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Subject: First invocation of the Blood Rule rss

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Game: Halli Galli
Date: 10-Jan-2007
Location: Home
Players: Daughter the Elder, Fraser aka Karlsen

We had just finished a couple of games of Cluedo, including what was possibly the quickest game evar, when Daughter the Elder demanded a game of Halli Galli.

It is fair to say that we play competitively. We are already well accustomed to resolving the question of who got the bell first by the answer to the question “Whose hand hurts the most?”. The person identified is the person who wins the cards.

Play had been progressing for quite a while. Daughter the Elder is a “spot the single five” specialist, if a five card came up, then nine times out of ten she would be the first to the bell.

I however, was the arithmetic specialist, I would be beaten by the straight fives, but if it was a four and a one or a two and a three of the same fruit showing then I would beat her to the bell the majority of the time.

This was the first time that I have noticed such a clear delineation in our playing styles.

Tonight we had to invoke the blood rule. In a grab for the bell I got there first but our hands rammed together and the impact of her finger and my fingernail managed to draw blood! Well more of a paper cut really, but we have managed to progress past the sore and bent fingers meeple

As the traditional Australian Football League blood rule requires the player to leaved the field, we decided to call the game. Since Daughter the Elder had the larger stack of cards, the game was called in her favour.

Fraser McHarg 10-Jan-2007
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