June 13 2001 RussCon Report

Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
23 of us played 15 games. Welcome new folks Dudley, TimG, and my old SimTex cohort Rob (who introduced me to the wonderful game of go long ago; man, I need to play more go).
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Now playing: William Shakespeare's Memento.
Comicollage: daily ongoing comic jam with 7 artists and no planning ahead! There's a russ strip every Tuesday.


tanguy This Report is a little late since I went to Houston over the weekend. While there, I happened by chance to see an art exhibit showing 70 works by Yves Tanguy, a surrealist whose work I enjoyed years ago and haven't had much chance to see for years. By chance I saw a couple of his paintings at UT a few months ago, and now there's this big free exhibit at the Menil museum (thanks Whendy for spotting it). The Menil also has several famous Magritte paintings, and lots more cool art. I've been keeping an eye out for years for a book of Tanguy art with no luck until now, woohoo!

Game Results

Carcassonne5Clayton 4 Whendy 2 RussW 0 William -2 Ben -4
PrincesOfFlorence5DaveB 4 BobR 2 Rob 0 Whindy -2 Clay -4
Tayu2Dudley 1 PJ -1
WyattEarp4Daniel 3 Kara 1 Bob -1 TimGib -3
Zero5TimGib 4 Bob 2 Daniel 0 Brady -2 Kara -4
KuhHandel5Clayton 4 William 2 RussD 0 Dudley -2 PJ -4
StephensonsRocket4JonathanB 3 Ben 1 RussW -1 JonathanC -3
KingsNThings3JP 2 Marty -1 Jeffles -1
Dragon'sGold4Rob 3 Whindy 1 BobR -1 DaveB -3
6Nimmt5Daniel 4 TimGib 2 PJ 0 Whendy -2 Brady -4
Evo3Bob 2 Dudley 0 William -2
PrincesOfFlorence3DaveB 2 RussW 0 JonathanC -2
Carcassonne4JonathanB 3 PJ 1 JP -1 Bob -3
Bluff4PJ 3 William 0 JP 0 RussW -3
TallyHo2William 1 Dudley -1

carcassonneDamn, I broke my Carcasssonne winning streak. I've just lost the email game of Carcassonne I was playing also.

Sea Biscuit and I continue our reign of incompetence at Stephensons Rocket -- I always beat him, and we are both always beaten by whoever else plays, regardless of their experience level. In this case neither Squeaky nor Ben had played before (which earned them both meta points).

Last week was not the first Princes of Florence game at RussCon after all; thanks to Matt for pointing out it had been played once before, under its German title. Spiffy game. We played it 3 player, for the first time for all 3 of us, and it was quite different and enjoyable. E.g. it's much harder to get all the freedoms (hand-wavingly speaking, you have only a 2/3 chance to get each one instead of 4/5).

A reminder: please write and spell clearly when recording game results, and remember last initials for people with common names, thanks!

Meta Party Game Results

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

The metagame for next Wednesaday will be the most games played that you've never played before. Ties will be decided by a game of "Rock" (see Jeffles for rules).
By my reckoning, the scores were:
3: Dudley
2: Ben TimGib
1: Rob Whindy Clay Daniel Kara Bob Brady Clayton RussD PJ Squeaky JP Marty
Therefore Dudley is the Meta Devil and will email out next week's Meta Party Game! If he's on the mailing list... I'm not sure if he got on the list or whose friend he was. :)

Evening's Soundtrack

Hole, Doll Parts Live New Orleans Okt. '94
Ottmar Liebert, Nouveau Flamenco
The New World Renaissance Band, Live the Legend
Queen, News of the World
Star Wars: A New Hope

As Sea Biscuit observed, I need a new theme.


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 Clayton (2 games played)
 1.0000 JonathanB (2)
 0.6364 Daniel (3)
 0.4286 Rob (2)
 0.3333 DaveB (3)
 0.2727 TimGib (3)
 0.1429 BobR (2)
 0.1250 JP (3)
 0.0000 Bob (4)
 0.0000 Whendy (2)
 0.0000 RussD (1)
-0.0667 PJ (5)
-0.0714 William (5)
-0.1429 Whindy (2)
-0.2500 Dudley (4)
-0.3333 RussW (4)
-0.4286 Ben (2)
-0.4286 Kara (2)
-0.5000 Jeffles (1)
-0.5000 Marty (1)
-0.7500 Brady (2)
-1.0000 Clay (1)
-1.0000 JonathanC (2)

New Win ratings:
 1.0000 Clayton (2)
 1.0000 JonathanB (2)
 0.5556 DaveB (3)
 0.5455 Daniel (3)
 0.2857 Rob (2)
 0.1818 TimGib (3)
 0.0000 JP (3)
-0.0667 PJ (5)
-0.0833 Bob (4)
-0.2143 William (5)
-0.2500 Whendy (2)
-0.2500 RussD (1)
-0.2500 Dudley (4)
-0.2500 Brady (2)
-0.2500 Clay (1)
-0.2857 BobR (2)
-0.2857 Whindy (2)
-0.2857 Ben (2)
-0.2857 Kara (2)
-0.3333 RussW (4)
-0.4000 JonathanC (2)
-0.5000 Jeffles (1)
-0.5000 Marty (1)
Clayton and Squeaky are Co-Devils!


Boston Globe article about Alan Moon & Aaron Weissblum.

A Conversation With Samuel R. Delany, an interview by an Austin guy Jayme Lynn Blaschke. Delany was among the first of the sf authors I read as a teen, which no doubt seriously warped my outlook on sf. I also got to eat breakfast with Delany at an Austin con about 15 years ago.

Dave & Kate's wedding pics. Kate never comes to RussCon, but hey, she's still OK cause she plays boardgames.

Attila is apparently an early Billy Joel project!?

Cool picture of earth's artificial lights from space. No wonder astronomers hate city lights.


That's not a pipe, it's a space station!