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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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"Aunt" Martha (one of those friends of the family introduced to me as a relative 17 years ago) and I apparently make an effective Rook team.

For those not familiar with it, Rook is a partnership trick-taking game, marketed by Parker Bros. but almost playable with a regular deck of cards. We don't play by the standard rules; my family's play is a variant of Kentucky Discard, with 5 in the kitty and only the 2s and 3s out of the deck. 1s are high (above the 14; having 14 cards a suit instead of 13 is about the only thing odd with a Rook deck, since the Rook itself can be played by a joker) and worth 15 points. (As usual, 5s are worth 5 and 10s/14s are worth 10) 180 points are possible in one hand for taking every counter (40 in each suit plus the Rook) and we play to 500 points.

I won't get in to the full rules. Suffice to say that we don't usually get 180 for a hand.

Martha and I did it twice in the same game, with a 175 in it as well.

In conclusion: it might be a bad idea to play cards with a telepath. I wasn't consciously using psychic ability, but I can't swear to it... Really, though, Martha and I cooperate very effectively at the game. It was a fun evening, though; playing Rook gives me a focus so the loud social event of tonight's Christmas party didn't overload me at all and it was a lot of fun.

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Is it just my net connection, or are a crapload of entries today, in several pages, having odd HTML things going on. Glad you had some real fun at least. *smiles*

> playing Rook gives me a focus so the loud social event of tonight's Christmas party didn't overload me at all

... Oh, is that what it is? I've been wrangling games at big social events for years and I always enjoy the events a lot more if I do. That explanation does make sense.

Computer scientist perspective

Consider this: the limited scope of a card game (or any sort of game) provides me with a very restricted set of events that I need to be able to immediately respond to. Because I have the excuse "I was focusing on the game, what?" I do not need to immediately process anything not related to the game. So by applying a relatively simple filter (relative to most social interaction!), I cut the amount of input I need to fully process by a factor of at least thirty.

So it makes sense to me, anyway!

...I'm idly curious if mages/psychics playing card games usually find themselves needing to put shielding over the deck.

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