NewsMarty and Jeffles were off to the Gathering of Friends this week! One assumes they'll have lots of stories to tell when they get back. There are disturbing rumors Dan will be out of the country for a while after this coming RussCon.
|Knights||6||Kara 5 BobR 0 Daniel 0 Clayton 0 Clay 0 Brady -5|
|ChallengeYahtzee||4||Tim 3 Dan 1 RussW -1 JeffF -3|
|Tayu||2||RussD 1 Brady -1|
|Andromeda||4||Brady 3 RussD 1 BobR -1 Daniel -3|
|Bluff||5||WendyWhe 4 Clayton 1 PJ 1 Steve -2 JonathanB -4|
|6Nimmt||4||Dan 3 JonathanB 1 Tim -1 Allen -3|
|TitanArena||5||WendyWhe 4 Clay 2 Daniel 0 Kara -3 BobR -3|
|ResPublica||3||Allen 2 PJ 0 JonathanB -2|
|DragonDelta||3||Allen 2 JonathanB 0 PJ -2|
|Carcassonne||4||WendyWhe 3 Clay 1 Steve -1 Clayton -3|
|Metro||6||JeffF 5 Tim 2 WendyWhi 2 RussW -1 Bob -3 Dan -5|
|Dragon'sGold||4||RussW 3 Tim 0 Dan 0 Bob -3|
|Vampire||3||Clayton 1 Carly 1 JP -2|
|Carcassonne||5||BobR 4 RussW 2 Bob 0 RussD -2 Brady -4|
|Instinct||3||JonathanB 2 Allen 0 RussW -2|
|Settlers||4||JP 3 JeffF 0 WendyWhi 0 Carly -3|
|Can'tStop||3||Carly 2 JP 0 PJ -2|
|Brawl||2||JP 1 PJ -1|
|Brawl||2||JP 1 PJ -1|
JeffF brought a rare and dearly purchased (25 cents) copy of Challenge Yahtzee. It's sort of like bingo or duplicate bridge or Take It Easy since we all work from the same rolls (but we individually choose which dice to keep or reroll). I hadn't played any form of yahtzee for years. It was kind of fun!
Dan brought several new games including Metro, which is vaguely like Streetcar, but with no race at the end, and you're trying to build long not short routes.
Dragon's Gold was extremely reminiscent of Orcz, I thought, so much so that I hypothesize there was some influence one way or the other. It was quite enjoyable, but took us a long time to complete, so we had to take not one but two score snapshots, which was an amusing annoyance since scores are secret, and one can't compute one's score without knowing the other players' scores, so we had to record "I have 3 greens" and then after the game was over compare notes. This of course is not a problem with Dragon's Gold, just an amusing consequence of the Meta Game. It uses a minute timer after each battle: the participants have just one minute to negotiate distribution of the spoils. And we weren't using the advanced rules (with special effects cards). I don't know why it took us so long.
God bless Carcassonne, it's a RussCon treasure.
Another oldie but goodie was played: Instinct is essentially a rather bland vanilla seeming trick-taking card game, but I quite enjoy it, perhaps because it's so simple (my puny mind can't handle weird trick-taking games like Mu). Plus it has the cool art, like skulls! You bid exactly how many tricks you'll take in a hand; if you take fewer or more, you earn no points. One odd thing: this game took almost 2 hours to finish. Squeaky reached 95 points after a few hands, but then it took him another hour to make a contract and finally pass 100 to win!
Meta Party Game Results
Brady was the Meta Party Devil. Mailing list subscribers will be aware of his initial proposal which was the most controversial meta game in all history, since it changed the rules of the "real" games being played. This spawned an unusually lengthy and interesting email thread. Since there was some strong resistance to this meta game, here is the replacement Meta Party Game Brady emailed out:
"Devil Take The Hindmost" is dead.This proved to be a good and clever meta game. Since that lazy bastard Brady snuck off, trained RussCon technicians were obliged to compute the winner. And the award goes to BobR! BobR is the Meta Devil and will email out the next Meta Party Game!
After careful pondering, I'll state officially that after the controversy of "Devil take the hindmost", future meta games will not introduce new rules into "real" games. (As always, the meta game might cause players to play differently in a real game, but they shouldn't alter the rules of the real games.)
This evening's soundtrack has been rated PG.
Rank ratings: 1.0000 WendyWhe (3 games played) 0.3333 JP (5) 0.2857 Tim (4) 0.2500 Clay (3) 0.2500 WendyWhi (2) 0.2222 Kara (2) 0.1818 JeffF (3) 0.1111 Allen (4) 0.0588 RussW (5) 0.0000 Carly (3) 0.0000 BobR (4) 0.0000 RussD (3) -0.0714 Dan (4) -0.0714 Clayton (4) -0.2308 JonathanB (5) -0.2500 Daniel (3) -0.4167 PJ (6) -0.4286 Steve (2) -0.5000 Bob (3) -0.5385 Brady (4) New Win ratings: 1.0000 WendyWhe (3) 0.4444 Kara (2) 0.2857 Carly (3)x 0.2727 JeffF (3)x 0.2222 JP (5) 0.2222 Allen (4) 0.0625 BobR (4) 0.0000 Tim (4) 0.0000 Dan (4) 0.0000 Brady (4) -0.0588 RussW (5) -0.1250 RussD (3) -0.1429 Clayton (4) -0.1538 JonathanB (5) -0.2500 Clay (3) -0.2500 WendyWhi (2) -0.2500 Daniel (3) -0.2500 Bob (3) -0.2857 Steve (2) -0.5000 PJ (6)WendyWhe played and won 3 games and is the Devil! JP is Vice-Devil.