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Le Nain jaune

Le Nain jaune

As technology advances at a great rate and calls for a change
in habits (I have just read my first fairy tale on a five-year-old’s
touch-screen tablet), it is equally as interesting to get back to
the basics, as ‘classics’ are revisited. The latest edition to our
collection of games is a wooden set that first originated in around
1760, ‘Le Nain jaune’ (the yellow dwarf). Reprinted and assembled
with modern methods, the tradition continues, transporting players
back to another era with Charles, Pallas and Lancelot among the
central characters.

Box interior, wooden trays

Box interior, wooden trays

Wooden jetons gain points

Wooden jetons gain points

The yellow dwarf represents the wild card or joker, the seven of
diamonds, the highest card. Jetons are placed in the removable
trays as bets, and the player with the most when the game ends wins
(as the winner dispenses with their hand) as points are tallied.

The card pack

The card pack

Valet, Dame, Roi

Roi, Dame, Valet

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This entry was published on March 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm. It’s filed under Art, Country Life, Country Living, Culture and Arts, Design, Europe, Expat, France, French Culture, History, Holiday, Home, La Vie Quotidienne, Leisure, Life, Lifestyle, South of France and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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