169:4 - VALID +0.75

From: Glenn Overby II (guardcaptain_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Tue Sep 25 2001 - 18:41:13 PDT

Gallivanting Tripper writes:

>I think I?ll Gallivant in to join the game.
>I?ll start by placing my piece on Start (the space with the arrow), which of
>course everyone has to do when entering the board.
>Before me I see an imposing barricade of David on square 1, Alan on square 2
>and Jesse on the safe-house in 3.  Because of the blockade on 1 and 2, I
>can?t go beyond 2.  Carefully I roll...
>Fortunately I roll snake-eyes (all those years of craps practice haven?t
>gone to waste), which takes me to 2 and bumps poor old Alan back to start.
>Because I rolled a double, I can roll again, and now there?s no blockade in
>front of me.  I roll an 8, Tripping ahead to square 10, where I can get a
>bit of breathing space.
>PS, in case you?re wondering why my 2 was a double and Alan?s wasn?t, as
>all know the Frantic Racing Chits are played with two dice numbered from 0
>to 5.  Don?t ask me what happens when you roll a double 0, though!

The Judgement:

Validity:  No problems.

Style:  A good solution to the blockade which was threatening to choke play
(+0.5), and a creative explanation of the double to both introduce a new rule and
maintain consistency (+1.0).  I assume the ? in place of ' is some kind of computer
glitch, so I will not deduct for it.  (If it was by design, it is dubious style.)  No
restriction on future rulemakers (-0.5), and a little windy (-0.25).  The balance is a
respectable +0.75.

Reflections:  Two consecutive rules have failed to treat the Wizard with the
proper respect, by using his name instead of just his title.  I failed to catch the first
one before judging, so I can't really penalize the second without warning the
Committee.  But now everybody knows I'm watching.  Dissing the Wizard is not
stylish.  :-)   On another front, I'm curious about the 0-0 roll now.

Glenn E. Overby II "da judge"
Clinton Twp, MI


"Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature,
and we responded with the best of America...None of us will
ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom
and all that is good and just in our world."
   -- President George W. Bush
      11th September 2001

Rule Date: 2001-09-26 01:42:40 GMT

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