April 24 2002 RussCon Report

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Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
24 of us played 21 games! What an unexpectedly large turnout!
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April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring lots of RussCon folks, including lots of long-lost people like Harry (who, rumors have it, is now a dad, and further rumors imply one might meet his unholy offspring next week), Kara, Fred, and the fairly-recently-married Tim & Sarah, plus new guy Anderson (who some of us know from go club). Woot!

In a further doomed attempt to drum up more interest in the current free silent film series, I point you to this Chronicle article.

Also, I will be in Houston this weekend, otherwise I would be all over the Fritz Lang film Destiny with live music by ST37 this Saturday night.

There are still DaveB games for sale and Jeffles sf mags free for the taking. Yo, Dave, you should include a price list in that box, or at least info on contacting you, as several folks were interested in the merchandise this week. Or better yet, come to RussCon.

Game Results

PowerpuffGirls4JP 3 William 0 Daniel 0 Ben -3
Kwa-Do6Fina 5 William 3 Ben 1 JP -2 Steve -2 Daniel -5
WebOfPower4Daniel 3 JP 1 Carly -1 Kara -3
Carcassonne5Kara 4 Fred 2 Whendy 0 MarkY -2 RussW -4
Kings+Castles4Harry 3 Dan 1 Tim -1 Marty -3
TajMahal5Marty 4 Dan 2 Tim 0 BobR -2 MarkH -4
Guillotine5JP 4 Whendy 2 Kara 0 Daniel -2 Clayton -4
ZirkusFlohcati5Daniel 4 Clayton 2 JP 0 Kara -2 Whendy -4
Carcassonne5Steve 4 RussW 2 Fina -1 BobR -1 Anderson -4
Guillotine5RussW 4 Anderson 2 Fred 0 Sarah -2 MarkY -4
WebOfPower4Daniel 3 JP 1 Carly -1 Kara -3
Tichu2( William Ben ) 1 ( MarkH Brady ) -1
Magic2JP 1 Daniel -1
ZirkusFlohcati5Carly 4 Anderson 2 MarkY 0 Marty -2 Fred -4
WebOfPower4Steve 3 RussW 1 RussD -1 BobR -3
Bluff6Zack 5 Anderson 3 Fred 1 Daniel -1 JP -3 Carly -5
Hearts5Ben 4 William 1 Harry 1 Dan -2 Brady -4
CosmicCoasters2RussW 1 JP -1
Magic2MarkY 1 Daniel -1
Can'tStop4William 3 JP 0 Daniel 0 MarkY -3
Bluff5JP 4 MarkY 2 RussW 0 William -2 Daniel -4

There were lots of games with flowers included Powerpuff Girls, Kwa-Do, Web of Power, Guillotine, Zirkus Flohcati, Magic, and probably others that weren't noticed or recorded!

It was strange to see Magic: The Gathering played at RussCon. In the 4-year history of RussCon, this seminal game has never actually been played, although some of the early pre-RussCon crowd (me, William, RussD, Evil Mike PhD, long-lost Evan, etc) used to play Magic all the time in the Old Days. (Marty was also part of that early crowd, though I don't remember ever playing Magic with Marty!)

The 5-player game of Hearts sounds fishy to me, but I guess it could be played 5-player.

JP & I had another long game of Cosmic Coasters: Teleport Inhibitor vs Early Warning System.

Meta Party Game

Whendy was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game she mailed out:
April showers bring May flowers.
Q: What do Mayflowers bring?
A: Pilgrims!

Since we're almost in the merry month of May, for the RussCon next Wednesday, April 24th, the meta game is: Flower Power. Players get one meta point for playing games with flowers in the design, flowers as part of the game play, in the names of game pieces, etc. That's one meta point per person per each time they play the game.

But there's more! Wear flowers in whatever fey or butch method you prefer, and you get 5 meta points for each individual article of flowered wear. So, break out those gaudy Hawaiian shirts you hardly get to put on anymore! Pin a corsage to your collar or strap a nosegay on your wrist! For each thing = +5 points.

Ties are broken by:
1. Whoever smells the sweetest, then
2. Most number of games played that night, then
3. Some random method of RussW's choosing.

dan measures daniel's margin of meta victoryThis game might have been somewhat tedious and contentious to score, but fortunately Daniel made the job easy. He indubitably earned way more meta points than anyone else, for wearing a real flower, plus flower stickers, flower rings on his toes, flower tattoos, flower clothes, Powerpuff Girls (Blossom and Buttercup) dangling at his waist, military ID card with flower crest, and god knows what else. Most impressive! Other flower-wearers were myself (with a sarong from Fiji), Whendy, Kara, Carly, Dan, Anderson, and probably others!

So Daniel is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Game. My insider sources tell me he already has one in mind.

Evening's Soundtrack

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The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Concrete Blonde, bloodletting
Hole, Live Through This
Pansy Division, Undressed
Yum Yum, Dan Loves Patti

Flowers, duh!


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 Zack (1 game played)    
 0.5714 Harry (2)
 0.4444 Fina (2)
 0.4167 Steve (3)
 0.3000 William (6)
 0.2308 Ben (4)
 0.2222 JP (11)
 0.2000 RussW (6)
 0.1765 Anderson (4)
 0.0909 Dan (3)
-0.0588 Fred (4)
-0.0909 Marty (3)
-0.1111 Daniel (11)
-0.1429 Tim (2)
-0.1667 Whendy (3)
-0.2000 Carly (4)
-0.2222 Kara (5)
-0.2500 Clayton (2)
-0.3000 MarkY (6)
-0.3333 RussD (1)
-0.5000 Sarah (1)
-0.5455 BobR (3)
-1.0000 Brady (2)
-1.0000 MarkH (2)
New Win ratings:
 1.0000 Zack (1)
 0.5000 Steve (3)
 0.4444 Fina (2)
 0.2857 Harry (2)
 0.2308 Ben (4)
 0.1818 Marty (3)
 0.1389 JP (11)
 0.0667 Carly (4)
 0.0556 Daniel (11)
 0.0500 RussW (6)
 0.0000 William (6)
 0.0000 Kara (5)
-0.2000 MarkY (6)
-0.2353 Anderson (4)
-0.2353 Fred (4)
-0.2500 Whendy (3)
-0.2500 Sarah (1)
-0.2500 Clayton (2)
-0.2727 Dan (3)
-0.2727 BobR (3)
-0.2857 Tim (2)
-0.3333 RussD (1)
-0.4000 Brady (2)
-0.4000 MarkH (2)

Zack only played 1 game, so pulled a Brady Maneuver. Steve is the Devil! Harry and Fina are Co-Vice-Devils. JP and Daniel share the Dedicated Award. Brady and MarkH are Generous Angels.


dan has flower powerRussCon sculptor extraordinaire Dan's latest project is Constructing a Roman Mile Fort in Resin. Clearly the flower power force is strong in this one.

Although I have made a conscious resolution to stick with 2D art for now, Dan's thick viscous resin and quivering molds keep tempting me to experiment with sculpting.

Eric Piotrowski's Art of Go is 3D rendered go art.

101 Zen stories

Wind, Pyramids & Obelisks: The use of wind in antiquarian construction.

Volkswagen gets 100km/liter!

Time Magazine's comic column TIME.comix.

Proud to be a furry.

Brunching Shuttlecock's Geek Hierarchy.

Chickenhead webcomic spoof.

The True Blue Roo Poo Company.

I'm not normally much into sports photography, but I'll make an exception for Christie Kerr kissing her LPGA trophy.

carly watches as daniel picks ... or is he only bluffing?