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November 21st, 2006
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Also, speaking of magic and cards ...
So ... back in the real world:
Second-round laydown
Second-round laydown
Hearts game 11/18/2006.

kadyg, roaminrob, table_lamp and I were playing Hearts the other night. In among all of the fun we were having, something quite extraordinary happened: I shot the moon (claimed every single point) after just four cards had been played.

What makes it a genuine oddity -- or at least stretches the brain's pattern recognition in bizarre ways -- is that I picked up my hand to discover most of the cards you see in the picture ... plus three sevens.

I passed kadyg the three sevens. You remember what 7-7-7 means in Vegas, yes?

That's right: I promptly hit the jackpot, as her pass to me filled in the hand's only non-club gaps.

... Little moments like this are what renew my faith in the power of Story to shape reality.

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* Observant readers may notice the absence of the Two of Clubs in the current (first) trick. This is due to the format of Table Lamp Hearts. The lamp happened to be holding the 2C, and since it plays randomly, when its first play was a different club we just went with that.

** Okay, so maybe this post was just an excuse to pretend our table lamp has an LJ name. So what of it? ;-)***

*** Edit, 11/21: Giving the lamp an actual journal wasn't my idea. But I approve. -B

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From:necama
Date:November 22nd, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
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Bah. That's nothing.

Let me know when the lamp shoots. I'm sure that's one of the signs of the apocalypse.
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From:kadyg
Date:November 22nd, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
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The lamp has shot! You were there!

Dec. 30, 2005 aprox. 10:00 pm. (I only remember this date because I went off and got married the next morning.) We called Rob and everything.
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From:necama
Date:November 22nd, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah. Sorry; I seem to have purged that incident from my memory. But now that you mention it, I do vaguely remember that.
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From:kistaro
Date:November 22nd, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
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Shooting the moon is satisfying, but I think it says something about my evil schnaudenfreudical streak that I find it more satisfying to take exactly one point with one of my opponents taking 25.

I usually play 3-handed Hearts by dealing 17 cards to each person, turning up the last card, and giving it to whoever takes the last trick. That makes things really interesting in 1/52nd of the hands. (I always play without the 10D (or JD, depending upon locale) counting for anything- do you count it as -10?)
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From:baxil
Date:November 22nd, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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> schadenfreudical ...

Did you see the music link here? ;)

As for Lamp Hearts ... I think we originally started it that way because 17-card hands and three-card tricks IMHO detracts from the strategy of the game. We've continued the Lamp tradition because, as we soon discovered, the lamp is a remarkably evil Hearts player. When it has the Queen, it has a chilling propensity for dropping it at devastating times. Such as, the spade trick where a player is fretting about that now-singleton spade ace ...

It also seems to like kadyg. Its Brownian play seems to favor her; it's overtaken her high card many times to save her from some big point drops. Our game notes bear this out.

(And, no, we don't use the JD-10 rule. Games take long enough as it is.)

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From:cloakable
Date:November 22nd, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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*** Edit, 11/21: Giving the lamp an actual journal wasn't my idea. But I approve. -B

Hahaha :)
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