Stump the Net - March, 1997

Once again, its time to play Stump the Net!

If you can answer any of the questions below you may have just won the undying gratitude of the person who posed the question and the admiration of your peers!

Thanks to Daniel U. Thibault, David Kuznick, Keith Ammann, Dave Farquhar, Michael Keller, Charles Weckwerth, Eddie Timanus, Dany Gagnon and the staff of Le Valet d'Coeur for their responses to January's queries.

Take a bow!

This month folks are looking for information on the following games:

Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 17:32:27 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Uckers


I am looking for the rules and a place to buy a gameset for a board game called "uckers" (or possibly "ukkers"). I believe that it originated in Australia; I know it is a big hit in their armed services (I played it with someone who served with the Royal Australian Navy). It is for four players, and is vaguely similar to Parchesi. Thanks!

Michael Jabaley

Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 15:59:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: court whist

Does anyone have information concerning Court Whist?

Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 09:19:45 -0100
From: Kevin Charles (
Subject: Can you help a dying man?

Hi Ken

I'm not dying but the frustration is killing me. I'll explain, while on honeymoon in Italy I observed several different groups (around 10) of men playing what I assumed was poker in various bars. On closer inspection they were playing some type of gambling game with a tall thin pack of cards which only have 40 cards. I managed to buy a pack with the hope that I could find the rules but so far have been unable. So I was wondering if you have come across this pack of cards and if you know the rules for this or any games that you can play with this pack.

The pack has 4 suits. Each suit has what looks like an ace, numbered cards from 2 to 7, and three picture cards. The three pictures cards seem to have different levels of importance but some suits have three men with no woman or gueen. One of the picture cards has a crown, one has a horse and the other has nothing. They all share the suit sign. The four suit signs are a sword or simitar, an orb, a scepture and what looks like a medieval dumbbell.

The Itailan on the various cards is as follows (if it helps)
Sword - Non Tifidar Dime Seilcuor Ti Manca
Orb - Nonval Saper Achiha Fortuna Contra
Scepture - Seti Perdituo Danno
Dumbbell - Per UnpuntoMartin Perse La Capa

If you could help in any way I will be eternally grateful.

Cheers for your help


[Ken: My guess was that these were Tarot or Tarrock cards. I suggested that Kevin find a copy of Parlett's Dictionary of Card Games. Any other comments?]

From: Ulrich van Elst (
Subject: rules
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 17:44:25 -0800

hi there,

where do i find the rules of "wirror" (german: muehle) and a game german called "mensch Šrgere dich nicht"?

Thanks so much,

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 18:06:26 +0000
From: "Lyle W. Parin" (
Subject: Pix/ Picks game from Belgium

Hi! just a note to ask if anybody knows of the game "Pix" or "Picks" dart game from Belgium. Please let me know. Any information you can supply will be greatly appreciated. Thank You! Lyle

Date: Thu, 06 Feb 1997 21:51:16 -0600 From: Sally and Nicholas Brookins ( Subject: Wooden games

I am looking for some games that I played when I was younger at a park with a recreation center. There were two games that I can recollect. One was a large board with dimensions about 4 feet by 3 feet with a half inch border around the entire board. There was a stick you hit your circular wooden puck (the same as a carom game contians) with to cause it to go along the board and land in certain areas that resembled a golf course. There was a raised mountain (about 1/2 inch) that had a hole in the center that the puck could slide into, and certain colored areas on the board you had to land in to go to the next hole. There were several water hazards also (these were just colored in on the board). The second game had the same board, except it was similar to a maze, and you had to hit your carom like puck to the center of the board to win. There were certain colored areas to avoid, if you didn't they would send you to a certain area on the board. How do I find one of these games??

Nicholas Brookins

Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 08:12:50 -0600
From: Scott Custer
Subject: All The Kings Men

I know you're probably overwhelm by people looking for games, I just another; I'm looking for a game called "All The Kings Men" or somthing to that effect. It's a board game something like chess. I don't know much more 'cause I'm looking for a friend. If you have any idea who made it or where I might be able to find it that would be great. Thanks for your time.


Subject: Okey - the rules
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 97 17:01:36 -0000
From: Moeminoe (

Dear Sir:

Would you be able to help me out. I'm looking for the rules of Okey, a Turkish game?


Organization: Whitefish Bay High School
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 1997 14:58:57 -600
Subject: bavarian game of Watten

I have just found your websit and am enjoying it immensely. I wonder, have you ever heard of an unusual Bavarian gambling game called Watten. My friends and I play it. It is similar in some respects to Durak, but involves taking tricks with a partner. I have been unable to locate any information on it, and would like have some background on the game. If you like, I can write an explanation of the rules; I'm sure people would enjoy playing it.

James E. Pustejovsky
at Whitefish Bay High School
in Wisconsin

[Ken: Send the rules on! Anyone know anything more about the game?]

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