Cooncan, by Robert Frederick Foster


Any new game, in order to find favor with the modern card player, or to hold out any hope of its survival as a popular pastime, must possess certain qualities that are easily recognized. It must supply a certain amount of exercise for the intellect, and give one an opportunity to display one’s judgment of human nature. It must be easily learnt, so that one may take part without too much preliminary instruction, and without trespassing on the good nature of the more experienced players at the tables. Finally, it must be elastic, so that a varying number of players may engage, and the wider its range in this respect the better.

Cooncan, in its three forms, possesses all these advantages, and it has the additional attraction of differing from all other games in its principles of play. Close attention and a good memory are required to play it well, and in its finer points, especially in the judgment of what an adversary holds or is hoping for, it ranks with our best card gantes, and will probably continue to grow in popularity as it becomes better known.

It is with a view to helping those who wish to familiarize themselves with the game and its scientific principles of play that the following pages have been written.

London, December, 1912

This is a portion of a full-text reproduction of Robert Frederick Foster's book "Cooncan (Conquián): A Game of Cards Also Called Rum", which was published in 1913, by Frederick A. Stokes Company, and is now in the public domain. The text of the book was OCR'd from a vintage copy of the book, and is provided as an educational resource for Rummy players, researchers, and students of the game. Any grammatical or typographical errors are an artifact of this process, and should not be attributed to the author.

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