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15 of us played 13 games! Welcome visitor Garrett, friend of Omar.
It was JimG's last RussCon! Oh no! His work in Austin finished finally, so he will be living permanently in Arizona with his family, which I guess is some compensation for having to miss future RussCons, but still...
There will be RussCon As Usual during next week (2004-12-29).
There was snow in Houston on Christmas. How weird is that!
Our Most Assiduous Reader will have noticed that non-ASCII text (ekzemple, ĉi tiuj ĉapelitaj literoj) at russcon.org was displaying incorrectly lately, despite the html being valid and nothing having changed in the pages which used to work... I hypothesize that the problem was due to a recent change in Apache configuration (wherein the webserver is now bogusly sending charset=iso-8859-1 regardless of what the html pages themselves say, thus overriding the charset=utf-8 in my pages). As I type now, it appears that PJ has sorted it out, yay. The same thing happened recently at my webcomics hosted at keenspace.com when they upgraded to a new version of Apache, and they also fixed it quickly.
|HoneyBears||5||Adam 4 Jeffles 2 Tim 0 Ben -2 RussW -4|
|RicochetRobot||4||Tim 3 Ben -1 MarkY -1 Adam -1|
|Tayu||2||KevinU 1 JimG -1|
|Carcassonne||4||RussW 3 Jeffles 1 Clayton -1 Whendy -3|
|MammaMia||4||JimG 3 William 1 Tim -1 KevinU -3|
|Blokus||4||Jeffles 3 RussW 1 Clayton -1 Whendy -3|
|RicochetRobot||3||Tim 2 Omar 0 Garrett -2|
|WhatsThatOnMyHead||5||SarahM 3 MarkY 3 Adam -1 Matt -1 Ben -4|
|Samurai||3||Matt 2 Ben 0 SarahM -2|
|CarcassonneHunters||4||William 3 Whendy 1 Jeffles -1 Clayton -3|
|Tichu||2||( KevinU Garrett ) 1 ( Omar Ben ) -1|
|Attika||4||RussW 3 Omar -1 Garrett -1 KevinU -1|
|Carcassonne||4||Clayton 3 Matt 1 William -1 RussW -3|
Go red bear!
Several diverse games of Carcassonne were played for meta reasons. The first was the Ark of the Covenant variant, which I won. Then a game of Hunters and Gatherers (which apparently took a while, based on some anguished wailing about the agonization). Then a game of original Carcassonne with the extra tiles and a new expansion which Clayton just acquired, the Count of Carcassonne, which changes things radically. It is basically a mechanism to let you put meeples into a holding area where they may then be added to your meeples when something completes. Thus even a cloister could be stolen from you. Analogous to the special tiles in Hunters and Gatherers, you only get to put a meeple into cold storage (as a corpsicle, I will say, since I just read the Larry Niven story "Rammer", since William gave the book to Clayton, but I digress) when you generously complete something which gives another player points and you get no points. We weren't sure if we liked this variant, but it seems worth trying again - the strategy certainly feels different. In particular, there may be less incentive to start a tiny city which can be completed by another player, giving you only 2 points but letting them make a corpsicle.
Jeffles had, incredibly, never played Blokus before. Or so he claims. Suspiciously, he won. Hmm. Coincidence? I don't think so!
Another game of Attika with various thwarted attempts to connect shrines, so it turned into a long haul to get all the buildings out. A close finish between Garrett and me: he almost could have won on his turn, but not quite, so then on my turn I did win.
Classical Traditions for The Season
Rent, original Broadway cast recording
Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio, I Am Santa Claus
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