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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     cribbage - the card game cribbage

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     cribbage [-emqr]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     cribbage plays the card  game  cribbage,  with  the  program
playing one hand
     and  the user the other.  The program will initially ask the
user if the
     rules of the game are needed - if so, it will print out  the
     section from According to Hoyle.

     cribbage options include:

     -e       When the player makes a mistake scoring his hand or
crib, provide
             an explanation of the correct score.  (This is especially useful
             for beginning players.)

     -m       ``Muggins''  -  if  a player mistakenly scores less
than is due, the
             opponent  may  claim  the  overlooked  points.   (Of
course, the
             computer never miscalculates!)

     -q       Print a shorter form of all messages - this is only
             for users who have played the game without  specifying this option.

     -r       Instead  of  asking the player to cut the deck, the
program will
             randomly cut the deck.

     cribbage first asks the player whether he wishes to  play  a
short game
     (``once  around'',  to 61) or a long game (``twice around'',
to 121).  A
     response of `s' or `S' will result in a short game; any other response
     will play a long game.

     At  the start of the first game, the program asks the player
to cut the
     deck to determine who gets the first crib.  The user  should
respond with
     a  number  between  4 and 48, indicating how many cards down
the deck is to
     be cut.  The player who cuts the lower ranked card gets  the
first crib.
     If  more  than one game is played, the loser of the previous
game gets the
     first crib in the current game.

     For each hand, the program first prints  the  player's  hand
and whose crib
     it  is,  and  then asks the player to discard two cards into
the crib.  The
     cards are prompted for one per line, and are entered as  explained below.

     After  discarding,  the  program cuts the deck (if it is the
player's crib)
     or asks the player to cut the deck (if it's  its  crib);  in
the latter
     case,  the appropriate response is a number from 4 to 36 indicating how
     far down the remaining 40 cards are to be cut.

     After the deck is cut, play starts with the non-dealer  (the
person who
     doesn't have the crib) leading the first card.  Play continues until all
     cards are exhausted.  The program keeps track of the scoring
of all
     points and the total of the cards on the table.

     After  play, the hands are scored.  The program requests the
player to
     score his hand (and the crib, if it is his) by printing  out
the appropriate
 cards.  Play continues until one player reaches the game
limit (61 or

     A carriage return when a numeric input is expected is equivalent to typing
  the  lowest  legal value; when cutting the deck this is
equivalent to
     cutting after the fourth card.

     Cards are specified as rank followed by suit.  The ranks may
be specified
     as one of: `a', `2', `3', `4', `5', `6', `7', `8', `9', `t',
`j', `q',
     and `k', or alternatively, one of:  `ace',  `two',  `three',
`four', `five',
     `six', `seven', `eight', `nine', `ten', `jack', `queen', and
     Suits may be specified as: `s', `h', `d', and `c', or alternatively as:
     `spades',  `hearts', `diamonds', and `clubs'.  A card may be
specified as:
     ``<rank>   <suit>'', or: ``<rank> of <suit>''.  If the  single letter rank
     and  suit  designations  are  used, the space separating the
suit and rank
     may be left out.  Also, if only one card of the desired rank
is playable,
     typing  the  rank  is sufficient.  For example, if your hand
was ``2H, 4D,
     5C, 6H, JC, and KD'' and it was desired to discard the  king
of diamonds,
     any  of  the following could be typed: `k', `king', `kd', `k
d', `k of d',
     `king d', `king of d', `k diamonds', `k of diamonds',  `king
     `king of diamonds'.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /var/games/criblog               log file (if logging is enabled)
     /usr/share/games/cribbage.instr  instructions

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Earl T. Cohen wrote the logic.  Ken Arnold added the screenoriented interface.

OpenBSD      3.6                           May      31,      1993
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