In this game based on the history of the Merry-Go-Round (a.k.a. Carousel), players compete to collect all of the cards of the deck by slapping in on a central pile as certain cards are played. Keep a sharp eye out, as Golden Rings will bring you success, but Red Flags and innocent bystanders could ruin you.
Enjoy the ride!
Carousels evolved from an Arabian sport in which horsemen ride in a circle and throw a perfume-filled clay ball to each other. The rules, as I understand them from my research, included that if you fail to catch it or it breaks on you, you're out. Play continues until one remains. Sometimes the perfume was foul-smelling, so if you lost the game, everyone knew about it for a week! Crusaders saw this game and took it back to Europe with them and it turned into a game involving rings and lances, which became a method of jousting practice. Then someone developed a device with pulleys and a wooden horse to allow young nobles and knights-in-training to practice jousting skills. This contraption would take you in a circle on a horse so you could attempt to spear through the ring. This device became more of an amusement, and so someone developed the Merry-Go-Round. On most Merry-Go-Rounds, if you look at the middle column that drives the device, you'll still see golden circles.
This game was inspired by this history, and the art depicts the jousting-practice device with backgrounds of grass and wheat fields.
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|Publish Date||June 06, 2019|
|More Info||Carousel - The Card Game web site|