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2004-01-21 RussCon Report
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15 of us played 10 games.
January 19, there was Monday night go-playing from 6:30 till 10 at Thor's Hammer (12626 Research Blvd, west side of 183, just a little south of McNeil, in the same strip center that once housed SimTex and which now has Serrano's, BB Rover's, etc.)... 17 people showed up, it was a success, and it will be an ongoing regular thing! Apparently a fee/donation of $2 is required/encouraged if you don't buy anything (they sell drinks/snacks as well as games/miniatures/comics); I'm not sure how that will work, at least the first meeting I didn't pay or buy anything. Beginners were there as well as advanced players, so a good opportunity for curious folks who live north and didn't want to make the drive down to campus for the Tuesday night meetings at Great Hall Games.
My go juju is getting reenergized from that, and I hung out a little on KGS with nehundo (where we played a 9x9 and chatted in Esperanto). KGS fully supports Unicode, but we had some trouble typing ĉapelitajn literojn initially; I eventually found that upgrading my 1.4.1 Sun Java to 1.4.2 solved the problem. Crossing the go and Esperanto streams led me to find some more Esperanto go links.
I also got myself a Zaurus SL-5600 Linux PDA (primarily to aid my language studying) and am in the painful early stages of getting it set up to do what I want. First step was getting display and input of Esperanto text; mission finally accomplished after a few hours of research and futzing about. Next is app development...
And once again we didn't notice it, but another RussCon anniversary passed in mid-January. RussCon is now 6 years old! Amazing.
|KillDrLucky 锤子||5||Binkley 4 JP -1 Clayton -1 Matt -1 RussW -1|
|Tichu||2||( Ben William ) 1 ( JimG Matt ) -1|
|Tichu||2||( Ben Tim ) 1 ( MarkH Jeffles ) -1|
|Image||3||Jeffles 2 Tim 0 Ben -2|
|Blokus||4||Matt 3 RussW 1 Marty -1 JP -3|
|Elixir||5||Matt 4 William 2 Ben 0 Fina -3 MarkG -3|
|Manhattan||3||Justin 2 JimG 0 MarkG -2|
|RoboRally 锤子||6||JP 5 Jeffles 3 Justin 1 Tim -2 Clayton -2 RussW -5|
|ZirkusFlohcati 锤子||4||Jeffles 3 Justin 1 JP -1 RussW -3|
|Vampire 锤子||4||Jeffles 3 Justin 1 JP -2 RussW -2|
As a matter of curiosity on browser support, I wonder if most folks can see the UTF-8-encoded characters indicating (what I believe to be) the Chinese for hammer 锤子... if you can't, let me know... I notice my normally pleasing editor UltraEdit has trouble editing them.
In Kill Dr. Lucky, people were very shy about attempting to kill the old codger, so we ended up holding the entire deck among our hands, but eventually he was killed. Most of the failure cards had been used, and I made an attempt, feeling pretty sure I wouldn't succeed and worried that it might leave everyone so bereft of failure cards that the next attempt would succeed, before I got another turn, and sure enough that's exactly what happened as Binkley went right after me and murdered the old bastard.
In RoboRally, I was delighted to control the HammerBot, but it did not help my game, as I only made it to the first of five flags - most ignominious. JP won pretty handily after a slow start. Tim and I were stuck at the first flag shooting each other for a while. We played on a single board (Cannery Row) and one of the squashers was particularly deadly, killing both Tim and me on successive turns as we were conveyed beneath its harsh embrace. In the past we used to continue playing RoboRally to determine 2nd, 3rd, etc places, like a real race, but lately we have simply based the lower ranks on how many flags were reached, with lives remaining as a tiebreaker, and that is the system we used here.
Two new (to RussCon) games were played, Image and Elixir. Image had actually been sort of played before but aborted by William, when Zach brought it (and donated it to RussCon). It involves lots of knowledge of historical information. Tonight it was finally played, and Tim liked it a lot (Zach will be gratified to know, if Zach still reads the RussCon Report!) William brought Elixir, a wacky game that straddles the boundary between German style and party/social, which used to be played by the Great Hall crowd long ago but never before at RussCon.
The Beatles, Abbey Road
Big Black, The Hammer Party
Jan Hammer, Beyond the Mind's Eye
Roger Waters, The Wall
Waiting for Maxwell's silver hammer to fall... Another of those pesky meta themes.