Print Story Christmas time is here.
By gzt (Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 05:40:49 PM EST) gzt, non-controversial, vaccines, skat, piquet, cards, aubrey, maturin, boat books (all tags)
I had a decent Christmas.

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Print Story impossible games. and: Merry Festivus!
By gzt (Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 04:00:01 PM EST) gzt, festivus, airing of grievances, napoleon, belote, skat, cards (all tags)
Card games descended from Karnoffel seem impossible. Like this one: Many board games seem like that to me, as well, and are unpleasant to play.

"No, instead, there's a pole. It requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting."

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Print Story no surprises
By gzt (Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 04:52:29 PM EST) gzt, ereader, chess, cards, libertarians, elba (all tags)
No alarms and no surprises.

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Print Story finals
Wizards and Hobbits
By gzt (Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 03:33:50 PM EST) gzt, alternative medicine, bloodletting, gaming, work, pie, aubrey, maturin, cards, television (all tags)
So, I have finals this week. Two classes. The one today won't be too tough, but the one on Wednesday might be a little rough. Fortunately, I don't need to get above the mid-80s in either.

“It’s not my nature to complain, but so far today we’ve have three movies, two filmstrips, and an hour and a half of magazine time.  I just don’t feel challenged.” – Lisa Simpson
“Of course we could make things more challenging, Lisa.  But then the stupider students would be in here complaining, furrowing their brows in a vain attempt to understand the situation.” – Principal Skinner

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Print Story poking around the French
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.

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Print Story Piquet, Écarté, Schnapsen
By gzt (Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 02:11:50 PM EST) gzt, piquet, cards, gaming, stuff, things, travel, trains, training (all tags)
So I was looking for 2-player card games for the wifing unit and I to learn, and I think those are the ones I've settled on. One thing that makes it easier is that the first two use the same 32-card deck.

We got a bunch of suggestions from the book of faces when I asked about 2-player card games, but I figure I'll solicit for more here. I didn't like a bunch of the ones on the book of faces for a variety of reasons (for some reason, I don't like rummy-type melding games, I like trick-taking games), though a few are great and quite suitable for our purposes.

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