Thanks to the 3rd Anniversary Committee for the final giftie!
I have started my job with United Devices, and I must say that working full time has a negative impact on one's daily schedule.
|PowerpuffGirls||4||RussW 3 Daniel 1 Jeffles -1 Dan -3|
|DurchDieWueste||4||Steve 3 Alfred 1 JeffF -1 Jonobie -3|
|Carcassonne||5||RussW 4 Dan 2 JP 0 Bob -2 Clayton -4|
|Ra||3||RussD 2 PJ 0 Marty -2|
|Clue||5||WendyWhi 4 RussW -1 Dan -1 Clayton -1 Steve -1|
|Euphrates||2||Bob 1 JP -1|
|Entdecker||3||RussD 2 Stephanie 0 Marty -2|
|Cosmic||5||Clay 4 Daniel 0 Matt 0 Jeffles 0 Carly -4|
|Chrononauts||5||Daniel 4 Jeffles -1 Matt -1 Clay -1 Carly -1|
|TitanArena||4||Jeffles 3 Daniel 0 Carly 0 Matt -3|
|WebOfPower||5||PJ 4 Steve 2 Dan 0 RussW -2 WendyWhi -4|
|Orcz||4||RussW 3 Steve 1 Jeffles -1 Dan -3|
|Cartagena||5||JP 4 Marty 2 Stephanie -2 RussD -2 Bob -2|
|UndTschuess||6||Daniel 5 Matt 2 WendyWhi 2 PJ -1 JP -3 Carly -5|
|Carcassonne||5||PJ 4 Matt 2 Carly 0 WendyWhi -2 Daniel -4|
Daniel brought a hardcore new wargame strictly for the serious grognard: Powerpuff Girls. We played a grueling long game of it (which lasted at least 10 or 15 minutes) and involved the 3 heroines doing battle with supervillains across the city. It was actually a fun little kid's game!
I had an unusually good game of Carcassonne as I won it and had 3 or 4 spare dudes practically the whole game; it's very rare not to run out of dudes normally!
In other Carcassonne news, Dan has used the scanned tiles from my distribution chart to prepare a handy wallet-sized chart, which I bet he'd give you a copy of if you ask him!
We played a game of serious Clue, where copious notes and agonizing were fine. Somehow I brainfarted and messed up and my notes became inconsistent, alas. We played with Dan's spiffy Deluxe Anniversary edition in a metal box. It has very nice pewter (or some such metal) figures of the 7 weapons (yes 7! There's poison in this deluxe set!) and 6 protagonists... and since his set was defective (missing one and a duplicate of another) he wrote the manufacturer and received a second full set! The 2 Mr. Greens are different from each other; one is older. There was near universal agreement that Miss Scarlet was a hot babe, and frequent suggestions involving her were made.
Last Friday I won 2 games of Web of Power through some fluke, but tonight I did mediocre as usual. PJ got a large number of advisor points despite his belief that he was losing.
Orcz is good silly fun, with fun simple rules and lots of wacky diplomacy.
Meta Party Game Results
Daniel was the Meta Party Devil. Here is the meta party game he emailed out:
Honors of WarDaniel came prepared with gold, silver, and purple stars to be awarded, along with stripes (brass paperclips); quite a fun array of props! Kudos for running the game with, uh, military efficiency! The results were quickly computed at evening's end:
Daniel is again the Meta Party Devil since he had the most stars! So Daniel will create another meta party game for next week.
Marty had the most purple hearts (thus gaining a guaranteed spot at the table) next week.
Jeffles had the most stripes and wins a special prize of a $10 certificate to Great Hall Games! As Daniel explained, "I take care of my people."
Thanks to Daniel (as well as Matt for last week) for doing so much preparation and bringing fun props!
Philip Glass, Mishima
Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass, Passages
Philip Glass, "Low" Symphony
Philip Glass, La Belle et la Bete
Philip Glass, "Heroes" Symphony
Happy Birthday, Philip Glass, who turned 64 today!
Rank ratings: 0.4667 PJ (4 games played) 0.3889 RussW (5) 0.3750 Clay (2) 0.3571 Steve (4) 0.3333 Alfred (1) 0.2609 Daniel (6) 0.2500 RussD (3) 0.0000 JP (4) 0.0000 WendyWhi (4) 0.0000 Jeffles (5) 0.0000 Matt (5) -0.2500 Marty (3) -0.2778 Dan (5) -0.3333 Bob (3) -0.3333 JeffF (1) -0.3333 Stephanie (2) -0.5000 Carly (5) -0.6250 Clayton (2) -1.0000 Jonobie (1) New Win ratings: 0.4444 RussW (5) 0.4000 PJ (4) 0.3750 Clay (2) 0.3750 RussD (3) 0.2174 Daniel (6) 0.0714 JP (4) 0.0588 WendyWhi (4) 0.0000 Steve (4) -0.0588 Jeffles (5) -0.1111 Bob (3) -0.2500 Carly (5) -0.2500 Clayton (2) -0.2500 Matt (5) -0.2778 Dan (5) -0.3333 Alfred (1) -0.3333 JeffF (1) -0.3333 Jonobie (1) -0.3333 Stephanie (2) -0.3750 Marty (3)I am the Devil! PJ is Vice-Devil. Daniel wins the Dedicated Award. Jonobie pulled off the rare and dangerous Reverse Brady Maneuver.
In case you're in the mood for more ponderous entertainment, check out this rather litcrit article The Vilifying Rhetoric of The Usual Suspects: Rhetorical Power and Inquiry on the (Terministic) Screen.