Bienvenido a tomat5. Ya hemos terminado el Torneo. Tan sólo nos queda ahora la ceremonia de clausura, y ¡a por el TOMAT6!

martes, 22 de abril de 2008

Museros Desconocidos & Proyectos Espaciales

Hola a todos

Concurrida velada en la "Sala Social" de tomat, comúnmente conocida como "Xana". En la tarde de ayer se desarrollaban simultáneamente varias partidas de Mus, en un intento colectivo de cumplir con los objetivos del famoso torneo de MUS. Curioso y entretenido juego de cartas, en que el azar y la pericia juegan a favor de los valientes y esforzados jugadores, y por si alguno desconoce el desarrollo de este entretenido juego, paso a una breve explicación:

The Card Game
Mus is a card game of Basque origin which makes use of a deck of forty cards (the 8's, 9's, and 10's are not used). And, with most things Basque, it is not certain exactly where or when the game originated. This is usually of little consequence since Basques have been able to fabricate a variety of stories or explanations. In this particular case, conflict arises over which is the "real way" of playing this entertaining game.

There are regional variations of the game. One version accepts the 3's as kings and the 2's as aces making eight kings and eight aces in the deck. Another version takes this step further and makes the five of diamonds an additional king, totaling nine kings. Then there is "Mus Royal" with one king and three 7's which is unbeatable when playing the "Juego" portion of the game. The version used for the annual NABO tournament which gathers the local champions of each club recognizes four kings and four aces.

Mus can be played between two or more players, up to six, forming teams of two or three players each. The most common and most interesting form is between four players split into two teams. Once the players are gathered, it must be understood which "version" will be played. (Is it four or eight kings?) A probable theory is that each player will prefer whichever version he or she first learned. For example, players in California maintain that four kings and four aces is the only "real" way to play, while Basques in Idaho chose to play with eight kings and eight aces and believe it to be the better version. This little impasse can lead to some heated debate or players can just chose one version and deal the cards and play.

Despite variations of the game, the basic rules remain the same. The rules at first may seem complicated (but remember that Basques like to do things their own way). It is best that the player first learn the order of play and that he or she learn to play the game in the Basque language. Below is a short list of Basque words which are used to play the game. Yes, there is a variation in some of the words used but do not despair, you will soon understand what is meant.

Order of Play

The game has four parts and they are always played in the same order as follows:
Kings, Queens, Jacks, etc. Most number of high cards in one hand (Kings are the highest card).
Aces, (2's, 3's) four's etc. Most number of low cards in the hand (Aces are lowest).
Each player must first state whether he or she possesses some type of pairs before betting begins. Two pairs are better than three of a kind, three of a kind is better than one pair, and a pair of kings is better than a pair of queens, etc.
Each player must first state if he or she possesses the game. Jokoa is 31 or better: face cards (maybe 3's also) are worth ten points, others are their own value. This is a Basque game, so the order of the best to the least preferred hand for jokoa is 31, 32, up to 40, then 39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, and 33.
If no player has jokoa (31 or better), then puntuak is played. The hand closest to/or 30 points is the best.

"Señas": Signs
A player cannot show his partner his hand, but you can send signs to notify the other of what you possess. This can be helpful because one player could simultaneously play both your hand and his/her own, confusion the opposition. The trick is to send signs while the other team is not watching you, and in turn, you watch them to see if they try to send any. Teams can only utilize the accepted signs and they are as follows:

- biting the lower lip - indicates a pair of kings
- sticking out the tongue - indicates a pair of aces
- twitching the mouth to one side or the other - indicates three of a kind for pairs
- raising the eyebrows or twitching both ends of the mouth outwards - indicates "duples"
- winking either eye - indicates 31 for game, or if no game is had, it indicates 30 for "punto"

Tras esta breve explicación, y en una reñida partida se llegó a la victoria de "Musero desconocidos" por un apretado 4-3

Un saludo

Jose Manuel galera

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