Ethan Glasser-Camp
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Hi! Once upon a time in the early days of the web, I came across the rules to a board game. I think it was called "Coins", but I'm not sure. The essence of the game is that there aren't any real rules; the object of the game is to cause a bystander to say "Hey, that game you're playing looks interesting; how do you play?" (or similar). To set up, you essentially reach into your pocket and pull whatever change you have out and set it up in a line. Then, players go back and forth making "moves" while occasionally making sounds of surprise, explaining what they are doing in made-up terms ("Ah, yes, the Macedonian gambit"), etc.

I've tried periodically to find the source for this game (wherever it was originally written) but I've had no luck. Although not much can really be added to the description as the whole game is, in some sense, imaginary, I would sure like to be able to refer back to it and share it with friends.

Has anyone ever heard of this game before or know where it came from? I'm hoping someone has a better memory or more complete bookmarks file than I do. Thanks!
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John Breckenridge
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Seems a little like Mao
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That sounds less like a game, and more like the kind of excessive effort some teens would put into being a**holes.

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Made me think of Fizzbin!
 
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glasserc wrote:
The essence of the game is that there aren't any real rules; the object of the game is to cause a bystander to say "Hey, that game you're playing looks interesting; how do you play?"

This idea was used in the 1971 film Play Misty For Me as the game of "Cry Bastion", in which Clint Eastwood's character and the bartender character would set up a "game" on the bar in order to draw women into conversation.


cool

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It's a bit like Mornington Crescent.
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I just lost the game.
 
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