown

Nadine 62, David 60, Gili 58, Haim 47

First play for Haim. David had only played it a long time ago.

July 27, 2016

Participants: Jon, David, Nadine, Nisan, Yael, Roman, Avi, Yedidya, Francis

Yael is the only one of the new players who showed up again, although a few said they would come. Avi brought his friend Yedidya again.

7 Wonders

Yael+, David, Jon, Avi, Yedidya

I left my scores at home (where I am currently not). First play for everyone except for me, which surprised me. Everyone liked it.

My monument was military, and I ended up playing military which I usually don’t, since competition by a neighbor can make your investment in the cards useless. I ended with military and blue cards. Yedidya had the science monument, but didn’t build any science. He also had some blue cards. He also was discovered to have accidentally built the same blue card twice (which would have been mine); he had to discard it for 3 coins.

Yael had the “play one discarded card for free” monument, which netted her 6 points at the end of the game. She also had strong military and science. David had the “build one card each phase for free” monument, which he used in phases 2 and 3. He had nice purple cards and 3 matching science cards. Avi had the “free resource” monument, and also had strong science, but he had -6 in military score.

Vegas Showdown

Roman 39, Nadine 38, Francis 36, Nisan 36

Nadine writes: First play for Francis. Everyone enjoyed the game. Roman went first with an income-centric strategy and the rest of us used a mix-and-match.

Nisan would have won and I would have done better if I hadn’t mistakenly paid 18 for the High Rollers room. I didn’t notice that I didn’t have the prerequisite required to place it, while Nisan did. I never got the prerequisite so I never place the HR room. We redrew one card combination, where two cards [gave contradictory changes to income and we couldn’t decide how to resolve them]. Francis was the only one who completed all three [bonuses for hotel, casino, and connection], but it wasn’t enough to overcome my big victory point buildings or Roman’s most income and diamond bonuses. Nisan didn’t get any completion bonuses. I accelerated the game end when I had the chance to choose a stack.

Homesteaders

Avi 54, Jon 53, Nadine 52

I suffered from not buying the gold mine, that each of them both bought. I bought a copper mine a round or two later, but it’s really not as useful, since you need two trade chips to use it for anything else. Everyone was shy trade chips.

I had the most buildings, but Avi got the one that gave 1 point per building. At the end, we thought Nadine had won with 55 points, and then we remembered her 3 points in debt, which took her from first to last by a point either way.

Slap Deck

David, Jon, Yedidya, Yael

Avi, Nadine, Jon

We played a few games each. In the first set, David and I both pulled off winning piles. In the second set, all three of us won one game each.

Lord of Waterdeep

David 153, Roman 151, Nisan 130, Yedidya 89

David writes: Nisan and Roman were both badly hurt by Yedidya, who used his first place position to take the first place position as his first move each round, [which essentially made David who played after him the first place player for the entire game, and Roman the third place player for the entire game].

Nisan writes: True. First place for Yedidya who did not truly capitalize on going first most rounds. He also went last with the lieutenant for a few rounds. Nisan and Yedidya had piety Lords, while Nisan and Roman had arcana.

Nisan was in the lead for round 2-7 with the most missions completed. In the last two rounds, David completed 25 and 20 point missions, and Roman completed a 25 point mission of his own. Everyone enjoyed the game, I think.

 

 

March 02, 2016

Participants: Jon, David, Mace, Aaron, Binyamin, Nisim, Nadine, Jonathan, Roman, Francis

Magic: The Gathering

Jon+, David

I played WGR, all equal strengths, but no card required more than one land of that color. David played BRG with double casting costs in all three colors. Neither of us had problems with lands and mana, but I was able to counter everything he played and achieve a fairly easy victory.

We started a second game, but he was rattled from the other players arriving and – maybe – his quick loss from the first game, so we abandoned the game midway (I was winning again).

Slap Deck

Jon, Mace, David, Nadine, Nisan, Jonathan, Roman

This is a game I invented several years ago and posted on my blog, but never got a chance to play. It looked like a good filler: plays in 10 minutes with 2 to 6 players. We played with the rules I made all those years ago, with a small change. Basically, flip over cards and slap when you want to take all the flipped up cards. You can slap three times. Count your score at the end depending on what you flipped.

We played with 6 players and then 5 players, and I forgot who won the games, but it was fun.

Later in the evening, Mace, Nadine, and I played several hands, and we decided to play for (cumulative) points. The game can have wild swings from hand to hand, but Mace excelled at the game and kept the lead throughout. We toyed with adding a theme.

Fun game. Write to me if you want the rules.

Castles of Burgundy

Binyamin 206, Nadine 194, Aaron 171

Nadine writes: First play for Binyamin. I started third which is a disadvantage and only got one mine, another disadvantage though more mitigatable. Binyamin got the yellow bonus tile for colors of sold good tiles. Aaron had the board with a single section of eight browns but didn’t manage to complete it.

Notre Dame

Jon 82, David 53, Francis 36

Second play for Francis, though he needed some time to learn the game. I played a “starvation” strategy, abandoning myself to the rats in favor of two cubes on Park and pumping victory points. It’s a good strategy if you get passed early Parks. You still need occasional cubes and money, which you can get from end-of-round people or the occasional card.

David had a hospital doing well, but started collecting points a bit late. Francis got toasted by rats and couldn’t make progress.

Vegas Showdown

Nisim, Jonathan, Mace, Roman

I have no idea how this went, but they seemed to enjoy it. Mace taught the game, first play for the others. Roman had almost all yellow tiles, but only two of the four high value tiles came out during the game, Mace won.

Tobago

Jon 62, Francis 57, David less

First play for David, second for Francis. David made an early mistake and then another one, and then got depressed for the rest of the game.

Smash Up

David 15, Aaron 12, Binyamin 11

First play for David and Aaron. They believe the second game will be more enjoyable; there was a lot of learning about the cards and how things work in the first game.

December 23, 2015

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Nissan, Eszter, Jonathan, Gili

Viceroy

Nadine 68, Eszter 51, Gili 40

Nadine writes: Very nice game, tactical with luck.

Lords of Waterdeep

Nissan 191, Jon 154, Jonathan 148

First play for Jonathan, second or third for Nissan. My starting quests didn’t match what my Lord wanted (Piety and Arcana), and I only ended up playing one of them midgame. I completed 7 matching quests, 8 altogether. Nissan managed to delay one of my quests early in the game for a turn, and completely block me from my last quest. My first quest gave bonus points for Piety quests and one of the other ones gave points for Arcana. I didn’t build a single building; Jonathan built 2, and Nissan built the rest. He certainly netted a lot of bonuses from them.

Jonathan and I were both ahead of Nissan until late in the game when he started playing his big quests. Nissan then ended with 20 points in goods and coins (I had 18) and 0 matching quests. Jonathan only managed 4 matching quests.

Vegas Showdown

Gili 66,  Nadine 59,  Eszter 52

They appeared to enjoy the game.

Jonathan’s prototype

Jon, Nissan

Nissan and I tried out a tile word game prototype designed by Jonathan.

Dvonn

Nissan+, Jon

I taught this to Nissan who wasn’t sure about the game – and also I wasn’t entirely clear in giving over all of the rules, and he ended the game with a sizeable win (after I showed him another legal (and far better) move that he had available for his second to last play).

Lights of Vegas and Jerusalem

Mace, Gilli and Eszter

I was at the Jerusalem Light Festival in the Old City where my son Eli designed this  installation. - Nadine

I was at the Jerusalem Light Festival in the Old City where my son Eli designed this installation – Nadine

Vegas Showdown

Mace+, Gili, Eszter

We played Vegas Showdown. First time for Eszter.

My strategy was basically buying up most of the money-based tiles. Eszter concentrated on getting diamond configs. We all had routes across the board, and almost all of us finished both Casino and Hotel section. The game ended when I choose a large tile and finished my board.

I forgot what the score was, but we were each separated by 5-10 points. I won with most Revenue, most Population, and the only Diamond config.

Everyone enjoyed, the game took about 100 minutes.

– Mace

Nevada Luck

Gili, Hershel, Eitan, Emily, Eszter, Nadine

Vegas Showdown

Eitan 74, Emily 71, Gili 60

Gili taught this game and Eitan and Emily did a good job on their first play. The game is easier with 3 players, but they had a large expensive building that nobody wanted due to space and prereqs.

Carson City

Nadine 50, Hershel, 47, Eszter 40

I taught this to both of them. I figured Hershel would win if he understood the game well, and I kept reminding them about relevant rules and effects the whole game. We allowed a few building and plot space switches. Hershel and I each had the white guy two rounds, and were ahead in points from it. Hershel attacked me a few times, the last round preventing me from buying a building, which he didn’t even place because he didn’t have a spot. So I didn’t buy the plot for it, getting a point or so from the money I saved. He was strong in guns, he got the 3 guns, which we left as they are, and he took the gun card last round, the 2 gun side. That has a $30 limit, which I warned him about, re-explaining the end game point thing when he took the card. But he didn’t completely realize the implications, and he really benefited from the guns, he had 9 guns, and also blocked me on money and point spaces. They understood how the buildings worked, I didn’t get it until I had played at least 4 games. Eszter only had two buildings, but in the last round bought a slew of mountains, reducing Hershel’s and my income significantly, and giving her 18 plot space points at the end, a good catch up. I made a mistake third round which cost me some income, I thought Hershel would block me but he didn’t, so I hadn’t gotten enough money to buy both a plot and building. The game is easier with 3 players.

Glen More

Gili 66, Emily 48, Eitan 39

Emily and Eitan own this game, they taught it to Gili. Eitan says he’s not good at any games that they own.

Hershel forgot to take Akiva’s Zombie die from games day, it’s a good conversation piece for non-gamers.