May 1 2002 RussCon Report

harry holds his thomas john during stephensons rocket... and note the stylin' hats!

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Evening's Soundtrack
25 of us played 16 games! Another unexpectedly large turnout!
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harry displays his thomas john with becky russcon power totems Another large turnout, with several new folks: Daniel brought Carolina Tim & Sarah brought Usman; Harry brought his wife Becky and their new son Thomas John (the latter did not actually play any games, precocious lad though he may be).

And yeah, if you're like me, you're wondering about that baby name; Harry swears he had never heard the English slang "John Thomas" before.

Plus Daniel & Carolina generously supplied everyone with RussCon ballcaps! 25 people all wearing matching RussCon ballcaps... we have taken geekdom to the next level! Woohoo!

I went to Clandestine Sunday May 5 with Whendy, Clayton, RussD, and Matt -- a good show, but they officially announced they're going to stop touring at the end of this year. That's a real bummer.

Meanwhile there are 2 more free Tuesday night silent films at Alamo Drafthouse. And The Cat's Meow is a nifty current movie (set in the era of silent films).

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

Carcassonne4Clayton 2 RussW 2 JonathanC -1 Fred -3
Tichu2( MarkH Dan ) 1 ( Ben William ) -1
Andromeda5JP 4 BobR 2 MarkY 0 Steve -2 Marty -4
6Nimmt7Tim 6 JimG 4 Matt 2 Sarah 0 Carolina -2 Usman -4 Daniel -6
ZirkusFlohcati6RussD 4 MarkY 4 Steve 1 JP -2 Marty -2 BobR -5
UndTschuess6MarkY 5 Steve 3 JP 1 BobR -1 RussD -3 Marty -5
Tightrope5MarkH 4 William 0 Ben 0 PJ 0 Dan -4
StephensonsRocket4JimG 3 Harry 1 JonathanC -1 RussW -3
Cathedral2RussW 1 JonathanC -1
Cathedral2RussW 1 JonathanC -1
Settlers4Matt 3 Fred 1 Carly -1 Becky -3
Wizard6Ben 5 Matt 3 PJ 1 Dan -1 JimG -3 William -5
Can'tStop3RussW 2 Matt 0 JonathanC -2
Titicaca5MarkY 4 Steve 2 Marty 0 JP -2 RussD -4
Tichu2( Ben William ) 1 ( Dan JimG ) -1
Bluff6Steve 5 MarkY 3 PJ 1 JP -1 RussW -3 Matt -5

Sea Biscuit and I ended up losing to 2 newbies in Stephensons Rocket again. We were kicking butt till we foolishly let the railroad we controlled get taken over by one of their piddly railroads. Cool game! So I punished Sea Biscuit by beating him up at Cathedral.

Titicaca looks cool to me and I want to try it, but my insider sources tell me RussD hates the game and would rather jam hot pokers into his eyes than play it again. It has no chance, but it does have simultaneous revealed bids (which some might argue are luck-ish) and a minor bit of hidden information (in that each player has 2 counters they may play during the game, one with 1 and one with 2 points on it; the other players don't get to see which of your 2 counters you played). The drawback to the game is it has some very strange mechanics and scoring systems, but it still looks neat to me.

Meta Party Game

Daniel was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game he mailed out:
24 players last week! How could this happen?!? More importantly how did YOU contribute *raised eyebrow*? This week all people can be META, even those unable to attend. Here is how you score.

Fill out a piece of paper list at the top your name.

Then underneath that list all of the people that you have brought or gave an invitation to that lead them to attending RUSSCON. In addition, if you know someone you brought brought someone else, list that person under their name. Then put the person that invited you, if you are an original member or if you were a stray that just wandered in.


every person you have brought to Russcon scores you 2 points.

every person that someone you brought has introduced to Russcon scores you 1 point.

+1 point for each person that brought you, or that you brought that is at RUSSCON this week. (the strength of your branch)

+3 points if you are an original RUSSCONer (RussW, Ken, Evan, RussD) or managed to find your way to RUSSCON without an invite from someone who has attended.

+3 points if you bring a new person this week (limit 3 points) (that comes out to 6 points 3 for new, 2 for bringing them and 1 for them being there)

+5 for bringing the coolest new person (by secret bidding, sucking up a must!)

feel free to mail in your part of the RUSSCON tree before Wed night to compete. I will try to put it together in some kind of family tree when it is all done.

PLEASE use RUSSCON nicknames when known.

I am excluding myself from the game, so here is an example...

Name: Daniel
Brought: Tania Alex ChrisL Paul JonothanR
They brought: na
Brought to Russcon by: no one
So I have a base score of 3 (for being the uninvited) + 10 (five people brought)
+1 for each one of those people that show up (none expected)
+6 if I bring a new person (which I might)
+3 for each additional new person I bring (very unlikely)
+5 if my new person wins the popularity contest

Well, Daniel bugged out before computing the scores on the entry forms, that damn lazy bastard. Marty didn't formally enter, but good god, we all know he's brought the most people to RussCon, so I decree Marty the Meta Devil. If he wishes to decline the honor, I'll take it since I'm pretty damn sure I've brought the second most people.

Evening's Soundtrack

Dan Becker's compilation CD "Living In Austin"
Cat People, Original Soundtrack
George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
Talking Heads, Little Creatures
Wild Palms, Original Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto

All these CDs have pictures of trees! A double theme since Arbor Day recently occurred, and Daniel was trying to compute the RussCon family tree!


Rank ratings:
 1.0000 MarkH (2 games played)   
 1.0000 Tim (1)
 0.6957 MarkY (5)
 0.6667 Clayton (1)
 0.4545 Ben (4)
 0.3913 Steve (5)
 0.3333 Harry (1)
 0.2000 JimG (4)
 0.1429 Matt (5)
 0.1429 PJ (3)
 0.0000 RussW (6)
 0.0000 JP (5)
 0.0000 Sarah (1)
-0.2143 RussD (3)
-0.2857 BobR (3)
-0.3333 Carolina (1)
-0.3333 Carly (1)
-0.3333 Fred (2)
-0.4545 Dan (4)
-0.4545 William (4)
-0.6000 JonathanC (5)
-0.6111 Marty (4)
-0.6667 Usman (1)
-1.0000 Daniel (1)
-1.0000 Becky (1)
New Win ratings:
 1.0000 MarkH (2)
 1.0000 Tim (1)
 0.6667 Clayton (1)
 0.4783 MarkY (5)
 0.3636 Ben (4)
 0.2667 RussW (6)
 0.1429 RussD (3)
 0.0000 Steve (5)
 0.0000 JimG (4)
-0.0435 JP (5)
-0.0476 Matt (5)
-0.1667 Sarah (1)
-0.1667 Carolina (1)
-0.1667 Usman (1)
-0.1667 Daniel (1)
-0.1818 Dan (4)
-0.1818 William (4)
-0.2143 PJ (3)
-0.2778 Marty (4)
-0.2857 BobR (3)
-0.3333 Becky (1)
-0.3333 Carly (1)
-0.3333 Harry (1)
-0.5000 Fred (2)
-0.6000 JonathanC (5)

MarkH is the Devil! MarkY is Vice-Devil.


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