January 29 2003 RussCon Report


Painting by Mordorian
(one of many fine works in Mr. Boddy's museum)

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19 of us played 13 games. There was a new Mark (MarkG who I know from go club).
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This was Zack's last RussCon (and Chad's moving into Zack's newly vacated place!), and this time REALLY Daniel's last RussCon for a while, as he's getting secret military technology surgically implanted into his body or something... details are hazy...

Clandestine's last appearances were good stuff. I'm bummed that I'll theoretically never see them play again, but glad for all the great shows I did see.

Dan suggested I reorder the Reports so that the ratings immediately follow the results, which sounds sensible on the face of it. I think originally I did it the existing way to draw out the suspense and let the reader savor the exquisite anticipation, or some such stupid shit like that. What do other people think? Do you like the existing layout or think the results and ratings should be together? If you ever wanted to thwart Dan's desires, now is your chance to oppose him!

Game Results

Blokus4JP 3 Matt 1 RussW -1 Zack -3
CircusMaximus5MarkG 4 JimG 2 MarkY 0 Dan -2 William -4
Carcassonne4RussW 3 JP 1 Zack -1 Clayton -3
PuertoRico4Daniel 3 Carly 1 Matt -1 JonathanC -3
Tichu2( Steve Fred ) 1 ( Ben MarkH ) -1
TajMahal4MarkY 3 Marty 1 JP -1 JimG -3
Exxtra4Steve 3 Ben 0 Fred 0 Chad -3
GreatMuseumCaper5Dan 3 RussW 3 William 0 Zack -3 MarkG -3
PuertoRico4Daniel 3 JonathanC 1 Carly -1 Matt -3
Blokus4Steve 3 RussW 1 William -1 Zack -3
Bluff5Steve 4 JonathanC 2 William 0 Zack -2 RussW -4
Can'tStop3Chad 2 MarkY -1 JP -1
Can'tStop3MarkY 2 Chad 0 JP -2
ben's fault

It seems Ben did something shocking that only makes sense to Tichu players...

Blokus continues to reign as a hot new game. Also, Sea Biscuit brought the new buildings for Puerto Rico which went over quite well as they played two games in a row with them!

Thanks Dan for bringing back the Great Museum Caper game. We had a blast with it. It's very suspenseful and adrenalizing sneaking around avoiding the other players (who are guards), trying to steal famous paintings by artists like that famous Mordorian guy whose name William can't quite remember... Our match went dramatically, too: Zack was the first thief and got caught. Then Dan escaped with 3 paintings, which is pretty good. Then William escaped with 2 paintings after running around for a very long time before finally escaping. MarkG snagged 1 painting but not content with 3rd place at best, he continued sneaking about and was eventually caught. Finally I was the thief, and managed to steal 3 paintings as well, thus tying Dan for 1st place and a satisfying conclusion to the lengthy match. We should definitely play more of this fun sneaky game.

The Carcassonne game had a huge point spread, as I almost lapped Clayton twice (I had 99 more points than he did!)

Meta Game

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

E me a quote from a movie, the title of the movie and the name of the character saying the line. I will compile a list for Wed. When you get the list at Russ's, read through the quotes and identify the movies you know. Knowing character names will be the tie-breaker.


Dear Zack,
The movie is- Raising Arizona
The character is- Ed Mcdunnough
The quote is- "Gimme that baby you warthog from hell."

Even if you don't think you'll participate in the game itself, feel free to e me a movie line anyway.

I dedicate this game to William and his deep love of trivia

Here are the quotes Zack passed out (and the numbers of how many people identified them):

Answers are here. Thanks to folks who emailed fun quotes to Zack. My movie buffness was especially buff as I identified 12 of them, more than anyone else:

12 RussW
11 Fred
9 Matt
7 Ben Clayton JimG JP Marty
5 Dan Daniel (who bogusly got credit for saying Princess Bride instead of Aliens!?)
4 William (who bogusly got credit for saying Alien instead of Aliens...)

So I am 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

Blade Runner
Ed Wood
Flash Gordon

Many people noticed these are obviously all movie soundtracks, but only eventually did Matt detect that they all include dialog quotes from the movie.


New Multiplicative Rank Ratings:    
 5.0752 160.0000 Steve (4)
 2.7726 16.0000 Daniel (2)
 2.0794 8.0000 MarkY (4)
 0.6931 2.0000 RussW (5)
 0.6931 2.0000 MarkG (2)
 0.6931 2.0000 Fred (2)
 0.4055 1.5000 Marty (1)
 0.2231 1.2500 Dan (2)
 0.0000 1.0000 Carly (2)
-0.1178 0.8889 JP (5)
-0.2877 0.7500 Chad (3)
-0.2877 0.7500 JonathanC (3)
-0.6931 0.5000 Ben (2)
-0.6931 0.5000 JimG (2)
-0.6931 0.5000 MarkH (1)
-1.3863 0.2500 Clayton (1)
-1.3863 0.2500 Matt (3)
-2.0149 0.1333 William (4)
-4.7875 0.0083 Zack (5)
New Multiplicative Win Ratings:
 5.0752 160.0000 Steve won 4 of 4
 2.7726 16.0000 Daniel won 2 of 2
 1.8563 6.4000 MarkY won 2 of 4
 1.5041 4.5000 RussW won 2 of 5
 1.0986 3.0000 MarkG won 1 of 2
 0.6931 2.0000 Dan won 1 of 2
 0.4055 1.5000 Fred won 1 of 2
 0.4055 1.5000 Chad won 1 of 3
 0.0000 1.0000 JP won 1 of 5
-0.2877 0.7500 Clayton won 0 of 1
-0.2877 0.7500 Marty won 0 of 1
-0.5108 0.6000 JimG won 0 of 2
-0.5754 0.5625 Carly won 0 of 2
-0.6931 0.5000 MarkH won 0 of 1
-0.7985 0.4500 JonathanC won 0 of 3
-0.8630 0.4219 Matt won 0 of 3
-0.9808 0.3750 Ben won 0 of 2
-1.2448 0.2880 William won 0 of 4
-1.5970 0.2025 Zack won 0 of 5

Steve is the Devil! I think he's been the Devil fairly often lately; clearly beneath Steve's innocent facade lurks a secret f*&^$%@ Russcon game God! Daniel is Vice-Devil (but swears he won't be here next week). MarkY is Vice-Vice-Devil. Then me, then MarkG, then Fred & Dan. Poor Zack leaves for Santa Fe as the Generous Angel.

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