[project1dev] Re: new pirate dice UI

  • From: eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 22:38:54 -0400

hey now that we have it worked out i'll finish making the rest of the areas
you need, i wasn't sure how to proceed so i figured i'd better talk it out
first.  I think you have the right idea but here's a way i was thinking it
could work:

1) each player ante's up.
2) the 3 shared dice are rolled and each player rolls 1 hidden dice.  (I
think these amounts may change when we play test for balance, but this is an
ok starting point)
3) the person to the left of the dealer puts in 1 coin and and claims a
combination to open the match
4) it goes clockwise around the table, players can either put 1 coin in and
claim to top the previous person's combination, or fold out
5) once it gets back to the starting person, a  2nd hidden dice is rolled,
also the amount to stay in the game up a pre-decided increment.  For example
it could go up 1 each round, or double each round, etc.
6) it goes around until only one person is left or 3 hidden dice have been
rolled, if 3 have been rolled and its gone around to everyone else, everyone
reveals their dice and the highest combination wins.

hey alan, I am thinking that even though we had a rule to call bluff, we
kinda stopped callign it or it was infrequent while we were playing the
actual game.  I think pirate dice might not need calling a bluff at all,
really when playing through just be ante'ing up and continuing on you're
essentially "calling their bluff"  - just like regular poker a bluffer can
keep bluffing all the way till the reveal, after that the proof is in the

I am not sure how the mechanics for calling bluff would work anyhow.  One
way I was thinking was at any time, a person can call "bluff" on the
previous person's claim instead of claiming for their round, they still have
to pay the ante-in fee to call a bluff.  Once bluff is called, the accused
reveals his dice, if he was lying, he forfeits and pays a liars
fee equivalent to the round's ante.  Likewise, if the accused was telling
the truth, he forfeits and the accuser has to pay a tattler's fee equivalent
to the round's ante.  my problem with any of these is it enables a really
easy kingmaker for people working together, but i am definitely all ears if
anyone has an idea how to make it work.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 9:56 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> How would the new way of raising, ante increases each round. be affected by
> the blinds? Do you still want a large and small blinds?
> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 6:53 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Where would you want the shared dice to be displayed?
>> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> UI screen looks nice.
>>> I think I am following you. I will make some mods and see what you think.
>>> So, by not folding you are saying you are raising?
>>> Would you like the first 3 dice to roll as public and then the next 3
>>> dice to come out one turn at a time?
>>> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 5:04 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> the betting thing, i can't remember what we did when we played it, i
>>>>> wish i could.  If you can't bet, you can't raise someones and bluff them
>>>>> out.  Is it that if you want to stay in you have to say something as high 
>>>>> or
>>>>> higher than one the last person said so that to bluff someone out you have
>>>>> to basically say you have something higher than them to push them out?  
>>>>> Just
>>>>> tryin to wrap my head around it hehe
>>>> you raise and bluff people by claiming you have progressively higher
>>>> combinations of dice, basically what you said is exactly right - if you 
>>>> want
>>>> to stay in you have to have or claim to have a better combination of dice
>>>> than the person before you,  so essentially you're betting more and trying
>>>> to bluff them out with every turn.  Raising and making bets is redundant to
>>>> the premise.
>>>> alan i was thinking about it and i talked to misty and i'm pretty sure
>>>> we didn't bet anything when we played, we had a point system where if you
>>>> won you got 2 points, folded you got 0, if you got called for bluffing you
>>>> lost 3 points, etc.  i don't really remember though... but i dont think we
>>>> bet...
>>>> I really like the idea of escalating antes per round, its simple and
>>>> easy while still keeping a high risk/reward for players who continue 
>>>> playing
>>>> - I am, of course, open to other ideas though!  I was just working through
>>>> playing pirate dice in my head to make the UI and i realized that betting,
>>>> etc. overly complicates when you're essentially betting/bluffing anyways
>>>> whenever you claim you have a better hand on your turn
>>>> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>> oh and the UI looks nice btw!
>>>>> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>> I think that makes a lot of sense, and i had forgotten that aspect of
>>>>>> the game (the public dice).
>>>>>> the betting thing, i can't remember what we did when we played it, i
>>>>>> wish i could.  If you can't bet, you can't raise someones and bluff them
>>>>>> out.  Is it that if you want to stay in you have to say something as 
>>>>>> high or
>>>>>> higher than one the last person said so that to bluff someone out you 
>>>>>> have
>>>>>> to basically say you have something higher than them to push them out?  
>>>>>> Just
>>>>>> tryin to wrap my head around it hehe
>>>>>> For the chat window, we also need a place to list the players in the
>>>>>> room (since there may be more players than are sitting down).
>>>>>>   On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 1:51 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>> labeled version
>>>>>>> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>>> 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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