Unscored or Unrecorded

We were joined by some new players and some language exchange people.  Many were new to games and general along with learning the games in a non-native language.  They played just for the experience and the joy (I hope).  I saw games of Codenames, Red7 (Not sure it lasted long), Coda (Da Vinci Code), and Rummikub. I am sure there were winners involved.  The new players included Jihee, Heeyeon, Chan, Pouria, and Maya. Hopefully, they return for more fun, low key gaming, and we didn’t scare them off with some of the more intense gaming.

The Short Plays

May 20, 2017 was another game day.  I didn’t get any pictures this time, so I will just write up a few details here for the shorter games and another post for the longer ones.

Games started a little early with Daniel learning how to play Android: Netrunner.  Justin and Halen spent some time teaching the game, but there was no official score to record.  However, it was a good game and will likely lead to more games of Netrunner in the future.

Jeremy and I played a quick game of Mottainai while waiting for more players.  Jeremy played strategically to end the game quickly thinking he had an easy win with his early hand of cards.  The score ended up being a tie after counting backorders and sales on my side.  However, a tie goes to the player who ended the game, so Jeremy still got the win with 14 points and being the current player.

More players arrived about the time that Netrunner and Mottainai finished, so we split the group into 2.  The larger group played Secret Hitler 3 times.  That group included Halen, Jenna, Justin, Aaren, Jana, and Henry. Jana and Henry were new to the group, joining from Jinju.  All 3 games were wins for the liberals.  The first win was for Justin, Aaren, Henry, and Jana by policy. The second win was by Aaren, Halen, Jenna, and Jana. They killed their own team member Aaren but got Justin Hitler with the 2nd kill.  The third win was by Justin, Halen, Henry, and Jana with policy.

At some point people were playing Red 7 but didn’t finish or record any result.

Jeremy, Daniel, and I played Smash Up while the others played Secret Hitler.  Jeremy won using the killer plant and mad scientist factions.  He ended the game with 18 points to my 15 using bear cavalry and aliens.  The result was decisive, but I came close to winning a couple times before Jeremy got his big victory only to be blocked by Daniel’s super spies.

Later, while some long games were happening Jana, Ryan, Bridget, Daniel, Henry, and Jeremy played 2 games of Bang! The Dice Game. The first game was a blowout victory for the sheriff and deputies partially because there was 1 too many of them dealt into the game.  Jana was the sheriff with Daniel and Henry as deputies.  The 2nd game was a win by the outlaws played by Daniel, Jeremy, and Ryan.  They killed sheriff Bridget.

Justin and Jeremy also played 2 games of Jump Drive.  Jeremy won both games with between 50 and 60 points.

Maintain Alchemy for Tickets to Sea Jump

I didn’t take many pictures from this point for the April 15th, 2017 game day.  We had games of Mottainai, Alchemists, Ticket to Ride, Tsuro of the Seas, and finally Jump Drive.

Injae and I moved to Mottainai after 3 Person Chess, and Justin, Jeremy, and Daniel started playing Alchemists.  Injae played Mottainai for the first time and got the concepts down pretty well although it is a steep learning curve knowing the cards and what is worth building.  We ended the game with me getting 20 points to his 12.  I had good sales in metal, as well as one item built, and backorders in hand.

Jeremy bought Alchemists earlier in the same day as the event, but he had read the rules the day before and was able to teach the game to Justin and Daniel while all played for the first time.  The game looked interesting. I liked the private screens with information, and it looked like an app was involved with final scoring.  The game appeared to be about learning to be an alchemist, making proofs, and the final result came to making correct answers on a test.  Jeremy took a narrow win with 45 points to Daniel’s 44.

Ticket to Ride Europe was my final game of the day with Justyna, Bridget, and Injae.  The game went well. There was some confusion with Justyna somehow getting 2 long routes, but she finished them anyway and ended up with 3rd place, so that was worth recording.  Injae came in first with a commanding 129 points followed by me with 109.  Justyna was ahead of me but used more of the stations and didn’t get those points.

Jenna, Justyna, Bridget, and Anthony played Tsuro of the Seas. I left at that point so didn’t really see much of the game.  I know that everyone was eaten by the dragon; however, leaving Anthony to win as the final survivor and Jenna the last one eaten.

The last game of the night was Jump Drive. It was a quick game between Daniel, Justin, and Jeremy. I don’t have the exact scores, but Justin won with just over 50 points.

Among Red Secret Chess Tyrants

Or a description of games played early April 15th including Among the Stars, Red 7, Secret Hitler, 3 Person Chess, and Tyrants of the Underdark.

Among the Stars was played by the first 4 players to show up (I just recorded some of the game play with my phone while waiting for more players to show up in the above video).  It was Injae’s game, but he had never played it before, and the game had made some rounds since Justin had sold it into other hands making its way back to our group.  Justin was able to explain the game effectively to Anthony and Injae as it was originally his game.  Jeremy, I believe, had played it before.  Anthony won with 95 points using the 2 faced Ludons, Justin followed with 93 using the  Vak. Jeremy played using the snake like Sissaurians, and Injae had the fun to rhyme Zehuti.

While Among the Stars was happening. I taught Bridget to play Red 7. She played several undefeated hands to win 43 to 0 using the basic rules. She obviously got the game down pretty quickly.  Her first hand win strategically ended with the rule involving having the most different colors.  We decided to move onto the advanced rules which add some more abilities when playing odd numbers to a players canvas. 1 allows a player to remove a card from an opponents canvas (if they don’t have fewer cards), 3 allows a player to draw a card, 5 allows a player to play another card to the canvas, and 7 makes a player remove a card from their own canvas and either put it on the top of the draw pile or place it as the new rule.  I was finally able to break out of my several hand losing streak and finally win 52 to 28.

Among the Stars finished and Bridget and I joined Jeremy, Anthony, Injae, and Justin in a game of Secret Hitler. The liberals kind of won, but the rules were not entirely understood for the results of no chosen government. Fascist policies were drawn when no government was agreed upon several times leading to the liberals having the power to try to shoot a fascist. Justin chose Anthony successfully ridding the world of an effective first time playing Secret Hitler.  Unfortunately, this power should only be available to an elected president, so maybe Anthony and Bridget should have won.  The game ending was unclear.

A 2nd game of Secret Hitler followed with Jenna, Injae, Bridget, Justin, Jeremy, Anthony, and Justyna.  The ending was a clear cut win for the liberals from what I can see in the results.  Fascists, Bridget and Jenna, were unable to get enough policies passed before the liberals got their policies passed.

Daniel, Injae, and I started a game of 3 Person Chess while the 2nd Secret Hitler was going.  It was Injae’s game.  The board had some unique qualities to add to the basic rules of chess. We played a gentlemen’s rule in which one player can’t be attacked further by the 3rd player if in check.  However, it is still quite challenging to watch attacks from 2 enemies.  The game ends with a win for whichever player can place either other player into checkmate.  This time, I got the win but with some tired cooperation from Injae who was getting fatigued it seemed. He chased Daniel into a trap I had already set giving me the last move, creating a queen from a pawn and checkmating Daniel.

 

 

The next game to start up (at least for this part of the write up) was Tyrants of Underdark played by Bridget, Justyna, Jenna, and Anthony.  Jenna was the only one who had played before.  She taught the other players but because of her strong start and expertise was a big target. Anthony won with 85 points in the end.

Party and Deduction

Yangsan Gamerz got together March 11, 2017 at Cafe Swan Valley again.  This post will focus on the social deduction games, simple card games, and party games.  That included Jump Drive, Secret Hitler, Red 7, Parade, Spyfall, FitzIt, Toc Toc Woodman, and Codenames.

First game for this post and for the day was a 4 player game of Jump Drive which was also our first trial at doing a tutorial video and playthrough which can be found here. The video was not a complete success, but it was a good first attempt.  Next time, I can do better with more planning, better video, etc.  Jeremy won the game with 73 points followed by myself with 68 even though it was a first play for both of us.  Justin taught the game, and Halen played and gave some helpful hints.

Secret Hitler came next with another video attempt but less successful with some sound issues, stopping and restarting the game a bit, and the video being frozen by a phone call coming in.  This social deduction game played between liberals and fascists trying to keep the most control of policy, fascists to elect their Secret Hitler as chancellor, or liberals to successfully find and do away with that Secret Hitler in order to win for their side.

We played twice.  Ksenia, Sam, Halen, Justin, Jeremy, Mia, Bridget, Ryan, and I played.  The first game was a close match in policy passing, but liberals finally won by killing Sam Hitler giving Halen, Justin, Jeremy, Bridget, and Ryan a win (although Ryan was killed for being suspicious as well). The 2nd game the fascists won and got away with offing 2 liberals in Ksenia and Jeremy.  They passed enough policies to win giving Justin, Bridget, Ryan (Hitler), and I the win.

 

While Secret Hitler was happening more players arrived and started up a game of Red 7 which was interrupted by more players. Finally, they played Parade twice, Spyfall, and FitzIt.  The first game of Parade was a win by Emy with only -1 over Kate, Tricia, Justyna, Aaren, Injae, and Changyeon.  The 2nd was a win by Emy again with a perfect -7 points versus the same players and Aaren dropping out when they realized 7 players was over the limit.

Spyfall appears to have been 7 rounds long but with no overall scoring or winner.  The players were Emy, Kate, Justyna, Injae, Tricia, Changyeon, and Jenna joined in the 4th round. The first round had no spy, so the game had to be started again. A loss by Injae as spy in the 2nd round. The 3rd was a win from Injae as spy for 4 points as he was able to find the location. The 4th a loss by Emy playing the spy accused by Injae. A win for Jenna as spy in the 5th when the wrong person was accused. Another loss for Emy as spy being found out by Jenna in the 6th. Then the 7th and final round with Jenna losing as spy. There was no real way to deduce a final winner, so these are just on record with no score.

Jeremy and Aaren played a couple of 2 player games.  The one to record here is Jump Drive.  The 2 games of Jump Drive were both wins for Jeremy with 57 points and 67 points.

Tricia, Jenna, Changyeon, Justyna, Injae, Kate, and Emy also played FitzIt for the first time (a first play for the group).  The game is a race to get rid of a player’s pile of cards before everyone else by placing them into a crossword style grid. The key is thinking of items that fit all descriptions in a line without repeating items. There are also ways to give away cards to other players by playing sets of 4 or 5 cards or adding cards to a line that already contains 4 cards.  Jenna won one game. Injae won the 2nd time.  The list of words left behind was worth recording below:

Another quick game of FitzIt occurred between Justin, Halen, and I. Justin won, and we didn’t have a very creative game compared to the other group.

Ryan, Bridget, Ksenia, and Miae played some Toc Toc Woodman after a couple of other longer games but no scores were recorded. They just played for the joy of the game.

Jeremy, Daniel, and Jenna played some coop Codenames with no good results giving the Box 2 wins.

Red 7

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This was a learning game of Red 7 for everyone involved.  Justyna, Aaren, Ksenia, and Ginger played the longest game of Red 7 I have seen.  It took awhile to clarify the rules; but after that, they seemed to enjoy it.  They played for quite awhile until Ksenia suddenly got a big winning hand that put her over 30 points.

This was the last game to finish the night for everyone.  Jeremy, Bruce, and Ginger left last and may have continued elsewhere, but I don’t know the results.

Red 7

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A card game where each of the cards available to a player can be used as either part of a set or as a tool to change the rules of play. On each turn, the player must finish his or her turn in a winning position or forfeit if unable to create a winning combination of the rules and the cards in play. By Carl Chudyk for 2-4 players.

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