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by Spadesomniac
Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Looking for pards willing to read Master Spades
Replies: 1
Views: 1915

Looking for pards willing to read Master Spades

Hi Everyone, I'm reading the book Master Spades by Steve Fleishman and it totally rocks! I'm looking for pards who have already read the book, and liked it, or haven't read it yet but are interested in doing so after reading the rest of this post! For those who don't know it, Master Spades is a book...
by Spadesomniac
Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What would you lead in this case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: What would you lead in this case?

Thank you everyone so far! It turned out I did lead spades, for just the reasons Dustin and quetzai said. Immediately after the lead, my partner started yelling that I was setting him and I should "never" lead spades unless I can "cover his ass." It's not the first time I've gotten this comment in a...
by Spadesomniac
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What would you lead in this case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: What would you lead in this case?

Thanks, Dustin! Yeah, I did not ask North why he played the Q of dimes but I was very bummed at the time to see him throw it. I'm guessing he was avoiding bags. Since I'm posting this hand to improve my play (and also perhaps to help others) can you say why you wouldn't have finessed with the Q of h...
by Spadesomniac
Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Extreme Frustration due to Turtles and Bot Autowins
Replies: 4
Views: 2838

Re: Extreme Frustration due to Turtles and Bot Autowins

Done!

I also voted on other ideas.
by Spadesomniac
Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Extreme Frustration due to Turtles and Bot Autowins
Replies: 4
Views: 2838

Re: Extreme Frustration due to Turtles and Bot Autowins

Thanks, Sailing.

Where is the ideascale?
by Spadesomniac
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Extreme Frustration due to Turtles and Bot Autowins
Replies: 4
Views: 2838

Extreme Frustration due to Turtles and Bot Autowins

There's been a serious issue recently with unsportsmanlike players kicking and banning people with connection issues. They then take the opportunity to put in bots and gain an automatic win. This has been possible to do for years but it has been worse recently because of site-wide problems that are ...
by Spadesomniac
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Upgraded shuffling of the deck
Replies: 6
Views: 7110

Re: Upgraded shuffling of the deck

Thank you Brian! Yes, I remember the array part but it was the randomizing function part I wouldn't know how to do. But in any case, presuming you do have an accurate randomizer, this method sounds completely foolproof. I'm unclear as to why people are continually saying the deals aren't fair. I'm p...
by Spadesomniac
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What would you lead in this case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: What would you lead in this case?

Hi everyone, Here's the full game until hand I'm asking about: 1. South 2C West 5C North AC East 4C 2. North 7C East KC South 3C West JH 3. East 4D South 7D West AD North QD 4. East 9D North 6D East 3S South KD 5. East 7H South QH West 6H North 9H 6. South AH West 4H North 10H East 2H At this point ...
by Spadesomniac
Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What would you lead in this case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: What would you lead in this case?

Thanks everyone. I'll watch the replay again and post details soon.
by Spadesomniac
Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: game information pop out at tables
Replies: 3
Views: 2126

Re: game information pop out at tables

Agreed. The issue goes beyond just not remembering what level you ordered. It's very hard to tell in fact because when I set the table I choose say +- 50 points from my current rating. But the system rounds, so if my rating is 1749 it sets the table as 1700. I haven't personally quite figured out ex...
by Spadesomniac
Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Upgraded shuffling of the deck
Replies: 6
Views: 7110

Re: Upgraded shuffling of the deck

Random distribution by its nature involves massive unfairness at times. I haven't programmed anything since Fortran was a hot new language. So just out of curiosity can someone please explain how a computer is programmed to randomly pick one card from a deck of 52, then the next etc.? It sounded tri...
by Spadesomniac
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What would you lead in this case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

What would you lead in this case?

Here's a hand I played last night. I'd be interested in hearing from everyone what you would play in this situation and why. After that I'll post what everyone actually had and what happened! Score is 248 North South 240 East West North 1/4 South 2/2 West 1/2 East 2/3 You are South, of course. You'v...
by Spadesomniac
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Two things
Replies: 7
Views: 3830

Re: Two things

Yes, it's hard to miss the fact that overall the subs in the lobby are a huge cut above the players that are leaving! The positive to this is that it often creates a fun competitive game where one did not exist before. Your pard leaves when things seem hopeless, then a good sub and you get an exciti...
by Spadesomniac
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: AI partners need a brain upgrade
Replies: 10
Views: 3888

Re: AI partners need a brain upgrade

I agree with one point the OP is making and that's that bots could be programmed better to attack/defend nils.

Doing this one thing would make the bots a much more reasonable stand-in if a player leaves and you can't find a sub!
by Spadesomniac
Wed May 30, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Regarding Subbing
Replies: 3
Views: 2630

Re: Regarding Subbing

Bumping this old thread to say that yes, finding games to sub in is more awkward than it needs to be. Every time I'm in a game where a sub comes and helps out (often even giving new life to a game that was becoming a dramafest) I want to give back by doing the same. So I sit in the lobby and watch f...