102 - Game of Pure Skill


The gist of the Game of Pure Skill is that each of 3 players are given
a suit in a deck of cards, and the referee is given the remaining suit.
Cards are flipped at random from the referee's suit, and players bid
on them from the cards in their pack.  The object is to win the highest
point total (not quantity) of cards, through strategic bidding.  This
game has also been called "How much would you bid for the Three of

1) Equipment: 

The game uses one Legacy Deck (deck) without the optional cards, and no
equipment from the General Equipment Section.

2) Number of Players:

The game has exactly 3 players and 1 referee.

3) Starting an instance of the game:

The game is started upon the required number of players and
referees nofitying the GamesMaster of their intent to start a Game
of Pure Skill, and the GamesMaster publically announcing the start
of the game, or as directed by other rules.

4) Rules of the game:

4a) The deck is divided into its 4 suits.  The spades are given to
the referee, and each player receives one of the other suits.  Each
of these is called a "pack".

4b) Each card has a value, independent of suit.  The value of an Ace
is 1, a King is 13, a Queen is 12, a Jack is 11, and all other cards'
values are their numeric values.

4c) A game consists of 13 rounds.  A round lasts for 3 days or until
all players have submitted their moves to the referee, whichever comes

4d) A round starts by the referee choosing a random card from his pack
of spades, and announcing the card chosen to each player.  This card
is called the "prize" for that round.

4e) Each player then submits a "bid" of one card from their pack, by
announcing their choice privately to the referee.  If a player fails
to submit a bid by the end of the round, the referee chooses a card
randomly from their pack as their bid.  Players are discouraged from
failing to bid.  The value of a bid is the value of the card used to
make the bid.

4f) The referee resolves the round as follows.  If a single bid submitted
is higher than the other bids, the player who submitted the bid receives
the round's prize for his "take" pile.  If no single bid is highest, the
prize card is discarded and removed from play.  Regardless of the outcome
of the bidding, all cards used for bidding are discarded and removed
from play.

4g) The referee announces the results of the round to all players, and
announces all cards used as bids.  This ends the current round.  The
next round can then start in accordance with 4d), unless the 13th
round has ended, in which case the game ends.

4h) Upon the game ending, the value of the cards in each player's take
pile is totaled.  The single player with the highest total is the winner
of the game.  If there is no single player with a highest total, then
the game has no winner.  If a player has no cards in their take pile,
their total value is zero.

5) Upon a winning condition being met and a winner being declared, the
winner receives 8 points, and the referee receives A$8.

6) The referee should, but is not required to, keep a web page of the
state of the game, and the history of each move.

7) Players may not discuss or collude on strategy or bids.

8) If a player leaves this game, or the game of ackanomic, while this
game is in progress, they will be replaced by a bot who plays randomly,
as managed by the referee.  Any bots are not considered players for
the purposes of clause 4h)