Here's a really easy and fast moving card game. It would be easy to play a few hands if you've got a spare 10 minutes at a reenactment or Renaissance faire, and would take no time at all to teach some patrons to play in the local Renfaire pub.

Bone-Ace is an ancestor to modern Blackjack, and other related games such as One-and-Thirty, Vingt-et-un. It was mentioned as early as 1611 in a work called The World of Wordes. Up to 8 players. The dealer deals three cards to the each player: two cards face down, and the third card face up. Play is divided into two parts:

The “Bone,” is the first part of the game: The player who is dealt the highest ranked card face-up wins the “Bone” and he receives one coin/chip from each of the other players. In the case of a tie, the player with the “elder hand”* wins. Aces are high and worth eleven points, and the Ace of Diamonds, or “Bone-Ace” beats all other cards.

For the second part of the hand, the player whose hand comes closest to 31 points, without going over, wins. Face cards are valued at 10 points each; other cards are worth their face value.


*The "elder hand" is a period term for whoever was dealt their cards first in that hand. So if you are dealing clockwise, the person to the dealer's left is the "eldest hand" for that round.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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