hist-games: Frequently Asked Questions -- Part II (Monthly Posting)

Alexx S Kay alexx at world.std.com
Tue Nov 11 08:28:59 PST 1997

> I don't know a lot about this week's list (active games are *not* my
> specialty), but I'll comment on the card game:
> David Salley wrote:
> > This week's games are:
> > 
> >         THE GREAT DALMUTI -- invented by Dagonell who will never have to
> >         work again except for cashing those royalty checks :-)
> >         Seriously, I'm including this on the list because it DOES get
> >         asked of me at demos and such.
> Extremely modern: invented by Richard Garfield (I believe), of Magic and
> RoboRally fame, a couple of years ago. Although trick-taking games of
> various sorts are quite period, I'm not aware of anything particularly
> close to Dalmuti...

I was skimming rec.games.board at the time that The Great Dalmuti came
out, and I recall some discussion of its origins.  While I don't remember
all the details, there were a number of claims to the effect that TGD was
a relatively minor tweak of a family of card games that many of the
group's posters had played in college.  (I remember that a number of 
people were upset at buying a game that 'they already knew and could play
with an ordinary deck of cards'.)  I don't know offhand whether any of 
the alleged precursors fall into the period of this discussion.  It might 
be worth asking on that newsgroup for more details.


Alexx at world.std.com
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