The Moorfield Rules for Pub and Beer Ticking
Everyone who practises the strange arts of Pub Ticking and Beer Ticking (or Scooping) has their own ideas about what counts as a new tick. Each person sets their own rules to make the game more challenging, or less, such that they may indulge that aspect of the game they enjoy the most. The Moorfield Rules for Pub and Beer Ticking, therefore, should not be looked upon as any sort of didactic guide nor should they be read as criticism of the way in which others pursue their hobby because neither is intended. These are rules that reflect how I like to do things: I guess they say a lot more about me than about the hobby but I shall leave that for others to decide.
Version 2.2.0 of the Moorfield Rules was released on Sunday, 5 February 2012. Rules 14 and 20 both made reference (although for different purposes) to an identical 'post-imbibing' period. The definition of post-imbibing period has been abstracted into a new rule, Rule 26, without any change to the meaning or intention of either Rule 14 or Rule 20.
Sunday, 22 January 2012: With the release of version 2.1.0, the Moorfield Rules now permit one-third pint measures of exceptionally strong beers to count as legitimate ticks. Click here (or on the title page image) to download the latest release.
Version 2.0.0 of the Moorfield Rules was over three years in the making and finally saw the light of day on 12 December 2011 in a more-or-less finished form but still with some bells and whistles to be attached. Work started in October 2008 with what should have been a few minor maintenance amendments that would have given rise to a version 1.3.3. These 'minor amendments', however, had unforeseen knock on effects that ultimately necessitated a number of structural alterations to the document; the decision then was taken to review the whole thing from top to bottom.
A major addition to the Rules brought in with publication of version 2.0.0 has been the commentary appendix. It has been created to expand upon the ethos of the rules and explain why things are as they are, to exemplify how the rules might be applied in particular situations, to provide general insights into my experience of the ticking pastime and to illustrate some of the ways in which others may do things differently.
Commentaries for all the Rules have already been drafted but, as this is still very much a work in progress, not all of them have yet been published.
This new version of The Rules has been created using the LaTeX document preparation system. Should you be interested in developing your own variant, working from the original LaTeX source files, they can be downloaded here.