November 28 2001 RussCon Report

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Evening's Soundtrack
14 of us played 16 games.
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Brrrr! The nasty weather kept our numbers lower this week. Kind of cool to have a weekly gaming group where 14 people is a small turnout!

Game Results

Tichu2( Dan Whendy ) 1 ( William Ben ) -1
FreightTrain3Daniel 2 JimG 0 Clayton -2
TajMahal5Matt 4 Jeffles 2 JP 0 RussW -2 Marty -4
Tichu2( BobK Ben ) 1 ( Marty William ) -1
Tichu2( BobK Ben ) 1 ( Marty William ) -1
Moods6JP 5 Matt 2 Dan 2 RussW -1 Jeffles -3 Whendy -5
Metro6JP 5 Whendy 3 Dan 1 Matt -1 Jeffles -3 RussW -5
Acquire3RussD 2 Daniel 0 JimG -2
CosmicCoasters2JP 1 RussW -1
CosmicCoasters2JP 1 RussW -1
CosmicCoasters2RussW 1 JP -1
ZirkusFlohcati4JimG 3 Jeffles 1 Daniel -1 RussD -3
Tichu2( Ben William ) 1 ( Marty JimG ) -1
Carcassonne5Matt 4 Dan 2 JP 0 RussW -2 Whendy -4
Tichu2( Ben BobK ) 1 ( Marty William ) -1
BlackBox2Dan 1 Matt -1

moodsDan brought a goofy fun party game called Moods which required players to act and emote, and to intuit what the other players were communicating. Sadly, it turns out Whendy needs to practice her social interaction skills, since she did worse than a bunch of gamer geek boys!

The mood cards turned out to be inspiring of much silliness later.

JP & I played several more games of Cosmic Coasters. We randomly picked powers and got Teleport Inhibitor vs Warning System again, and again that game took a long time, just like last week. Something about that combination... we played 2 more games with other combinations which didn't drag on. Fun little game! Thanks again Jeffles for donating it to RussCon!

Black Box is the classic old 2 player game where one player secretly places marks on a square grid and the other player fires into the grid from the outside and is told where his shot emerges (after possibly bouncing around). Jeffles passed it along to Matt, I think, and I would be up for playing it next week.

5 games of Tichu this week! Tichu has now made it into the RussCon Top Ten Games list: it's the 8th most played game now! This is quite impressive considering how these records go back almost 4 years, but Tichu has only been around at RussCon since July (when it was introduced by Dan's visiting cohort Richard).

A reminder: please write and spell clearly when recording game results, make the scores and ranks clear, and remember last initials for people with common names, thanks! (Thanks BobK for emailing me corrections on last week's data where BobR was entered twice in The Book instead of BobK.)

Meta Party Game

I was the Meta Devil. The Meta Game was simple, and inspired by our nasty cold front: predict when it would start raining/sleeting that night. Closest time wins.

Here were the entries:

 9:36:59 Jeffles
 9:37    RussW (who picked a time before Jeffles and Daniel did)
 9:37:01 Daniel
10:00:59 JP
10:01    Marty
10:11    Whendy
10:35    Clayton
11:00    JimG
12:59:01 Dan

As it turns out, we noticed the precipitous precipitation at 10:47 (by the official clock) which gave Clayton the win (he said 10:35). JimG was also close with 11:00. So Clayton is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Party Game.

Evening's Soundtrack

Talking Heads, Little Creatures
The Cult, Love
Sugar, File Under Easy Listening
Arc Angels, Arc Angels
Led Zeppelin, Presence

Thanks for the CDs, Harry!


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 BobK (3 games played)   
 0.6000 Ben (5)
 0.5238 JP (7)
 0.4375 Dan (5)
 0.4211 Matt (5)
 0.1429 Daniel (3)
 0.0000 JimG (4)
-0.1765 Jeffles (4)
-0.2000 RussD (2)
-0.3333 Whendy (4)
-0.5238 RussW (7)
-0.6000 William (5)
-1.0000 Clayton (1)
-1.0000 Marty (5)
New Win ratings:
 1.0000 BobK (3)
 0.6000 Ben (5)
 0.4286 JP (7)
 0.2632 Matt (5)
 0.2000 RussD (2)
 0.0000 Daniel (3)
 0.0000 JimG (4)
-0.0625 Dan (5)
-0.1333 Whendy (4)
-0.2353 Jeffles (4)
-0.2381 RussW (7)
-0.5000 Clayton (1)
-0.6000 William (5)
-0.6250 Marty (5)
BobK is the Devil! Ben is Vice-Devil. JP is Vice-Vice-Devil. Then Dan and Matt. Marty is the Generous Angel. JimG wins the coveted Extra Average Award!


Hikaru no Go is a popular Japanese comic about go!

All software engineers should peruse and enjoy How To Write Unmaintainable Code.

The Horrible Affliction Test -- find out what disease you are. I am rickets. Whendy is rabies. Heh.


hey, you didn't think i'd get through the whole report without mentioning carcassonne did you?