Cadenza Cribbage (version 1.9, May 29, 1988)
This program should run on any Atari ST computer with a monochrome
monitor. This program MAY run on color monitors in medium
resolution (please see the Bugs section below).
Distribution of this Program
Since Cadenza Cribbage is public domain, you may freely distribute
copies of the program to other users, user groups, electronic
bulletin boards, etc.
Running the Program
Once the program has been started you are ready to play. However,
there are menus that will allow you to set the length of the game,
disable or enable x-ray vision, and start a new game or quit the
program. Menu options can be changed before the start of any game
(not just before the first game). Menu options and desk
accessories cannot be accessed in the middle of a game, however.
The Game Length Menu
This menu allows you to play a game to 121 (twice around) or to 61
(once around). By default the game will go to 121.
The X-Ray Vision Menu
Like Superman, you may choose to have x-ray vision which will
allow you to see all of your opponent's cards. This feature is
disabled by default.
The Who Plays? Menu
By default you play the computer. However, if you ever want to
watch the computer play itself, select the "I play for you"
submenu. The computer will play itself until you press the
The Start/Stop Menu
When you are ready to play a game (after the menu options are to
your liking), select the Start New Game submenu. When you want to
quit the program, select the Quit Program submenu.
Screen Layout and Card Selection
You and the computer will take turns being the dealer, but the
computer is always the dealer for the first hand of a game. The
scoreboard is displayed as follows:
Me: / You: /
Throughout the program, the computer is referred to as "I", and
the human player as "you".
To select a card, place the mouse arrow on top of the desired
card and then press and release the left mouse button. When you
play a given card, it is turned over. If you attempt to play a
card that cannot legally be played, the computer's bell will
sound, and you will have to choose another card to play.
The computer's cards are drawn in the uppermost row on the screen,
and your cards are drawn immediately below them. The crib is
drawn in a row below the computer's cards, and the starter is
drawn below the crib, and to the right. As cards are played, they
are drawn on the bottom of the screen from left to right. The
human player's cards are drawn with solid borders, and the
computer's cards have dotted borders.
Quitting in the Middle of a Game
You can quit in the middle of a game by pressing the UNDO key.
However, after you press UNDO play will not end immediately - if
you are in the middle of playing a hand, play will continue until
that hand is completely finished. Pressing the UNDO will only
allow you to quit the current game. If you want to quit the
program, select the Quit Program menu option after you have quit
the current game.
The Rules of Cribbage
The rules of this game are rather elaborate, and will not be
discussed here. If you are unfamiliar with the rules, you may
want to read one of the following:
Hoyle's Modern Encyclopedia of Card Games (Highly Recommended)
Walter B. Gibson
Dolphin Books, Doubleday and Co., Inc., Garden City, New York
Hoyle's Rules of Games, Second Revised Edition
Albert H. Morehead and Geoffrey Mott-Smith
Signet New American Library, NAL Penguin, Inc., New York
If you like this program, please send $5.00 US to the following
Cadenza Software, Ltd.
1450 West 116th Avenue, #21
Westminster, CO 80234
For $10.00 + $2.00 postage you may order a disk containing the
complete source code for this program, written in OSS Personal
Pascal version 2.0.
You may write to the same address to report bugs, request
additional information, suggest improvements in the program, etc.
If you want a reply, please include return postage (2 IRCs for
those outside the U.S.A.).
When the computer plays the last card, and this brings the total
of the played cards to 31, the user is obliged to press the left
mouse button twice, rather than just once.
This program frequently erases and redraws the screen. This
may cause problems with some desk accessories.
Since this program was developed on a monochrome system, there may
be some bugs when it is run on a color monitor.
Enjoy the program!