[Start with the Slave side: "Ah think ‘tis more 'propriate for me to play the Slave."]
[Play second: "But I think it more dramatic fer th' Emperor side to go first; 'til he makes his move th' Slave must respect decorum 'nd precedence."]
[Play for “real”: "I'll stack th' odds 'gainst myself tonight, Remilia Scarlet; let's see if th' Slave truly can defeat th' Emperor."]
[You took the spectacles with you.]
In an action-reaction game such as this, it’s definitely the best choice to go second the first round, just to get a feel for the game. Playing Slave or Emperor is a tough choice, but you decide to start with the Slave side; best to start off at the hardest point and get easier. Now, as for her foreboding comment about “for fun or for real”…what does it really mean? You can only assume that “for real” means you’ll be gambling with more than just chips in the end, though exactly what is pretty fuzzy. It could be money, it could be service…it could be your life for all you know! And yet…Remilia wants to “match wits” with you. She wants to see how good you are at cards, to see you at your best. And the only way you can play your absolute best is when you put something important to the stake, something “real”.
“Well miss,” you finally reply, “I think ‘tis more 'propriate for me to play the Slave firs’. Isn’t much’a fun to start wit’ the good odds, you know? But atta same time, I think it more dramatic fer th' Emperor side to go first; 'til he makes his move th' Slave must respect decorum 'nd precedence. As for this ‘reality’ business you talk about…let’s play for real. I'll stack the odds ‘gainst myself tonight, Lady Remilia Tepes-Scarlet; let's see if th' Slave truly can defeat th' Emperor.”
Though your insights are garbled with drunken stammers, Remilia is definitely impressed with your choices, though she says nothing. She scoops up the Emperor-side cards, and you do the same with the Slave.
“Sir, how much do you wish to wager on your first match?” Sakuya asks you courteously, acting as the impartial judge and scorekeeper.
“Jus’ two chips to start, Miss Maid. Nothin’ big on meh’ first try, ‘specially with the Slave.”
She picks up two chips from your pile and ten from Remilia’s, stacking them all in between the two groups. Remilia thumbs through her cards for a few seconds, looking at them and you playfully. She seemingly picks a card at random and places it on the table, face down.
This is it, your first choice. You stare down the card already played, analyzing it’s back for no real reason. Would she try and catch you off your guard by playing the Emperor the very first time? She’s staring at you, smirking, betraying nothing. It’s only two chips…dare you take her bait and play the Slave? But no, surely she wouldn’t play her trump card when you have a chance to read her face before choosing yourself? She’d play it safe, use a Citizen, force you to second-guess yourself, right? Unless your drunken rouse is already in effect, and she expects you in your “drunken” confusion to start safe with a Citizen. She wouldn’t notice that soon, would she? Or can she already see through you?
No. You bet two chips because you want to start safe, get a feel for the game. No sense to start off gambling like a fool. You decide to lay down a Citizen. She places her hand on her card, and you do the same, waiting…anticipating.
“Cards set!” Sakuya announces. “Open!”
You both reveal the cards at the same time. Citizen vs. Citizen. So, she played it safe too, did she?
The cards are moved to the side, and Remilia stares at you intently. “”What to play, what to play…I wonder…” Her words sound innocent enough, but in this sort of game they can really get on a person’s nerves. You both sit silently for minutes on end.
“You know,” Remilia comments, “It can’t be this hard to choose so early in the game with all your chips intact. You could choose almost anything and it’d be a safe play, you know?”
“I will play wha’ I shall…after you play your’n,” you reply.
Her faces turns down a little and she shakes her head. “No no, it’s your play next. Did I forget to tell you? The first player alternates every turn
as well as every game. Otherwise it would be too predictable. You choose first on the second and fourth plays of this round.”
The heck is this? Did she actually forget, or is she just adding in new rules to mess with you? You wipe the sweat off your brow and look at your cards. She gets to read your face this turn then…can you hold in your anxiety well enough to play the Slave? Maybe she expects you to use the Slave now as an act of rebellion for “forgetting” to tell you the rules. “You can choose almost anything and it’d be a safe play…” Did she just give you a hint that she’s playing a Citizen this turn? She wouldn’t really be that open…would she?
[ ] Play the Slave
[ ] Play a Citizen
*If you win, you will have 40 chips to Remilia’s 20.
*If you lose, you will have 28 chips to Remilia’s 32.
Taking the spectacles with you shall be duly noted, though if they become important later…who can say?
Also, I/Remilia neglected to mention that the “first player” alternates with every play, not just every round, as she belatedly stated during the story. Hopefully I have not forgotten any more of the rules to E-Card; my personal computing device is weak, and cannot easily play the Kaiji episodes I would wish to watch. If I do forget, please alert me, and Remilia will…”adjust” the rules accordingly.
I have opted for shorter segments with more voter involvement during the E-Card match. Barring this first round, of course, I will always give you the opportunity to set whatever bet you wish before the next round starts. To keep the story moving, I will temporarily reduce the winning vote number from five to three. Card choices may not always be regular, but I will give you at bare minimum three card picks per set of three rounds. I also encourage you to discuss any and all game strategies you may think of with each other, where I can read them as well. I will need all the user input I can get to make this battle of wits “for real”. >>20322 >I fully expect mindfuck if Remi starts losing; Sakuya stopping time and exchanging the card we meant to play with another from our hand.
It is a worthwhile option to consider. However, what would she gain by doing so? Only your suspicion of her foul play, and I doubt she wants that. She can just as easily tug at the strings of your brain with conventional tactics. Remember, in Kaiji, Tonegawa didn’t need to be an “esper” to make the hero cry, and cry buckets at that. >U.N. Owen, never forget that Remilia has the power to manipulate Fate; whether this a conscious or unconscious power is left up to you, but if Remilia becomes somehow convinced that we should win, it's probable we will. And vice-versa of course.
Ohoho, sleep well, my friend. The tangled web of Fate touches more than you can imagine…