April 10 2002 RussCon Report

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Evening's Soundtrack
14 of us played 14 games.
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I'll be attending some of the free silent films at Alamo Drafthouse for the next 5 Tuesdays; they have original scores played by Graham Reynolds of Golden Arm Trio. The first one is "It" with Clara Bow on April 16; I'll be at the 9:30 show. Austin Chronicle has an article about it called Women, Scene but Not Heard.

JP & I were among the Austin contingent that went to the 10th annual Houston spring go tournament. A good time was had by all, even if it did delay the writing of this RussCon Report!

There are still DaveB games for sale and Jeffles sf mags free for the taking.

Game Results

Can'tStop4William 3 Ben -1 DaveB -1 Whendy -1
Euphrates3Marty 2 Matt 0 JP -2
Carcassonne5Dan 4 RussW 2 Steve 0 Daniel -2 Clayton -4
Cartagena3MarkY 2 RussD -1 Clayton -1
WasSticht4William 3 Ben 1 Whendy -1 DaveB -3
6Nimmt6Matt 5 JP 3 Marty 1 RussD -1 MarkY -3 Clayton -5
Credo4Dan 3 Daniel 1 Steve -1 RussW -3
WebOfPower4Daniel 3 Dan 0 Steve 0 RussW -3
AufHellerUndPfennig4MarkY 3 RussD 1 DaveB -1 Marty -3
Guillotine5RussW 4 Marty 2 Daniel 0 MarkY -2 Steve -4
Tichu2( William JP ) 1 ( Matt Ben ) -1
Bluff4Steve 3 Daniel 0 Marty 0 MarkY -3
Cathedral2Dan 1 RussW -1
Cathedral2RussW 1 Daniel -1

Games with religion aren't hard to find, but no one played a game with science. Euphrat and Tigris has ancient Mesopotamian religions. Carcassonne has cloisters. Web of Power has abbeys. Auf Heller und Pfennig has priests; so does Guillotine (and the bad nun!)

Cathedral is a nice 2 player pure strategy game I think of as "Go Lite". It's a placement game that has a rule for capturing, and you want to control more territory... vaguely like go. I play it off and on over the years and recommend it.

Credo is a strange card game from Chaosium, who also brought us Arkham Horror (which would also have earned a religious metapoint). Credo is a historical simulation of the early Christian church and the voting of the Nicean Creed. Simultaneously a serious simulation and a wacky spoof, it's an oddly enjoyable game which is terribly hurt by its godawful vague ambiguous rules which make Arkham Horror look like a model of clarity. The game takes too long to play, and that's mostly the fault of looking stuff up and trying to decide what they meant. What is it with Chaosium and poorly written boardgame rules?

Meta Party Game

Sea Biscuit was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game he mailed out:
This week's metagame is Choose Your Side -- as played on car bumpers everywhere! For every game you play, you earn +1 point if that game involves science (e.g. evolution in Evo, technological research in Andromeda), and -1 point if that game involves religion (e.g. cloisters in Carcassone, gods in Ra).

"Involves" here indicates inclusion in some way that is important to gameplay; purely thematic elements (e.g. board art) don't count. Sea Biscuit, or in his absence RussW, will make the final decisions about the value of each game. Please record the value next to the game's name in The Book to aid us in scoring.

The winner is the person whose score has the highest absolute value. In the event of a tie, the player who played the *fewest* games wins (because she must have fewer +1/-1 pairs cancelling each other). Further ties will be broken randomly.

By my reckoning, here are the scores:


Thus I am the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Party Game.

Evening's Soundtrack

Go, Music from the motion picture
Grasshopper and the Golden Crickets, The orbit of eternal grace
Green Day, Kerplunk
Grieg, Peer Gynt
Gwenmars, Driving a Million

Gee whiz.


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 William (3 games played)
 0.7273 Dan (4)
 0.5000 Matt (3)
 0.2500 JP (3)
 0.1176 Marty (5)
 0.0556 Daniel (6)
 0.0000 RussW (6)
-0.1000 RussD (3)
-0.1176 Steve (5)
-0.1429 Ben (3)
-0.1765 MarkY (5)
-0.3333 Whendy (2)
-0.5556 DaveB (3)
-0.9091 Clayton (3)
New Win ratings:
 1.0000 William (3)
 0.6364 Dan (4)
 0.3750 Matt (3)
 0.1176 MarkY (5)
 0.0625 RussW (6)
-0.0588 Steve (5)
-0.1111 Daniel (6)
-0.1176 Marty (5)
-0.1250 JP (3)
-0.2727 Clayton (3)
-0.3000 RussD (3)
-0.3333 DaveB (3)
-0.3333 Whendy (2)
-0.4286 Ben (3)
William is the Devil! Dan is Vice-Devil. Matt is Vice-Vice-Devil. Daniel and I are Co-Vice-Vice-Vice-Devils.


Hashcash is a proposal for a technical solution to the spam problem.

Wood That Works: Kinetic Sculpture by David C. Roy

Dictator Trading Cards

Comics fans might enjoy the music of James Kochalka Superstar.

Women, Scene but Not Heard (Austin Chronicle article about silent film series with Graham Reynolds music).

Blake Haber's page has a cool Santa Barbara panoramic photocollage scene and a go-related webcomic.

Gas-Fired Incinerating Toilets

she blinded me with science