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Subject: Ruse and Bruise - Session report as written by Chaucer rss

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Derek Gallacher
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A nod to good ol' Geoff. He'd have liked this game.


Whan that Januar with his snowwy soote
That Decembre hath given games a plenty
Presenteth a game of keen hewe
Thusly was played RUSE AND BRUISE

Our group was hende and eek was digne of reverence
To play this game received as presents
We set to curiously game with common profit
With many a ciser prepared as they sit

The game with cards ekk chivalrye
With 6 palmers of gaming corages and glee
Our cards were debonairly delt
But the rules to expounden we all felt
Were not expres enough to forthren
A struggle ensued to capture crowns and fortune

The fraternitee attempted crowns of silk to owne
While lovers conspired with the head of throne
And sondry folk of common name
Disrupted plans within this game
Anon was played a cloak not seen
The card aneath was not yet gleen
Natheless a wyrm of scale marched in
To capture 5 points of mandolin

But ful ofte the cloak be ful perilous
And a long yherd mage be hid 'neath for us
Dispatched the scaly wyrm and more
The mandolin was his to score
The Giant small sat in the bord bigonne
And thought the crowns of gold had won
But a Prince and Squire were layne betwixe
And the prize of gold be theirs to fix

Rounnde after rounnde of briberyes
Behavour none set for curtesie
A traitor loomed not once but thrice
And fencing values lowered - it was not nice
Columns filled and witches toiled
With abdying Musketteers most plans were foiled
The assasin with boidekyn ready
Affrayed the palmers to their bedrede

Biddeth for our time well spent and tyred
Translation and wysdom frequently were required
Rounds of 6 were goodly played
With galpying jaws the palmers stayed
For combinations of scores in the final round
Ful forced my hand of the beggar to confound
Any wyght who wolde to absconde my alchemy of 3
For the full set of 6 goals it yave onto me

And the game did solempnely end
With mine the victorious hye hond
My points 39 were greet estaat
When compared to the Palmers, my points were fat
Graunt mercy to Richard for acquiring this gem
With groups 4 - 6 we'll be playing with them
And thus Ruse And Bruise to our group is a greet and noble addition
If ye can make it past the lousy German translation.

Fun game.

Miserable translation from the German roots.

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Rob Leveille
St. Catharines
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And you say I have too much free time.

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