November 21st, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/11/21 22:18:00 - No Merci!
I'm sitting in the living room at Relativity (using their wireless for spod) while sitting out in a game of No Merci. It's a slightly strange game where you have a deck with 24 distinct integers randomly distributed between 3 and 35 and 11 counters per person.

Counters count +1 at the end of a round, and cards -X. Whenever there is a face-up card and it is your go you have two choices:
  • Place a counter on the card and relinquish the turn.
  • Take the card and every counter on it and turn a new card.

It's surprisingly hard (and very viscerally game theoretic). ceb won our set-of-rounds, with simont and I joint-second.

Edit: As atreic points out, you only score the lowest card in a continuous run. (So, for example, collecting 34 is a really good idea if you have 33 and 35 already).
Current Mood: [mood icon] happy
Current Music: Relativity's Disorder
Entry Tags: atreic, cards, ceb, games, life, post-pizza, simont

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userinfo slakko
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2005/11/21 22:45:59
Is it effectively a cross between multi-round Prisoner's Dilemma and Mornington Crescent?
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userinfo atreic
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2005/11/21 23:06:26
If it's the game I think it is, senji has forgotten to mention that you only count the lowest of a run of cards you have picked up. So if you already have the 27, picking up the 26 is a positive bonus for you, whereas it will score huge negative points for everyone else.

It's a good game.
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userinfo senji
2005/11/22 02:02:04
You are indeed correct. I assume you've played it with angoel, who I gather has it in German...
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userinfo angoel
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2005/11/22 07:53:24
Indeed. Mainly because the German name ('Geschenkt') is so much better than the English one. And since everything else was language neutral, bar the rules which you could inscribe on a small postage stamp, the name won it for me.
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userinfo yrieithydd
2005/11/22 10:09:50
Mainly because the German name ('Geschenkt') is so much better than the English one.

Because it's actually German rather than French? This odd habit of English has amused ever since learning that the English for Golpe de Estado was Coup d'etat!
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userinfo king_of_wrong
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2005/11/22 13:56:48
Possibly because coups d'etat rarely happen in English-speaking countries?

OTOH, if you think English's use of loan words is bad, try walking around Harajuku or Shibuya ;)
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userinfo cartesiandaemon
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2005/11/22 02:02:13
Oh! I didn't realise you were spodding. I could have replied then ;)
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