A quiet night in on an adventure

Azriel, Nechamiah, Roslynn, and Sheer joined Susan and me for this week’s game session, split into a short game, and a long game.

The short game was Carcassonne, a tile placement game of some vintage that Sheer and I knew fairly well. It was new to Azriel, Nechamiah, and Roslynn, but they did pretty well, and seemed to have a good time.

The long game was Dominion: Adventures, which saw Roslynn leave, and Susan join in. I watched, as I was tired and wanted to let everyone else better enjoy the four player experience. (With more than four players, Dominion is a real drag. Besides, I knew I stood no chance of winning.) The recommended setup produced a nice mix of cards, with a very definite different feel to the other strains of this game I have experience of.

One card – the Giant – kept throwing a spanner into plans by forcing players to trash cards. In addition, since nobody went for money, and the deck was otherwise slow, it too longer than usual. It was not boring – even to watch – but that did make it harder work for the players, especially Azriel and Nechamiah who were knew to these cards. Again, however, everyone seemed to have fun.

We have only dabbled with this Dominion version, and I can see it getting more play.


Shabbat Gaming

The perfect antidote to a three day chag, is a spot of gaming.

We started with Ticket to Ride: Marklin Edition, where Peleg trounced us all – but especially last placed me – with a 100+ points in completed tickets.

We then had games of Battleline, Carcassonne, and Dominion: Intrigue on the go at the same time.

Lori and Peleg were all even after two games of Battleline. Susan won the Dominion game against Chaim and Laurie. And Yehuda won a couple of Carcassonne games against Michal and me

And after all that, we had a nice seudah. Great stuff.

Shavuah Tov!



This week’s group session had me so involved in 7 Wonders at one table, that I did not see what Ben, Peleg, Rosalynn, and Yehuda were up to at the other table. I think it was some kind of Carcassonne variant, and I know that Yehuda won. But beyond that I am in the dark…so far. [Now updated. See below.]

At the other table, Judith, Laurie, Michael, Rochelle, Susan, and I played the classic 7 Wonders. Michael and Judith were newcomers, so the first part of the evening involved the usual rules explanation followed by puzzled frowns of fear. (But enough about me!)

We raced through the first round, but things slowed up very much so after that.

Michael had a military strategy, but neglected other point scoring opportunities. Judith had quite a good spread of cards, and managed to be in contention. Rochelle virtually cornered the market in the Science cards, and accumulated a terrific points score from them. Unfortunately, she couldn’t quite get all the way to the winning line, and by my reckoning was about one card short of the win. Shame.

Susan and Laurie shared the win. Susan’s points came from a cheap set of Military victory points – she stabbed me in the back, folks! – and a solid set of Blues. Laurie did less well in both these areas, but had nice Guild cards that delivered big time for her.

Well done to Laurie and Susan. And thanks to Laurie for hosting.

Update from Yehuda:

We played Carcassonne: The City. Ben had played an earlier version of Carcassonne, Rosalynn vaguely recalled either playing or watching the game once, and Peleg had never played any Carcassonne.

Rosalynn and Peleg undervalued the fields; Ben took the first one, but I merged into it and I took a second one that was just as valued. There was very little merging into other people’s areas. There was a market that Ben had, and I tried to merge into it, and Ben positioned himself to merge a second person in. In the end, however, Ben had to play tile that split the area into two, one of which we shared and a smaller one that was just mine. Ben was very short of pieces most of the game, which hampered him.

Peleg may have undervalued the fields, but he scored hugely on the walls with some watchers earning 19 points. I took the game in the end, about 10 points ahead of Ben and Peleg.

Peleg left and the three of us played Dominion. I took an early Chapel and stripped my deck to nothing but two golds, a chapel, Feast, Festival, and Moat. I pulled in Provinces one after the other and thought I had an easy win. Then I stalled with hands full of Provinces. I should have bought a few more Festivals and Feasts, I think. Meanwhile, Ben got rid of coppers using Bureaucrat, and he had the only Witch (which he only used twice), but otherwise I don’t know what he used. He won the game with one less Province but with a Duchy and five Estates.


The fields run dry

This week’s session started with a vigorous debate about which game to play. Elad an I were keen on Acquire. Rochelle was neutral. Laurie did not want to play Acquire, but did want to play Santiago. Elad, however, did not want to play Santiago. (Children, children…) Unfortunately for him, I persuaded him to try it. Then Penny turned up to join in, and so we had five. That turns Santiago into a bit of a cut throat experience.


In short, Laurie cut our throats and won ahead of Rochelle, me, Elad and Penny.

We finished just as reinforcements turned up and split into two groups.

Susan, Laurie, Elad and Ella played the latest Quarriors game which Elad had proudly unpacked. It looked very nice. Susan demolished them with a fine win. Well done Susan!

At the other end of the table, Yehuda, Rochelle and I played Carcassonne. This is an easy tile placing game, which was a first time experience for Rochelle. She and I finished a few points behind Yehuda. It was a close game right up until the end, and I think Rochelle may be adding this to her list of favorites.


Yehuda, Rochelle and I finished up with a game of Coloretto which I sneaked a win in.

Another fun filled night.

[Cross posted from Ra’anana Boardgames Group.]