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16th January 2012

Update 4.

The overall object of the game is to try to outmanoeuvre your opponent by skillfully choosing a Poldark word(s) that has as few associations or connections with other Poldark word(s) as possible. The ideal is where there are very few or none forcing your opponent(s) either into conceding a "Pass" and in the Competition game scoring 1 point per player, or winning the game outright. For this reason avoiding the most familiar words of all like Ross Poldark or Demelza becomes essential !

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14th January 2011

Update 3.

There is now an additional "Newbie's" level of play besides "Beginners", "Friendly" and "Competition" available. The choice of which Rules to apply for the remaining 3 levels are entirely at member's discretion, however there will be periodic Updates from time to time.

Newbie's Rules

No Rules apply just simple word association, free for all fun practice sessions to enable first time players to get a general feel for the game before progressing onto the next level.

-- Edited by Ross Poldark on Friday 14th of January 2011 12:10:45 PM

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14th January 2011

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Preliminary Draft Rules Only

The overall object of the game is to try to outmanoeuvre your opponent by skillfully choosing a Poldark word(s) that has as few associations or connections with other Poldark word(s) as possible. The ideal is where there are very few or none forcing your opponent(s) either into conceding a "Pass" and in the Competition game scoring 1 point per player, or winning the game outright. For this reason avoiding the most familiar words of all like Ross Poldark or Demelza becomes essential !

However it is strongly recommended that several easy Newbie and Beginner games are played first starting with the words Ross Poldark and Demelza Poldark, in order to become fully acquainted with the Rules before trying any progressively harder games.

Finally it is entirely at the discretion of all players how much they decide to follow the Rules or adapt them to suit themselves, as they are there for general guidance purposes only.



-- Edited by Ross Poldark on Friday 14th of January 2011 12:11:14 PM



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14th January 2011

Update 1.

Beginner's Rules

Rule 11.

11. However outdoor locations such as abeach, headland, bay, field, wood, river, hill,forest etc., orplaces such asa house, estate, pub, church, mine, road, village, town, ship etc., only direct connections are allowed (not associated) where they are immediately linked before or after to a person or animal that WG has actually written about. In other words where any specific written actions, meetings or incidents etc. concerning them have taken place and happened there. Example 1: Ross - Nampara. Example 2: Sawle - Demelza..


-- Edited by Ross Poldark on Friday 14th of January 2011 12:11:42 PM

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The Poldark Word Association Game
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Preliminary Draft Rules Only

The overall object of the game is to try to outmanoeuvre your opponent by skillfully choosing a Poldark word(s) that has as few associations or connections with other Poldark word(s) as possible. The ideal is where there are very few or none forcing your opponent(s) either into conceding a "Pass" and in the Competition game scoring 1 point per player, or winning the game outright. For this reason avoiding the most familiar words of all like Ross Poldark or Demelza becomes essential !

However it is strongly recommended that several easy Newbie and Beginner games are played first starting with the words Ross Poldark and Demelza Poldark in order to become fully acquainted with the Rules before trying any progressively harder games.

Finally it is entirely at the discretion of all players how much they decide to follow the Rules or adapt them to suit themselves as they are merely there for general guidance purposes whatever the level of play.

An easy start for example would be :

Player 1: Ross Poldark. Player 2: Demelza. Player 3: Nampara. Player 4: Wheal Grace.. and so on....

Enjoy ! smile

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Newbie's Rules


No Rules apply just simple word association, free for all fun practice sessions to enable first time players to get a general feel for the game before progressing onto the next level.

Beginner's Rules

Again please remember these are still only the Preliminary Draft Rules so will be edited and updated as a separate post from time to time as necessary.

1. All games must commence with the word Poldark.
2. Players are allowed to use any outside sources of reference they wish. The Poldark novels, Videos/ DVD's, the Internet etc.
3. A recognisable Poldark connected or associated word(s) can only be used once in a full game. (See Rules 10, 11 and 12. )
4. Beginners' games should be as helpful as possible to opponents by giving them as much information and background to the Poldark name chosen, making it easier to think of the next word(s) connection.
5. Players cannot reply to their own postings.
6. Members can open their own separate Beginner or Friendly sub-forums for singles, doubles or more players.
7. New players wishing to join in once a game has started and is under way, must first post a short general message to the circle that they would like to do so. Then by general agreement their turn can be allocated.
8. At the beginning of every new game all competing players to agree on an order or circle of play to take turns at posting their word(s), as well as agreeing on the minimum and maximum number of players allowed.
9. All players to agree on how and when to finish the game and who will be the sole judge or judges in the event of any queries.
10. All recognisable Poldark word(s) chosen must be directly connected or associated as closely as possible with the previous Poldark word(s) given. "Direct" meaning for example where two named persons or animals can be proven to have been together in the same room or in each other's company outdoors at some time or another. "Associated" for example where it's more or less obvious, logical or inevitable etc. that there would have been some form of prior contact even though W.G. might not have said so specifically.
11. However outdoor locations such as a beach, headland, bay, field, wood, river, hill, forest etc., or places such as a house, estate, pub, bank, church, mine, road, village, town, ship etc., only direct connections (not associated) are allowed where they are immediately linked before or after to a person or animal that WG has actually written about. In other words where any specific written actions, meetings or incidents etc. concerning them have taken place and happened there. Example 1: Ross Nampara. Example 2: Sawle Demelza.
12. Finally in all remaining cases or where Winston Graham has not specifically stated, then play to be suspended until by mutual or majority agreement the most logical or most likely Poldark word(s) associated or connected with the previous name is accepted or not. Alternatively play to re-start with the word given immediately prior to the disputed one.
13. In the event a player disagrees with a follow-up associated word from their previous opponent they can then choose or not to issue a Challenge for it to be proven. Play shall then be suspended until a final mutually agreed decision is reached.
14. Equally a Challenge can be issued as a bluff if the player simply doesn't know the answer or for any other strategic reasons. Only one Challenge can be issued per player's turn.

General Friendly & Competition Rules


1. Friendly games should be as helpful as possible to opponents by giving them as much information and background to the Poldark name chosen, making it easier to think of the next word(s) connection. However in Competition games only the Poldark associated name is given with no further help or information at all.
2. In the Competition game once an issued Challenge is finally proven satisfactorily or is defeated the winner receives 2 points.
3. Unless agreed otherwise beforehand, all players should be aware that an automatic time limit of 6 hours (GMT) maximum is allowed between posts. Any player therefore not knowing the answer to a word or short of time etc. must either post the single word "Pass" as soon as possible, or at least well before the 6 hour time limit (GMT) is reached so that the momentum of the game can be maintained. In the Competition version of the game this would mean that the player who posts a word that gains a Pass or Passes, because the next player or players do not know the answer, gains 1 point for each Pass. However if a player who does not post the word Pass before the 6 hour time limit (GMT) expires loses 1 point.
4. All players to agree on how to finish their Friendly or Competition game and who will be the sole judge. There are many possible variations limited only by one's imagination. For example if a player has to finish quickly; by a previously agreed time limit of say 30/ 60/ 90 etc. days and who is ahead on points; when one player has reached a clear 10 points ahead; when say 100 names have been posted; the first player to reach 100 points and so on. Finally the fast and furious Beginners, Friendly or Competition game "Against The Forum's Clock" where a game might take 4 hours and with say up to a maximum of 10 players, each having to post the correct reply within 5/ 10 minutes, being disqualified one by one until a clear winner is left. Winning 1 point for a correct answer, losing 1 point for a wrong answer, a "Pass", a late reply or no reply at all. In the event that several players are still in the game at the end, then the player with the highest points wins. If still undecided to continue by knock-out.
5. In Competition games all players are formally required to mark and keep a record of their opponent's score.
6. Players missing or posting after an agreed deadline, must wait until their turn comes round again before any further postings can be made. Their original posting to be cancelled.
7. Unless agreed otherwise beforehand no play to take place between 23.00 hours and 07.00 hours Forum time. However those players whose turn it is to play anyway are free to post between these hours.
8. Players going on holiday or who will be away must give details of their plans to all remaining players well in advance.
9. For players living in different time zones all players to agree beforehand on the maximum time (GMT) between posts allowed.
10. All players must keep a careful note of their playing positions to avoid inconveniencing all the remaining players. Therefore any player posting out of turn must immediately, and well before the expiry of the 6 hour etc. time limit (GMT), edit and delete the entire contents of their message replacing it with the single word "Pass". In Friendly games this means the player whose turn was originally next, realising the error will continue to answer the last Poldark associated word(s) outstanding as if there had been no interruption whatsoever. In the Competition version of the game this would mean the player concerned loses 1 point. However if not corrected before the 6 hour time limit expires it will incur the loss of a further point as well.
11. Any player unfortunately delayed or unable to post their word in time before the 6 hour etc. (GMT) maximum time limit expires, cannot rejoin the game immediately but must first post a short message stating that they are again ready and able to play. However they can ONLY rejoin and post from within their original position in the circle again, AFTER one further full round of postings has been completed. This is to allow plenty of time for everyone else to catch up with what's been happening, rather than the delayed player suddenly re-appearing and jumping unexpectedly back into their original slot. In the Competition version of the game this would mean the player concerned loses 1 point.
12. Any player(s) offering new suggestions requiring general discussion and decisions by other players can ask for a temporary suspension of play.
13. Perhaps one day to eventually start a worldwide Round Robin tournament along the same lines as any existing World Cup tournament. Europe - Group A. Australasia - Group B. The Americas - Group C. Anywhere else - Group D. Each player takes on the next player in each Group's Round Robin list with the Group winners being those with the highest points scored. Each Group to have a quarterfinals, semis and finals with each player starting with zero points. Finally the chosen top winners of each Group play off against each other to find the overall global winner with the usual quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.

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-- Edited by Ross Poldark on Tuesday 11th of January 2011 05:46:46 PM



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