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Version 1.5 of Oh Hell ScorePad 2

Posted by WonderWare on January 18, 2010 at 7:40 AM

I'm regularly amazed at just how many different ways there are to score in Oh Hell.  I thought I had all the bases covered but your emails told me otherwise.  Version 1.5 adds support for "German Bridge" scoring as well as a new bonus point system based on the number of cards.

German Bridge

This type of scoring adds a new penalty calculation based on the difference between the number of cards bid and taken squared.  In short it is:

(Bid - Taken) x (Bid - Taken)

I struggled to come up with a label short enough to fit on the button selecting scoring styles and the best I could come up with was "Diff ^ 2".  Hopefully the example showing the calculation will clear up any confusion.  The On Bid calculation already supported the bid squared calculation so no change was needed for that.

Bonus Points

One interesting variation suggested that instead of using a flat 10 points as the On Bid bonus to instead base it on the number of cards for that round.  It does make sense considering that with the smaller hands, the bonus tends to overwhelm the correct bid.  Therere is a new switch allowing you to use the number of cards for the hand instead of a flat bonus.

Hopefully these changes will keep you all scoring the way you would like.  As always, feel free to comment here or send me email with your suggestions!

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Reply wontar
10:00 AM on June 5, 2010 
you should add this variant
Reply Mike
8:36 PM on July 22, 2010 
You should include the option to subtract your bid from underbids so that you are equally penalized for underbids or overbids. We play that way and it keeps things interesting yet simple
Reply Tom
11:14 AM on August 3, 2010 
I would like to see the scoring for Under Bid rules (Too many tricks taken) changed to just subtract the amount bid. For example you bid 2 and take 5 you would lose -2 points. This would be similar to the Over Bid Rules. Other than that this is a great APP!!! I play every day at lunch so there are about a dozen power plant workers that would love to see this fix! Thanks!!!