Hardwood Hearts achievements

Hardwood Hearts

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There are 12 Hardwood Hearts achievements worth 312 (200)

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Black Widow Exterminator in Hardwood Hearts

Black Widow Exterminator32 (20)

Avoid taking the Queen of Spades in 25 total games. Earn this in Single Player or Xbox LIVE play.

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Achievement Guide for Black Widow Exterminator

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Achievement won on 29 Oct 10
TA Score for this game: 312
Posted on 29 October 10 at 22:28, Edited on 29 October 10 at 22:33
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Like it says, for this achievement you must avoid having the Queen of Spades come back to you in 25 games, that's full games, not rounds per game. Taking the Queen of Spades is basically when you lose a hand that contains this card. Losing a hand is when you play the highest card of the starting suit, aces are high.

Obviously, if you can play this with some boosting partners that will speed things up so that they don't purposely give you the card, but, if like me, you're having to do it in Single player against the computer, here are some things that I did to help.

Firstly set the game to the lowest point limit, 50 points. This will make the games end quicker, meaning less rounds and less chances of you taking the card in a losing hand. Also, I played without partners on because I didn't want to risk the chance that if my partner takes the Queen of Spades it would count against me.

With your starting hand if you get given the Queen, King or Ace of Spades, I would recommend passing them and making a mental note of where you passed them to. When you pass it will always say pass to the left, across or right. This way, for example, if you start with the Queen and pass to the left, then you know it is safe to play higher value cards if the person to the left has already played (obviously though, not if they played the Queen). If you wind up with any of those 3 cards after you've passed, get rid of them safely as soon as possible, even if that means losing the occasional hands It doesn't matter whether you win or lose the game in the end, so long as you don't take the Queen of Spades.

On that note though, I wouldn't try and lose too many hands, I don't know about other people, but I find it easier to pick which card to play when someone else is leading the hand. It depends on your playing style though, I suppose.

Becareful if you also have alot of cards in one suit as this means that the other players will have less of that suit. So if they run out of cards belonging to the suit you have lots of, you could wind up playing that suit and they can freely get rid of the Queen. This leads to more chances of the Queen coming back to you, especially if more than 1 players have used up all their cards in that suit. I recommend having an even number as possible of each suit to cover this eventuality, so if you wind up with alot of the same suit I would try and get rid of these first too.

Also, I put the Shoot the Moon trick on. This is the trick that means when you take the Queen of Spades plus all the Hearts cards it means all your opponents get 25 points. I put this on incase that might increased the chance of the CPU chancing taking the Queen in an attempt to Shoot the Moon.

I actually forgot about the Shoot the Sun trick entirely as I leave it off by default (this trick is similar to Shoot the Moon, only you have to lose every single hand to activate it). As it's a difficult and risky trick to pull off, I doubt the CPU would make a "conscious" effort to try it, but try putting it on if you like.

Lastly I turned off the Jack of Diamonds trick, this is the bonus that means whoever takes the Jack of Diamonds has 10 points subtracted from their total. Leaving this on will just extend the number of rounds and therefore the number of chances of taking the Queen.

Alot of this is also down to luck, like what kind of hands you start with and how stupid the CPU plays, so best of luck! :)
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