Deal 3, Table 7: Initiation enter Trick A~ contract taker leads King of Risks
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Bid, Bitch, secret Discard, and Initiation are described for this photo.
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— — — Deal 3 at Table 7
— — — Tricks A, B, and C
— — — (Titanomaxia ~ Trilemma Supra tournament)
The terminals are the trio of three KEY cards which determine the scoring targets: TITAN WIZARD DEMON
The unbeatable (number 21) King of Trump is the original TITAN; he may never be captured, thus never changes sides from where he’s dealt. The extremely vulnerable (number 1) Ace of Trump is the lowly WIZARD; he might score extra for being used in the final Magick Trick, but he is easily captured by any higher trump and thus might change sides. The unsuitable Joker card which is excused from all canonical hierarchies is the backwards DEMON (pseudo-zero number 0); unlike all other cards, he remains in the possession of the hand where he was dealt as long as he’s played before the final trick, despite losing any trick where he’s played, and thus usually never changes sides. In the 3-player game of tarot trumps which uses 78 tricky points per deck: the contract scoring-targets require a minimum of 46, 43, 36, or 33 points to succeed while finishing with none, one, two, or all three of the KEY terminals, respectively.
If a hand is completed and all three KEY terminal cards are disposed into the same tricky pile after the completion of the current bid and tricking sequence, we call this the "trilemma". If the "trilemma" occurs, we play another hand which is called the "supra". After completing the "Trilemma Supra", the tournament will be officially over, and players can settle up for their credits scored. Most gamblers exchange their credits for money, but vegi-shamen prefer more delicious rewards, such as raspberries, or breathtakingly dangerous kisses.
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Speaking of rumours of the shamanic vapours of cannabinoidery: Teledildonix’ Tarot Garden is in the midst of a Trilemma Supra tournament of Titanomaxia, currently on deal number 3 at table number 7. The three players had accrued (zero-sum) scores as follows: Initiate shaman (SphinxterBuzz) was at a deficit of -22 credits; Medium shaman (Snagglective) was at a profit of +149 credits; and Dealer shaman (HoneyTwinz) was down by -127 credits.
— — — BIDDING phase
The Initiate’s secret twenty-four cards had been dealt as:
Void: [TITAN] 21 20 19 15 14 11 6 4 1 [WIZARD]
Earth: [Archon] Ω 9 6 3 A
Fire: 3 5 8
Water: 7 3
Air: Ψ 2 6 7 T
The Initiate bid to "Take" the Bitch and monkey around, the Medium said "Pass", and the Dealer said "Pass". The bid was accepted, so the Initiate (taker) revealed the Bitch cards on the tableau (PROGNOSTICATION):
Void: 10 [Luck, fate] (wheel of fortune/ rode of fortune/ route of fortune/ la rota della fortuna/ la rota della Vortumna/ LA ROTA ROTAR OTARO TAROT AROTAROTAROTAROTAROTARO TAROT …)
Water: 9 [Joy, cheer]
Earth: Ψ [Psionic provider, sustainer] (+3 tête points)
Air: 3 [Scars, injuries]
Fire: 4 [Rewards, achievements]
Water: 4 [Luxuries, dreamcatchers]
The taker confidentially absorbed the Bitch cards into his hand, then made a secret discard of two tierces (six Cosmic Tribe members altogether, ordinarily forbidden to discard trumps such as the 10 Wheel). Contractor’s secret discard:
Fire 5 (frustration), Water 3 (friendship), Fire 8 (opportunity); Water 7 (orgy), Water 9 (joy), Water 4 (luxuries).
The taker’s newly rearranged hand now consists of the following cards:
Air: Ψ 2 3 6 7 T
Fire: 3 4
Earth: [Archon] Ω 9 6 3 A
Void: [TITAN] 21 20 19 15 14 11 10 6 4 1 [WIZARD]
The taker is seated in Initiate position, mentions no overt attempt to slam, mentions no handful (of supermajority in trumps) and therefore enters the first card to request the opening of the first trick (INITIATION):
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TRICK A =
Initiate leads [Archon] Ω King of Risks (earth) [healer, +4 points].
Medium mentions no handful, and thus follows as requested, with deuce of Risks (2 of earth) [evolution, +0 points].
Dealer mentions no handful, and surprisingly is soonest into the Void (of earth), captures the trick with 3 trumps (impress) [Producer, +0 points].
The tempo has now changed as the taker is no longer in the lead, therefore the INITIATION is concluded upon finishing that tierce of three cards: heal, evolve, produce impressively. Earn +4 for the face card and +1 tricky point for capturing the tierce, thus the score is +5 tricky points for the co-defenders against the contract, zilch for the contractor. Dealer will lead to the next trick.
— — —
This hand is continued on the next photo.
Article by Todd Holiday
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