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Re: The rules of tarot

This reversed ranking, as a matter of interest, is why the german "tarock" pack retained only the ace, 2,3,4 in the red suits, and 7,8,9,10 in the black suits. so, you'd end up with a deck of 54 cards, the trumps and courts unchanged. I think the reason why this was so was the players got bored with...

Re: The rules of tarot

Deep apologies - the earliest French rules of 1637 do observe the reverse ordering of Coins and Cups. This is the only evidence of it though, and by the 1659 rules all the suits had the same order of rank, Ace low, Ten high. As a matter of interest, this order is still retained in some tarot games.

Re: Fool used in Minchiate as Joker in Romme / Canasta

well.... in bolognese tarot to this day, the fool and magician may be used to fill up gaps in melds....... So, I guess that the players of minchiate, rummy, canasta and bolognese tarot (all games involving melds) decided, at some point of the game's evolution to introduce wildcards to make the game ...

Re: Tarock of Cologne

@Huck the link you put in your previous post has a rather interesting deck of german cards...... [img] http://www.zeno.org/Kunstwerke/B/Woensam,+Anton%3A+Erg%C3%A4nzungskarten+zum+Sch%C3%A4ufeleinschen+Kartenspiel%3A+Asse+und+Damen[/img] I call this "interesting" because German suited cards (like th...

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