Last night we amused ourselves by playing Acme Bible Book Game which has similarities to Rook*, except there are ten suits, representing the various divisions of Biblical books. Now we know what the Flanders family does after dark. I imagined families nearly a century ago sitting at the kitchen table enjoying this game for several hours before retiring to the parlor to listen to Aunt Bertha play the pianoforte.
It’s not quite Settlers of Catan, which we played the night before. I don’t imagine this making a comeback anytime soon, except perhaps in conservative fundamentalist circles. I regret to state that we did not play until reaching the 300 points that would normally constitute a complete game.
*Rook has a huge following among older Christians, where the game was sometimes known as Baptist Bridge. The rules are similar to Bridge or Rummy and in this Bible Book Game, there are counter cards, similar to Rook. (I should qualify that by stating there are many different rules for playing Rook, I only remember one which may not have been popular where you live.)