I haven’t written lately about my Kindle Fire tablet, but I’m still happily using it and also continuing to try new apps, as I wrote about a while back. I recently picked up a new one that not only caught my interest but also triggered my sense of nostalgia. (More later about that.) It’s a gorgeous little app for the card game Cribbage.
For those who don’t know, Cribbage has been around for hundreds of years in one form or another. It’s normally a two-person game played with a regular deck of cards, but it also requires the use of a unique way to keep score — a wooden (usually) board with holes and movable pegs. And it’s not just for geezers because there are still a lot of people around who play the game, judging by the fact that the boards themselves have become art objects.
My memories of Cribbage start with playing it with my dad. He loved the game, and I can remember sitting down to play it with him countless times through the years. But he died in 1984, and my next Cribbage memory is from a few years after that when I happened to stumble onto a version of the game for my PC. This was in the days before MS Windows (and Solitaire) so games with really good graphics were rare, but this little program was amazing. The cards were very realistic and the game play was smooth, and it was so cleverly programmed that when I played it on Christmas the King of Spades was wearing a Santa hat!
I remember thinking how intrigued my dad would have been by the computer game, and as far as that goes he’d probably have been interested in my new tablet app too — but he still would have preferred to sit down with a real deck of cards and his trusty cribbage board. I only wish we could.
Telecats – “Lucky At Cards”