June 27 2001 RussCon Report


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Evening's Soundtrack
23 of us played 17 games. Yet more new folks.
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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.


There is RussCon As Usual this Wednesday July 4, though I'll guess that there will be smaller turnout than we've been seeing lately!

My house is becoming a sunglasses vortex lately. This week 2 pairs were left behind.

We have attracted more mysterious attentions from England:
qm qm
Who knew the Queen Mother was into comics and games?!

Game Results

6Nimmt8DaveB 7 BobR 5 RussW 3 TimL 1 Daniel -1 Brad -3 JP -5 Alex -7
ElGrande5Fred 4 Matt 2 MattF 0 JeffF -2 Dudley -4
MammaMia3Whindy 2 Matt 0 Allen -2
Carcassonne5Clayton 4 BobR 2 Brad 0 TimL -2 JP -4
ResPublica4JeffF 2 MattF 2 Dudley -1 Fred -3
Guillotine3Ben 2 Alex 0 RussD -2
Cosmic4Jeffles 3 Carly 1 JP -1 JonathanC -3
PrincesOfFlorence4DaveB 3 Daniel 1 Brady -1 RussW -3
WebOfPower3TimL 2 BobR 0 Brad -2
DasAmulet3DaveB 2 Brady 0 Daniel -2
DasAmulet3DaveB 2 Daniel 0 Brady -2
PowerpuffGirls4William 3 Daniel -1 Alex -1 Brad -1
WhatsThatOnMyHead6Carly 5 Jeffles 3 MattF 1 William -2 JeffF -2 Dudley -5
Aladdin'sDragons5Matt 4 Ben 2 RussD 0 Whindy -2 Allen -4
StephensonsRocket3RussW 2 JP 0 JonathanC -2
MammaMia4Jeffles 3 JeffF 1 DaveB -1 Carly -3
Carcassonne4William 3 JP 1 TimL -1 RussW -3

Princes of Florence... God I suck more and more at this game. Dave almost lapped me. Yet I keep coming back for more. Got to play it with 4 players finally.

The Powerpuff Girls game returned. It seems inevitable that Williams would win such a cute game.

I redeemed myself in Stephensons Rocket. This game plays out differently every time, and tonight's was especially weird. The rail lines mostly went along the coast -- several central cities were never reached! At the end of the game, among the 3 of us there were a total of 5 tokens, and 2 of those were passengers! Really weird.

carcassonneYet another Carcassonne loss? This game sucks! I'll never play it again, I swear!

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

JP was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Game he emailed out:
On Wed, 27 Jun 2001, David Brandt wrote:

> Bruno Faidutti is running a contest. He posted pictures of dragons from
> various games and whoever can guess from what games the dragons come is the
> winner. The winner gets a copy of Drakon or dragon's Gold.
> http://faidutti.free.fr/jeux/concours/concours.html

Right! That'll be the meta game for tonight. It's much better than the other lame ones I was thinking of.

I think I'll go really meta with this one.

First of all, it's cooperative. We are all trying to get the best score for RussCon that we can.

This Meta Game will end when we submit our guesses and get our result. This means that it may span more than one week. If this is the case, we may or may not have additional meta games in the interim weeks. I'll leave that up to group consensus. We must make our submission by June 31, so it seems fairly likely we will be able to complete in one week.

I will make a list of 43 names of RussCon attendees, numbered 0-42. The person who's name corresponds to the number of dragons that we guess correctly wins the meta-game. I have not yet decided when I will reveal this list. A person's name may appear more than once, but my name will appear at most once.

If someone could print a color copy of the list of Dragon's, and bring it to RussCon tonight, I would be eternally grateful. The first person to bring such a list will get to pick a number in the list of winner names, and take that position away from whoever previously had it. Or they can choose to give away all of their positions in the list to a person of their choosing.

Sorry for the late notice on this...

Brady brought color printouts. JP deputized Dave to compile the list of answers and email. Dave later wrote the list:
Here is the current list:

(* means guess)

1. Mu
3. Wyvern aka Dragonhunt
4. Aladdin's Dragons
5. Divine right
6. King of the Elves
8. Diskwar *
9. Magic the Gathering
10. Groo
11. Titan: The Arena
12. Elfenland
14. Dragon's Gold
19. Tichu *
24. Samurai *
25. Drakon
26. Dragon Dice *
27. Citadels aka Ohne Furcht und Adel
30. Wizard's Quest
31. Dragon Delta
35. Dragonmaster
37. Mertwig's Maze
38. Dungeons and Dragons
41. Warlock of Firetop Mountain
42. Titan

That's 19 solid answers and 4 guesses.

Looking at Bruno's site, we guessed incorrectly on:
  • #12 "Elfenroads (and not Elfenland, the pics are not exactly the same)"
  • #19 "Gang of Four (A very good asshole/Great Dalmuti variant, that will enter my ideal game library one of these days. Sorry, this dragon didn't come from Tichu.)"
  • #26 "Tchang (obscure belgian cooperative game)"
Therefore we apparently got 20 correct. JP needs to match this to his secret list and tell us who the Meta Devil is.

Evening's Soundtrack

Altan, Harvest Storm
Clandestine, The Ale is Dear
Clandestine, The Haunting
Clandestine, To Anybody At All
Jen Hamel, Fine Small Storm

In celebration of the Clandestine concert, which of course turned out to be good fun. The latest CD which they recorded live wasn't quite ready yet, alas.


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 Clayton (1 game played)
 0.8182 Jeffles (3)
 0.7647 DaveB (5)
 0.6667 Ben (2)
 0.6000 Matt (3)
 0.5385 BobR (3)
 0.3636 William (3)
 0.2727 Carly (3)
 0.2500 MattF (3)
 0.1429 Fred (2)
 0.0000 Whindy (2)
 0.0000 TimL (4)
-0.0667 JeffF (4)
-0.0667 RussW (4)
-0.1765 Daniel (5)
-0.3333 RussD (2)
-0.3750 Brad (4)
-0.4286 Brady (3)
-0.4737 JP (5)
-0.6667 Alex (3)
-0.8333 Dudley (3)
-1.0000 Allen (2)
-1.0000 JonathanC (2)

New Win ratings:
 1.0000 Clayton (1)
 0.7647 DaveB (5)
 0.4545 Jeffles (3)
 0.4545 William (3)
 0.2857 Fred (2)
 0.2727 Carly (3)
 0.2000 Matt (3)
 0.1667 Ben (2)
 0.1667 Whindy (2)
 0.0000 MattF (3)
-0.0625 TimL (4)
-0.0667 JeffF (4)
-0.0667 RussW (4)
-0.2308 BobR (3)
-0.2500 Brad (4)
-0.2500 Alex (3)
-0.2632 JP (5)
-0.2941 Daniel (5)
-0.3333 RussD (2)
-0.3333 Dudley (3)
-0.3333 Allen (2)
-0.4000 JonathanC (2)
-0.4286 Brady (3)
Clayton pulled a Brady Maneuver. You must play more than 1 game to be eligible as Devil, so DaveB is the Devil! Jeffles is Vice-Devil. Matt and William are Co-Vice-Vice-Devils.


The big news is Carcassonne won the Spiel des Jahres 2001!

News of my old employer Kinesoft who recently closed shop: MageLords, Crimson Order up in the air: Developer Kinesoft hopes to sell the game projects to another company.

Star Wars Matrix Spoof at ifilm is wacky, and in Polish.

Foxhole and PoW built radios: history and construction.

The Amish Satellite Menace.

Why did Hemingway's chicken cross the road?
To die. Alone. In the rain.