December 6 2000 RussCon Report

Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
15 of us. 15 games.

PJ was out of town, so JP was reigning Devil.

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Bowling was fun... as I emailed to the list, Marty was the winner by far! He studied bowling in college, it turns out. Not sure if that was his major or just a minor.

JP & I played Wizard Kings over the weekend and enjoyed it. I really need to play with Jeffles so he will feel justified buying all the expansion sets now.

Various folks have been enjoying Letras (the fast simple word card game) as filler/party game material, so Jay's copy (which he forgot and left here during his last visit) has been officially donated to the RussCon Party Game Warchest. Thanks Jay! Now probably no one will ever want to play it again. I know how these things work.

Game Results

Carcassonne5JP 4 Matt 2 Dan 0 RussW -2 Marty -4
Carcassonne5JP 4 Matt 2 RussW 0 Marty -2 Dan -4
Cartagena3Steve 2 Carly 0 Clayton -2
Survive4WendyWhi 3 Jeffles 1 Clay -1 BobR -3
Hare&Tortoise4RussD 3 Clay 1 Jeffles -1 WendyWhi -3
Guillotine4WendyWhi 3 BobR 1 Clay -1 Brady -3
Guillotine4Brady 3 BobR 0 Clay 0 WendyWhi -3
Medici4Steve 3 RussD 1 Carly -1 Clayton -3
NichtDieBohne4Matt 3 RussW 1 Dan -1 Marty -3
Carcassonne5Stephanie 4 RussD 2 Clayton 0 Steve -2 Carly -4
BattleCry2RussW 1 Brady -1
ZirkusFlohcati6Brady 5 Steve 3 BobR 0 Carly 0 RussD -3 Clayton -5
WizardKings2Jeffles 1 JP -1
Carcassonne2JP 1 Jeffles -1
Cartagena3Dan 2 Matt 0 Clayton -2

carcassonneCarcassonne continues its reign of terror at RussCon! Check out this popular new tile-placement region-building game if you haven't already!

Our game of Nicht die Bohne led to an ridiculous onslaught of bean puns, and Dan was reduced to a quivering mass of laughter for several minutes. Probably you had to have bean there.

Brady & I inaugurated the Battle Cry set he painted and awarded to JP so long ago. I played the Confederates, thus picking up a rare gray meta-point in the process. We played a single game rather than a match (otherwise it wouldn't have counted as a player color for the meta party game!) and I checked the Battle Cry results database to find a balanced scenario; we went with Gettysburg (Devil's Den) since it had 9 wins for each side. It was good to play this great simple fun wargame again!

wizard kingsMeanwhile Jeffles & JP played Wizard Kings. This is the first nonhistorical wargame from Columbia, using their classic wooden block system. Now that Jeffles has finally played the game (it's his copy, but before tonight only PJ, Squeaky, JP, and myself had played it), he can buy all the expansion armies and maps! Woohoo! More and more of us seem to be getting into 2 player wargames lately, which is a good fun nostalgia blast for me. Jeffles & JP played the "Orc Dies in the Forest" scenario which he & I played twice on Sunday. Every time the orcs lose. But it's still fun...

We kicked around the idea of combining Battle Cry's nifty card play to activate units with Wizard Kings, since a possible flaw of Wizard Kings is the chaotic importance of the movement initiative with its all-or-nothing aspect of one player moving all their units, then the other player, and sometimes it's crucially important to move first, sometimes to move second, and it's purely random which way it will go. Another idea is to take a cue from Bobby Lee (another Columbia game) and do interleaved movement; move some of your guys, then the other player does, then you do, until both players pass.

Meta Party Game Results

Marty was the Meta Party Devil since he dominated at bowling last Friday. Here is the meta party game he emailed out:

This week's metagame is fairly simple. Try to play as many different colors as you can in various games. If you play a game that has no colors for the players, that can count once too. So, for instance, you could have the following result:

Sticheln - no color
Settlers - red
Carcassonne - black

This would be worth 3 points in the metagame. Whoever gets the most points wins. Tie breaker, if needed, would go to the person with out a no color game. After that, it's just a tie.

Evil Marty left early so I had to score his Meta Party Game, which was somewhat tedious, but the surprise winner was fun to discover. There were a lot of us who scored 3 or 4 meta-points; the winner, however, was Clayton with 5 meta-points! He's off work this week and thus was able to stay later, gaming and racking up those colors! So Clayton's fiendish mind shall devise next week's Meta Party Game!

Also I got curious what the most popular playing piece colors were:

7 red & yellow
6 green
5 blue
4 black
3 purple & orange
1 white & brown

Evening's Soundtrack

Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Remnants of a Deeper Purity
Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple
Green Day, Nimrod
King Crimson, Red
The Murmurs, White Rabbit

Color me meta!


 1.0000 Stephanie (1 game played)
 0.8000 JP (4)
 0.5385 Matt (4)
 0.4286 Steve (4)
 0.3333 Brady (4)
 0.2000 RussD (4)
 0.0000 WendyWhi (4)
 0.0000 RussW (4)
 0.0000 Jeffles (4)
-0.0833 Clay (4)
-0.1429 BobR (4)
-0.2308 Dan (4)
-0.3571 Carly (4)
-0.7500 Clayton (5)
-0.8182 Marty (3)

New Win ratings:
 1.0000 Stephanie (1)
 0.8000 JP (4)
 0.5000 Brady (4)
 0.3333 WendyWhi (4)
 0.2143 Steve (4)
 0.0000 Matt (4)
 0.0000 RussD (4)
-0.0769 Dan (4)
-0.1667 RussW (4)
-0.2500 Jeffles (4)
-0.2727 Marty (3)
-0.2857 BobR (4)
-0.2857 Carly (4)
-0.3125 Clayton (5)
-0.3333 Clay (4)

Stephanie pulled a Brady Maneuver again (playing just one game and winning it). It was observed we might have to rename this the Stephanie Maneuver if this trend continues.

JP is the Devil. Then Matt, Steve, Brady are all Co-Vice-Devils. Then RussD & the infrequently appearing WendyWhi! Clayton wins the Dedicated Award!


Celery + Gravity = Art.

If you're more interested than average in ways of thwarting telemarketers, you might enjoy Outbound Telemarketing Scum.

If you're interested in celebrity deaths, check out

Tom Konrad (who came to RussCon once or twice) has an article about chaos published at Dynamic Patterns webzine. It includes an interactive Java applet with 2 massive bodies causing a chaotic trajectory in a 3rd body.

Time for a gratuitous plug of my online comic Ko Fight Club, currently running a lurid cheapass tale of zombie horror and madness!

Do you expect me to talk?
No, Mr. Bohne, I expect you to fart!