September 20 2000 RussCon Report

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Evening's Soundtrack
17 of us! 15 games.

Autumn is upon us! Hoody-hoo!

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The Tannahill Weavers are playing at Cactus Cafe next Thursday September 28. Celtic music. 8:30, $15. Wendy's interested, and I may be; anyone else?
Also Wendy will be appearing on her friend Emily VanderVeer's access TV show. It's about women writers talking about creativity. It's scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, at 6:30 pm on Channel 10.
At Great Hall Games last Friday, Brady & I played a match of Battle Cry (wherein I won Gaines Mill 6-3 as the Union thanks to 3 All-Out Offensives, and 6-5 as the CSA). And a group of us played a new card placement game called Castle which was rather cool, and JP won both games. You're trying to get rid of all your cards by placing them in the tableau of a courtyard, ramparts, and towers, with various placement restrictions and special effects. It has nice art on the cards, too.

Game Results

HoneyBears5Clay 4 RussW 2 Clayton 0 WendyWhe -2 Jeffles -4
BuriedTreasure3Dan 2 BobR 0 Daniel -2
SpaceBeans4Steve 3 JP 1 RussD -1 Marty -3
Rheinlaender5ChrisH 4 William 2 BobR 0 Dan -2 Daniel -4
GreatBrainRobbery6WendyWhe 5 Jeffles 3 Clay 1 Carly -1 Clayton -3 RussW -5
ZirkusFlohcati6Clayton 5 Carly 3 Jeffles 1 Clay -1 RussW -3 WendyWhe -5
Zero4Jeffles 3 RussW 1 William -1 Carly -3
Galaxy5RussD 4 Marty 2 Brady 0 JP -2 Steve -4
Cloud92Daniel 1 ChrisH -1
WebOfPower4Marty 2 JP 2 Steve -1 William -3
Dampfross4JeffF 3 RussW 0 BobR 0 Jeffles -3
ZirkusFlohcati5Steve 4 Carly 2 Marty 0 JP -2 William -4
BattleCry2Brady 1 Dan -1
Siesta4JP 3 Marty 1 Jeffles -1 Carly -3
Settlers4RussW 3 Steve 0 William 0 JeffF -3

honeybearsDevil Jeffles honored ancient custom and picked HoneyBears to start. He often observes that his unwavering support for Red Bear often causes him not to do well in the game, and this game was no exception.

Daniel had been wistfully setting up his brand-spanking-new copy of Vino on the table, which we unceremoniously dumped HoneyBears on top of, leading to speculation of a hybrid game with bears racing up the Italian peninsula bringing the best honey wine or mead type drinks to the cave. The punched holes from Vino proved quite useful as brains (in The Great Brain Robbery) and as used city markers in Dampfross.

There's a new Cheapass Game (boxed, no less!) in the Friedey's zombie series, called The Great Brain Robbery! Woohoo! Zombies in the old west! It was kind of random, but good silly fun, and boy are there lots of brains in it! And cheese. Lots of brains and cheese!

I see Galaxy has finally made its way to RussCon. According to Jeffles, it didn't look as good as Titan the Arena. I didn't hear anything from the folks who actually played it. I hope to play it sometime soon.

We finally played Dampfross aka Railway Rivals again! We played the Ireland map. On the last race, I paid Jeffles $1 to use his track and lost the race; if I'd not raced, I'd have been $1 richer and thus beaten BobR instead of tying him for 2nd place!

I saw a post on this week that the English translation in Siesta has some terrible unspecified flaw; no one here knows what it is though, so I guess it was played and enjoyed as usual.

battle cryThis week Brady and Dan played a match of Battle Cry. Brady won both scenarios of Gettysburg: Devil's Den, 6-5 and 6-4. (Hey, which victory was CSA and which was Union?) Dan's set has the miniatures painted and looked quite spiffy. It took an indeterminate amount of time to paint them all (there are over 100 figures); all we know is Dan naively thought he'd do a quick job in 2 hours, and it ended up being some unclear amount that was over 10 hours. They look good! [Update: Brady won as Union 6-5, CSA 6-4.]

settlersSettlers (aka The Game That Started It All) was a good close long one (mountain hexes were 3, 4, 4), with 3 of us tied with 9 points for quite a few rounds.

Evening's Soundtrack

White Mansions: A tale from the American Civil War 1861-1865
Bobby Horton, Homespun Songs of the CSA, Volume 1
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Songs of the Civil War
The Harmoneion Singers, Songs of the Civil War
The Civil War, Original Soundtrack Recording


Rank ratings:
 0.6000 ChrisH (2)
 0.4286 RussD (2)
 0.2857 Clay (3)
 0.2000 Brady (2)
 0.1429 Clayton (3)
 0.1176 Steve (5)
 0.1176 JP (5)
 0.1176 Marty (5)
 0.0000 JeffF (2)
 0.0000 BobR (3)
-0.0435 Jeffles (6)
-0.0870 RussW (6)
-0.1000 Carly (5)
-0.1429 WendyWhe (3)
-0.1429 Dan (3)
-0.3529 William (5)
-0.7143 Daniel (3)

New Win ratings:
 0.6000 ChrisH (2)
 0.4286 RussD (2)
 0.3333 JeffF (2)
 0.2143 Clayton (3)
 0.2143 WendyWhe (3)
 0.1765 Steve (5)
 0.1429 Clay (3)
 0.1176 JP (5)
 0.0000 Brady (2)
 0.0000 Dan (3)
-0.0870 Jeffles (6)
-0.0870 RussW (6)
-0.1176 Marty (5)
-0.1429 Daniel (3)
-0.2500 Carly (5)
-0.3333 BobR (3)
-0.3529 William (5)
ChrisH is the Devil! RussD is Vice-Devil! Then Clay & Clayton, then JeffF.


The Games Journal is more-or-less the successor to the defunct Games Cafe. It has some good articles.

The English Tiddlywinks Association seems to be for real. "Tiddlywinks is a serious adult game that developed in the mid-1950's and has been gradually developing ever since." The FAQ says "Is tiddlywinks a serious game? The short answer is yes, but it's great fun as well. The first thing to state is that it's not just about flicking counters into a cup. It is in fact a complex game of strategy and tactics, which involves a fascinating mixture of manual dexterity and intellectual activity as well." Perhaps those of you who enjoy dexterity games should bring tiddlywinks to RussCon!

At Boardgames Survivor Island each week, you can vote a boardgame off the island. Scruples was knocked off first. As I type this, it looks like Zobmondo (whatever the hell that is) will be voted off next. I voted for Life, which is in 3rd place to be booted.

405 is one of the more famous short films on the net, about an airplane landing on a freeway. It all looks real, but most of it was 3d-rendered on souped-up home PCs.

The Killer Bean is kind of like the Space Beans of action films...

Professor Stephen F. Hawking, respected physicist and author of the bestseller A Brief History of Time, is also an accomplished gangsta rapper, and MC Hawking's Crib has mp3s and lyrics and pictures, including this concert photo of MC Hawking with Ice T.
MC Hawking Fuck the damn creationists, those bunch of dumb-ass bitches,
every time I think of them my trigger finger itches.
They want to have their bullshit, taught in public class,
Stephen J. Gould should put his foot right up their ass.

Speaking of music, Narbotic Songs will apparently compose a song based on a suggested title you email them. The guy also appears as a character in the webcomic Diesel Sweeties.

GFP Bunny is a genetically engineered rabbit that glows green under a black light. The notion of genetically engineering animals as pets or works of art seems to raise all sorts of murky ethical issues, not to mention being simultaneously silly and creepy.

Derek's Big Website of Wal-Mart Purchase Receipts is just what it sounds like. Inexplicable. This guy sure shops at Wal-Mart a lot.

Kate & Dave's new website doesn't have much yet, but if I link to them perhaps they will feel obligated to link to my comics page Ko Fight Club!

Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!