Today's post is about the card game Jass. I have loved playing games since I was very young. My family played games together while I was growing up. My brother taught me how to play D&D and Car Wars. My dad let me look through his Avalon Hill wargame collection. My grandparents would play countless hours of cards with me.
I have always thought that games are a great medium of communication and socializing. In high school my friends and I would talk during games of backgammon and dominoes. In college I lived in a coop that would have informal chess tournaments. These games were a way for people to get together and hang out while engaging in a shared activity.
I have always been fascinated with games from other cultures. A few years ago we went on vacation to Switzerland. One of the high points of the trip was when I was able to play the card game Jass with our hosts. Jass is a trick-taking game that is popular in Switzerland. It was pretty cool to play a new game in another country. The next time you travel somewhere, see if you can try out the local game!