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The popular italian card game Tressette is not easy to start without knowing some basic rules. This english language text is an attempt to help those of us who cannot read the italian html. There are no english docs provided with the game so some basic info was gathered from the internet. For details, you can read more about the subject at Wikipedia, the internet encyclopedia. Luckily for english speakers, it's easy to switch to english in the options menu. And there are several very colorful local decks to choose also. Tressette is played with an italian 40-card deck, with spades, clubs, cups, and coins. (spade, bastoni, coppe, e denari) The default game has four players. Your cpu partner, Socio is playing across the table. And the opposing players are to the sides. The team that scores 33 or more points wins the game (can be changed in options). Other Tressette game variations can also be selected in the options menu, if you prefer another regional style. Play the card with the highest rank (of the suit led) to win a trick. You must follow the leading suit played, if you have it. From the highest ranking card to the lowest: Three - two - ace - king - knight - knave - seven - six - five - four. (tre - due - asso - re - cavallo - fante - sette - sei - cinque - quattro). A card that takes the trick might not have high value when scoring points. Taking an ace = 1 point scored. Kings - knights - knaves - threes - twos = one third point for each taken. Other cards have no point value. A player can only get whole points. For example, four kings = four thirds, or 1 and a third points. So a player would get a point for the kings, but the extra third will go to the player who takes the last trick of the deck. A player can also get bonus points by declaring certain combinations of three or four cards (3 or 4 aces, twos, or threes). And also get bonus points for declaring a Napolitana (an ace, two, and three of the same suit). The computer automatically declares any bonus points for you. The Tressette tradition is that partners often give each other hand signals. But in this computer game you may notice that all the signals are spoken. To give a signal, right-click over the card you want to play. Busso - asks partner to win the trick, and play the same suit. Via - tells partner it's ok to play another suit. Volo (Piombo) - signals that the player has played his last card of that suit. Striscio - signals that the player has many cards of that suit. Punto - signals that the player has one card left of that suit. Ho il tre - signals that the player has the three of that suit. Ho il due - signals that the player has the two of that suit. Ho l'Asso - signals that the player has the ace of that suit. Good Luck!
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