Games

There are quite a few girls online whose posts I’m very fond of reading. I do believe it is because their personalities shine through. Because B. is on his Doomsday kick again, I thought it would be nice to break it up with a little fun. I found this article from my girlfriend, Christina, to be very enjoyable and interesting. She and her husband have created a video game called Goblin Pit Fight. While I am not fond of video games, I very much enjoy playing games. The article:

A Brief History of Card Games

I grew up playing games. Playing chess, checkers, cribbage are some of my earliest memories, with our parent’s game night inlcuding 6 to 20 people hanging out, drinking beer and playing pinochle, cribbage, and trying to beat one of “the kids” in a game of chess.

Games have brought people together throughout the ages. The earliest record of card games can be found in 9th century China. It was then called the “Leaf Game” and played by royalty. By the 11th century, card games are found throughout Asia. Characters from popular novels were the faces and the cards each had four suits, very similar to today. The cards were printed onto domino tiles when they were widely used and looked very similar to Mahjong.

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Playing cards were introduced to Europe in the 14th century, with the first documentation being a ban on them in 1377. Believed to be brought through Egypt, they resembled both styles of cards found in India. They were round, intricately hand painted, and had four suits.

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In the middle ages, a new era of commerce and industry was changing society. Towns and markets were the center of activity and new ideas, and playing cards became a luxury for the wealthy with time on their hands.

“By the sixteenth century, popular sayings had entered into everyday language, as well as literature, poetry and popular ballads relating to card playing, including metaphors based on cards and card games (“devil’s picture book”), the moral character of gamblers (“cheats, swindlers, card-sharps”) and the divinatory, amorous, social, religious or political meaning of cards. At the same time they were a bond which united people together.” – History of Cards

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Cards remained part of society and culture ever since, and there has always been a stigma associated with being a card player. Outlaws, rebels, and bad boys were the real card players, and that stereotype still hangs around today, regardless of all the bridge clubs we have.

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Project Update:

This is a slow time for our project, Goblin Pit Fight. We haven’t lost hope for this game, despite it’s slow movement on Kickstarter and are working with other game manufacturers for alternative ways to produce our game. We are also working out the logistics for other games we have in the works, and will fill you in when we have a more concrete plan.

If you would like more comprehensive information about the history of card games, please check out THIS site, where we found one of our pictures and much of our information. See you next week, tonight is Poker Night!

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C. goes by the handle “scribelife” on the wordpress. She is beautiful. She is intelligent. She is compassionate, and she is liberal. And guess what B.? I really don’t give a fat rat’s tiddely-boomp! It just so happens that C. is writing a publication to aid in the support of other parents that have suffered through the helplessness of watching their child slowly die of cancer. I don’t know if she shall venture into her own story, and this is not what this post is about. That said, I shall crucify anyone who is not nice to C….. Why? Because, f**k you, that’s why.

Enough. What is your favorite game?

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44 thoughts on “Games

    • Christina,

      I realized We didn’t welcome U to the site. Instead Kells mentioned innuendo about Gals disrobing and off I went happily wagging my tail following that image…..

      Thanks for your Historical insight into Card Games. I like historical perspectives. It was interesting to read. Although I am terrible at them….my SO wins every game every time … but in the Scheme of things that’s as it should be. I wish you success at your Business venture….it is obvious there is passion invested. It sounds a bit complicated but fun.

      Don

      • Thank you for the warm welcome, and for all of the beverage suggestions. I do need a strong beverage from time to time :) It’s a pleasure to meet you all, and I am sure I will be seeing you around this new site.
        I know what you mean about her disrobing comment – she does make it hard to think straight sometimes, doesn’t she? May the best cheater win!

  1. As I told C., I’m very fond of card games — although I tend to lose — and board games. I was telling her about the board game called Cranium. If you have not played this, you must! It is awfully fun!

    I can assure everyone that Augger’s favourite game is strip poker…..

  2. My parents played cribbage too. Is it true that people in cold climates play more cards, board games?

    My favorite game was always sales, but not just any sales. Selling an intangible with a double ended close. Now that’s an exciting game and compensation by commission makes it a real nail biter.

      • Ahhh, bet that’s fun, but I’m innumerate, Mr Trapped could handle it though, he has an MBA…very analytical guy.

    • Maybe it’s related to cold weather? My dad always told me I was a better cribbage player than most inmates, so maybe it isn’t the cold that makes people cribbage players as much as the.. well… lifestyle? :)

  3. I think you’ve got something there, Scribelife. Minnesota has some long, cold winters, maybe that’s why they were always playing cards and drinking beer. Being working class probably helped too. Couldn’t afford opera tickets.😊

  4. Where in MN Trapp? I just moved to CO from Sioux Falls, I lived the winters you talk about! Also, coming from SD, I don’t think I’ve ever been in the same state as an opera…

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