3.1 Your Cards Window
The entire card pack is played out in this window. It shows your hand and also serves as the card table. After selecting the command, "New Deal" in the Game menu the hand begins with the bidding.
The window above displays all of the activities of the game. Your position is below this window.
The first thing that happens is to indicate whether a player has a "reservation" or passes. The point of this is to determine whether someone wants to play a solo game or a "marriage." The meaning of this is spelled out in our Beginner's Handbook.
If you click on one of the computer players, you will see additional information about that player's status.
For example, you see here the number of solos played and a variety of numerical values. This is expecially important when you play with "forced" solos.
The hand pictured in the square shows the positions of the different players: indicates the dealer (Rearhand). The other picture, designates the player who leads to the first trick.
The values that are displayed depende, of course, on the particular game situation.D
For example, if you've are the only player to announce a reservation, you then have the opportunity to announce a particular game type after clicking "continue." The possible announcements are shown in the popup menu of the riight side of the screen.
The particular options that can be selected depend on the cards that you actually hold. In general, you can call an Ace of a suit of which you hold at least one card (the Club Ace would not be possible here), or you can play a "secret solo" by saying nothing and encouraging others to belive that you are playing a regular partnership game.
Once everything is set, click "Ready" to begin play.
Under the Bavarian rules, you are first asked if you want to play (announce) a game. Rather than the Queen holders becoming partners, an Ace is generally called. If you think that you want to play a solo or a call game, press the "Play" button. When you have done so, the window below appears
Exactly which options you can select depend on the settings that you have selected and the cards that you hold. In general, however, you can select either a partnership or solo game. What happens after that is the same whether you are playing under the American or Bavarian rules. The card table looks as follows.
The upper portion of the window displays four positions. The card that you play is always displayed in the second box from the right. In "card table" view this is always the position at the bottom of the table. To the right and left of that, are displayed the cards played by the others in the order that we have discussed before. The cards are played out according to the rules that you have set.
A double click on a card is sufficient to play it (You can also set a single click in the Settings Menu). Alternatively, you can click on the desired card and then drag it to they our position on the card table holding the mouse button down. It is then played when you release the mouse button. Once a card is played, it cannot bee taken back.
Whose turn it is to play a card is determined automatically by the computer. Unless you are the first to play to a trick, you need only to wait until the card for the player on your right is displayed on the screen. The cards are always played out clockwise.
When each player has played a card, clicking on "Put Away" will remove them from the table in order to prepare for the next trick. If you win the trick, then simply clicking on the card that you want to lead to the next trick accomplishes the same thing. This is faster and saves a click (see preferences too).
Once all twelve cards have been played out, the hand is over and the winner(s) are determined.
The symbol in the upper-left indicates the outcome immediately from your point of view independent of which side you wereon. Additional scoring information is also displayed including special announcements ("Contra," " Re," "No 90," etc.) and extra points.
The right-hand column shows the scoring values for the winner(s).
Clicking "New Deal" clears the window, deals the cards again, and beginnings the bidding process.