August 13th 2006: Article in the Trinidad Sunday Express Mix
section on the All Fours Computer Game.
Animae Caribe 2005:
The All Fours computer game was showcased and played by the public for the
first time on 15th September 2005 at the University of the West Indies.
Interest was strong and the game was showcased with the help of GATT. More information on
the festival is available at www.animaecaribe.com
Pictures from Animae Caribe 2005
‘Mako’ show on Gayelle: 5-6pm, 28th July 2005
Included a 30 minute-long interview with Alexander Paddington and
a showcasing of the game on television.
Articles featured in the:
Trinidad Sunday Express Mix: August 13th 2006
Trinidad Guardian: 20th July 2005, September 2005 along with coverage of Animae Caribe 2005
Trinidad Newsday: September 2005 along with coverage of Animae Caribe 2005
Trinidad Express: 23rd February 2005
Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s website: 12th April 2005
Fatima Yearbook: June 2005
London Mission: Volume 6 April 2005, The Newsletter of Trinidad
and Tobago High Commission
Article done by Trinidad Guardian. 20th July 2005
The recent football match between T&T and the US serves
as a backdrop for computer all fours.
Alexander Paddington, creator of computer all fours, shows
some of the game’s features July 14, at the Guardian’s
office, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain. Photos: Brian Ng Fatt
By Sherwin Long
Twenty-year-old Alexander Paddington feels he has the Trinidadian
alternative to computer solitaire.
On July 14, at the Guardian office, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain,
his fingers jabbed at the keyboard of his Dell laptop while he played
computer all fours.
Paddington, who attends Harvard University in the US, came up with
the idea for the game while taking a computer course.
He admitted the first version of the game was basic, but with programmer
Jeff Bazanson on board, the game’s new version has been polished
for commercial use.
“This can stand up with games like solitaire and hearts,”
Paddington said confidently. “We have options they don’t
have. You can change the game’s background with pictures of
you, your family or even nature.”
To prove his point, he clicked on the settings bar for the game
and changed a bland green background to real life pictures of Balandra
Bay, Maracas Beach and a football match between T&T and the
Paddington, son of photographer Bruce Paddington, also enjoys playing
all fours in his spare time.
For the game, he researched by observing the Flying Angels All
Fours League in Arouca.
He noted that there would be rule variation options in the game
as there are different rules in T&T such as the Tobago rules
and the force follow suit rule.
Despite the popularity of computer games world-wide, Paddington
is still gearing the game towards specific markets.
“It is definitely a difficult game to learn. After a few
games with the computer you could get it, but we are aiming for
a T&T and Caribbean audience,” he said.
The main obstacles affecting Paddington so far, revolve around
corporate sponsorship and production of the game.
He said the cost of advertising the game and producing playable
copies was $100,000 and upwards.
According to Paddington, banner space would be provided for companies
to advertise within the game.
Paddington was also not against one company buying the rights for
the game and using it as a promotional tool.
He said the game would be sold for between $40-$80 and wants to
release it on August 21 at the
Gaming Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s (Gatt) Gamecon
With the online game-play a main attraction among gamers, Paddington
said he was working with
Gatt to develop a server for unlimited online play through his
Web site www.allfoursonline.com.
For Paddington this game will facilitate two favourite Trinidadian
“All fours is a social game and Trinidadians love to lime.
This is an opportunity to make a little liming spot with your friends
over the computer. Same difference.”
Features of Computer all fours
Ability to form teams online
Instant messaging support and support for signals to be sent within
Advance artificial intelligence for off-line play.
Different off-line play modes: two human versus two computers,
one human with three computers, human human human versus one computer
Rule variation options in the game
Interactive card and board backgrounds
Animation of key events and statistics provided for each hand played
Easy interface, click cards and action buttons to play the game
Installable on all PCs, requires minimum computing power
Production of CDs with individualised codes to prevent piracy and
True T&T game with trivia and Trini sayings.
For more information on the release of the All Fours game contact:
Alexander Paddington at firstname.lastname@example.org www.allfoursonline.com
About All Fours
All Fours originated in England during the 17th century.
The game remains very popular in Blackburn, England, where it is
traditionally played in pubs. It is still organised into pub teams
who play on Sunday nights.
In America it is known as old sledge or seven up and usually played
by two players with the full pack of 52 cards, with the ace being
the highest and the two the lowest. The game, however, is seven
There are four different items which count towards the score, hence
the name all-fours.
High—the highest trump out, scoring one to the original holder.
Low—the lowest trump out, scoring one to the original holder.
Jack—the knave of trumps, scoring one to the dealer, if turned
up; if otherwise, to the winner of the trick to which it falls.
Game—scoring one to the ultimate holder or the more valuable
cards in the tricks won by him, according to the following scale:
For each ten (trump or otherwise) 10, for each ace four, for each
king three, for each queen two, for each knave one.
*Scholarship winner creates computer version of "All Fours"*
by Government Information Service
Posted: Apr 12, 2005 21:43 UTC
PORT OF SPAIN - Trinidad and Tobago's 2003 National open scholarship
winner based on the GCE A' Level results, Alexander Paddington,
the first electronic version of the card game, "All Fours",
computer science project at Harvard University where he has taken
The card game that originated in England, in the 17th century,
become very popular in Trinidad and Tobago. "All Fours"
popular in North America in the 19th century and continues to be
Paddington's project was programmed last year after he found no
evidence of the game. He is hoping to work with developers to perfect
the game and is currently aiming to develop a commercial version,
it more professional and as easily available worldwide as the popular
computer game Solitaire.
The name "All Fours" derives from the fact that four
points can be won
(high, low, jack or game) after the dealer has finished dealing.
object of the game is to score points by winning tricks, a round
cards dealt, with valuable cards. A standard 52-card pack is used.
Normally there are four players in two fixed partnerships where
sit opposite each other at a table. It is possible, but less common,
two people to play. When the cards are dealt the dealer turns the
card face up to indicate the trump suit. The dealer's team may score
points for the trump card.
The popular game, frequently played in local bars usually generates
raucous excitement. The thrills of the live game are absent, but
Paddington, a former Fatima College student hopes to enhance the
bland "congratulations" message with some cartoonish graphics.