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2005-06-29 RussCon Report

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8 of us played 10 games! The turnout shrinks even more as the hot summer continues... Welcome new guy Ed (Edro), friend of Chad.

Game Results

Boggle5RussW 4 JP 2 Ben 0 Clayton -2 Edro -4
RicochetRobot4JP 3 Ben 1 RussW -1 Edro -3
Vampire3RussW 1 Edro 1 Clayton -2
Tichu2( SarahM JP ) 1 ( Ben William ) -1
Blokus4Chad 3 RussW 1 Clayton -1 Edro -3
Frank'sZoo7Chad 6 Edro 4 SarahM 2 JP 0 Ben -2 RussW -4 Clayton -6
Bluff4SarahM 3 Edro 1 Clayton -1 Chad -3
Boggle2Ben 1 RussW -1
Bluff4Chad 3 Clayton 1 SarahM -1 Edro -3
LoadedQuestions6Ben 5 RussW 3 Edro 1 SarahM -3 Chad -3 Clayton -3

I had a good opening Boggle game, but then in a later duel with Ben, he squeaked ahead by 3 points in the end! I blame answering a phone call while the timer was going... I thought I'd found everything on the barren board, but I was so wrong... "sheer fucking pride, and stupidity."

Loaded Questions is the party card game Sarah brought (which we played informally ). Having questions already made up on cards helped move things along a little faster. We did three rounds. For your amusement, here are the answers people wrote for various questions; it shouldn't be too hard to figure out which player wrote which column:

CatKittenPuppyKittenfluffy bunnies
humorNoneNoneWritingOrganizational Skills
damnDon't mourn me.And I'm spentAnd now we have achieved world peace.I love you, too.
my true loveDongie"No Idea"Thank you for letting me be myselfFrom the lives I've tried to lead, to the one that I received.
taking ordersGuitarBoggleBasketballPlaying music
hardy boysMastering EJBCannibles & KingsBibleCyteen
True love & Strong friendshipStrong FriendshipsFriendshipstrue loveStrong friendship
my dad my momMr. Spock & Kwei Chang KaneMom + DadNelson Mandela + MLKZamenhof, Siddhartha
grave of the fireflysAmerican BeautyThe Dead Poet SocietyAutofocusThe Unbearable Lightness of Being
new zealand, for the sceneryCanadian b/c it's almost like being in the USANew Zealander: I'd like to be thereHolland, liberal politics + good social programsDutch - they are more progressive.
NYC - too crowdedL.A. because it will sink into the ocean and not be on the map.Houston: RepublicansOatmeal, TX No one lives thereCrawford TX loves Bush
CompanionshipRating PointsMoneyOxygenChallenges
Vote for truth!No More Bullshit.Because I CanLive in AbundanceHonesty, Intelligence, Justice
IranThe Republic of North KoreaIranN. KoreaIran
$20 billGumNothingCashPack of gum
travelDrugsChateau PetrusDeathFalling in love
fingernails on a chalkboardChad growling in bedThe neighbor's dog barkingThe fan being turned off before you're ready in the AMGeorge W's speeches


Rank Ratings:       
 2.7726 JP
 2.6391 Chad
 1.6864 Ben
 1.4916 SarahM
 1.1394 RussW
-0.6931 William
-3.5720 Edro
-4.8409 Clayton
Win Ratings:
 4.2485 Chad won 3 of 5
 1.7021 JP won 2 of 4
 1.4553 SarahM won 2 of 5
 1.1268 Ben won 2 of 6
 0.4099 RussW won 2 of 7
-0.6931 William won 0 of 1
-1.3049 Edro won 1 of 8
-2.5207 Clayton won 0 of 7

Chad and JP are Co-Devils! Ben and SarahM are Co-Vice-Devils! I am Vice-Vice-Devil. Clayton 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

Chad was the Meta Devil and created the following Meta Game:

Getting into Ed's Head:

Ed is a new player at Russcon. He will be the meta game this week. He will arrive with various random questions about his history. He will ask each person a (possibly different) question about his past. You must ask Ed yes/no questions over the course of the evening to help you determine the answer to your question.


Each Player may ask 1 question per game they complete, and 1 additional question per game they win. So the winner of each game gets 2 questions, and the non-winners of each game get 1 question each, upon completion of the game. The games must be traditionally sanction Russcon games which count for Meta Game points (Ie. Rock, Paper, Scissors and the like don't count).

You may ask your quesiton(s) of Ed when he is available.

Each question will be answered only by "yes", "no", "maybe", or "unknown".

The goal:
The first player that uses one of their questions to correctly guess the historical fact about Ed wins the meta game and becomes the next metadevil.

If no facts are guessed correctly, Ed will decide the next meta devil by whatever he deems appropriate.

Soooo, let's get to know Ed!

There were only 5 questions, so Chad ended up getting a duplicate of the one JP already had; they pooled their knowledge and Chad soon guessed correctly that Ed once asked Bill Gates about his water skiing habits... So Chad is the Meta Devil again and will design next week's Meta Game!

Evening's Soundtrack

Fiona Apple, Tidal
Bananarama, The Greatest Hits Collection
Camper Van Beethoven, Key Lime Pie
Clockwork Orange - Complete Original Score
The Private Music of Tangerine Dream

A fruitful theme.

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