June 4 2003 RussCon Report

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Jay wrote me the following anecdote from Oregon:

Weird RussCon note:

Yesterday at my birthday part at Accuardi's Old Town Pizza in NW Portland, one of the Buddhist monks attending noticed some guys on the lower floor (we were on the party floor, which is a sort of internal deck inside one of those old commercial buildings with a 25 foot ceiling). I started talking about you, and RussCon, and kofightclub.com, though not really naming names, just descriptively. After a few minutes of conversation, the monk who'd first been watching the go players said, "That guy's talking to you." I leaned over the rail, and the guy down below playing go said, "Are you talking about Russ?"

We both had a good laugh. His name is Glen, and he says hello. Small world.

Glenn [sic] is a fun guy I see each year at the Go Congress (which will be in Houston in August this year, with the self-paired tournament run by me this year for the first time, ably assisted by my trusty henchling JP)

BobK also emailed from Paris, and he's posted more photos of him and his family.

Game Results

Transamerica5PJ 4 MarkG 2 RussW 0 Clayton -2 JP -4
Tichu2( Ben Marty ) 1 ( Fred MarkH ) -1
Carcassonne3Clayton 2 RussW 0 Whendy -2
Settlers4Fred 3 Marty 1 MarkH -2 William -2
Guillotine3RussW 2 Whendy 0 Clayton -2
Vampire5RussD 3 Whendy 3 MarkY 0 RussW -2 Clayton -4
Bluff7William 6 Whendy 4 Clayton 2 MarkH 0 Fred -2 Marty -4 RussW -6
Amun-Re4MarkG 3 Ben 0 PJ 0 JP -3
WebOfPower3RussW 2 RussD 0 MarkY -2
CarcassonneTraders3MarkG 2 JP 0 Clayton -2

After 2 rounds of Transamerica, PJ was still in the perfect score starting box and JP was at the edge of the loser's bar. I don't think we've ever seen that wide a spread before!

Web of Power is one of the unsung heroes of German boardgames. Interesting game play, good variety of ways a game can proceed, short playing time, pretty components... If you've never played it, check it out.


New Multiplicative Rank Ratings:   
 3.1781 24.0000 MarkG (3)
 1.6094 5.0000 PJ (2)
 1.2528 3.5000 William (2)
 0.9163 2.5000 RussD (2)
 0.9163 2.5000 Whendy (4)
 0.6931 2.0000 Ben (2)
 0.1823 1.2000 Fred (3)
 0.0000 1.0000 Marty (3)
-0.4418 0.6429 RussW (6)
-1.0986 0.3333 MarkY (2)
-1.3863 0.2500 MarkH (3)
-2.8904 0.0556 Clayton (6)
-2.9957 0.0500 JP (3)
New Multiplicative Win Ratings:
 2.2618 9.6000 MarkG won 2 of 3
 1.6582 5.2500 William won 1 of 2
 1.3218 3.7500 PJ won 1 of 2
 0.9036 2.4686 RussW won 2 of 6
 0.5390 1.7143 Fred won 1 of 3
 0.5108 1.6667 RussD won 1 of 2
 0.4055 1.5000 Ben won 1 of 2
 0.2513 1.2857 Marty won 1 of 3
-0.0488 0.9524 Whendy won 1 of 4
-0.6004 0.5486 Clayton won 1 of 6
-0.9163 0.4000 MarkY won 0 of 2
-0.9163 0.4000 JP won 0 of 3
-1.1350 0.3214 MarkH won 0 of 3

devil graphMarkG is the Devil! William and PJ are Co-Vice-Devils. RussD, Fred, and RussW are Co-Vice-Vice-Devils.

Our Most Assiduous Reader will note a new feature, a picture of the directed acyclic graph showing the partial ordering imposed by the rank and win total orderings over the players! Our Most Assiduous Reader may further recall that back in the old days, I used to painstakingly make ASCII art representations of this, back when our attendance was smaller and I had more time and foolishness. My cow-orker Greg told me about GraphViz which generates image files showing graphs from a simple text input file, so I checked it out. Fairly nifty. I needed to hack on the ratings program to produce output for the graph, which was nontrivial but nondifficult and good geeky fun. So anyway, perhaps I will make this graph (or some variant thereof) a regular fixture from now on; I've been wanting something like it for a long time. I'll need to figure out a more pleasing layout (whose HTML works right in different browsers, e.g. I see MSIE 5.5 doesn't deal with this layout very intelligently)... maybe a horizontal instead of vertical orientation... but hey, we have a neato picture of the relative rankings, woohoo!

Meta Game

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

Alright, its a collect meta points, whoever has the most points wins. This coming week we have the mbat (http://www.mbat.org/) A sporting tournament where I am HEC team captain, head of the ultimate teams, center for baskbetball, coach for rollerblading and also co-leader of the ANIMALs (group dedicated to... ANIMAL!) So the theme is beer and sports.

1 play an organized sport Sun-Wed before russcon 10 meta points.
     ...day of +4 points
2 come in sports attire                              5 points
3 come with sports equipment                   -1 point
4 Unorganized sports (running, work out... ) On Wed        4 points
     (dance dance revolution -2 points)
5 have sports or beer logos on you            1 point
6 drink  beer during russcon                    1 point each (5 max)
7 bring beers to russcon                         1 point
8 Play a game with sports or beer            2 points  each
9 Convince russconers to go out in the street, drink beer and play sports 
100 points

Any ties are broken by tallest.
So unless someone attending breaks 14 points, I'll claim 14 points for 1&4 and meta devil hood for the next week since I'll be running in the morning and have a basketball match Tuesday.

Not sure what the appropriate games are. Bike racing, I think Chez Geek has beer. Any of the sports games, 2 player soccer knizia game,

Dan asked whether some particular sports-type games, including Tally-Ho, and Jeffles decreed: "Personally, I don't think hunting should count. But I'll be inclusive. Everything at least slightly reasonable counts."

MarkH asked whether nonalcoholic beer like root beer counted, and Jeffles decreed: "By my standards, only regular alcoholic beer would count. But I'm not picky, non-alcoholic, root beer. These are fine."

Dan asked about animal race games like Honey Bears, to which Jeffles of course replied: "You have to ask if I will accept bear racing??" (For last week's question about constellations, I said "the red bear", which I know would have been accepted as an answer if Jeffles had judged the astro-metagame instead of Brad.)

To some of my questions seeking clarification, Jeffles explained: "Yes, the idea was not to bring sport equipment. If you disagree with the point. IE prefer people not to wear the sweaty gi to russcon, feel free to change them. Dance dance revolution is an abomination and will only count for negative points. Yeah, the only ones that count multiple is the game playing and beer drinking."

Strangely enough, there was no beer at all this evening (alcoholic or otherwise). JP, PJ, and MarkG went out front to play frisbee for a while, but they did not qualify for the 100 points (due to lack of beer drinking). JP did however throw the frisbee into RussD's car, setting off the car alarm. Fred wins the people's choice award for his cricket outfit (aka cha-cha clothes) and cricket bat. We also failed to play any games involving beer or sports, oddly enough, unless you consider chopping off heads to be a sport.

Anyway, as far as serious contention went, it came down to RussD and MarkG, who both did organized sports the day of RussCon, had sports attire with logos, yada yada... they ended up matching on everything and tying. (MarkG tried to claim an additional 2 points for playing a game with beer (Carcassonne Traders), but we found the casks actually hold wine not beer.) So by Jeffles's tie-breaker, MarkG (being the tallest) is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Game!

Evening's Soundtrack

Brave Combo, No, No, No, Cha Cha Cha
Renaissance Dance Music
Seven Percent Solution, Gabriel's Waltz
Soul Asylum, Grave Dancers Union
Strauss Waltzes

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