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Harvey O'Brien
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Does anyone know offhand if these rules are a derivation of some classic ruleset? Just curious. I've bought it, but it seems like it could easily be played with a basic card deck.
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Jeffrey Nolin
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It does seem that way doesn't it. The rules and gameplay have a very classic feel. And although you could play with a basic card deck, the game costs just a little more than a good deck of cards, so having a dedicated 'artwork friendly' deck is the better way to go.
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Scott P
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I noticed this right away, too. It struck me that the game was a variation on the classic Italian card game, Scopa. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/15889
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It's really more like Scopa or Cassino in reverse.

In Scopa no one owns any cards at the beginning of the game. When you play a card to match something in play on the table, you capture those cards to be scored at the end of the hand. The object is to capture the most cards/points.

In Court of the Medici, each player owns half the deck to begin with. When you play a card to match, you remove cards from play never to be scored. The object is to have the most cards left in play when the game ends.

Put another way, in Scopa you're trying to get as many common cards *out of* play as you can. In Court of the Medici, you're trying to put as many of your cards *into* play as you can.

It’s quite a clever reversal really. I don’t know if any classic game uses a similar mechanic.
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