When I was a kid, my girlfriends and I would spend hours playing the card game “Mille Bornes” (meaning a thousand miles in French) I don’t remember how my friend discovered this game, which was created in 1954 in France. It was different from any other card game that we’d ever played. All I recall is that we thoroughly enjoyed playing it.
So, when I knew that I was going to try out a card game called “Touring”, I looked it up on the Internet and was pleasantly surprised to learn that this game has been around a lot longer than Mille Bornes, having been invented in 1906 and that Mille Bornes is actually derived from Touring! I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to try this game, one that I’ve never even heard about before.
It’s been several decades since I last played Mille Bornes, so I was pretty surprised that I was able to recognized some similarities in the two games the first time I played Touring the other day. It took a little while to go over the instructions to get familiarized with the cards and rules, but my sister and I were soon on our way to playing our first game, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had a few hiccups along the way, of course, but we wound up playing several more games at that sitting.
It wasn’t until later that night when I reread the rules that I realized that we had been playing wrong, lol! Apparently we had made up our own take on the game (unbeknownst to us at the time) by not drawing one card, then either playing or discarding it. In our ‘version’ we would draw a card then play as many cards as we were able to from our hand, always drawing more cards till we, again, had five cards.
The next time we met, we played with two other people, and this time we adhered to the real way that the game is supposed to be played. I’ll have to say that I agreed with my sister when she remarked, “I like how we played it before”. We are going to try the correct way again the next time that we play to give it another chance. Obviously, since we were playing so many cards at once, the game went rather quickly. I might add that both renditions were fun!
All in all Touring is a very engaging game, it really keeps your attention while you try to figure out strategies to playing the cards in your hand to advance yourself, while also holding off your opponents. It’s sometime perplexing trying to decide which cards to hold and which to discard, the game takes such neat twist and turns. (no pun intended!).
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys playing cards, it really is an interesting and entertaining game. It would be a great gift for someone since it is probably one that they have never heard of, either. Now I think that I’ll go out and buy Mille Bornes to see how my childhood favorite stacks up against its predecessor (and my modern day favorite), Touring!
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