March 19 2003 RussCon Report


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As RussCon started this week, Bush started his war against Iraq. I try to keep the RussCon Report focused on gaming normally, but this is an extraordinary time. The last time a RussCon felt so strange was after the 9/11 WTC attacks. For me this one was far worse since this time we are the ones inflicting the damage. We're supposed to be a beacon of freedom, justice, peace, respect for law, and other fine values. Instead, our government is ignoring the UN to show Saddam that the UN can not be ignored. Our government is violating the democracy of the UN Security Council to bring democracy to Iraq. Our government wants to stop Saddam's suppression of dissension by suppressing dissension in the US. Our government is attacking Iraq with overwhelming force to show Saddam that might does not make right. Our government is terrorizing civilians to show that we will not tolerate terrorism against civilians. Our government started a pre-emptive war to prevent military aggression. Our government repeatedly lies to justify punishing Saddam for lying. Our government ignores the unprecedented worldwide outcry against the war in order to show Saddam that he cannot ignore world opinion. Our government claims this war on Iraq (who had nothing to do with 9/11) will save us from further terrorism, even as Al-Qaeda reaps a recruitment bonanza from the war.

After 9/11 the world united behind the US in unprecedented sympathy and support. Bush has squandered away all that goodwill. Now we're torturing Afghan prisoners (and contracting out to Jordan for torture services) while the White House requested no funding from congress to help rebuild Afghanistan; we're explicitly dropping bombs that we say we hope will kill Saddam and his family; we're inflicting massive "shock and awe" bombardment on Baghdad; we're refusing to rule out the use of nukes. Over my lifetime I have been pissed off at plenty of politicians for plenty of things, but never before have I been this disgusted, saddened, disturbed, and stunned. Combine our foreign aggression and disregard of international law and world opinion with the domestic reduction of civil liberties and the media complicity which repeats the administration's claims even when they are demonstrably false, and I really begin to wonder if this is what Germans in the 1930s started to nervously feel like. If you doubt some of my statements or think I'm being paranoid, please read my blog for more info.

Even in the unlikely event Iraq is improved by this war which takes out Saddam (and we don't replace him with someone just as bad, as we historically always do), the behavior that justified this war is reprehensible. Lying to the UN and the US people, bullying and alienating our allies, demonizing protesters and dissenters... this is not the America I want to live in. If a war is actually justifiable and noble, they shouldn't have to resort to such tactics. Write letters to media and politicians. Protest. Speak to your friends. Show the world that this is not being done in your name.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
    —Hermann Goering

Game Results

Traumfabrik5JP 4 RussW 2 TimG 0 Dan -2 Clayton -4
Tichu2( Whendy Marty ) 1 ( Ben MarkH ) -1
Exxtra3MarkY 2 Dan 0 Steve -2
Cartagena5JP 4 RussW 2 TimG -1 Clayton -1 Fina -4
Guillotine3Steve 2 Whendy 0 MarkY -2
Exxtra3MarkH 2 Ben 0 Dan -2
Survive3Steve 2 William 0 MarkY -2
Hive2PJ 1 RussD -1
Hive2PJ 1 RussD -1
Hive2RussD 1 PJ -1
MysticWar3MarkH 2 Dan 0 Ben -2
CarcassonneHunters5RussW 4 JP 2 Fina 0 Clayton -2 TimG -4
WebOfPower4JP 3 RussW 1 RussD -1 Fina -3
Kahuna2JP 1 RussW -1
Tichu2( Ben Steve ) 1 ( MarkY PJ ) -1

JP kept pipping me, getting 1st place to my 2nd in Traumfabrik, Cartagena, Web of Power, Kahuna... at least I won Carcassonne Hunters & Gatherers. :)

Kahuna was brought for last week's meta game... it had been a while since it was played. JP trounced me. I remember sucking at Kahuna in the past, and I still suck. It's an interesting 2-player game though, and I'd play it again.


New Multiplicative Rank Ratings:   
 5.9915 400.0000 JP (5)
 2.7081 15.0000 RussW (5)
 1.7918 6.0000 Steve (4)
 1.5041 4.5000 MarkH (3)
 0.6931 2.0000 Marty (1)
 0.6931 2.0000 Whendy (2)
 0.0000 1.0000 PJ (4)
 0.0000 1.0000 William (1)
-1.0986 0.3333 Ben (4)
-1.0986 0.3333 RussD (4)
-1.7918 0.1667 Dan (4)
-1.7918 0.1667 MarkY (4)
-1.8971 0.1500 TimG (3)
-2.5903 0.0750 Clayton (3)
-2.9957 0.0500 Fina (3)
New Multiplicative Win Ratings:
 5.0752 160.0000 JP won 4 of 5
 2.4849 12.0000 Steve won 3 of 4
 1.5041 4.5000 MarkH won 2 of 3
 0.6931 2.0000 Marty won 1 of 1
 0.2877 1.3333 Whendy won 1 of 2
 0.1823 1.2000 RussW won 1 of 5
 0.0000 1.0000 PJ won 2 of 4
-0.4055 0.6667 MarkY won 1 of 4
-0.4055 0.6667 William won 0 of 1
-0.6694 0.5120 Clayton won 0 of 3
-0.6694 0.5120 TimG won 0 of 3
-0.7340 0.4800 Fina won 0 of 3
-0.8109 0.4444 Ben won 1 of 4
-0.9808 0.3750 RussD won 1 of 4
-1.4395 0.2370 Dan won 0 of 4

JP is the Devil! Steve and I are Co-Vice-Devils. MarkH is Vice-Vice-Devil, then Marty.

Meta Game

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

Like it or not, WAR! is here. At RussCon I mean.

  1. For each game you play, score one point for each W, A, R, or ! in the title.
  2. Points shall be awarded using the official RussCon game identifier used in the Game Results section of the weekly RussCon report.
  3. Ties shall be broken by dice roll with me winning once again hopefully.

None of the official RussCon game identifiers have ! in the title. There are of course plenty with W, A, or R; too many too list. In case you are curious, here are the games that we've played which have all of W, A, R in the title:

Further emails clarified that the letters are considered case insensitive, and the scoring meant number of times each W,A,R appears, i.e. max possible score for a game = length of its identifier, rather than 3. William thought of the Brawl scam (earn 3 meta points each time you play a 2-minute game of that real-time card game) but no one exploited it. By my reckoning, the scores earned were:

17 JP, Russ
12 Clayton, TimG
11 Dan, Fina
5 Ben, MarkH
3 MarkY, Steve
1 William
0 Marty, PJ, RussD, Whendy

JP & I played all our games with each other and tied. So I broke out my ceremonial meta game tie-breaking die from my original TSR Dungeon, solemnly intoned "JP is odd", and rolled a 5. So JP is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Game!

Dan's Meta Meta Game

The 5th installment of Dan's Meta Meta Game!

This week: Ben, Fina, MarkY, PJ, RussD, RussW, Steve, TimG each win a $1.50 Strider stamp!

son of
Ben 1 1
Carly 11
Clayton 11
BradS 1
Fina 1 1 1
JamesK 1
JimG 1
JP 1 1
MarkG 111
MarkH 11
MarkY 1
Marty 11
Matt 11
PJ 1
RussD 1
RussW 11111
Steve 1 1
Tim 1
TimG 111
Whendy 1
William 1 1

Yay, I got a Strider stamp! Aragorn rules! Just 1 more to go and I'll have a complete set. Can I do it? Stay tuned and find out next week!

Evening's Soundtrack

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Laibach, Sympathy for the Devil
Cradle of Filth, Cruelty and the Beast
Ministry, Filth Pig
Pantera, Vulgar Display of Power

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