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Protokollsvira: The most convoluted scoring system ever

Raymond Gallardo
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I found this:

http://runeberg.org/vira/

It’s a Vira tutorial published in Stockholm, 1903.

It contains a scoring variant, protokollsvira, which is the most convoluted way to score that I’ve ever encountered!

Remember in Vira that players gain and lose points from two sources: their opponents and the pot or pulla. When you win a contract, you get one bet from the pot. When you lose a contract, you pay one bet to the pot, and when you lose a contract by two or more tricks, you pay two betar to the pot. You also pay one bet to the pot when you buy cards again. At the end of the game, players divide the contents of the pot equally among themselves.

In protokollsvira, every time you add one or more betar to the pot, the value of those betar increases by two points! So each individual bet in the pot can have a different value. When you take a bet from the pot, you have to take the second most valuable bet from the pot!
This all means that you can’t use scoring chips; you have to keep track of all this information with a scoresheet, or a protokoll.

Here’s the example I found in the tutorial, which took me forever to figure out:

+----------------------------+----------------------------+----------------------------+
| Player C | Player A | Player B |
+--------+-----+-------------+---------+-----+------------+--------+-----+-------------+
| Hand | Bet | Winner | Hand | Bet | Winner | Hand | Bet | Winner |
+--------+-----+-------------+---------+-----+------------+--------+-----+-------------+
| Hand 0 | 50 | | Hand 0 | 50 | A (Hand 4) | Hand 0 | 50 | |
| Hand 8 | 60 | A (Hand 10) | Hand 1 | 52 | C (Hand 3) | Hand 2 | 54 | |
| Hand 8 | 60 | B (Hand 11) | Hand 5 | 56 | B (Hand 7) | Hand 6 | 58 | |
| Hand 8 | 60 | | Hand 5 | 56 | | Hand 9 | 62 | C (Hand 13) |
| | | | Hand 12 | 64 | | | | |
+--------+-----+-------------+---------+-----+------------+--------+-----+-------------+


+------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------+
| Hand | Who won or lost the contract | Contents of pot |
+------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------+
| 0 | Each player adds 1 bet. Each bet added is worth 50 points. | 50 50 50 |
| 1 | Player A loses their contract and adds 1 bet worth 52 points. | 50 50 50 52 |
| 2 | Player B loses their contract and adds 1 bet worth 54 points. | 50 50 50 52 54 |
| 3 | Player C wins their contract and takes 1 bet worth 52 points (the second highest valued bet in the pot). | 50 50 50 52 54 |
| 4 | Player A wins their contract and takes 1 bet worth 50 points. | 50 50 50 54 |
| 5 | Player A loses their contract by 2 tricks and adds 2 betar worth 56 points each. | 50 50 54 56 56 |
| 6 | Player B loses their contract and adds 1 bet worth 58 points. | 50 50 54 56 56 58 |
| 7 | Player B wins their contract and takes 1 bet worth 56 points. | 50 50 54 56 56 58 |
| 8 | Player C rebuys, then proceeds to lose their contract by 2 tricks. C adds a total of 3 betar to the pot, each worth 60 points. | 50 50 54 56 58 60 60 60 |
| 9 | Player B loses their contract and adds 1 bet worth 62 points. | 50 50 54 56 58 60 60 60 62 |
| 10 | Player A wins their contract and takes 1 bet worth 60 points. | 50 50 54 56 58 60 60 60 62 |
| 11 | Player B wins their contract and takes 1 bet worth 60 points. | 50 50 54 56 58 60 60 62 |
| 12 | Player A loses their contract and adds 1 bet worth 64 points. | 50 50 54 56 58 60 62 64 |
| 13 | Player C wins their contract and takes 1 bet worth 62 points. | 50 50 54 56 58 60 62 64 |
+------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------------------------+


At the end of the game, there’s 7 betar left in the pot with a total value of 392 points.

Player C has 50+60=110 points left in the pot.
Player A has 54+64=120 points left in the pot.
Player B has 50+54+58=162 points left in the pot.

The players divide the contents of the pot by 3, which is 130 points with a remainder of 2 points. Player B gets these extra two points as that player lost the most.

Player C is up 130-110=20 points.
Player A is up 130-120=10 points
Player B is down 132-162=-30 points.

The calculation of the final scores didn’t make much sense to me. Still, this scoring system might be easier to use in practice. In the scoresheet, when someone’s entitled to take a bet from the pot, you just cross off the corresponding value in the scoresheet; you don’t need that bet’s actual value when calculating the final scores.

Anyway, there’s no way I’d ever consider using this system. I like using the scoring chips when playing Vira in person and prefer not to write anything down!
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