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Subject: Card Counts - Secret or Open? rss

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Michael Kandrac
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Seems to be a question not addressed in the rules. Of course, what cards you have are secret until they are played, but am I entitled to know the exact card counts of my opponents and they mine? After several plays on Hilinski's website the importance of knowing the card counts of opponents in deciding to battle on or withdraw is critical. In the online game this information is always public.

How is this handled in face to face play?

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Every game I've ever played in, players were allowed to ask opponents how many cards they have. As you say, that can be an important consideration in the auction. Allowing this to be secret would seem to lead to silly behavior like stashing your hand of cards that I'd call counter-productive to overall enjoyment. Besides, it's hidden, trackable information. I'd say it's open data, but I don't know of an official ruling.
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I can't imagine anyone trying to say the number of cards in hand would be hidden. gulp
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How do you want to keep number of cards in hand hidden?
Remember the old Wild-West rule:
"Anyone who hides his cards under the table is shot immediately!"
 
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TermiGator wrote:
How do you want to keep number of cards in hand hidden?

You can hold them in one large stack.
 
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I don't know any game I'd consider the card counts secret. (Before anyone says Acquire, those aren't cards in hand. I'm open to other games I've missed.) But there's an additional reason in the case of Taj Mahal, some cards have different backs and are clearly intended to be visible. And keeping those visible and other cards hidden is really stretching it.
 
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dcorban wrote:
TermiGator wrote:
How do you want to keep number of cards in hand hidden?

You can hold them in one large stack.

Acc.
(I wasn't 100% serious as well...)

I have large hands myself. I can conceal a whole number of regular sized cards without anybody noticing that I have any at all.

But I totally agree with your above statement especially the
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