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About the Author of Rook Game
My name is Jeremy. I have been playing and discussing rook on the Internet since 2008. While I have learned that the rook community does not have as big of an online presence as some of the other board or card games out there, it has been fun to meet new supporters of the game and learn how people enjoy playing the game in different variations.
My love for the game of rook started when I was young. I was first introduced to it through my family, although I have to admit, I played a lot more bridge with my family than I did rook. Rook took fire in my life actually later as I would attend various game nights. It was during one of my many game night escapades that I found myself meeting the number one teammate in my life, and my eventual life partner and wife.
Rook is still an important game even as my life has changed from being a single individual playing in local game nights as much as possible, to a married father of two that has much less time for game night…especially ones that are more than Chutes and Ladders or Memory Match.
Rook takes a special place in my heart, and the makers of the game will actually never know how thankful I am to have met my wife through through simple set of 57 cards.
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My wife set up a rook tournament and we were planning on eight teams but have ended up with 12! We only have a few hours and was wondering if you had any suggestions. I was planning on a round robin tournament (where every team would play each other), but that would require 11 rounds of play. So how many hands do you think each round should consist of? Also, in case of a tie, I was planning on teams keeping track of their points throughout the whole tournament with the winner of a tie going to the team with the most points. Do you think this would work or would it take too long? The only other option I can think of is a traditional elimination tournament, but with 12 teams, it cannot be completely fair. Thanks for your thoughts.
Wow, 12 teams! That is a real tournament 🙂 You are right though, with 12 teams, there is not a great way to make a completely equal tournament. 12 teams just leaves with odd numbers in the later rounds. However, here are some suggestions:
I don’t know if these suggestions helped at all. A few hours for a 12 team tournament is tough, but I know you all will have a blast no matter what happens. Let me know what you all decide on and how it goes.
Thanks. Your suggestions help. Actually, after I posted, we thought about the 2 round robin tournaments of 6 teams each. We started this with the goal of having a clear winner and a clear loser, where the loser has to put a pink flamingo in their yard for a month.
So I was thinking about having the top three winners from each round robin playing in a second round robin and the same for the bottom three from each. But this would make two rounds of 6 round robin tournaments. This would provide a clear overall winner and loser and should also make it more fair since the top six in the first round could still become the overall winner.
The problem (as you mentioned) is the time that it would take. How long do you think it would take if each round was played to 150?
Another thought would be to play 4 tables of 3 teams each and then the first 3 teams to win a traditional game would go to the final table where a winner would be decided, and the opposite for the overall loser. Bad part about this is that I would not know what everyone that finishes in the middle would do. Actually, this might be best since perhaps some couples would need to leave after the first round.
Don’t know. Still have to give it some thought.
Thanks for the help
Recently purchased Rook Game at tag sale. Did not have instructions. Downloaded directions, but need to know how many cards are in the deck.
There should be 57 cards total in the deck. 1 – 14 of each color, and then the bird.
Here’s a new Android game app if you like playing the Rook card game:
I wrote one of your earlier posts about “Playing Rook on Your PC” (https://rookgame.wpengine.com/2010/09/09/playing-rook-on-your-pc/). I am about to launch a crowd funding campaign for a project to update Boat and make it a game that can be played on any device (computer, iPhone/iPad, Android phone/tablet, Windows Phone, etc.) as a multi-player game or against the AI (or combination). You can view the “Dream” at http://www.crowdit.com/dreamdetails/Details/115.
CrowdIt is a new crowd funding site that will be launching on June 4 (this Tuesday). All the dreams are to go live on that day and should be ready to accept “Belivers” to fund the ideas. Being part of its initial launch is supposed to get us some national press (not sure how much) and an opportunity to win an additional $10,000 toward the project.
Would you be interested in helping me get the word out about this? If you are, please contact me. I would love to have a group of Rook enthusiasts help spread the word and to collaborate with to make the new version of Boat the best possible Rook game possible.
Thanks for your consideration
Sure Jody, sounds like an exciting project that we hope can generate the support necessary to make it happen.
I have just created a new Rook app for iPhone and iPad. It is a customized version of Kentucky Discard, and is available in the App Store as “CrowsNest Card Game”. You can also link to it from https://www.tournament-rook.com.