I have an old cribbage board that has a section for pegging High Hands, Skunks, Games, and Points. We don't know what the High Hand means? Any ideas?
Reader Larry emailed to ask:
I have a 'strategy crib' board but no instructions as how to play the game. the two outside rows have 120 peg holes. the center row contains only 97 holes. where the fifth hole should be is number 5 or 9 with arrows on both sides indicating up or down.
It looks as though, while this board can be used for scoring regular Cribbage, the central row of holes is meant for some kind of enhancement to the game, but it's not clear what. Does anyone have any ideas?
The new version of Hoyle Card Games (2010) is out for Windows and Mac, including an excellent Cribbage game as well as lots of other classic card games. As you know, Cribbage Corner is a volunteer effort, and I run the site purely in my spare time to provide a service for Cribbage lovers. The only return I get for it is a small percentage on affiliate sales, largely of Hoyle Card Games. Please consider this if you have enjoyed the site or found it useful.
My cribbage buddies and I are having an argument about how to count your hand.
Example: I have 6,6,K,7 and a 3 on the cut. I count 4 points, 2 for the pair and 2 for the 15. His math says 8 points because he can count the 3,6,6 three different ways: 6+6+3, 3+6+6, and 6+3+6. I disagree because he's using the EXACT same cards to reach 15. Could I get some clarification on this issue please.
I wonder how many Cribbage players, like me, also play the board game Go (also known as baduk or weiqi). I think there are some interesting similarities.
Both Go and Cribbage are games where your winning strategy depends on the way your opponent plays. You need to be constantly thinking about what your opponent's plans might be, and try to frustrate them at the same time as advancing your own plans. When you're behind on score, you need aggressive and risky tactics to change the balance of the game, but if you're ahead, quiet and solid play is the key.
Go is a game of perfect information where there is no element of chance, whereas in Cribbage you are subject to the luck of the deal, and you don't know what's in your opponent's hand. However, both games require a balance between intuition and pure calculation.
You also need a strong pattern-matching ability: in Cribbage, to understand what your opponent's play tells you about their hand; in Go, to understand the way that the placing of stones on the board exerts power and influence, and to work out what patterns your opponent is trying to create.
If you play Go, you might like to check out Shimari, my Go blog which recounts my daily ups and downs, wins and losses, and some of my more interesting games. If you don't know anything about Go but would like to find out a bit more, have a look at Sensei's Library, an excellent community web site for beginners to advanced players.
If you play both Cribbage and Go, comment here to let me know!