June 9th, 2018: Party Games

Crew Members: Nechama, Sasha, Zevvy, Simcha, Orit, Adam

No heavy games this weekend, since I was walking across town. But I finally got to play Codenames…I feel like I’m always missing out to play some Euro.

Sushi Go: Party!

Started with four players and the original Sushi Go set. Orit went for dumplings every round, while I managed some Wasabi Squid combos and competed with Nechama for Maki. I also got Sashimi a couple times and won with a lead, though Adam had the most desert. Once we switched to three players though it became more cutthroat and we used Eel a lot, leaving some players with minus points each round. No one really like the Temaki round when one hand was entirely Temaki (my bad shuffling). I got a lot of points with Soy Sauce, but the last few rounds with fruit Nechama managed to win each time by a few points. Spoon was confusing also and we didn’t really enjoy it.

Codenames

First we played me and Adam against the others, and I kept using my extra guess to help the other team. Next Simcha and I played as a team and got some good clues no one else understood. It was close and the other team had some luck as well as some obvious mistakes but Simcha managed to win no matter what team he was on.

I also had a close game of Star Realms with Simcha before Shabbat, he had a lot of bases but I had a lot of Blob and the round I got my Blob base I dealt a huge blow, finishing off the next round before he could rebuild.

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June 5th, 2018: Hitting the Table

Crew Members: Zevvy, Yehuda, Kevin

Kind of last minute but we decided to play tonight.

Star Realms

Mostly Blob and Machine cult available at first, but then Yehuda got a few Trade Federation bases. He held off on attacking at first while building up a powerful set of bases and Machine Cult ships, though my Blob slowed him down I couldn’t do much damage to him after breaking the bases. While my deck was thinned to ten cards Yehuda dealt the finishing blow before I could start cycling every turn.

Stone Age

Interesting game with 3 players. The tools and fields were almost always filled first, except later when I tried to rush the game end on a building stack we had been taking from every round. I expanded to six workers in round two which was probably premature, despite the seven food civilization card. Some early “free” gold allowed me to score four gold on a building, which I did again on the last turn of the game. Almost every round though I sent two guys to food, which consistently got me bad rolls. It was still fairly close, I had 25 points from tech but only shamans, while Kevin had several farmers and won with 148 to my 134, while Yehuda broke 103. No one had any starvation rounds.

Pixel Tactics

First round I had the Scientist leader for an extra action and Yehuda had the Priestess leader for extra attack power after each round. The extra action let me draw a bit before acting, making sure I was prepared for an opening. As soon as Yehuda left his leader unguarded for one round, I played several orders and dealt a bunch of damage, and ended it shortly after he got his third attack boost.

Second game I had Vampire while he had the Free Recruiter. I started with a strong combo of placing the Templar up front, which when attacked could strike back for large damage and healing. I kept the Templar alive in the back row then swapped him to the front again, but eventually he fell. My next plan was to nuke Yehuda’s back row before placing my Assassin in the back, but I mistakenly placed my Gunner to the Unit and it all went downhill from there. Still, I dealt a bit of damage to his leader and stayed alive for a while, but in the end couldn’t cover my leader and couldn’t heal him before it was too late.

Roommate thought Stone Age looked interesting and asked what it was like. I told him to join but TV is more interesting I guess…

Pesach 2018: Game Summary

Mostly played games with my sister, though I tried to teach Mottainai to my brothers, they weren’t interested. One brother learned Impulse and we had two good games. The first one, he didn’t send any ships to the sector core until I already had a head start there, and I managed to get six points from trading two Size 3 blue cards in one go. The next game, he built up a huge fleet and attacked me 7 vs. 3 but I had two reinforcement cards and despite the size of the fleet he was defeated. Still, he liked the game.

I played several rounds of Star Realms, and often times the overwhelming “base” strategy dominated, though Blob focus seemed to win a lot as well.

My sister did really well at Splendor, forcing me to even rethink how quickly I go for level 2 and 3 cards versus building up mines.

Our few games of Machi Koro were enjoyable, and usually pretty close, but still coming down mostly to luck of the dice.

We did okay in some rounds of Hanabi, and got 19 in a game with our third cousin who is used to playing only Chess.

The most interesting games were our Innovation games. In one of them, my sister and I were racing for final achievement, and she had almost 50 cards tucked and splayed on her board, using Industrialization to get Monument. Our game with the cousin, his first time, was also close with achievements, but as the 10s pile thinned, my sister pulled ahead in points. To prevent her victory I coordinated with the cousin to set off Fission, and after a few rounds picking up the few remaining cards, he actually won, 17 to 16 to 15.

We also played Spit, Rummy 500, and Set, as well as Sushi Go: Party with the base cards and one round with Menu, Eel, Fruit, Tofu, Onigiri, Uramaki and Tea.

January 27th, 2018: Un-Nameable Title

Crew Members: Zevvy, Yehuda, Elad, Kevin, Avram

I guess this blog has become more about any time I personally end up playing board games, rather than some sort of specific crew. But that’s fine, because we are many.

Hanabi

Yehuda, Elad and I played Friday night, and started off very strong, except in white. We made some mistakes in the mid-game, but managed to get a couple 5s at a critical moment. The final round we missed one more 5, but a final score of 19 for a first game is not bad.

Star Realms

Yehuda picked this up right away, though we kept forgetting the Outpost rule. The first game a lot of expensive cards clogged the market, and while I had some good ships Yehuda had many bases. After taking a beating I managed to get a good strike in between Base plays, but just when I thought I was done for I smashed the bases yet again and made a final push before Yehuda could recover. Our second game I trashed very heavily and overran with Machine Cult and Blob.

Shabbat Day we played another two games I think, and one game Yehuda overwhelmed with Blob while my Trade Federation couldn’t heal me fast enough.

Dominion

The first game I got an early Bishop which helped my trashing, and I managed to trigger my Magic Lamp eventually for gold, which in turn activated my Legionairre attack. Yehuda was able to Mine most of his treasures but bought a Bishop late, so my engine was already ahead. Guide came in handy a few times for both of us though.

Next game had some events, ‘Plan’ which we both used to Trash when buying Nobles, the only real card drawer. Coin of the Realm made it easier to not get stuck, and Count was an interesting card which helped Yehuda trash many of the curses he got from my Soothsayer. This game was closer but while Yehuda had more Nobles and a Duchy, I won the Province split 5-3.

Arkham Horror

Yehuda was finally able to bring over this granddaddy of Mythos themed games. Kevin came over and Avram showed up just in time to join as our fourth. Even without my starting blessing, I got pretty lucky as Sister Mary and picked up a bunch of clues early on. We had a lot of Monster Bursts in a row, so while Terror increased, most of the monsters weren’t in our way. Kevin as the Professor finally managed to defeat one particularly strong monster with the help of the Shotgun, but lost many clues doing so. Though he did seal a gate with an Elder sign, removing several monsters.

Avram as the Magician had quite an arsenal of spells, but before he could go monster hunting was sucked into a gate, forcing several turns to be spent in the Outer Worlds. I used a gate Trophy to bless him but we both lost our blessings the same round, making things even more difficult. Yehuda had some good items, but was knocked out and driven insane, setting him back a bit, though he managed to start rebuilding his arsenal of spells and items quickly thanks to his ability to choose Events.

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With the Doom track more than half filled and only two gates sealed, we weren’t in the best position, but unfortunately ran out of time in the real world.

So many games, so little time…we plan to play Arkham Horror again though, and now that Avram lives closer it should be easier to coordinate game nights on this side of town.

February 15th, 2016: ‘Junta-ed’ House

Crew Me bymbers: Zevvy, Martin, Liz, Albert, David, Dima

Though Nuri wasn’t feeling well, she let us borrow a haunted house game which was perfect for the six players we had tonight. We did not play in the dark using pentagram candelabras, but it was still fun.

7 Wonders – Duel

Zevvy – Victory (Science), Martin

Martin came by early and we played a quick game of 7 Wonders. In the first Agewe both picked up a lot of Production buildings, and I picked up 3 different Science buildings. In the second Age, I though I would succeed in building a large Military, but Martin succesfully countered with the help of his “Strategy” token. Martin built several Yellow buildings and had quite a lot of money. Fortunately I was able to build my wonders, which were worth a good amount of points. In the third Age, Martin was actually close  to achieving Military Victory, but I managed to hold my ground. I bought a fourth Science building, revealing a face down card which was a fifth Science symbol I did not yet have. Martin was distracted by a valuable guild, and I picked up the Science cards along with the “Law” token, sneaking in a Science victory. Having never witnessed such a thing, Martin was not thinking about the possibility. Had we played the game to its completion otherwise, Martin would have won by at least 10 points.

Betrayal at the House on the Hill

Zevvy  – Professor, Martin – Young Boy, Albert – Young Girl, Dima – “Flash”, Liz – Woman, David – Other Woman

We started exploring the house, when Albert was bitten, and the floor collapsed beneath me and I fell into the basement. Dima found a Spear and a Bell and went upstairs to workout. Liz also fell into the basement via the Coal Chute, and shortly afterwards the haunt began. The scenario: Liz was the traitor (as predicted by Martin), and she had buried our friend alive in the basement. Dima used the Spirit Board to immediately divine our friend’s location, and as I was in the basement I started digging, successfully. Everyone else slowly made their way to the basement, while I struggled with my Bloody Dagger to fight Liz, who soon overpowered me. Lost in the dark in the Statuatory Room was not so safe for me, but Martin was more interested in safe-cracking than helping a poor old misogynistic Professor.

Despite some unsuccessful digging attempts, Liz had taken quite a beating. Though she was shortly done away with, it wasn’t long before our friend died in his final subterranean (or sub-pistachio, as the case was) resting place. We did not save our friend, but we preemptively avenged his death. Now we know–the woman is always the traitor.

Junta

In honor of David’s Venezuelan heritage, we played a game where greedy Golpistas compete for dominance in the Banana Republic. Martin began as Presidente, and after wa got used the game decided he was amassing too much power and had to be taken down. Dima became Presidente and actually almost won, but Dima and Albert both had to leave before we could finish. Albert had become Presidente, but despite his spy network David too the role for the last round. It’s a pretty funny game–students can even sign a petition, but it has no effect.

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Star Realms

Martin – Victory, Zevvy

This is a cool deck building game with a currency element similar to Dominion but totally different game play. I build a few Blue buildings early on, but Martin got way ahead of me in Scrapping with the Red buildings.My Blue Buildings were increasing my HP significantly, which can go above the original 50. While I upgraded my Blue cards and tried to begin getting some Red, Martin went with Yellow which aimed to make me discard cards, crippling my effectiveness. Martin also had several nice bases in his deck, and my Attack forces soon became unable to handle it all. Finally the game reached a point where Martin was dealing damage faster than I could heal, the inevitable result being his victory.

We played quite diversely themed games tonight. Though there isn’t a Junta style game modeled after the American election system, my family does have a real-estate game back in Boston called ‘Trump’. Other than his picture on the cover, it doesn’t have much to do with Trump. It wouldn’t be fun to play games with him–he’d probably buy the House on the Hill and turn it into a Hotel-Casino.