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2005-02-23 RussCon Report

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12 of us played 11 games!

Spanish: 2pm Sunday at Texspresso on Anderson Lane (by Alamo Drafthouse Village) is the weekly basic informal Spanish RussCon study group... so far it consists of me studying Spanish by myself at Texspresso, except one time Whendy came with a Spanish instructional CD we played around with. :)

STAPLE is an independent media (comics, art, zines, etc) expo from 10am to 6pm on Saturday March 5. It only costs $5 and people like Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) and Scott Kurtz (Player vs Player) will be there.

Cirque du Soleil is in town and some folks were talking about going. If you want to try to get a RussCon group to go to this Varekai show, let me know.

Game Results

ZirkusFlohcati3Clayton 2 Marty 0 MarkH -2
Boggle5Tim 4 RussW 2 JP 0 Jeffles -2 Ben -4
EinfachGenial4MarkH 3 JP 1 Ben -1 Clayton -3
Euphrates4Marty 3 RussW 1 Tim -1 Jeffles -3
Frank'sZoo4ToddG 3 Clayton 1 Ben -1 Whendy -3
RicochetRobot8RussW 7 Jeffles 3 ToddG 3 JP 3 Tim -1 Ben -3 SarahM -6 Chad -6
Tayu2RussW 0 Marty 0
Razzia4Jeffles 3 Tim 1 SarahM -1 JP -3
Blokus4JP 3 Tim 1 ToddG -1 RussW -3
Tichu2( Jeffles SarahM ) 1 ( Chad Ben ) -1
Tayu2Chad 1 Jeffles -1

Since RussCon inexplicably lacked an actual Boggle set (besides Boggle Bowl), Ben picked up a Boggle set with an electronic timer in a snazzy black traveling case. Pretty fancy! There were hopes that the word "river" might appear on one of the boards, but no such luck.

Apparently Razzia is just like Ra with one change, in a smaller cheaper package with a gangster theme instead of ancient Egypt.

Marty and I actually tied in Tayu, each with 4*5=20 points. There still looked liked like there was space, but it was actually getting hard to find places to put the pieces, so the game shut down earlier than expected with the tie score.

We did another late-night social game. This one was suggested by Jeffles: people wrote slips of paper with various actions on them, good, bad or strange, and then we'd randomly draw 6 of them and try to guess the preference order for them for different people. E.g. would Clayton rather dance naked on TV or play Carcassonne? Ok, sometimes the answer was obvious, but sometimes there were some very surprising results, especially including such activities as attending a high school reunion, getting punched in the face, and being wrapped like a mummy at a bdsm party.


Rank Ratings:       
 1.7918 RussW
 1.7918 Tim
 1.5405 ToddG
 1.3863 Marty
 0.9651 JP
 0.2877 MarkH
 0.1178 Clayton
-0.1335 Jeffles
-1.0987 SarahM
-1.3863 Chad
-1.3863 Whendy
-3.8077 Ben
Win Ratings:
 1.2809 RussW won 2 of 5
 0.9808 Marty won 2 of 3
 0.9808 MarkH won 1 of 2
 0.9651 ToddG won 1 of 3
 0.7419 Jeffles won 2 of 6
 0.6129 Tim won 1 of 5
 0.5232 Clayton won 1 of 3
 0.4543 JP won 1 of 5
 0.2719 SarahM won 1 of 3
-0.1335 Chad won 1 of 3
-0.2877 Whendy won 0 of 1
-1.6251 Ben won 0 of 5

I am the Devil! Marty, Todd, and Tim are Co-Vice-Devils. Ben is the Generous Angel!

If you are confused how the ratings work, you could peruse the FAQ.

I used GraphViz to generate the graph image.

devil graph

Meta Game

I was the Meta Devil and designed (but forgot to mail out) the following Meta Game:

The River Meta Game

Since I finally saw the 20-year-old film River's Edge, earn a meta point each time you play a game that has rivers in it. Each meta point is a lottery ticket to be Meta Devil.

8 meta points were earned: 4 from the Euprates & Tigris game, and 4 from the 2 games of Tayu. Random selection reveals that Tim is the Meta Devil and will design next week's Meta Game!

Evening's Soundtrack

Friends of Dean Martinez, on the shore
Haendel, Water Music
My Dying Bride, The Angel and the Dark River
Nirvana, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
The Sweet Hereafter, original motion picture soundtrack

Another of those pesky meta themes.

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