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2005-01-19 RussCon Report
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13 of us played 14 games! Welcome back long-lost Zack, visiting Austin briefly from Santa Fe, an unexpected surprise! And new guy ScottW, friend of Chad. And Shari brought Lucy, her 3-year-old, who was really friendly and well-behaved, kudos to Shari!
Scotland: Serious finalizing is getting done about the trip to Scotland - if you want to go, please let me or Whendy know!
Spanish: I started formally studying Spanish this week (in a class). It seems quite a few RussCon folks know a little Spanish and are interested in learning more. No one responded very concretely about the study group idea. So I will simply propose this: I'll be at Texspresso (Anderson Lane, across from Alamo Village theater) Sunday afternoon at 2pm (before my 3pm Esperanto club). If anyone wants to show up for some basic practice (VERY basic since I've only had 3 class sessions so far!), feel free, and if not, no problem, I'll just read and study on my own.
Esperanto: UT Informal Classes will be offering a beginner's Esperanto class in February. (View Courses, category Languages), Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30. It's being taught by Todd Phillips, who is a cool guy (I know him from Esperanto club) and a really excellent language teacher (I know since I'm learning Spanish from him now!) If you are at all interested in checking out Esperanto, I would highly recommend checking this out.
Flipside: Sarah suggests that those interested in Flipside might want to show up at Elysium at noon Saturday to get in on the initial ticket sale. Tickets are $70 each, and you can buy a pair of them. A fair number of RussCon folks seem likely to do Flipside, and it will be no problem selling an extra ticket to a friend, we suspect...
Inauguration protest: Those who are frustrated or upset that Bush is about to be inaugurated might be interested to know about events today (Thursday, January 20):
|CarcassonneCastle||2||Clayton 1 RussW -1|
|Tichu||2||( Ben MarkH ) 1 ( Jeffles KevinU ) -1|
|Rigamarole||2||( Jeffles Shari JP ) 1 ( KevinU Ben SarahM ) -1|
|Tayu||2||RussW 1 MarkH -1|
|Blokus||4||RussW 3 JP 1 Jeffles -1 Zack -3|
|Drakon||4||KevinU 3 SarahM -1 Chad -1 Jeffles -1|
|Cartagena||5||Jeffles 4 KevinU 2 ScottW 0 Chad -2 SarahM -4|
|UndTschuess||8||ToddG 7 Ben 5 Chad 3 JP 1 KevinU -1 Jeffles -3 SarahM -5 Zack -7|
|RicochetRobot||5||Ben 4 ToddG 2 KevinU 0 SarahM -2 Chad -4|
|Tichu||2||( Ben Zack ) 1 ( Shari JP ) -1|
|SaintPetersburg||3||ToddG 2 RussW 0 Clayton -2|
|Bluff||5||KevinU 4 SarahM 2 Jeffles 0 ScottW -3 Chad -3|
|EinfachGenial||3||RussW 2 ToddG 0 Clayton -2|
|ZirkusFlohcati||3||SarahM 2 Chad 0 KevinU -2|
Clayton stomped me in Carcassone the Castle, more than I have ever been crushed in this 2-player game.
Rigamarole got played for the second time finally, thanks to a sudden burst of interest in social/party games. (The other session was 2004-01-07.)
Wow, Drakon actually got played without me instigating it or playing in it!
A tense unpredictable game of Saint Petersburg, where Clayton pulled way ahead on the VPs, while Todd and I lingered far behind very close to each other. Todd ended up 2 points ahead of me, and we both maxed out with 10 aristocrats, pulling a couple dozen points ahead of Clayton in the end.
Apocalyptica, plays Metallica by four cellos
Sarah Brightman, Time to Say Goodbye
Ustad Vilayat Khan, Sitar
Opus Avantra, Strata
Run Lola Run, original motion picture soundtrack
Five CDs that I played at JeffS's most recent New Year's Eve party.
ĉu vi konas la vojon al santa fe