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Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for scorekeeping, the eponymous crib or box (a separate hand counting for the dealer), two distinct scoring stages (the play and the show) and a unique scoring system including points for groups of cards that total fifteen.

According to John Aubrey, cribbage was created by the English poet Sir John Suckling in the early 17th century, as a derivation of the game "noddy". While noddy has disappeared, crib has survived, virtually unchanged, as one of the most popular games in the English-speaking world. The objective of the game is to be the first player to score a target number of points, typically 61 or 121. Points are scored for card combinations that add up to fifteen, pairs (plus triples and quadruples), runs and flushes.

Cribbage holds a special place among American submariners, serving as an "official" pastime. The wardroom of the oldest submarine in the fleet carries RADM Dick O'Kane's personal cribbage board onboard, and upon decommissioning it is transferred to the next oldest boat.


Ben McBride (bdm7935) introduced me to cribbage as part of his fall, 2006 term project in CIS 730. Does anyone one my friends list play it? I still haven't quite got the hang of it, but I became intrigued by it mainly because of the multiple modalities of the game and its rich and complex combinatorial properties.



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Nov. 12th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
I used to play it ages ago on the computer, and I loved it. Had to be at least 10 years ago, since it was at the old house...I wouldn't even remember the rules anymore. ;)
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Computer cribbage players
Was the program much good? Could you beat it?

Nov. 12th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Computer cribbage players
Not very often, but then, I wasn't much good, either. ;) I think it was part of a Hoyle program, with all different sorts of card games...I was better at gin rummy.
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
You know, I've always wished I were more adept at, and interested in, card games. I got all enthusiastic for cribbage when bdm7935 clued me in on it, but I've had so little time for studying computer games since that I haven't even read more about Checkers, Chess, and Go! Blargh.

Nov. 12th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
While I haven't played in ages, I grew up playing cribbage. It was part of the nightly family activities from the time I was about 4 on -- no tv lead to books and board/card games after dinner!
Nov. 13th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
My parents play Cribbage, and my father's mother plays, too. My paternal grandfather also used to play, but he was more of a fan of other games.

I just managed to learn the game from my parents a few years ago, before I came down to Miami. I really enjoy it, but it's very frustrating - the game is not the easiest to teach (or learn to play well) and there are vanishingly few people here who know how to play. Also, I lost my cribbage board at the beginning of the semester... sad.

But... yes, I play cribbage. I don't play it on the computer at all - just when I see my parents or grandmother. I taught it to my ex-girlfriend, but... ex and all.
Nov. 15th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Bana- when we're next in town, we should make a cribbage date. Bdm7935 will hardly play with me anymore, due, in part, because I usually win (and he's a sore loser ;-). Best, Amber
Nov. 15th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
Re: Touche
Sounds great! When do you think you and bdm7935 will be in town again?

Nov. 17th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
We'll be in KC Dec. 21 - Jan.2. We hadn't planned on a trip to Manhattan, though we could be persuaded. Might you have a reason to come to KC or Topeka?
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