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2004-07-14 SansRussCon Report


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Good evening, I'm JP Rodman reporting live from Week Two of ClaytonCon.

12 of us played 10 games! Two new games: The Big Two and Power Grid We had a visit from long lost SarahM (from whom Russ and I got our Flipside tickets).

The Big Two is a climbing game with an interesting set of allowed card plays. I particularly like that you can play a set of 4 with one other random card. I first learned The Big Two half my lifetime ago (14 years). It's not nearly as good as I remember it being, but I had a really high opinion of it back then, so I'm not saying it's bad, just a little flawed. I'd like to try it again with some of the rules changes we talked about like removing the score multipliers when you have most of your cards left at the end of the round.

I think Jeffles described Power Grid as "like Funkenschlag without all the tedious boring parts". I probably shouldn't put quotes around that since I really don't remember exactly what he said. ...and he definitely didn't include the hyperlink.

Game Results

Crokinole2Dan 1 Ben -1
TheBigTwo4Dan 3 KevinY 1 Ben -1 JP -3
Exxtra3KevinY 2 Dan 0 Ben -2
PowerGrid4MarkH 3 Clayton 1 MikeC -1 Marty -3
Euphrates4SarahM 3 JimG 1 JP -1 Matt -3
ArkOfTheCovenant4MarkH 3 MikeC 1 Marty -1 Clayton -3
AufHellerUndPfennig3William 2 Ben 0 KevinY -2
SanJuan4JP 3 Matt 1 JimG -1 SarahM -3
EinfachGenial4KevinY 3 William 1 Clayton -1 Marty -3
Entdecker4Matt 2 JP 2 SarahM -1 JimG -3


Rank Ratings:
 2.7726 MarkH
 2.0794 Dan
 1.7918 KevinY
 1.5041 William
 0.2877 JP
 0.0000 MikeC
-0.2877 Matt
-0.4054 SarahM
-1.3863 Clayton
-1.3863 JimG
-2.1973 Ben
-3.1773 Marty
Win Ratings:
 2.7726 MarkH won 2 of 2
 1.7918 KevinY won 2 of 4
 1.6740 Dan won 2 of 3
 1.5041 JP won 2 of 4
 0.8109 William won 1 of 2
 0.4055 SarahM won 1 of 3
 0.1178 Matt won 1 of 3
-0.5754 MikeC won 0 of 2
-0.8630 Clayton won 0 of 3
-0.8630 Marty won 0 of 3
-1.2683 JimG won 0 of 3
-1.7916 Ben won 0 of 4

MarkH is the Devil! Dan and KevinY are Co-Vice-Devils.

If you are confused how the ratings work, just think of it as MAGIC.

I used GraphViz to generate the graph image.

devil graph

Meta Game

I (JP) was the Meta Devil and designed the following Meta Game:

Pick any three games.

Guess how often each has been played at RussCon.

You score is the sum of the differences between each guess and the true value. The player with the lowest score wins.

For each game you chose that has been played less than 20 times at RussCon, 5 points will be added to your score. If it's been played less than 10 times, add 12 instead. If it's been played less than 5 times, add 30 instead.

You may submit your guesses via email or at RussCon.

You are not allowed to look at any previously published listing of games.

I received the following entries:

RussconerGameGuessed # PlaysActual # PlaysPointsTotal
William"I'm a Fucking Genius" (Einfach Genial)241410+529
"Flicky Game" (Crokinole)45396
Cosmic Encounter25338
Ultimate Frisbee000+30
JefflesMemoir '44000+3090
Gopher It000+30
Chicken Pan000+30
Taj Mahal18202
Ricochet Robot1373899
Flea Circus6013070
[No Third Entry]000+30

I did not submit an entry of my own since I looked at the top games played when I made the report last week.

Some excerts from the email submissions:
BradS: I am on a mountaintop in the high Andes staying up all night awaiting the clouds to part. In the daytime, the condors fly around and the vizcachas gambol in the rocks.
Jeffles: There we'll make sure winning score must be under 90.

William won by a mile. He appeared to be using what I thought was an obvious strategy: pick games that you are fairly confident have been played in the 20-50 range. That way you don't incur the under 20 penalties and if you're off, it won't be by too much. I was impressed by some of the high number guesses. Marty had a pretty good Settlers guess and MikeC's Tichu guess was astoundingly accurate.

William is the MetaDevil and will design next week's Meta Game!

Ranking of all RussCon games as of 2004-07-07

Evening's Soundtrack

The Beatles, Revolver
The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man
Cream, Disraeli Gears
The Who, Who's Next
The Zombies, I Love You

The Beatles, Revolver The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man Cream, Disraeli Gears The Who, Who's Next The Zombies, I Love You

Clayton says: " week's musical theme, and indeed the next two after that, will contribute to the over all theme-arc (meta-theme?)."

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