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CRIBBAGE(6)                      Games Manual                      CRIBBAGE(6)



NAME
       cribbage - the card game cribbage

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/games/cribbage [ -eqr ] name ...

DESCRIPTION
       cribbage  plays  the card game cribbage, with cribbage playing one hand
       and the user the other.  cribbage initially asks the user if the  rules
       of  the game are needed - if so, cribbage displays the appropriate sec-
       tion from According to Hoyle with more(1).

OPTIONS
       -e     Provide an explanation of the  correct  score  when  the  player
              makes  mistakes  scoring  his  hand or crib.  This is especially
              useful for beginning players.

       -q     Print a shorter form of all messages - this is only  recommended
              for  users  who  have  played  the  game without specifying this
              option.

       -r     Instead of asking the player to cut the deck, cribbage will ran-
              domly cut the deck.

PLAYING CRIBBAGE
       cribbage  first  asks the player whether he wishes to play a short game
       ("once around", to 61) or a long game  ("twice  around",  to  121).   A
       response  of  `s'  results  in a short game, any other response plays a
       long game.

       At the start of the first game, cribbage asks the  player  to  cut  the
       deck  to  determine  who  gets the first crib.  The user should respond
       with a number between 0 and 51, indicating how many cards down the deck
       is to be cut.  The player who cuts the lower ranked card gets the first
       crib.  If more than one game is played, the loser of the previous  game
       gets the first crib in the current game.

       For  each  hand, cribbage first prints the player's hand, whose crib it
       is, and then asks the player to discard two cards into the  crib.   The
       cards are prompted for one per line, and are typed as explained below.

       After  discarding,  cribbage cuts the deck (if it is the player's crib)
       or asks the player to cut the deck (if it's its crib);  in  the  latter
       case,  the appropriate response is a number from 0 to 39 indicating how
       far down the remaining 40 cards are to be cut.

       After cutting the deck, play starts with the non-dealer (the person who
       doesn't  have the crib) leading the first card.  Play continues, as per
       cribbage, until all cards are exhausted.  cribbage keeps track  of  the
       scoring of all points and the total of the cards on the table.

       After  play,  the  hands  are  scored.  cribbage requests the player to
       score his hand (and the crib, if it is his) by printing out the  appro-
       priate  cards  (and the cut card enclosed in brackets).  Play continues
       until one player reaches the game limit (61 or 121).

       A carriage return when a numeric input is  expected  is  equivalent  to
       typing the lowest legal value; when cutting the deck this is equivalent
       to choosing the top card.

SPECIFYING CARDS
       Cards are specified as rank followed by suit.  The ranks may be  speci-
       fied  as  one of a, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, t, j, q, and k, or alterna-
       tively, one of ace, two, three, four, five, six,  seven,  eight,  nine,
       ten,  jack, queen, and king.  Suits may be specified as s, h, d, and c,
       or alternatively as spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs.  A card may be
       specified as rank suit, or rank of suit.  If the single letter rank and
       suit designations are used, the space separating the suit and rank  may
       be  left  out.  Also, if only one card of the desired rank is playable,
       typing the rank is sufficient.  For example, if your hand was  2h,  4d,
       5c,  6h,  jc,  kd  and  you wanted to discard the king of diamonds, you
       could type any of k, king, kd, k d, k of d, king d, king of d,  k  dia-
       monds, k of diamonds, king diamonds, or king of diamonds,

FILES
       /usr/games/cribbage

SEE ALSO
       more(1)



                               16 February 1988                    CRIBBAGE(6)