|20 of us played 17 games.||
The Texas Showdown on May 3 is a conglomeration of various progressive/liberal causes, at least some of which I suspect many folks are interested in. I plan to check it out.
I am getting seriously into esperanto since I first mentioned it last week. I have set up an esperanto links page. Some cow-orkers and I have a public irc channel #esperanto at irc.distributed.net, in which we chat in fractured esperanto and help each other study and learn it while waiting for slow compiles and whatnot. Anyone interested is welcome to join. Dan has already joined us, and he and I began translating "Lords of the Rhymes" lyrics into esperanto. There is also a local group that meets every few Sundays; next one is April 27, 3pm, at Borders Books down in Westgate. If anyone is interested in more info or in getting together to study or chat, let me know.
At this point, I've had "aye" votes from DaveB and JP, and "nay" votes from Fred, William, and MarkG on moving the russcon list to yahoogroups. The main objections raised have been advertisements on the emails and some people having occasional lost email issues (possibly related to hotmail accounts). Anyone else have opinions or questions?
|Carcassonne||3||BradS 2 BobR 0 RussW -2|
|Drakon||3||Dudley 2 BobR -1 RussW -1|
|CarcassonneTraders||3||JP 2 Steve 0 Fred -2|
|Exxtra||2||Dudley 1 PJ -1|
|Tichu||2||( Dan MarkH ) 1 ( Ben JimG ) -1|
|Exxtra||4||Ben 3 Dan -1 MarkY -1 MarkH -1|
|Vampire||3||BobR 2 RussW 0 Clayton -2|
|Vampire||3||Justin 2 Fina 0 RussD -2|
|Settlers||3||BradS 2 Fina -1 Justin -1|
|Eleusis||5||Ben 3 MarkH 3 Dan 0 Fred -2 MarkY -4|
|Cosmic||5||Allen 4 JimG 1 Deborah 1 Dudley -3 William -3|
|DieHanse||5||BobR 4 Steve 2 RussW 0 JP -2 Clayton -4|
|Tightrope||4||Allen 3 Dudley 1 Deborah -1 William -3|
|Bluff||4||MarkY 3 RussW 1 JP -1 Steve -3|
|Can'tStop||4||William 3 Allen 1 Dudley -1 Deborah -3|
|CarcassonneTraders||3||Fina 2 Justin 0 RussD -2|
|Exxtra||6||Allen 5 Dudley 2 JP 2 William -1 Deborah -3 Justin -5|
Die Hanse is a German game I bought years ago; it was last played around 1994, I'd guess, when some of us gamed in the evenings at the SimTex office on 360. I remember it getting a lukewarm reception back then. JP was curious to try it, so we did. It has an interesting central idea: in an n-player game, there are n ships. Each player controls half of 2 ships, sharing control with their left and right neighbor. E.g. on my turn I move the green and purple ships. On Bob's turn he moves the purple and red ships. On Steve's turn, he moves the red and orange ships. Etc. This is kind of neat, and encourages/requires some communication and planning with your neighbors ("We both want ore, so shall we move the ship over here?"), otherwise you can end up in a useless power struggle moving the ship back and forth like drunken sea captains. Overall it's got neat stuff, and I think our only serious complaint was it took too long. There's some chaotic luck in it, including the initial distribution of goals: all of us are going for 3 randomly determined types of goods, and all of us had all of our goods shared with at least one neighbor, except poor Clayton who wanted one type of good that neither of his neighbors wanted, and perhaps not coincidentally came in last. All this would be ok if it was short, but it's not. We spent a good 2 or 3 hours on it. Probably it would go quicker with experienced players, and less agonizing.
I am solemnly obliged, perhaps even honorbound and morally compelled, to briefly mock Clayton for choosing to bring out his sixth set and end the Vampire game under circumstances which ensured him last place, to the delight of Bob and me.
Carcassonne has a new expansion that appears sufficiently different that I'll track it under the name CarcassonneTraders. It adds wacky new meeples including pigs, and apparently weird lengthy new ways of scoring. I got mixed impressions from those who played it.
Eleusis is a card game of deducing patterns which Ben (I believe) introduced last week (but was not recorded by mutual consent), and it got played again this week. I should probably give it a try.
A special public service announcement for William that Allen is spelled "Allen" not "Alan".
Fiona Apple, Tidal
The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour
Eve's Plum, Cherry Alive
George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
Various references to and mentions of apples!
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