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2005-01-12 RussCon Report
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20 of us played 14 games! Welcome Jack (SarahM's husband) who I know from Flipside and (many moons ago) Esperanto club.
I started formally studying Spanish this week (in a class). It seems quite a few RussCon folks know a little Spanish and are interested in learning more. Several of us had fun reading the local Spanish newspaper Rumbo together, and talked about meeting regularly as a little study group, where we'd read text together, practice some conversation, and so forth. If you are interested in this, let me know when would work for you. An obvious idea would have been just meeting an hour before RussCon, but Chad and Sarah (both of whom are interested) can't meet then. Sunday afternoon (e.g. 1 or 2pm) at Texspresso would be great for me, since I'm there at 3pm for Esperanto club anyway...
Those who are frustrated or upset that Bush is about to be inaugurated might be interested to know about events that day (Thursday, January 20):
|RicochetRobot||3||Tim 2 RussW 0 Ben -2|
|LostValley||4||Adam 3 Marty 1 KevinU -1 Jeffles -3|
|Drakon||4||ToddG 3 RussW -1 Jack -1 KevinU -1|
|Tichu||2||( JP Shari ) 1 ( Tim MarkH ) -1|
|Blokus||4||KevinU 3 RussW 1 Chad -1 ToddG -3|
|ZirkusFlohcati||4||TimG 3 SarahM 1 ToddG -2 Whendy -2|
|ZirkusFlohcati||4||TimG 3 SarahM 1 ToddG -1 Whendy -3|
|Medici||5||Tim 4 Matt 2 RussW 0 Clayton -2 Ben -4|
|Oltremare||3||JP 2 MikeC 0 MarkH -2|
|ZirkusFlohcati||4||William 3 JP 0 Clayton 0 Shari -3|
|DasZepterVonZavandor||4||Adam 3 MikeC 1 Whendy -1 Marty -3|
|Tichu||2||( SarahM KevinU ) 1 ( Jeffles Ben ) -1|
|Samurai||4||RussW 3 Chad 0 Matt 0 ToddG -3|
|Tayu||2||SarahM 1 Chad -1|
Several new games were brought (I think all by Adam and/or Mike): Lost Valley, Oltremare, and Das Zepter von Zavandor. The latter is apparently like Outpost, but with fairies and kobolds!
Some old classics were played: Samurai (which I was pleased to do quite well at), and Medici (I'll take my 3rd place out of 5 and not complain).
Drakon, one of the love-it-or-hate-it games, seemed popular with the new folks I introduced it too. As I often mention (trying to convince the haters to give it another chance), it doesn't take as long with the expansion set, and has really varied play. E.g. in this session, no tile-stealing occurred (the only such tile played was immediately destroyed, in fact), and no "steal gold from another player" tile even appeared.
It is nice to see Tayu getting a resurgence of popularity in recent weeks. It is a great not-too-long 2-player game.
Inka Wayra, Magical Echoes from the Andes Vol. III
SAVAE, Guadalupe: Virgen de los Indios
Strunz & Farah, Primal Magic
Another of those pesky meta themes.
la hispana pli facilas ol la ĉina