Today was our second cribbage session - but at a different venue, with a different group of people and, no doubt, a whole new set of unspoken rules to get used to.
Still feeling a little uncertain of my aptitude, I decided that beforehand I would carry out a little research on the internet. This, I reminded myself, was what I always used to do when I was a working gal and going into any new situation.
Ah, the Internet is a wonderful thing! Did you know (or care?) that cribbage was invented in the early 1600s by Sir John Suckling, an English courtier, poet, gamester and gambler. What a truly wonderful
name: "I say, Suckling, you cad!" I can imagine his opponents exclaiming when he beat them hollow at pegging. They wouldn't have been able to argue with him either, not as he invented the game. I think I shall have to invent a game. This would
allow me to make up the rules as I went along and would doubtless make me a much more successful game-player. Obviously only when we were playing MY game, but it would be a start. I think this could be yet another of my retirement projects....
Two more pieces of cribbage trivia for you - after all, you never know when they might come in useful. Please let me know if they ever do. Piece of Trivia 1: Cribbage used to be called Noddy.
I can't for the life of me work out why and I think it is a very good thing that it has changed its name as I can't see Mr B getting involved in a game called Noddy. Piece of Trivia 2: Cribbage is the only game you are allowed to play for money (legally)
in a British pub. Mr B was a bit put out to learn that he had been acting completely legally when he used to play cribbage for cash down the pub with his mates (most of them, apparently, were burly builders but that didn't put him off - Mr B is
made is sterner stuff than that!)
Apparently some people play a form of the game called "Muggins". I promise you I am not making this up. You have to agree with all the other players that you
are going to invoke the Muggins rule before the start of play - then, if another player miscalculates his / her score, you shout "Muggins!" and can claim the extra points he / she had missed.
order to demonstrate my knowledge this afternoon, I enquired at the start if we were going to play Muggins. The others looked at me as if I were, well, a Muggins. When I explained the rule, they were all horrified and said oh, dear me, no we would
never do anything like that, we are a friendly group of cribbage players and tut-tutted to each other. I should have remembered that it never pays to be a show-off...
I can't imagine, for the life of me, how Sir John even began to invent cribbage. But if I am going to invent a game, I do need to have some idea how he started. Shall I invent a card game, or a board game? Shall it be a game for adults?
Or one for children? Should my game have lots of complicated rules - or should it be so simple that absolutely anyone could play it?
Even a Muggins?