mille — play Mille
mille plays a two-handed game reminiscent
of the Parker Brother's game of Mille Bornes with you. The rules are
described below. If a file name is given on the command line, the game saved
in that file is started.
When a game is started up, the bottom of the score window will contain a list of commands. They are:
If you make a mistake, an error message will be printed on the last line of the score window, and a bell will beep.
At the end of each hand or game, you will be asked if you wish to play another. If not, it will ask you if you want to save the game. If you do, and the save is unsuccessful, play will be resumed as if you had said you wanted to play another hand/game. This allows you to use the “S” command to reattempt the save.
Here is some useful information. The number in parentheses after the card name is the number of that card in the deck:
|Out of Gas (2)||Gasoline (6)||Extra Tank (1)|
|Flat Tire (2)||Spare Tire (6)||Puncture Proof (1)|
|Accident (2)||Repairs (6)||Driving Ace (1)|
|Stop (4)||Go (14)||Right of Way (1)|
|Speed Limit (3)||End of Limit (6)|
25 - (10), 50 - (10), 75 - (10), 100 - (12), 200 - (4)
The point of this game is to get a total of 5000 points in several hands. Each hand is a race to put down exactly 700 miles before your opponent does. Beyond the points gained by putting down milestones, there are several other ways of making points.
The game is played with a deck of 101 cards. Distance cards represent a number of miles traveled. They come in denominations of 25, 50, 75, 100, and 200. When one is played, it adds that many miles to the player's trip so far this hand. Hazard cards are used to prevent your opponent from putting down Distance cards. They can only be played if your opponent has a Go card on top of the Battle pile. The cards are Out of Gas, Accident, Flat Tire, Speed Limit, and Stop. Remedy cards fix problems caused by Hazard cards played on you by your opponent. The cards are Gasoline, Repairs, Spare Tire, End of Limit, and Go. Safety cards prevent your opponent from putting specific Hazard cards on you in the first place. They are Extra Tank, Driving Ace, Puncture Proof, and Right of Way, and there is only one of each in the deck.
The board is split into several areas. From top to bottom, they are:
The first pick alternates between the two players. Each turn usually starts with a pick from the deck. The player then plays a card, or if this is not possible or desirable, discards one. Normally, a play or discard of a single card constitutes a turn. If the card played is a safety, however, the same player takes another turn immediately.
This repeats until one of the players reaches 700 miles or the deck runs out. If someone reaches 700, they have the option of going for an Extension, which means that the play continues until someone reaches 1000 miles.
Hazard Cards are played on your opponent's Battle and Speed piles. Remedy Cards are used for undoing the effects of your opponent's nastiness.
Safety cards prevent your opponent from playing the corresponding Hazard cards on you for the rest of the hand. It cancels an attack in progress, and always entitles the player to an extra turn.
Distance cards are played when you have a Go card on your Battle pile, or a Right of Way in your Safety area and are not stopped by a Hazard Card. They can be played in any combination that totals exactly 700 miles, except that you cannot play more than two 200 mile cards in one hand. A hand ends whenever one player gets exactly 700 miles or the deck runs out. In that case, play continues until either someone reaches 700, or neither player can use any cards in his hand. If the trip is completed after the deck runs out, this is called Delayed Action.
This is a French fencing term for a counter-thrust move as part of a parry to an opponent's attack. In current French colloquial language it means a sneaky, underhand blow. In Mille Bornes, it is used as follows: If an opponent plays a Hazard card, and you have the corresponding Safety in your hand, you play it immediately, even before you draw. This immediately removes the Hazard card from your Battle pile, and protects you from that card for the rest of the game. This gives you more points (see Scoring below).
Scores are totalled at the end of each hand, whether or not anyone completed the trip. The terms used in the Score window have the following meanings:
The following bonus scores can apply only to the winning player:
Running totals are also kept for the current score for each player for the hand (Hand Total), the game (Overall Total), and number of games won (Games).
(The game itself is a product of Parker Brothers, Inc.)
|September 8, 2014||OpenBSD-current|