Silent movies with live music and an Al Stewart concert coming up... it's a busy week:
|Tichu||2||( Ben William ) 1 ( JimG Clay ) -1|
|Tichu||2||( William Clay ) 1 ( Ben JimG ) -1|
|Ursuppe||3||JeffF 2 Steve 0 Zack -2|
|Vampire||4||Fina 2 MarkY 2 JonathanC -1 Marty -3|
|PuertoRico||5||MarkH 4 RussW 2 Dan 0 Whendy -2 Kara -4|
|PuertoRico||5||JP 4 Matt 2 BobR 0 Daniel -2 Amanda -4|
|Hare&Tortoise||4||JimG 3 Ben 1 William -1 MarkY -3|
|Carcassonne||5||JP 4 Clayton 2 RussW 0 Steve -2 Jason -4|
|PrincesOfFlorence||4||JonathanC 3 Fina 1 Zack -1 JeffF -3|
|FactsInFive||4||Zack 3 JeffF 1 Fina -3 RussD -1|
|ShowManager||3||MarkY 2 JimG 0 William -2|
|Chinatown||4||Daniel 3 Matt 1 BobR -2 Amanda -2|
|Tichu||2||( MarkH Whendy ) 1 ( Dan Ben ) -1|
|Pizarro&Co||4||JP 3 Zack 1 Steve -1 JeffF -3|
|ZirkusFlohcati||3||JP 2 Zack 0 MarkY -2|
|Can'tStop||3||Zack 2 MarkY -1 JP -1|
|Drakon||4||JonathanC 3 RussW 0 Fina 0 Jason -3|
As most people know, Puerto Rico is the hot new RussCon game. I enjoyed playing it a third time and look forward to more of it. In some ways it is analogous to Princes of Florence: both are mostly-deterministic multi-player building games with a historical theme and a nifty variety of types of actions to do in a turn, with the notion of my choosing an action preventing you doing it that round (at least for the auctions in Princes of Florence). But I think Puerto Rico is better: Princes of Florence seems to have a problem that whoever builds the most works will obviously almost certainly run away with the game (at least that's how it was in the multiple times I played it), whereas Puerto Rico doesn't seem to have such a simple clear winning strategy.
It was a nostalgia trip seeing Chinatown played again (it's only been played once at RussCon, over 3 years ago!).
Pizarro & Co is a new one to RussCon. All I know about it is that Sea Biscuit preferred to play Drakon and said Pizarro & Co is ok but not great.
Our Drakon game ended up taking unexpectedly long: since I bought the expansion set, the games seemed shorter, but this one took over 2 hours. Part of that may have been due to getting interrupted several times due to the meta game of course...
Matt also brought a very nice looking Awari/Mancala set from Ghana, but it didn't get played. Next week we should play it.
Meta GameI was the Meta Devil. Here is the preliminary survey to the Meta Game I mailed out:
Loosely inspired by the TV game show Family Feud, and the ArmadilloCon variant Fannish Feud...And here is the Meta Game itself, mailed out a couple days later:
The RussCon Feud Meta Game will proceed as follows:
This proved to be a popular meta game: even staunch anti-meta-gamers like William and Ben were filling out their forms. 21 out of 28 questions were asked. The interruptive nature seemed not to be a serious problem. Indeed, in the first part of the evening (which was most crowded) we happened to be playing long games like Puerto Rico so few rounds were triggered. Naturally the people who were around for the longest got to participate in more rounds and thus score a higher expected score. Late in the evening when JP won a 3rd game, it was argued that a winner should be able to trigger a round after they'd triggered 2, they just shouldn't get the benefit of writing 3 answers, and that seemed reasonable to me so I went with it.
A few interesting results from the survey:
Here are the results:
431 Zack 419 Sea Biscuit 403 Fina 394 JeffF 383 William 366 Dan & Daniel 360 Matt 347 BobR 343 MarkH 312 Ben 300 Whendy 289 JimG 164 Kara 131 Clay...and at least one unsigned untallied sheet.
So Zack is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Game!
And special thanks to the numerous survey respondents: myself, Daniel, Clayton, JeffF, MarkY, Brady, Dan, Marty, BradS, Jason, Whendy, Jeffles, Alfred, Clay, JP, Sea Biscuit, TimG, BobR, PJ, Ben, William, RussD, JimG, Tim, Fina, MarkH, Dudley, DaveB, Matt, Kara... we're all winners, really! Even if some of you did say some weird dumbass shit.
The Legends, Yaw Dwene*, Yaa Adusa Pokuaa
Rex Omar, Fa
Maa Amanua and Suku Troupe, Classic Ga Songs
Daddy Lumba, Aben Wo Aha
Daddy Lumba, Wo Ho Kyere
CDs Matt brought back from Ghana! Thanks for loaning them to RussCon!
*The last 'e' in Dwene is actually some funky backwards '3' symbol that I don't know what the heck it is. It's a Ghana thing; I wouldn't understand.
An update, courtesy of Matt:
It's actually a Greek epsilon, used to denote a vowel sound in the Ghanaian language Twi. It sounds like "eh", as in the "e" in "get". The regular "e" sounds like "ay", as in "way". Also, the "dw" is pronounce "jw".
So "Dwene" is pronounced "jway-neh".
I have no idea what it means. :)
Also, here's a link that has the whole Twi alphabet and a pronunciation guide:
All about Ghana (Language)
New Multiplicative Rank Ratings: 5.2983 200.0000 JP (5) 2.3671 10.6667 JonathanC (3) 2.3026 10.0000 MarkH (2) 1.3863 4.0000 Zack (6) 1.0986 3.0000 Matt (2) 0.6931 2.0000 Daniel (2) 0.6931 2.0000 Fina (4) 0.6931 2.0000 Clayton (1) 0.6931 2.0000 RussW (3) 0.0000 1.0000 Whendy (2) 0.0000 1.0000 Clay (2) 0.0000 1.0000 JimG (4) -0.1178 0.8889 William (4) -0.2877 0.7500 Ben (4) -0.6931 0.5000 BobR (2) -0.6931 0.5000 Dan (2) -1.0986 0.3333 MarkY (5) -1.0986 0.3333 Steve (3) -1.2685 0.2813 JeffF (4) -1.3863 0.2500 RussD (1) -1.3863 0.2500 Marty (1) -1.6094 0.2000 Kara (1) -2.3026 0.1000 Amanda (2) -2.9957 0.0500 Jason (2)
New Multiplicative Win Ratings: 5.2983 200.0000 JP won 4 of 5 2.3026 10.0000 MarkH won 2 of 2 2.0794 8.0000 JonathanC won 2 of 3 1.1632 3.2000 Daniel won 1 of 2 1.0986 3.0000 Zack won 2 of 6 0.6931 2.0000 William won 2 of 4 0.6931 2.0000 MarkY won 2 of 5 0.4700 1.6000 Whendy won 1 of 2 0.2356 1.2656 JeffF won 1 of 4 0.0000 1.0000 Clay won 1 of 2 -0.1699 0.8438 Fina won 1 of 4 -0.2231 0.8000 Clayton won 0 of 1 -0.2231 0.8000 Kara won 0 of 1 -0.2877 0.7500 RussD won 0 of 1 -0.4055 0.6667 JimG won 1 of 4 -0.5108 0.6000 Matt won 0 of 2 -0.5108 0.6000 BobR won 0 of 2 -0.5108 0.6000 Amanda won 0 of 2 -0.5108 0.6000 Jason won 0 of 2 -0.6931 0.5000 Marty won 0 of 1 -0.7340 0.4800 RussW won 0 of 3 -0.9163 0.4000 Dan won 0 of 2 -0.9163 0.4000 Steve won 0 of 3 -0.9808 0.3750 Ben won 1 of 4
JP is the Devil! Sea Biscuit is Vice-Devil. MarkH is Vice-Vice-Devil. Zack is Vice-Vice-Vice-Devil. Clay wins the Extra Average Award.
You are urged to view last Monday's Comicollage by Matt Roberts, just because I think it rules.
A Plan For Spam: fascinating web page by Paul Graham with a Bayesian approach to spam recognition.
News story about electronic gaming being banned in Greece, even online chess (and I would assume online go) and the little games that come with Windows. A website has been set up by Greek gamers to fight this apparently absurd law.
Mouse pad couch
Scale armor shirt partially completed by Dan
Tales of the Plush Cthulhu
Here's the PRIMES is in P paper that has the crypto community abuzz. "The ultimate goal of this line of research is, of course, to obtain an unconditional deterministic polynomial-time algorithm for primality testing. Despite the impressive progress made in primality testing so far, this goal has remained elusive. In this paper, we achieve this." I don't pretend to understand the math involved.
How meta: 'Family Feud' on cell phones
A coworker's aunt made a doll of the Vampire Lestat. I told her these could probably be sold at sf cons.
I don't watch the Simpsons, but a psychotic Simpsons fan keeps email stalking me to link to this Simpsons site.