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Derek Carver
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The German title of this game best translates to "In the Footsteps of Marco Polo". By changing that to "The Voyages" could somebody at Z-Man be confusing Marco Polo - who was a land traveller - with Vasco da Gama?
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Quite likely. Had not thought of it before. Also, in our groups the game is simply called "Marco Polo".
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In America there is a pool game called "Marco Polo" where one player closes his eyes and calls Marco and everyone else responds Polo. The caller tries to track down and tag any other player. Is that a thing elsewhere? That probably has a lot to do with Americans thinking Marco Polo travled by water. I don't know how that game originated or why it put Marco Polo in water.
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Thunkd wrote:
In America there is a pool game called "Marco Polo" where one player closes his eyes and calls Marco and everyone else responds Polo. The caller tries to track down and tag any other player. Is that a thing elsewhere? That probably has a lot to do with Americans thinking Marco Polo travled by water. I don't know how that game originated or why it put Marco Polo in water.

It's known but not played by some in the Netherlands. (We gobble up your TV/Film stuff.)
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It's just the commonly known title of a 12th century manuscript by Rustichello da Pisa, supposedly dictated by Polo in his old age, that recounts his travels to China and the far East. The whole story may be fictional and even Marco Polo himself is probably just a character based on local venetian merchants (although the Polo family did exist) created by the author as a frame to recopilate and give credence to a lot of rumors about lands that were largely unexplored at the time, little stories heard from multiple italian merchants and many other smaller and older writings. It's even believed that da Pisa is not the original autor but only a translator from an earlier and now lost work, it's just that his book is the older source that has been currently found.

The original title of the work is Il Milione (the million) and it was translated into various languages across Europe with many different titles, more commonly as the local equivalent of "The Wonders of the World" and sufferend many modifications and additions along the way. Christopher Columbus had a copy that supposedly inspired him to make his voyage westward to reach Catay (China) and he accidentally stumbled with a whole continent on the way, that copy survives to this day with annotations by Columbus himself. Much later during the 16th century it was edited and published again pretty much as we know it today, with the better known title of "The Voyages of Marco Polo".
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And when, exactly, are we playing Churchill again?
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mearendil wrote:
It's just the commonly known title of a 12th century manuscript by Rustichello da Pisa, supposedly dictated by Polo in his old age, that recounts his travels to China and the far East...

...It's even believed that da Pisa is not the original autor but only a translator from an earlier and now lost work, it's just that his book is the older source that has been currently found.


WOW! I'm right some impressed that this story allegedly dictated by Marco Polo in his old age was written two hundred years before he was an old man! And based on a yet older manuscript to boot!
 
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Sorry, my bad, double checked and it was late 13th century. Goes to show you cannot always trust your own memory (and that online mistakes can still amaze and wow some people).
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Seemingly, the Old French and Middle English roots of the word 'voyage' relate to travel in general. More recently, the word has come to be mostly associated with sea journeys, and more recently still, journeys in outer space.

I'm ok with it.

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Thunkd wrote:
In America there is a pool game called "Marco Polo" where one player closes his eyes and calls Marco and everyone else responds Polo. The caller tries to track down and tag any other player. Is that a thing elsewhere?


Closing your eyes and tagging people in swimming pools, is illegal in Britain.

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Highland Cow wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
In America there is a pool game called "Marco Polo" where one player closes his eyes and calls Marco and everyone else responds Polo. The caller tries to track down and tag any other player. Is that a thing elsewhere?


Closing your eyes and tagging people in swimming pools, is illegal in Britain.

I feel like you're joking, but part of me thinks "They're just mad enough, it might be true."
 
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