The Truffle Shuffle: Ways To Shuffle
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Introduction: I'm married to The Gamebler. He's like you. When he has a bad dream, the Zombies have cornered Father Joseph and Jake Cartwright, and are two rolls away from putting an end to living civilization. When went to a wedding reception & I asked him to dance, his stared off into the distance & I bet you thirty Elektro he was thinking something like this: "There's the Mekanork, spinning the dance floor. My woman is wearing a skin-tight catsuit, doing "the wall-climb" move, and that handsome fella with the strength of a Warrior, the keenness of a Wizard, the savvy of a Cleric, and the fine blue eyes of Paul Newman...that's me." And then, brought back to reality, remarked, "What, huh, honey? No, think I'll sit this one out."

So here I am to confess in GeekList format. Tonight, before a tasty Jack's cheese pizza & game of Ticket To Ride Marklin, I opened the box to set up for the game. (The Gamebler was cleaning out my crockpot that he'd taken to GreenCon, a gaming convention he helped organize this past weekend. The fellas brought soups & other foods, ala pot luck, so they could game from 9am-9pm & not have to break concentration. The split pea soup I sent along remained on "low" & the remnant soup baked into the basin. Anyway..). I looked at the cards & realized I have a preoccupation with shuffling. I don't have a preferred method for all games (cards vs. tiles is a hard one to nail down), but I thought I'd rank them "listed in no order of importance", but rather "these are the ways I shuffle", all trademarked, of course. (And no, there ain't a truffle shuffle included on the list.)
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1. Tile Massage (mostly for tile games. Learned this one when playing UNO as a child, which I know is not a tile game)
I like to use this one when I'm playing Carcassonne or Samurai or Gulo Gulo. Just place all the tiles on the table, laying your hands atop the tiles, & move them in circles, saying "wax on, wax off" until you feel your tabletop has been thoroughly buffed & you're sure you won't draw three mountain tiles in a row. Then, for even more neurotic behavior, pile the tiles randomly (4 or 5 stacks is perfect) until you are tired of your own stupid behavior, or the people around you start to sigh.
 
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2. London Bridges + Firing Squad (mostly for card games)
I like to use this one when we play Ticket to Ride or Battle Line or Memoir 44. I shuffle the cards two times traditionally, complete with the London Bridge collapse. Then, because I'm not fully convinced that the cards will ever be separated from their original order, I start dealing the cards out like I'm dealing a set of cards for something. I make 5 or 6 piles of cards, dealing from the left to the right & repeating until the deck has been fully depleted. Then I shuffle the cards London Bridge style one last time for good measure. Perhaps this one should be called O.C.D.?
 
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3. Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture (Bag Games)
This applies to games with tiles in bags, like Zooloretto or Ra or Scrabble. Because I can get irritated with the clunky nature of passing the tile bag all over the game's green earth, I've developed a way to keep myself happily playing along in the zoo or auctioning for Egyptian stuff or whatever pretend world I'm supposed to be in (remember: I'm married to a gamer. I do not consider myself one, technically, yet). I try to think of a song that I've heard on the same day that I'm playing the game. Then, without telling anyone, I shake the tile bag to that particular rhythm for six or seven seconds, to be sure the tiles have shifted well enough. It's entertaining, educational, & keeps me awake when someone across the table is about to lose their pulse to A.P.
 
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Faro shuffle

This is how I preferentially shuffle sleeved cards, rather than riffle shuffling them. The basic Faro shuffle involves splitting the deck into two halves, placing the halves edge-on against each other, and splicing the deck together again. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

I can't manage this with unsleeved cards. For those, I riffle.
 
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