Last week I noted that Dan suggested I reorder the Reports so that the ratings immediately follow the results, and I asked what other people think. It seems that among those voting, there is unanimous agreement with Dan! In a landslide victory (of 1 vote, from JP) the people have spoken and endorsed Dan's proposal! (At least I think JP was agreeing... he wrote "Reports and results should be together.")
This week's something else has also changed about the RussCon Report web page, but it is more subtle. Bonus points if you detect it.
The sad news about the shuttle Columbia breaking up Saturday morning was somewhat relieved by this virulent net meme showing CNN's amusing physics blunder. I am also happy that Bush wants to continue funding space exploration. It's nice to have something I agree with him on.
Speaking of space, the future, and all that (what a deft segue!), RussCon alum Jay writes from Portland: "I took first place in the Writers of the Future contest quarter ending 9/31/2002...my last quarter of eligibility at that! It's a far future science fantasy of 15,500 words called 'Into the Gardens of Sweet Night.'"
|Hive||2||MarkH 1 Ben -1|
|Barbuda||4||Ben 3 MarkY 1 JimG -1 MarkH -3|
|Carcassonne||6||RussW 5 MarkG 3 Clayton 1 BobR -3 Fina -3 JP -3|
|Tichu||2||( Ben William ) 1 ( JimG MarkH ) -1|
|Exxtra||4||Ben 3 MarkH 1 William -1 JimG -3|
|Blokus||4||MarkY 3 MarkG 1 Clayton -1 RussW -3|
|Vampire||4||Clayton 3 William 1 MarkG -1 RussW -3|
|Vampire||4||RussW 3 William 1 MarkG -1 Clayton -3|
|PuertoRico||4||JonathanC 3 JP 1 Fina -1 BobR -3|
|ZirkusFlohcati||3||JonathanC 2 William 0 MarkY -2|
|Cartagena||5||Matt 4 RussW 2 JP -1 MarkG -1 Fina -4|
|Bluff||7||JonathanC 6 RussW 4 MarkG 2 William 0 MarkY -2 Matt -4 JP -6|
This was the first time the card game Barbuda was played (or at least recorded) at RussCon... I've heard DaveB, Evan, and others of the old gang call it that for years, though it seems that might be a local variation/corruption. MarkH emailed that he found it on the web under the name Barbu. Anyone know more? Should I call it Barbu or Barbuda or what?
Blokus and Puerto Rico (with new buildings) both continue to be popular.
The Beatles, white album ("Birthday")
Cracker, Cracker ("Happy Birthday To Me")
George Harrison, All Things Must Pass ("It's Johnny's Birthday")
The Sugarcubes, Life's Too Good ("Birthday")
The Tiger Lillies, Births Marriages and Deaths
Matt detected the birthday theme... (February 4 was mine). He remarked it was obvious from the white album, which then made William think the theme must be color-related, heh!
the player with the most points is the winner