November 27 2002 RussCon Report


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11 of us played 14 games. Lower turnout due to Thanksgiving, of course. Welcome new guy Mengmeng; by odd coincidence his dad plays at Austin Go Club. Now we just have to get Meng to play more go...
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Perhaps the spirit of Thanksgiving moved William to bring more weird food, and Dan and Whendy to bring homemade desserts!

EJ (the bagpiper from Clandestine) will be at Cactus Cafe Tuesday night at 9pm with his new project, The Willow Band. I will probably check it out.

Game Results

Exxtra3Ben 2 Meng 0 Steve -2
Cloud93Steve 2 Meng 0 Ben -2
Can'tStop3Meng 2 Steve 0 Ben -2
CarcassonneHunters5RussW 4 Clayton 2 JP 0 Dan -2 Whendy -4
Hive2William 1 RussD -1
Hive2William 1 RussD -1
Hive2William 1 RussD -1
CarcassonneHunters5JP 4 Clayton 2 Steve 0 Meng -2 RussW -4
Tichu2( Ben Whendy ) 1 ( Dan PJ ) -1
MammaMia5JP 4 William 2 Meng 0 RussD -3 Dan -3
Set4JP 3 Meng 0 RussD 0 William -3
Entdecker4Steve 3 RussW 1 Whendy -1 Clayton -3
Bluff4Clayton 3 Steve 1 RussW -1 Whendy -3
Can'tStop3Meng 2 William -1 PJ -1

So I won my first game of CH&G last week, and won again this week, then lost my 3rd game with last place. Cool game. Played again at Great Hall the Friday after Thanksgiving and came in 3rd of 5. Meanwhile Dan has made a tile distribution chart, though it's a bit harder to do this concisely for H&G since there are a much wider variety of tile combinations due to the fish and mammals and specials.

I see William seems to dominate RussD at Hive. I still haven't actually learned or played the game, darn it. I saw some discussion of it on, where it seems there are some annoying ambiguities in the movement rules, which the designer posted a clarification of.

William apparently scored zero in Can't Stop and was crushed by Meng, then Clayton uncharacteristically demolished all opponents in Bluff... it was hypothesized that Clayton had somehow drained William's luck.

Meta Game

I was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Game I mailed out:

As promised, I will not win this week's Meta Game.

Earn 1 meta point for each time you play any of the following games which Our Most Assiduous Reader will know I tend not to be very fond of:

High score wins. Ties broken by number of distinct titles played from that set of games. Further ties broken by win rating over that set of games. Further ties broken by rank rating. Further ties broken randomly.

Tichu players: Ben Whendy Dan PJ
Set players: JP Meng RussD William
So 8 players all got 1 meta point each. Jeez, usually Tichu gets played more than once! Going by the tie breakers, JP has the best win rating (for winning the 4 player Set game), so JP is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Game!

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

Tori Amos, Crucify
The Flaming Lips, 1984-1990
Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin, BBC Sessions
Encomium, A Tribute To Led Zeppelin

It's becoming an annual tradition, as Steve detected.


New Multiplicative Rank Ratings:     
 4.6052 100.0000 JP (4)
 1.7918 6.0000 Steve (6)
 1.5041 4.5000 Meng (7)
 1.3863 4.0000 Clayton (4)
 0.9808 2.6667 William (6)
 0.0000 1.0000 RussW (4)
-0.4055 0.6667 Ben (4)
-1.0986 0.3333 PJ (2)
-2.3026 0.1000 Dan (3)
-2.7081 0.0667 Whendy (4)
-2.9957 0.0500 RussD (5)
New Multiplicative Win Ratings:
 4.3820 80.0000 JP won 3 of 4
 1.1632 3.2000 Steve won 2 of 6
 1.1632 3.2000 William won 3 of 6
 0.9808 2.6667 Ben won 2 of 4
 0.8109 2.2500 RussW won 1 of 4
 0.6523 1.9200 Clayton won 1 of 4
 0.6523 1.9200 Meng won 2 of 7
-0.1054 0.9000 Whendy won 1 of 4
-1.0986 0.3333 PJ won 0 of 2
-1.1394 0.3200 Dan won 0 of 3
-2.5903 0.0750 RussD won 0 of 5

JP is the Devil! Steve is Vice-Devil. Meng, Clayton, and William are Co-Vice-Vice-Devils. RussD is the Generous Angel.

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