May 29 2002 RussCon Report

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(I wonder if anyone will notice)

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Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
16 of us played 16 games.
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The weird play Kindermann Depiction is pretty cool and strange, if you enjoy challenging odd theater. This is its final weekend, and each showing only seats 20 people.

Some of us have been talking about seeing The Music of Erica Zann at the Vortex, Thursday through Sunday, ending June 8. Let me know if you want in and what days work for you. I'm not going to miss this opera inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft story!

If I know you in real life and you have a web page you'd like listed on my page of links to friends, let me know.

I've been a busy beaver lately working on pages for Ko Fight Club and Comicollage which will be in a promotional comic book given away at Comic-con this summer. Almost done...

Game Results

Exxtra3Steve 2 William 0 Dudley -2
Can'tStop3Steve 2 William 0 Dudley -2
SpyAlley5Brady 4 Fred 2 Daniel 0 Dan -2 Alex -4
ZirkusFlohcati5RussD 4 Steve 2 William 0 Clayton -3 Dudley -3
StarWarsEpicDuels2( Daniel Fred ) 1 ( Alex Dan ) -1
Titicaca5MarkH 4 JP 2 Marty 0 RussW -2 BobR -4
Carcassonne4William 3 Steve 1 Clayton -1 Dudley -3
Medici6MarkH 5 RussW 3 JP 1 Marty -1 BobR -3 Whendy -5
StarWarsEpicDuels5Daniel 4 Alex 2 Dan 0 Fred -2 Brady -4
WasSticht4Steve 3 Fred 1 Whendy -1 MarkH -3
Cosmic4William 3 Marty 1 RussD -1 Dudley -3
Tightrope3Dan 2 Daniel 0 Alex -2
Bluff3Daniel 2 Dan 0 Alex -2
Carcassonne4RussW 3 JP 1 Clayton -1 BobR -3
Tichu2( Whendy Steve ) 1 ( Fred Dan ) -1
Drakon4RussW 3 JP 0 William 0 Dudley -3

Titicaca continues to intrigue me. I became more conscious of the element of luck (if you want to call it that) that simultaneous bidding introduces to the game. Often in this game there was a situation where a lake had only 2 land hexes available, and at least 2 of us would clearly really want one of the hexes, but the other hex was pretty worthless. If you bid a pretty high amount but not quite high enough, you're arguably worse off than the 3rd place bidder who doesn't have to spend his money since he didn't win 1st or 2nd place. So in such a case is your best move to bid a huge amount of money (i.e. meeting or exceeding the max cash of other competing bidders) to be sure you get 1st choice and the good hex? Or to simply bid a paltry amount and not risk paying a lot to get stuck with the lousy 2nd hex nor risk spending too much cash to ensure 1st hex? It's not obvious.

Most of us hadn't played Medici in a very long time. It's an early Knizia classic and one of the first wave of German games many of us played a lot 5 or 6 years ago.

Carcassonne was played with the expansion again. Clayton and I managed to share and complete a city with a Cathedral, a nice trick. And I luckily drew the 3-way city capper and chose to complete 3 cities (none of which I had dudes in) rather than risk the 3 other players joining into a huge city and all getting points from it. The field adjacent to 3 newly completed cities was a nice place to drop a farmer too...

William suckered Marty into joining Cosmic and didn't even have to pay him despite offering him bribes to play!

Drakon was very cool again. Each game plays out quite differently. This time several teleport and destructor tiles came into play immediately, so people were teleporting and destroying for a long time and the map stayed quite compact! Then JP & I started stealing tiles from William and Dudley and managed to maneuver them both into dead ends! William was disspirited and wanted to unsportingly leave then, claiming that there was no rational reason we would let them back out; fortunately we convinced him to stay, and sure enough a funny dynamic came into play where JP was then pulling ahead of me and it was clear I couldn't stop him from winning by myself, so I managed to mind control him into the tile with Dudley, so he was forced to play an exit tile and Dudley was back in action! Then Dudley brought William back in to join forces against me & JP. The rationality of my letting Dudley back out to help fight JP was proven when I won the game. Very chaotic!

Meta Party Game

Daniel was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game he mailed out:
Hmmmm, Star Wars and Geomorphic tiles, what could follow... Well since yesterday I saw the very coolest bumper sticker I have ever seen, it and its ironic intent shall be the Metagame. Score 1 metapoint for each game that fits the spirit of the following bumpersticker...


Ok... that was an obfuscated meta game description! Some discussion ensued... There were at least 3 plausible interpretations people thought of for this:
  1. Games which are confusing to understand due to poorly written, complex, or unusual rules, e.g. Europa Universalis with its daunting thick rule book which reassures you the rules are written using the "homogeneous rubric"
  2. Games which are easy to understand, e.g. Bluff
  3. Games which seem to contradict themselves, e.g. Cosmic Encounter alien powers which "break the rules of the game"
As it turns out, it seems to have meant games which involve things that are hidden or obscured (I guess), since the relevant games were Spy Alley and Bluff. Daniel reveals the winner:
Well clearly by taking a brief look at these bird entrails, Dan is the MetaDevil. Feel free to use that exact quote to explain how he is MetaDevil.

Evening's Soundtrack

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, B.R.M.C.
Chumbawamba, English Rebel Songs 1381-1914
Golden Hornet Project, Music from El Paraiso and Tesla
Star Wars, original motion picture soundtrack
Bobby Horton, Homespun Songs of the C.S.A.

Fred and Dudley detected that these all have songs about rebels.


Rank ratings:
 0.7333 Steve (6 games played)   
 0.5385 Daniel (5)
 0.5000 MarkH (3)
 0.4667 RussW (4)
 0.4286 RussD (2)
 0.3529 William (6)
 0.2667 JP (4)
 0.0769 Fred (5)
 0.0000 Brady (2)
 0.0000 Marty (3)
-0.1429 Dan (6)
-0.5000 Clayton (3)
-0.5385 Alex (5)
-0.5556 Whendy (3)
-0.8333 BobR (3)
-0.9412 Dudley (6)
New Win ratings:
 0.6667 MarkH (3)
 0.4286 RussD (2)
 0.4000 Steve (6)
 0.3846 Daniel (5)
 0.3750 Brady (2)
 0.2667 RussW (4)
 0.1176 William (6)
-0.1111 Whendy (3)
-0.2143 Dan (6)
-0.2308 Fred (5)
-0.2500 Marty (3)
-0.2500 BobR (3)
-0.2667 JP (4)
-0.3000 Clayton (3)
-0.3529 Dudley (6)
-0.3846 Alex (5)

Steve is the Devil! MarkH is Vice-Devil. Daniel is Vice-Vice-Devil.


Strange Adventures in Infinite Space is a Windows computer game from Cheap Ass Games; demo available. I found it cute but not great.

Image Lifting Imposter Prank is the latest of many fun pranks by the brother of a coworker.

Museum of Depressionist Art

"Do you have blacks, too?"

oh, i'm a good old rebel