Secret Service Agents!

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This week’s session started off with Azriel, Nechamiah, Rosalynn, and Sheer joining me. While Peleg fought the Tel Aviv traffic, I introduced everyone to the excellent filler game Coloretto. It’s a light game with more luck than skill, though that should not take anything away from Nechamiah’s fine win.

With Peleg finally in the house, we played 7 Wonders with the Leaders expansion. It took a while to set up while everyone tried to get familiar with the new cards and options. Rosalynn went for a military strategy, but her neighbor Peleg had a nasty power that made him immune from the worst effects of that. Sheer’s was a science strategy, as he tried to gobble up the decent green cards. I went for blue cards, having snagged a leader that reduced their building cost. Nechamiah and Azriel seemed to be trying to spread their scoring options.

About halfway through, Rosalynn expressed some frustration with her progress, claiming not to understand what was going on. With a very short timeout for a fresh explanation, she returned to the fray as play resumed. Then, surprise, surprise, when it came to totaling the victory points, Rosalynn was the winner! That military strategy had been put to good use. However, it was a dandy set of guild cards that gave her a hefty contribution to her winning score. She got those combinations just right. Peleg and I were in the bottom end of the scoring, with Azriel, Nechamiah, and Sheer just a little bit behind Rosalynn. Well done, Rosalynn!

There was time left for a team game: Codenames. We split into two teams of three, and had a three round run at this fun word game. It has a simple, but brilliant, core mechanism, tacked on to a theme of trying to identify secret agents from a pool of agents, civilians, and a deadly assassin. A great way to finish the night.

Thanks to all who came to help make the night such fun.

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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.

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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.

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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.]

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