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By gzt (Tue Nov 30, 2010 at 04:25:55 PM EST) gzt, ecarte, piquet, cards, ups, ffs, metropolitan, icon (all tags)
I poked around google in French to try to get more information on piquet, but eventually found my best resource was in English, Cavendish's treatise on the game.

There are some good advices in that document and plenty of interesting information. Highly recommend. The advices are specifically for piquet au cent in the English manner rather than rubicon piquet in the French manner, which is what my computer program does. One salient difference is that you score a point for leading only if it is higher than 9 and you score a point for taking a trick on the opponent's lead only if you play higher than 9. Another is that you're playing to 100 instead of playing a fixed set of 6 hands, so every individual point counts. Every point counts in rubicon piquet, too, of course, but you almost never have to worry about making 23 instead of 22 or making sure you score high in the sequence rather than the set or the cards. You would generally play in a rubber, of course, because otherwise whoever was elder first in piquet au cent would have a distinct advantage.

"Cavendish" also has one for ecarte and whist. Unfortunately, the ecarte treatise is not available on the googles beyond the bit about the rules. Several editions of the whist treatise, however, are on the googles. Some poking around on the googles for the "jeux de regle" for ecarte will find some aids. I found a poor plaintext transcription of the "Cavendish" book on some archive site.

I suppose ecarte may not be too interesting, since playing the jeux de regles when the other person isn't leads to victory almost infallibly, while both playing by them makes it almost a matter of chance because, with only five cards, there's little opportunity to exercise skill. Or not, I don't know. I fear it would be like blackjack when it's useless to try to count cards, it's a matter of odds and what to do will fit on a cheat sheet that the casinos would willingly give you. Piquet is interesting even if you think you know the odds. Then again, I mean, this will all have to wait until I actually have a chance to play ecarte.

A famous icon will be at church on Wednesday, as will the Metropolitan. It's kind of a big deal. I, however, have class. I will entertain the possibility of skipping class, but I don't have a good hold on the material of the last couple weeks and the test is in two weeks. So, the answer is probably to go to class.

Absurdity with UPS: we ordered some socks off amazon. They sent it UPS. They want a signature. In person. At least, according to the card they left. There's a box for being able to sign a card and have it left and a box for being there in person to sign for it and the checked the latter. This is, like, a $12 purchase. So I signed the card, as nobody will be home, and hope they drop it off anyway. It's a friggin' $12 set of socks. I'd really much rather have them drop it off with the remote chance of it being stolen than have to go out to the UPS facility, which would take like 2 hours if I had a car. FFS. Or have it returned because the silly person driving the UPS truck thinks I need to sign for my $12 socks.

I suppose I could try French googling for ecarte, too.

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any reason by garlic (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 11:54:23 AM EST
the socks can't be delivered to your workplace, or the wifing unit's workplace? I've given up on sending things to my house.

I used to... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 12:10:21 PM EST
...when I was at the other building, but, after moving to the headquarters, when I tried that, it got bumped around in the internal mail system for a couple days. I sort of gave up then. I might try it again.

The wifing unit is a freelancer/independent contractor, so she doesn't have a workplace.

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the wifing unit by garlic (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 06:48:05 PM EST
should do a better job of being at home to pick up the packages then. I mean, isn't that one of the features?

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