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2004-10-13 RussCon Report


Matt mentioned this dubiously translated card in Saint Petersburg!

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14 of us played 14 games!

Recent movies I recommend are Uncovered: The war on Iraq (with short film Soldiers Pay) and Vanity Fair.

Game Results

SaintPetersburg4MarkH 3 William 1 Fred -1 Clayton -3
RicochetRobot4Ben 3 JP 1 Jeffles -1 RussW -3
Acquire4Jeffles 3 RussW 1 Fina -1 Ben -3
Cloud94Matt 3 William 1 MarkH -1 Fred -3
Tichu2( MarkH William ) 1 ( Jeffles Ben ) -1
SaintPetersburg3Fina 2 RussW 0 Matt -2
Settlers4Marty 3 MarkY 1 JimG -2 KevinU -2
Can'tStop4William 3 Jeffles -1 Ben -1 MarkH -1
LostCities2JimG 1 MarkY -1
LostCities2JimG 1 MarkY -1
HookOrCrook4RussW 3 Ben 1 Matt -1 KevinU -3
SaintPetersburg4William 3 Clayton 1 Fina -1 Jeffles -3
Memoir'442JimG 1 MarkY -1
Memoir'442MarkY 1 JimG -1

Man I sucked at Ricochet Robot this evening! Ben started out with an early lead, then JP and Jeffles began catching up (almost), and I just ate their dust.

Fina won her first game of Saint Petersburg. Jeffles played his first game as well, but did not fare so well. The game continues to be the hot new game as you can see, since it was played 3 times!

A cheering crowd gathered for Can't Stop, as all 4 players had 2 points in the endgame - very close and exciting!

Memoir '44 finally saw action. I am still interested in trying it. Ben says it improves some stuff from Battle Cry, in particular that there aren't cards like All Out Assault which put a large bit of luck/chaos into Battle Cry.


Rank Ratings:    
 4.2767 William
 1.3863 MarkH
 1.3863 Marty
 0.6931 JimG
 0.4055 RussW
 0.4055 JP
 0.2877 Fina
-0.1178 Matt
-0.5754 Ben
-0.9808 Clayton
-0.9808 MarkY
-1.3863 Jeffles
-1.7916 Fred
-2.0794 KevinU
Win Ratings:
 2.8904 William won 3 of 5
 1.5041 MarkH won 2 of 4
 1.3863 Marty won 1 of 1
 1.0986 JimG won 3 of 5
 0.6931 Matt won 1 of 3
 0.5232 Fina won 1 of 3
 0.4055 RussW won 1 of 4
-0.1698 Ben won 1 of 5
-0.1698 Jeffles won 1 of 5
-0.2877 JP won 0 of 1
-0.5754 Clayton won 0 of 2
-0.5754 Fred won 0 of 2
-0.5754 KevinU won 0 of 2
-1.6740 MarkY won 1 of 5

William is the Devil! MarkH is the Vice-Devil! Marty is the Vice-Vice-Devil. JimG is the Vice-Vice-Vice-Devil.

An unusually tall thin ratings graph this week!

If you are confused how the ratings work, you could peruse the FAQ.

I used GraphViz to generate the graph image.

devil graph

Meta Game

MarkY was the Meta Devil but failed to design a Meta Game! Since he was so very naughty and made us all so sad, the following impromptu Meta Game was designed to punish him for his wickedness:

Bad MarkY

Gain a lottery ticket for each game you play without MarkY in it. The Meta Devil will be randomly chosen.

JimG gained no meta points since all 5 of his games were played with the Shunned One (Settlers, Lost Cities, Memoir '44). Everyone else (except the Evil One himself) played at least one game without He Who Must Be Avoided. Of the 31 valid lottery tickets, one of Ben's was chosen, so Ben is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Game!

Evening's Soundtrack

Irshad Khan, Indian Ragas for sitar, tabla and tanpoora
Ustad Vilayat Khan, Sitar
Manilal Nag, Live in Woodstock
Michael Nyman, U. Shrinivas, Rajan & Sajan Misra, Sangam
Ravi Shankar, Festival from India

William & I enjoyed the new film Vanity Fair, which unexpectedly included some music and scenes from India.

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