March 7 2001 RussCon Report

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Evening's Soundtrack
15 of us played 13 games.
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Clandestine was good fun! Jen had a new solo CD (that included Clandestine members and other musicians). It's more mellow/folky than Celtic. And they announced they'll be recording a live Clandestine album at the Mucky Duck in Houston next month!

Game Results

Quest6RussD 5 Jeffles 1 Matt 1 Bob 1 ChrisH -4 Daniel -4
Carcassonne5JP 4 RussW 2 WendyWhe 0 Clayton -2 Clay -4
6Nimmt7Marty 6 Matt 4 Steve 2 RussD 0 WendyWhe -2 Carly -4 ChrisH -6
Manhattan4Clayton 2 RussW 2 Brady -1 Clay -3
ZirkusFlohcati6ChrisH 5 RussD 3 Matt 1 Steve -1 Brady -3 Carly -5
Vampire5Clay 4 RussW 2 WendyWhe -1 Marty -1 Clayton -4
Bluff3RussW 2 WendyWhe 0 Matt -2
6Nimmt6WendyWhe 5 Matt 3 RussW 1 Clay -1 Clayton -3 Marty -5
Settlers4RussD 3 Carly 0 Brady 0 Steve -3
Zero4Daniel 3 Jeffles 1 JP -1 Carly -3
ZirkusFlohcati4Carly 3 Jeffles 1 JP -1 Daniel -3
UndTschuess4Jeffles 3 Carly 1 JP -1 Daniel -3
Tayu2RussW 1 Matt -1

6 Nimmt looks to be shaping into a RussCon hit! It's also fun that it accomodates up to 10 players. So check it out.

Quest on the other hand seemed not to be well-received. It's a Ravensburger game geared more toward kids apparently.

It was fun to play Manhattan again. The game has its detractors, but I've always found it quite enjoyable and interesting. And there is fun toy value in stacking up tall plastic skyscrapers!

Matt and I thought we might rack up some good Meta Points playing the 2-player classic Tayu, but we had an unusually low-scoring game, 15 to 6.

Meta Party Game Results

Matt was the Meta Party Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game that he emailed out, no thanks to austin.rr email servers which didn't give it to me until Saturday!


     Add up all the points you scored for all of the games you played to get your meta-score. Only abstract points score anything - games without points, and games that use money instead of points score nothing.

     The one with the most points wins.

     Note: Be sure to record your actual point scores in addition to the Devil Point scores in The Book, otherwise the points don't count.

Matt computed the scores:
244 Carly
216 RussW
205 Clayton
186 Clay
182 JP
181 Wendy Whe (who, Matt noted, scored 69 twice)
136 ChrisH
132 Matt
129 Marty
119 RussD
97 Jeffles
97 Steve
84 Brady
51 Daniel

Carly is the Meta Party Devil! She will email out next week's Meta Party Game! If the pressure is too much for you, Carly, then I, as Vice-Meta Party Devil, will take on the burden of command for you.

I suppose this makes Daniel the Meta Party Angel.

Evening's Soundtrack

lost highway

David Bowie, Young Americans
Nine Inch Nails, The Fragile
The Smashing Pumpkins, MACHINA/the machines of God
Barry Adamson, As above So below
Marilyn Manson, Antichrist Superstar

This week's theme was intentionally more challenging since they've been getting a bit easy lately. These bands all appear on the most excellent soundtrack to David Lynch's Lost Highway (which was of course played last week). If Astronomer Mike had been here, he'd have figured it out, because Lost Highway is one of his all-time favorite films! God, he loves that movie!


Rank ratings:
 0.5789 RussD (4 games played)
 0.5263 RussW (6)
 0.4286 Jeffles (4)
 0.2500 Matt (6)
 0.2000 Bob (1)
 0.0952 WendyWhe (5)
 0.0769 JP (4)
 0.0000 Marty (3)
-0.1429 Steve (3)
-0.2500 Clay (4)
-0.3125 ChrisH (3)
-0.3478 Carly (6)
-0.3636 Brady (3)
-0.4375 Clayton (4)
-0.5000 Daniel (4)

New Win ratings:
 0.3158 RussD (4)
 0.2667 Marty (3)
 0.1875 ChrisH (3)
 0.1053 RussW (6)
 0.0769 JP (4)
 0.0476 WendyWhe (5)
 0.0000 Jeffles (4)
 0.0000 Clay (4)
 0.0000 Daniel (4)
-0.0625 Clayton (4)
-0.0870 Carly (6)
-0.2000 Bob (1)
-0.2143 Steve (3)
-0.2500 Matt (6)
-0.3636 Brady (3)
RussD is the Devil! I am Vice-Devil. Behold the unstoppable power of Russ!


The sunken Confederate submarine Hunley is being excavated.

Some fun photos by an Austin photographer Bob Sherman; you may have seen some in ads in the Austin Chronicle.

Austin comic artist Penny Van Horn does scratchboard, linoleum and woodblock art; you may have seen some in the Austin Chronicle.

Oh to be a rock star with more money than one knows what to do with! Korn frontman Jonathan Davis commissioned H.R. Giger to design a functional sculpture, a specially-designed, bio-mechanical mic stand cast in the shape of an exotic female.

Lee's (Useless) Super-Hero Generator.

Dick Laurent is dead.