April 17 2002 RussCon Report


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Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
14 of us played 12 games.
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Comicollage: daily ongoing comic jam with 7 artists and no planning ahead! There's a russ strip every Tuesday.
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clara bow has it It was a fun movie; there will be 4 more free Tuesday silent films at the Alamo Drafthouse, and the fact that this series conflicts with go club is very annoying because I love silent films with live original scores. I expect I'll attend most of these 5 films. Graham Reynolds of Golden Arm Trio has composed original scores for each one in the series.

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

Game Results

Hoax7Dan 6 William -1 BobR -1 RussW -1 Whendy -1 Ben -1 MarkH -1
Guillotine3RussW 2 BobR -1 Whendy -1
Carcassonne4JP 3 Daniel 1 Clayton -1 MarkY -3
Carcassonne3Whendy 2 RussW 0 BobR -2
Frank'sZoo3MarkY 2 JimG 0 Clayton -2
Tichu2( Ben William ) 1 ( Dan MarkH ) -1
Entdecker3BobR 2 Whendy 0 RussW -2
PigPile6MarkY 5 MarkH 3 William 1 Ben -1 JimG -3 Dan -5
Tichu2( William Ben ) 1 ( JimG MarkY ) -1
Tichu2( William MarkY ) 1 ( JimG Ben ) -1
LaCitta4Daniel 3 Matt 1 RussD -1 JP -3
Bluff6Daniel 5 RussW 2 MarkY 2 William -1 JP -3 Matt -5

Games with taxes included Hoax ("as the king, I declare a tax") and Guillotine (tax collector).

Whendy learned a valuable lesson about never giving up, convinced as she was that she was going to lose Carcassonne hideously (and then won), and lose Entdecker hideously (and then came in 2nd just a few points behind BobR).

Due to the low turnout, and choice of playing some long games (La Citta and Pig Pile), I ended up at loose ends for 2 hours, which was rather unusual... well, it gave me a head start on writing this week's RussCon Report, interrupted only by William surreally calling me downstairs to ask if I remembered the flash cartoon about the cow and the farmer, to which I said yes, and apparently that was all, so I came back up to type more of the report, rather bemused that I'd needed to be called downstairs just for that.

hall of shameA 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! Oh, and it's useful to record the devil points also, in the case of this Cloud 9 game, which you won't see in the results table above for obvious reasons.

Meta Party Game

I was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game I mailed out:
Earn a Meta Point each time you play a game that includes taxes! E.g. Monopoly. And I'm sure there are others, though I'm having a tough time thinking of any offhand -- if you have a game with taxes, bring it!

Ties broken by number of distinct titles played.

Earn 0.5 Meta Point for giving me a note with your name and the Evening's Soundtrack theme.

Our Most Assiduous Readers Clay pointed out Hoax and Careers; RussD pointed out Kings + Castles; Squeaky pointed out Dune; JeffS pointed out The Great Dalmuti; Sea Biscuit pointed out Fluxx, Groo, and Cosmic Encounter. In fact we only played Hoax and Guillotine (which has a tax collector!)

By my reckoning, here are the scores:


Whendy, BobR, and I tied, so breaking the tie randomly with my special Meta Game tie-breaking die from my original edition of TSR's Dungeon, I find that Whendy is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Party Game!

Evening's Soundtrack

what is it The Cranberries, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
The Flaming Lips, Hear It Is + The Flaming Lips
Hole, Ask For It
Nine Inch Nails, Down In It
Sleeper, The It Girl

What is It?


Rank ratings:
 0.8182 Daniel (3 games played)   
 0.3529 MarkY (6)
 0.1053 William (6)
 0.0833 MarkH (3)
 0.0588 RussW (5)
 0.0000 Dan (3)
 0.0000 Whendy (4)
-0.0714 Ben (5)
-0.1667 BobR (4)
-0.2727 JP (3)
-0.3333 RussD (1)
-0.5000 Matt (2)
-0.5556 JimG (4)
-0.6000 Clayton (2)
New Win ratings:
 0.6364 Daniel (3)
 0.3333 Dan (3)
 0.2941 MarkY (6)
 0.0909 JP (3)
 0.0000 William (6)
-0.0714 Ben (5)
-0.0833 Whendy (4)
-0.0833 BobR (4)
-0.1176 RussW (5)
-0.2500 MarkH (3)
-0.2500 Matt (2)
-0.3333 RussD (1)
-0.4000 Clayton (2)
-0.4444 JimG (4)

Daniel is the Devil! MarkY is Vice-Devil. Dan is Vice-Vice-Devil.


IEEE web page has go on it!

Snopes Urban Legend page debunks myths about Clara Bow.

Review of Captain Britain, a cool sounding Alan Moore comic I've not yet seen.

Rustboy documents the making of a short animated film.

Who Would Buy That? Auction oddities from all over the web.

It would appear RussCon's own MarkH is involved with the IBM Linux Omni printer driver.

it is it it is it