Status Update, 2017: The Memory Remains

So my last post before this was in July. I started a full time job in August, and at first my game sessions we’re fewer as my schedule balanced out. Still played games on Shabbat occasionally. In the last couple months we’ve had pretty regular meetings at Sarah B.’s place here in Givat Shmuel. David T. has even been here a couple times and his visits were marked by our introduction to Marvel’s Legendary as well as a successful afternoon of Werewolf. In the early days of working I also had cause to go Haifa a few times and got to play with David T. and David M. a bit, including Cthulhu Pandemic, Dead of Winter, and Betrayal with the Expansion.

After Gabe (my cousin) got married, the previous make-up of the Givat Shmuel Board Game Group slowly drifted in different directions. Some members of the Givat Shmuel are still involved in D&D. Though I kept up a bit with it over Skype after leaving Haifa, I don’t think the mission is continuing. I understand Exalted happened for a bit. I also remember playing Battlecon: Devastation of Indines and Thieves Guild with Amyr.

When I first started working we had a game night involving Coup, Settlers, Monopoly Deal, and maybe some other games. People had fun but I think we’re more just looking for a social thing to do that night than to find regular board game hobbyists. For most people here, they can get their game fix on Shabbat if they want.

Most times when people play games Shabbat afternoon it has been Settlers, which always takes hours and leaves people exhausted. I have got some people to play Sentinels and 7 Wonders, and a bit of Dominion. We have had some Sentinels games that needed to be finished after Shabbat.

Now a few of us are able to meet often. We started playing games including Codenames, Avalon and (to my chagrin) even Cards Against Humanity. When a new game introduction goes well and people are excited to play it it makes me very happy. Much as when Martin was bringing a new game every week, I am introducing games with different mechanics so everyon can find something they like. Dominion and 7 Wonders have also been big hits lately, and I even got to play Pictionary a few times (still my favorite game).

Now that I have a decently paying full-time job I’m okay with paying to have games shipped here, and have a few that will hopefully arrive in the mail, though Israeli customs and postal service have me keeping my fingers crossed.

Part of me was itching for some heavier games which I don’t own, and I met Aaron at a Board Game Night and we played Terraforming Mars and Lords of Waterdeep (which I had actually played the Sukkot after making Aliyah, with Yehuda Berlinger’s Jerusalem Strategy Board Game Club). Over Chanuka I quickly stopped by Roee Anuar (admin on Unbored with Bored Games) and played Mr. Jack Pocket with Zohar, as well as King Louis with Matan and someone else (Dror?). Roee has many games I would like to try and hosts on Thursdays occasionally, so hopefully I will be able to go.

Re-reading a lot of old posts gave me nostalgia for a lot of good times. I regret not writing up the various sessions I’ve had since July. Through reading I am now still drawing enjoyment from experiences I’ve had over the past two years.

I will try to commit to photographing and writing about my sessions, as this also provided enjoyment for the other attendees, creates more of a a bond, and from what I’ve seen of successful groups, encourages people to show up and get excited about the write-up as well. It allows the experience to last longer than the few meager hours a week we manage to get together.

That’s enough writing for today. I’ll tag all the games I can remember playing since July since I like seeing them in the cloud on the side of the blog.

Looking forward to creating many more lasting experiences in 2018!

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July 19th, 2016: Dead of Summer

Crew Members: David M., Liz, Zevvy, Ruby, Tom, David T., Roman

It was Liz’s birthday, we had cookies, and a full house for gaming–what could be better than that?

Splendor

Liz – 18, Zevvy – 15, Tom – 14, David T. – 10

I had played the app before, but the real game has very nice pieces (real people are nice too). We all stocked up on gems at first, and many of the Level One cards (mines?) were relatively expensive. I stashed away an Onyx mine which I never played, though it turns out it would’ve won me the game. David got three Diamond Mines pretty quick and had some good cards stocked away, but as the game went on didn’t have enough variety to pick up free Level Ones as quickly. Tom and I raced for one of the Nobles which he got before me, while Liz focused on Rubies and Onyx. I got a lot of 2 point cards early, but was too spread out when most of the Nobles required sets of 4. I got to 15 first but Liz beat me to the Ruby / Onyx noble while playing a 5 point card, boosting her to 18 points and victory.

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Innovation

David M.,  Ruby

Ruby had played and David had just learned the rules, so they played 1v1 while we played Splendor. I think Ruby won.

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Zevvy, Ruby, Liz

Ruby taught us how to play, and Liz went first. I got a few early points with Metal Working and picked up the 1 Achievement. There was some back and forth with Road Building and Paper, but Philosophy got me the points needed for second Achievement, and my Calendar kept me in good supply of Lvl 3 cards. Perspective got me the most points though, and it wasn’t long before I got the 3 and 4 and 5 as well, ending the game.

Zevvy, Ruby

This round was quite different. Ruby got Metal Working, though we both kept matching each other Castle for Castle. While Ruby got an early lead in points, I was able to splay all my cards and picked up two of the Special Achievements while having loads of resources. I just wasn’t getting points fast enough and Ruby kept grabbing the regular Achievements before I could. Using Alchemy, Ruby kind of slowed down my engine but also had to discard himself. As the better technologies appeared, I still did not have many ways of getting points, and Ruby just needed the 6 to win. I was able to slow him down a bit, but was 1 point short from grabbing it before him and he ended the game.

Dead of Winter

Tom, Roman, David T., David M.

They played the Cure scenario, and tensions were high trying to discover the traitor, since everything seemed to be going fairly well. A lot of questions came up, and morale was down, but it didn’t take more than a few rounds to get the medicine needed to find a cure. As it turns out, there was no traitor after all…

It’s been a while since we had enough people to split into different groups for games. We’ll see what the rest of summer brings 🙂