January 5th, 2017: New places, new faces (and old faces).

Crew Members: Zevvy, Shlomo, Allan, Yoni

I moved to Givat Shmuel and when I found out I had a rare night with no work, I mustered a few folks for some good old Thursday night gaming. Allan has been doing an internship and I met him at a Technion Shabbaton, and we’ve hung out a couple times since. Shlomo heeded the facebook call for board games and lives in the neighborhood. And Yoni lives near by and I’ve known him for almost 15 years. I feel old saying that…

7 Wonders

Allan – 51, Zevvy – 51, Shlomo – 45

Allan as Alexandria had every resource he needed except early brick, but Shlomo was a head in military the first two rounds. I tried for an early science lead but mostly just got Tablets. I also tried to get a trade advantage but Allan made sure not to build any Cloth production. In the last age, I got a lot of Science including the Guild, and Allan pulled ahead in Military. Final score was a tie, and we also tied for coins, the only tiebreaker. Never seen that happen before.

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Sentinels of the Multiverse

Not sticking to usual format here. We played an introduction game against Baron Blade in the Mobile Defense Platform. It was pretty easy until a Devious Disruption took out most of Omnitron’s components, dealing massive damage as well. Visionary controlled the Villain trash and deck and helped Fanatic keep her Divine Focus on Baron Blade until she could Wrathful Retribution to finish off his first side, at which point we started a new game since Yoni had arrived.

Against La Capitan we did not fare as well. It took a while to get going, but once Argent Adept had his instruments her and Guise tag teamed for a lot of card plays. Sky-Scraper did not get many useful links, and Parse was doing more control than damage. Eventually La Capitan lost steam and we hit her pretty hard, but some ill-timed Villainous Weaponry and Meteor Shower a turn too late left Argent Adept incapacitated. La Capitan and her remaining crew were sure to make short work of the rest of heroes so we called it quits.

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I would like to continue blogging in the same place, and hopefully will still play in Haifa from time to time  as well. Not sure I have much time now, but will establish a crew in Givat Shmuel as well. And people will wonder why we are the Haifa Board Games crew.

 

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September 28th, 2016: With friends like these…

Crew Members: Zevvy, Itay, Roy, Ludmilla, David M., David T.

Roy and Ludmilla came all the way from Atlit to play, hopefull we will see them again soon. Itay came from the room across the hall and had a great time, hopefully we will see him soon too ūüôā

7 Wonders

The first game Roy started with powerful military, Ludmilla had good trade, and I was going for science with Babylon. Itay had the Pyramids of Giza, and in the end he won by a few points, the wonders definitely helping out.

The second game all six of us played, and Roy got stuck with little money since both his neighbors had better deals from others. I had a lot of money and yellow cards, and David T. got some good sets thanks to his Mausoleum, but Itay still managed to win with full military victory as well as four cards from one science track and decent guilds.

Sentinels of the Multiverse

David T. – Extremist Skyscraper, Zevvy – Visionary Unleashed, David M. – Dark Watch Setback, Itay – Tachyon

Villain – Omnitron: DEFEATED

Environment – Insula Primalis

Though Omnitron started slow with a few repair drones and some useless Terraforming, Skyskraper’s Thorathian Monolith caused her to take a lot of hits from the Sedative Flechettes. Tachyon’s Hypersonic Assaults kept the enemy at bay while Setback and Visionary got more set up. Visionary took control of a T-Rex for a bit, tearing into Omnitron’s metallic defenses. But as more deadly drones came out, our heroes stamina was waning. Fortunately by this point, two electro pulse bombs had been diverted, and with Tachyon’s trash full of burst cards it was only a matter of time before she got her Lightspeed Barrages and finished off the evil robotics factory once and for all.

 

September 22nd, 2016: Brains or Brawn?

Crew Members: Zevvy, Yanir, David W., Juliana, Nima, David T.

Great game night, not too hot, and most of the snacks got eaten. Thanks for coming!

Forbidden Island

Zevvy – Explorer, Juliana – Pilot, David W. – Engineer, Yanir – Messenger

We played this while waiting for¬†Pandemic to arrive, as it is the same designer and has similar game mechanics. We collectively started with four Ocean Chalices, so they were delivered to me to turn in while we kept the island from sinking too much. Shortly after Yanir got two Earth Stones, but both temples were on the western edge of the island and after schlepping out there the tiles were disappearing faster. Juliana turned in the Fire Crystals and though we had enough Wind Statue cards we had to save both Temples and Fool’s Landing from drowning in one fell swoop. After avoiding catastrophe however, it was simple enough to regroup at Fool’s Landing and fly away to victory.

Pandemic

Juliana and the Davids split to play Pandemic, which I hear they were victorious. Take that,¬†evil cube shaped diseases. Science wins again (though you never know how many people died in this game before our heroes found the cure…)

7 Wonders

Nima – Ephesos B: 55, Yanir – Babylon – A: 50, Zevvy – Alexandria A: 46

We quickly taught Yanir to play and soon we were off. Nima went for early military, while Yanir got the other one, leaving me in the dust. I did have good resource production and science, and was able to build some things for free in the following rounds, though I had to play a vineyard for extra cash. Yanir stayed ahead of me with one Military since I was focused on completing two science sets. In the end, my science did not avail me, as Nima had both Military Guilds in addition to his other points. Yanir was close second, with a full science set and a lot of blue cards. I had 52 but lost six for military.

Sentinels of the Multiverse

David W. – Mr. Fixer, Zevvy – Nightmist, David T. – Omnitron X, Nima – Skyscraper

Villain: The Chairman & The Operative – DEFEATED

Environment: Time Cataclysm

The chairman is mysterious and difficult to track down, especially when hiding in the cracks between time itself. Our heroes took an early beating from his Hired Guns, but Skyscraper drew the fire while Nightmist locked down the Unerbosses, giving Mr. Fixer and Omnitron time to get set up. Omnitron’s Abaltive coating kept him well protected from the bulk of damage being thrown our way, and soon he had a few other components as well. We somewhat avoided the brunt of a Prison Break through Astral Premonition, and Fixer and Skyscraper were whacking away at the villains.

Suddenly everything came to a halt, as Fixed Point was played, rendering all cards indestructible. Immediately thereafter another Prison Break occurred, bringing out four underbosses and their respective thugs. Nightmist and Skyscraper were brought beyond the edge of death, but¬†with time stopped around us they were somehow still alive. Mr. Fixer took this opportunity to double his styles, and a punishing blow was dealt by Nightmist’s Oblivion, though even with healing from her Starshield Necklace¬†still left her and Skyscraper below zero HP.

Omnitron¬†continued clearing the thugs, and in a ditch effort engaged a Time Shift on Nightmist, playing Mist-Fueled Recovery,¬†boosting her HP up to 5 and saving her just as Skyscraper destroyed the Fixed Point, sacrificing herself to heal the rest of us a bit. By now most of The Organization had been dealt with, and the Informants were not much of a threat to Fixer’s Dual Crowbars. Another round of beating up The Operative and The Chairman, and Omnitron was ready to charge in and blow up his components, dealing the final ten damage to the nefarious Chairman, leaving his beaten body to¬†remain locked within the ever-shifting strands of time.

Sometimes you need to think it through. Sometimes you need force it. But whatever you need, a little magic doesn’t hurt–and that magic is friendship. Aww.

September 15th, 2016: Rough Draft

Crew Members: David W., Zevvy, David T., David M.

Patchwork

I arrived first and played a round of Patchwork with David W. I took a lot of risks leaving some holes which I did manage to fill, but David got the 7×7 bonus first. Though I only had three¬†empty spaces at the end, David managed to fill in all but six with his last move, and won by two points.

Farkle

After David T. showed up we played a round of Farkle, with David W.’s usual luck giving him a big lead. With the house rule of continuing the previous player’s turn, David T. was able to ride the wave a bit while I was not, and¬†neither of us could not overtake David W. before he topped 10,000.

Impulse

Our second time trying this game, this time with four players. We were still constantly checking the rule book. Though I lost my transports early, I had a good plan and mining operation going. David M. got some points trading, and David T. built up his fleet. After an hour only a few turns had gone by, and when David T. lost most of his cruisers in a tie battle we decided to move on to something else. Unlike other Carl Chudyk games we’ve played, players can actually be eliminated here, and the¬†number of actions each player takes keeps increasing, making it feel much slower than Innovation or Mottaini.

7 Wonders

David W. was Babylon and got a lot of Science points, but he and David M. had to contend with me as Rhodos, defeating them in military each round. David T. as Alexandria managed to overtake his neighbors in military in the final round but my combined points from Military and my Guilds as well as the cash I got from my neighbors put me in the lead even over David W.’s scientific progress.

Las Vegas

There were some lone high bills in the early round, and competition between David W. and David M. left only one on top. David T. and I were tied in the middle rounds, and while David M. did his best to get revenge, David W.’s luck with the dice won him the cash he needed to stay on top, though David T. and I were not far behind.

September 8th, 2016: Surprise Endings

Crew Members: David M., Liz, Ruby, Zevvy, Nima, David T., David W.

Innovation

David helped himself to all our Leaf cards, stalling the early game. The Score Achievements were mostly divided between two players, but the other two picked up some of the Special Achievements, advancing the game to later ages. Soon points were being removed from score piles, and I was attempting a Lightbulb Victory when Quantum Theory activated Bio-Engineering, which ended the game since I had less than three leaves, making David W. the winner with the highest current score.

Isle of Skye

Liz, David W. and David T. played Isle of Skye. David W. says it’s better with four people, and apparently won handily.

7 Wonders

I don’t remember the results of the game, just that Nima had a ton of money in the end.

Werewolf

First round I was the werewolf, but sitting on the couch with two villagers my movements gave me away to David W. The next round, as the Witch I poisoned David W. for revenge, and we still caught the werewolf. The last round, David W. was silenced and villagers were dropping. My role as Lycan confused Liz when I was killed and the true werewolf still at large. In a final decisive vote, Ruby tried to explain how as the Leprechaun he deduced that David W. must be the werewolf, but it was too late, and the true werewolf David W. voted with Liz to lynch him.

August 30th, 2016: Works and Wonders

Crew Members: Zevvy, Ruby, David M.

Mottainai

Ruby – 44, Zevvy – 23

Another Carl Chudyk game, this time as monks with a little gallery and gift shop. Cards are used as actions to sell goods and produce works, granting special abilities. Though very few goods were sold, Ruby’s works allowed him to score backorders on almost all the materials, so though I beat him in Clay he won in everything else, and had 10 works while I only had a few.

Zevvy – 29, David – 20, Ruby – 13

The next game, David got a ton of metal and used Shuriken to steal from Ruby, nearly ending the game with the Tortoise (win if you have a work of each type). Instead he just drew out the deck and I had actually managed to sell and have back orders for Stone and Cloth, plus a decent number of works as well.

7 Wonders

Game 1: David M. – 55, Ruby – 48, Zevvy – 43

Game 2: Ruby – 53, Zevvy – 48, David – 44

As Babylon I was tempted to go for Science, but with three players its too easy to bury the science cards or not be able to build them. David had built most of the blue cards and did pretty well in Military, plus his wonder gave him a lot of points. The next game I was Ephesos and had more money than I needed, with cheap trade rates. Though I built a lot of blue cards and did okay in Military, even against Ruby’s Rhodos, I didn’t get too many Guilds, and ended up converting an Age II¬†card to coins.The scores were similar to last game.

August 23rd, 2016: It’s a trap!

Crew Members: David T., Zevvy, David M.

I made back to Haifa in time for a quiet evening. So to speak.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Not a board game, but we played this for a bit while waiting for others to show up. Only blew up once, but we didn’t get to “Needy Modules”.

Android: Netrunner

David played as the Jinteki corporation trying to stop me from Hacking all his Assets. I hit a trap early on, but managed to hack a couple assets from R&D before David had put up too many defenses. Unfortunately, I had no Sentry hacking programs and did not pick them the entire game. I did manage to hack David’s hand but on a 50-50 shot drew a trap instead of the last Asset I needed. On the last turn, David did put an Asset unguarded but I was impatient and was one card short of surviving a prior¬†Run.

7 Wonders

David T. – 52, David M. – 44, Zevvy – 44

The Davids both completed their wonder, and while David M. got 31 points for science, Military won the day here, as well as a lot of blue cards. I had a variety of points in every category and at least tied for second.

Having played 7 Wonders the night before with 5 players, the strategy is a bit a different.