April 25 2001 RussCon Report

Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
11 of us played 15 games. An unusually low turnout; by 7:25 there were only 6 of us. Perhaps people hated this week's Meta Party Game, or perhaps they were sad that Dan has gone to England.
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Such a low turnout... Dan's in England, Wendy was doing a reading at Book People, ...

It's weird being back in school (with my printmaking class) as we have just 2 classes left as I type, and the last class doesn't count because we'll spend it cleaning up the lab instead of printing. One wonders if there will be a high absentee rate that day.

In my copious spare time I've been reading the hardback collections of the first issues of Alan Moore's latest projects: Tom Strong, Top 10, and Promethea. Good stuff. I think I've enjoyed Tom Strong the best.

A mysterious package has arrived from NYC... watch the meta email for more info.

Game Results

Nuba2Marty 1 Kara -1
Evo5Daniel 4 RussW 2 Clayton 0 JP -2 Jeffles -4
Raj3JP 2 RussW 0 Jeffles -2
Scrabble2RussW 1 Jeffles -1
WebOfPower3Jeffles 2 JP 0 RussW -2
Cartagena3Daniel 2 Carly 0 Clayton -2
UndTschuess6Jeffles 5 Daniel 3 RussW 1 JP -1 Carly -3 Clayton -5
6Nimmt4JP 3 Clayton 1 Carly -1 Daniel -3
Zero4Daniel 3 Carly 1 Clayton -1 JP -3
FreightTrain5PJ 4 Bob 2 Allen 0 Kara -2 Marty -4
MembersOnly4JP 3 Carly 1 RussW -1 Jeffles -3
Money4Marty 3 Bob 1 Allen -1 PJ -3
Nuba2Jeffles 1 Marty -1
Nuba2Marty 1 Jeffles -1
Carcassonne4RussW 3 PJ 1 JP -1 Allen -3

Marty has some new 2 player game Nuba, about which I know nothing, but games that started with N were very rare, so this is good.

I got to play the new evolutionary game Evo. It was fairly fun. Not sure how much I like it; may have to try again.

Jeffles and I were neck and neck in the Meta Game, so we had to play a word game to get ahead; cleverly, we played Scrabble against each other. Neither of us ever used all 7 letters. This was actually the first time Scrabble was played at RussCon. I play with my mom whenever I visit Houston, though.

carcassonneAgain I proved myself to be the Montressor of Carcassonne! Hey, in case you haven't heard, this is one of my favorite games lately. Along with Web of Power, which for some reason I came in last in tonight.

Meta Party Game Results

Clay was the Meta Party Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game he emailed out:


As all mages who are worth their salt can tell you, words have power. Names have power. They that have the knowledge of the true names of objects and people hold ultimate power over them.

For this MetaGame, I ask you all to exercise the power of one's own name to wield power over the various battles of skill that take place over the gaming table.

Or some such shit like that.

The goal of this game is to "cover" the first and last letters of one's own name by playing games whose first and last letters, it is to be hoped, match letters taken from your name. Example: as my name is

Clay Colwell,
^  ^ ^     ^
I need to cover 2 Cs, a Y, and an L.


Each player will have 4 letters to cover -- 2 from the first name and 2 from the last name. For those who go by various nicknames and whatnot, the letters to be used will be the first-name that said person is best known by within the RussCon circle. (Dare I posit that Jeffles would need to cover a J and an S, as opposed to a J and an F?).

Duplicate letters must be separately covered (ergo, I would need 2 Cs taken from games played to cover my name. If a game were called "Critic", that would suffice, as would 2 games of "Carcassone").


The game's name will be taken from whatever name is given on the box or container. For games with multiple words in the title, the two letters that can be used from it will be the first letter of the first word and the last letter of the last word (so "Hare and Tortoise" provides an H and an E). Games with a single word in the title will provide the first and last letters of that word (so "Zero" provides a Z and an O, and "Mu" provides an M and a U). Diacritical marks will be ignored. Non-alphabetical characters will be ignored (so if the game title is a number, then the players are SOL wrt the Meta Game). In the highly unlikely event that someone brings a game with a single letter, then that game will provide 2 of that letter.

If one plays the same game more than once, it will provide letters for each play (so 2 games of Carcassone will provide 2 Cs and 2 Es).


The person who covers all 4 letters of the person's name endpoints is the next Meta Devil. If no one has covered all 4, then whoever covers the most letters of their name endpoints is the next Meta Devil.

If two or more people tie for the honor, the person who has played the most games that involve the creation of words from a set of letters (like "Boggle" or "Scrabble") will be the next Meta Devil. If there is still a tie, then I shall break the tie via random selection.


I cannot attend this week RussCon, as I am taking my hubby out for his birthday dinner (he's turned 13 * 3, or 21 base 19). I would dearly appreciate someone collating the appropriate Meta Devil information for me. If no one can do this, then I must cede the Meta Devil game to another.
Jeffles and I covered all our mystic runes, um, letters, and also were the only ones to play a word game. So we randomly broke the tie as prescribed, and I was victorious. I shall email out next week's Meta Party Game.

Evening's Soundtrack

Acceleradeck, Addict
Black 47, Trouble in the Land
A Flavor of India
Gwenmars, Driving a Million
Nine Inch Nails, Things Falling Apart

Recent acquisitions from my reemployment phase. AKA emergency backup musical theme.


Rank ratings:
 0.5294 Daniel (5)
 0.4286 Bob (2)
 0.2000 PJ (3)
 0.2000 RussW (7)
 0.0400 JP (8)
 0.0000 Marty (5)
-0.1250 Carly (5)
-0.1579 Jeffles (8)
-0.4000 Allen (3)
-0.4118 Clayton (5)
-0.6000 Kara (2)

New Win ratings:
 0.4118 Daniel (5)
 0.3000 Marty (5)
 0.2000 PJ (3)
 0.1579 Jeffles (8)
 0.1200 JP (8)
-0.0500 RussW (7)
-0.2857 Bob (2)
-0.2941 Clayton (5)
-0.3000 Allen (3)
-0.3125 Carly (5)
-0.4000 Kara (2)
Daniel is again the Devil! Marty is Vice-Devil; PJ is Vice-Vice-Devil, then Bob. Kara wins the Generous Angel Award.


Java Settlers of Catan.

Stick figure kung fu animation.

Meine Kleine Draw Toy by Ze is a paint program with a twist.

How Philip K. Dick betrayed his academic admirers to the FBI.

I've been visiting iFilm a lot lately; they have lots of short films, trailers, etc., including the first 8 minutes of Memento...

I also watched a short car chase film Ambush which is sort of a BMW commercial but directed by John Frankenheimer (Ronin) and stars Clive Owen (Croupier) and Tomas Milian (whom, by very odd coincidence, some of us just saw in The Big Gundown, a 1960s spaghetti western at Alamo Drafthouse).

I am the Alpha and the Omega; no wait, I'm just the Alpha tester.