May 16 2001 RussCon Report

Game Results
Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
16 of us played 12 games. (15 real people, plus Dastardly Dan.)
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Now playing: William Shakespeare's Memento.
Comicollage: daily ongoing comic jam with 7 artists and no planning ahead! There's a russ strip every Tuesday.


Those who know me well will disbelieve this, but I've worked several 12 hour days this week. Long tiring days for an upcoming release; it was a lucky thing my printmaking class had ended! I did make it to Great Hall for Friday night gaming which I hadn't done for a while, which was good fun. While there I purchased Tally Ho since I liked it and Dan (who's in England now) is the only RussCon Regular who seemed to own a copy.

Game Results

Carcassonne4RussW 3 Steve 1 Clay -1 Clayton -3
MagnificentRace4JonathanC 3 JeffF 1 WendyWhe -2 DastardlyDan -2
HookOrCrook5Clayton 4 Steve 2 Bob 0 Clay -2 RussW -4
Carcassonne5Bob 4 Clayton 2 RussW 0 Clay -2 Steve -4
DickeKartoffeln4Marty 3 Brady 0 Jeffles 0 JP -3
Rage4JP 3 Jeffles 1 Brady -2 Marty -2
Evo5Matt 4 JeffF 2 Carly 0 RussD -2 JonathanC -4
WebOfPower3Bob 2 Steve 0 RussW -2
DevilBunnyHatesTheEarth4Jeffles 3 JonathanC 0 Carly 0 Matt -3
BlazingCamels6Steve 5 Carly 3 Matt 1 JonathanC -2 RussW -2 Jeffles -5
Rage8Marty 7 JP 5 RussW 3 Carly 1 Matt -1 JonathanC -3 Steve -5 Jeffles -7
SettlersExpress3JeffF 2 Marty 0 JP -2

carcassonneI got 2 games of Carcassonne in. I'm also playing an email game of Carcassonne; someone saw my tile distribution and emailed me to ask if they could use the tiles I scanned, and invited me to play. It's fun, but quite different without all the tile kibbitzing.

The Magnificent Race is a nostalgia game from JeffF's childhood. Sea Biscuit won with his "mad automobile skillz". They made me write that. It also had a Black Baron NPC, Dastardly Dan.

Dicke Kartoffeln is a new game that appeared somewhat long and detailed about farming potatoes. I'm not kidding.

Blazing Camels was very lightweight, random, innocuous, and short. I have no desire to play it again.

I heard Devil Bunny Hates the Earth had great flavor text but wasn't as good as Devil Bunny Needs a Ham.

Rage is Yet Another Trick Taking Card Game that was fun, with special effect cards that can cancel or change trump for the rest of the hand. Like Instinct, you need to bid exactly how many tricks you'll take.

The Settlers Express (aka Settlers meets Dampfross) game from last week got played again, I see. Guess I'll have to try it again.

Meta Party Game Results

Remi was the Meta Party Devil. Here is the Meta Party Game he emailed out:

I can never find my way home from russcon. If I miss my boat, I can't leave. To give you a taste of my misery, as I won't be able to attend, tonight's meta-game will be 'Escape from Russcon'!

Play as many different games in which pieces representing people are voluntarily removed from the board (Carcassonne counts, San Marco doesn't) OR in which pieces representing people are led to the end of a path (Cartagena or Master Labyrinth).

Ties are broken by whoever escaped from russcon (i.e. left russ's house) first. This means that russ and Clayton can't win in case of ties. Sorry, guys.

As best we could reckon, there were just 2 titles played which qualified for the meta game: Carcassonne and By Hook or Crook. There was a tie in that Bob, Clay, Clayton, Steve, and I all played both of these titles, thus scoring 2 meta points. By the tie break scheme, Clay left earliest and is the Meta Devil next week and will email out the Meta Game! Scrabble, anyone?

Evening's Soundtrack

The Dandy Warhols, thirteen tales from urban bohemia
KNACK Homegroan Volume 2: Deja Phooey
Ministry, Dark Side of the Spoon
Moby, I Like to Score
Timbuk3, Edge of Allegiance

Puns! Sea Biscuit detected the theme.


Rank ratings:
 0.6000 Bob (3)
 0.5556 JeffF (3)
 0.5333 Marty (4)
 0.2727 Clayton (3)
 0.2105 Carly (4)
 0.2000 JP (4)
 0.0526 Matt (4)
-0.0400 Steve (6)
-0.0800 RussW (6)
-0.2727 JonathanC (5)
-0.3333 Brady (2)
-0.3810 Jeffles (5)
-0.4545 Clay (3)
-0.5000 RussD (1)
-0.6667 DastardlyDan (1)
-0.6667 WendyWhe (1)

New Win ratings:
 0.5333 Marty (4)
 0.5000 Bob (3)
 0.1818 Clayton (3)
 0.0526 Matt (4)
 0.0000 JeffF (3)
 0.0000 JP (4)
 0.0000 Steve (6)
-0.0455 JonathanC (5)
-0.0476 Jeffles (5)
-0.0800 RussW (6)
-0.2105 Carly (4)
-0.2500 RussD (1)
-0.2727 Clay (3)
-0.3333 Brady (2)
-0.3333 DastardlyDan (1)
-0.3333 WendyWhe (1)
Marty is the Devil! Bob is Vice-Devil. JeffF is Vice-Vice-Devil. Wendy and Dastardly Dan pulled a Joint Reverse Brady Maneuver.


New Scientist is chock-full of interesting science articles.

Photos from RussD's recent backpacking trip.

Vaguely creepy succession of police photos of a continually arrested woman over several years.

I mentioned the Furbeowulf Cluster Computing last week; its main site the Unnatural Enquirer has lots of other humor too.

Historical artwork and UFOs by Matthew Hurley... um, yeah.

All Your Base meets Smurfs in this animation.

Proof that girls are evil.

that's just dastardly dandy