It's been a couple of years since I've posted drinking game rules for the SODA business meeting, and I hadn't planned to post them again. But at the SODA reception Saturday night, David Johnson specifically asked me to post them, “so I'll know what to say”. When I asked him what, if anything, he wanted me to include, he didn't offer any suggestions, so despite David's impetus, this is all still my fault.
Unfortunately, an actual drinking game is unlikely this year, because of the exorbitant price of beer at downtown New York hotels. I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict that the business meeting will not have free beer, since we didn't get tickets. And assuming there is any beer at all, it's likely to cost upwards of $9 a bottle (for the usual American sex-in-a-canoe swill, not the super-secret Belgian stuff that the monks normally reserve for themselves). Luc Devroye is to have a fresh bottle of Stoli under his jacket, but that'll only stretch so far.
I should clarify the rules: For most squares, you can only mark the square if someone actually makes the corresponding suggestion or complaint. For example, you can only mark the square “no/bad beer at business meeting” if someone complains that there is no (or no good) beer at the business meeting, as part of the actual meeting discussion.