November 13 2002 RussCon Report

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The Clandestine concert ruled, naturally. They will back back in a couple months, for 2 nights of 2 shows each, and then that is apparently that. Sad. EJ had a new CD for sale with him playing with 2 other musicians, The Willow band.

If folks could be more careful about throwing away trash and recycling cans/bottles, the RussCon Management would be appreciative.

Game Results

Tichu2( Ben Whendy ) 1 ( MarkH Fred ) -1
Settlers4William 3 BradS -1 Chad -1 MarkH -1
Acquire6Dan 5 MarkY 3 Chad 1 RussW -1 Fina -3 BradS -5
SpaceBeans3MarkY 2 Matt -1 JP -1
Vampire3MarkH 2 Fred 0 Clayton -2
Carcassonne4RussW 3 Fred 1 Clayton -1 Fina -3
WhatsThatOnMyHead4Ben 3 Zack 1 JonathanC -1 Whendy -3
Transamerica6Clayton 4 Fina 4 Whendy 1 RussW -2 JonathanC -2 JP -5
Settlers4William 3 BradS 1 MarkH -1 Chad -3
WhatsThatOnMyHead4Zack 3 MarkY 1 Ben -2 Matt -2
Bluff5William 4 Whendy 2 Clayton 0 Chad -2 RussW -4
Exxtra5MarkY 4 Matt 1 Zack 1 JP -2 Ben -4
Can'tStop5Chad 4 William 2 RussW -2 Whendy -2 JonathanC -2
Verrater4JP 3 Zack 1 Matt -1 MarkY -3
Cribbage2MarkY 1 William -1

Acquire and Can't Stop were played in honor of Sid Sackson who died last week.

I was surprised to discover that apparently Verrater has never been played at RussCon before. Or at least no game of it was recorded... The deck has been sitting in my house forever...

Meta Game

William was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Game he mailed out:

Deprivation Game or "You have no life, you sorry-ass loser, you."

When you arrive at RussCon, you will be given five (5) random cards. Each of the cards will have a single statement on it. All of the cards will have different statements. (I'll make the cards, so there's no work for you guys.)

The statements will be about something that a person has NOT done. The statement may be, "I have never been to Florida." Or "I have never gone scuba diving."

After you have completed a game, you may ask any or all of the other players if the statements on your cards applies to them. If you find someone for which the statement on one of your cards applies, then you write your name on the back of the card and give them the card.

Even if you don't want to be MetaDevil, you should answer the questions and "claim" a card if appropriate. You can ask all the other players about your cards regardless of how you placed in the game.

Important !!! You may not give the same person more than one card the entire night.

Before you start the next game, you may alter your hand of cards in one of two ways. If you have given away one or more cards, you may draw enough random cards to fill up your hand to five cards, OR, you may set aside your cards, draw as many as you had in your hand, keep the new cards, and then shuffle your old cards back into the draw deck.

You may never have more than five "unclaimed" cards in your hand. You may have any number of "claimed" cards. Once you have "claimed" a card, it is "dead" and may not be given away again.

At midnight, the person who has given away the most number of cards is the MetaDevil. And the person who has the most "claimed" cards wins a pity prize.

If either of the two "winners" should decline their prize, then the next person (in number of cards given away or claimed) is the chosen one.

If there is a tie for the most number of cards given away, then those tied must play a game of Can't Stop as the tie breaker and the winner gets to be the next MetaDevil.

If there is a tie for the most number of "claimed" cards, then those people will read out their "claimed" card statements and everyone else will vote on who gets the prize. Those vying for the prize may whine to the voters in an attempt to gain their sympathy and votes.

I'm hoping that this game will encourage people to play games with different people as you cannot give more than one card to the same person. In addition, this game may give everyone an interesting glimpse into the social lives, or lack thereof, of the other RussCon attendees.

I managed to give away the most cards (7), so I am the Meta Devil! Fred claimed the most cards (5), so he wins the sad "I have no life" award (and William brought a tasty pity prize, but Fred sadly was gone before the award ceremony, since he, well, has no life. The prize will be waiting, unless it gets eaten.)

Reminder of the new incentive to compete in the Meta Game: The Meta Devil gets full table rights, just like a regular Devil from now on, so they could stake out the dining table or the kitchen table. Of course Vice-Devils continue to get secondary dibs on the tables if no higher-ranking Devil or Meta Devil takes a table.

Evening's Soundtrack

Drill, Drill
Gwenmars, Driving a Million
The Killdares, Live
Marillion, Anoraknophobia
Styx, The Grand Illusion

I feel ill. Sea Biscuit & Matt detected it.


New Multiplicative Rank Ratings:   
 4.3820 80.0000 William (5)
 3.3367 28.1250 MarkY (6)
 2.4849 12.0000 Zack (4)
 1.7918 6.0000 Dan (1)
-0.2231 0.8000 Ben (4)
-0.2231 0.8000 Whendy (5)
-0.2877 0.7500 MarkH (4)
-0.2877 0.7500 Fred (3)
-0.4055 0.6667 Clayton (4)
-0.4700 0.6250 Chad (5)
-1.2040 0.3000 Fina (3)
-1.2164 0.2963 Matt (4)
-1.4271 0.2400 JonathanC (3)
-1.5041 0.2222 JP (4)
-1.5325 0.2160 RussW (5)
-1.6740 0.1875 BradS (3)
New Multiplicative Win Ratings:
 3.4657 32.0000 William won 3 of 5
 2.6435 14.0625 MarkY won 3 of 6
 1.7918 6.0000 Dan won 1 of 1
 1.5686 4.8000 Ben won 2 of 4
 0.6286 1.8750 Chad won 1 of 5
 0.6286 1.8750 Fina won 1 of 3
 0.5878 1.8000 Zack won 1 of 4
 0.3522 1.4222 JP won 1 of 4
 0.3522 1.4222 RussW won 1 of 5
 0.1823 1.2000 Clayton won 1 of 4
-0.1699 0.8438 MarkH won 1 of 4
-0.4463 0.6400 Whendy won 1 of 5
-0.7577 0.4688 BradS won 0 of 3
-0.9163 0.4000 JonathanC won 0 of 3
-1.2040 0.3000 Matt won 0 of 4
-1.3863 0.2500 Fred won 0 of 3

William is the Devil! MarkY is Vice-Devil. Zack and Dan are Co-Vice-Vice-Devils.

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