extremely belated Super Summer Annual Intros!

Ding, Kylie (KAM.RIC) Kylie.Ding at us.kline.com
Sun Aug 3 01:02:17 EDT 2003

You never played Bartok??  You missed out!  It is a good game.
You missed several vital rules:
1.  All players start with 7 cards.
2.  The first player to put down a card who is sitting next to the dealer determines the direction of play
3.  Cards are played in Uno fashion (play suit on suit, number on number.)
4.  If you have one card left you must say "Bartok!"
5.  The first player to dispose of all cards is the winner.
6.  The winner gets to make up a new rule (this would be why you never understood the rules, Paul :)
7.  If you make a mistake you get a card.
8.  If you are too slow to play you get a card.
9.  If you forget to say Bartok you get five cards.
At the end of a midnight to dawn session there are an awful lot of rules!!
And I remember the unspecting person scenario well...
A person would walk up and say "What are you playing?"
They asked a question so they got a card.  Then they would get five more cards for not saying Bartok.  They they would ask why they were getting given cards and get another card.  By that stage play would be at them and they would get a card for wasting time.  Having no idea of the rules any card they put down was bound to be a mistake....
Yes, it was certainly best not to ask.....

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Paul Andinach [mailto:pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au] 
	Sent: Sat 02-Aug-03 9:11 PM 
	To: dwj at suberic.net 
	Subject: Re: extremely belated Super Summer Annual Intros!

	On Fri, 1 Aug 2003, Melissa Proffitt wrote:
	> My game of choice back in high school was Fizzbin.  But you need a
	> deck of cards and a lot of clueless patsys to really make that one
	> work.  (And that *is* a game where you want the onlookers
	> completely stumped.)
	And, preferably, unfamiliar with Star Trek, yesno?
	When I was at university, the were dread rumours of a card game called
	Bartok - I never actually saw anyone playing it, and I have no idea if
	it really existed. The game had rules, but it was forbidden to explain
	them while a game was in session - especially the rules governing how
	the rules changed during play. Three rules I did manage to pick up:
	  1. The winner is the first person to dispose of all his cards.
	  2. If you break a rule (ignorance no excuse), you get handed a card.
	  3. If you ask a question (about the rules, or anything else),
	     you get handed a card.
	Newbies were solemnly taken aside and warned that, on encountering
	people playing cards in certain places on-campus, they should never,
	under any circumstances, utter the words "What are you playing?"
	"Hold fast to the one noble thing."
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