November 7 2001 RussCon Report

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Meta Party Game Results
Evening's Soundtrack
17 of us played 13 games.
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This coming weekend November 16-18 has an unfortunate scheduling dilemma: ArmadilloCon and MillenniumCon! Both are worthy events, so I recommend attending at least one... ArmadilloCon is the long-running annual Austin sf con -- in addition to various sf guests, there will be an art show, saturday night dance, etc. MillenniumCon is a miniatures and boardgame con, which will include Richard "Battle Cry" Borg as a guest. Sigh, why did they have to be the same weekend? Marty says MillenniumCon picked that weekend first.

By the way, the lost and found area (clipped to the dining room chandelier) is growing large. There are rules to Zero and Chrononauts, and other miscellaneous crap.

I'm currently expecting to have RussCon As Usual the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. (William asked about that, and perhaps other folks wondered too.)

Game Results

RoboBattlePigs4RussW 3 Dan 1 BobR -1 Jeffles -3
Carcassonne4Steve 3 BobR 1 BradSmith -1 RussW -3
Attila5Daniel 4 RussD 2 Ben 0 Fred -2 Marty -4
Tichu2( Jeffles William ) 1 ( Whendy Dan ) -1
RoboBattlePigs4Steve 3 JP 1 Fred -1 Jeffles -3
Zero4Whindy 3 Daniel 1 Matt -1 Fred -3
ShowManager6Whindy 5 Matt 3 William 1 Whendy -2 Daniel -2 Dan -5
LancashireRailways3RussW 2 Marty 0 RussD -2
Breakthrough2Whendy 1 Dan -1
Cartagena5Jeffles 4 JP 2 Carly -1 Fred -1 Steve -4
Chrononauts4Matt 3 Whindy -1 William -1 Daniel -1
Tichu2( Fred Marty ) 1 ( JP Carly ) -1
Tichu2( Matt William ) 1 ( Whindy Dan ) -1

carcassonneO bitterness, to have come in last in Carcassonne yet won my other 2 games!

Robo Battle Pigs and Breakthrough are finalists in the 8x8 game contest which I mentioned last week. Good stuff. Robo Battle Pigs is like a very simple elegant RoboRally. But with pigs.

Lancashire Railways is a train game from Winsome with quite a different rules system than their Trainsport system or Ferrocarrilles system, etc. I've been wanting to play it for months ever since Alfred left it here for safekeeping as he perambulates about the globe to Lithuania, or at least to grad school. We all agreed it was a nifty game and want to play more, especially with various numbers of players to see how it compares to playing it 3 player.

Meta Party Game

Carly was the Meta Devil. Here is the Meta Game she emailed out:

Tonight's Meta Game is every diva's favorite: Fabulosity

Players earn fabulosity for each game they play that contains the following fabulous bits:

Princesses or divas: 4 points
Purple pieces: 3 points
Sparkly bits (gems, jewelry, not money): 2 points
Power headwear (tiaras, crowns, wigs, high hats of Samurai): 1 point

Using Lady Luck as the Devil Bunny earns you 5 points.

The fabulous bits need to be a part of the game, not just pictured on the board or box.

Keep track of your fabuloisty over the evening. The player with the most fabulosity is next week's meta devil. In case of a tie for most fabulousity, Russ will break the tie as he sees fit. Russ will also serve as final arbiter of all things fabulous. Although to be honest if you need to ask if your game contains the element of fabulosity, you probably don't deserve any points for it at all.

I guess no one was feeling very fabulous, because no one claimed any fabulosity points! So I guess that's a tie... I see fit to break the tie by making me the Meta Devil! How very Meta Devilish of me. I will design next week's Meta Party Game.

Evening's Soundtrack

Samba Thistle
Maggie Drennon
Widening Gyre, Reel Shadows
The Blarney Brothers, A Fine Line Between Ambition & Delusion
Jiggernaut, in search of more

CDs of bands I heard at last weekend's Celtic Festival!


Rank ratings:
 0.5000 Whindy (4 games played)   
 0.5000 Matt (4)
 0.2500 RussW (3)
 0.2000 Steve (3)
 0.2500 JP (3)
 0.2000 William (4)
 0.1333 Daniel (4)
 0.0000 Ben (1)
 0.0000 BobR (2)
 0.0000 RussD (2)
-0.0909 Jeffles (4)
-0.2857 Whendy (3)
-0.3333 BradSmith (1)
-0.4000 Fred (5)
-0.4000 Carly (2)
-0.4286 Marty (3)
-0.6364 Dan (5)
New Win ratings:
 0.5000 Whindy (4)
 0.5000 RussW (3)
 0.5000 Steve (3)
 0.2727 Jeffles (4)
 0.1667 Matt (4)
 0.0667 Daniel (4)
 0.0000 William (4)
-0.1429 Whendy (3)
-0.1429 Marty (3)
-0.2000 Fred (5)
-0.2500 Ben (1)
-0.3333 BobR (2)
-0.3333 RussD (2)
-0.3333 BradSmith (1)
-0.3750 JP (3)
-0.4000 Carly (2)
-0.4545 Dan (5)
Whindy is the Devil! Matt is Vice-Devil. Steve & I are Co-Vice-Vice-Devils. Dan is the Generous Angel.


Acts of Gord are the amusing adventures of a videogame clerk written as a holy text.

Mr. Winkle is allegedly the cutest dog in the universe.

This Flash cartoon is nicely done, although I think its political message is utterly wrongheaded. As long as we don't take peace seriously, we'll never achieve it...

amazing grace again