Forum Archive : Chouettes

Fish-hunt rules

From:   Chuck Bower
Date:   4 February 2006
Subject:   Re: Bot chouette analysis?
Forum:   GammOnLine

What is a "fish-hunt rule"?

Also, do some chouettes have restrictions on which players can be
dropped based upon place in line (e.g. must take Captain)?

Daniel Murphy  writes:

A. When box doubles:

   1. Must double all players at the same time or
   2. Can "fish-hunt" by doubling or not doubling individual players
      at will.

B. When all or more than one in the field double the box, box must:

   1. Take all cubes (of the same value) or
   2. Can take half or majority or any number but must take in order
      from Captain on down or
   3. Can "fish-hunt" selected players, taking and dropping individual
      cubes at will.

I don't like the fish-hunt rules. I think they are conducive to
animosity, slow down the game, and reduce the pressure on the box.

Řystein Johansen  writes:

Stavanger rules:

The box must take the same action on all cubes served at the same level,
when several cubes are turned at the same turn. In the same way, if the
box has several cubes available to double he must double all or none, as
long as their on the same level.

If a double is offered to the whole team, the members must reply in
turn. Captain first and so on.

A team member can't consult before her cube has been turned.

Gregg Cattanach  writes:

Our style in Atlanta goes like this:

When all cubes come from the center to the box, he must take at least
half of them, but he can pick and choose the players he takes. He can
beaver any of them but must take at least half.

For any redoubles, or if all centered cubes do not come together, the
box can handle those any way he want.

In three handed chouettes, the box must take both or drop both when they
both come from the center together. Extras are handled the same way when
one team member takes and one drops.

That's about it. Sometimes I wish that the box should have to take
starting from the top of the rotation, but there is clearly a skill
element in choosing which players you want to compete with. As one of
the better players in the chouette, I have to get used to being one of
the players that gets passed. Most of the time, I'm gaining equity (but
not money) when I cash the point.

Ian Dunstan  writes:

In Sydney we play as follows:

1) Non-consulting (or non-insulting as we often refer to it)

2) Box must take at least half of the initial cubes offered, as long as
the whole team is cubing; or, he can take just the captain, but has to
beaver the captain's cube

3) Box must take in order, so no fish-hunting. i.e. if Box wants to take
2 drop 2 he must take the captain and whoever is next in line for the
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