I have started on the UI but I think we need to work out some kinks in the game flow before i finalize things... basically i was trying to think of this game from a multiplayer perspective and I have a problem w/ the standard raise/call format of poker in relevance to this game. Basically the gameplay comes from divulging the type and combination of dice you have, and since you tell everyone what you have (or what you're pretending to have) every turn, betting doesn't work in the conventional way. Basically I was thinking that rather than escalating the bets manually as players, I think there should be an "ante" to stay in whenever it is your turn, so you have the choice of either folding out of the game or putting in a pre-defined ante, telling everyone what you have (or are pretending to have) that either beats, or matches the previous player, or calling the bluff of the previous player. I realize this is a slight deviation from the current design but I think it will function much more cleanly and it makes more sense when put into a game perspective. Basically we can have multiple stakes, so there can be a high stakes game where its 10 gold a round, or a low stakes game where it's 1 gold per round, etc. or perhaps the amount of ante to stay in per round escalated (i.e. it's low in the first couple of rounds but when you get into the 5th or 6th round the stakes get higher making it a riskier thing (and thus more fun!) to continue or bluff or call a bluff. Another thing I was thinking about and this was a bit of omission when Alan and I were trying to remember how we played the game, there was some publicly displayed amount of dice, either dice that are shared by all players or maybe each players first 3 dice are displayed, this will give something for other players to try to judge whether the person is bluffing or not and to try to calculate the odds. The game was originally conceived of as a combination of the liar's dice game on pirates of the carribean and texas hold'em, so I am pretty sure having that visible dice was part of what made the game fun and playable. Sorry it is hard to explain via e-mail without having dice in front of me but what i mean is this: we could either have 3 dice that are shared amongst all players (like the flop in texas hold'em) example: There's 3 public dice, they are rolled once everyone ante's up - let's say a 3, a 6 and a 2 are rolled. Now the players roll their first 2 hidden dice. Player one sees he rolled a 3 and a 4 in his personal hidden dice, and claims he has a pair of 3's. The rest of the players can see all he needed to do was roll one 3 himself in order to get that pair of 3's so he is probably not bluffing. The game escalates from there. likewise the second version could work where every players first 3 dice are visible to all players, and all subsequence dice rolls are hidden. The fun part of gambling and playing these games is figuring out the odds, trying to get lucky on dice rolls and trying to guess if other people are bluffing. Part of all three of those things is giving people hints to try to guess at what the other person REALLY has. Having the visible dice is that tantalizing hint. :) What do you guy's think?
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