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Re: [Icehouse] Re: two Treehouse questions

  • FromAndy Looney <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateWed, 03 May 2006 17:43:40 -0400
--On May 3, 2006 8:14:54 AM -0700 Eric Wald <eswald@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Carol Townsend wrote:
> > 1) W trumps G
> > You pick an action, and apply it to either the trio or the house.
> > You may choose to apply it to the house even if the action you picked
> > could be applied to your trio.
> This is the right interpretation.  Wild trumps general rule.  You pick
> an action AND you choose where to play it.

This is how we've been playing, as well.

Yes, this is correct.

> Remember also that the "no passing" rule gets a bit weird here.  If
> you can do something on your own trio, youv'e got to do that, even if
> you've rolled a wild.  The only way you can pass is (a) you roll a
> wild  (b) you pick an action that you CAN'T do on your Tree but you
> can do on the House and (c) you choose not to do that action on the
> House.  If you pick something that you can't do on either, then you
> roll again.  If you pick something that you can do to your Tree and
> the House, you can pick which one you do it on.

This is excessively confusing.  It would probably be better to have the
"no passing" rule trump the wild rule.

Sorry Carol, now I have to side with Eric. Frankly, I have no idea where that last paragraph came from... I don't remember having a conversation with you about such an interpretation being OK, and if I did, I retract it now. (And I guess there's a strangeness in the online rules I need to tweak.) The point is, No Passing means No Passing. You have to change something on your turn, and you can always do something to something.

What do I need to fix on the Rules page to support this understanding? (That goes for the mirror-image question, too.)

> > P.S.: Was the ascii-art treehouse notation clear?
> >         < = left leaning        3 = large piece
> >         ^ = upright             2 = medium piece
> >         > = right leaning       1 = small piece
> >             stacks are listed top to bottom
> >
> > Ex.:    Initial House: <3 ^1 >2
> >         Initial Tree:  ^1,2,3
> >         A Nest:        ^3,2,1
> >
> Yeah!  This was great!  Totally understandable, especially now that I
> see how you're notating Trees and Nests.  Cool!!

I agree.  The only thing I would do to improve it is to use slashes
instead of commas, to make the stacks explicit.
            Initial Tree:  ^1/2/3
            A Nest:        ^3/2/1

Yes, I too agree, the notation rocks, and slashes are better than commas.

-- Andy Looney