Chapter 3

Working with Formal Elements

Exercise 3.1: Gin Rummy

Let’s take the classic card game gin rummy. There are two basic procedures to a turn in gin rummy: drawing and discarding. Take away the discard procedure and try to play the game. What happens?

Now take away both the discard procedure and the draw procedure, and then play the game. What’s missing from the game?

Put the drawing and discarding procedures back, but take out the rule that says that an opponent can “lay off” unmatched cards to extend the knocker’s sets. Is the game still playable with this change?

Now put back the original rules, but take away the objective and play the game again. What happens this time?

What does this exercise tell us about the formal elements ...

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