QUOTE (benny @ 29th Mar 2011, 10:54am)
Far frae bein an American game, ah think the Romans actually played it, or somethin very similar. Aye, ah remember the cards well anaw. 3 card Brag fur "snipes". Nae money involved, if ye lost ye jist got the hard edge o the pack o cards whacked alang yer knucles. Ah wisnae a very good gambler, so merr often than no ah ended up wi bloody knuckles.
The Japanese call this game Go-moku (five stones). Curiously, there is also a Roman game called "Five Stones" or pentelitha
where pente=five and litha=stones, but Pentelitha has been referred to by many as a game played with tali (astragali or knucklebones). Presumably the "stones" refer to the astragali, although this seems odd -- perhaps "pentetali" would have been the more natural name. The actual evidence for the name pentelitha is not known, but there are MANY examples of it being played in Roman times, shown in sculptures and other works of art
I have to say, I was a CHAMPION at 5 staines. If there wiz a world championship, ah wid uv been the 'undisputed' !! lol