Shabbat gaming

Not a good hand!

Not a good hand!

Gidon, Hannah & Lori (a team), Rafi, Susan, and I played Ticket to Ride Europe on Shabbat afternoon. It was a first time experience for Hannah and Gidon, but both seemed to enjoy it.

The Hanah and Lori team, Rafi and Susan, seemed to have drawn tickets in the same area and were building across and around one another. Susan and Gidon were largely unaffected, and I was largely ineffectual, making a bad choice of initial tickets – I was too ambitious – and then failing to remedy the situation with poor card choices.

Susan built the long 8 piece route and for a while was in the lead. But we all kept in touch, and at one point, despite the blocking, anyone could have won. However, in the last few rounds, Susan picked up a ticket she could not complete, Hannah and Lori gambled on the game going on longer, Gidon made some unlucky card draws, and I switched strategies too often. The net result was that the Better family representative, the unassuming Rafi, claimed the win. Well done Mr Better!

After that, Hannah and I played a game of Scrabble. I enjoy the occasional game of this classic, but am always at a disadvantage, having never bothered to learn the two and three word lists that are essential for good scores. However, this time around I managed to keep in contact with Hannah right up until the last couple of turns, losing by about 20 points. Hannah plays a nice, steady game. My guess is that if she took up the Facebook version, she would do rather well!  Meanwhile, I can claim a morale victory, as I think I successfully blocked any of Hannah’s potential seven word monster scores! Good fun, and a pleasant way to round off Shabbat gaming.

Session Report – 17 May 2011

Red wins

Red wins!

Tonight we had time for two games. First, Ticket to Ride Europe and then Dominion.

Ticket to Ride Europe is a nice, easy to play, game which strikes a good balance between luck and skill. Most importantly, it’s fun and is an excellent introduction to the hobby. Tonight, newcomer Asaf, picked up the game quickly, but made a bad choice of which starting tickets to keep. (Note to self: perhaps offer more help for new players!) Peleg was his usal focused self, but just couldn’t keep pace with Abraham or I, as we seemed to get the cards we wanted, when we wanted. There was only a single point of difference between Abraham and I, before the scoring for the longest train, but those 10 points were mine and gave me the win. Hooray! I have almost forgiven Abraham for stealing my 8 card, 21 point, route build. Almost.

Dominion was also a first time experience for Asaf, so we will call it a training game. Or, to put it another way, Peleg won…