July 18 2001 RussCon Report


Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
22 of us played 18 games.

I feel like a dodo-head for forgetting to mention last week that in addition to Richard, we had another rare out-of-town once-a-year visitor, my old pal Randy, who lives in the middle east where he teaches college math to nubile young women. I don't know how I could forget that.

There will be NO RUSSCON JULY 25.

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There will be NO RUSSCON JULY 25. I'll be at the annual US Go Congress (The Best Week Of The Year). There will be RussCon As Usual on July 18. And Marty is hosting a Sans-RussCon on Wednesday July 25. To keep things simple, Devil and Meta Devil will be carried over to the following week, i.e. Marty's Sans-RussCon won't count for Devil & Meta Devil purposes.

Game Results

Tichu2( JeffF Clay ) 1 ( Dan Marty ) -1
Traumfabrik5Clayton 4 RussD 2 DaveB 0 RussW -2 Whendy -4
Exxtra4William 3 Clayton 1 Whendy -1 DaveB -3
Capital4Steve 3 Matt 1 Darin -1 Whindy -3
Carcassonne3Whindy 2 Steve 0 Clayton -2
StephensonsRocket4JonathanC 3 RussW 1 Ben -1 RussD -3
LostCities2Ben 1 JonathanC -1
LostCities2( Dan JeffF ) 1 ( PJ Marty ) -1
SanMarco4TimL 3 Bob 1 Allen -1 JP -3
WebOfPower4JeffF 3 Dan 1 Marty -1 PJ -3
WyattEarp4Darin 3 William 1 Matt -1 DaveB -3
Tichu2( JP Whindy ) 1 ( Steve Allen ) -1
BananaRepublic3Ben 2 PJ 0 JeffF -2
Metro4JonathanC 3 RussW 1 RussD -1 Dan -3
Evo3Bob 2 JonathanB 0 TimL -2
Carcassonne5Dan 4 RussW 2 JonathanC 0 Steve -2 RussD -4
WhatsThatOnMyHead5JeffF 4 JP 2 Allen 0 PJ -2 Ben -4
Bluff3Matt 2 JonathanB 0 William -2

Sorry this table was left out originally -- the RussCon management

carcassonneOh so close, but Dan pipped me by 2 points. We had a single city complete worth 46 points, which 3 people received (to the sadness of the other 2...)

Traumfabrik is interesting, but I've decided it's not one of Knizia's classics. Stephensons Rocket on the other hand is surely the greatest of all Knizia train games!

Good to play Metro again. We really enjoyed it. It's a track tile laying game well worth checking out.

A reminder: please write and spell clearly when recording game results, and remember last initials for people with common names, thanks! Please be clear about Jonathans, Wendys, and Tims.

Meta Party Game Results

JeffF was the Meta Devil again! Here is the game he mailed out:
Plays Well With Others II

At the end of each game players will vote (majority rule) for each player, whether they whined during the game. Each such person receives a black mark. The metadevil is chosen randomly from among all people with the fewest (presumably zero) black marks. You get to vote in the vote about you only if the game has an odd number of players. Anyone who whines about getting a black mark is taken out back and flogged.

Jeff, who doesn't see why you're attacking him, because Russ is clearly winning...

There were surprisingly few black marks. By my reckoning, Steve was the Big Whiner (with 2 black marks), and the tie among all the people with 0 black marks was randomly broken and made Sea Biscuit the Meta Party Devil! He has 2 weeks to design a meta game. I know it will be a good one.

Evening's Soundtrack

Bauhaus, The Sky's Gone Out
The Geraldine Fibbers, What part of Get Thee Gone don't you understand?
Go, music from the motion picture
Harvey Danger, Where have all the merrymakers gone?
U2, Who's gonna ride your Wild Horses

The merrymakers have all gone to the 2001 US Go Congress!


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 Clay (1 game played)
 0.6364 JeffF (5)
 0.6000 Bob (2)
 0.4545 JonathanC (4)
 0.3333 Darin (2)
 0.3333 Clayton (3)
 0.2500 William (3)
 0.2500 Matt (3)
 0.2000 TimL (2)
 0.1667 Dan (5)
 0.1429 RussW (4)
 0.0000 Whindy (3)
 0.0000 Steve (4)
 0.0000 JP (3)
 0.0000 JonathanB (2)
-0.2000 Ben (4)
-0.2500 Allen (3)
-0.4286 RussD (4)
-0.6000 DaveB (3)
-0.6000 PJ (4)
-0.6000 Marty (3)
-0.7143 Whendy (2)
New Win ratings:
 1.0000 Clay (1)
 0.7273 JeffF (5)
 0.4000 TimL (2)
 0.3636 JonathanC (4)
 0.3333 Darin (2)
 0.3333 Whindy (3)
 0.2222 Clayton (3)
 0.2000 Bob (2)
 0.1667 Dan (5)
 0.1250 William (3)
 0.1000 Ben (4)
 0.0000 Matt (3)
 0.0000 Steve (4)
-0.1250 JP (3)
-0.2857 RussW (4)
-0.2857 RussD (4)
-0.2857 Whendy (2)
-0.3000 DaveB (3)
-0.3750 Allen (3)
-0.4000 PJ (4)
-0.5000 JonathanB (2)
-0.6000 Marty (3)
Clay pulled a Brady Maneuver. JeffF is the Devil in 2 weeks! Sea Biscuit is Vice-Devil. Steve receives the very rare and coveted Extra Average Award!!!


Memento fans should check out this Salon article about Memento.

Tired of boring old search engines? Try Google's 4DV4NC3D 534RCh! This is so cool that Google actually has this page up.

Beliefnet has a list of religiously themed boardgames, including the ever-popular Redemption: City of Bondage.

Various odd animations at The Bran Flakes.

You can apparently use the following address to prevent the annoying X10 camera pop-under ads from appearing:
It seems to have worked for me, but no warranty is expressed or implied, offer not valid in all states, sorry Tennessee!

For some reason, a link to my comic Ko Fight Club currently appears as the #1 restaurant in the listings of the travel-tree.com Thailand page! Woohoo!

I need to play more go.