hist-games: Re: hist-games digest, Vol 1 #102 - 2 msgs
madmyrddin at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 25 17:57:46 PDT 2003
> Greetings and salutations -
> Some friends just sent me a few decks of cards from Morroco, but the
> decks are quite unusual and I wondered if anyone knew why. The suits I
> can understand. Swords, clubs, cups, and coins. The numbering, though,
> is quite unusual. They run ace to seven, there are no eights or nines,
> the tenth card is the page, eleven is the knight, twelve is the queen,
> there is no king. All three decks were sealed in shrink-wrap, so
> there's no chance of missing cards, and the oddities are common to all
> three decks.
> Any thoughts?
> - Rowen
> This is a common arrangement for Spanish suited decks, as made and used
> in Spain, Latin America, North Africa, etc.
> Some Moroccan cards are made there, in various qualities. I've also seen
> Spanish-made decks with backs advertising Moroccan businesses, and I
> have a vague recollection of a deck of German or Austrian manufacture.
> Alan Winston
Sounds like a Primero deck to me...I know there are more knowledgeable card
players here, but I'm pretty sure about this one. Forty cards, four face
removed, uses an Italian set of suits (except for the clubs...unless the
wands that look like clubs you hit a ball--or an enemy--with). There are
thousand sites online that explain the play of Primero. Just do a Google
email cris at pastymegames.com
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