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13 of us played 14 games! Well, 12 if you don't count Dastardly Dan, the non-human player in Magnificent Race.
There will be RussCon As Usual next Wednesday (2004-11-24), unaffected by Thanksgiving being the following day. Clayton and I might host a not-very-carnivorous (I'm not cooking a turkey, I'm a frickin' vegetarian!) low-key potluck and gaming on Thanksgiving if there is interest (let me know).
The Inks Lake camping has been cancelled due to park flooding from the recent rains. :(
|TanzDerHornochsen||7||KevinU 6 Marty 4 RussW 2 Jeffles 0 Clayton -2 JP -4 Ben -6|
|JefflesTriviaGame||7||JP 6 KevinU 4 JimG 2 Ben 0 RussW -2 Marty -4 Clayton -6|
|Exxtra||3||SarahM 2 Clayton 0 Ben -2|
|Zero||3||Ben 2 SarahM 0 Clayton -2|
|Frank'sZoo||4||Ben 3 SarahM 1 Clayton -1 Whendy -3|
|Settlers||4||JP 3 Jeffles 1 Matt -2 RussW -2|
|Bluff||5||Jeffles 4 Matt 2 JP 0 Chad -2 RussW -4|
|SettlersCities||3||JimG 2 KevinU 0 Marty -2|
|Tichu||2||( Ben Chad ) 1 ( SarahM Jeffles ) -1|
|CarcassonneCastle||2||Clayton 1 RussW -1|
|Attika||4||JP 3 Matt 1 KevinU -1 JimG -3|
|MagnificentRace||3||Jeffles 2 Ben 0 DastardlyDan -2|
|SaintPetersburg||4||RussW 3 SarahM 1 Clayton -1 KevinU -3|
|SaintPetersburg||3||SarahM 2 RussW 0 Clayton -2|
Tanz der Hornochsen is a boardgame version of 6 Nimmt. It seemed to most of us to be total random chaos, and not particularly enjoyable chaos. The only fun part for me was coming from last place due to some total random chaos luck during a period of double secret reverse scoring where you move the opposite way on the track, landing exactly on Jeffles's score, and thus (due to the rule that only one person can occupy a given score space) moving one more space, thus pipping Jeffles and getting 3rd place and moving him back into 4th. The rules for interrupt rounds seemed a needless complication. Ugh.
Jeffles prepared a trivia game for us, which worked as a single elimination - the player with the most incorrect answer each round was knocked out, and the best answer got to choose the category for the next question. Thus only 6 questions were asked, of the apparently 32 or something which he had prepared. It was entertaining and I'm glad we did it, but I'm thinking elimination is less fun than keeping a tally of how many questions each player gets right.
It was good to play Settlers again, even if I was suffering the whole game. We were sidetracked by much discussion of exactly how victory cards were supposed to work if you play strictly by the rules. Note that for accidental historical reasons, Settlers Cities and Knights was just recorded as Settlers until tonight, when I decided to name it a separate game since it is distinct for meta reasons. I have no intention of attempting to retroactively correct the past records on this matter!
I had a great come-from-behind in Saint Petersburg. Suddenly getting out several aristocrats who were earning me a dozen points suddenly shot me from way in the back into the running again, and then the final distinct aristocrat bonus gave me a handy win. In the second game I tried doing that approach again, but I didn't quite catch up from behind that time. Both games, I am happy to say, I got an observatory at the start and actually remembered to use it every round...
It sounded like Jeffles and Ben had a magnificent time defeating Dastardly Dan in the Magnificent Race.
The Blarney Brothers, A Fine Line Between Ambition & Delusion
Jiggernaut, In Search of More
The Killdares, A Place to Stand
Widening Gyre, Reel Shadows
Older acquisitions by me as a result of previous Celtic Festivals, from bands which sadly were not at the Festival this year!
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