|17 of us played 13 games. You'll only see 16 players in the lists below because William only played 1/4 of a game of Barbu that was suspended to be continued at a later date! So many special cases... no wonder I haven't fully automated the generation of these reports. :)||
My cow-orker Greg Hewgill's Homeland Security Threat Monitor for Windows has become quite popular, linked to by USA Today and many other sites, and even appearing in Playboy magazine (March 2003, p.36)! I claim some credit for convincing him to add the undocumented easter egg (double right click on its icon to enable the secret alternate SNL 5-level system).
So at work on Friday afternoon we noticed that the Security Threat Level at www.dhs.gov was raised to Orange again (it had lowered back to Yellow on February 27) and the "read more" link goes to an error page, but we couldn't find anything about it on news sites; we speculate they had a website snafu like accidentally restoring from an old backup, or the site was hacked; as I type this Friday evening, the site is now unbrowsable (but pingable). This does not inspire great confidence in the Department of Homeland Security!
Then there's that mall which has twice arrested groups and an individual for wearing peace t-shirts. These were not noisy protesters causing disruption; they were just wearing shirts with apparently unpopular controversial sentiments like "Peace on Earth" and "Give Peace A Chance". The land of the free... or is it?
Many folks were bummed and pissed when the Arbor Theater's lease wasn't renewed (and I vowed not to eat at the national chain restaurant that replaced it). There are few theaters in town that show non-mainstream films. Now there is some good news: Great Hills Cinema will reopen as an Arbor-like theater.
I have added a google site search bar on russcon.org.
|HookOrCrook||5||Carly 4 MarkG 2 Clayton 0 Tim -2 RussW -4|
|Guillotine||2||Fina 1 TimG -1|
|Tichu||2||( Steve Whendy ) 1 ( Marty Fred ) -1|
|Transamerica||4||Clayton 3 Tim 1 MarkG -1 TimG -3|
|Exxtra||5||Dan 4 MarkH 2 RussW 0 Fina -2 Ben -4|
|Bluff||5||MarkH 4 Fred 2 Ben 0 Steve -2 Whendy -4|
|Transamerica||4||MarkG 3 Tim 1 Clayton -2 TimG -2|
|Settlers||4||RussW 3 Carly 1 Fina -1 Dan -3|
|Cartagena||5||Tim 4 JP 1 Clayton 1 MarkG -3 TimG -3|
|HighSociety||5||Fina 4 MarkG 2 RussD 0 Dan -3 RussW -3|
|RoboRally||3||JP 2 Tim 0 TimG -2|
|Transamerica||4||RussW 2 MarkG 2 Fina -1 RussD -3|
|Caesar&Cleopatra||2||RussW 1 Fina -1|
OK, this was my worst game of Hook or Crook ever! I didn't even get past the 3rd castle on the board! Total hideousness! Clayton and Carly kept being psychically in tune and doing the same actions. MarkG entered the pink zone first, but Carly pulled ahead with the final large set bonus.
Nice to see RoboRally played again. They played on a single board, so it didn't take all night.
It had been over a year since I played Caesar & Cleopatra last, twice with Jeffles and once with Fina. Playing again was fun -- it's pretty cool, and it has fun flavor art and subtly wacky Latin text on the cards. Then there's that Orgy rule.
A reminder: please write and spell clearly when recording game results, make the scores and ranks clear, and remember last initials for people with common names like Tim, thanks! (Since Tim beat TimG in 3 other games, I decided Tim probably beat TimG in Cartagena too. Cruel, but statistically defensible. I also decided this meant JP & Clayton tied for 2nd, earning 1 not 2 devil points each. Let me know if either of these assumptions made an ass out of you and me.)
Alex De Grassi, Deep at Night
Philip Glass, Low Symphony
Robyn Hitchcock 'n' the Egyptians, Queen Elvis
Mazzy Star, Among My Swan
Wings of Desire, Original Soundtrack
Various CDs Clayton has given me over the years... Happy Birthday Clayton, and I hope you enjoy The Hours soundtrack! :)
war's plum crazy