Avraham came once before, and he brought his fiance Sarah (for real).
TichuJon, Tal, Nadine, Jonathan
Having just blogged about Tichu, I decided to get some people to play it. Tal is always up for a game, and she always pauses dramatically before she has to play something bad. Nadine doesn't care for Tichu, as it's strictly luckier than Bridge, so why bother playing Tichu?
Tal and I were trailing when other people arrived and we broke to play some regular games.
Puerto RicoYitzchak 53, Jonathan 51, Nadine 40
Jonathan's first play, and Nadine taught the game in her usual way.
Nadine writes: Jonathan should have won. I should have shipped instead of Mayoring which would have given me the same three points but blocked Yitzchak because there was only one ship. I had Fortress, Yitzchak had Custom's House, so he would have had only 49. Jonathan had 3 big buildings and a coffee monopoly; I had only the three lower goods.
Race For The GalaxyNadine 38, Yitzchak 37, Jonathan 30
I have no info about how this game went, but if Nadine won, it must have been with brown cards.
TikalAvraham 103, Jon 101, David 100, Sara 89
This was Avraham and Sara's first play. This is another nice game that I'd been wanting to get it out onto the table for a long while, but which too many people prefer not to play for some reason. Our game was incredibly long (four hours), but it felt only a bit too long. Three hours would have been just fine (two even better, of course). The length was due to some distractions, some very long thinking, and learning how to play for the first time.
Four players is a very crowded game experience, and I didn't have nearly enough guys or tents on the board, but I still did ok. Most of the scoring comes from finding the clever tactic; the remainder of the time you're putting your tendrils out hoping that that opportunity will come.
The highest scoring temples only went to 8.
We drafted. I thought my deck was decent. I get the feeling that I'm just a sucky player.