Thanks for the floor pillows that were brought this week! Goodness.
Other big news is that I am taking a job with United Devices, which looks to be a pretty nifty place to work, plus I may be playing a small role in curing cancer, so hey! How cool is that?
But you're probably saying "That's great, but what does this mean to me, the valued RussCon Customer?" (I can hear you saying it now.) Two things: we'll need to start ending RussCon sooner again (more like midnight than 1 or 2am), and the RussCon Reports will almost certainly stop appearing so promptly on Thursday, because I'll be, like, working and stuff... engineering software, curing cancer, and like that.
Ok, the favorite game ballots have stopped coming in, so here are the results! There was not a simple way to cut off at 10, so here are the top 17 games. I've sorted by votes, with ties broken by number of distinct people voting for a title: (Update later in the evening: one ballot was lost in my inbox; apologies to Clay and thanks for pointing out the error! Here are the correct results: essentially the change is that Roborally moved up several slots, and Vampire makes it onto the top 17 list...)
Here are all the games which received votes:
|Vampire||4||Tim 3 Clayton 1 Dan -1 RussW -3|
|WebOfPower||5||Marty 4 Daniel 2 Vince 0 Carly -2 Bob -4|
|Carcassonne||3||JP 2 Dan 0 Tim -2|
|Carcassonne||3||RussW 2 Clayton 0 Matt -2|
|Hare&Tortoise||5||JonathanC 4 JeffF 2 Bob 0 RussD -2 Daniel -4|
|SpyAlley||5||Daniel 4 RussD 1 JonathanC 1 JeffF -2 Bob -4|
|Attila||4||Matt 3 JP 1 Brady -1 Dan -3|
|Aladdin'sDragons||5||Jeffles 4 Vince 2 WendyWhe -1 Marty -1 Carly -4|
|Acquire||4||Clayton 3 Tim 1 RussW -1 Alfred -3|
|Zero||3||Alfred 2 RussW 0 Tim -2|
|Carcassonne||5||JP 4 RussD 2 Brady 0 Bob -2 Marty -4|
|TitanArena||3||Alfred 1 RussW 1 Tim -2|
|Settlers||4||Carly 3 Dan 1 Matt -1 JeffF -3|
|Frank'sZoo||4||Carly 3 Dan 1 JeffF -1 Matt -3|
|LostCities||2||Alfred 1 RussW -1|
|Targui||4||WendyWhe 3 Dan 0 Jeffles 0 Vince -3|
|Bluff||7||Matt 6 Jeffles 4 RussW 2 Alfred 0 Carly -2 Daniel -4 JeffF -6|
|Euphrates||3||Bob 2 JP 0 Brady -2|
We had 2 games of Carcassonne going in parallel at the table... there was a meta race to finish since the first winner of each game title would receive a free meta card. The honor of a Carcassonne meta card fell to Tim.
We had one of those unusual Acquire games where there were several safe chains and none of them reached 41 hotels. This led to running out of tiles from the cup! My experience is that it's much more common to have a chain reach 41 hotels.
In Zero, Alfred scored Zero in both the first 2 rounds! Alfred's reign of terror continued as he pulled off a tie with me in Titan the Arena, then proceeded to thrash me in Lost Cities and a side game of 9x9 go. (I'll point out that the latter was a 4 stone game, however...)
It's good to have Bluff back. We broke out extra dice to play a 7 player game, which came down to Matt vs Jeffles each with one die left.
Meta Party Game Results
Matt was the Meta Party Devil. Here is the meta party game he emailed out:
This meta game is based on an idea from R. Wayne Schmittberger's _New Rules for Classic Games_. At least I think it is - I can't seem to find my copy, so I'm going on memory.To play this game well took a fair bit of time and negotiation. Several folks really got into sharing rules. Here are the complete rules (which were rapidly pieced together by several players thanks to a high volume of trading, quicker than expected by Matt):
Basic rules (affect a single card)Matt computed the scores as follows:
So Daniel is the Meta Party Devil and will email out next week's Meta Party Game!
Curve, Chinese Burn
Sinead O'Connor, The Lion and the Cobra
Rongchun Zhao, Master of the Erhu
He Zhan-Hao, Selected Orchestral Works
Some Chinese pop music CD which has no English identification
Of course many people noted a Chinese thing happening, but were baffled how Sinead fit into this. January 24 2001 was the Chinese New Year, beginning the Year of the Snake! Would it have helped if I included The Doors' first album? I bet not.
Rank ratings: 0.6364 JP (4 games played) 0.6250 JonathanC (2) 0.6154 Jeffles (3) 0.5000 Clayton (3) 0.2857 WendyWhe (2) 0.1765 Matt (5) 0.0833 RussD (3) 0.0714 Alfred (5) 0.0000 RussW (7) -0.0833 Marty (3) -0.0909 Vince (3) -0.1000 Carly (5) -0.1111 Daniel (4) -0.1176 Dan (6) -0.1667 Tim (5) -0.3333 Brady (3) -0.4444 Bob (5) -0.5000 JeffF (5) New Win ratings: 0.3750 JonathanC (2) 0.3636 JP (4) 0.3529 Matt (5) 0.2857 WendyWhe (2) 0.1667 Marty (3) 0.1538 Jeffles (3) 0.1500 Carly (5) 0.1429 Alfred (5) 0.1250 Clayton (3) 0.0556 Daniel (4) -0.1053 RussW (7) -0.1111 Bob (5) -0.1667 Tim (5) -0.2500 RussD (3) -0.2500 JeffF (5) -0.2727 Vince (3) -0.3333 Brady (3) -0.3529 Dan (6)JP is the Devil! Sea Biscuit is Vice-Devil. Then Matt, Jeffles, WendyWhe. I win the Dedicated Award.
It occurs to me that the new card table diminishes the glory of being the Devil. Perhaps we should say that a ranking Sub-Devil may stake out the card table. Make it so, Number One.
Here's a nifty weird music video from a Brazilian electronic band Golden Shower. It's a trip through retro Atari 2600 game land with a fun modern reference thrown into the imagery.
The Japanese Engrish candy page has lots of food that would have fit in at last week's Meta Party Game.
Physics inside a Microwave Oven includes some short movies of various objects being microwaved. I was astonished at what happens with a grape! Seriously pyrotechnic mysteries of physics!
Ride the snake,
Ride the snake
To the lake,
The ancient lake, baby
The snake is long
Ride the snake
He is old and his skin is cold