March 7th, 2016: Weapons of Mass Destruction?

Crew Members: Zevvy, Martin, David, Nima, Roman

This is likely the last meeting at HaNamal 21 for now, as I am moving this week. Hopefully we can still find a convenient way for locals and non-locals to attend gatherings. Our group is large enough that we have enough regulars and semi-regulars to always have a decent showing.

Get Bit!

Zevvy (Winner), Nima, David, Martin

We started with a quick friendly game where players try to be the last one not to have their limbs bit off by a shark. Players take turns placing numbers, trying to be the lowest so they can move forward, but if two players place the same number, you don’t move. A little strategy, a little luck, and with one arm dangling from my side I was the last one not eaten. I guess that makes me the winner?

Power Grid

Nima – 15 (Winner), Zevvy – 15, Martin – 14, Roman – 14, David – 12

We played on the Germany side this time, which is a little more compact but with some more expensive connections. Nima picked up the game pretty quickly, and expanded in his side of the map without competition. Martin and I got pretty cheap starting areas, and David got stuck in the middle. Roman had space at the bottom, but didn’t expand beyond two cities for a while. He did get a few Windmills and when he did expand suddenly he was able to power everything easily. While I was the first to reach seven cities along with Nima, my power plants weren’t the most efficient. Since it took us relatively long to reach Phase 2, the same round Phase 3 had already begun.

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Nima, I must mention, if an Oleh from Iran, and usedIMG_20160307_224004522 a lot of Oil for his power plants, though in the end he had two Windmills. David was actually the Uranium leader, with two nuclear plants, though Martin outbid me for the coveted Fission plant, which destroys Mass and turns it into Energy for six cities (that’s why they’re called weapons of Mass destruction, right?) I had some pretty efficient Oil plants, and Roman had some windmills and a hefty Garbage plant. In the end, Nima and I both powered 15 cities, but he had 44 Electrum to my 41, just barely snagging the victory.

This may have been the ‘last’ meeting at HaNamal, but it certainly wasn’t the ‘worst’. Until next time!

 

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January 12th, 2016: Watt’s up, Doc?

Crew Members: Zevvy, David, Martin, Roman

Martin said he would bring something interesting, and indeed he did. Which of course meant we played that one game for four hours. Good thing we had plenty of olives and apple juice to snack on, the core diet for the Middle Eastern gamer.

Power Grid

Roman – 17 (Winner), David – 17, Martin – 16, Zevvy – 16

Players compete to bring power to their cities. We played on the America Map and since we were four, we were restricted to the Midwest and the East Coast. Martin began in New England, I took Oklahoma (family heritage), Roman took the South East and David took the Chicago area. The whole game I only used Coal and Oil, which while thematically fitting meant I could usually power more cities than I had. Roman took advantage of Wind power which saved him a great deal of money since he was usually first in cities and therefore last to buy resources. Martin stuck to Coal and Oil but upgraded to Garbage later on. David was the most diverse and the only player to use Uranium, which got as cheap as 3 Electrum per unit by the end game.

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Though David had the potential to power 18 cities, a four player game is only to 17, and money is the tie breaker. Roman and I both had 16 cities and while David was able to build and power 17, it cost him his fortune, leaving Roman with the ultimate victory. I was only able to power 16 cities, and Martin was only able to build 16 cities.

Apparently in German the word for ‘last’ player is the same word for ‘worst’ player. I guess that means I ate the ‘worst’ olive.