Today, December 28th is Card Playing Day. A card game is any game that uses playing cards as the main piece of the game. This can be either traditional or built into the rules of the game. There are a great variety of card games. There are games that have been created that have been based on other card games. There are board games that can be considered card games because they use cards to promote the game and are used as the main role in how the game is played. There are even a few card games that are played with traditional decks using formal standardized rules. However, most games are games that have been passed down through generations through families, regions, culture and individual style.
Card games all have one thing in common every game where cards are involved. The cards are always identical in size and shape and every card has 2 sides. The sides of the card are called face and back. Games do differ by whether the face of the card are alike or different.
The first playing cards appeared during the ninth century Tang Dynasty China. The first game mentioned anywhere is something called the leaf game. A popular game created in the 19th century that of the Mahjong game was played with three suited money playing card decks. Rummikub is another game played with tiles that was originally played with cards.
Europeans welcomed playing card games in the 14th century. This is where the deck of 52 cards came from. The suits at that time were swords, polo sticks, cups and coins. Ranks were king, governor, second governor and then ten to one. Today the suits are hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. Ranks have also change and are King, queen , jack and ten to one with the one being an ace.
Tarot cards were first found in Italy The deck included 14 cards in each suit. The usual 1- 10 then valet (jack), chevalier (knight) dame (queen) and Roi (king) and a fool or excuse card. The early tarot cards were for playing games today Tarot cards are often part of the occult and are used for fortune telling.
This New Years eve if you find your self in a rolling game of cards pull out a bit of trivia that you learned when you read this post and share with your friends they may be surprised that you know so much