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(Player Event) A test... Monday 13th February 8PM UK time - Poker night!

Discussion in 'UO Europa' started by Aurelius, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Babbling Loonie
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    A daft idea that began with the realisation a mage can summon 5 creatures at once - which coincidentally is the size for a 'poker hand' of beasts...

    After casting a lot of summoning spells, we think we have a nearly complete listing of what can be summoned - and if need be, should something so far unobserved appear, we'll find a value for it!

    The idea is fairly simple - we pair up mages, each in turn goes into the arena and summons their five, which we score according to the following :

    Card 'equivalents' -

    Ace - highest card - Chicken (We are the ECL after all...)
    King - Alligator
    Queen - Snow Leopard
    Jack - Scorpion
    14 - Giant Serpent
    13 - Hind
    12 - Rabbit
    11 - Polar Bear
    10 - Black Bear
    9 - Grizzly Bear
    8 - Llama
    7 - Eagle
    6 - Grey Wolf
    5 - Pig
    4 - Horse
    3 - Gorilla
    2 - Walrus

    Wild card - Slime, counts as anything you choose it to represent!


    Hand rankings, highest to lowest :

    Five of a kind - all the same creature
    Flush - reptile/non mammal.
    Four of a kind
    Full house - three of one kind of creature, two of another
    Flush - all mammal/non-reptile
    Three of a kind
    Two pairs
    One pair
    High 'card'.

    The second mage comes in, casts their spells - and unless things have been very unusual, we should have a winner!

    Should we have enough people and time, the idea is a 'progressive knockout', where winners from one game go on to compete against another winner, until the final two square off - but this may be tricky to do, since 8 people playing means the casting of 110 summon spells, plus the time to get people in the ring, sort out scoring, and do all the other 'admin' stuff! So for the first public session, I'm inclined to say we'll pair up people, and see how many there are and how much time we have before setting out on a full 'tournament' this evening.

    (We've also had options suggested, such as the 'house mage' casting twice to give the duellists their first two 'cards', and they then summon either three more to make the five, or five more and keep the best 'hand' from the seven creatures - I'd be interested to hear any thoughts on these, or suggestions for other methods - we're really testing this one out, and have no idea what might work best!)

    And regarding betting.... always an attraction, but often tricky to run! You are free to bet on your own success in a match, and to bet on the likely result of a 'duel', as ever Mapper's drawn the job of bookie so to make his life as simple as possible (and keep things fairly quick for everyone!) we'll use the ECL system of minimum bet 10k, rising in increments of 10k to a maximum bet 50k, and the vendor will be stocked with cheques of 10k so you can get the right amount easily. We'll pay back the stake, and the same again in 'winnings' to those who bet on the winner, so you will need to clearly tell Mapper who your are betting on, and how much you bet, before the match begins, so we can make sure the right amounts get paid out. In the extremely unlikely event of a tied game, we'll pay out to all people as if ALL the bets placed won.... so I need to make a bit more cash before Monday to make sure we are properly covered ;)

    Planned start is 8PM on Monday 13th Feb, at the O*T arena in Zento, where we'll see how well this works and gauge interest and time, if it's popular enough we would plan on this being another 'fortnightly' event, so poker nights would alternate with ECL matches.
     
  2. Jonathen

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    Love the idea! Although betting couldn't really work like normal poker betting since you can see your opponent's "cards". I guess you could still have a round of betting after each draw/casting though, it just becomes more a bravado thing than tactical. And of course there could still be the option to fold... with a few adjustments this could actually be quite like real poker, and less of a duel.

    Did you intend to omit Straight from the hand rankings?
     
  3. Bobar

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    I think the idea is you place your bets before any 'cards' are drawn.

    You couldnt really bet as if you were playing Draw poker, where you keep your best cards and change the others. You are betting against the house at Evens. This means that if you have the best hand, of two, before the draw you are very likely to win. It would be impractical in this kind of game to introduce a scale of odds, there are too many variables.

    So the betting would be just 2 contestants, both at even money and then let the casting begin.
     
  4. Aurelius

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    Yes, because until we're sure we have all the possible creatures in the list, and are comfortable with being able to recognise their values quickly, we'd have too many headaches working out what was a straight ;)

    The difficulty of 'staged betting' at each point of the deal is mainly one of timing - this could be a pretty long evening as it stands, adding in sufficient pauses for each step of the deal may make it unmanageably long, it would depend how familiar people were with the rules, how many players we had... for now, I'm thinking to keep it simpler and add complexity later, if it would fit.
     
  5. Aurelius

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    First one went quite well, so there will be more - next being on the 27th, as usual 8 PM UK time, so we can alternate mondays between ECL matches and poker games.