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2004-05-26 RussCon Report
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16 of us played 19 games. Welcome newcomer KevinY (a guy from go club who we've been trying to get into RussCon-style games for a long time, and JP finally succeeded last weekend, heh).
The semi-occasional DaveB appeared, with boxloads of games from his recent email, doing the old Selling Off Vast Tracts of Games thing. He wants to get rid of clutter, other people want cheap games... it's a win/win situation!
Flipside (Glitter Monkey Rodeo) is a local event that's like a smaller version of Burning Man. JP & I are going - first time for such an event for either of us. We'll be camping for 4 days in a community of weirdness. We've been preparing busily the past few days since this event encourages people to do some kind of weird art or performance or whatever. Since the official theme this year is inspired by the Year of the Monkey, I made a stencil of a "Barrel of Monkeys" monkey and put a chain of 25 of them hanging around my shoulders on a shirt. During the first half of RussCon, JP also finished stenciling his monkeys onto a shirt. I also had lots of monkey CDs around the house which we stenciled. I'm not really sure how this whole long weekend will all turn out, but I'm cranking out this Report quickly before we leave today (Thursday)... (Thanks to Chad and Anderson for getting us interested in the first place, to Anderson and Sarah for helping us get tickets, and to Whendy and JimG for loaning us a variety of camping gear.)
|EinfachGenial||4||Fina 3 RussW 1 Daniel -1 Jeffles -3|
|Crokinole||2||Ben 1 Whendy -1|
|RicochetRobot||3||Jeffles 2 RussW 0 Ben -2|
|Crokinole||2||( DaveB MikeC ) 1 ( Whendy KevinY ) -1|
|Blokus||4||MikeC 3 JimG 1 KevinY -1 Clayton -3|
|Tichu||2||( JimG Jeffles ) 1 ( Ben Whendy ) -1|
|ZirkusFlohcati||4||KevinY 3 William 1 Clayton -1 RussW -3|
|Carcassonne||4||RussW 3 MikeC 0 Clayton 0 KevinY -3|
|Wizard||6||Jeffles 5 JimG 3 JP 1 Ben -2 Whendy -2 Justin -5|
|EinfachGenial||3||Whendy 2 Fina 0 RussW -2|
|Cloud9||5||Ben 4 Jeffles 2 MarkY 0 Justin -2 William -4|
|Vampire||4||RussW 3 Whendy 0 Justin 0 Fina -3|
|BoggleBowl||2||( William Jeffles ) 1 ( MarkY Ben ) -1|
|Exxtra||4||Whendy 3 RussW 0 Fina 0 Justin -3|
|PuertoRico||4||JP 3 JimG 1 Clayton -1 KevinY -3|
|Bluff||6||Justin 5 Clayton 3 RussW 1 Whendy -1 KevinY -3 Jeffles -5|
|Crokinole||2||( Ben William ) 1 ( MarkY Matt ) -1|
|RicochetRobot||3||RussW 2 Justin 0 KevinY -2|
|Tichu||2||( William MarkY ) 1 ( Matt Ben ) -1|
Einfach Genial seems to be the hot new RussCon game, which is interesting since it's such an abstract unthemed game; the previous game to fill this role would probably be Blokus. They both don't take long to explain or play, and both have pretty plastic pieces placed on a grid....
Meanwhile I continue to enjoy Ricochet Robot a lot. Jeffles trounced me and Ben, proving his mastery again; later I taught KevinY (who did quite well for a first timer, only barely falling to 3rd place against Justin in the end) and I got to be the Jeffles of that game.
The Carcassonne game proved quite suspenseful - the final spread in scores was just 4 points from 1st place to last place.
In Vampire, I found myself in the happy position of having all colors except orange. Everyone else had decent orange sets. I could bring out a wimpy set of 3 oranges, which would be worthless, and end the game. But I could calculate that even with my oranges being worthless, if the game ended then, I had enough points to win. Woot!
My Dying Bride, Like Gods of the Sun
My Dying Bride, As the Flower Withers
My Dying Bride, The Angel and the Dark River
My Dying Bride, The Light at the End of the World
My Dying Bride, 34.7888%... Complete
A followup to last week: the other, earlier, half of my My Dying Bride collection.