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18 of us played 17 games! Welcome new guy Adam, part of the shadowy MarkH/Marty organization, and bearer of fresh baked cookies. Marty also stopped by, but sadly had no time to stay and play games, due to some crazy talk about "studying" or something.
Jeffles paid a surprise visit from Houston, and hopes to relocate to Austin soon.
|Tichu||2||( MarkH Ben ) 1 ( Jeffles Tim ) -1|
|AufHellerUndPfennig||4||William 3 Daniel 1 TimG -1 ChrisH -3|
|6Nimmt||6||JimG 4 ToddG 4 Clayton 1 Fred -1 EricE -3 Adam -5|
|PuertoRico||3||Adam 2 Fred 0 Clayton -2|
|RicochetRobot||3||Jeffles 2 Ben -1 Tim -1|
|Acquire||4||JP 3 Whendy 1 MarkY -1 RussW -3|
|Can'tStop||3||Tim 2 Jeffles 0 Ben -2|
|6Nimmt||4||Whendy 3 ChrisH 1 Daniel -1 TimG -3|
|Ra||4||MarkH 3 JimG 1 Adam -1 Fred -3|
|ZirkusFlohcati||5||Whendy 4 Daniel 2 ChrisH 0 TimG -2 ChrisH -4|
|Guillotine||4||MarkY 3 Daniel 1 ChrisH -1 TimG -3|
|Settlers||3||MarkY 2 EricE 0 ToddG -2|
|Mu||4||Adam 3 Jeffles 1 Ben -1 JimG -3|
|CarcassonneHunters||4||William 3 JP 1 RussW -1 Clayton -3|
|WebOfPower||3||Daniel 2 JP 0 RussW -2|
|Rummikub||4||MarkY 3 Clayton 1 Whendy -1 William -3|
|RicochetRobot||4||JP 3 Jeffles 1 MarkY -1 RussW -3|
My winning streak is over. Last place in Acquire, next-to-last in Carcassonne Hunters, last in Web of Power, last in Ricochet Robot... my powers are weak!
During Ricochet Robot some discussion arose about the practice of figuring out in advance what chits are left and precomputing routes for them, so that as soon as the new target chit is revealed, you call out "Seven!" or whatever without even looking at the board. JP and Jeffles do it; MarkY and I find it annoying and frustrating, although it is of course perfectly legal and not truly cheating. JP and Jeffles themselves agreed that it seemed unfortunate. The spirit and intent of the game seems to be all starting to seek a route simultaneously, not precomputing them. We discussed ideas like not flipping all the chits at the end, e.g. stopping at 14 chits instead of doing all 17, but that doesn't really solve it. Keeping the chits you've won turned face down instead of visible might help (making it harder to know or remember what chits remain as targets). Also I suggested simply choosing from among all the chits every time (keeping score via some other mechanism instead of by holding chits), and either playing a fixed number of rounds (e.g. 17) or until someone reaches a pre-agreed score (e.g. 5). Perhaps we will try one of these ideas.
Rasputina, Thanks for the Ether
Rasputina, Transylvanian Regurgitations
Rasputina, How We Quit The Forest
Rasputina, The Lost & Found
Rasputina, Frustration Plantation
I just got their latest album a few days ago! Rasputina is definitely my favorite Victorian corset cello rock group.
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