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Subject: some more play testing and more ideas.. rss

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I wont see we've played this alot but we've had a couple of sessions the last month or so. Some more ideas:

1) partnerships are really starting to seem like the more interesting game structure. This means that typically you have six people sitting around the table and they are paired off with the person sitting across from them the idea is to get the most chips when the two partner hands are combined at the end. After all the passing/dropping is over.

It is preferred for one thing because the game is very sociable and pairing off players plays into that. But even more importantly, when you play this game solo and you are left with the choice at the end of taking the jar or keeping your chip (this is a variant we play) most people take the jar, because: youre not gonna win with one chip so you may as well take a chance on the jar. Most people play this game as a one time play; normallly we dont keep a running score of how you did each game. you can play that way but most people only want to play one or two games at most.

Hence, everyone plays the game as if its your one and only game, so everyone choose the jar.

But with partnerships, now you have to really be careful because your partner might be holding a great hand and you dont want to spoil that by taking the jar and making it worse. Now you really have to play a bit more conservatively if you dont want to hurt your partner.

So partnership play makes the last choice (jar or chip) more interesting.

2) as said above; we play a variant where at the end when you hold the last chip you have a choice: Keep your one chip or take the jar; if you keep your chip you pass the jar to the next person and they have the same choice.

3) we are still torn on just what to value the pandora chip. The latest idea is IF the pandora chip is in your hand, then the chip is worth what is in the jar. If not in your hand...then we are not quite sure.

4) one person suggested that you should not allow immediate trade backs. that is to say: A drops a chop and trades with player B sitting to his left, A passes to B and B immediately trades back with A. What do others think of that? Not sure myself if that should not be allowed.

What about this suggestion; you cant trade with the person to your left? So you cant set them up by trading them your one chip.
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