April 9 2003 RussCon Report

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Bek from Great Hall Games (in Dobie Mall) told me that Wednesday afternoons in April they're hosting LOONEY LAB TOURNAMENTS!

April 16: Aquarius
starting at 2:00
$5 entry, $5 GHG coupon to all registrants

BradS had Good News and Bad News, namely that he has accepted a tenured position teaching astronomy (that's the good news) but that it's not in Austin (that's the bad news). But he won't be moving away for a few months, so the good news outnumbers the bad. :) Congrats!

April 27 will be a Dell Recycling Tour in Austin as part of Earth Day activities, where you can bring old unwanted computer equipment for recycling. This will be from 11am to 5pm at Auditorium Shores parking lot beneath Drake/1st Street bridge. Normally a lot of computer equipment ends up in landfills, which is not nice for the environment due to various nasty stuff in some of the parts. With nudging by environmentalists, Dell is starting to take seriously the idea of recycling old computer stuff, so if you have any stuff to get rid of, this would be a good time to show there is interest in recycling it.

I have now heard 2 yeses, 1 no, and 1 murky vote on moving the russcon list to yahoogroups. If we were already on yahoogroups, I could have just set up a vote for this. :)

Game Results

Cartagena5Whendy 4 RussW 2 BobR 0 MarkG -3 JP -3
Blokus4BobR 3 RussW 1 Whendy -1 TimG -3
Tichu2( MarkH JimG ) 1 ( Ben Dan ) -1
Settlers4Carly 3 JP 1 BradS -1 MarkG -3
Streetcar5RussW 4 Steve 2 TimG 0 Clayton -2 BobR -4
Blokus4RussW 3 Matt 1 BradS -1 TimG -3
Blokus4RussW 3 BradS 1 TimG -1 Matt -3
Carcassonne4Steve 3 BobR 1 RussD -1 Clayton -3
ZirkusFlohcati3Matt 2 RussD 0 William -2
WebOfPower4RussW 3 Chad 1 JP -2 Carly -2

Blokus is shooting up the ranks in its short time here; it's currently tied for 26th most played RussCon game (with Lost Cities, Schotten-Totten, and Stephensons Rocket)! What are the current Top Ten most-played RussCon games? Here:

1062Web of Power
974Euphrat & Tigris
6105Can't Stop
5111Zirkus Flohcati

I forced people to play an old-timer (Streetcar) since I was feeling like I kept playing the current popular games too much. Streetcar was one of the earliest German games I bought after Settlers! And it's still a fun one.


New Multiplicative Rank Ratings:   
 6.8669 960.0000 RussW (6)
 2.0794 8.0000 Steve (2)
 1.2040 3.3333 Whendy (2)
 0.6931 2.0000 Carly (2)
 0.6931 2.0000 JimG (1)
 0.6931 2.0000 MarkH (1)
 0.4055 1.5000 Chad (1)
 0.1823 1.2000 BobR (4)
 0.1178 1.1250 Matt (3)
-0.4055 0.6667 RussD (2)
-0.4055 0.6667 BradS (3)
-0.6931 0.5000 Ben (1)
-0.6931 0.5000 Dan (1)
-1.0986 0.3333 William (1)
-1.2040 0.3000 JP (3)
-2.0794 0.1250 Clayton (2)
-2.3026 0.1000 MarkG (2)
-3.1781 0.0417 TimG (4)
New Multiplicative Win Ratings:
 5.2575 192.0000 RussW won 4 of 6
 1.3218 3.7500 Whendy won 1 of 2
 1.1632 3.2000 Steve won 1 of 2
 1.0986 3.0000 Carly won 1 of 2
 0.6931 2.0000 JimG won 1 of 1
 0.6931 2.0000 MarkH won 1 of 1
 0.6523 1.9200 BobR won 1 of 4
 0.5232 1.6875 Matt won 1 of 3
-0.2877 0.7500 Chad won 0 of 1
-0.4055 0.6667 William won 0 of 1
-0.5108 0.6000 Clayton won 0 of 2
-0.5108 0.6000 MarkG won 0 of 2
-0.6931 0.5000 RussD won 0 of 2
-0.6931 0.5000 Ben won 0 of 1
-0.6931 0.5000 Dan won 0 of 1
-0.7985 0.4500 JP won 0 of 3
-0.8630 0.4219 BradS won 0 of 3
-1.0862 0.3375 TimG won 0 of 4

I am the Devil! Steve and Whendy are Co-Vice-Devils! Carly is Vice-Vice-Devil. JimG and MarkH are Co-Vice-Vice-Vice-Devils. TimG is the Generous Angel.

Meta Game

I was the Meta Devil since no one else made a political cartoon. Here is the Meta Game I mailed out:

How many games have you played? How well do you remember the cards from games? Find out here! Here are 59 cards to identify for the 2003-04-09 Card Meta Game. All images are to the same scale. Some should be quite easy, and some are rather challenging.

http://russcon.org/RussCon/2003/0409/metagame.html (Sorry people with slow connections. There are 59 images here...)

You should bring a list (numbered 1-59) of your already-written answers to the 04-09 RussCon. (You can print out this scoresheet:
if you like.) Rummaging through the games in my house after you arrive is not in the spirit of things! You should have your answers done before you arrive. If you won't be at RussCon this week, you can email them to me. Since there are 59 cards here and I don't want to score the lists all by myself, at RussCon we will score them as a group (and resolve any murky answers people wrote).

Each correct answer earns you a lottery ticket, in Dan Meta Meta Game style. Thus even if you know you won't answer the most correctly, you still have a chance to win the lottery and be the Meta Devil.

I will of course exempt myself from winning.

Here is the answer list. Sadly I forgot about the cards in the currently popular game Cartagena (the 30th most played RussCon game), which would have given me an even 60 games.

The participants and meta points earned are as follows:
Alfred 50
Clayton 24
Dan 32
Fina 10
JeffF 44
JimG 25
MarkG 10
MarkH 20
Marty 41
Matt 36
RussD 34
Whendy 8
William 39

There were some murky scoring issues that arose and judgment calls were made. Thanks to all our lovely contestants, several of whom told me they really enjoyed this Meta Game (which was nice to hear since it took longer than I thought it would to create!)

OK, so the moment you've all been waiting for... there are 373 lottery tickets. Using my magic dice bag to get a number from 1..373, I generate 351, which means William is the lucky winner and will design next week's Meta Game!

Dan's Meta Meta Game

Just when you thought the meta meta game would continue, it ends! There are no more New Zealand LOTR stamps to be given away, but here again is the table of winners to remind those who haven't yet claimed their booty.

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

Thanks again to Dan for moderating this meta meta game and its unexpected sequel!

Evening's Soundtrack

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Madonna
Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath
The Flaming Lips, Oh My Gawd!!!...
Marillion, The Thieving Magpie
Alan Parsons Project, The Turn of a Friendly Card

The cover art all has cards!

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