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2004-10-06 RussCon Report
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16 of us played 9 games!
There was a double burst of tasty fresh warm home-cooked food: thanks Jeffles for the curry and Adam for the biscuits!
I was quite impressed by Going Upriver, the new documentary about the Vietnam war and John Kerry's involvement in helping wake up the country. Lots of archival footage, including some quite touching and fascinating scenes of meetings of Vietnam vets who began getting together after their return and sharing the insane horrors they'd seen, realizing that it wasn't just them but an overall pattern that needed to be discussed and solved. It's also a well-crafted film, with a good score by Philip Glass. See Austin Chronicle review. Besides giving insight into Kerry and his (now endlessly discussed) actions during and after that war, the film gives a lot of historical insight into that period. A lot of the film has very little to do with Kerry per se. I have noticed already an inevitable backlash by some rightwingers against this film (some of whom appear not to have actually watched it and still seem to think the Vietnam war was a pretty good idea), but I would highly recommend this film even if Kerry had no national significance now, and I believe that rightwingers who give the film a 0 rating would not be doing so if Kerry wasn't running against Bush.
|SaintPetersburg||4||RussW 3 MarkY 1 JP -1 Clayton -3|
|Tichu||2||( Jeffles Fred ) 1 ( Ben KevinU ) -1|
|Survive||4||JeffF 3 Whendy 1 Marty -1 Tim -3|
|SanJuan||3||JeffF 2 Tim 0 Whendy -2|
|SaintPetersburg||2||JeffF 1 Tim -1|
|WhatsThatOnMyHead||6||Ben 5 Jeffles 3 SarahM 1 Adam -1 KevinU -4 Fred -4|
|RoboRally||5||KevinU 4 William 2 Jeffles 0 SarahM -2 Ben -4|
|Maya||5||Matt 4 MarkY 2 JP 0 RussW -2 Clayton -4|
|Scrabble||2||Tim 1 Adam -1|
I have a sneaking suspicion that some more people played some games they'd never played before, but didn't record it in the book, but oh well!
Saint Petersburg is becoming so popular that three copies appeared this week! A two-player game of it was even played this week for the first time at RussCon.
My victory in Saint Petersburg was cool because it defied the conventional wisdom: I was behind in aristocrats. JP and MarkY both got observatories in the first round and ended up with 8 types of aristocrats. I barely got my 5th, in the last round. I believe I would have won by a smidgen even if I'd not gotten the 5th. I simply got a sufficient lead in victory points that the final aristocrat table bonus didn't catch JP or MarkY up to me. Clayton had only 3 aristocrats. I do think it's surely not realistic to win with only 3, but clearly 4 or 5 is doable!
Maya was a new game to all the players, and we went slowly and got a bit impatient with the game and with each other. I'm not sure whether I like the game or not. It seems to make you often have to decide whether to make a move that will help you some but really help one other player a lot, or else should you "take one for the team" and not help yourself so that you don't really help the one other player.
I heard that the RoboRally game was played with no extra lives, so dead means dead.
The new Battle Cry-esque game Memoir '44 appeared but sadly did not get played here yet.
Dvorak's "New World" Symphony No. 9 in E minor
The New World Renaissance Band, Live the Legend
Queen, News of the World
Star Wars: A New Hope, original motion picture soundtrack special edition
ju pli novas, des pli bonas