If you enjoy cool weird live theater, see Rude Mechanicals' production of El Paraiso which ends on Saturday this weekend.
|StarWarsEpicDuels||2||Dudley 1 Allen -1|
|StarWarsEpicDuels||2||( Daniel JimG Fred ) 1 ( Whendy Dan RussW ) -1|
|StarWarsEpicDuels||2||( JimG Brady RussW ) 1 ( Daniel Dan RussD ) -1|
|Carcassonne||3||Clay 2 Clayton 0 Brady -2|
|Vampire||5||Clay 4 Fred 2 Clayton 0 Tim -2 Sarah -4|
|SchottenTotten||2||Allen 1 Dudley -1|
|SchottenTotten||2||Dudley 1 Allen -1|
|Letras||3||Allen 2 RussD 0 Dudley -2|
|DasAmulett||6||DaveB 5 MarkH 1 MarkY 1 JP 1 William -3 Steve -5|
|StarWarsEpicDuels||4||JimG 3 Daniel 1 RussW -1 Brady -3|
|Tichu||2||( Tim Sarah ) 1 ( Dan Fred ) -1|
|Cathedral||2||Tim 1 Sarah -1|
|Cosmic||5||Allen 4 Dudley 1 William 1 MarkY -3 RussD -3|
|StarWarsEpicDuels||2||( RussW Brady JP ) 1 ( Steve DaveB Daniel ) -1|
|StarWarsEpicDuels||2||JP 1 DaveB -1|
|WebOfPower||4||RussW 3 Steve 1 Daniel -1 Brady -3|
|StarWarsEpicDuels||4||JP 3 Steve 1 Daniel -1 RussW -3|
|Cosmic||5||JimG 4 Allen 2 William 0 Dudley -2 MarkY -4|
Star Wars Epic Duels was the popular game of the evening of course. We discovered a few rules we hadn't known: in free for all mode, the rules say if your primary characters is killed, you are eliminated. Similarly in team mode, if all of the primary characters on a team are killed, that team loses, which we hadn't known until midway through tonight. These are good rules -- without them some team games had dragged on a long time even though the outcome looked clear. We had 2 different games where Boba Fett got to use his thermonuclear thingamajig to take out a group of several clonetroopers and wound several main characters very early on. Beware of grouping together if Boba Fett is around! Also I can tell you that a Jedi (with no range attack) has a tough time against a shooter... but 2 light saber fighters can kick the ass of a shooter. Also I think Luke & Leia suck. Perhaps next time we'll try playing on RoboRally boards, heh heh...
Unusually, Cosmic got played twice this evening. Also glad to see Cathedral get played; it's quite a nifty quick 2-player pure strategy game.
Meta Party GameI was again the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game I mailed out:
Ok, the Meta Game is to play Star Wars Epic Duels. Earn a meta point each time you play. High score wins.Dan, Daniel, and Brady all brought sets. (If anyone else did, I missed it, sorry. Write meta info in The Book if you care.) Daniel, in true hardcore fashion, had examined all the decks and written notes to himself on their distributions and knew all the special cards. I still enjoyed playing in that virginal state of ignorance and surprise, because you can never go back to that state...
We played both team and free for all games. We corrected a few rules misconceptions also.
I didn't clearly specify, but a 2 player game would be considered free for all rather than team for meta purposes (since you can't vote for yourself anyway), so I just give the winner an extra meta point in those.
By the way, I note in passing that Dan is electionphobic (and doesn't know how to pronounce Amidala), but he still makes the best Wookiee noises. And Fred (who played Amidala) earned one of his meta points for demonstrating his special live impression of the Amidala midriff flash. Anyway, by my reckoning here are the meta scores:
7 Daniel 6.5 RussW 6 Brady 5 JimG 4 JP 3 Dan 3 Steve 2 Fred 2 RussD 2 DaveB 2 Dudley 1.5 Whendy 1 AllenCongratulations to Daniel, who has completed his Jedi training and is now ready to design next week's Meta Game!
Star Wars: A New Hope, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
This 2-disc set was the only music played, until Allen and William and a few others couldn't take it any more around midnight and cracked under the pressure. Admittedly the last track on disc 1 consists of the main Star Wars theme played 5 times in a row with subtle variations. But still, I expected a little more endurance and willingness to undergo hardship. Look how Darth Vader tortured Han and Chewbacca in The Empire Strikes Back, and they didn't cave in. Princess Leia didn't spill the beans during her interrogation. I mean we're only talking about saving the galaxy from the evil Empire here. But play John Williams music for a few hours, and they start whining. Sheesh. Damn Imperial sympathizers!
Rank ratings: 1.0000 JimG (4 games played) 1.0000 Clay (2) 0.6000 JP (4) 0.5385 Allen (6) 0.4286 DaveB (3) 0.3333 Fred (3) 0.2000 MarkH (1) 0.0000 RussW (6) 0.0000 Tim (3) 0.0000 Clayton (2) -0.1538 Dudley (6) -0.1538 William (3) -0.1667 Daniel (6) -0.3333 Steve (4) -0.4615 MarkY (3) -0.5714 RussD (3) -0.6000 Brady (5) -0.6667 Sarah (3) -1.0000 Dan (3) -1.0000 Whendy (1)
New Win Ratings: 1.0000 JimG (4) 1.0000 Clay (2) 0.4286 DaveB (3) 0.4000 JP (4) 0.3077 Allen (6) 0.1667 RussW (6) 0.1667 Tim (3) -0.1000 Brady (5) -0.1538 Dudley (6) -0.1667 Fred (3) -0.1667 Sarah (3) -0.2000 MarkH (1) -0.2308 William (3) -0.2308 MarkY (3) -0.3333 Clayton (2) -0.3333 Daniel (6) -0.3333 Steve (4) -0.4286 RussD (3) -1.0000 Dan (3) -1.0000 Whendy (1)
JimG is the Devil (but my secret sources tell me he won't be here next week). Clay is Vice-Devil. JP is Vice-Vice-Devil. DaveB is Vice-Vice-Vice-Devil. Then Allen. Dan and Whendy are Generous Angels.
Jonathan V. Last argues The Case for the Empire: Everything you think you know about Star Wars is wrong!
David Brin argues "Star Wars" despots vs. "Star Trek" populists!
Salon articles about Star Wars fan films and Hardware Wars
Insecurity of fingerprint security systems... mathematician fools 11 security systems with fake fingertips made from cheap gelatin... shades of Gattaca!
One-minute aural vacations
How To Deconstruct Almost Anything
rock me amidala