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15 of us played 18 games, including new guy Ed (famous for winning a Meta Game despite having never attended RussCon before) and JoshC (visiting friend of MarkY).
This RussCon happened to coincide with my birthday, so it wasn't hard to predict that some birthday stuff might happen. Thanks to Whendy for baking the go-themed carrot cake! (With black and white m&m's as go stones.) (Whendy also brought Mardi Gras decorations, which were festive even if not quite timely. And they were the subject of a bet Jeffles made with me, and he will owe me $1 next week, biyatch!) And thanks to William who brought birthday pies. I was also treated to a fun lunch by cow-orkers, and the waitress gave me a free dessert, so I ended up having way more dessert food today than I normally am used to...! Thanks to Clayton as well for a nifty musical gift! And thanks to my family for birthday phone calls. And I'd like to thank the academy.
I finished the first version of my language learning flash card program for my PDA and had my first UT informal class in Mandarin. I've started planning my summer travels, which normally just include the US Go Congress, but this summer I'm planning to also include 2 Esperanto congresses in British Columbia (while also visiting friends in Seattle and Portland) and Beijing, in an insane month-long globetrotting voyage to Seattle/Portland/Sidney, Beijing, Rochester... (Gasp, that means no RussCon for several weeks in a row!) If anyone has advice to offer about traveling to Beijing, feel free...
Also in case anyone was wondering, keenspace has been horked for over a week, hence the lack of updates at kofc and comicollage.
And perhaps the biggest news lately is that RussD and Pauline are now married! Congratulations and best wishes!
|Cartagena||4||RussW 3 Clayton 0 Whendy 0 Fred -3|
|Flaschenteufel||4||MarkH 3 JP 1 Jeffles -1 Ben -3|
|DasAmulett||4||JP 3 William 1 MarkY -1 JoshC -3|
|RicochetRobot||3||Jeffles 2 JP 0 Ben -2|
|Can'tStop||4||Ben 3 Jeffles -1 William -1 JP -1|
|Tichu||2||( Ben Whendy ) 1 ( Marty Fred ) -1|
|CarcassonneCastle||2||MarkY 1 JoshC -1|
|MagnaGrecia||4||EdR 3 Marty 1 MarkH -1 KevinU -3|
|Crokinole||2||( EdR KevinU ) 1 ( Marty Ben ) -1|
|QuoVadis||5||Clayton 4 RussW 2 Jeffles 0 KevinU -2 Fina -4|
|QuoVadis||5||Jeffles 4 RussW 2 KevinU 0 Fina -2 Clayton -4|
|PuertoRico||5||Fred 4 Fina 2 Clayton 0 Whendy -2 RussW -4|
|RicochetRobot||4||MarkY 3 William 1 JoshC -1 Marty -3|
|Crokinole||2||( MarkY William ) 1 ( JoshC Whendy ) -1|
|Crokinole||2||MarkY 1 Whendy -1|
|Carcassonne||5||JP 4 Jeffles 2 RussW 0 Fina -2 Clayton -4|
|Bluff||5||MarkY 4 William 2 RussW 0 Whendy -2 Clayton -4|
|Crokinole||2||Jeffles 1 JP -1|
I enjoyed the very close tense endgame of Cartagena, where it looked like we were all on the verge of victory for several rounds. My victory was a fun way to start my birthday evening, but it ended up being my only win for the night!
Flaschenteufel is some new tricktaking card game MarkH brought, which is inspired by a Robert Louis Stevenson short story "The Bottle Imp". And that's about all I know about it!
Ed brought a Crokinole set for Marty, and it ended up being rather popular. It was played 4 times (quite unpredictably)! It's a dexterity game of flicking disks across a smooth surface toward a target hole. Apparently it has been around for a while, originating in Canada in the 1800s.
During the Puerto Rico game, Whendy predicted that Fred would win, possibly tied with Clayton, then Fina, then me, then Whendy in last place. (This of course was part of the traditional ritual of people arguing over who was going to come in last place.) A friendly wager on our relative positions won me $2. I also wagered $1 with Jeffles that the Mardi Gras banner would be gone next RussCon, which sounds like easy money for me unless I totally space out and leave it up there.
Clandestine, The Ale is Dear
Clandestine, The Haunting
Clandestine, To Anybody At All
Clandestine, Music from Home
Jen Hamel, Fine Small Storm
Happy birthday to me - some of my favorite happy music!
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