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       mille - play Mille Bornes


       mille [ file ]


       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

       When a game is started up, the bottom of the score window will  contain
       a list of commands.  They are:

       P      Pick  a card from the deck.  This card is placed in the ‘P’ slot
              in your hand.

       D      Discard a card from your hand.  To indicate which card, type the
              number of the card in the hand (or “P” for the just-picked card)
              followed by a RETURN or SPACE.  The RETURN or SPACE is  required
              to  allow  recovery from typos which can be very expensive, like
              discarding safeties.

       U      Use a card.  The card is again indicated by its number, followed
              by a RETURN or SPACE.

       O      Toggle  ordering the hand.  By default off, if turned on it will
              sort  the  cards  in  your  hand  appropriately.   This  is  not
              recommended for the impatient on slow terminals.

       Q      Quit the game.  This will ask for confirmation, just to be sure.
              Hitting DELETE (or RUBOUT) is equivalent.

       S      Save the game in a file.  If the game was started from  a  file,
              you  will  be  given an opportunity to save it on the same file.
              If you don’t wish to, or you did not start from a file, you will
              be  asked  for  the  file  name.  If you type a RETURN without a
              name, the save will be terminated and the game resumed.

       R      Redraw the screen from scratch.  The command  ^L  (control  ‘L’)
              will also work.

       W      Toggle  window type.  This switches the score window between the
              startup window (with all the command names) and the  end-of-game
              window.   Using the end-of-game window saves time by eliminating
              the switch at the end of the  game  to  show  the  final  score.
              Recommended for hackers and other miscreants.

       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.


       Ken Arnold
       (The game itself is a product of Parker Brothers, Inc.)


       curses(3X), Screen Updating and Cursor Movement Optimization: A Library
       Package, Ken Arnold


       Here  is  some useful information.  The number in parentheses after the
       card name is the number of that card in the deck:

       Hazard            Repair             Safety

       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)


       Object: 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.

       Overview:  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 are only one  of  each
       in the deck.

       Board  Layout:  The  board  is  split  into several areas.  From top to
       bottom, they are: SAFETY AREA (unlabeled): This is where  the  safeties
       will  be  placed as they are played.  HAND: These are the cards in your
       hand.  BATTLE: This is the Battle pile.   All  the  Hazard  and  Remedy
       Cards  are  played here, except the Speed Limit and End of Limit cards.
       Only the top card is displayed,  as  it  is  the  only  effective  one.
       SPEED:  The  Speed  pile.   The  Speed Limit and End of Limit cards are
       played here to control the speed at which the player is allowed to  put
       down  miles.  MILEAGE: Miles are placed here.  The total of the numbers
       shown here is the distance traveled so far.

       Play: 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

       This  repeats  until  one of the players reaches 700 points 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 and Remedy Cards: 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.

           Go (Green Light) must be the top card on your Battle pile  for  you
       to  play any mileage, unless you have played the Right of Way card (see
           Stop is played on your opponent’s Go  card  to  prevent  them  from
       playing mileage until they play a Go card.
           Speed  Limit  is  played on your opponent’s Speed pile.  Until they
       play an End of Limit they can only play 25 or 50 mile cards,  presuming
       their Go card allows them to do even that.
           End  of Limit is played on your Speed pile to nullify a Speed Limit
       played by your opponent.
           Out of Gas is played on your opponent’s Go card.   They  must  then
       play  a Gasoline card, and then a Go card before they can play any more
           Flat Tire is played on your opponent’s Go  card.   They  must  then
       play  a  Spare  Tire  card, and then a Go card before they can play any
       more mileage.
           Accident is played on your opponent’s Go card.  They must then play
       a  Repairs  card,  and  then  a  Go  card before they can play any more

       Safety Cards: 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.
           Right  of  Way  prevents  your  opponent from playing both Stop and
       Speed Limit cards on you.  It also acts as a permanent Go card for  the
       rest  of  the  hand,  so you can play mileage as long as there is not a
       Hazard card on top of your  Battle  pile.   In  this  case  only,  your
       opponent  can  play Hazard cards directly on a Remedy card other than a
       Go card.
           Extra Tank When played, your opponent cannot play an Out of Gas  on
       your Battle Pile.
           Puncture  Proof  When played, your opponent cannot play a Flat Tire
       on your Battle Pile.
           Driving Ace When played, your opponent cannot play an  Accident  on
       your Battle Pile.

       Distance  Cards:  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
       neither  someone  reaches  700,  or neither player can use any cards in
       their hand.  If the trip is completed after the deck runs out, this  is
       called Delayed Action.

       Coup Fourr´e: 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, underhanded 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).

       Scoring: Scores are totaled at the end of each  hand,  whether  or  not
       anyone completed the trip.  The terms used in the Score window have the
       following meanings:
           Milestones Played: Each player scores as many miles as they  played
       before the trip ended.
           Each Safety: 100 points for each safety in the Safety area.
           All 4 Safeties: 300 points if all four safeties are played.
           Each Coup Fourr´e: 300 points for each Coup Fourre accomplished.

       The following bonus scores can apply only to the winning player.
           Trip  Completed: 400 points bonus for completing the trip to 700 or
           Safe Trip: 300 points bonus for completing the trip  without  using
       any 200 mile cards.
           Delayed  Action:  300 points bonus for finishing after the deck was
           Extension: 200 points bonus for completing a 1000 mile trip.
           Shut-Out: 500 points bonus for  completing  the  trip  before  your
       opponent played any mileage cards.

       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).