Tablero:

Is it real and how do you play if it is?

Read on to find out...

   

Tablero de Gucci – (Bardic Lights version)

Originally from Spain, it was created in the early 1400’s, and was first called ‘Tablero de Jesus’. This was a gambling game played for coins. Banned around 1420 A.D. by the Catholic Church, little is known about this version.

The Tablero the Elves play in my LOTR fics is the version I learned in the SCA; more specifically, from the Bardic Lights. Though there are other versions, this is the one the Elves of Imladris play in my fics.

I also have to apologize for my incorrect spelling of this game. For years I was under the impression it was spelled ‘Toblero’, when in fact it is indeed ‘Tablero’. But that’s what happens when two drunk illiterates meet at an SCA event.

TO PLAY

you will need:

    One 7 x 7 square board. Like a checker board, but with only seven squares across.
    (If you have a table you’re not worried about, you can do what I do and just map a grid off in tape.)

    Two six sided dice.

    Seven shot glasses.

    Three players.

Got your gaming equipment? Good. Let’s get hammered… er… playing, shall we?

THE OBJECT OF THE GAME

Try to arrange the shot glasses into a horizontal line of 3 or more, but NOT on the baseline. (The line closest to each player.) A diagonal line is also acceptable, but be certain to read the rule regarding this move.

HOW TO PLAY

At the start of the game, a Queen can be chosen who will roll a number on the dice, which will then be referred to as the Queen’s Number. (Providing the number is acceptable to the Queen.) If the Queen’s Number comes up, the Queen chooses and drinks or hands out any one shot glass from the board.

In play, if the player who currently has control of the dice does NOT notice that the Queen’s Number has come up, and the other player does, he may call him on it, but only after the glass has been moved. The player who did not notice the Queen’s Number must then drink the Queen’s drink and refill the glass.

To begin, each player rolls one die. The highest number goes first. Each player begins with a set amount of alcohol. Usually two beers, but other types are acceptable. If you are playing with wine coolers, then you ought to be ashamed of yourself. This game is over 600 years old, show some respect.

Game is over when all of one player’s alcohol is drunk.

Line closest to each player is the base line. Each player begins with three glasses. The Fourth Glass (actually the seventh, but it’s called the fourth, damned if I know why) can either be taken and filled by the starting player, who may either put it on their own base line and take another turn, or fill only three glasses and hand over the dice and Fourth Glass.

Player with dice rolls them. One glass is moved for each dice. Glasses may ONLY go forward or backwards. Player then rolls dice and moves glasses until; a 7, 11, or 12 is rolled, a line of 3 or more glasses is made, or one or both glasses cannot be moved. The dice are handed over to the other player.

Lines; the better half MUST be consumed and refilled by opponent. Others may be handed out to innocent bystanders.

Diagonal lines; are allowed as long as all seven glasses are in a row, and all must be consumed, not handed out.

THE RULES
(The part where you figure out why this game was banned)

Cheating is perfectly acceptable, (moving a glass while opponent is distracted, changing dice to another number, ect.) PROVIDING you are not caught. If you are, then player loses a turn.

The centre horizontal line is the Orgasm Line. If a line of seven is taken there, opponent must shoot all seven while faking (or having) an orgasm. (I strongly suspect this rule is purely the work of the Bardic Lights. Actually, having drunk with them on a few occasions, I’m sure of it.)

It’s a deceptively simple little game, and surprisingly hard to play. Especially after a few games. Loser is the one who runs out of booze first.


Okay folks, that’s the version yours truly plays.

Enjoy, folks!

    Ye Auld Magik Rat

   

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