Boomer readers will know the Mincey Motto: “Have cards, will play poker.” Poker is what we do. It’s genetic (though I haven’t been tested). The Mincey Plantation in north Atlanta is home to the largest number of digital poker games per capita than anywhere else in the state (unofficial survey, of course).
With that kind of history wouldn’t you be shocked to come home at the end of a long, hard workday to see your spouse in be with another game? Alright, not in bed, but on the dining room table. With another woman. Playing… and it hurts me just to type the words… Bridge.
Not just any game of Bridge. This one was FunBridge, though I can’t imagine where the fun comes from. It’s clearly not visible while watching others play the game. As best I can tell, FunBridge is an online game of Bridge (capitalized to underscore and emphasis the seriousness of this transgression). You can play with people you don’t even know, haven’t even met, and cannot bluff no matter how experienced and skilled you may be.
FunBridge does allow you to challenge friends and play in online tournaments. There’s even a two-player mode so two friends can play, each with their own Mac. That’s just wrong. It’s as serious as playing poker.
Unlike the poker games that genetic Mincey players engage in for fun and profit, FunBridge seems to be willing to trade online fun for money. There’s a price tag for deals. And this is not just a Mac phenomenon. FunBridge runs on iPhone and iPad, various and sundry Android devices, Windows PCs, and if insult needed to be added to injury, you could actually play FunBridge against someone using an Amazon tablet.
Oh, the humanity!
You get started just as the corner drug dealer gets the unsuspecting to become revenue generating junkies. Free samples. FunBridge stars with 100 free deals but personal experience says you can be completely hooked in as little as 25 deals, which means you’re subject to an intervention by the time the 100 free deals runs out.
How is this not an online role playing game?
The secret to the fun in FunBridge seems to be the graduated migration pricing scheme and tournaments. 50 deals is only $2.99 but 1,000 deals is less than 10 times that amount. And the tournaments? There are 13 FunBridge Series tournaments, a Practice 1 deal tournament (unlimited), Two Player Games, Tournaments of the Day, Event Tournaments with prizes and teams, and Challenges.
Getting started at FunBridge is easy. As with many online card games, it’s addictive. Setup an account and you get 100 free deals. 50 instantly, and 50 additional when your email address is validated. And, just in case the 100 isn’t enough to get you hooked, you get 10 free deals a week after all the free ones are used up.
And this is all legal.
I’m a Mincey of the 21st century and I can’t exactly ban my wife from playing FunBridge instead of poker, but I can restrict access to my system administrator skills until she sees the error of her ways and returns to the game of the gods. Poker.