The first step to winning a zero-sum game is to know it’s coming.
John Braddock, A Spy’s Guide to Thinking
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- Faustus the card game
- “War had been declared on Christmas and the insurgents were winning.”
- “Well, I developed that simple Great Idea and came to New York with the results of it. I went straight to the office of Vanity Fair, and, lo, great was my reward! The editor and I tried out a few hands at double dummy. He liked the game at once, and summoned to our aid that noted authority on every game from Scat to Poker, Mr. R. F. Foster. Mr. Foster also liked the game, and has worked at the theory of it pretty steadily ever since, He has introduced it to certain of the leading card clubs, and has even crystallized my crude idea into a pamphlet of official rules.”
- Looking back on my career, I realize that I never intentionally chose it; passion drove me toward it. I enjoyed each step I took, so I kept going.