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2004-09-08 RussCon Report
Antarctic Rails, a russcon game
Thanks to Clayton for help with compositing the scanned art! Bonus points to anyone who identifies the two games used as source art for Antarctic Rails. Thanks to Jay for giving me one of them years ago. Our Most Assiduous Reader might enjoy seeing a more detailed version of the game map. Thanks to Matt for asking "Is there an Antarctic Rails game?" in the first place.
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14 of us played 12 games! Welcome Jason who used to come to RussCon long ago as Jayson; my ex-cow-orker Jason who never comes is now renamed JasonW to make room for Jason. Due to such renamings, future historians will have a hard time piecing together the RussCon years.
|Carcassonne||3||RussW 2 Clayton 0 Whendy -2|
|TooManyCooks||4||Ben 3 ChrisH 1 Tim -1 JP -3|
|Vampire||5||Clayton 4 ChrisH 2 KevinY 0 JeffS -3 Whendy -3|
|SaintPetersburg||4||Tim 3 JP 1 Adam -1 RussW -3|
|NewEngland||4||Marty 3 Matt 1 Jason -1 Ben -3|
|Can'tStop||4||Adam 3 Tim 0 RussW 0 JP -3|
|SaintPetersburg||4||KevinY 3 William 1 JeffS -1 Clayton -3|
|Cloud9||3||Jason 2 Matt 0 Ben -2|
|6Nimmt||5||Marty 4 KevinY 2 Whendy 0 JeffS -2 Clayton -4|
|RicochetRobot||6||Tim 5 RussW 2 JP 2 Ben -1 Adam -4 ChrisH -4|
|SanJuan||3||KevinY 2 JP 0 Matt -2|
|SaintPetersburg||3||RussW 2 William 0 Clayton -2|
Besides the fact that it kicks ass, Saint Petersburg was also popular for meta reasons. My first game of the night I lost because I was lame and didn't acquire enough aristocrats. For meta reasons I was tempted to play San Juan, but the Saint Petersburg pull was too strong! My second game was exciting - it definitely feels different with 3 players, and everyone tends to get a lot more cards. William and I both ended with 8 aristocrats. Conventional wisdom says buying buildings isn't as good as aristocrats, but I bought a buttload of (mostly low-cost) buildings, taking advantage of the carpenter workshop discount (which I used to mock, but the damn thing saved me about 10 rubles this game!) and the second row discount and the duplicate card discount, and it seemed to be a good thing. Of course it's still also important to get aristocrats, especially when you bought Marinskij's theater (1 ruble income per aristrocrat at a nice discount!
Incredibly, Tichu was finally not played!
It should be noted that when deciding what game to play, someone asked "How is New England?" and a bunch of people all simultaneously answered "Cold!"
RussCon's own Dan Becker, Living in Austin (a compilation disk of local musicians) (1, North America)
Boston, Boston (2, North America)
Akbar Khan, Jan Ul Hassan, Tafu, A Flavor of India (1, Asia)
Nirvana, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1, North America)
Rasputina, Transylvanian Regurgitations (1, Europe)
(1+2+1+1+1)*3 = 18 meta points.