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2004-09-15 RussCon Report
Antarctic Rails, a russcon game
Nobody told me the two games whose art was used as a source for Antarctic Rails. Since Clayton and I spent so much time on this silly image, I'm leaving it up again so you can bask in its glory, and whoever first tells me the answer gets a free meta point to use in a future meta game of their choice! It's like a Get Out Of Jail Free card! It's like a dangerous double-secret meta precedent!
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23 of us played 18 games! A crowded festive night indeed. Jeffles reappeared with further hints that he's moving back to Austin. Cool to see Sarah (of Tim and Sarah fame) again. Thanks JeffS for making tasty cherry pie! Hadn't seen KevinU for a few weeks; he's starting Japanese classes. Hmm, and William's interested in Spanish. Woohoo, language geekery!
For those who haven't heard, I have begun a brilliant career as a professional international journalist. Details here. On the domestic front, many people noticed the RussCon gaming area was much more clean and orderly, thanks to a recent obsessive-compulsive evening with William!
|Exxtra||4||MarkH 3 Ben 1 Clayton -1 Adam -3|
|Tichu||2||( Ben KevinU ) 1 ( MarkH Adam ) -1|
|RicochetRobot||5||JP 3 Jeffles 3 Adam 0 KevinU -2 Ben -4|
|ModernArt||4||RussW 3 Tim 1 Whendy -1 Sarah -3|
|Ra||4||Marty 3 JimG 1 MarkY -2 JP -2|
|PrincesOfFlorence||5||MarkY 4 ToddG 2 JimG 0 Marty -2 EricE -4|
|Can'tStop||5||Sarah 4 Whendy 2 Tim -2 RussW -2 William -2|
|TicketToRide||5||JeffS 4 Clayton 2 KevinY 0 Fina -2 TimG -4|
|RealLife||3||Ben 2 William 0 Jeffles -2|
|Mu||5||Adam 4 KevinU 2 Ben 0 MarkH -2 Jeffles -4|
|ZirkusFlohcati||5||Fina 4 Clayton 2 JP 0 JeffS -2 JimG* -4|
|SaintPetersburg||4||William 3 Pauline 1 RussW -1 RussD -3|
|SanJuan||2||ToddG 1 EricE -1|
|SanJuan||3||KevinY 2 RussW 0 TimG -2|
|PiratesOfTheSpanishMain||2||Jeffles 1 Ben -1|
|Bluff||5||William 4 Jeffles 2 KevinY -1 MarkY -1 RussW -4|
|War||2||MarkY 1 Jeffles -1|
|CarcassonneCastle||2||KevinU 1 Clayton -1|
*UPDATE: It was TimG not JimG who played Zirkus Flohcati and came in last. Your humble RussCon Management begs the pardon of JimG, and begs game recorders to write clearly.
We were all a bit rusty on Modern Art, but somehow I ended up with almost 600,000 dollars and won. I thank the fact that I got to play several double auctions. For one of them, I lacked the second card, and Whendy on my left also lacked that artist so she suffered the pain of a skipped turn. I wonder if there are people who intentionally don't play the second card even when they have it, just to try getting other players to miss turns and get the turn back around to themselves quicker. Perhaps that is a viable tactic, though our groupthink is that you surely play the second card if you have it.
Jeffles donated a couple booster packs of Pirates of the Spanish Main, a "collectible strategy game" with pirate ship models you build out of stiff cardboard, making ships of good fun toy value. He and Ben played; I don't know how the game is yet, but the ships are cute.
RussD and Pauline were newcomers to Saint Petersburg. She got the Mistress of Ceremonies on the first turn and probably would have gone onto victory but for her being a newbie, so she lacked sufficient aristocrats to overcome William's large number of them in the end (which caused him to literally double his his score in the final scoring.) I believe William erred by taking the Mistress of Ceremonies into his hand midway through the game, where she stayed till the last round, but in the end he won, so you can't argue with success!
War was played for inexplicable reasons. Yes, the random decisionless card game.
Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Concertos pour violon
The Benzedrine Monks of Santo Domonica, Chantmania
Henry Purcell, Odes for St Cecilia's Day
Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio, I Am Santa Claus
Lara St. John, Gypsy
A soundtrack theme dedicated to the spirit of Saint Meta. I don't know if anyone detected the theme.
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