MAIN GAME - POPULARITY
The main game, of course, is the popularity game. It is always in play. Rules are fully detailed in the !help and !rules files, but in a nutshell, this is a game about gaining popularity points. Popularity points are gained through activities that identify you as "popular". These include people watching your cam, people giving their points to you, exciting the room, DJ'ing, etc. Points are also distributed randomly on a periodic basis to allow people to award people they think are popular. The top 5 popularity point holders in the room are given blue friend status, and are able to execute commands to run the room as they see fit. In the main game, you can type !pop in the room to see your points, or !award to award points.
In addition to the main game, the bot will occassionally start random mini-games. These games are (click each for details):
Women can type the name of a guy they want Santa to bring presents to. They then type either "naughty" or "nice" depending on whether they think the guy has been naughty or nice. When a female player does those two things, the guy will be awarded presents (points). Occassionally, though, Santa will be mean and the guy won't get anything.
The bot will randomly choose a guy's cam. Ladies can open that cam and then type "!hot" if she thinks the guy is hot, or "!not" if she thinks he is not. Either way, the guy gets some points for his trouble.
For a short period of time, guys can choose a girl to spank with the command "!spank jane" or whatever name they want. If the girl responds with "!thank joe" within the timeframe, both will get points. This can be repeated during the timelimit.
TheBlueBot is a flasher. Well, he will randomly pick a name on the list, and "flash" that name. The name on the room userlist will flash between blue, green, and black for a short period of time. Anyone who finds the individual being flashed and types their name into the room will get some points.
A random girl's name is scrambled. Whoever can unscramble the name and identify the right girl will get points. Simply type the correct name into the room.
This mini game is based on the card game Hi-Lo. Up to 6 players can join with the command "!hilo" during the short join period. Once the join period has expired or the game is full, the bot will draw and display one card from the deck. Each player should then type either "!hi" or "!lo" into the room to indicate whether they think the next card will be higher or lower. After all players have entered their guess, or the time limit expires, the bot will reveal the next card. Anyone who correctly guessed hi or lo will have their hi-lo game points total doubled. The process then repeats using the card on display. Players will again type "!hi" or "!lo" to indicate whether the next card is higher or lower. This will repeat for five rounds, or until all players have dropped out. It costs 400 points to play Hi-Lo, and these points are gone. Your Hi-Lo game points start at 100. Each round has the potential of doubling, so winnings can be 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200. A player may drop out at any time by declining to guess higher or lower and letting the guess time expire. They will then walk away with whatever points they have built up. A player who guesses wrong loses any points built up. If a player makes it through all rounds with successful guesses, then they walk away with the 3200 grand prize.
This mini game is based on the card game Between The Sheets. When the game starts, you can join by betting some of your points with the !bet command. The bot will then deal out two cards (called pole cards), and pause before dealing the third card. You will win your bet if the rank of the third card falls between the first two pole cards. A tie on either end is a loss, the card must be between the two pole cards. During the pause, you have the opportunity the raise your bet with the !raise commands if you think the odds are good. The payout on the bet is even, the payout on the raise depends on how spread the pole cards were. If the bot deals triples (three cards the same rank) there is a special payout.
The bot will randomly choose a female name, and display it to the room as blank *'s (e.g. ******). Over the next 30 seconds, the bot will fill in one letter at a time until the entire name is filled in. The object is to guess the name as quickly as possible. The earlier you make your correct guess, the more points you score.
The object to this game is to open 10 male cams, and then tell the room "!imaperv". If you do this successfully, and wait for the bot to verify you have 10 cams open, then you score points!
During this game, everyone in the room will turn blue. There are two phases. During the first phase, anyone who is blue may type any other players name into the room, and eliminate them from the game. When elminated, a player will lose their blue status and will not be able to eliminate others. With each elimination you score an "elimination point" which the bot keeps track of internally. If you elmininate another player, you gather all of their elimination points as your own. These points are used in phase 2. During phase 2, play continues as it did in phase 1. You may still elminate other players, however the bot will begin to randomly eliminate players from the game favoring those with lower elimination points. In other words, the more people you eliminate in phase 1, the less your chance of being randomly picked in phase 2, and the greater your chance of being the Last Man Standing and winning the prize.
Almost everyone knows this classic game where you use hand signs to come to a decision. The game has other names in other cultures, but it is known in some form or another around the world. In The Blue Room, players will have a moment to choose either !rock, !paper, or !scissors. The bot will then make the same choice. In this game, rock smashes scissors, paper wraps wrock, and scissors cuts paper. If you beat the bot, you win a prize.
First, to join the game you type !screwyou when the bot announces the game. Each person who joins will turn blue, all others who opted not to play will be black. Then each player in the game will be dealt a single card which only they know. The object of this game is to end up with the lowest card. Aces are low, Kings are high. The bot will start a timer, and while the game is playing you may decide if you like your card or not. If you like your card, do nothing. If you do not, try to trade it with one of the other players by typing "!screw john" or whatever the player's name is. When you use the !screw command you get their card, they get your card. Even if you like your card and decide not to do anything, play attention -- someone might grab your card and you'll want to try to get it back! Player with the lowest card when the timer runs out wins the prize.
This is a game of capture the flag. Three people in the room will turn blue at random. These people have the flags. If you want it, type "!snatch jane" (or whatever their name is) and you will grab their flag. The bot will turn you blue, and they will lose their blue. The three flag holders at the end of the game (the three blues) will win the prize.
This game is based on a classic arcade game, called "whack a mole" where you hit mechanical moles that pop out of a random hole in front of you on the game table with a hammer before they duck back in the hole. It is a fast, and furious game. In The Blue Room version, one person will randomly turn blue. Be the first to !whack that person and you will get points. As soon as the person is !whack'ed, another person will turn blue at random. If the person is not !whack'ed at all, the bot will randomly pick another person after several seconds. The game will continue until time is up.
Currently the Bot has several ongoing side game played outside the main room through IM with the Bot. These are "table" games, where players are seated around a table as if they were in a casino. They can chat within the table, make bets, and play the game. You can also join a table just to watch others play. There are several side games available, listed below. The rules are more complex than the mini-games and generally feature making bets with your points that you can win or lose.
Guts is a gambling game and is based on Poker but played with two cards. The game is fairly simple, but may sound complex at first. There are no free points here, all points are gambled by the players. If you win points, someone else is losing them.
Quick Command List
Here are the commands understood for Guts. Each of these commands are sent to the bot in IM.
Join The Table:
To join a guts game table, IM the bot with the command "!join guts". The bot will seat at the table, and you can join the game with an ante as soon as the pot is clear. Type !watch to watch the game so the bot knows you're not waiting to play. Type !table to send a message to everyone at the table.
Once you are joined, all players will have a short amount of time to ante up. Type "!ante" to make your ante and ensure your place in the round. An ante costs 100 points.
Play the hand:
Once all players have been anted, a round of cards will be dealt out, two to each player, and one dummy hand to the bot. You will see your own cards only. Based on those two cards, you need to decide whether you are in for this round or out.
A player who types "!in" believes they have a hand that will beat all other players, including the bot's hand. A player who is "!out" believes they have a weak hand and doesn't wish to risk losing.
Multiple players can be "!in". When all players have declared themselves "!in" or "!out" the player's hands are shown and compared. The winning hand takes the pot. In the case of a tie, the pot is split. All players who went "!in" and lost now have to match the pot for the next hand, so the pot grows rapidly. For example, if 500 points (5 antes) were in the pot, and 3 players went "!in", the high player would take the 500 points. The other two losing players would now have 500 points deducted each, starting the next hand's pot at 1000 points. As the pots build up, it becomes riskier and riskier to go "!in" since you may have to match the very large pot.
Beating all players hands are not enough to wint he pot, the bot must also be beat. A tie against the bot is not a split, the player must actually beat the bot. If the bot wins or ties, then all players lose and must match the pot.
It is possible no players go "!in" in a round, in which case the pot stays, players re-ante, and cards are re-dealt. In that case the bot's hand is not re-dealt. It stays in place for the next round.
If the pot is won, and matched, players at the table can then re-ante and another round of play begins.
If only one player goes "!in" and wins, then nobody has to match the pot, and the table is cleared. New players may now join since no previous pot is on the table. A new round of antes begins and play continues.
Cards are printed on your screen based on their rank and suit with a single letter representing rank and a single letter representing suit. For example, AH is the ace of hearts. KC is the king of clubs. Possible suits are Hearts, Spades, Clubs, Diamonds. Possible ranks are Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King.
The two-card hands are loosely based on 5-card poker hands. The order, and their 5-card equivalent are listed below (for those familiar with 5-card poker).
Note that even a high-card only hand can win a pot, especially if all other players are bluffed "!out", leaving you to only contend with the Bot's hand.
There is no end in this game. You can drop out of the table at any time by typing "!leave", though the bot may keep you in the game until the end of the round. You do not have to do anything, if you have a bet on the table and you quit, you are automatically moved to "!out".
Winners in guts are the ones who walk away with points won rather than lost.
Blackjack is a popular casino game. The object of the game is to keep drawing cards until you get a total as close to 21 as possible, without going over. Once you stop taking cards, you are playing against the dealer (the bot), who then takes his turn to try to get close to 21. If you get closer to 21 than the bot (without going over), you win.
In this game you do not play against other players, though there may be several other people at the same table playing as well.
At a basic beginner level, you really only need to know the !hit and !stand commands. !hit when you want a card, !stand when you're done. There are other advanced complexities that you can take advantage of to increase your winnings, but at a basic level that's all there is to the game.
For those advanced players, here are the house rules
Quick Command List
Here are the commands understood for Blackjack. Each of these commands are sent to the bot in IM.
Join The Table:
To join a blackjack game table, IM the bot with the command "!join bj". The bot will seat at the table, and you can join the game with an bet as soon as the current deal ends. Type !watch to watch the game so the bot knows you're not waiting to play. Type !table to send a message to everyone at the table.
Once you are joined, all players will have a short amount of time to bet. Type "!bet 100" (or whatever amount you like) to make your bet and ensure your place in next deal.
Play the hand:
I will only explain basic rules here. Blackjack is a very well-known game, and the bot's blackjack game is faithfully coded to casino standards. There is plenty of information online about blackjack rules and strategy.
Once all players have been bet, a round of cards will be dealt out, two to each player face-up, and two cards to the bot -- one face-up, one face-down. Based on those your cards, and the dealer's "up card" you will need to decide how to play your hand.
Each player at the table will get a turn to play out their hand. If you think you can draw a card to get closer to 21 without busting (going over) you should !hit. If you think you are in danger of going over with the next card, you should "!stand".
Cards two through nine are worth their face value. Cards 10,J,Q,K are all worth 10. Aces in Blackjack are worth either 11 or 1, whichever is more favorable. Suite does not matter.
A 10-card (10,J,Q,K) plus an Ace is worth 21 and is called Blackjack. If a player is dealt blackjack with their first two cards you get paid the bonus of 3:2 immediately and don't need to play your hand.
On the flipside, if the bot gets a blackjack on his first two cards, play stops and all players lose. If his up card is an ace, you will first be offered the chance to buy insurance.
The other three commands are more advanced, but not really too complicated.
If you are dealt a pair or two 10-cards in your first two cards, you may decide to split them into two hands. The bot will then deal you one card to each hand so you now have two hands each with two cards. Then you will play your first hand independently, then the second hand independently. To split, you need to double your bet -- one bet for each hand. Each hand wins and loses on its own merit. You can bust with one hand and still get a win with the other. A split can be a good idea when the bot has a really bad up-card showing, or when you have a really bad pair and you want to break them up (a pair of 8's is horrible.. split them for two better hands).
If your first two cards put you in a good position (say you have a 6,5=11) and you think you've got a chance of a good card in your next hit (say a 10) you have the option of doubling your bet and taking one more card only. This is the !double command. It is only available on your first two cards.
Finally, if you have a really bad hand (say a 16) and the bot is sitting pretty with a good card (like a 10-card) you have the option of surrendering half your bet and dropping out of the hand. Sometimes cutting your losses is the way to go. Its like a "fold" in poker.
Blackjack is a simple, fun game. Once you play you catch on quickly. There is a lot of strategy involved if you are serious about winning, but even the casual player can have fun just playing intuitively. Search on the web if you're interested in blackjack strategy. There are plenty of rules around when its best to !hit, !stand, !split, !double, !surrender, or take !insurance.
Each hand is a separate game. You win the hand if you get closer to 21 than the bot, or if the bot goes over without you going over. If you go over, you lose your bet. If you beat the bot, or the bot goes over you win your bet back, plus an equal amount. If you have a Blackjack, you get your bet back, plus your bet-and-a-half (3:2 odds). If the bot has Blackjack, you lose.
Texas Hold'em Bonus is a casino table game played in Las Vegas and Atlantic City which is based on Texas Hold'em poker. The main thing to note is that is not the Texas Hold'em poker where you play with a bunch of people, bet, and raise. This is a table game you would play at a casino. You place a bet and play against the dealer only. Other players may be at the same table, also trying to beat the dealer, but you never play against other players and you never lose your points to other players or win their points.
The object in Texas Hold'em Bonus is to form a better Texas Hold'em poker hand than the bot. Like Hold'em, you get two "hole cards" and five "community cards" to make your hand. The community cards are shared by the bot and all the players at the table who are also trying to make the bet five card hand with their two cards and the community cards.
To play any poker game, you must understand hand ranks available. There is plenty of information online, but here are the basics:
Quick Command List
Here are the commands understood for Texas Hold'em Bonus. Each of these commands are sent to the bot in IM.
Join The Table:
To join a Texas Hold'em Bonus game table, IM the bot with the command "!join texasbonus". The bot will seat at the table, and you can join the game with an bet as soon as the current deal ends. Type !watch to watch the game so the bot knows you're not waiting to play. Type !table to send a message to everyone at the table.
The Rules and Gameplay:
Winning Texas Hold'em Bonus:
You can win your ante bet, your flop/turn/river bets, and your bonus bet independently. Each hand is a separate betting sequence and deal, so expect to win and lose.
Texas Hold'em Poker is standard hold'em for multiple players. The bot only plays as a dealer of cards, not as a player. More info soon.
This is the standard Baccarat casino table game played in the United States casinos. More info on this game soon.
These games are under consideration or development. They might be online soon, or they may never appear. If you have any ideas of your own, please email The Blue Room.
This will be a roulette style game. A flashing indicator will move down the user list, rapidly at first, then slowing down. Players bet on who it ultimately lands on. Bets are roulette-like: you can bet on the color, the first letter of the name, the gender of the person, or the actual name. Returns will vary based on the odds of winning each type of bet.
Yes the name is a bit offensive. Maybe I'll change it. The idea is that females in the room answer questionnaires about themselves, and the bot will draw on those answers to ask a trivia question for points. If you identify the girl you win. For example, the bot might say, "The craziest place this girl had sex was the elevator of the empire state building", and players would get points for correctly identifying the girl.
The blue bot will pick a random word each hour to be the good word, and another to be the bad word. If anyone speaks one of these words they will gain or lose points, and the word will change.
The bot randomly picks a guy and a girl. You have to match them up. Not sure yet how I'll do this. It might be a guy that is picked, and you have to name the girl who is watching him.
A snapshot photo is taken of a person. and displayed in the video of TheBlueBotHasEyes. Players have to type the name of the person.
The bot will randomly pick a word. Each player may then make guesses for the word, one letter at a time. If they guess a letter right, the bot will score them points and announce that the player made a correct guess. If they guess it wrong, the player will get their hang man drawing filled in one step at a time, and the bot will announce the incorrect guess. Each player is making his own guess and has their own hangman. If a player guesses the word they get bonus points, and hangman stops. If a player gets hung they are out of the game, and perhaps hangman will stop then.
A game based on a common online game. The bot will present seven random letters, and the players will type in words formed from those letters. Each word will score points based on how long your word is. A word cannot be used twice. Typing !twist will rearrange the letters for you and give you a different perspective
The bot will ask a random trivia question. First player to answer correctly wins.
The bot will present a random 3 or 4 letter acronym. e.g. GCSH. Players will make their own meanings by sending the bot an IM that says !acro Good Chefs Saute Ham, or whatever clever meaning they can make up. The timer runs out, the bot presents all the acronyms made by players with each numbered. Players then !vote on their favorite with !vote 1, !vote 2, etc. Acro with the most votes wins the points.