December 26 2001 RussCon Report

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Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
12 of us played 12 games. Low turnout due to the holidays of course!
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Devil Bunny says "Happy Birthday" to Marty!

Lots of interesting movies out lately. Some RussCon folks ended up seeing The Royal Tenenbaums which was quite good. Training Day (still at the discount theater) was an excellent cop film. In Houston over Xmas I saw "Endurance", a documentary about the Shackleton Antarctic expedition (which sadly left Austin after about a week) and it was quite compelling and amazing. Mulholland Drive (which I saw twice) has left as well, and sadly I missed The Man Who Wasn't There, darn it. Still need to see LOTR, which I shall very soon.

As emailed to the russcon list, there will be several New Year's Eve parties: Matt's hosting one, as are JeffS & Kevin. The RussCon Management wishes everyone a fun and safe New Year's Eve!

Game Results

Bluff6JP 5 RussW 3 JeffF 1 Whendy -1 Clayton -3 Steve -5
Carcassonne4Steve 3 JP 1 BradSmith -1 Clayton -3
StephensonsRocket4JonathanC 3 RussW 1 JeffF -1 Whendy -3
Cloud95William 4 JP 2 BradSmith 0 Steve -2 Clayton -4
ZirkusFlohcati5Clayton 4 Steve 2 JP 0 BradSmith -2 William -4
Caesar&Cleopatra2RussW 1 Fina -1
Vampire3William 2 RussW 0 Steve -2
Tichu2( JeffF PJ ) 1 ( Whendy JonathanC ) -1
Entdecker4Marty 3 JP 1 Fina -1 Clayton -3
QuoVadis5JonathanC 4 RussW 2 Clayton 0 JP -2 Whendy -4
Tichu2( William Steve ) 1 ( Marty JeffF ) -1
Carcassonne5JP 4 RussW 2 Clayton 0 Whendy -2 JonathanC -4

Lots of old favorites played tonight. Could it be unconscious retrospective nostalgia at this last RussCon of 2001? No, probably just coincidence.

And some recent games were played as well, e.g. I finally won Caesar & Cleopatra, by playing with Fina who'd never played before... Jeffles had beaten me handily twice a couple weeks ago. I had some good luck this game -- the votes came out at good times for me, unlike before when I kept drawing orgies when the influence favored me.

Meta Party Game

Clay was the Meta Devil. He didn't design a Meta Game, no doubt due to a holiday vacation.

We were uninspired to create a Meta Game on the fly, so the evening was non-Meta. I will create one for next year!

In fact, here it is, so you can plan ahead:

White Elephant Gift Exchange

I had never done a white elephant gift exchange until this year, when I got involved in two, and moderated both.

Since many of us probably got at least one less then optimal gift this holiday season, here's your chance to share the love and pass it on!

Players bring a wrapped unmarked gift. Around 9pm or so, we'll do the gift exchange. Each player will receive a random number from 1 to n. Then iterate:

Player i has the choice of stealing an unwrapped owned gift from some earlier player j<i, or taking a random wrapped unowned gift from the booty pile. Anyone who's been robbed can then take a random wrapped gift from the pile, or (more entertainingly) they can steal an unwrapped owned gift from anyone. Chain reactions of successive thefts are possible and good fun. A spiffy gift may well get stolen several times. No gift may be stolen more than 5 times. There is a simple ko rule: you cannot immediately steal back from the player who just stole from you.

The gift you bring doesn't have to be something you received over the holidays; it can be whatever. You could even buy something for the event if you're desperate. You are discouraged from bringing a complete garbage gift, because the Meta Devil is the player who brought the spiffiest gift -- which is of course the gift which was stolen the most times! In case of tie, there will be a vote among all present for which gift was spiffiest. To avoid any tainted appearance of conflict of interest and unseemly bribery and threats, try to keep donor identities anonymous until the Meta winning gift has been determined.

Our Most Assiduous Reader may notice that if the spiffiest gift happens to be unwrapped last from the pile, it will not get stolen at all, and so it will unjustly earn 0 meta points. If you want your gift unwrapped early, wrap it enticingly. Conversely, if you don't care about being Meta Devil and just want to get rid of some piece of crap, well, I think you're good to go.

Evening's Soundtrack

Celtic Tides, A Musical Odyssey
Celtic Carols
Sarah Brightman, Time To Say Goodbye
Lara St. John, Gypsy
Landmark Music Vol. 1, Alternative Music for the Independent Filmgoer

5 CDs I received as gifts recently from my gaming pal Dan, my brother Wyatt, my mom (x2), and my close personal friend Landmark Theatres.


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 PJ (1 game played)   
 0.5000 Marty (2)
 0.4737 RussW (6)
 0.4074 JP (7)
 0.2727 William (4)
 0.1667 JonathanC (4)
 0.0000 JeffF (4)
-0.1579 Steve (6)
-0.2727 BradSmith (3)
-0.3333 Clayton (7)
-0.5000 Fina (2)
-0.6471 Whendy (5)
New Win ratings:
 1.0000 PJ (1)
 0.5455 William (4)
 0.5000 Marty (2)
 0.4167 JonathanC (4)
 0.1481 JP (7)
 0.0000 Steve (6)
-0.0741 Clayton (7)
-0.2000 JeffF (4)
-0.2105 RussW (6)
-0.2727 BradSmith (3)
-0.2941 Whendy (5)
-0.5000 Fina (2)
PJ pulled a Brady Maneuver. William is the Devil! Marty is Vice-Devil. JP is Vice-Vice-Devil. I am Vice-Vice-Vice-Devil.


Cerebus Creator Dave Sim's Latest Tirade On Gender On-Line!. This is a bizarrely fascinating essay from Cerebus #265, reproduced online at The Comics Journal. Having read the first collection of Cerebus (thanks Jeffles!), I'm even more interested in its controversial and seemingly insane creator.

Speaking of odd characters, Bobby Fischer speaks out to applaud Trade Centre attacks.

News and movies of strange cool new squid species!

go congress 2001Kiseido Go Server (KGS) has a fun new feature. You can upload a picture of yourself (must be 141x200 jpg <7K in size) which will appear in your player info, and a small version appears next to your name on your game screen when you play. For now, I put up this lovely picture JP took of me at the Go Congress this year. I might change it if good sense prevails.

same time next year