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2004-05-05 RussCon Report
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14 of us played 10 games. Long-lost Whindy returned, and sporadic attendee Harry reappeared!
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|FastFoodFranchise||5||MikeC 4 Fina 2 Jeffles 0 JP -2 RussW -4|
|Tichu||2||( Ben MarkH ) 1 ( Whendy Fred ) -1|
|ArkOfTheCovenant||3||RussW 2 JP 0 Clayton -2|
|Exxtra||4||Ben 3 MarkH 1 Whendy -1 Fred -3|
|WebOfPower||3||MarkH 2 Fina -1 MikeC -1|
|CarcassonneCastle||2||RussW 1 Clayton -1|
|Scrabble||2||Jeffles 1 Ben -1|
|Rheinlaender||4||JimG 3 Whindy 1 Harry -1 Matt -3|
|Rheinlaender||5||Whindy 4 Matt 1 JP 1 JimG -2 Harry -4|
|RicochetRobot||4||Jeffles 3 Ben -1 JP -1 RussW -1|
I'd played Fast Food Franchise long long ago in the SimTex days with Evan and Ken et al; I remembered liking it ok, but the game tonight was pretty lame. Mike got ahead at the very start (due to starting 2 chains within a few spaces of each other and joining them for the good multiplying effect) and never looked back. I didn't get to start a chain for the first 3 turns due to repeatedly landing on advertising spaces, and was soon bankrupted when I landed on Mike's aforementioned juicy succulent chain. There seems way too much important luck in the first few turns. JP then gave up early and apparently bailed out (bad JP!) even though hindsight revealed he probably could have achieved second place (he was in a better position than Fina and Jeffles, who both didn't get to start second companies).
I was exceedingly surprised to win Ark of the Covenant, yay! I managed to pip JP (who had almost lapped me) by a few points in the end thanks mostly to finally completing a big frickin' city that had been tying up 3 of my meeples (including the doubling prophet) from very early on.
Clayton and I had a rather low-scoring game of Carcassonne the Castle, thanks to 2 different very large regions that completed with equal numbers of dudes in them. If I recall, I managed to prevent Clayton getting any of the special chits, heh.
Ricochet Robot was humbling: JP, Ben, and I all only scored 3, while Jeffles scored 8! Of course I've also been finding the daily competition at http://www.ricochetrobot.com to be quite humbling...
Nobody remembered to record either Rheinlaender game until Matt was leaving, so these rankings are constructed by email with the participants the next day...
Cake, Fashion Nugget
Camper Van Beethoven, Key Lime Pie
Cracker, The Golden Age
Iggy Pop, Brick By Brick
The Sweet Hereafter, original motion picture soundtrack
A sweet theme indeed. For those who don't know, the Cracker album has the song "Sweet Thistle Pie" and the Iggy Pop album has the classic "Candy". (Man, I am so glad Lance gave me that Iggy Pop a few years ago, it rules!)
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