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Bill Philibin
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Hello, A few years ago I bought a couple of games while shopping in the Amish community in the Southern Tier of New York.

Most of the games were either very self-explanatory, or were games I have played already.

This one game had no instructions and I have never seen it before... Here is a picture:



Does anyone know if this game has a name? And if there are any instructions online how to play it?

Here is how we play it.

We put all the balls in the center of the disc and spin the top. Whatever balls move into a hole and stay there we count as the point indicated. If it is the black ball, we double the point value.

We total up the points after about 10 turns each and see who won.

I'm not sure these are the "official" rules, but I never asked and couldn't imagine any other way to play it.

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-Bill
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Herb
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I added this to my geeklist:
Stump the Chumps@BGG!

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I'd guess that this is a "folkgame" and has many different names and rule variations. I'd bet there is a similar game in BGG now.
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Harvey Wasserman
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This is a spinning top game. Do a BGG search on Families, Spinning Top Games. Here's a link:

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/17763/spinning-top-...
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CrocWrestler wrote:
This is a spinning top game. Do a BGG search on Families, Spinning Top Games. Here's a link:

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/17763/spinning-top-...


SUPER FANTASTIC!!

Thanks to the pointer for a family of games of this type.
 
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Don't know this game, but I do know another game like this. There was only 1 rule different: if you fill all holes, you get x bonus points(don't know how much anymore).
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The game looks very similar to German Roulette.
More infos and rules on this site:
http://gamesofroulette.com/bauernroulette.htm
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Lisa Mauro
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This looks very similar to a game my grandmother had. You played it much like you described, from what I can remember, with each ball counting as the point value in the hole. I wish I could recall what she called the game.
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Bill Philibin
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herace wrote:
I added this to my geeklist:
Stump the Chumps@BGG!



Thanks!
 
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konsum24 wrote:
The game looks very similar to German Roulette.


That would make sense... I think the Amish are descendents of early German Americans.

-Bill
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lmau wrote:
This looks very similar to a game my grandmother had. You played it much like you described, from what I can remember, with each ball counting as the point value in the hole. I wish I could recall what she called the game.


Thanks, I agree with most of the replies here... It is probably a "folk" game with many different names, and probably began somewhere in or near Germany.

The game is fun, and good for improving basic math skills. Also, my version is crafted well since it is hand-made.

Memories of my Grandmother include watching her play "gin rummy" at the kitchen table with my Grandfather. I think card games were a big part of her life... maybe that is where I get my love of games?
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philibin wrote:
konsum24 wrote:
The game looks very similar to German Roulette.


That would make sense... I think the Amish are descendents of early German Americans.

-Bill

Interestingly I can understand Pennsylvania Dutch quite good. It sounds very similar to the german dialect I speak (Palatine German). :-)

Btw: The game is also known as:
Bauernroulette (literally peasants or farmer roulette).
Alpen Roulette (literally alps roulette).
or Tiroler Roulette (literally tyrolean roulette).
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philibin wrote:
herace wrote:
I added this to my geeklist:
Stump the Chumps@BGG!



Thanks!


I'm going to delete this from my geeklist of unsolved inquiries. Doubt that we'll ever come up with the "right" name for folkcraft game like this.
 
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