On Monday, James Wells shared his Tarot Circle games with us. It made me wonder about the actual card game of Tarot.
Did you know that the game of Tarot is still played? There is an entire group of games for the 78 card deck. Many people refer to them as Tarock games. Tarot or jeu de tarot is a game similar to other trump-style games where you take tricks.
The game known as French Tarot is one of the most popular card games in France. You can find the official rules at the Federation Francaise de Tarot. A most useful site...if you happen to read French.
Unlike some games where you have wild cards, in French Tarot, only the Fool is unusual. It is called the Excuse and can be played on any trick. It can't take the trick but it can "excuse" the player from following suit.
This wikipedia site has rules etc if you are interested in playing. I also found the American Tarot Game Association which should not be confused with the American Tarot Association. They offer a FAQ as well as the rules in English. Apparently the Hoyle Card Games by Sierra offers a computer version of Tarot.
Have you ever played Tarot this way? Would you be interested in learning the game to play with others? What do you think?